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-Tajh Boyd, Clemson, threw for five touchdowns, ran for three more scores and had 531 total yards to lead the No. 11 Tigers to a 62-48 win over North Carolina State.

-Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, threw for 267 yards and three TDs, and ran for 100 yards and two more scores as the No. 9 Aggies beat Sam Houston State 47-28.

-Montel Harris, Temple, rushed for a career-high 351 yards and seven TDs to help the Owls beat Army 63-32.

-Devin Gardner, Michigan, threw for three touchdowns and ran for three more to help the No. 23 Wolverines rout Iowa 42-17.

-Dri Archer, Kent State, ran for 241 yards and two long touchdowns to lead the No. 25 Flashes to their first Mid-American Conference title game with a 31-24 victory over Bowling Green.

-Keith Price, Washington, threw for 248 yards and a career-best five TDs to help the Huskies overcome a slow start and beat hapless Colorado 38-3.

-Stephen Morris, Miami, threw for 413 yards and three scores to help the Hurricanes roll past South Florida 40-9.

-Matt McGloin, Penn State, threw for a career-high 395 yards and hit Allen Robinson on three of his four TD passes in the Nittany Lions' 45-22 win over Indiana. He also set school records for yards in a season (3,071), career touchdowns (45) and single-season completions (251).

-Devonta Freeman, Florida State, ran for 148 yards and two TDs as the No. 10 Seminoles rolled past Maryland 41-14 to earn a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.

-Taylor Martinez, Nebraska, threw for 308 yards and two TDs to Kenny Bell while becoming the No. 16 Cornhuskers' career passing leader in a 38-14 victory over Minnesota.

-Isaiah Anderson, Oklahoma State, had a career-best 174 yards receiving and caught three long TD passes from Clint Chelf in his final home game, leading the Cowboys to a 59-21 win against No. 23 Texas Tech.

-Tyler Russell, Mississippi State, threw for 274 yards and four TDs to lead the Bulldogs to a 45-14 victory over Arkansas.

-Brett Smith, Wyoming, threw for 412 yards and three TDs to lead the Cowboys to a 28-23 win over UNLV.

-Rakeem Cato, Marshall, threw for 377 yards and three TDs and ran for another score in a 44-41 win over Houston.

-Terrance West, Towson, rushed for 236 yards and two TDs in a 64-35 rout of New Hampshire.

-Dalyn Williams, Dartmouth, threw for 287 yards and three TDs and ran in another score in a 35-21 win over Princeton.

-Michael Colvin, Lehigh, passed for 362 yards and four TDs and ran for another score during a 38-21 win over Lafayette.

-Terrence Lefall, Howard, ran 41 times for 253 yards and two TDs in a 41-34 win over Delaware State.

-Ryan Aplin, Arkansas State, set a school record with 454 yards of offense and threw for four TDs in the Red Wolves' 41-34 win over Troy. He also became the Sun Belt Conference's leading passer with 10,307 career yards.

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JOHNNY FOOTBALL'S RECORDS

Johnny Football has a few records to add to his Heisman resume.

Johnny Manziel threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 100 yards and two more scores in the No. 9 Aggies' 47-28 win over Sam Houston State.

Another prolific day by the redshirt freshman with the cool nickname helped him break the NCAA freshman quarterback rushing record of 1,029 set by Missouri's Brad Smith in 2002. Manziel also broke the freshman record for total offense of 3,827 yards set in 2000 by Jared Lorenzen on A&M's first drive.

He also became the fifth player and first freshman in FBS history to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a season.

His 4,161 yards are a school record for total offense in a season.

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IRISH STILL ALIVE

No. 3 Notre Dame is still in the BCS title-game mix. The Fighting Irish may have locked up a BCS bowl berth, too.

Everett Golson threw touchdown passes of 50, 34 and 2 yards, Cierre Wood scored on a 68-yard run and Notre Dame beat Wake Forest 38-0 to finish the season undefeated at home for the first time since 1998 and keep its national championship hopes alive.

The Fighting Irish improved to 11-0 for the first time since 1989 and need to beat Southern California to finish a regular season undefeated for the first time since 1988, the last time they won a national championship.

The victory virtually assures the Irish of a berth in a BCS game. The Irish need to beat USC and likely need either No. 1 Oregon or No. 2 Kansas State to lose to get into the BCS title game.

