Luck, Cardinal are too much for Irish
Stanford is in line for a BCS berth
Andrew Luck set the school record for the most career touchdown passes and eclipsed his own season mark, throwing for 233 yards and four scores to lead fourth-ranked Stanford past No. 22 Notre Dame, 28-14, in his home finale last night.
Luck topped John Elway’s record of 77 touchdown passes and helped the Cardinal (11-1) build a 21-0 halftime lead. He has thrown for 80 touchdowns in three years and 35 this season.
Tommy Rees threw an interception, lost a fumble, and took a bruising blow to the ribs for Notre Dame (8-4) before getting benched. Andrew Hendrix threw for 192 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score in a second-half rally for the Fighting Irish that came up short.
The victory likely vaulted Stanford into an at-large BCS bowl bid for the second straight year - with the Fiesta Bowl among the leading possible destinations - but the program will not play for a major championship. The lone loss to Oregon put the Ducks in the Pac-12 title game out of the North Division and crushed the Cardinal’s dreams of a national title.
Virginia Tech 38, Virginia 0 - Logan Thomas threw for two touchdowns and ran for one, and David Wilson scored on two long runs in the second half as the No. 6 Hokies shut down the No. 24 Cavaliers (8-4, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) in Charlottesville.
The Hokies (11-1, 7-1) earned the league’s Coastal Division title and a rematch with No. 18 Clemson in Saturday’s ACC championship game in Charlotte.
Boise State 36, Wyoming 14 - Kellen Moore threw three touchdown passes, including a last-ditch 46-yarder on the final play of the first half, and Doug Martin rushed for two scores as the No. 7 Broncos (10-1, 5-1 Mountain West) scored 23 straight points in the second half to overpower the Cowboys (7-4, 4-2) and lock up second place in the conference.
Oregon 49, Oregon State 21 - LaMichael James ran for 142 yards before leaving with a left elbow injury, and the No. 9 Ducks clinched the Pac-12 North and a spot in the conference’s first championship game with the victory in Eugene.
The Ducks (10-2, 8-1) will host UCLA with a chance to win their third straight conference title and a Rose Bowl berth. The Beavers (3-9, 3-6) aren’t going to a bowl game for the second straight season.
Southern Cal 50, UCLA 0 - Matt Barkley passed for 423 yards and six touchdowns as the 10th-ranked Trojans (10-2, 7-2 Pac-12) closed out their season with a rout of the visiting Bruins (6-6, 5-4).
Michigan State 31, Northwestern 17 - Keshawn Martin returned a punt 57 yards for a touchdown just before halftime and Kirk Cousins threw two TD passes to B.J. Cunningham as the No. 11 Spartans (10-2, 7-1) warmed up for Saturday’s Big Ten championship game against Wisconsin by beating the host Wildcats (6-6, 3-5).
Oklahoma 26, Iowa St. 6 - Landry Jones threw for 256 yards, Blake Bell punched in two short touchdown runs, and the No. 12 Sooners set up a showdown for the Big 12 championship by beating the visiting Cyclones (6-5, 3-5). Oklahoma (9-2, 6-2) will visit No. 4 Oklahoma State Saturday, with the winner earning the Big 12 title.
Georgia 31, Georgia Tech 17 - In Atlanta, Aaron Murray threw four touchdown passes and the No. 13 Bulldogs (10-2) beat the No. 25 Yellow Jackets (8-4) for the 10th time in 11 years and will take a 10-game winning streak into the SEC title game Saturday against top-ranked LSU.
South Carolina 34, Clemson 13 - Connor Shaw threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to lead the No. 14 Gamecocks (10-2) to a 10-win season for the first time in 27 years and their third straight victory over the No. 18 Tigers (9-3).
Wisconsin 45, Penn State 7 - Montee Ball scored four more touchdowns in his pursuit of an NCAA record to power the No. 15 Badgers to a rout of the No. 20 Nittany Lions at Madison, Wis., and earn a spot in the Big Ten championship game against Michigan State.
Ball has 34 touchdowns this season for the Badgers (10-2, 6-2 Big Ten), the second-most in a season in NCAA history. Barry Sanders holds the record - 39 for Oklahoma State in 11 games in the 1988 season.
The Nittany Lions (9-3, 6-2) took a 7-0 lead but quickly unraveled, falling behind, 28-7, by halftime.
Baylor 66, Texas Tech 42 - Nick Florence came in to start the second half and threw two long touchdown passes after Robert Griffin was knocked out of the game, and the No. 21 Bears extended their winning streak to four games with a victory at Arlington, Texas.
The Bears (8-3, 5-3 Big 12) won without Griffin, whose Heisman Trophy chances were dealt a blow when he took an elbow to the helmet while sliding at the end of a run near the end of the second quarter.
UConn 40, Rutgers 22 - Running back Lyle McCombs and quarterback Scott McCummings each ran for two touchdowns as the host Huskies ended the Scarlet Knights’ hopes for a share of the Big East championship.
Brandon Coleman had 223 receiving yards and two scores for Rutgers (8-4, 4-3). UConn (5-6, 3-3) can become bowl eligible with a win at Cincinnati Saturday.
FCS playoffs - Brock Jackolski scored three touchdowns in the second half to rally host Stony Brook past Albany, 31-28, in a first-round game. The Seawolves (9-3) will play at Sam Houston State in the second round . . . Cameron Starke kicked a 35-yard field goal as time expired to lift James Madison to a 20-17 win over Eastern Kentucky in Richmond. The Dukes (8-4) will face North Dakota State . . . Taylor Heinicke threw five touchdown passes as visiting Old Dominion beat Norfolk State, 35-18. The Monarchs (10-2) will play at Georgia Southern . . . Nathan Dick threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead Central Arkansas (9-3) over host Tennessee Tech, 34-14, to set up a match with Montana.
Division 2 playoffs - Ryan Osiecki passed for 433 yards and five touchdowns as fifth-ranked New Haven advanced to the quarterfinals with a 44-37 victory over visiting Kutztown State. The Chargers (11-1) will face Winston-Salem State Saturday.