LSU steamrolls into BCS title game
FBS Review: Southern Miss ends perfect run by Houston
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ATLANTA -- Tyrann Mathieu returned a punt 62 yards for a touchdown and set up two other scores with a fumble recovery and another dazzling return, leading No. 1 LSU to a 42-10 rout of No. 12 Georgia in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday.
The Tigers (13-0) locked up a spot in the Jan. 9 BCS title game in New Orleans, a trip they might've gotten even with a loss to the Bulldogs (10-3). But, after a dismal first half in which they managed only 12 yards and failed to pick up a first down, they outscored Georgia 35-0 during the final two quarters.
Mathieu, the fearless sophomore known as "Honey Badger," sparked the comeback from a 10-0 deficit with his punt return for a touchdown midway through the second quarter.
No. 3 Oklahoma State 44, No. 13 Oklahoma 10 -- Box Score | Full Recap
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Joseph Randle ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns, Richetti Jones returned a fumble for a score and No. 3 Oklahoma State throttled No. 13 Oklahoma 44-10 to win the Big 12 championship and make its case to play for a national title.
The Cowboys (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) snapped an eight-game losing streak in the Bedlam rivalry and won their first outright conference title since 1948 in the three-team Missouri Valley.
Oklahoma State's defense, badmouthed much of the season while giving up big yardage but leading the nation in takeaways, forced the Sooners into five turnovers -- four of them by quarterback Landry Jones.
Fans started chanting ‘L-S-U’ midway through the fourth quarter with the victory well in hand, then stormed the field when it was over.
No. 21 Clemson 38, No. 5 Virginia Tech 10 -- Box Score | Full Recap
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Tajh Boyd threw three touchdown passes and ran for another as No. 21 Clemson routed No. 5 Virginia Tech 38-10 to win its first Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 20 years.
The Tigers (10-3) clinched their first Orange Bowl berth since 1981, the year they won their only national championship. Clemson won't be playing for a national title this season, but the victory was still sweet considering they'd lost three of four games to close the regular season.
Clemson scored three touchdowns on five plays in a span of 4:24 in the third quarter to break open a 10-10 tie at halftime.
Clemson became the only team to beat Virginia Tech (11-2) twice in the same season. The Tigers beat the Hokies 23-3 in Blacksburg, Va., on Oct. 1.
No. 24 Southern Miss 49, No. 7 Houston 28 -- Box Score | Full Recap
HOUSTON -- Austin Davis threw four touchdown passes and No. 24 Southern Mississippi ruined Houston's perfect season and Bowl Championship Series hopes with a 49-28 victory against the seventh-ranked Cougars.
It was star quarterback Case Keenum's last home game for Houston for sure, and could've also been the finale for coach Kevin Sumlin, who has been mentioned as a top candidate for virtually every higher-profile job opening.
Houston (12-1) was poised to impress a national-television audience and representatives from the Orange and Sugar Bowl, who attended Saturday's game. Keenum could've also made one last case for an invitation to next week's Heisman Trophy ceremony.
Instead, the Golden Eagles (11-2) turned it into their big day, shackling Houston's high-powered offense and striking with several big plays of their own to win their first league title.
No. 8 Oregon 49, UCLA 31 -- Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
EUGENE, Ore. -- As LaMichael James danced to celebrate Oregon's third consecutive conference championship, fans surrounding him shouted 'One More Year!'
The junior running back ran for 219 yards and three touchdowns in the eighth-ranked Ducks' 49-31 victory against UCLA in the inaugural Pac-12 championship game Friday night. With the win, the Ducks earn a trip to the Rose Bowl.
There has been speculation that James, who set a league record with three straight 1,500-yard seasons, will bolt to the NFL next season.
While James partied, UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel paused before Bruins fans at Autzen Stadium and tipped his hat. The former UCLA quarterback was fired this week after four seasons at his alma mater.
The Bruins (6-7) played with passion for their outgoing coach and kept it closer than many thought they would, but it was not enough to overcome the Ducks (11-2), who head to a BCS bowl for the third straight season.
Neuheisel was fired following last weekend's 50-0 loss to No. 9 Southern California, It was one in a wave of coaching moves in the conference. Around the time he was fired, Arizona State let go of Dennis Erickson. Washington State parted ways with Paul Wulff, then quickly hired former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach a day later.
The Bruins were granted permission this week from the NCAA to accept a bowl invitation despite their losing record.
No. 9 Boise State 45, New Mexico 0 -- Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
BOISE, Idaho -- Kellen Moore threw three touchdowns in the final home game of his brilliant career and Doug Martin ran for two more as No. 9 Boise State rolled over New Mexico 45-0.
Moore, the winningest starting quarterback in college football history, was nearly flawless and the Broncos' defense had no problem bottling up the punchless Lobos.
Moore was 28 of 33 for 313 yards before heading for the sideline midway through the third quarter. His three touchdowns give him 41 for the season, setting a school single-season record. He also set a school record for completions in a season with 300.
