ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The 110th game between Ohio State and Michigan might have been the most thrilling, a back-and-forth affair that came down to one final play.
The Wolverines went for the win — and the Buckeyes stayed undefeated.
Tyvis Powell intercepted Devin Gardner’s two-point conversion pass with 32 seconds left and No. 3 Ohio State held on for a 42-41 victory against Michigan (7-5, 3-5) on Saturday as one of the greatest rivalries in sports added another memorable chapter to its storied history.
“That’s an instant classic,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said.
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Gardner threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Devin Funchess to make it 42-41, but instead of kicking for the tie and possibly pushing the game to overtime, Wolverines coach Brady Hoke asked his players if they wanted to go for it and got a unanimous response.
“We played the game to win,” Hoke said.
Gardner tried to zip a pass to Drew Dileo into traffic near the goal line, but Powell came up with it and the quarterback was left lying on his back with his arms extended to his side, the back of his helmet resting on the cold turf.
“We felt like we could win the game right there,” Gardner said.
Buckeyes cornerback Roby Bradley recovered the onside kick to seal Ohio State’s 24th consecutive victory and keep its national championship hopes alive.
Meyer insisted the streak was not as significant as winning his second game in as many tries against Michigan.
“No question — the win over our rival is better,” he said.
Braxton Miller accounted for a career-high matching five touchdowns for Ohio State (12-0, 8-0).
No. 2 Florida State 37, at Florida 7
Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes to Kelvin Benjamin, and Florida State moved a step closer to playing for the national championship.
The Seminoles improved to 12-0 for the first time since 1999 and likely will earn a spot in the Bowl Championship Series title game by beating Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game next Saturday.
Florida (4-8), meanwhile, ended its worst season since 1979.
At No. 5 Missouri 28, No. 19 Texas A&M 21
Henry Josey broke loose for the go-ahead score on a 57-yard run with 3:34 to go and Missouri wrapped up the SEC East, riding a strong second half to a victory over Texas A&M (8-4, 4-4 SEC).
Missouri (11-1, 7-1) advances to the conference championship game against Auburn — a matchup of schools very lightly regarded before the season. Missouri has made a six-win improvement from its initial SEC season.
At No. 10 S. Carolina 31, No. 6 Clemson 17
Connor Shaw threw for one touchdown and rushed for another as South Carolina won its record fifth straight over Clemson (10-2).
The Gamecocks (10-2) won their 18th straight at home, extending a school record set earlier this year. For Shaw, it capped the senior’s home career at a perfect 17-0 as a starter in the sweetest way possible.
No. 9 Baylor 41, at Texas Christian 38
Bryce Petty threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, Baylor returned two interceptions for scores and the Bears hung on for a victory over TCU.
The Bears (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) scored 21 straight points on both sides of halftime with just 1 yard from their high-powered offense and bounced back from a blowout loss at Oklahoma State to maintain their hopes for a share of the conference title.