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 TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -Javier Arenas ran back a punt 80 yards for one touchdown and set up a score with another long return, helping No. 1 Alabama roll to a 32-7 win over Mississippi State on Saturday night.
The Crimson Tide (11-0, 7-0 Southeastern Conference) didn't need a dominant offensive performance to turn back a team that had given 'Bama fits the past two years.
Kareem Jackson blocked a punt in the end zone for a safety and Leigh Tiffin kicked three field goals to help keep Alabama on track for a perfect regular season leading up to a showdown with No. 3 Florida in the SEC championship game.
Mississippi State (3-7, 1-5) had won the past two meetings with coach Sylvester Croom's alma matter. The Bulldogs, who were knocked out of contention for a second straight bowl trip, had also been the team to end Alabama's last regular-season reign over the rankings back in 1980 when Croom was a Tide assistant.
No. 3 Florida 56, No. 24 South Carolina 6
two touchdowns, Tim Tebow accounted for three scores and No. 3 Florida handed Steve Spurrier his worst loss in 90 games at The Swamp.
The Gators won their sixth in a row, finished unbeaten in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division and kept their national title hopes alive by beating the Gamecocks for the 16th time in the last 17 years. The 50-point drubbing was South Carolina's worst loss since falling 63-7 to Spurrier's Gators in 1995.
Not even a few visor tosses would have helped Spurrier in this one.
Florida (9-1, 7-1) scored three touchdowns in eight plays in the first quarter, capitalizing on three consecutive turnovers by South Carolina (7-4, 4-4), and put the game away when Harvin went 80 yards for a score on the opening play of the third.
No. 4 Texas 35, Kansas 7
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Colt McCoy burned the Big 12's worst pass defense for 255 yards and two record-breaking touchdowns and Texas stayed in the thick of the national championship hunt.
The win gave Texas (10-1, 6-1 Big 12) double-digit wins for the eighth year in a row. More importantly to the Longhorns' long-range hopes, the 28-point margin was similar to blowouts Kansas suffered earlier at the hands of Big 12 South rivals Texas Tech and Oklahoma.
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No. 6 Southern California 45, Stanford 23
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - C.J. Gable made sure there wouldn't be a second Stanford stunner for Southern California. Gable returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown and ran for another score.
Mark Sanchez added two touchdown passes and Stafon Johnson ran for two scores for the Trojans (9-1, 7-1 Pac-10), who had their season ruined a year ago when they lost as a 41-point home favorite, 24-23 to the Cardinal (5-6, 4-4).
No. 7 Penn State 34, Indiana 7
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Penn State overcame a sluggish start to move a step closer to the Rose Bowl. Derrick Williams ran for one score and caught a touchdown pass, Daryll Clark threw for 240 yards and two scores in an uneven outing, and a stifling defense held Indiana to six first downs.
Heavy underdogs coming into Beaver Stadium, Indiana (3-8, 1-6 Big Ten) trailed just 10-7 at halftime in large part because of miscues by Penn State (10-1, 6-1). One drive ended after Clark fumbled at the Indiana 1, while Kevin Kelly missed a 40-yard field goal to foil another effort.
Momentum swung after halftime in favor of the Nittany Lions and Joe Paterno, who once again coached from the press box because of a sore right leg and hip.
No. 8 Utah 63, San Diego State 14
on a BCS-busting course by throwing a career-high five touchdown passes.
Utah (11-0, 7-0) clinched at least a share of the Mountain West Conference title. The Utes will try to finish the regular season undefeated when they host No. 16 BYU in their big rivalry game on Saturday.
Utah was the original BCS buster in 2004, becoming the first team from an outsider conference to crash the Bowl Championship Series. Those Utes finished 12-0 after routing Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl.
SDSU (1-10, 0-7) lost 10 games in a season for the first time and the Utes never had to punt.
No. 9 Boise State 45, Idaho 10
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) - Jeremy Avery rushed for a career-high 156 yards and two touchdowns to help Boise State keep alive its hopes of returning to a BCS bowl.
Boise State (10-0, 6-0 Western Athletic) won its 10th straight over the Vandals, and also clinched at least a share of its sixth WAC title in the past seven seasons.
Idaho (2-9, 1-6) trailed just 17-10 at halftime. Boise State scored the first four times it had the ball in the second half to blow the game open.
No. 10 Ohio State 30, Illinois 20
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Beanie Wells ran for 143 yards and a touchdown and Terrelle Pryor added another 110 yards, as the victory kept the Buckeyes (9-2, 6-1) in the chase for the Big Ten title.
ch ended Ohio State's pursuit of a perfect season.
On a windy, 40-degree day, Wells carried the load for the Buckeyes.
He carried the ball 24 times, patiently picking his way through Illini defenders for steady early gains and, later, bursting through holes for runs that exhausted Illinois' defense.
One, a 29-yarder late in the third quarter with the score still 23-13, stole the momentum from Illinois on one of its last best chances to get back into the game.
No. 11 Oklahoma State 30, Colorado 17
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Zac Robinson broke Colorado's hearts again, leading No. 11 Oklahoma State past the Buffaloes four years after spurning a scholarship offer from the Buffaloes.
Playing in his home state for the first time since high school, Robinson threw for 217 yards and a touchdown and ran for another.
Coming off a 56-20 whipping at the hands of No. 2 Texas Tech last week, the Cowboys got off to another slow start, settling for chip-shot field goals on their first two drives, an early warning sign that this wouldn't be another offensive onslaught.
