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-Tyrann Mathieu, LSU, ran back a punt 62 yards for a TD, set up another score with a fumble recovery and finally finished off No. 12 Georgia with a whirling dervish of a return that led to the decisive TD in the top-ranked Tigers' 42-10 victory in the Southeastern Conference championship game.

-Robert Griffin III, Baylor, ran for two touchdowns and passed for two more and 320 yards to lead the No. 19 Bears to a 48-24 win over Texas, capping the program's best season in 25 years while perhaps helping his Heisman Trophy chances.

-Kellen Moore, Boise State, threw for 313 yards and three TDs in the final home game of his brilliant career, helping the No. 9 Broncos roll over New Mexico 45-0.

-Austin Davis, Southern Mississippi, threw four touchdown passes, and the 24th-ranked Golden Eagles ruined Houston's perfect season and Bowl Championship Series hopes with a 49-28 victory over the seventh-ranked Cougars.

-Case Keenum, Houston, completed 41 of 67 passes for 373 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-28 loss to No. 24 Southern Mississippi.

-Munchie Legaux, Cincinnati, threw a career-high three TD passes in a 35-27 victory over Connecticut that made the Bearcats one of three teams with a share of the Big East title.

-Greg McCoy, TCU, returned a kickoff 99 yards as the 18th-ranked Horned Frogs beat UNLV 56-9 to clinch their third consecutive outright and undefeated Mountain West championship.

-Dominique Swope, Georgia Southern, ran for two TDs and 255 yards, and the Eagles beat Old Dominion 55-48 in the second round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

-Lance Dunbar, North Texas, became the school's all-time leading rusher and set a single-game rushing record with 313 yards and four TDs in a 59-7 victory over Middle Tennessee. He finished with 4,224 yards to surpass the record set by Patrick Cobbs (4,050 yards from 2001-2005).

-Tyler Lantrip, Nevada, passed for 340 yards and four TDs as the Wolfpack routed Idaho 56-3.

-Ryan Aplin, Arkansas State, threw for 356 yards and three TDs in a 45-14 victory over Troy.

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TIGERS IN TITLE GAME

LSU did its part to set up a rematch with Alabama in the BCS national title game.

The top-ranked Tigers locked up a spot in the championship on Jan. 9 in New Orleans with a 42-10 victory against No. 12 Georgia in the Southeastern Conference title game.

LSU (13-0) will be first in the BCS standings on Sunday and its latest rout only fortifies Alabama's chances of holding on to the second spot.

The Tigers beat the Tide 9-6 in overtime in Tuscaloosa, Ala., a month ago. Alabama (11-1) is the only team in the country to stay within 13 points of LSU this season. Other than the Alabama game, the Tigers' closest game since September was a 24-point victory against Arkansas.

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HOUSTON'S DASHED HOPES

No. 7 Houston was poised to impress a national-television audience and representatives from the Orange and Sugar Bowl. Case Keenum could've also made one last case for an invitation to next week's Heisman Trophy ceremony.

Instead, No. 24 Southern Mississippi ended the Cougars' perfect season and BCS hopes with a 49-28 victory in the Conference USA championship game.

The Golden Eagles turned it into their big day, shackling Houston's high-powered offense and striking with several big plays of their own to win their first league title.

Southern Mississippi became the first team to hold Houston, averaging more than 50 per game, below 35 points this season.

Keenum completed 41 of 67 passes for 373 yards and two touchdowns, becoming the first quarterback to reach 5,000 yards passing in three seasons. It was one more record to tack onto his magnificent career, but it won't include a BCS bowl - thanks to Southern Mississippi.

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NUMBERS

8-Years since Kansas State reached 10 wins in a season.

22-Touchdown passes this season by Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib, tying a school record.

24-Straight wins by TCU in the Mountain West. The Frogs are moving to the Big 12 Conference next season.

37-Straight games Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson has thrown a TD pass, breaking the NCAA record held by former Texas Tech star Graham Harrell.

41-Touchdown passes this season for Boise State's Kellen Moore, a new school single-season record. He also set a school record for completions in a season with 300.

464-Rushing yards by North Texas against Middle Tennessee to match a school record.

1,167-Combined yards of offense in Georgia Southern's 55-48 win over Old Dominion.

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SCHNELLENBERGER'S FINALE

Louisiana-Monroe spoiled the last game of Howard Schnellenberger's coaching career by beating his Florida Atlantic team 26-0.

Schnellenberger coached Miami to the 1983 national title and also had stops at Louisville and Oklahoma, then announced in August that his 11th season at FAU would be his last.

FAU is expected to introduce Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini on Monday as Schnellenberger's replacement.

Schnellenberger finished with a 158-151-3 record, 6-0 in bowl games, two of those at FAU along with one Sun Belt title. But the Owls have not had a winning record in any of the last three seasons, though Schnellenberger has said many times that the new stadium - which opened Oct. 15 - is the ''last piece of the puzzle'' before the program can vie to become a consistent winner.

When it was over, Schnellenberger walked to the center of the field surrounded by security and photographers, as fireworks burst into the air over one of the end zones. Schnellenberger grabbed a microphone, spoke for about 2 minutes and ended his speech with a simple ''Thank you'' before leaving his field for the final time.

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McGEE to UAB

UAB has tabbed Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee as its head coach. That's according to Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino.

Petrino issued a statement congratulating McGee on landing the job. A UAB spokesman says he hasn't heard of a hiring.

The Blazers fired Neil Callaway after he concluded his fifth season without posting a winning record.

McGee, who also coaches quarterbacks, is in his fourth season with the Razorbacks and is a finalist for the Broyles Award given to the nation's top assistant. He is a former Oklahoma quarterback.

Arkansas leads the Southeastern Conference in total and passing offense and is second in scoring.

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REPEAT

Defending NAIA champion Carroll College routed Georgetown College of Kentucky 35-3 and will play No. 5 St. Xavier of Illinois on Dec. 17 in Rome, Ga., for its seventh national championship.

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