Sooners Grab Share of Big 12
Oklahoma's Tony Jefferson (1) stops TCU's Matthew Tucker (29) following a short run in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Fort Worth, Texas. Oklahoma won 24-17. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Fort Worth, Texas — Landry Jones threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns, Damien Williams ran untouched 66 yards for a score and 12th-ranked Oklahoma held on to win 24-17 at TCU yesterday and clinch at least a share of the Big 12 title.
TCU’s fourth-down pass to the goal-line in the final minute was well-defended and fell incomplete.
The Sooners (10-2, 8-1 Big 12) won their eighth consecutive Big 12 game since a late-September loss to Kansas State, which played it regular-season finale at home Saturday night against No. 23 Texas. Oklahoma would have the outright title and guaranteed BCS spot if the seventh-ranked Wildcats lose.
Oklahoma, whose only other loss was to No. 1 Notre Dame, is in good shape for the final at-large BCS berth even if K-State wins.
TCU (7-5, 4-5) lost all four of its Big 12 games at home despite winning four on the road.
No. 16 Oregon St. 77
Nicholls St. 3
Corvallis, Ore. — Storm Woods ran for two touchdowns in the first quarter and No. 16 Oregon State put up its highest point total ever, routing Nicholls State in a game postponed by Hurricane Isaac.
Officials from both schools decided to put off the Sept. 1 opener when the storm bore down on the Colonels’ campus in Thibodeaux, La.
The Beavers had a complete turnaround from their 3-9 finish last year. Oregon State is possibly headed to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego on Dec. 27, and representatives from that bowl and the Alamo Bowl were in attendance. The team will learn its destination today.
Baylor 41, No. 24 Okla. State 34
Waco, Texas — Lache Seastrunk rushed for 178 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, and Nick Florence passed for 296 yards as Baylor beat No. 24 Oklahoma State yesterday.
Baylor (7-5, 4-5 Big 12) has won at least seven games in three straight seasons — the first time the Bears have done that since 1949-51.
J.W. Walsh rushed for two touchdowns for Oklahoma State (7-5, 5-4).
No. 25 Boise State 27, Nevada 21
Reno, Nev. — Joe Southwick threw two touchdown passes to lead No. 25 Boise State over Nevada, earning the Broncos a share of the Mountain West Conference title and ensuring their nation’s best seventh consecutive 10-win season.
D.J. Harper ran for 130 yards for Boise State (10-2, 7-1) and the Broncos’ defense put the clamps on a Nevada offense that was averaging 38 points per game.
Cincinnati 34, Connecticut 17
East Hartford, Conn. — Brendon Kay threw two touchdown passes to Travis Kelce, and caught one from the big tight end on a trick play as Cincinnati beat Connecticut.
The win gives the Bearcats (9-3) a share of the Big East championship, along with Louisville, Rutgers and Syracuse, all of which ended the season with 5-2 conference records. Cincinnati’s two conference losses came to the Cardinals and Scarlet Knights and the Bearcats were not in the running for the conference’s Bowl Championship Series bowl berth.
Chandler Whitmer threw for 264 yards and a touchdown for UConn (5-7, 2-5), before leaving the game with a head injury in the third quarter.
Tulsa 33, UCF 27 (ot)
Tulsa, Okla. — Alex Singleton ran for 100 yards and plunged over the top for a 1-yard score in overtime to lift Tulsa to a victory over UCF in the Conference USA championship game.
Tulsa won the C-USA championship for the first time since 2005 and is off to the Liberty Bowl.
Singleton came up with just the second 100-yard game of his career, breaking the school record for touchdowns in the process. He also had a 7-yard score in the second quarter to break Tarrion Adams’ mark with his 40th overall touchdown and 39 on the ground.
After Cory Dorris blocked Shawn Moffitt’s 38-yard field goal on Central Florida’s possession to start overtime, Tulsa (10-3) kept the ball on the ground on five straight plays. Singleton was initially given a touchdown on second-and-goal, but officials ruled on replay that he was down inside the 1.
That was no problem for the burly back whose specialty is short yardage.
Blake Bortles accounted for three touchdowns for UCF (9-4).