Michigan State wins Legends Division
FBS Review: Three top-five teams lose; Georgia wins SEC East
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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Kirk Cousins threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns in just more than a half as No. 12 Michigan State, with a loss by Nebraska later in the day, earned a spot in the Big Ten championship game following a 55-3 rout of Indiana.
Cousins hit B.J. Cunningham for a 7-yard touchdown on Michigan State's first possession of the second half, giving the Spartans a 41-3 lead.
On the next drive, he handed off on the first play, and then was replaced by Andrew Maxwell. Cousins saluted the Spartan logo at midfield before leaving to a large ovation.
No. 1 LSU 52, Mississippi 3 -- Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
OXFORD, Miss. -- Ron Brooks returned an interception for a touchdown 28 seconds into the game and top-ranked LSU never looked back, piling up 353 yards rushing on the way to a 52-3 rout of Mississippi.
The Tigers (11-0, 7-0 Southeastern Conference), who matched their best start since 1958, built a 35-3 halftime lead.
Quarterback Jordan Jefferson started his second consecutive game, completing 7 of 7 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. Alfred Blue led the Tigers with 74 rushing yards while Spencer Ware added 70 yards and a touchdown.
Ole Miss (2-9, 0-7) has lost six consecutive games and a school-record 13 consecutive conference games. Barry Brunetti rushed for a team-high 74 yards as the Rebels managed just 195 total yards.
Iowa State 37, No. 2 Oklahoma State 31 (2OT) -- Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
AMES, Iowa -- Bedlam will still be a huge deal for Oklahoma State. It just won't be nearly as big as it could have been after the Cowboys let their dream season slip away at Iowa State.
Backup running back Jeff Woody scored on a 4-yard run in the second overtime and Iowa State stunned No. 2 Oklahoma State 37-31 on Friday night, opening the door for a couple of one-loss teams to reach the BCS championship game.
The Cyclones (6-4, 3-4 Big 12) overcame a 17-point deficit to beat the Cowboys (10-1, 7-1), opening a path for either Oregon or Alabama to face LSU in a rematch for the title.
Oklahoma State will host Oklahoma on Dec. 3 in a game that will now likely determine the Big 12 title. The Cowboys have never won the Big 12, but there was a lot more than the league crown at stake before they were shocked by the Cyclones.
Weeden threw for 476 yards, but he threw three interceptions and saw his Heisman Trophy hopes fade considerably.
None of those picks stung more than his first pass in the second overtime, which was intercepted by Ter'Ran Benton. Woody ran for 6 and 15 yards, then bullied his way into the end zone to give the Cyclones their first ever victory over a top-5 opponent.
No. 3 Alabama 45, Georgia Southern 21 -- Box Score | Full Recap
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trent Richardson rushed for 175 yards and scored three touchdowns to power No. 3 Alabama to a 45-21 victory against Georgia Southern.
The Crimson Tide (10-1) didn't win many style points in giving up a season-high 21 points, but the team's biggest national title boost came the previous night when No. 2 Oklahoma State fell 37-31 to Iowa State in two overtimes.
Alabama needed Richardson more than expected against the FCS Eagles (9-2). The Heisman Trophy candidate ran 32 times, caught a 4-yard touchdown pass and broke Shaun Alexander's school single-season mark of 19 rushing touchdowns.
He was still running well into the fourth quarter in a game that was expected to be a low-stress tuneup for the Iron Bowl at Auburn.
Georgia Southern's triple option attack burned the nation's top defense for 302 rushing yards.
No. 18 USC 38, No. 4 Oregon 35 -- Box Score | Full Recap
EUGENE, Ore. -- Matt Barkley threw for 323 yards and four touchdowns and the No. 18 USC Trojans held off No. 4 Oregon 38-35 when Alejandro Maldonado missed a 37-yard field goal to tie the game with five seconds left.
Trailing 24-7 in the third quarter, Oregon mounted a furious comeback and narrowed it to 38-35 with 7:05 left in the fourth quarter. Barkley led his team to the Oregon 15, but Marc Tyler fumbled and the ball was recovered by the Ducks with 2:54 to go.
Oregon marched down the field but Maldondado's kick, which was brought five yards closer because of a USC penalty, went wide left.
