Buckeyes lose stunner at Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Nate Stanley threw for 226 yards and five touchdowns, and Iowa throttled third-ranked Ohio State 55-24 on Saturday, dealing what’s likely to be a fatal blow to the Buckeyes’ playoff hopes.
Josh Jackson added three interceptions for the Hawkeyes (6-3, 3-3), who beat their fourth top-5 opponent in their last five tries at home.
“They were baiting him … that’s their coverage,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said of quarterback J.T. Barrett, who threw a career-high four picks. “We just didn’t play very well.”
Iowa went up 7-0 on the game’s first play — a pick-six of Barrett — and raced out to a 31-17 halftime lead on a pair of Stanley TD passes to Noah Fant.
Badgers 9-0 with win at Indiana
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Jonathan Taylor rushed for 183 yards and one touchdown and Alec Ingold had three scores Saturday to help No. 4 Wisconsin pull away with a 45-17 victory at Indiana.
The Badgers (9-0, 6-0, No. 9 CFP) extended the nation’s second-longest winning streak to 10 and their school record for consecutive Big Ten victories to 12. They also remained one of a handful of unbeaten teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Indiana (3-6, 0-6) lost its 10th in a row in the series. It was the first meeting between the schools since 2013.
But it sure wasn’t as easy as it looked.
The Hoosiers got within 24-17 when Richard Lagow threw a 17-yard TD pass to Simmie Cobbs Jr. with 4:12 left in the third.
But Joe Ferguson picked off Lagow passes in Indiana territory on each of the Hoosiers’ next two drives.
Gun Runner rules Breeders’ Cup
DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — There’s a new king in horse racing and it’s Gun Runner.
The 4-year-old colt won the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic by 2 1/4 lengths Saturday, sending rival Arrogate to a third straight career-ending defeat at Del Mar.
Gun Runner ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:01.29 and paid $6.80, $4.40 and $3.20. Collected returned $5.60 and $4, while West Coast was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $3.60.
Arrogate finished in a dead-heat for fifth with Gunnevera, done in once again at the seaside track north of San Diego. It was the scene of two losses during the summer.
Johnson still alive in NASCAR
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Jimmie Johnson still has two very conceivable options for a chance to race for his record-breaking eighth NASCAR Cup Series championship.
Win one of the next two races, or just be in the top four in points after that, and Johnson will get one of the four championship-contending spots in two weeks.
“I do feel good about getting in,” Johnson said.
Johnson is a seven-time winner at Texas, where the Cup Series races today. He won there in April in the first race after the 1 1/2-mile track was completely repaved and restructured in Turns 1 and 2.