Created: Sun, 08 Dec 2013 07:15:53 EST
Updated: Sun, 08 Dec 2013 07:15:53 EST
Buckeyes' loss makes Auburn the top selection to face unbeaten FSU for national championship
UNDATED (AP) — It looks like it'll be Florida State against Auburn in the BCS championship game next month, and the Tigers can thank Michigan State for helping them get there.
Second-ranked Ohio State had the inside track on a BCS title game appearance until the 10th-ranked Spartans downed the Buckeyes 34-24 for the Big Ten championship. The Buckeyes owned a 24-game winning streak and were leading 24-20 until Josiah Price grabbed a 9-yard touchdown pass from Connor Cook with 11:41 remaining. Jeremy Langford all-but sealed the victory with a 26-yard scoring run with 2:16 left.
Cook threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns for Michigan State, which blew a 17-0 lead by allowing 24 consecutive points.
OSU quarterback Braxton Miller threw for one touchdown and ran for 142 yards and two TDs. But Miller was just 8 of 21 for 101 yards as the Buckeyes suffered their first loss under second-year coach Urban Meyer, dashing their championship hopes.
Third-ranked Auburn now has national championship hopes after winning the SEC title game, 59-41 over fifth-ranked Missouri. Tre Mason rushed for 304 yards and four touchdowns for Auburn, which set an SEC championship game record with total 677 yards, including 545 on the ground.
Missouri's James Franklin passed for 303 yards and three touchdowns, while Dorial Green-Beckham hauled in six passes for 144 yards and a couple of scores. Although the Tigers piled up 534 total yards, they failed to score in the fourth quarter and couldn't come up with the defensive stops needed to silence Auburn's offense.
The top-ranked Seminoles clinched their BCS title-game appearance by clobbering No. 20 Duke 45-7 in the ACC championship game. Heisman Trophy favorite Jameis (JAYM'-ihs) Winston was 19 of 32 for 330 yards and three touchdowns as the 'Noles rolled up 569 yards of total offense. Winston also ran for a TD 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.
Florida State held the Blue Devils to 239 yards and improved to 13-0 with their 12th straight victory by at least 27 points.
Also in college football:
— Tyler Gaffney ran for 133 yards and scored three touchdowns in a dominating first half to lead No. 7 Stanford to a 38-14 rout of eleventh-ranked Arizona State. The Cardinal racked up 517 yards in winning the Pac-12 title game and earning a berth in the Rose Bowl, likely against Michigan State. Ty Montgomery scored two touchdowns and Stanford held the Sun Devils to 311 total yards to earn a spot in a BCS bowl for the fourth straight season.
— Ninth-ranked Baylor said goodbye to Floyd Casey Stadium and hello to its first conference title in 33 years, beating No. 23 Texas 30-10. Bryce Petty threw for 287 yards with touchdown passes on the first drives after halftime to lead the Big 12 champs. Petty finished 21 of 37, with Antwan Goodley catching eight of those for 114 yards.
— No. 18 Oklahoma went into Stillwater and scored two touchdowns in the final seconds to beat sixth-ranked Oklahoma State 33-24. Backup quarterback Blake Bell threw a go-ahead, seven-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Saunders with 19 seconds remaining, moments before Eric Stroker recovered a fumble for a touchdown. Desmond Roland had three touchdowns and ran for 144 yards for the Cowboys.
— Playing in the coldest weather conditions in either team's history, No. 15 Central Florida knocked off SMU 17-13. It was 24 degrees at kickoff in Dallas before Blake Bortles threw for 242 yards and ran for two TDs to help UCF finish the regular season 11-1.
— Derek Carr threw for 403 yards and three touchdowns as 24th-ranked Fresno State beat Utah State 24-17 in the Mountain West title game. Davante Adams had nine receptions for 151 yards, including the tiebreaking touchdown late in the third quarter.
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Irish headed to New York
Notre Dame has accepted an invitation to play in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 28. This will be the fourth straight bowl appearance for the 8-4 Irish. They will play a team from the American Athletic Conference opponent.
