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Fields throws 4 TDs, Ohio St. wins 52-3

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EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Eyeing a playoff spot and a shot at the national championship, No. 4 Ohio State sure is locked in at the moment.

Justin Fields threw for four touchdowns, J.K. Dobbins rushed for 121 yards and the Buckeyes pounded Northwestern 52-3 on Friday night.

Ohio State (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) did exactly as expected and blew the game open early, jumping to a 31-3 halftime lead.

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Pitt holds off Syracuse as run reaches 4

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) When the Pitt Panthers went into halftime against Syracuse with an 18-point lead, quarterback Kenny Pickett didn't like what he saw and let his teammates know it.

"Too many smiles," Pickett said, recounting his impassioned halftime speech. "I play this game real seriously. The game was far from over, so when I came in I saw guys smiling and I didn't like it. I just wanted to make sure we came back down to earth and got the job done."

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Ricky Williams' Heisman sells $504,000

The Heisman Trophy won by Ricky Wiliams in 1998 at Texas was sold at auction for $504,000, setting a record for college football's most recognizable award.

The winning bid for the trophy in Heritage Auctions' Fall Sports Memorabilia Collectibles offerings exceeded the previous auction record for a Heisman set when Tim Brown's 1987 trophy garnered $435,763 last December.

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UCLA ends 11-year skid against Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Dorian Thompson-Robinson wasn't sure he was going to start Thursday's game until just before game time. It turned out to be the best decision of the night.

Thompson-Robinson, using the bye week to help his recovery from a leg injury that caused him to miss a game, passed for two touchdowns and ran for another in helping UCLA end an 11-year drought against Stanford with a 34-16 victory over the Cardinal.

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Vols QB Maurer a game-time call vs. Tide

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt says quarterback Brian Maurer's status for the Volunteers' Saturday matchup at No. 1 Alabama will be a game-time decision after the freshman sustained a concussion last week.

Pruitt had said Monday that Maurer had taken some reps at the previous night's practice and added that "he's going to be fine, I'm sure." Pruitt updated Maurer's situation after Tennessee's Wednesday practice.

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MSU WR Chambers enters transfer portal

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State receiver Cam Chambers has entered the transfer portal, the second Spartans receiver to make the move in less than a week.

The school confirmed the move Thursday. The Spartans have this weekend off before hosting Penn State on Oct. 26.

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No. 9 Florida opens decisive SEC stretch

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida handled its last loss to a top-10 team poorly.

The Gators followed a 19-point setback to then-No. 7 Georgia last year with a 21-point drubbing against Missouri. It was a humbling, two-week stretch that threatened to derail coach Dan Mullen's first season in Gainesville.

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Irish still in CFP hunt, but need help

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) It isn't often that Brian Kelly has to get his team's attention.

Late in Saturday's 30-27 victory over Southern California that moved the Irish to 5-1, Kelly tried. He raced out onto the field to get a timeout from officials as the Trojans lined up to attempt an onside kick late in the game.

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Malzahn, Morris put friendships on hold

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) The last time Arkansas coach Chad Morris felt this much pressure to win was nearly 20 years ago.

His first year at Stephenville High School in East Texas resulted in the Yellow Jackets missing the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. When the season ended, Morris made a visit that changed his career path: He went to Springdale, Arkansas, where Gus Malzahn was doing things few had ever seen before. Having already turned Shiloh Christian into an offensive dynamo, Malzahn was developing a powerhouse of a program at Springdale High and was coming off a state championship game appearance in just his second season.

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FBS targeting penalties down 32 percent

The number of enforced targeting penalties is down 32% in the Football Bowl Subdivision compared with the first seven weeks of the 2018 season, the NCAA said Wednesday.

Targeting, the act of striking a defenseless opponent above the shoulders or using the crown of the helmet to contact an opponent, has been one of the college game's biggest player-safety concerns for a decade.

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