November 18, 2012

Top 25 Football: Stanford derails Ducks' title hopes

The Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. - Jordan Williamson hit a 37-yard field goal in overtime and No. 14 Stanford upset No. 1 Oregon 17-14, denying the Ducks a chance to clinch the Pac-12 North and derailing their straight shot at the BCS championship game.

James Wright, Cody Prewitt, Charles Sawyer
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LSU wide receiver James Wright pulls in a 48-yard pass reception while sandwiched by Mississippi defensive backs Cody Prewitt (25) and Charles Sawyer (3) during the Tigers’ 41-35 victory in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday.

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If both Stanford and Oregon finish with wins in their final games next weekend, both will finish with one conference loss, which means Stanford will win the head-to-head matchup and go to the Pac-12 championship game for a chance to play in the Rose Bowl.

Stanford (9-2, 7-1) will visit UCLA, which defeated USC 32-29 earlier in the day to claim the Pac-12 South. Oregon (10-1, 7-1) will play rival Oregon State in the annual Civil War rivalry game in Corvallis.

The loss snapped a 13-game winning streak for the Ducks, which was longest current streak in the nation. It was Stanford's fifth straight win.

BAYLOR 52, (2) KANSAS STATE 24: Glasco Martin ran for three touchdowns and Baylor (5-5, 2-5) upset the BCS picture by crushing the Wildcats (10-1, 7-1 Big 12). K-State quarterback Collin Klein may be a Heisman Trophy front-runner no more after throwing three interceptions.

(3) NOTRE DAME 38, WAKE FOREST 0: Everett Golson threw touchdown passes of 50, 34 and 2 yards, Cierre Wood scored on a 68-yard run and Irish (11-0) finished the season undefeated at home for the first time since 1998 and kept their national title hopes alive. The Demon Deacons (5-6) fell to 1-33 all-time against top 5 teams. Golson finished with 346 yards on 20 of 30 passing with one interception.

(4) ALABAMA 49, WESTERN CAROLINA 0: The Crimson Tide (10-1) rebounded from last week's loss to Texas A&M by building a 42-0 halftime lead against the Catamounts (1-10), a Football Championship Subdivision team with two wins in as many seasons.

(5) GEORGIA 45, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 14: Aaron Murray threw four touchdown passes, Todd Gurley became only the second true freshman in Georgia history to rush for 1,000 yards and the host Bulldogs (10-1) bounced back from a sluggish start to blow out the lower-division Eagles (8-3), who dropped to 0-20 against Football Bowl Subdivision schools.

(6) OHIO STATE 21, WISCONSIN 14: Carlos Hyde scored on a 2-yard run in overtime, and the Buckeyes' (11-0, 7-0) clinched the Leaders Division title with the win although they are ineligible for the postseason as part of their punishment for NCAA violations. Montee Ball scored his 78th touchdown, tying Travis Prentice's major-college record for career scores.

(7) FLORIDA 23, JACKSONVILLE STATE 0: The Gators (10-1) used a strong defensive effort to overcome a sluggish offensive performance. Jacksonville State, an FCS program that plays in the Ohio Valley Conference, completed its season with a 6-5 record.

(8) LSU 41, OLE MISS 35: Jeremy Hill scored his third touchdown with 15 seconds left to lift the Tigers (9-2, 5-2 SEC) past relentless but mistake-prone Mississippi in a classic meeting between the rivals. Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace passed for 310 yards and two TDs and ran for two scores, but also was intercepted three times.

(9) TEXAS A&M 47, SAM HOUSTON STATE 28: Johnny Manziel threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 100 yards and two more scores for the host Aggies (9-2). In the process he broke the NCAA freshman quarterback rushing record of 1,029 set by Missouri's Brad Smith in 2002, and the freshman record for total offense of 3,827 set in 2000 by Jared Lorenzen. His 4,161 yards are a school record for total offense in a season.

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