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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Denard Robinson accounted for five touchdowns, helping No. 17 Michigan beat Ohio State 40-34 on Saturday and snap a school-record, seven-game losing streak in the rivalry.
The Wolverines (10-2, 6-2 Big Ten) were forced to settle for a six-point lead with 1:59 left on Brendan Gibbons’ career-long 43-yard field goal after two apparent TDs were negated by a video review and then penalties.
The Buckeyes (6-6, 3-5) had a chance to win the game on their final drive, but freshman Braxton Miller sailed a pass over Deviser Posey’s head on what could’ve been a 76-yard TD and threw a loss-sealing interception to Courtney Avery.
Michigan finally beat its archrival because it had a better quarterback than Ohio State for a change.
No. 1 LSU 41, No. 3 Arkansas 17 – Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
BATON ROUGE, La. — Tyrann Mathieu returned a punt 92 yards for a game-tying score and No. 1 LSU punished third-ranked Arkansas with 286 yards rushing, wiping out a 14-point deficit with a 41-17 win Friday that secured a spot in the SEC championship.
Kenny Hilliard, Spencer Ware and Jordan Jefferson all scored on the ground for LSU (12-0, 8-0 SEC), which is 12-0 for the first time and will play No. 13 Georgia on Dec. 3 in Atlanta.
A win against the Bulldogs would assure the Tigers their third trip to the BCS title game in nine seasons. Though at this point, LSU might be able to get there even if it loses.
No. 2 Alabama 42, Auburn 14 – Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
AUBURN, Ala. — Trent Richardson rushed for a career-high 203 yards and AJ McCarron threw three first-half touchdown passes to lift No. 2 Alabama to a 42-14 victory against rival Auburn on Saturday.
The Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) now must wait and see if its resume is good enough to secure a shot at a second national title in three years. No. 3 Oklahoma State and No. 1 LSU have big games remaining.
Richardson ran 27 times and caught a 5-yard touchdown pass in his final chance to impress Heisman Trophy voters. He had runs of 35 and 57 yards to set up second-half scores.
The Tide didn’t put Auburn (7-5, 4-4) away until Dee Milliner’s 35-yard interception return early in the fourth quarter. Alabama entered the quarter with a 309-44 advantage in total yards but also gave up touchdowns on a fumble recovery and a kick return.
No. 4 Stanford 28, No. 22 Notre Dame 14 — Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
STANFORD, Calif. — Luck set the school record for the most career touchdown passes and eclipsed his own single-season mark, throwing for 233 yards and four scores to lead No. 4 Stanford past No. 22 Notre Dame 28-14 in his home finale Saturday night.
Luck topped John Elway’s record of 77 touchdown passes and helped the Cardinal (11-1) build a 21-0 halftime lead. He has thrown for 80 touchdowns in three years – while it took Elway all four – and 35 this season.
”There’s no player in America like Andrew Luck,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. ”Forget about the stats. Forget about the comparisons of other guys. It doesn’t matter.”
The victory likely vaulted the Cardinal into consideration for an at-large BCS bowl bid for the second consecutive year – with the Fiesta Bowl among the leading possible destinations – but they will not play for a major championship this season. The lone loss to Oregon put the Ducks in the Pac-12 title game out of the North Division and crushed Stanford’s dreams of a national title.
No. 6 Virginia Tech 38, Virginia 0 – Box Score | Full Recap
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Logan Thomas threw for two touchdowns and ran for one and David Wilson scored on two long runs in the second half as No. 6 Virginia Tech shut out No. 24 Virginia 38-0 on Saturday.
The Hokies (11-1, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) earned the league’s Coastal Division title and a rematch with No. 18 Clemson in next weekend’s ACC championship game in Charlotte.
It was their eighth consecutive victory in the series, and 12th in 13 games. They will be playing for the ACC title for the fifth time and seeking their fourth title in five years.
The Cavaliers (8-4, 5-3) had won four consecutive games and seemed ready to finally challenge their state rival, but quarterback Michael Rocco threw two interceptions and fumbled it away once.
No. 7 Boise State 36, Wyoming 14 – Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
BOISE, Idaho — Kellen Moore tossed three touchdown passes, including a 46-yarder on the final play of the first half, to lead No. 7 Boise State to a 36-14 victory against Wyoming.
After getting off to a sluggish start, Moore and the Broncos (10-1, 5-1) rattled off 36 consecutive points to put the game away and secure a second-place finish in their first year as a member of the Mountain West Conference.
