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Then the Tigers and Bulldogs put on a dizzying display of big plays _ 912 yards combined and each team returned an interception for a score _ that was ended by a perfectly executed tackle by Auburn defensive back Ryan Smith, who stopped 240-pound quarterback Chris Relf inches from the goal line.

Final: Auburn 41, Mississippi State 34. It was the Tigers’ 17th straight victory, nine by a touchdown or less.

Game of the day, right?

Not if you were in Ames, Iowa, where Steele Jantz of Iowa State will probably never have to pay for a meal _ after he graduates, of course. Jantz threw four touchdown passes and the Cyclones snapped a three-game losing streak against Iowa with a 44-41 triple-OT win.

The Cyclones’ celebration was so intense, they tore apart the temporary Cy-Hawk Trophy.

By the time South Carolina beat Georgia 45-42, with the help of a fake punt called by Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier that sprung 265-pound defensive lineman Melvin Ingram for a 68-yard touchdown run, Auburn-Mississippi could not even claim the title of SEC game of the day.

The first Pac-12 game ever produced the most confusing result of the day. Southern California blocked a last-play field goal attempt by Utah to earn the win. USC’s Torin Harris returned the block for a touchdown. Final: USC 23, Utah 14.

Nope. There was an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Trojans because some players from the sideline ran onto the field before Harris scored. Final: USC 17, Utah 14.

Nope. Two hours later the conference announced the TD should count and made the final 23-14. It hardly mattered to the Utes and Trojans, but in Las Vegas, where the line was Trojans by eight, the change had bettors and oddsmakers scrambling.

Speaking of scrambling, Michigan’s Denard Robinson kept getting away from Notre Dame.

In the game that top them all, the first night game in the history of Michigan Stadium, in front of the largest crowd to ever attend a college game, the Wolverines and Fighting Irish traded the lead three times in the final 1:12.

Robinson’s touchdown pass to Roy Roundtree with 2 seconds left gave coach Brady Hoke and Michigan a 35-31 victory and left Notre Dame and coach Brian Kelly 0-2.

“It does not get any better than that,” Michigan Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard said Sunday. “You won’t see anything like that again.”

Or at least not until next week.


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