COLUMBUS, Ohio — Get all the news around Ohio State football and other important teams in today’s Buckeye Breakfast, compiled today by Ryan Isley.
No. 6 Notre Dame remains undefeated and looks primed for a spot in playoffs
Notre Dame took a 7-point lead into the fourth quarter against Stanford on Saturday night and then junior quarterback Ian Book threw two touchdowns in 14 seconds to give the Fighting Irish a 38-17 lead and the win.
Mike Berardino of the Indianapolis Star looks at how this game was different than games between these two teams, where Notre Dame has held a lead in the fourth quarter before allowing the Cardinal to ultimately come back and take the victory.
It was just the second start of the season for Book, who had been sitting behind Brandon Wimbush at the beginning of the season. Book threw for 278 yards and four touchdowns against Stanford and also had 47 yards rushing. This came one week after Notre Dame beat Wake Forest 56-27 in a game where Book threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns and also scored three times on the ground.
George Schroeder of USA Today thinks that Notre Dame is now a legitimate contender for the College Football Playoff with Book at quarterback.
— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) September 30, 2018
Postgame Buckeye Talk
Ohio State won a thriller over Penn State in Happy Valley on Saturday night. After getting in a little bit of sleep, Doug Lesmerises and Bill Landis sit down and discuss what they learned about this Buckeyes team and answer your questions in the latest edition of the Buckeye Talk podcast.
No. 4 Clemson survives against Syracuse, but quarterback questions remain
Clemson escaped with a narrow 27-23 win over Syracuse on Saturday to remain unbeaten at 5-0, but the win was the secondary story on the day.
In the same week that quarterback Kelly Bryant announced he was leaving Clemson after head coach Dabo Swinney named Trevor Lawrence as the starter and relegated Bryant to the backup role, Lawrence was injured in the Tigers’ 27-23 win over Syracuse. After taking a hit to the head, the freshman was experiencing concussion-like symptoms and did not return. Chase Brice replaced Lawrence on Saturday.
The Tigers trailed for the entire second half until Travis Etienne scored on a 2-yard run to give Clemson the lead of the day in the final minute. The touchdown run capped off a 14-play, 94-yard drive.
Laken Litman of Sports Illustrated looks at if the injury to Lawrence might change the decision of Bryant to transfer.
The call. The execution. The celebration.
— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) September 30, 2018
QB Kyler Murray didn’t start for No. 7 Oklahoma on Saturday but still tied Sooners record
Kyler Murray did what a lot of college kids do on a Friday morning – he overslept. But for Murray, his sleep cost him his job as Oklahoma’s starting quarterback against Baylor. Well, for a couple of minutes anyway.
After Austin Kendall started the game in place of Murray, the junior came in on the second drive and gave a glimpse of what he was going to do to the Baylor secondary all day with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Lee Morris.
When all was said and done, Murray had thrown for 432 yards and six touchdown passes in a 66-33 win for the Sooners. He also accounted for a seventh touchdown with a 1-yard run as the third quarter ended. The seven total touchdowns tied the Oklahoma record held by 2017 Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield.
Bill Haisten of Tulsa World dives into what was one of the best quarterback performances in Oklahoma Sooner history.
Have a day, @TheKylerMurray.
The junior from Allen, Texas came off the bench to complete 17 of his 21 passes and some video game numbers.
— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) September 29, 2018
No. 14 Michigan overcomes slow start to defeat Northwestern, but is it a sign of things to come?
Northwestern ran out to a 17-0 lead over Michigan Saturday afternoon before the Wolverines scored 20 unanswered points, including a touchdown with 4:06 left to play.
This was just the second game on the road for Michigan this season, and the Wolverines got off to a slow start in each. In the first game, they were not able to bounce back in a 24-17 loss at Notre Dame in the season’s first week.
Nick Baumgardner of the Detroit Free Press says that if Michigan has slow starts later this season against teams who are better than Northwestern, it could be a problem for the Wolverines.
Big Ten roundup
Here is a roundup of other games from around the Big Ten.
* Michigan State jumped out to a 31-3 lead before allowing Central Michigan to score 17 straight points in the fourth quarter in a 31-20 win for the Spartans. All four touchdowns for Michigan State came on the ground, as quarterback Brian Lewerke scored twice and running backs La”Darius Jefferson and Conner Heyward each scored once.
* Indiana held off a furious comeback attempt by Rutgers to pull out a 24-17 road win. The Scarlet Knights scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to cut a 24-7 lead to just 24-17 with 3:52 to play, but the Hoosiers picked up a first down by converting on a fourth down on the final drive of the game. Quarterback Peyton Ramsey led the Indiana offense by throwing for 288 yards and a touchdown and he also ran for 51 yards and scored a rushing touchdown.
* Purdue used 27 straight points to defeat Nebraska in Lincoln 42-28 after the Cornhuskers took a 7-0 lead. The Boilermakers rushed for four touchdowns, led by D.J. Knox, who scored twice and had 87 yards rushing. Purdue won despite giving up 582 yards of offense.
Catching up on Sunday’s Ohio State news
* Bill writes that in the win over Penn State, the college football world was introduced to Chase Young.
* Bill takes a look at what we learned about Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins in the come-from-behind win.
* Doug says that without their usual crutch to lean on, the Buckeyes found a new way to escape a hostile environment with a win.
* Bill looks at the play that may not have only changed the game, but also wide receiver Ben Victor’s career.
Ryan Isley is a freelancer from Akron.