Moore was 24-of-36 for 279 yards and he threw touchdowns of 17 and 10 yards in the second half.
But it was his last-ditch touchdown toss on the final play of the first half that gave his team the spark it needed. After being flushed from the pocket, Moore rolled left then heaved a pass that was deflected by a Wyoming defender near the goal line and dropped into the hands of Matt Miller to give the Broncos a 13-7 lead.
Wyoming (7-4, 4-2) scored first when linebacker Luke Anderson picked off Moore’s pass early in the first quarter and ran 29 yards for a touchdown. The Cowboys were held to 191 total yards and 78 yards passing.
No. 8 Houston 48, Tulsa 16 – Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
TULSA, Okla. — Patrick Edwards’ 38-yard touchdown catch sparked a string of 28 consecutive points, and No. 8 Houston pulled away to beat Tulsa 48-16 on Friday and earn a spot in the Conference USA championship game.
Case Keenum threw for 457 yards and five touchdowns and Edwards finished with 181 yards receiving and four scores as the Cougars (12-0, 8-0) set a school season record by winning their 12th game. The 12 consecutive wins also match the school’s longest winning streak, set across the 1990 and ’91 seasons.
Keenum helped Houston pull away by hooking up with Edwards twice for touchdowns on fourth down in no man’s land. He found Edwards cutting across the field for a 33-yard score on fourth-and-10 in the second quarter, then threw a deep ball to him for a 38-yard TD on fourth-and-1 in the third quarter.
No. 9 Oregon 49, Oregon State 21 – Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
EUGENE, Ore. — LaMichael James ran for 142 yards before leaving with what appeared to be a left elbow injury, and No. 9 Oregon beat Oregon State 49-21 Saturday to clinch the Pac-12 North and a spot in the conference’s first championship game.
The Ducks (10-2, 8-1 Pac-12) will host UCLA on Friday night with a chance to win their third straight conference title and a spot in the Rose Bowl.
The Beavers (3-9, 3-6) aren’t going to a bowl game for the second consecutive season.
James, who went into the 115th Civil War as the nation’s top rusher with an average of 142.78 yards per game, was hurt midway through the third when he was hit by Oregon State linebacker Tony Wilson.
No. 10 Southern California 50, UCLA 0 — Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
LOS ANGELES — After hanging half a hundred points on their crosstown rivals, Matt Barkley and his Southern California teammates returned to the Coliseum locker room to find T-shirts on their chairs proclaiming the Trojans to be the Pac-12 South champions.
Sanctions will keep USC out of the conference title game. These resilient Trojans still believed they proved which team should be on a flight from Los Angeles to Eugene, Ore., next week.
Barkley passed for 423 yards and six touchdowns in his possible Coliseum farewell, Robert Woods set the conference’s single-season receptions record while catching 12 passes for 113 yards and two TDs, and No. 10 USC finished its resurgent season with a 50-0 demolition of Pac-12 title game-bound UCLA on Saturday night.
Marqise Lee had 13 catches for 224 yards and two TDs during a showcase of offensive brilliance by the Trojans (10-2, 7-2), who are banned from postseason play under heavy NCAA sanctions for violations that occurred before these players arrived at USC. The Trojans still went out in style, jumping to a 29-point halftime lead before posting their largest victory in the city championship game since 1930, the rivalry’s second year.
No. 11 Michigan State 31, Northwestern 17 – Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
EVANSTON, Ill. — Keshawn Martin returned a punt 57 yards for a touchdown just before halftime and Kirk Cousins threw two TD passes to B.J. Cunningham as No. 11 Michigan State warmed up for the Big Ten Championship Game by beating Northwestern 31-17.
The Spartans had already wrapped up the Legends Division title and a berth in the league championship game on Dec. 3. Now they have the best record in the division, as well, and 10 victories overall (10-2, 7-1).
Cousins threw a 33-yarder to Cunningham in the third quarter and hit him again on a juggling 29-yarder with 5:17 left to complete a 93-yard drive. It was the 62nd career TD pass for Cousins, breaking the school record held by Jeff Smoker (61).
Northwestern finished the regular season 6-6 and 3-5.
No. 12 Oklahoma 26, Iowa State 6 – Box Score | Full Recap
NORMAN, Okla. — Landry Jones threw for 256 yards, Blake Bell punched in two short touchdown runs and No. 12 Oklahoma set up a Bedlam showdown for the Big 12 championship by beating Iowa State 26-6.