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NUMBERS

6-Straight times Harvard has beaten Yale, a first for the Crimson in a rivalry that started in 1875.

13-Outright Ivy League titles by Pennsylvania after beating Cornell 35-28.

21-Touchdown passes by Alabama's AJ McCarron, setting a new single-season school record.

44-Career rushing touchdowns by Army's Trent Steelman, breaking the school record of 43 set by Glenn Davis in the mid-1940s.

64-Wins by South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, tying him with Rex Enright for most in school history.

78-Touchdowns by Wisconsin's Montee Ball, tying Travis Prentice's major-college record for career scores.

754-Total yards by No. 11 Clemson in its 62-48 win over North Carolina State

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TOUSSAINT INJURED

Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint was sent to a hospital for surgery soon after sustaining a serious injury to his left leg.

Coach Brady Hoke declined to provide details after the 23rd-ranked Wolverines beat Iowa 42-17.

Toussaint's left leg snapped gruesomely between his ankle and knee as he was tackled by two Hawkeyes on Michigan's first possession and he was carted off the field.

The redshirt junior ran for 31 yards on three carries against Iowa, giving him 520 yards rushing in 10 games this season. Toussaint ran for 1,041 yards last year and was starting to regain his form in recent weeks.

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HUSKERS SALUTE OSBORNE

Nebraska coaching great Tom Osborne joined Bo Pelini in leading the Cornhuskers from the locker room onto the field for their game against Minnesota and was honored on the field at halftime.

The day at Memorial Stadium was designated as a ``Salute to Tom Osborne.'' The 75-year-old Osborne is retiring as athletic director on Jan. 1.

A video focusing on Osborne's coaching career preceded the traditional Tunnel Walk. Osborne, wearing a red windbreaker and ball cap, walked side by side with Pelini from the locker room to the tunnel opening in the northwest end zone. Pelini pumped his fist to the crowd as he and Osborne jogged onto the field ahead of the team to a standing ovation.

Before the Tunnel Walk, fans on the east side of the stadium held up cards spelling out ``Thanks Tom'' in white letters against a red background, then flipped them over to display the message ``Go Big Red'' in red letters against a white background.

At halftime, Osborne, his wife, Nancy, and their family stood at midfield while a video tribute played on the big screen.

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez and Kansas State coach Bill Snyder hailed Osborne for his character and leadership.

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Braden Holtby saved his best performance of the season for when the Caps needed it most

Braden Holtby saved his best performance of the season for when the Caps needed it most

Braden Holtby has been largely overshadowed in the headlines of the Eastern Conference Final by Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy.

After two games, Vasilevskiy was one of the bigger storylines for how poorly he played in giving up 10 goals in just five periods. The next three games after that, the storyline changed to how well he was suddenly playing and how he had helped the Lightning steal two wins in Washington and take a 3-2 series lead after Game 5.

Holtby was not mentioned much. His play was not the reason the Caps went up 2-0 or the reason they went down 3-2.

But if the Caps hoped to force a Game 7, they needed him to at least be a reason why they won Game 6.

Holtby responded in a big way. With his team facing elimination, Holtby registered his first shutout of both the regular season and the playoffs.

"It's a perfect time," Devante Smith-Pelly said after the game. "He's been great all year. Obviously an up-and-down year for him personally, but the way he's bounced back, he's been amazing all throughout the playoffs."

Holtby is now just the seventh goalie in NHL history to record his first shutout of the season in a game in which his team faced elimination.

Holtby, however, was not concerned with the stats or the shutout.

"The only reason it’s good is we won," Holtby said of his shutout performance. "Aside from that, it’s just good for [the media], I guess you can write about it. But for us it’s just that W."

Vasilevskiy made a number of jaw-dropping saves, especially in the first period, but Holtby matched him save for save as both teams battled for the first goal. With the score knotted at zero, Holtby made a toe save on Anthony Cirelli on a 2-on-1 opportunity to keep the Lightning off the board. He really upped his game in the third period as Tampa Bay made a late push to tie it. He turned aside 10 shots that frame including a nifty snag on Nikita Kucherov and a glorious glove save on Ondrej Palat.

Holtby's performance ensured the Caps would live to fight another day...for now.