The Cowboys (9-2, 5-2 Big 12) have a week off before their showdown with archrival Oklahoma.
The Buffs (5-6, 2-5) have to win at Nebraska in two weeks to have a chance at a bowl bid.
No. 12 Missouri 52, Iowa State 20
e Big 12 North and a spot in the conference title game.
The Tigers' opponent is still anyone's guess, with Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech all still in the mix for the South title.
Swirling winds and temperatures in the high 20s had little effect on Daniel and Missouri's high-flying offense. Daniel went 32-of-40 and completed his first 16 passes as the Tigers (9-2, 5-2 Big 12) jumped out to a 31-7 halftime lead.
No. 13 Georgia 17, Auburn 13
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Georgia's Knowshon Moreno rushed for 131 yards and caught a pass for a touchdown.
The Bulldogs (9-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) went ahead for good with 8:24 to play on a 17-yard pass from Matthew Stafford to A.J. Green and then stopped two late Auburn drives to seal the win.
The final chance for Auburn (5-6, 2-5) came on a fourth-and-1 play from the Georgia 14 when quarterback Kodi Burns overthrew Ben Tate in the end zone with a second remaining.
Stafford completed 15 of 24 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns. Stafford drove Georgia 60 yards in six plays for the winning touchdown.
No. 16 BYU 38, Air Force 24
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - BYU's Max Hall threw for 354 yards and two touchdowns.
Harvey Unga added two touchdowns in a 74-second span in the third quarter, helping the Cougars set up a clash with No. 8 Utah next weekend for a share of the Mountain West Conference title.
eted 28 of 37 passes, picking apart an Air Force defense that came in leading the league against the pass. He threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Austin Collie in the third quarter and a 45-yarder to Collie with 4:46 remaining, giving Hall at least one TD pass in 22 of 24 career games.
The Cougars (10-1, 6-1 MWC) have beaten the Falcons (8-3, 5-2) in five straight.
No. 19 LSU 40, Troy 31
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU roared back from 28 points down to beat Troy, completing the biggest comeback in school history when Charles Scott scored with 4:50 left to put 19th-ranked LSU ahead for good.
Troy went up 31-3 midway through the third, but LSU (7-3) answered with a touchdown late in the quarter and then ran off 30 points in the fourth to avoid an embarrassing loss.
LSU had touchdowns on three consecutive possessions to cut Troy's lead to 31-24 with 10:33 left.
The go-ahead score was set up when a punt bounced off the leg of Troy's Jorrick Calvin and the Tigers recovered at the Trojans' 16. Scott scored four plays later in front of a two-thirds empty Tiger Stadium.
Maryland 17, No. 17 North Carolina 15
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Chris Turner engineered a dramatic fourth-quarter drive that produced a 26-yard field goal by Obi Egekeze with 1:42 left in Maryland's school-record sixth consecutive win over a ranked opponent.
n Meggett had 86 rushing yards for Maryland (7-3, 4-2). The Terrapins can reach the Atlantic Coast Conference title game for the first time by winning their last two games.
The Tar Heels (7-3, 3-3) dropped out of first place in the Coastal Division and remained winless at Maryland since 1997.
Boston College 27, No. 20 Florida State 17
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Montel Harris ran for 121 yards and a touchdown and Marcellus Bowman went 87 yards with an interception for another score to help Boston College beat No. 20 Florida State a day after five Seminoles players were suspended for fighting.
The Eagles picked off Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder three times and held the Seminoles to just 73 yards rushing.
It was the fourth straight year the visiting team has won in this budding rivalry. Florida State knocked off a previously unbeaten and second-ranked Boston College team last year in Boston by an identical 27-17 score.
Boston College (7-3, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) jumped to a 14-0 lead and never trailed while keeping its hopes alive for a spot in next month's ACC title game in Tampa. BC can win the Atlantic Division with by beating Wake Forest and Maryland the next two weeks.
No. 23 Oregon State 34, California 21
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Oregon State edged closer to its first Rose Bowl appearance since 1965.
her James each ran for touchdowns for the Beavers (7-3, 6-1 Pac-10), who won their fifth straight.
Because Oregon State defeated then-No. 1 USC 27-21 on Sept 21, the Beavers hold the tiebreaker for a Rose Bowl berth should both teams win out. Oregon State visits Arizona next weekend before hosting Oregon in the Civil War rivalry game.
Lyle Moevao completed 14 of 28 passes for 145 yards for Oregon State. Jacquizz Rodgers, the Pac-10's leading rusher, ran for 144 yards and a score while James Rodgers caught six passes for 50 yards and ran 18 yards for a touchdown.
Houston 70, No. 25 Tulsa 30
HOUSTON (AP) - Case Keenum threw a career-high six touchdowns and ran for another score.
The Cougars (6-4, 5-1 C-USA) took advantage of Tulsa's miscues to jump out to a 14-0 lead and never trailed.
Keenum threw five TD passes in the first half. Two were to Tyron Carrier, who added a third touchdown on a 93-yard punt return.
Houston sophomore Loyce Means had three interceptions, one of which he returned 69 yards for a touchdown.
It is the second straight loss for Tulsa (8-2, 5-1) after the team started the season with eight straight wins. The Golden Hurricane were uncharacteristically sloppy Saturday and finished with five turnovers.
 

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