Trey Franks finished with 88 yards rushing on two long reverses to set up scores for the Sooners (9-2, 6-2 Big 12), and Michael Hunnicutt matched his career-high with four field goals.
Rebounding after allowing a school-record 616 yards allowed last week in a 45-38 loss at Baylor, Oklahoma held Iowa State (6-5, 3-5) to a season-low 245 yards and only let the Cyclones score after James Winchester’s snap sailed over the head of punter Tress Way in the first quarter.
Oklahoma will visit No. 4 Oklahoma State next week with the winner earning the Big 12 title.
No. 13 Georgia 31, No. 25 Georgia Tech 17 – Box Score | Full Recap
ATLANTA – Aaron Murray threw four touchdown passes and No. 13 Georgia extended its domination against No. 25 Georgia Tech, pulling away for a 31-17 victory.
The Bulldogs (10-2) did not get caught looking past their state rival to a return trip to Atlanta, when they will take a 10-game winning streak into the Southeastern Conference championship game against top-ranked LSU on Dec. 3.
Murray extended his school record for touchdown passes in a season to 32, hooking up with Michael Bennett and Chris Conley in the first half, and Tavarres King and Aron White in the third quarter as Georgia cruised to its 10th win against the Yellow Jackets in 11 years.
Georgia Tech’s rushed for 243 yards, but just 79 after halftime. Tevin Washington threw a pair of interceptions.
No. 14 South Carolina 34, No. 18 Clemson 13 – Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Connor Shaw threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to lead No. 14 South Carolina to a 10-win season for the first time in 27 years and its third consecutive victory against No. 18 Clemson 34-13.
The Gamecocks (10-2) choked off Clemson’s once-high scoring offense, holding the Tigers (9-3) to 153 yards and Atlantic Coast Conference passing leader Tajh Boyd to 83 yards through the air.
Clemson was part of the BCS title talk a month ago when it opened 8-0 and rose to No. 6 in the country. But it heads to the ACC championship game against Virginia Tech next week a shaky team after losing three of its past four.
South Carolina’s only other 10-victory season in 118 years of football came in 1984.
No. 15 Wisconsin 45, No. 20 Penn State 7 – Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
MADISON, Wis. — Montee Ball scored four more touchdowns in his pursuit of an NCAA record, powering No. 15 Wisconsin to a 45-7 rout of No. 20 Penn State and a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game.
Ball has scored 34 touchdowns this season for the Badgers (10-2, 6-2 Big Ten), the second-most in a single season in NCAA history. Barry Sanders holds the record, scoring 39 for Oklahoma State in 11 games in the 1988 season.
With the win, Wisconsin will play Big Ten Legends division winner Michigan State in Indianapolis on Dec. 3.
The Nittany Lions (9-3, 6-2) came into the game hoping to salvage something from a season dwarfed by scandal. They took an early 7-0 lead but quickly unraveled, falling behind 28-7 by halftime.
Burkhead started the week with his right foot in a walking boot and finished it by running for 160 yards and a touchdown on a school-record 38 carries in No. 22 Nebraska’s 20-7 victory Friday. Burkhead pounded away at Iowa’s defense 4 or 5 yards at a time and looked like his old self after being held to a season-low 36 yards in the loss a week earlier at Michigan.
The win kept alive Nebraska’s hopes of landing a berth in the Capital One Bowl, if two Big Ten teams are invited to BCS games, or the Outback Bowl.
Nebraska (9-3, 5-3) has nine or more wins in each of Pelini’s four seasons and for the 38th time in 42 seasons.
No. 21 Baylor 66, Texas Tech 42 – Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
ARLINGTON, Texas — Nick Florence threw two long touchdown passes after Robert Griffin was knocked out of the game and No. 21 Baylor extended its winning streak to four games with a 66-42 victory against Texas Tech.
The Bears (8-3, 5-3 Big 12) went on to a record victory without Griffin, whose Heisman Trophy chances were dealt a blow.
Baylor set school mark for most points in a conference game, and was already ahead to stay when Griffin scored on a 3-yard keeper just before halftime. That score came after he was on the sideline for one play after taking an elbow to the helmet while sliding at the end of a run.
Terrance Ganaway rushed 42 times for 246 yards and two touchdowns, giving him a school-record 14.
Texas Tech (5-7, 2-7) finished with its first losing record since 1992.
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