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Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) is comforted by defensive tackle Ricky Havili-Heimuli (90), after Mariota was looked at by medical personnel after in the final minutes of an NCAA college football game against Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., Saturday, Nov 23, 2013. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Thomas Boyd) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; THE MERCURY OUT; WILLAMETTE WEEK OUT; PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP OUT
Tucson, Ariz. — Arizona raced past Oregon for its biggest win in over two decades.
By doing so, the Wildcats ended the Ducks’ national-championship hopes and may have knocked them out of the BCS altogether.
Ka’Deem Carey ran for 206 yards and four touchdowns while becoming Arizona’s all-time leading rusher, and the Wildcats took advantage of numerous Oregon miscues to shock the fifth-ranked Ducks 42-16 on Saturday.
Coming off a disappointing home loss to Washington State, Arizona (7-4, 4-4) didn’t back off the throttle of its up-tempo offense against the fast-paced Ducks.
With Carey bursting through the line to punish defenders and B.J. Denker dinking and dashing with a variety of fakes, the Wildcats jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead and kept going for their first win over a top-five team since knocking off No. 2 Oregon in 2007.
Oregon (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12) gave the Wildcats plenty of help with three turnovers and turning it over twice more on downs to end its national title hopes and, possibly, its four-year run of BCS bowls.
No. 1 Alabama 49, Chattanooga 0
Tuscaloosa, Ala. — AJ McCarron passed for two touchdowns and became No. 1 Alabama’s winningest quarterback.
McCarron completed 13 of 16 passes for 171 yards before leaving one drive into the second half of his final game at Bryant-Denny Stadium for the Crimson Tide (11-0). He improved to 36-2 as a starter, breaking a tie with Jay Barker for the school mark.
No. 2 Florida State 80, Idaho 14
Tallahassee, Fla. — Jameis Winston threw for 225 yards and four touchdowns as No. 2 Florida State broke a school record for points in a game.
Florida State (11-0) broke the school record of 77 points scored in 1995 to remain unbeaten.
No. 4 Ohio State 42, Indiana 14
Columbus, Ohio — Braxton Miller ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns and passed for two more Saturday to lead No. 4 Ohio State to a 42-14 victory over Indiana, extending the Buckeyes’ school-record win streak to 23 in a row.
The snowy victory clinched a division title for the Buckeyes (11-0, 7-0), locking up a spot opposite Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game on Dec. 7.
Carlos Hyde became the first running back to go over 1,000 yards rushing in Urban Meyer’s 12 years as a head coach. He ran for 117 yards and two scores.
No. 7 Clemson 52, The Citadel 6
Clemson, s.c. — Tajh Boyd threw for five touchdowns and 288 yards in the final home game of his career.
The game was more of a celebration than a contest for the Tigers (10-1), who now have not lost in 28 games against Football Championship Subdivision opponents.
No. 10 Stanford 63, California 13
Stanford, Calif. — Ty Montgomery matched a Stanford school record with five touchdowns, scoring his first four on as many touches to start the game, and the 10th-ranked Cardinal beat Bay Area rival California 63-13 on Saturday while also clinching a spot in the Pac-12 championship game with Oregon’s loss.
Kevin Hogan threw four of his five scoring passes to Montgomery, including a 9-yard completion just before halftime that put Stanford ahead 42-13. The Cardinal (9-2, 7-2 Pac-12) bounced back from last week’s loss at USC but needed No. 5 Oregon to lose one of its final two games to earn a spot in the conference championship. The Ducks lost 42-16 in Tucson, and Stanford’s fans led chants of “Arizona! Arizona!”
No. 18 LSU 34, No. 9 Texas A&M 10
Baton Rouge, La. — Terrance Magee rushed for a career-high 149 yards and LSU’s defense pulled the plug on Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M’s video-game offense.
Zach Mettenberger completed 11-of-20 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns on a cold, wet and windy afternoon. Jarvis Landry highlighted his four-catch, 87-yard performances with touchdowns of 40 and 10 yards. LSU (8-3, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) piled up 324 yards on the ground and outgained Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3) in total yards, 517-299.
No. 12 South Carolina 70 Coastal Carolina 10
Columbia, s.c. — Connor Shaw passed for a touchdown and ran for a score in less than a quarter of work as South Carolina scored the most points in Steve Spurrier’s nine seasons as coach.
The Gamecocks (9-2) scored on their first six possessions and surpassed their output from a 69-24 win over Troy in 2010. And it came with South Carolina resting several starters for rival Clemson next Saturday night, including defensive linemen Jadeveon Clowney and Kelcy Quarles and the Southeastern Conference’s leading rusher in Mike Davis.
No. 13 Michigan State 30 Northwestern 6
Evanston, Ill. — Connor Cook threw for a career-high 293 yards, Jeremy Langford ran for 150, and Michigan State clinched a spot in the Big Ten title game.
Cook threw for two touchdowns. Langford ran for two scores, and the Spartans (10-1, 7-0) reached the conference title game for the second time in three years.
No. 15 Fresno State 69 New Mexico 28
Fresno, Calif. — Derek Carr threw for 527 yards and a school-record seven touchdowns in his final regular-season home game and Fresno State clinched a spot in the Mountain West title game.
Davante Adams had nine catches for 246 yards and four scores and Josh Harper added 10 for 161 and three TDs as the Bulldogs (10-0, 7-0) gained a school-record 820 yards and clinched first place in the West Division. They will likely host the conference championship game on Dec. 7 as long as they remain ahead of the Mountain Division winner in the BCS standings.
No. 16 Wisconsin 20, Minnesota 7
Minneapolis — James White rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown and No. 16 Wisconsin beat Minnesota for the 10th straight time.
Jared Abbrederis had seven catches for 67 yards and a touchdown and Chris Borland recovered two fumbles and forced one to tie the NCAA record for career fumbles caused.
No. 21 Louisville 24, Memphis 17
Louisville, Ky. — Teddy Bridgewater threw for 220 yards and a touchdown in what could be his final home game for Louisville.
The Cardinals used a 17-point surge over the second and third quarters to provide a cushion.
No. 22 Oklahoma 41 Kansas State 31
Manhattan, Kan. — Brennan Clay ran for a career-high 200 yards and two touchdowns and Sooners coach Bob Stoops moved past Barry Switzer for the most wins in school history.
It was the 157th victory at Oklahoma for Stoops, and it came against his former mentor. Stoops was a defensive assistant under Kansas State coach Bill Snyder from 1989-95.
No. 25 Duke 28, Wake Forest 21
Winston-Salem, n.c. — Anthony Boone threw three touchdown passes and No. 25 Duke held on for its seventh straight win.
Brandon Connette rushed 3 yards for the go-ahead score late in the third quarter and Boone was 24 of 29 for 256 yards. The Blue Devils (9-2, 5-2 ACC) fell behind 14-0 before rallying to match the school record for victories and remain in control of the Coastal Division.
Boone threw touchdown passes covering 58 and 10 yards to Jamison Crowder and 4 yards to Max McCaffrey.
Thomas Brown returned a fumble 59 yards for a touchdown for Wake Forest (4-7, 2-6).
Tanner Price was 12 of 27 for 124 yards in his final home game with a 6-yard touchdown to Spencer Bishop and an 11-yard touchdown run. But he was intercepted by Ross Cockrell with 2:30 left.