Georgia routs Georgia Tech, SEC title game next
Championship hopes still alive
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The Georgia Bulldogs collected a trophy at midfield for another win over their state rival, then set their sights on a bigger reward.
Aaron Murray threw two touchdown passes, Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall each ran for a pair of TDs, and No. 3 Georgia stayed in the thick of the national championship race with a 42-10 rout of Georgia Tech on Saturday in Athens.
Georgia’s governor, Nathan Deal, presented the ‘‘Governor’s Cup’’ to the Bulldogs (11-1) after they beat the Yellow Jackets for the 11th time in 12 years and then encouraged them to go out and win a national title.
Georgia is two wins away.
The Bulldogs will face No. 2 Alabama for the Southeastern Conference championship in Atlanta next Saturday. The winner will likely advance to play in the BCS title game on Jan. 7 against Notre Dame.
Georgia Tech (6-6) didn’t put up much of a fight. The Bulldogs scored just over a minute into the game, built a 28-3 halftime lead, and were up, 42-3, before the Yellow Jackets scored a meaningless TD.
Murray completed 14 of 17 for 215 yards, becoming the first quarterback in SEC history to pass from more than 3,000 yards in three straight seasons. Gurley finished with 97 yards on 12 carries and now has 14 touchdowns on the season, one shy of Herschel Walker’s school freshman record set in 1980.
Georgia Tech, amazingly, still has a chance to win the Atlantic Coast Conference title next weekend and earn a BCS bowl bid. The Yellow Jackets clinched a spot in the championship game against No. 10 Florida State after Miami pulled out from postseason consideration, hoping to lessen the blow from a pending NCAA investigation.
Alabama 49, Auburn 0 — In Tuscaloosa, Ala., AJ McCarron passed for four touchdowns and Eddie Lacy rushed for 131 yards and two scores to lead the second-ranked Crimson Tide (10-1, 7-1 SEC) to a beatdown of the rival Tigers in the most lopsided Iron Bowl in 64 years.
Auburn (3-9, 0-8) completed the worst season for any team within two years of winning an Associated Press national title.
Florida 37, Florida State 26 — Mike Gillislee ran for two touchdowns and the No. 6 Gators (11-1) scored 24 straight points in the fourth quarter to beat the No. 10 Seminoles (10-2) in Tallahassee, Fla.
Florida went ahead for good, 23-20, on Gillislee’s 37-yard run with 11:01 left in the final period on the first play after Florida State’s EJ Manuel fumbled for his fourth turnover. Despite the win, Florida’s long-shot national title hopes ended with No. 1 Notre Dame’s win over Southern California.
Ohio State 26, Michigan 21 — In Columbus, Ohio, Carlos Hyde ran for 146 yards and the No. 4 Buckeyes’ defense shut out the 20th-ranked Wolverines (8-4, 6-2 Big Ten) in the second half to complete an improbable 12-0 season for the Buckeyes.
Oregon 48, Oregon State 24 — Kenjon Barner ran for 198 yards and two TDs despite leaving the game for a time with an injury and the No. 5 Ducks (11-1, 8-1) defeated the No. 16 Beavers (8-3, 6-3) in the Civil War in Corvallis. The victory initially kept the Ducks alive for a spot in the Pac-12 title game, but Stanford defeated UCLA later to clinch the league’s Northern division.
Texas A&M 59, Missouri 29— Johnny Manziel threw for 372 yards and three TDs and ran for two more scores as the No. 9 Aggies (10-2, 6-2 SEC) pounded the visiting Tigers (5-7, 2-6).
Stanford 35, UCLA 17 — Stepfan Taylor rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns and the No. 11 Cardinal (10-2, 8-1) beat the No. 15 Bruins (9-3, 6-3) in Pasadena, Calif., to win the Pacific-12 North title and a rematch with UCLA in the conference title game.
South Carolina 27, Clemson 17 — Backup quarterback Dylan Thompson threw for three TDs and the No. 13 Gamecocks (10-2) won their fourth straight over the host No. 12 Tigers (10-2) and gave Steve Spurrier his school-record 65th coaching victory.
Oklahoma 51, Oklahoma State 48 — Landry Jones threw for 500 yards and three TDs, and Brennan Clay scored on an 18-yard run in overtime to lift the No. 14 Sooners (9-2, 7-1 Big 12) past the No. 22 Cowboys (7-4, 5-3) in the Bedlam Rivalry in Norman.
UConn 23, Louisville 20 — Chad Christen’s 30-yard field goal in the third overtime lifted the visiting Huskies over the 19th-ranked Cardinals, who stayed alive in the Big East title chase despite the loss.
Blidi Wreh-Wilson set up the Huskies’ winning score by intercepting Teddy Bridgewater’s pass intended for DeVante Parker in the end zone. The Huskies ran three plays for 12 yards before Christen’s second OT kick gave Connecticut (5-6, 2-4) its second straight win.Continued...