CFB TOP 25: Three-way tie in Big Ten
The Big Ten race won’t officially be decided until Dec. 5 when the final BCS standings come out.
No. 5 Wisconsin, however, left little doubt which of the three teams that tied for first would be going to the Rose Bowl.
The Badgers, No. 8 Ohio State and No. 11 Michigan State all finished 11-1 and 7-1 in conference. The BCS standings will be used to break the tie.
No. 4 TCU 66, New Mexico 17
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes before leaving with an elbow injury and TCU capped its second straight undefeated regular season with a second consecutive Mountain West championship.
The next stop for the BCS-busting Horned Frogs could very well be the Rose Bowl.
TCU (12-0, 8-0 Mountain West) has been jockeying with Boise State for a possible BCS appearance and got a major boost from Nevada, which knocked off the previously unbeaten Broncos on Friday night to clear the Frogs an easier path to Pasadena.
No. 5 Wisconsin 70, Northwestern 23
MADISON, Wis. – Montee Ball rushed for 178 yards and four touchdowns and the Badgers earned a share of the Big Ten championship.
The Badgers (11-1, 7-1) made it four straight wins by 20 points or more – and it wasn’t even the most lopsided game in that stretch, because Wisconsin beat Indiana 83-20 on Nov. 13. It also was the third time this season the Badgers scored 70 points or more.
No. 12 Arkansas 31, No. 6 LSU 23
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Ryan Mallett threw for 320 yards and three touchdowns as Arkansas put itself in position to land the school’s first BCS bid.
Mallett finished 13 of 23 passing and had touchdown passes of 85, 80 and 39 yards for the Razorbacks (10-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference), who won their sixth straight game and finished second in the SEC West.
The Razorbacks likely still need Auburn to win the SEC championship next week against South Carolina to reach the BCS, but losses by Alabama and Boise State on Friday helped its case.
No. 7 Stanford 38, Oregon State 0
STANFORD, Calif. – Andrew Luck threw four touchdown passes to set a single-season school record and Stanford stated its case for a berth in the Bowl Championship Series.
Stepfan Taylor ran for 115 yards and a touchdown and Doug Baldwin caught two TD passes for the Cardinal (11-1, 8-1 Pac-10), who set a school record for wins with an emphatic close to the regular season.
No. 8 Ohio State 37, Michigan 7
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jordan Hall broke the game open with an 85-yard kickoff return and the Buckeyes defense shut down Michigan’s high-powered offense for their seventh straight win in the rivalry.
No. 14 Oklahoma 47, No. 10 Oklahoma State 41
STILLWATER, Okla. – Landry Jones matched the school record with 468 yards passing and threw two long touchdown passes in a wild finish to the Bedlam game as Oklahoma forged a three-way tie atop the Big 12 South.
Jones threw an 86-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Kenney then answered Justin Gilbert’s kickoff return score for Oklahoma State (10-2, 6-2 Big 12) with a 76-yarder to James Hanna 29 seconds later as the Sooners (10-2, 6-2) survived to likely earn a spot in the Big 12 title game.
The division will be decided based on who comes out ahead in the Bowl Championship Series standings today between the two in-state rivals and Texas A&M. Oklahoma State came in ninth, with Oklahoma 13th and A&M 17th.
No. 11 Michigan State 28,
Penn State 22
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Michigan State claimed at least a share of its first Big Ten title since 1990 after winning at blustery Beaver Stadium.
Edwin Baker ran for 118 yards and a touchdown, and Keshawn Martin’s 35-yard reverse deep in Penn State territory set up another early score for Michigan State (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten).
No. 15 Missouri 35, Kansas 7
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Blaine Gabbert directed scoring drives on the Tigers’ first two possessions and later scored on a 1-yard run in the 119th edition of college football’s second-oldest rivalry.
De’Vion Moore scored two touchdowns for the Tigers (10-2, 6-2 Big 12), who drew 95 yards in penalties in the always-passionate border showdown but still dominated.
No. 13 Virginia Tech 37, Virginia 7
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Ryan Williams ran for two touchdowns and No. 13 Virginia Tech won its 10th consecutive game and seventh in a row over Virginia.
Tyrod Taylor threw for 176 yards and a touchdown and became the career passing yardage leader for the Hokies (10-2, 8-0 ACC).
No. 18 South Carolina 29, Clemson 7
CLEMSON, S.C. – Stephen Garcia threw for two touchdowns, Alshon Jeffery had his seventh 100-yard receiving game and South Carolina posted the third nine-win season in program history.
In a season of milestones, this was likely one of the sweetest for the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division winners, who beat the Tigers in consecutive games for the first time since 1968-70.
Maryland 38, No. 21 North Carolina State 31
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Danny O’Brien threw for a career-high 417 yards and four touchdowns, all to Torrey Smith, and Maryland denied North Carolina State a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game.
Needing a victory to win the league’s Atlantic Division, North Carolina State (8-4, 5-3) scored touchdowns on its first two possessions to take a 14-0 lead. But the Terrapins (8-4, 5-3) rallied behind O’Brien.
No. 22 Florida State 31, Florida 7
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Seminoles not only put the brakes on a six-year losing streak against archrival Florida , they also slipped into next week’s Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.
Florida State players were already celebrating what turned out to be a relatively easy win over the Gators and the locker room got even noisier when the verdict came in from College Park, Md.
No. 23 Utah 17, BYU 16
SALT LAKE CITY – Brandon Burton blocked a last-second field goal to lift Utah to a wild victory against BYU in their final game as Mountain West Conference rivals.
Mitch Payne had already kicked three field goals for BYU and was lined up for the game-winning 42-yarder. But Burton came up big for the Utes (10-2, 7-1), who likely are headed to the Las Vegas Bowl.
Minnesota 27, No. 24 Iowa 24
MINNEAPOLIS – Duane Bennett’s touchdown run with 4:31 left lifted Minnesota to its first victory against Iowa in four years.
DeLeon Eskridge had 95 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries for Minnesota (3-9, 2-6 Big Ten), which outmuscled Iowa on both sides of the line of scrimmage.
No. 25 Mississippi State 31, Mississippi 23
OXFORD, Miss. – Chris Relf threw for a career-high 288 yards and three touchdowns as Mississippi State won the Egg Bowl.
The Bulldogs dominated for most of the game, with a 498-326 advantage in total yards. But Ole Miss nearly rallied from a 31-9 fourth quarter deficit, scoring two touchdowns to pull within 31-23 with 4:21 remaining. The Rebels’ comeback ended when Jeremiah Masoli was sacked on fourth-and-24 with 59.4 seconds remaining.
Mississippi State (8-4, 4-4 SEC) won for the first time in Oxford since 1998. Masoli led Ole Miss (4-8, 1-7) with 261 yards passing, one touchdown and one interception.