MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -Brendan Smith grabbed a deflected ball and returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown with 12 seconds remaining, sending Northwestern past stunned Minnesota 24-17 and spoiling homecoming for the 20th-ranked Gophers on Saturday.
Mike Kafka replaced C.J. Bacher at quarterback for the Wildcats (7-2, 3-2) after a hamstring injury ended Bacher's streak of 25 straight starts. Kafka was unstoppable with the ball in his hands and his head pointed upfield, carrying 27 times for 217 yards - a school record for a quarterback - to make up for two costly interceptions.
With second-and-7 at his own 29-yard line and 26 seconds left, Adam Weber dropped back to pass and looked for the Big Ten's leading receiver, Eric Decker. He got a hand on it, as did Northwestern's David Oredugba, and the ball was about to harmlessly hit the turf at midfield until Smith plucked it out of the air and zig-zagged his way to the end zone.
No. 2 Alabama 35, Arkansas State 0
's victory over Arkansas State.
The Crimson Tide (9-0) turned in a dominant all-around performance to set the stage for next week's showdown at No. 15 LSU in the type of game that had been a stumbling block for recent 'Bama teams.
M earlier this season.
Ingram scored on runs of 5 and 17 yards in the second half for the freshman's first 100-yard game. Glen Coffee rushed for 56 yards and a 9-yard touchdown to cap that opening drive before sitting out the second half.
John Parker Wilson completed 15 of 28 passes for 158 yards and was intercepted once.
Arkansas 30, No. 19 Tulsa 23
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Dennis Johnson returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown in the final minute of the third quarter, and Arkansas snapped Tulsa's unbeaten run.
The Golden Hurricane (8-1) had a chance to tie it in the final minute, but David Johnson threw incomplete on fourth down from the Arkansas 7.
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The loss halted talk of Tulsa possibly reaching the Bowl Championship Series and disappointed the large group of blue-clad fans in the northeast corner of the stadium. Tulsa is only about 2 hours from Fayetteville
The Golden Hurricane, averaging 57 points per game coming in, were held to three in the second half and none in the fourth quarter. It was the first scoreless quarter of the season for Tulsa.
Johnson's kickoff return broke the 23-all tie. Casey Dick threw for 385 yards and a touchdown for Arkansas.
No. 22 Michigan St. 25, Wisconsin 24
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State avoided a major letdown, keeping its hopes alive to play for the Big Ten title.
Brett Swenson kicked a 44-yard field goal with 7 seconds left, lifting the 22nd-ranked Spartans to a 25-24 comeback win over Wisconsin.
Michigan State (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) came out flat and seemed to be headed for a 1-5 record in games following its last six wins against Michigan, but took its first lead when the game was on the line.
Wisconsin (4-5, 1-5) hurt its chances of playing in a seventh straight bowl game after leading in the fourth quarter by 11. The Badgers had a chance to seal the victory, but a holding penalty negated a run to the Michigan State 4 and a first down. Instead, its 11th penalty pushed it back to the 40 and led to a punt.
The Spartans had the ball at their 17 with no timeouts and 1:19 left on the game-winning drive.
Brian Hoyer connected with Blair White twice on 20- and 32-yard receptions and his last pass was to B.J. Cunningham over the middle for a short gain with the clock running.

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