College Football: Top 25 roundup
The top 25 roundup …
COLUMBUS, Ohio ó The oldest of the Buckeyes sent Ohio State back to the Granddaddy of all bowls.
Devin Barclay, a 26-year-old former pro soccer player, kicked a 39-yard field goal in overtime to give No. 10 Ohio State a 27-24 victory Saturday over No. 15 Iowa and send the Buckeyes to the Rose Bowl for the first time in 13 years.
“None of our kids have gone to the Rose Bowl. I haven’t been there in 25 years (since) I was an assistant coach in the 1985 Rose Bowl,” coach Jim Tressel said. “There’s nothing like it. It’s a great feeling.”
The Buckeyes (9-2, 6-1) clinched at least a share of their fifth consecutive Big Ten title and the conference’s automatic BCS bid.
“It means everything to us,” linebacker Austin Spitler said. “Senior day, we’re going to remember this for the rest of our lives. This is a special moment.”
Iowa (9-2, 5-2), which overcame a 24-10 deficit with just over 11 minutes left, lost its second in a row.
No. 2 Texas 47, Baylor 14WACO, Texas (AP) ó Colt McCoy tied the NCAA record for career victories by a starting quarterback, throwing two touchdown passes for Texas.
McCoy is 42-7 in his career, tying the wins record set by former Georgia quarterback David Greene.
Texas (10-0, 6-0 Big 12) reached 10 wins for the ninth straight season.
No. 3 Alabama 31, Mississippi State 3STARKVILLE, Miss. ó Mark Ingram rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns, Greg McElroy threw two long scoring passes and Alabama improved to 10-0 for the second straight year.
No. 4 TCU 55, No. 16 Utah 28
FORT WORTH, Texas ó In likely its last significant hurdle to an undefeated regular season, TCU scored three touchdowns in a 21/2-minute span early in the second quarter and went on to rout Utah.
The Horned Frogs (10-0, 6-0 Mountain West) stretched their winning streak to 12 games since a last-minute loss last November at Utah (8-2, 5-1) in front of a record crowd of 50,307.
No. 6 Boise St. 63, Idaho 25BOISE, Idaho ó Kellen Moore threw four touchdown passes to Austin Pettis and tied a career high with five overall, leading Boise State to the victory.
Titus Young had a 100-yard kickoff return that was actually longer and Kyle Wilson returned an interception 71 yards for another score for the big-play Broncos (10-0, 5-0 WAC), who beat their rivals for the 11th consecutive time.
No. 9 LSU 24, Louisiana Tech 16BATON ROUGE, La. ó Keiland Williams ran for 116 yards and two second-half touchdowns, helping fend off upset-minded Louisiana Tech.
Williams’ first score, on a powerful 3-yard run that moved the pile, gave LSU (8-2) a 17-13 lead midway through third quarter. His 9-yard TD in the fourth quarter made it a two-score game with a little over seven minutes to go.
Central Florida 37, No. 13 Houston 32ORLANDO, Fla. ó Central Florida slowed down Case Keenum and stopped the nation’s most prolific passer from pulling off another improbable comeback.
No. 17 Oklahoma State 24, Texas Tech 17
STILLWATER, Okla. ó Patrick Lavine scored on a 21-yard interception return, and Oklahoma State came up with a final defensive stand to keep its slim hopes for a Big 12 championship alive.
After allowing some rare pressure against quarterback Zac Robinson in the first half, the Cowboys (8-2, 5-1) relied on their Big 12-leading rushing attack to drain the clock in the second half. Oklahoma State piled up 207 yards on the ground after halftime and controlled the ball for 22 minutes.
Tech (6-4, 3-3) got one last chance after Robinson fumbled with 98 seconds left on a play that left both him and defender Jamar Wall shaken up. Tramain Swindall dropped Taylor Potts’ fourth-down pass to end the final drive by the Red Raiders.
California 24, No. 18 Arizona 16BERKELEY, Calif. ó Shane Vereen scored on a 61-yard run after an odd penalty thwarted a potential go-ahead drive for Arizona and California went on to a victory.
Giorgio Tavecchio kicked four field goals, giving Cal (7-3, 4-3) an 18-16 lead with a 22-yarder with 4:46 remaining. But Arizona wasn’t done.
The Wildcats can still clinch a Rose Bowl berth by winning their final three games against Oregon, Arizona State and USC.
No. 19 Penn St. 31, Indiana 20STATE COLLEGE, Pa. ó Linebacker Navorro Bowman had a 73-yard interception return for a touchdown and Evan Royster scored twice to help Penn State overcame four first-half turnovers.
Penn State (9-2, 5-2 Big Ten) tried to help Indiana (4-7, 1-6) by fumbling away two punt returns in the first half.
No. 21 Wisconsin 45, Michigan 24MADISON, Wis. ó Scott Tolzien tied a career high with four touchdown passes and scored on a sneak to lead Wisconsin to the victory.
Nick Toon caught two of Tolzien’s touchdown throws for the Badgers (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten), who went to the air after putting together monster rushing performances in their previous two games.
The Wolverines (5-6, 1-6) are reeling heading into next Saturday’s matchup with rival Ohio State.
No. 22 BYU 24, New Mexico 19ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. ó Max Hall passed for two touchdowns and got his 29th win at BYU to match Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer’s school record.
The Cougars (8-2, 5-1 Mountain West) held off a focused effort by the Lobos (0-10, 0-6).