ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -Kevin Smith ran for 284 yards and four touchdowns, moving into second place behind Barry Sanders on the NCAA's single-season rushing list, and Central Florida beat Tulsa 44-25 for the Conference USA championship Saturday.
Smith, the nation's leading rusher, entered the game fourth all-time with 2,164 yards - 464 behind Sanders' 1989 total. The UCF junior had 24 carries for 161 yards at halftime, and made that total even more gaudy with a 74-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
Smith has 1,000 yards and 11 TDs in his last four games. He passed Marcus Allen's 1981 total of 2,342 with a six-yard run in the third quarter, and still has another game to play. UCF (10-3, 8-1) will close its season with a Liberty Bowl appearance.
It was the second time in three years the teams played for the conference championship. Tulsa (9-4, 6-3) won in 2005, but the Golden Hurricane's star quarterback Paul Smith made too many mistakes this time.
Paul Smith passed for 426 yards, his third 400-yard game this season, on 28 of 55 completions, but threw three interceptions. Two were in the second half, and each one happened inside or near the end zone.

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