College Football Today


-Tre Mason, Auburn, rushed for 304 yards and four TDs in leading

No. 3 Auburn to a wild 59-42 victory over No. 5 Missouri in the

Southeastern Conference championship game.

-Jameis Winston, Florida State, threw three TD passes and ran

for a score, and the top-ranked Seminoles stormed into the title

game with a 45-7 victory over 20th-ranked Duke in the ACC

championship game.

-Tyler Gaffney, Stanford, ran for 133 yards and scored three TDs

in a dominating first half, leading the No. 7 Cardinal back to the

Rose Bowl with a 38-14 victory over No. 11 Arizona State in the

Pac-12 title game.

-Casey Cochran, Connecticut, threw for a school-record 461 yards

and four TDs in leading the Huskies to a 45-10 win over


-Desmond Roland, Oklahoma State, ran for 144 yards and accounted

for three TDs in the sixth-ranked Cowboys’ 33-24 loss to rival


-Bryce Petty, Baylor, threw for 287 yards and had TD passes on

the first two drives of the second half to help the No. 9 Bears win

their first Big 12 title and a Fiesta Bowl berth with a 30-10

victory over No. 23 Texas.

-Dray Joseph, Southern, threw for 337 yards passing and three

TDs in a 34-27 double overtime victory over Jackson State in the

Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship.


No. 1 Florida State romped and No. 2 Ohio State stumbled, and

now the SEC has chance to win its eighth straight BCS


The Seminoles will play No. 3 Auburn in the BCS title game Jan.

6 in Pasadena, Calif., after the Tigers capped their remarkable

turnaround season with a wild victory over Missouri in the

Southeastern Conference title game, and then the Buckeyes were

upset by Michigan State in the Big Ten on Saturday night.

For Florida State, it was business as usual against No. 20 Duke.

Jameis Winston passed for 330 yards and accounted for four

touchdowns, just another huge game for the Heisman Trophy favorite,

and the Seminoles’ defense smothered the Blue Devils 45-7 in the

Atlantic Coast Conference championship in Charlotte.


Minus-5-Temperature at kickoff in Missoula, where Montana hosted

Coastal Carolina in the FCS playoffs. Coastal Carolina won


15-Straight wins by No. 15 Central Florida, which won the first

AAC title.

56-Years since Rice had won a conference title before winning

the Conference USA championship game.

677-Total yards, including 545 on the ground, by No. 3 Auburn

against Missouri to set an SEC championship game record.


Bryce Petty and ninth-ranked Baylor closed out their old stadium

with quite a fiesta.

In what became a de facto Big 12 championship game after

Oklahoma State’s lost, Petty threw for 287 yards with touchdown

passes on the first drives after halftime and the Bears won the

their first title in the league with a 30-10 victory over No. 23


The Bears, who never even had a winning record in the Big 12

before coach Art Briles arrived six years ago, have the first

11-win season in school history and are headed to the Fiesta Bowl.

That is the reward for their first outright title in any league

since winning the Southwest Conference on 1980 when Mike Singletary

called Floyd Casey Stadium home.

Texas coach Mack Brown made joking references all week about

being the only coach in America playing for a conference

championship while also shrugging off speculation that he could be


Well, the intense speculation about Brown’s future is certain to

increase now. The regular season is over for the Longhorns without

a Big 12 title after losing two of three games – just like the year

started before a six-game winning streak that included an

unexpected 36-20 win over Oklahoma.


Oklahoma players say they were unaware of an earthquake that

happened during the second quarter of the No. 18 Sooners’ 33-24

victory over Oklahoma State.

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 4.5 magnitude earthquake

in central Oklahoma at 12:10 p.m. Saturday near Arcadia, about 7

miles east of Edmond and about 14 miles northeast of Oklahoma


It occurred about the time Sooners’ kicker Michael Hunnicutt

kicked a 21-yard field goal in the second quarter of the win over

the No. 6 Cowboys.

Hunnicutt says he didn’t know about the earthquake and didn’t

feel it, while Oklahoma (10-2, 7-2) wide receiver Sterling Shepard

says if he felt anything, he likely thought it was the result of

the 58,520 in attendance in Boone Pickens Stadium.