Last Update on September 21, 2014 05:31 GMT
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last Update on September 21, 2014 12:53 GMT
UNDATED (AP) -- Top-ranked Florida State managed to win without its reigning Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback.
Jameis (JAYM'-ihs) Winston looked on as Karlos Williams scored on a 12-yard run in overtime to give the Seminoles a 23-17 win over No. 22 Clemson. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney declined to attempt a 33-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime and Adam Choice was stuffed for no gain on fourth-and-1. Two plays later, Williams bounced outside and went untouched into the end zone.
Seminoles quarterback Sean Maguire made his first career start and completed 21 of 39 passes for 305 yards, two interceptions and a game-tying, 74-yard touchdown to Rashad Greene with 6:04 left in regulation. Magquire got the start in place of Winston, who was suspended for the game after making "offensive and vulgar" comments earlier this week on campus.
-- Marcus Mariota's (mar-ee-OH'-tahz) six-yard TD pass to Keanon Lowe with 5:33 left allowed second-ranked Oregon to escape with a 38-31 victory against Washington State at Pullman. Mariota added to his Heisman resume by completing 21 of his 25 passes for 329 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. Connor Halliday kept the Cougars close by completing 43 of 63 throws for 436 yards and four touchdowns.
-- Third-ranked Alabama generated so much offense, it even allowed Florida to score a few points.
The Gators turned four Crimson Tide turnovers into 21 points, the only scoring Florida could muster in a 42-21 loss to Alabama.
Blake Sims recorded the Crimson Tide's second-best passing day with 445 yards, including 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.
The Tide are 4-0 after winning their SEC opener.
-- Mississippi State posted a 34-29 win at eighth-ranked LSU behind the work of quarterback Dak Prescott, who had 373 yards of total offense. Prescott passed for 268 yards and two touchdowns and highlighted his 105 yards rushing with a 56-yard scoring run.
LSU erased most of a 24-point, fourth-quarter deficit before a last-second desperation heave by LSU backup quarterback Brandon Harris was intercepted by Will Redmond at the goal line.
In other AP Top-25 action:
-- Samaje Perine rushed for 242 yards and four touchdowns to lead No. 4 Oklahoma to a 45-33 win over West Virginia. Alex Ross scored on a 100-yard kickoff return and quarterback Trevor Knight caught a 4-yard scoring pass on a trick play for the 4-0 Sooners.
-- 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.
-- Steve Spurrier is second on the SEC's all-time wins list for coaches with 202 after 14th-rated South Carolina rallied from 14 points down to beat Vanderbilt 48-34. Dylan Thompson threw for 237 yards and three touchdowns, and he ran for another score.
-- D'Angelo Roberts ran for a three-yard touchdown with 22 seconds left to lift Indiana past No. 18 Missouri 31-27. 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.
-- Taysom Hill threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as No. 21 Brigham Young rallied to beat Virginia 41-33. Hill completed 13 of 23 for 187 yards and rushed for another 72 on 17 carries.
-- No. 24 Nebraska knocked off Miami 41-31 as Ameer Abdullah ran 35 times for 229 yards. Tommy Armstrong Jr. passed for 113 yards and two touchdowns and ran 13 times for 96 for the Cornhuskers.
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