Pacers knock off Spurs...Heat end skid
UNDATED (AP) — Paul George and the Indiana Pacers continue to show they're a legitimate contender for the NBA championship after losing to Miami in the conference finals last season.
George scored 28 points and the Pacers improved to a league-best 18-2 by downing the Spurs 111-100 in San Antonio. David West had 20 points and Lance Stephenson added 15 to help Indiana win at San Antonio for the first time in its last 12 visits.
The Spurs led 35-22 before the Pacers went on a 42-20 run bridging halftime. Kawhi Leonard had 18 points for the Spurs, who are 15-4 following their third loss in five games.
Checking out the rest of the NBA slate:
— LeBron James had 21 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists as Miami clobbered Minnesota 103-82 to end a two-game skid. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade provided 19 points and five rebounds in his return from a two-game absence.
— Nate Robinson scored 20 points and Jordan Hamilton hit three straight 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter to help Denver knock off Philadelphia 103-92 and end a two-game skid.
— Klay Thompson scored 30 points and David Lee finished with 23 in Golden State's 108-82 romp over the Grizzlies in Memphis.
— Monta (MAHN'-tay) Ellis capped his 22-point night by hitting a jumper with 0.2 seconds left to push Dallas past Portland 108-106.
— Detroit has a four-game winning streak after Brandon Jennings scored 33 points in a 92-75 win at Chicago.
— Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson each scored 20 points in Cleveland's 88-82 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
— Brook Lopez delivered 32 points, seven rebounds and four assists as Brooklyn downed Milwaukee 90-82, giving the Nets a bounce-back win after an embarrassing loss to the Knicks.
— DeMarcus Cousins dropped in 28 points and Isaiah Thomas scored 23 of his 26 points after halftime to fuel Sacramento's 112-102 overtime victory against Utah, stopping the Kings' six-game losing streak.
Arizona holds off Rebels
UNDATED (AP) — Second-ranked Arizona had some trouble with UNLV before staking its claim for the No. 1 ranking in Monday's AP men's basketball poll.
T.J. McConnell had 13 points, six assists and seven rebounds as the Wildcats escaped with a 63-58 home win against the Runnin' Rebels. Brandon Ashley also had 13 points in a game that had 18 lead changes without either team going ahead by more than six.
Arizona has a shot at moving to the top of the rankings following No. 1 Michigan State's loss to North Carolina on Wednesday.
Also on the top-25 schedule:
— Syracuse is 9-0 after Trevor Cooney and C.J. Fair each scored 17 points to lead the fourth-ranked Orange to a 93-65 pounding of Binghamton. Jerami Grant had 14 points for Syracuse, which hit 13 3-pointers.
— LaQuinton Ross scored four of his career-high 23 points in a 10-0 during the second half of Ohio State's 74-56 win against Central Connecticut State. Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 17 points and Amir Williams had 11 as the fifth-ranked Buckeyes improved to 8-0.
— Colorado had lost 19 straight to Kansas until Askia Booker drained a 25-footer at the buzzer to give the Buffaloes a 75-72 win over the sixth-ranked Jayhawks. The Buffs blew a six-point lead in the final 1:44 before Booker scored the last of his 15 points.
— Seventh-ranked Louisville is 8-1 after Montrezl Harrell scored 20 points and the Cardinals shot 61 percent in a 113-74 pounding of Louisiana-Lafayette. Chris Jones added 19 points, Russ Smith had 16 and Wayne Blackshear contributed 15 to the win.
— Sam Dekker's 20 points and 10 rebounds helped eighth-ranked Wisconsin beat Marquette for the first time in their last three meetings, 70-64. Frank Kaminsky added 11 points, including a straightaway 3 to give Wisconsin a 60-54 lead with 1:18 left.
— Cleanthony Early scored 16 points and No. 11 Wichita State turned a 30-22 halftime deficit into a 71-58 win against Oral Roberts.