The loss snaps a 21-game winning streak for the Ducks (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12) at Autzen Stadium, which was the longest in the nation. It also stopped Oregon's winning streak in conference games at 19.
Robert Woods, who was held out of some practices this week with ankle and shoulder injuries, caught seven passes for 53 yards and two scores. With the victory, USC (9-2, 6-2) kept the Ducks from clinching a spot in the inaugural Pac-12 championship game.
Wilson finished 32 of 43 for 365 yards and three touchdowns.
The win is the seventh consecutive for the Razorbacks (10-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference), who travel to No. 1 LSU next week for a game with conference and national title implications.
It also clinched the first back-to-back 10-win seasons since 1988-89 for Arkansas, which completed its first undefeated season at home since 1999.
Chris Gragg led the Razorbacks with a career-high 119 yards receiving on eight catches. The tight end also had a 2-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter that put Arkansas up 31-10, and the Razorbacks outgained the Bulldogs 539-211.
All six of Mississippi State's (5-6, 1-6) losses this season have now come against teams currently ranked in the BCS standings. The Bulldogs were held to six three-and-outs.
NC State 37, No. 7 Clemson 13 -- Box Score | Full Recap
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Mike Glennon threw three touchdown passes and North Carolina State shut down No. 7 Clemson's explosive offense to help the Wolfpack beat the mistake-prone Tigers 37-13.
Tobais Palmer had a dazzling 43-yard catch-and-run touchdown to highlight a surprisingly dominating performance by NC State (6-5, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Wolfpack scored 27 points in the second quarter, then increased the lead and never let the Tigers (9-2, 6-2) build any momentum to rally.
It was NC State's first win against a top-10 team in five seasons under Tom O'Brien, and it was a surprising outcome considering the Wolfpack needed to win the final two games just to become bowl eligible. Not to mention that Tigers had already wrapped up the league's Atlantic Division crown and an appearance in the ACC championship game in Charlotte on Dec. 3.
No. 9 Virginia Tech 24, North Carolina 21 -- Box Score | Full Recap
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Logan Thomas and No. 9 Virginia Tech had plenty of reasons to feel good about the Hokies' chances of a division title after their 24-21 victory against North Carolina on Thursday night. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third as Virginia Tech built a 24-7 lead, then held off a comeback bid by the Tar Heels in the final quarter.
The Hokies (10-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their sixth in a row since a home loss to No. 7 Clemson and remained on track for a fourth trip to the ACC championship game in five years. Virginia Tech is the only team in the nation that has won at least 10 games in each of the past eight seasons.
Thomas hit Chris Drager with a game-tying 11-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, ran 23 yards for a touchdown in the third and hit D.J. Coles on a perfect fade route to make it 24-7.
No. 10 Boise State 52, San Diego State 35 -- Box Score | Full Recap
SAN DIEGO -- Kellen Moore completed 28 of 40 passes for 366 yards and four touchdowns, three to Tyler Shoemaker, and No. 10 Boise State benefited from three San Diego State turnovers to race to a 52-35 victory.
The Broncos (9-1, 4-1 Mountain West) bounced back from a 36-35 loss to TCU a week earlier in Boise.
San Diego State (6-4, 3-3) remained winless in 19 games against Associated Press top 10 teams since 1969. Overall, the Aztecs are 6-59 against top 25 teams.
Shoemaker had 10 catches for 130 yards. Doug Martin carried 36 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns.
It was Moore's 23rd consecutive game with multiple touchdown passes, the longest current streak in Division I. He was intercepted once, just his sixth of the season.
With 13,782 yards, Moore moved past Philip Rivers, formerly of North Carolina State and currently of the San Diego Chargers, for sixth place in Division I career passing yards. His four TD passes gave him 134 for his career, moving him into a second-place tie in Division I with Graham Harrell of Texas Tech (2005-08).
No. 11 Houston 37, SMU 7 -- Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
HOUSTON -- Case Keenum set the Football Bowl Subdivision career record for completions, threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score as No. 11 Houston stayed unbeaten with a 37-7 win against SMU.
