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Ohio Sports News

Last Update on September 21, 2014 05:31 GMT

INDIANS-TWINS

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Yan Gomes homered and drove in four runs to help the Cleveland Indians advance in the AL wild-card race by beating the Minnesota Twins 7-3 on a rainy Saturday night.

The Indians are 3 1/2 games out of the second wild-card spot after Oakland, Kansas City and Seattle all lost ahead of them earlier in the day.

The start of the game was delayed an hour because of rain.

Gomes, who had three hits, broke it open with a three-run homer off Trevor May (3-5) in the fifth inning that made it 7-2.

T.J. House (4-3) was removed after Joe Mauer and Kennys Vargas singled to start the sixth. Zach McAllister came in and struck out the side.

REDS-CARDINALS

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Tony Cruz hit a three-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals connected three times, beating the Cincinnati Reds 8-4 on Saturday night and moving closer to their fourth straight playoff berth.

The Cardinals cut their magic number to one for clinching a postseason berth. The magic number is six for their second NL Central title in a row.

Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk also homered as St. Louis won for the seventh time in eight games.

Cincinnati has lost six in row and been outscored 30-8 in that stretch.

Jason Motte (1-0) needed just three pitches and one out to earn the win.

Mike Leake (11-13) took the loss.

BOWLING GREEN-WISCONSIN

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Melvin Gordon rushed for career highs of 253 yards and five touchdowns, and No. 19 Wisconsin ran for a Big Ten-record 644 yards to trample Bowling Green for a 68-17 victory Saturday.

Gordon had 179 yards and four scores by halftime alone before dashing for a 69-yard touchdown on his first carry of the second half. He silenced any doubters worried about his 38-yard outing the previous game.

The Badgers (2-1) forced two turnovers on back-to-back possessions by the Falcons (2-2) in the first half to break open a close game.

Gordon capitalized each time with scores before closing the half with a 21-yard touchdown run for the highlight reel.

The team rushing total was the most in the Big Ten's modern era, dating back to 1946.

BALL ST-TOLEDO

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Logan Woodside threw for 152 yards with a touchdown and rushed for two more scores as Toledo defeated Ball State 34-23 in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams on Saturday night.

Woodside helped the Rockets (2-2, 1-0 MAC) jump ahead in the first quarter, scoring on runs of 3 yards and 8. Kareem Hunt added a 13-yard touchdown to make it 20-3.

A 26-yard scoring pass from Woodside to Alonzo Russell made it 27-9 in the third. Damion Jones-Moore's 7-yard run capped a 14-play, 72-yard drive with 10:19 left.

Hunt finished with 142 yards on 12 carries in the first half before leaving with an undisclosed injury.

Ozzie Mann threw for 176 yards and a pair of second-half touchdowns, but couldn't pull Ball State (1-3, 0-1) within single digits.

Jahwan Edwards had 125 yards rushing on 21 carries for the Cardinals.

Toledo won its seventh-straight MAC opener.

IDAHO-OHIO

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) -- A.J. Ouillette ran for two touchdowns and Derrius Vick threw for another Saturday to help Ohio hold off Idaho 36-24.

Quentin Poling had three interceptions, one of which led to a fourth-quarter score by JD Sprague that put Ohio up 29-17.

Ouillette scored on 1- and 3-yard runs and gained 130 yards on 27 carries. Vick was 4 of 6 passing for 68 yards, including a 12-yard TD to Sebastian Smith.

With Idaho (0-3) driving, but trailing 23-17 in the fourth quarter, Poling picked off a pass by Matt Linehan and returned it 32 yards to the Vandals' 5. Sprague scored three plays later on a 1-yard run.

Linehan responded with a 52-yard TD pass to Joshua McCain to make it a five-point game, but Ouillette put the game out of reach with a 3-yard TD run for Ohio (2-2). Linehan was 33 of 55 for 353 yards and two TDs, both to McCain.

ST FRANCIS (PA)-YOUNGSTOWN ST

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) -- Dante Nania threw three touchdowns to lead Youngstown State to a 52-23 win over St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday night.

Nania was 11 of 22 and 180 yards for the Penguins (3-1). His favorite targets were Andrew Williams, Jody Webb and Demond Hymes who each had a receiving touchdown. Webb also had a rushing TD. Martin Ruiz scored two rushing touchdowns and had 82 yards on 12 carries.

