Casey Pachall threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Carter with 1:05 left, then connected with Josh Boyce on the go-ahead 2-point conversion, and Boise State’s Dan Goodale booted a 39-yard field-goal attempt wide right as time expired and the No. 5 Broncos were upset 35-34.
Pachall threw for 473 yards and five touchdowns as the Horned Frogs (8-2, 5-0) secured a clear path to the Mountain West Conference title and snuffed out the Broncos’ hopes of playing in the BCS championship game.
After Broncos running back Drew Wright fumbled in TCU territory with 2:26 remaining, Pachall marched the Horned Frogs down the field, capping a seven-play scoring drive with a TD pass to Carter to close to 35-34.
(2) OKLAHOMA ST. 66, TEXAS TECH 6 -- Brandon Weeden threw for 423 yards and five touchdowns and Joseph Randle ran for three more scores to send the Cowboys to the first 10-0 (7-0 Big 12) start in school history.
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The Cowboys next play at Iowa State before closing their season at home against Oklahoma in the Bedlam game. Win both, and they likely will be headed to the BCS championship game.
(6) Oregon 53, (3) Stanford 30 -- LaMichael James ran for 146 yards and three touchdowns and the Ducks sprinted past the Cardinal, giving Andrew Luck’s Heisman Trophy campaign a blemish and taking a giant step toward hosting the inaugural Pac-12 championship.
Luck threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions and a fumble. Stanford had five total turnovers.
(4) Alabama 24, Mississippi St. 7 -- Trent Richardson rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown, Alabama’s defense gave up just 131 total yards and the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide beat host Mississippi State.
It was a typical no-frills victory for Alabama (9-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference), which has won nine of its last 11 against Mississippi State, including four straight. The Crimson Tide defense has held 11 straight opponents to 14 points or less.
Mississippi State (5-5, 1-5) remains one victory from bowl eligibility.
(8) ARKANSAS 49, TENNESSEE 7 -- Dennis Johnson accounted for 140 total yards and a pair of touchdowns and Arkansas won its sixth straight.
The Razorbacks (9-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) kept alive their hopes for a second-straight BCS bowl game -- and possibly more. They also earned their seventh straight win against an SEC East opponent.
(9) CLEMSON 31, WAKE FOREST 28 -- Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 43-yard field goal as time expired and No. 9 Clemson rallied from 14 points down in the second half to win the ACC Atlantic Division title.
Catanzaro missed a 30-yard attempt 2 minutes before his game-winner for the Tigers (9-1, 6-1).
(13) MICHIGAN ST. 37, IOWA 21 -- Kirk Cousins threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns and 13th-ranked Michigan State took control of the Big Ten’s Legends Division.
(14) GEORGIA 45, (24) AUBURN 7 -- Aaron Murray threw four touchdown passes to surpass Matthew Stafford’s school record and Georgia moved within one win of playing for the Southeastern Conference championship.
The Bulldogs (8-2, 6-1) won their eighth in a row with a dominating performance in the Deep South’s oldest rivalry. They raced to a 35-7 halftime lead over the stunned Tigers (6-4, 4-3) and finished with their biggest win in the series since 1946.
(16) WISCONSIN 42, MINNESOTA 13 -- Montee Ball broke the Big Ten’s single-season touchdown record and 16th-ranked Wisconsin trampled Minnesota to keep Paul Bunyan’s Axe for the eighth straight year.
The Gophers (2-8, 1-5) scored twice on special teams, a 5-yard run by kicker Jordan Wettstein on a fake field goal and a 96-yard return of the second-half kickoff by Duane Bennett.
(17) KANSAS ST. 53, TEXAS A&M 50 (4OT) -- Collin Klein scored on a sneak in the fourth overtime for his sixth touchdown of the game, giving Kansas State a dramatic victory.
Klein threw for a career-high 281 yards and added 103 yards on the ground for the Wildcats (8-2, 5-2 Big 12), who rallied from a 10-point deficit in the final 6 minutes of regulation to hand the Aggies (5-5, 3-4) their third consecutive loss.
(18) USC 40, WASHINGTON 17 -- Southern California’s Marqise Lee caught a touchdown pass and returned the second-half kickoff 88 yards for a score, and Curtis McNeal had a 79-yard TD sprint while accumulating a career-high 148 yards rushing.
Matt Barkley passed for 174 yards and a touchdown and also ran for an early score for the Trojans (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12).
MISSOURI 17, (21) TEXAS 5 -- Kendial Lawrence topped 100 yards with a touchdown in relief of injured Henry Josey and Missouri ended a six-game losing streak in the series.
Texas was kept out of the end zone for first time since 2004.
(22) MICHIGAN 31, ILLINOIS 14 -- Fitzgerald Toussaint ran for 192 yards and a touchdown and backup quarterback Devin Gardner threw a key TD pass for Michigan (8-2, 4-2 Big Ten).
The Illini (6-4, 2-4) finished with 214 yards of offense but had just 30 at halftime. They’ve lost four straight.
WEST VIRGINIA 24, (23) CINCINNATI 21 -- Geno Smith threw for 372 yards and led a fourth-quarter touchdown drive that rallied West Virginia past No. 23 Cincinnati (7-2, 3-1).
Eain Smith blocked Tony Miliano’s attempt for a tying 31-yard field goal as time ran out, giving the Mountaineers (7-3, 3-2) a win they needed to stay in contention.
FLORIDA ST. 23, MIAMI 19 -- Greg Reid scored on an 83-yard punt return and Dustin Hopkins kicked three field goals Saturday to lead Florida State (7-3, 5 -2 Atlantic Coast Conference) to a 23-19 win over longtime nemesis Miami (5-5, 3-4 ACC).