As the series shifts back to Tampa Bay, Washington will again be facing elimination. This time, however, so will their opponents.

Anything can happen in a Game 7. In a winner-take-all game, it may come down to who has the better goalie on Wednesday and Holtby seems to be picking a good time to up his game.

"Braden has been the backbone of our hockey club," Barry Trotz said. "You can’t go anywhere without goaltending and he’s been solid. ... Braden is a true pro, he works on his game, he finds ways to make a difference and he does."

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Need to Know: Redskins player one-liners, defense

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Need to Know: Redskins player one-liners, defense

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, May 22, 66 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

Redskins player one-liners, defense

A few weeks ago, I did an early projection of the Redskins’ 53-man roster on offense and defense. As the team gets ready for OTAs here is a comment on each player expected to make the team on defense; the offense was up yesterday

Defensive line

—Even though he played just 159 snaps last year before getting injured, the experience that Jonathan Allen gained in the offseason and training camp last year will help him get off to a strong start this season. 

—​Daron Payne will improve as the season goes on but he should be of some help stopping the run, the team’s most glaring weakness, right off the bat. 

—​Matt Ioannidis could play his way into an early contract extension a year from now, something nobody saw coming a year ago. 

—Last year Anthony Lanier played a little over half a season’s worth of snaps and got 5.0 sacks so I’ll put his over/under for this year at 7.5. 

—I think many fans see “Redskins veteran free agent D-lineman” and associate “bust” but Stacy McGee played pretty well last year. 

—Will Tim Settle be in at nose tackle for the first snap in Week 1?

—The coaches would like to be able to keep Ziggy Hood on the roster, but injuries and other issues could make him a victim of the roster numbers game. 

Inside linebackers

—​Zach Brown struggled a bit before injuries forced him out of the last three games, but he still finished in the top 10 in the NFL in tackles. 

—The team re-signing Mason Foster in late January was a low-key but potentially very impactful move. 

—After getting cut and then returning in November last year, Zach Vigil probably will be employed with the Redskins for all of the 2018 season. 

—It will be interesting to see how much the Redskins try to get out of converted safety Josh Harvey-Clemons as a nickel linebacker this year. 

—The Redskins moved up in the sixth round to draft Shaun Dion Hamilton, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he has a regular role on defense before the season is out. 

Outside linebackers

—All Preston Smith needs to do to hit it big in free agency is add a few sacks to his 2017 total and get a few more takeaways. 

—​Ryan Kerrigan already got paid, he’s a few more good years away from making the Redskins Ring of Fame. 

—I predict that Ryan Anderson gets his first NFL sack in Week 2 against the Colts. 

—You usually think of outside linebackers rotating in when it’s the nickel defense, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see Pernell McPhee be a regular in short-yardage situations. 

Cornerbacks

—I think Josh Norman will the dancing in the end zone at some point this season; he is long overdue to get a pick six (or a pick of any sort for that matter).

—The first time I noticed Quinton Dunbar playing cornerback was when he lined up against Odell Beckham in 2015. 

—The success of the Redskins’ decisions to trade Kendall Fuller and to let Bashaud Breeland leave as a free agent will hinge mostly on how well Fabian Moreau plays in his second year in the NFL.

—Realistically, the Redskins can hope to get 10 or 12 good games out of Orlando Scandrick

—And because Scandrick is unlikely to be healthy for 16 games, the ability of Josh Holsey to step in when needed will be critical. 

—If the Redskins can get a few good punt returns and 75 snaps at nickel corner from Greg Stroman he will be worth the seventh-round pick they used to draft him. 

Safeties

—With a year in the defense under his belt, D.J. Swearinger is a candidate to make his first Pro Bowl. 

—After Jay Gruden compared him to Jordan Reed, there is a lot of pressure on Montae Nicholson to stay on the field and perform well when he is out there. 

—Even though he started eight games last year I think the coaches view Deshazor Everett as more of a special teams guy and situational defender than a safety they want playing 70 snaps a game. 

—​Troy Apke has a lot to learn and it remains to be seen if he can go from being a fast guy to being a fast NFL football player.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCSand on Instagram @RichTandler

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Days until:

—Minicamp (6/12) 21
—Training camp starts (7/26) 66
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 80

The Redskins last played a game 142 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 110 days. 

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