Keenum completed 30 of 45 passes for 318 yards, a modest day for the nation's leader in total offense and pass efficiency. He set the completions mark on his seventh throw, breaking the previous mark (1,403) set by Texas Tech's Graham Harrell (2005-08).
The Cougars' sixth-year quarterback also joined Hawaii's Tim Chang as the only quarterbacks to reach 4,000 yards passing in three seasons, and he tied Chang's FBS record for career 300-yard passing games (36). Chang set his records in 2000-04, when he played for current SMU coach June Jones.
No. 13 Georgia 19, Kentucky 10 -- Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
ATHENS, Ga. -- Aaron Murray threw a touchdown pass to Marlon Brown on the first play of the fourth quarter, Blair Walsh kicked four field goals and No. 13 Georgia beat Kentucky 19-10 to clinch a spot in the SEC championship game.
Georgia struggled on offense after losing top rusher Isaiah Crowell to a left ankle injury after only two carries. Crowell's top backup, Carlton Thomas, was not at the game for personal reasons.
Georgia was left with Ken Malcome and Brandon Harton, who rushed for 101 yards, at tailback.
The Bulldogs (9-2 overall, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) leaned on Walsh's four field goals, including three from 39 yards, and strong defense to clinch first place in the SEC's Eastern Division.
No. 14 South Carolina 41, The Citadel 20 -- Box Score | Full Recap
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Connor Shaw threw for 217 yards and three touchdowns, including Alshon Jeffery's first scoring catch in more than a month, and No. 14 South Carolina defeated The Citadel 34-20.
The Gamecocks (9-2) reached nine victories in back-to-back years for the first time in school history and held out hope for even more milestones.
For now, though, the Gamecocks were happy to get their sluggish offense moving again and bring Jeffery back into the mix. Jeffery caught a 32-yard scoring pass using just his right arm as Citadel defender Joseph Boateng pinned him near the left sideline of the end zone.
The slumping Illini jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the second quarter and carried a 17-7 advantage into halftime. But Ball had a 5-yard TD run after Wisconsin recovered a fumble, pulling the Badgers within three early in the third quarter.
The Badgers kept up the pressure, grabbing the lead for good on quarterback Russell Wilson's 1-yard TD run that made it 21-17. Wilson's team only had to go 44 yards for the go-ahead score after a 74-yard punt buried the Illini at their own 3.
Donovonn Young rushed for two TDs for Illinois. He finished with 43 yards on eight carries.
No. 16 Kansas State 17, Texas 13 -- Box Score | Full Recap
AUSTIN, Texas -- Collin Klein ran for one touchdown and passed for another and No. 16 Kansas State overcame a suffocating Texas defense for a 17-13 win.
Klein was sacked five times and Kansas State (9-2, 6-2 Big 12) managed just 121 total yards, but still pulled out the win behind Klein's 16-yard touchdown pass to Chris Harper with 9 seconds left in the first half and his 3-yard scoring run in the third quarter.
Klein leads the nation with 25 rushing touchdowns and needs just two more to tie the Big 12 record set by Texas running back Ricky Williams in 1998.
Texas rallied from a 17-3 deficit behind backup quarterback Case McCoy, but the Longhorns (6-4, 3-4) have scored just one touchdown in the last two games.
No. 20 Michigan 45, No. 17 Nebraska 17 -- Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Denard Robinson threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores to help No. 20 Michigan rout No. 17 Nebraska 45-17.
The Wolverines (9-2, 5-2 Big Ten) moved into second place in the conference's Legends Division and kept its chances of playing in a BCS bowl for the first time since the 2006 season.
The Cornhuskers (8-3, 4-3) lost any hope of playing in the Big Ten's first title game.
Michigan State clinched its spot in the Dec. 3 game in Indianapolis with a win against Indiana and Michigan's victory against Nebraska.
No. 19 TCU 34, Colorado State 10 -- Box Score | Full Recap
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Antoine Hicks, Ed Wesley and Matthew Tucker ran for touchdowns and Tank Carder returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown, helping No. 19 TCU win at least a share of the Mountain West title with a 34-10 victory against Colorado State.
Coming off an upset win at Boise State, the Horned Frogs (9-2, 6-0) seemed a bit flat in the first half. They got rolling in the third quarter on their way to handing the Rams (3-7, 1-4) a sixth consecutive loss.
