INDIANAPOLIS — L.J. Scott kept lunging forward, stretching the ball over the goal line for a touchdown with 27 seconds left Saturday night, and No. 5 Michigan State all but locked up a spot in the College Football Playoff, edging No. 4 Iowa 16-13 in the Big Ten championship game.

Connor Cook led the Spartans (12-1) on a 22-play drive that set up Scott’s 1-yard run. A half-dozen Iowa defenders tried to stop Scott but he wouldn’t be denied.

Iowa (12-1) lost for the first time this season – and just barely.

Five times in the final two minutes, the Spartans snapped the ball from the Iowa 5 or closer. Finally, after getting bottled up by three defenders on third-and-goal from the 1, Scott broke free long enough to get the ball over the line for Michigan State’s only TD.

The 82-yard march wiped out Iowa’s 13-9 lead, which it got on an 85-yard pass from C.J. Beathard to Tevaun Smith.

(1) CLEMSON 45, (8) NORTH CAROLINA 37: Deshaun Watson threw for 289 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two scores as Clemson (13-0) captured the ACC championship by holding off North Carolina (11-2) at Charlotte, North Carolina.

Watson’s 420 total yards and five total touchdowns set ACC championship game records and assures the Tigers a spot in the College Football Playoff.

North Carolina’s Ryan Switzer hauled in his second TD catch of the game with 1:13 left.

(2) ALABAMA 29, (18) FLORIDA 15: Derrick Henry rushed for 189 bruising yards and Alabama (12-1) wore down Florida (10-3) with a dominating defensive performance in the Southeastern Conference championship game at Atlanta.

The Crimson Tide held the Gators to 3 yards of offense in the second and third quarters, assuring themselves of a spot in the semifinals at the Cotton or Orange Bowl on New Year’s Eve.

Florida, an 18-point underdog, briefly grabbed a 7-2 lead on Antonio Callaway’s 85-yard punt return for a touchdown early in the second quarter. Alabama dominated from there.

(7) STANFORD 41, (24) SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 22: Christian McCaffrey ran for 207 yards and a score, threw a touchdown pass, caught another and broke Barry Sanders’ single-season all-purpose yards record to make his Heisman Trophy case and lead Stanford (11-2) to the Pac-12 championship with a win over Southern California (8-5) at Santa Clara, California.

Kevin Hogan caught the TD pass from McCaffrey, threw one and ran for a third, and Solomon Thomas scored on a 34-yard fumble return for the Cardinal. Stanford will play in the Rose Bowl as Pac-12 champion.

TEXAS 23, (12) BAYLOR 17: Tyrone Swoopes threw for 151 yards with a touchdown and ran for a score in his first start since the opener, and Texas (4-7, 4-5 Big 12) held on at Waco, Texas, for a victory that knocked Baylor (9-3, 6-3) out of Sugar Bowl contention.

What was a picture-perfect day in their stadium on the banks of the Brazos was marred for the Bears with their third loss in four games and an early bench-clearing scuffle with Texas.

Baylor was in line to be the Big 12’s representative in the Sugar Bowl, with the expectation that league champ Oklahoma (11-1) will get into the College Football Playoff.

(17) HOUSTON 24, (20) TEMPLE 13: Greg Ward Jr. ran for 148 yards and two touchdowns, and Houston (12-1) beat visiting Temple (10-3) in the inaugural American Athletic Conference championship game.

Houston earned a trip to the Peach Bowl or Fiesta Bowl.

COLGATE 44, JAMES MADISON 38: Jake Melville threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores, leading Colgate (9-4) over James Madison (9-3) in the second round of the FCS playoffs at Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Colgate, which has won seven straight, will play Sam Houston State next.

RICHMOND 48, WILLIAM & MARY 13: Jacobi Green ran for 141 yards and three touchdowns to lead Richmond (9-3) over visiting William & Mary (9-4) in an FCS second-round playoff game.

Richmond now plays second- seeded Illinois State in the quarterfinals.