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  • Michigan rides Gardner past Notre Dame

  • ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Devin Gardner lived up to that number on his jersey Saturday night.
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  • ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Devin Gardner lived up to that number on his jersey Saturday night.
    Wearing No. 98 to honor Michigan greatest Tom Harmon, Gardner threw four touchdown passes and ran for a score to lead the 17th-ranked Wolverines to a 41-30 win over No. 14 Notre Dame in front of an NCAA-record crowd of 115,109.
    Gardner sealed the victory with a 4-yard TD pass to Drew Dileo with 4:18 left and ran for 14 yards to convert the final third down in the final seconds to set off a celebration at the Big House.
    The Wolverines (2-0) had a pair of 14-point leads, but the Fighting Irish (1-1) refused to be routed.
    Notre Dame pulled within a TD early in the fourth quarter when defensive end Stephon Tuitt made a diving interception in the end zone — a few snaps after the Irish turned the ball over on downs — on a pass Gardner was trying to throw away to avoid a safety.
    "I made a horrible decision," Gardner said. "But the defense gave me a place to stand. They told me they believed in me and I finished it."
    Kyle Brindza made a 40-yard field goal with 9:15 left to pull Notre Dame within four points.
    The Irish were called for pass interference twice — once on a questionable call when Bennett Jackson intercepted Gardner's pass deep in Notre Dame territory — on the ensuing drive and Gardner later took advantage by accounting for a fifth TD.
    Tommy Rees threw a second interception with 1:29 left.
    No. 3 Ohio State 42, San Diego State 7
    At Columbus, Ohio, Kenny Guiton took over when Braxton Miller left with a sprained left knee, running for one touchdown and passing for two while leading Ohio State over San Diego State.
    No. 4 Clemson 52, South Carolina State 13
    At Clemson, S.C., Tajh Boyd ran for a touchdown and Clemson returned two interceptions for scores for the first time in program history in a win over FCS opponent South Carolina State.
    No. 7 Texas A&M 65, Sam Houston State 28
    At College Station, Texas, Johnny Manziel threw for 426 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score in less than three quarters to give Texas A&M a win over Sam Houston State.
    No. 8 Louisville 44, Eastern Kentucky 7
    At Louisville, Ky., Teddy Bridgewater threw for 397 yards and four touchdowns, and Louisville routed Eastern Kentucky on a day the Cardinals' defense just missed it second straight shutout.
    No. 9 LSU 56, UAB 17
    At Baton Rouge, La., Zach Mettenberger passed for an LSU single-game record five touchdowns, receiver Odell Beckham Jr. scored one of his four touchdowns on a 100-yard field goal return.
    No. 11 Georgia 41, No. 6 South Carolina 30
    At Athens, Ga., Aaron Murray threw for 309 yards and four touchdowns, Georgia's beleaguered defense finally came up with a stop, and the Bulldogs defeated South Carolina for an early edge in the Southeastern Conference East.
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