Parnell Motley of Oklahoma breaks up a pass intended for Ohio State's Binjimen Victor. BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH
COLUMBUS — Baker Mayfield put on a show and then planted his flag.
The Oklahoma quarterback owned the night. He starred in the game, then raced to the Block-O at midfield of Ohio Stadium at its completion, waving a Sooners flag that he stuck into the FieldTurf as the visiting fans went wild.
Mayfield and the No. 5 Sooners had their revenge, a comprehensive 31-16 victory against the No. 2 Buckeyes before 109,088 fans at Ohio Stadium. FULL STORY ■ PHOTO GALLERY ■ BRIGGS COLUMN ■ OSU NOTEBOOK
RENO — It was not always pretty and was sloppy at times, but the University of Toledo football team rose to the occasion with a 37-24 road win Saturday against Nevada at Mackay Stadium.
Despite committing 14 penalties for 110 yards, the Rockets (2-0) were able to come away with a big road win.
“Any time you go on the road, it is hard and difficult to get wins,” UT coach Jason Candle said. “Certainly this was a great environment for their first home game. We handled the trip really well and got the goal accomplished that we set out to do and that was to win the football game. I thought it was very sloppy at times and at times even a little undisciplined. There are some things we definitely have to correct and have to fix as we move forward. We went from two penalties last week to double digits this week. That’s not championship football. That’s not who we are.” FULL STORY ■ UT AND BGSU’S FLORIDA PLAYERS REACT TO HURRICANE IRMA ■ UT NOTEBOOK
BOWLING GREEN — The Bowling Green State University football team suffered a complete system meltdown in a 35-27 loss Saturday to South Dakota at Doyt Perry Stadium.
The Falcons (0-2) allowed 520 yards of total offense, finished with just two offensive touchdowns despite collecting 456 yards, fumbled a kickoff and a field goal — and committed 14 penalties that cost them a school-record 155 yards to boot in suffering its first loss to an FCS program since 1987.
The Coyotes (2-0) dominated the first quarter, outscoring the Falcons 21-3 in the opening period, and never let up. FULL STORY ■ PHOTO GALLERY ■ UT AND BGSU’S FLORIDA PLAYERS REACT TO HURRICANE IRMA ■ BGSU NOTEBOOK
ANN ARBOR — You play to win the game, as former New York Jets coach Herm Edwards said so eloquently. So in that regard, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh can be pleased with Saturday’s 36-14 victory against Cincinnati.
But the big picture was muddled with cosmetic blemishes and uneven brush strokes. For the second consecutive weekend, Michigan’s offense was put in neutral. Rather than a Corvette cruising the open road, the No. 8 Wolverines more closely resembled a rusty pickup due for a trade-in. FULL STORY ■ PHOTO GALLERY ■ UM NOTEBOOK
Bowling Green players run out on the field before Saturday's game against South Dakota. BLADE/KURT STEISS
Michigan's Grant Perry dives past Cincinnati's Blake Yager and Carter Jacobs for a third quarter touchdown. BLADE/KATIE RAUSCH