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Kansas State beats Texas to earn BCS Bowl bid

Kansas State wide receiver Tyler Lockett is chased into the end zone by Texas cornerback Adrian Phillips (17) after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Manhattan, Kan. Kansas State won the game 42-24. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas State wide receiver Tyler Lockett was chased into the end zone after scoring a touchdown in the second half on Saturday. (AP)AP

Collin Klein passed for 184 yards and a touchdown, and added 103 yards and two scores on the ground, and John Hubert rushed for 66 yards and three touchdowns as No. 6 Kansas State clinched a share of the Big 12 title and the league's automatic berth in a BCS bowl with a 42-24 win over visiting Texas Saturday night.

The Wildcats will share the Big 12 title with Oklahoma, but advance to the Fiesta Bowl because of their head-to-head win against the Sooners in September.

Oklahoma defeated TCU, 24-17, earlier in the day.

In the victory, Klein became the first player from a BCS automatic-qualifying conference with consecutive seasons of 10 or more touchdown passes and 20 or more touchdown runs. He finished this season with 15 passing touchdowns and 22 rushing.

Kansas State (11-1, 8-1) scored touchdowns on its first three possessions of the second half to take control, and cashed in on a muffed punt return and an interception to put it away.

The loss snapped a five-game road winning streak dating to last season for the No. 18 Longhorns (8-4, 5-4), who finished the regular season with consecutive losses.

Oklahoma 24, TCU 17 — The Sooners thwarted the Horned Frogs’ fourth-down pass to the goal line in the final minute to earn the victory.

 No. 12 Oklahoma (10-2, 8-1) clinched a share of the Big 12 title — and likely an at-large BCS berth.

Landry Jones threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns as the Sooners won their eighth consecutive Big 12 game.

TCU (7-5, 4-5), the two-time BCS buster in its first Big 12 season, lost all four of its conference games at home despite winning four on the road.

Florida State 21, Georgia Tech 15 — In Charlotte, N.C., James Wilder Jr. ran for two touchdowns as the No. 13 Seminoles (11-2, 7-1) held off the Yellow Jackets, capturing their first ACC championship since 2005, and earning a trip to the Orange Bowl.

It was Florida State’s 13th ACC title. Georgia Tech (6-7, 5-3) is bowl eligible after receiving a waiver from the NCAA on Thursday.

It looked like the Yellow Jackets, a two-touchdown underdog, might get blown out, but the game wasn’t decided until Florida State’s Karlos Williams intercepted Tevin Washington with less than a minute remaining.

Wisconsin 70, Nebraska 31 — Montee Ball ran for 201 yards and three touchdowns, and the Badgers (10-3, 7-1) rushed for 539 yards to rout the No. 14 Cornhuskers in the Big Ten title game in Indianapolis.

Wisconsin (8-5, 4-4) is the first team to reach the Rose Bowl with five losses, and first Big Ten team to make it in three straight years since Michigan in the late 1970s.

Melvin Gordon added 217 yards rushing and a touchdown, while James White had 108 yards rushing, four TDs, and one TD pass.

Baylor 41, Oklahoma St. 34 — Lache Seastrunk rushed for 178 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, and Nick Florence passed for 296 yards as the Bears (7-5, 4-5 Big 12) beat the No. 24 Cowboys (7-5, 5-4) in Waco, Texas.

Florence has thrown for 4,121 yards this season and is 172 yards shy of breaking the school’s season passing mark, which Robert Griffin III set last season.

Tulsa 33, Central Florida 27 — Alex Singleton ran for 100 yards and plunged over the top for a 1-yard score in overtime to lift the Golden Hurricane (10-3) over the Golden Knights in the Conference USA championship game.

 Tulsa won the C-USA title for the first time since 2005, and is off to the Liberty Bowl. Singleton broke the school record for touchdowns with his 40th.

Central Florida (9-4) will play in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl.

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Oregon St. 77, Nicholls St. 3 — Cody Vaz passed for three touchdowns and Markus Wheaton became the school's all-time leader in catches as the Beavers (9-3) routed the Colonels (1-10).

Boise St. 27, Nevada 21 — Joe Southwick threw two touchdown passes to lead the No. 25 Broncos (10-2, 7-1) over the Wolf Pack (7-5, 4-4), earning Boise State a share of the Mountain West Conference title and ensuring its nation-best seventh consecutive 10-win season.

Cincinnati 34, UConn 17 — Brendon Kay threw two touchdown passes to Travis Kelce, and caught one from the big tight end on a trick play, as the Bearcats earned a share of the Big East championship with a win over the host Huskies (5-7, 2-5).

Cincinnati (9-3) shares the title with Louisville, Rutgers, and Syracuse, all of which ended the season with 5-2 conference records.

West Virginia 59, Kansas 10 — Geno Smith threw for 407 yards and three touchdowns in his final home game to lead the Mountaineers (7-5, 4-5 Big 12) to a win over the Jayhawks (1-11, 0-9).

 Smith completed 23 of 24 passes and became the first West Virginia quarterback to throw for 40 touchdowns in a season. His 95.8 completion percentage matched the single-game Bowl Subdivision record set by Tennessee’s Tee Martin against South Carolina in 1998.

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