Big Ten crown adorns Ohio St.
By: By The Associated Press
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Tressel became the first Ohio State coach to beat Michigan six times in seven years, and the seventh-ranked Buckeyes’ 14-3 victory Saturday over their archrival gave them consecutive outright Big Ten titles for the first time in a half-century.
Chris Wells ran for a career-high 222 yards and two touchdowns for the Buckeyes (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten), who are likely headed to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1997.
No. 23 Michigan (8-4, 6-2) missed out on its fourth trip to Pasadena in five years.
Michigan led 3-0 after the first quarter, but the Buckeyes controlled the game by stopping a one-dimensional offense and handing the ball off to Wells.
He put Ohio State ahead with a one-yard run in the second quarter and a 62-yard score made it 14-3 on its first snap after halftime.
Wells had a career-high 39 carries, and ran for more yards than any other Buckeye in the history of the storied series between the two teams.
Texas Tech 34, Oklahoma 27
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Graham Harrell and Texas Tech knocked Oklahoma out of the national title chase.
Harrell threw for 420 yards and two touchdowns for the Red Raiders (8-4, 4-4 Big 12) and for the 11th time this season a top-five team lost to an unranked team.
With Oregon losing on Thursday, the Sooners (9-2, 5-2 Big 12), who were fourth in the latest ECS standings, appeared to be in good shape to play for a national title if they could win out.
The Sooners failed to get on track after quarterback Sam Bradford left the game in the first quarter with an apparent concussion.
Backup Joey Halzle, who had attempted just nine passes coming into the game, struggled to lead the Sooners.
He went 21-for-41 for 291 yards. He threw for two touchdowns and had one interception.
Georgia 24, Kentucky 13
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Knowshon Moreno ran for 124 yards, Matthew Stafford added a 10-yard TD run and No. 8 Georgia overcame four turnovers to keep alive its chances of playing for an SEC championship.
The Bulldogs (9-2, 6-2 SEC) clinched at least a tie for first in the Eastern Division and will face top-ranked LSU in the Dec. 1 title game if Tennessee loses one of its last two games.
The Wildcats (7-4, 3-4) were trying to win out and claim at least a share of the division crown, though they had no chance of playing in Atlanta. But their high-scoring offense couldn’t take advantage of two interceptions and two fumbles by the Bulldogs.
Andre Woodson had a rough afternoon against Georgia’s blitzing defense. He was 24-of-41 for 268 yards, managed only one TD pass and was sacked five times.
LSU 41, Mississippi 24
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Trindon Holliday returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and LSU forced two turnovers during goal-line stands to slip past Mississippi.
The Tigers (10-1, 6-1 SEC) didn’t play well on offense, but Craig Steltz and the nations’ top-ranked defense helped set a school record with three straight seasons of 10 wins or more.
It was LSU’s fourth straight win and the sixth straight against Ole Miss (3-8, 0-7), which is in danger of a winless conference season for the first time since 1982.
Steltz had rally-ending interceptions late in each half, and Jacob Hester and Charles Scott each rushed for touchdowns after failed Ole Miss onside kicks in the fourth quarter to ensure the win.
Colt David added second-half field goals of 48 and 43 yards as well.
Florida 59, Florida Atl. 20
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tim Tebow became the first player in NCAA history with at least 20 touchdowns passing and rushing in the same season, and Andre Caldwell broke the Florida school record for career receptions in a rout of Florida Atlantic.
Tebow finished 25-of-34 passing for a career-high 338 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score. He has 20 rushing touchdowns and 26 TD passes for Florida (8-3), which was eliminated from the SEC title race when Georgia beat Kentucky.
His 20th on the ground broke the previous SEC record of 19 held by Georgia’s Garrison Hearst (1992), Alabama’s Shaun Alexander (1999) and LSU’s LaBrandon Toefield (2001).
W. Virginia 28, Cincinnati 23
CINCINNATI (AP) — Pat White ran for a pair of second-quarter touchdowns Saturday night, leading the Mountaineers to a victory that left only two teams in the conference title chase.
White ran for 155 yards and threw for 140 more. Steve Slaton also ran for 103 yards and a 1-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
Ben Mauk was 19-of-34 for 323 yards for Cincinnati (8-3, 3-3).
He also lost a pair of fumbles. Marcus Barnett had 10 catches for 210 yards, the fourth-highest total in Cincinnati history.
Missouri 49, Kansas State 32
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Jeremy Maclin scored three touchdowns for Missouri, and had 252 total yards to set the NCAA single-season freshman record for all-purpose yards.
He returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and caught two scoring passes, giving him 2,201 all-purpose yards for the season — 175 more than Terrell Willis of Rutgers had in 1993. Maclin finished with nine catches for 143 yards.
Chase Daniel threw for 284 yards and four touchdowns, including two to tight end Martin Rucker, helping Missouri (10-1, 6-1 Big 12) to its first win in Manhattan since 1989.
James Johnson ran for 172 yards for Kansas State (5-6, 3-5), and Josh Freeman passed for 243 yards, giving him 3,097 for the season and breaking Michael Bishop’s school record set in 1998.
Virginia Tech 44, Miami 14
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Branden Ore ran for two touchdowns and the No. 10 Hokies dominated Miami in their final tuneup for a huge game against rival Virginia next weekend.
Virginia Tech (9-2, 6-1 ACC) moved into a share of first place in the Coastal Division with the Cavaliers. The teams will play on Saturday in Charlottesville with the winner moving on the conference championship game Dec. 1.
Ore’s TDs covered four and seven yards, and each time he bulled over a defender to finish the play.
Sean Glennon threw a touchdown pass to Justin Harper and Jahre Cheeseman and Carlton Weatherford had scoring runs for the Hokies, who handed Miami (5-6, 2-5) its second consecutive humbling loss.
Boston College 20, Clemson 17
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Matt Ryan threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Rich Gunnell with 1:46 to go, lifting the Eagles to a victory and spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game.
Ryan passed for 315 yards, his seventh game with 300 yards or better this season.
The Tigers (8-3, 5-3) had taken a 17-13 lead on Cullen Harper’s four-yard touchdown run with 5:28 remaining. They tried a 54-yard field goal by Mark Buchholz that fell well short as time ran out.
Boston College (9-2, 5-2) closes its ACC season next week against Miami, then will face Virginia or Virginia Tech in Jacksonville, Fla., for the ACC crown and the league’s spot in the Bowl Championship Series.
Cullen Harper finished 26-for-40 for 226 yards with an interception for Clemson.
Boise State 58, Idaho 14
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Taylor Tharp and the Broncos broke open a close game with 41 unanswered points, helping Boise State beat the Vandals for the ninth straight time.
The victory also set up a showdown for the WAC championship next week. The Broncos (10-1, 7-0) have a chance to win their sixth consecutive title when they play at No. 13 Hawaii.
Tharp was 22-of-31 for 282 yards and four TDs before leaving early in the fourth quarter with the game well in hand. Ian Johnson carried 21 times for 109 yards and two scores and the Broncos rolled up 25 first downs and 556 total yards, extending a winning streak over Idaho (1-10, 0-7) that began in 1999.
Illinois 41, Northwestern 22
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Juice Williams ran for 136 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 220 yards and another score, helping the Illini move closer to a New Year’s Day bowl game.
Illinois (9-3, 6-2 Big Ten) piled up 541 yards, scored on each of its first two possessions and capitalized on mistakes that plagued Northwestern in the first half.
The Wildcats (6-6, 3-5) started the day with a good possibility of landing in a bowl. But with 10 Big Ten teams eligible, the Wildcats needed a seventh win to improve their case.
C.J. Bacher completed 29-of-49 passes for 310 yards and touchdowns with two interceptions for Northwestern, which yielded touchdown drives of 97, 94 and 84 yards to Illinois.
Wisconsin 41, Minnesota 34
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — David Gilreath racked up 226 return yards, and Zach Brown rushed for 250 yards and two touchdowns in place of the injured P.J. Hill for the Badgers.
Wisconsin (9-3, 5-3 Big Ten) notched its ninth win for the fourth year in a row, the first time that’s happened in the program’s history.
Adam Weber threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns for Minnesota (1-11, 0-8), which went winless in the Big Ten for the first time since 1983 and lost Paul Bunyan’s Axe to their border rivals for the fourth straight year.
Ben Strickland intercepted Weber’s desperation pass with just over 1 minute left, sealing the victory for the Badgers.
Connecticut 30, Syracuse 7
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Tyler Lorenzen threw for 213 yards and a touchdown, helping the Huskies stay in sole possession of first place in the Big East.
Connecticut (9-2, 5-1 Big East) can win its first conference title with a victory at West Virginia next week. UConn finished 7-0 at home, only the second Big East team to do that.
UConn’s tailback tandem of Donald Brown and Andre Dixon combined for 151 yards rushing and two scores, and helped the Huskies jumped to an early 21-0 lead that was never really challenged by the Orange (2-9, 1-5).
Lorenzen finished 16-of-24 for 213 yards, and no interceptions. He also ran for 28 yards.