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.

The Associated Press

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.

(10) FSU 41, MARYLAND 14: Running back Devonta Freeman ran for 148 yards and two touchdowns, Florida State University's top-ranked defense lived up to its billing and the Seminoles (10-1, 7-1) captured the Atlantic Division crown. The Terrapins (4-7, 2-5) have dropped five straight, the last three by a collective 119-37 score.

(11) CLEMSON 62, N.C. STATE 48: Tajh Boyd threw for five touchdowns and ran for three more scores to lead the host Tigers (10-1, 7-1 ACC) to a record-shattering 62-48 win over the Wolfpack (6-5, 3-4). The Tigers won a share of the ACC's Atlantic Division title, but the loss to Florida State keeps them out of the title game.

(12) SOUTH CAROLINA 24, WOFFORD 7: Running back Kenny Miles made his final home game one to remember, gaining a career high 127 yards and a touchdown as the Gamecocks (9-2) won their 11 straight home game and their 64th for Coach Steve Spurrier, tying him with Rex Enright for the school record. The Terriers finished their regular season at 8-3.

(13) OKLAHOMA 50, WEST VIRGINIA 49: Landry Jones threw six touchdown passes, including a 5-yarder to Kenny Stills with 24 seconds left, to lift the Sooners (8-2, 6-1 Big 12) to a wild win. His 554 passing yards broke his own school record. And he needed a terrific game to offset West Virginia's (5-5, 2-5) tandem of Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey.

(16) NEBRASKA 38, MINNESOTA 14: Taylor Martinez threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns to Kenny Bell while becoming the Cornhuskers (9-1, 6-1) all-time passing leader. Nebraska can clinch the Legends Division title -- and a berth in the conference championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 1 -- with a win at Iowa on Friday or a Michigan loss at Ohio State Saturday.

(17) UCLA 38, (21) USC 28: Brett Hundley passed for 234 yards and a touchdown and rushed for two more scores as the Bruins (9-2, 6-2) clinched the Pac-12 South title and snapped a five-game losing streak in their crosstown rivalry with the Trojans (7-4, 5-4).

UTAH STATE 48, (19) LA. TECH 41: Kerwynn Williams scored on a 4-yard touchdown run to give the Aggies (9-2, 5-0) a lead in overtime and they stopped Louisiana Tech on four plays to clinch at least a share of the Western Athletic Conference championship.

(22) RUTGERS 10, CINCINNATI 3: Reserve running back Savon Huggins had a career-high 179 yards and the visiting Scarlet Knights' (9-1, 5-0) defense had another shut-down performance that kept Rutgers in control of the title race while eliminating the Bearcats (7-3, 3-2).

(23) MICHIGAN 42, IOWA 17: Running back Fitzgerald Toussaint was sent to a hospital for surgery soon after sustaining a serious leg injury that marred the Wolverines lopsided win. Michigan will likely start Thomas Rawls next week against Ohio State.

OKLAHOMA STATE 59, (23) TEXAS TECH 21: Isaiah Anderson had a career-best 174 yards receiving and caught three long touchdown passes from Clint Chelf in his final home game, leading the Cowboys (7-3, 5-2 Big 12) past the Red Raiders (7-4, 4-4).

(25) KENT STATE 31, BOWLING GREEN 24: Luke Wollet's interception of Matt Schilz' heave into the end zone with 21 seconds left sealed the victory for the Golden Flashes (10-1, 7-0 MAC).

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