— James Bell and JayVaughn Pinkston led 14th-ranked Villanova to a 30-point win against a city rival, 98-68 over St. Joseph's. Pinkston led all scorers with 27 points and Bell added 25 and 14 rebounds for the 9-0 Wildcats.
— Shaq Goodwin dropped in a career-high 21 points and No. 16 Memphis shot 54 percent in beating Northwestern State 96-76.
— Melvin Eim scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half and overtime as 17th-ranked Iowa State pulled out a 91-82 win over Northern Iowa after trailing by 18.
— Missouri upset No. 18 UCLA 80-71 as Jabari Brown scored 22 points and Jordan Clarkson added 21.
— No. 19 Gonzaga beat New Mexico State 80-68 as Kevin Pangos chipped in 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
— Chaz Williams had 32 points and 15 assists as 21st-ranked UMass won its eighth straight game, beating Brigham Young 105-96.
— Mitch McGary had 12 points, nine rebounds and six assists as 22nd-ranked Michigan blew out Houston Baptist 107-53.
— No. 23 Iowa cruised past Drake 83-66 behind a season-high 15 points from Melsahn Basabe.
— Daishon Knight had 20 points and six rebounds as Illinois State beat No. 25 Dayton 81-75
B's rally to beat Pens
UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have company atop the NHL's Western Conference standings. Corey Perry scored his team-high 18th goal and rookie Frederik Andersen made 26 saves as Anaheim won 5-2 at St. Louis, leaving the Ducks in a first-place tie with the Hawks. Ryan Getzlaf chipped in a goal and an assist to run his point streak to 13 games.
It's the first win for the Ducks in their last eight games at St. Louis. The Blues ended a five-game winning streak and stayed four points off the conference lead.
— David Krejci (KRAY'-chee) and Zdeno Chara (zuh-DAY'-noh CHAH'-rah) scored in the final 89 seconds to give the B's a 3-2 victory against the Pens in Boston. Chara scored with just 13 seconds left as the Bruins ended the Pens' five-game winning streak and improved to 10-0-2 in their last 12 home games.
— The Canadiens made it nine wins in their last 10 games as Tomas Plekanec (pleh-KAH'-nets) and Brandon Prust each had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 triumph over Buffalo in Montreal.
— Jonathan Huberdeau (OO'-bur-doh) scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and Tim Thomas had 22 saves as Florida downed Detroit 2-1, dropping the Red Wings to 5-6-6 at home.
— Anze Kopitar (AHN'-zhay KOH'-pih-tahr) scored the game-winner and Martin Jones needed to make just 16 saves to earn a shutout in the Kings' 3-0 win over the New York Islanders. The Isles have dropped nine straight.
— New Jersey scored three straight goals but needed Eric Gelinas's (ZHEH'-lih-nahz) power-play goal 1:15 into overtime to beat the New York Rangers 4-3.
— James van Riemsdyk (REEMZ'-dyk) had a goal and an assist before netting a shootout goal in Toronto's 4-3 win at Ottawa.
— Braden Holtby turned back 34 shots and Eric Fehr (fehr) had a goal and an assist in Washington's 5-2 verdict over Nashville.
— Winnipeg beat Tampa Bay 3-2 on Mark Scheifele's (SHYF'-leez) goal 64 seconds into overtime.
— Tyler Seguin (SAY'-gihn) scored three goals and assisted on a fourth in the second period, leading the Dallas Stars to a 5-1 victory over Philadelphia.
— Taylor Hall scored with 11 seconds left in regulation, but Edmonton had to settle for just one point after Jiri Hudler's (YERR'-ee HOOD'-lurz) overtime goal gave Calgary a 2-1 win over the Oilers.
Woods tops the leaderboard after three rounds
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Tiger Woods has a two shot lead after the third round of the World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He shot even par for the day and is 11-under par for the tournament, two shots in front of Zach Johnson. Bubba Watson will start the fourth round four shots off the pace at 7-under-par.