FSU Rolls; Ohio St. Falls
Charlotte, n.c. — Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score, and No. 1 Florida State stormed into the BCS national championship game with a 45-7 victory over 20th-ranked Duke on Saturday night in the ACC championship game.
The Heisman Trophy favorite was 19 of 32 for 330 yards and set FBS freshman records for TD passes and yards passing in a season two days after prosecutors decided not to press charges against him in a sexual assault case.
Winston threw two touchdown passes to 6-foot-5, 234-pound receiver Kelvin Benjamin and ran for a 17-yard score to overcome two interceptions.
Florida State’s defense was dominant, holding Duke to 239 yards and forcing three turnovers to help the Seminoles (13-0) win their second straight ACC title.
Big Ten Title
No. 10 Michigan St. 34 No. 2 Ohio St. 24
Indianapolis — The No. 10 Spartans regained the lead on Connor Cook’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Josiah Price with 11:41 left and upset Ohio State to take the Big Ten title and put Auburn back in the national title hunt.
Ohio State (12-1) had the nation’s longest active winning streak end at 24 as coach Urban Meyer suffered his first loss since taking over in Columbus.
It was a game that almost defied logic.
The Spartans (12-1) led 17-0 after 21 minutes, then gave up the next 24 points before scoring the final 17.
No. 3 Auburn 59, No. 5 Missouri 42
Atlanta — Tre Mason ran for 304 yards and four touchdowns, leading Auburn (11-2) to a wild victory over in the Southeastern Conference championship game.
Auburn (12-1) is likely headed to the BCS championship game after No. 2 Ohio State lost to Michigan State 34-24 in the Big Ten championship game. The Tigers are likely headed to Pasadena to face top-ranked Florida State.
Auburn set an SEC championship game record with 677 yards, including 545 on the ground. Mason had scoring runs of 7, 3 and 1 yards before bursting up middle on 13-yard TD to seal the victory with 4:22 remaining.
No. 7 Stanford 38 No. 11 Arizona St. 14
Tempe, Ariz. — Tyler Gaffney ran for 133 yards and scored three touchdowns in a dominating first half, leading Stanford back to the Rose Bowl.
Stanford (11-2) raced out to a big lead in its first game with Arizona State this season and had its way with the Sun Devils again early in the rematch, building a 28-7 lead early in the second quarter. Gaffney did most of the damage, scoring on a 69-yard run on the Cardinal’s second play and a pair of 1-yard runs.
Stanford consistently gouged Arizona State for big plays, racking up 517 yards to earn a shot at repeating as Rose Bowl champion.
Rice 41, Marshall 24
Houston — Rice clinched its first outright conference title since 1957, running over Marshall in the Conference USA Championship Game.
The Owls (10-3) relied on their bruising ground attack to subdue the Herd (9-4), with running backs Charles Ross and Luke Turner delivering via versatility. Rice gained 250 of its 489 yards on the ground.
No. 9 Baylor 30, No. 23 Texas 10
Waco, Texas — Bryce Petty threw touchdown passes on the first two drives of the second half for Baylor (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) and the Bears won their first Big 12 title and a Fiesta Bowl berth with a victory over Texas.
The final game in Baylor’s old stadium became a de facto Big 12 championship game after No. 6 Oklahoma State’s lost just before they kicked off.
No. 6 Okla. State 33 No. 18 Oklahoma 24
Stillwater, Okla. — Blake Bell threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Saunders with 19 seconds remaining to help Oklahoma spoil rival Oklahoma State’s Big 12 championship and BCS bowl game hopes.
Bell, playing in place of an injured Trevor Knight, led the Sooners (10-2, 7-2 Big 12) on the game-winning 66-yard drive — going 5-of-8 for 57 yards on the drive.
Desmond Roland led Oklahoma State (10-2, 7-2) with 144 yards rushing and accounted for three touchdowns.
No. 15 UCF 17, SMU 13
Dallas — Blake Bortles threw for 242 yards and ran for two touchdowns as No. 15 UCF celebrated a BCS bid already in hand by rallying to beat SMU in front of just a few hundred fans who braved a brutal ice storm.
With the school’s first BCS berth secured by Louisville’s win at Cincinnati Thursday, the Knights (11-1, 8-0 AAC) were sluggish before recovering for a school-record eighth straight win and the outright title in the first year of the American Athletic Conference.
UConn 45, Memphis 10
East Hartford, Conn. — UConn quarterback Casey Cochran threw for a school record 461 yards and four touchdowns in leading the Huskies (3-9, 3-5 American Athletic Conference) over Memphis (3-9, 1-7) in the season finale for both teams.