The Penguins had a 28-16 lead at the break and exploded in the second half, scoring 24 unanswered points on two Nania touchdown passes, a Hymes TD run, and a 25-yard field goal by Joey Cejudo.

Khairi Dickson led the Red Flash (1-3) with 151 yards on 29 carries. Dickson added a 10-yard touchdown run to close out the scoring with just over 5 minutes to play.

Zach Drayer threw 11 of 21 for 139 yards and a touchdown.

MIAMI (OHIO)-CINCINNATI

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Gunner Kiel followed his six-touchdown debut by throwing for four more on Saturday night, and Cincinnati held on to beat Miami of Ohio 31-24 for its ninth straight victory over the southwest Ohio rival.

Kiel, who transferred from Notre Dame and sat out last season, tied the school record with six touchdown passes in his debut last week, a 58-34 win over Toledo. He had three in the first half on Saturday, putting Cincinnati (2-0) ahead to stay.

Miami fell to 0-4 under first-year coach Chuck Martin, who was Notre Dame's offensive coordinator. The RedHawks have lost 20 straight since a victory over Ohio on Oct. 27, 2012.

Kiel was 25 of 39 for 271 yards with two interceptions. He also ran eight times for 17 yards, taking advantage of a defense that dropped into pass coverage and left openings.

MARSHALL-AKRON

AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Remi Watson rushed for 124 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown run, Devon Johnson added 103 yards rushing and a touchdown to help Marshall beat Akron 48-17 on Saturday.

Rakeem Cato threw for 210 yards with one passing touchdown and two rushing TDs for Marshall (4-0). The Thundering Herd has scored 40 or more points in their first four games of the season, their first such streak since 1938.

Marshall's defense forced four Akron turnovers, intercepting quarterback Kyle Pohl twice and recovering two fumbles.

The Thundering Herd scored the first 24 points of the game, before Akron got on the scoreboard with a 24-yard field goal by Robert Stein. Marshall would then rip off 17 more in a row until a Manny Morgan 11-yard touchdown gave the Zips their first touchdown with 8:03 remaining in the game.

National Sports News

Last Update on September 21, 2014 03:58 GMT

T25 FOOTBALL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Third-ranked Alabama committed four turnovers that Florida turned into 21 points this afternoon. It didn't matter.

Blake Sims recorded the Crimson Tide's second-best passing day with 445 yards in a 42-21 romp over the visiting Gators. Sims threw touchdown passes of 87 yards to Kenyan Drake on the opening play and 79 to Amari Cooper later in the first quarter. Cooper caught 10 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns after entering the game leading the nation in receptions.

Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel was 9-of-28 passing for 93 yards and was intercepted twice while his offense produced just 200 yards. Meanwhile, Florida surrendered a school-record 645 yards.

In other AP Top-25:

-- Kenny Hill accounted for 322 yards of offense in just the first half, and Jeremy Tabuyo turned two short passes into long touchdowns as sixth-ranked Texas A&M crushed SMU 58-6. Trey Williams ran for a pair of touchdowns to help the Aggies improve to 4-0 for the first time in eight years.

-- Connor Cook threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score as No. 11 Michigan State scored the third-most points in program history in smashing Eastern Michigan 73-14. The 2-1 Spartans came within three points of matching the school record set in 1989 against Northwestern

-- Sony Michel ran for 155 yards and three touchdowns to highlight a big day for freshmen in 13th-ranked Georgia's 66-0 rout of Troy. Among other standout frosh for Georgia were receiver Isaiah McKenzie, who scored on a 52-yard punt return, and Bryce Ramsey, who threw his first career TD pass.

-- Indiana posted the first big shocker of the top-25 slate as D'Angelo Roberts ran for a three-yard touchdown with 22 seconds left in the Hoosier's 31-27 victory at No. 18 Missouri. Nate Sudfeld passed for 252 yards and a touchdown.

-- Melvin Gordon rushed for career highs of 253 yards and five touchdowns, and No. 19 Wisconsin ran for a Big Ten-record 644 yards to trample Bowling Green, 68-17.

-- No. 21 Brigham Young rallied to beat Virginia 41-33 as Taysom Hill threw for two touchdowns and ran for another.

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