Washington wraps up Rose Bowl berth after Oregon State upends Oregon
Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State made a strong case for a chance to defend its national championship, beating Florida in the game that usually gives the winner a title shot.
Chris Weinke fought off the flu and threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns two to Marvin Minnis as No. 3 Florida State had a surprisingly easy time beating its bitter state rival, 30-7, on Saturday night.
The Seminoles (10-1) completed their regular season by beating the No. 4 Gators (9-2) for the third year in a row, but now have to wait two weeks to find out if they'll play for the Bowl Championship Series' title in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3.
Florida, the SEC East champion, still has a chance to play in the Sugar Bowl if it beats Auburn in the league title game Dec. 2.
The Seminoles can feel good about their chances because the winner of the Florida-Florida State game has gone on to play for the title five of the last seven years.
In the 45th meeting between these powers, a Doak Campbell Stadium-record crowd of 83,042 witnessed the Seminoles most impressive performance of the season.
Weinke completed 23 of 44 passes, and his second TD pass of the game a 34-yarder to Minnis in the first quarter made him the ACC's career passing leader, moving him ahead of Duke's Ben Bennett. Weinke, who also enhanced his Heisman Trophy chances, has thrown for 9,789 yards in his career.
Minnis, who caught three TD passes in last week's win over Wake Forest, had eight catches for 187 yards. For Florida, Jesse Palmer was 17-of-30 for 180 yards and two interceptions.
No. 8 Oregon State 23, No. 5 Oregon 13
Corvallis, Ore. Oregon State crushed its intrastate rival's Rose Bowl hopes. Then, the Beavers watched as their own dreams of Pasadena came to an end.
Jonathan Smith threw two first-quarter touchdown passes to Robert Prescott, and Jake Cookus had three of his team's five interceptions as Oregon State reached 10 victories for the first time in school history.
One loss cost the Beavers (10-1, 7-1) their first trip to the Rose Bowl since the 1964 season. Washington, which beat Oregon State 33-30 in Seattle on Oct. 7, clinched the berth by defeating Washington State.
Washington (10-1, 7-1) ended up in a three-way tie with Oregon State and Oregon (9-2, 7-1), and even though the Huskies lost to Oregon, they won the tiebreaker based on non-conference records.
Oregon State's Ken Simonton rushed for 113 yards. Smith passes for 246 yards, and Prescott had six receptions for 109 yards. Oregon's Joey Harrington passed for 333 yards.
No. 6 Washington 51, Washington St. 3
Pullman, Wash. Washington reached the Rose Bowl for the first time in eight years. Marques Tuiasosopo passed for 190 yards and three TDs. Rich Alexis ran for 122 yards and a TD, and Braxton Cleman had 105 yards and a touchdown.
No. 2 Miami 26, Syracuse 0
Syracuse, N.Y. James Jackson gained 101 yards on 23 carries and scored twice for Miami (9-1, 6-0 Big East). Miami's Ken Dorsey passed for 263 yards.
No. 11 Notre Dame 45, Rutgers 17
Piscataway, N.J. Matt LoVecchio threw two touchdowns and Terrance Howard ran for two more in their return home to New Jersey as Notre Dame posted its sixth straight win. The Irish (8-2) also forced five turnovers. Irish kicker Nick Setta, who last week ran for a touchdown on a fake field goal against Boston College, threw a 25-yard scoring pass to fullback Tom Lopienski on another fake.
No. 19 Michigan 38, No. 12 Ohio St. 26
Columbus, Ohio Drew Henson passed for 303 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score to give Michigan (8-3, 6-2) a share of the Big Ten title with a win over Ohio State (8-3, 5-3).
Arkansas 17, No. 13 Mississippi St. 10, OT
Starkville, Miss. Brandon Holmes had a 7-yard touchdown run in overtime, and Arkansas stopped Mississippi State on fourth-and-goal at the 1 on the final play. Arkansas (5-5, 2-5 SEC) blocked a 25-yard field-goal attempt by Scott Westerfield on the final play of regulation. Mississippi State (7-3, 4-3) had won 16 straight at home.
No. 15 TCU 47, UTEP 14
Fort Worth, Texas LaDainian Tomlinson ran for a season-high 305 yards and three TDs, including scores of 68 and 89 yards. Tomlinson became the WAC's career rushing leader and became only the ninth runner in NCAA history to go over 5,000 career yards. TCU improved to 9-1 and 6-1.
No. 16 Clemson 16, No. 25 South Carolina 14
Clemson, S.C. Aaron Hunt's third field goal, a 25-yarder with seven seconds left, lifted Clemson past South Carolina. The Tigers (9-2) looked dead after Thomas Hill fell on Derek Watson's fumble in the end zone with 59 seconds to go for a 14-13 lead. But Clemson's Woody Dantzler found Rod Gardner for a 50-yard reception to South Carolina's 8 with 10 seconds remaining and Hunt stuck it through to send Death Valley into a frenzy. The Gamecocks finished the regular season 7-4 after entering the year with a 21-game losing streak.
No. 17 Purdue 41, Indiana 13
West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue earned its first Rose Bowl berth in 34 years, with Montrell Lowe rushing for a career-high 208 yards and four touchdowns. Drew Brees completed 20 of 29 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown, and also ran for a score. The Boilermakers (8-3, 6-2) had to win to clinch a share of the Big Ten title and a trip to Pasadena.
No. 18 Auburn 9, Alabama 0
Tuscaloosa, Ala. Rudi Johnson rushed for 130 yards and Damon Duval kicked three field goals as Auburn won the SEC West title. The victory, coupled with Mississippi State's loss to Arkansas, gave Auburn (9-2, 6-2) its second division title. The Tide (3-8, 3-5) lost their fifth straight game in the finale for ousted coach Mike DuBose. The Tide were shut out for the second time this season and finished with more than seven losses for the first time since 1955.
No. 20 Georgia Tech 35, Maryland 22
College Park, Md. George Godsey threw for 354 yards and two touchdowns in Georgia Tech's sixth straight victory.
No. 22 Georgia 32, Mississippi 14
Athens, Ga. Freshman Musa Smith ran for 144 yards, becoming the first Georgia back to break 100 this season. The Bulldogs (7-3, 5-3 SEC) snapped a two-game losing streak and likely ensured a bowl bid no matter what happens in the finale against No. 20 Georgia Tech. Ole Miss (6-4, 3-4) has lost two in a row.
No. 23 Northwestern 61, Illinois 23
Evanston, Ill. Damien Anderson ran for 179 yards to break Northwestern's single-season rushing record with 1,914 yards. Northwestern, which tied for the Big Ten title, missed a Rose Bowl berth when Purdue beat Indiana. The Wildcats (8-3, 6-2) are still contenders for the Citrus, Outback and Alamo bowls.
Cincinnati 27, No. 24 Southern Miss 24
Cincinnati Deontey Kenner threw two TD passes as Cincinnati (7-4, 5-2 Conference USA) rallied from a 17-point deficit. Southern Miss is 7-3, 4-2.