Michigan survives scare from Akron at home
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — College football’s winningest program might have just had its worst win.
Fitzgerald Toussaint scored a go-ahead, 2-yard touchdown with 2:49 left and No. 11 Michigan made a desperately needed stop on the final play to hold on for a 28-24 victory over Akron on Saturday.
Michigan (3-0) avoided getting upset at home — as it did against Appalachian State and Toledo — by a Mid-American Conference team with three straight one-win seasons that hasn’t won a road game in nearly five years and was expected to lose by more than five touchdowns.
“This is embarrassing for the University of Michigan football team,” offensive tackle Taylor Lewan said.
The Wolverines trailed twice in the second half — including with 4:10 remaining when Kyle Pohl threw a 1-yard TD — and allowed the Zips (1-2) to get to the Michigan 4 on the last play of the game.
On the third straight snap inside the Michigan 5, Pohl was hurried and hit by Brennen Beyer and that led to an incomplete pass in the end zone as time expired.
“We almost lost to Akron, no disrespect to Akron,” Devin Gardner said.
Gardner had a lot to do with that.
He had a career-high three interceptions and fumbled.
“I don’t care if we are playing Saline (Mich.) High School or the Super Bowl champs, you can’t turn the ball over,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke said.
No. 7 Louisville 27, at Kentucky 13
Senorise Perry ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns and Teddy Bridgewater overcame a shaky start to pass for 250 yards for Louisville, which scored on four consecutive drives to pull away from its instate rival.
The Cardinals (3-0) forced three turnovers, including two in their territory to preserve the win.
At No. 8 Louisiana State 45, Kent State 13
Zach Mettenberger passed for three touchdowns, Jeremy Hill ran for two and the eighth-ranked Tigers (3-0) easily defeated Kent State.
Hill rushed 11 times for 117 yards, all in the first two quarters.
At No. 10 Florida St. 62, Nevada 7
Jameis Winston accounted for three touchdowns and Florida State’s four tailbacks all scored.
Devonta Freeman ran nine times for 109 yards and a touchdown for the Seminoles (2-0) and James Wilder Jr. added 45 yards and a score.
Karlos Williams may have been the most impressive of the bunch. The former safety, who moved to offense after the season opener, ran eight times for 110 yards and a score. His 65-yard run made it 31-7 early in the third quarter.
No. 13 S. Carolina 35, Vanderbilt 25
Connor Shaw passed for three scores, Jadeveon Clowney forced a fumble and South Carolina withstood Vanderbilt’s rally from a four-touchdown deficit for a victory.
The win was the 13th straight at home for the Gamecocks (2-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference), who are tied with Georgia for the second-longest active streak in the nation.
No. 21 Notre Dame 31, at Purdue 24
DaVaris Daniels made touchdown catches on two successive Notre Dame plays in the fourth quarter, and Bennett Jackson followed that flurry with a 34-yard interception return to lead Notre Dame past Purdue.
The Fighting Irish (2-1) were led by quarterback Tommy Rees, who was 20 of 33 for 309 yards and those two TD passes.
At No. 14 Oklahoma 51, Tulsa 20
Blake Bell passed for 413 yards and four touchdowns in his first start for Oklahoma.
Sterling Shepard caught eight passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns — all career highs — and Jaz Reynolds had 109 yards receiving and one score for Oklahoma (3-0).
Jeff Scott ran for 164 yards and a touchdown and also scored on a 73-yard punt return, helping Mississippi roll over reeling Texas.
Bo Wallace passed for two touchdowns and ran for another for the Rebels (3-0), who led 14-0 midway through the first quarter before Texas scored 23 straight points. But the Rebels bounced back with 30 consecutive points.