TCU's Casey Pachall was 13 of 20 for 117 yards, and Waymon James had 108 yards rushing.
CSU's Garrett Grayson, a true freshman making his first start, was 14 of 24 for 248 yards and a touchdown plus the interception by Carder.
No. 21 Penn State 20, Ohio State 14 -- Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- No. 21 Penn State won for the first time since coach Joe Paterno was fired, with Stephfon Green running for two touchdowns and the Nittany Lions' solid defense holding Ohio State scoreless in the second half of a 20-14 victory.
Penn State (9-2, 6-1) earned a share of the Big Ten's Leaders Division title and set up a division title game Nov. 26 at Wisconsin. The winner will play in the conference's first championship game on Dec. 3.
In what was expected to be a defensive struggle, the teams did all of their scoring in the opening half before the defenses took over.
Braxton Miller ran for a touchdown and threw a 7-yard scoring pass to Jake Stoneburner for Ohio State (6-5, 3-4), but he had an intentional grounding and three incompletions on the Buckeyes' final possession.
UAB 34, No. 22 Southern Miss 31 -- Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- UAB mustered one clock-eating scoring drive and then stopped two slightly more frantic end-of-game efforts by No. 22 Southern Mississippi.
Ty Long kicked a 38-yard field goal with 3:04 left after a drive that consumed nearly half of the final quarter, giving the Blazers a 34-31 upset victory against No. 22 Southern Mississippi on Thursday night.
The Blazers (3-8, 3-5 Conference USA) earned their second victory against a ranked team, having beaten No. 17 East Carolina 36-17 in 1999. UAB was more than a three-touchdown underdog in this one, fell down 14 points in the first 4 minutes and was victimized for TDs after a fake field goal and a successful onside kick.
The Golden Eagles (9-2, 5-2) pushed the ball across midfield twice in the final minutes but Austin Davis' fourth-down pass was broken up by Jamie Bender. Davis' run for what would have been a first down was negated by Jason Weaver's chop block, setting up third-and-20 from the Southern Miss 41.
UAB ran the clock down to 11 seconds before punting. The Golden Eagles had five laterals before the final play ended inside the Blazers 40 with 292-pound lineman Joe Duhon bumped out of bounds after rumbling the final 27 yards.
Southern Miss, which had won its last eight games, can still secure the East Division title and a spot in the C-USA championship game with a win against Memphis.
Virginia 14, No. 23 Florida State 13 -- Box Score | Full Recap
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Kevin Parks ran 10 yards for a touchdown with 1:16 left to give Virginia the lead and Florida State's Dustin Hopkins missed a 42-yard field-goal attempt in the closing seconds as the Cavaliers upset of No. 23 Florida State 14-23 to set up a showdown with intrastate rival Virginia Tech a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.
Florida State (7-4, 5-3 ACC) got two fortunate breaks on its final drive that gave Hopkins, the ACC's leading scorer, a chance to win it.
An facemask penalty on Virginia allowed the Seminoles to convert a fourth down and a pass initially ruled complete in bounds and would have killed the clock was overturned by replay and rule incomplete.
Another Virginia penalty moved Hopkins' kick 5 yards close, but he boomed it wide left with 3 seconds left.
Virginia (8-3, 5-3) snapped Florida State's five-game winning streak with its fourth consecutive win.
No. 24 Notre Dame 16, Boston College 14 -- Box Score | Full Recap
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Jonas Gray rushed for a touchdown, David Ruffer kicked three field goals and No. 24 Notre Dame recovered an onside kick with just under 2 minutes to play to hold off Boston College 16-14.
The win was the fourth consecutive for the Irish (8-3), who matched last year's victory total. But it was a costly win, with Gray leaving in the third quarter with an apparent knee injury.
The Eagles' Chase Rettig capped a 72-yard drive with a 7-yard scoring pass to Bobby Swigert with 1:57 to play. But Robby Toma recovered the onside kick, and Boston College didn't get the ball back until there were eight seconds left. The Eagles (3-8) lateraled several times before Irish linebacker Troy Niklas made the final tackle around the Boston College 14.