Martin rushed for 110 yards on 19 carries, and his 40-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave the Broncos a 38-0 lead.
The victory gives the Broncos (11-1, 6-1) their second consecutive season with a single loss and looks to clear the way for another trip to the Las Vegas Bowl, where they dismantled No. 20 Utah a year ago 26-3.
Boise State's only loss came Nov. 12 against TCU.
New Mexico (1-11, 1-6) managed only 197 total yards on offense and the offense only crossed midfield twice.
No. 15 Wisconsin 42, No. 11 Michigan State 39 -- Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
INDIANAPOLIS -- Montee Ball ran for three touchdowns including the decisive 7-yard score with 3:45 to go, leading No. 15 Wisconsin past No. 11 Michigan State 42-39 in the inaugural Big Ten championship game.
Wisconsin (11-2) is now headed to its second consecutive Rose Bowl.
Ball ran 27 times for 137 yards and caught a TD pass, giving him 38 touchdowns this season. That's one short of Barry Sanders' single-season record.
Russell Wilson was 17 of 24 for 187 yards with three TDs and no interceptions. He set an NCAA record with a TD pass in his 37th consecutive game. Texas Tech's Graham Harrell had the previous mark of 36.
The Big Ten's first championship game made the idea of a conference title tilt seem like a good one.
Michigan State (10-3) rallied from a 21-7 first-quarter deficit to take a 29-21 halftime lead and still led 39-34 after Dan Conway's 25-yard field midway through the fourth quarter.
But Wilson and Ball answered with a score and a 2-point conversion.
No. 16 Kansas State 30, Iowa State 23 -- Box Score | Full Recap
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- John Hubert ran for 120 yards and the go-ahead touchdown, and No. 16 Kansas State kept alive its chances for a share of the Big 12 championship with a 30-23 victory against Iowa State.
Collin Klein ran for a touchdown and threw for another, and Anthony Cantele was perfect on three field-goal attempts, allowing the Wildcats (10-2, 7-2) to reach 10 wins for the first time since 2003, when they knocked off Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game.
The Wildcats need some help from the Sooners this time.
If No. 13 Oklahoma beats third-ranked Oklahoma State in Bedlam on Saturday night, the teams will finish in a three-way tie atop the conference and share the championship.
Jeff Woody ran for 85 yards and two touchdowns for the Cyclones (6-6, 3-6), who became bowl eligible for the second time under Paul Rhoads when they knocked off the Cowboys a couple weeks ago.
No. 18 TCU 56, UNLV 9 -- Box Score | Full Recap
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Greg McCoy returned a kickoff 99 yards and Kris Gardner had a 16-yard interception return for a touchdown in a 12-second span, and the 18th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs could bust into the BCS again after a 56-9 victory against UNLV in their Mountain West Conference finale.
TCU (10-2, 7-0 MWC) wrapped up its third consecutive outright Mountain West title, winning its last 24 games in that league before moving to the Big 12 next season.
The consecutive TD returns by McCoy and Gardner just before halftime came about the same time Southern Miss was wrapping up a 49-28 victory at previously undefeated Houston in the Conference USA championship game.
If the Frogs move up two spots into the top 16 of the final Bowl Championship Series standings Sunday, they will be virtually guaranteed to go to their third consecutive BCS game.
UNLV (2-10, 1-6) finished with five consecutive losses.
No. 19 Baylor 48, Texas 24 -- Box Score | Full Recap
WACO, Texas -- Robert Griffin III ran for two touchdowns and passed for two more to lead No. 19 Baylor to a 48-24 win against Texas, capping the Bear's best regular season in 25 years and perhaps doing enough to persuade Heisman Trophy voters he's the best player in college football.
Baylor's defense, ranked among the worst in nation, gave up a 14-0 lead but forced also forced six turnovers, three of them setting up Baylor touchdowns.
Baylor fans will now wonder if Griffin has played his last home game for the Bears (9-3, 6-3 Big 12). Griffin, a fourth-year junior who has already graduated, must decide if he will leave for the NFL.
Case McCoy passed for 356 yards and three touchdowns for Texas (7-5, 4-5) but had five turnovers.
No. 22 West Virginia 30, South Florida 27 -- Box Score | Full Recap
TAMPA, Fla. -- No. 22 West Virginia did its part to earn a spot in the Bowl Championship Series, clinching a tie for the Big East title by beating South Florida 30-27 on Thursday.
Tavon Austin returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, Pat Miller scored on a 52-yard interception return and Tyler Bitancurt kicked a 28-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Mountaineers their first victory in Tampa since 2005 and a portion of the conference title for the second straight year.
West Virginia pulled even with Louisville in the conference standings Louisville earned its share of the crown by beating USF last week. The Mountaineers likely will receive the coveted BCS berth after Cincinnati beat UConn at home to force a three-way deadlock.