John Wall rushed for 156 yards and three touchdowns as Rice rolled up 392 yards on the ground and ended the nation's longest losing streak...

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HOUSTON — John Wall rushed for 156 yards and three touchdowns as Rice rolled up 392 yards on the ground and ended the nation’s longest losing streak at 14 games with a 42-34 victory over Tulane on Saturday.


“It was a great team victory,” Rice coach Ken Hatfield said. “Some of the guys even remembered the words to our victory song afterwards.”


Rice’s last win was Oct. 9, 2004, when the Owls beat SMU 44-10 in Houston.


“I never worried about 14 (straight losses). I worried about eight,” Hatfield said. “Those other six were last year, and that was a different team. I thought it was unfair to saddle this team with those losses.”


Believe it! South Florida stays in BCS hunt


Andre Hall rushed for 222 yards and three touchdowns, and South Florida beat Syracuse 27-0 to remain in the hunt for a BCS bowl bid.


The Bulls (5-3, 3-1 Big East), who came into the Bowl Championship Series picture in late September with a stunning 45-14 victory over then-No. 9 Louisville, control where they go from here. If they win their remaining three games — Cincinnati, Connecticut and No. 16 West Virginia — they’ll capture the Big East’s automatic spot in the BCS.


Also at the game, a half-century after Jim Brown made it famous, Syracuse officially retired jersey No. 44 at halftime.


Brown, who led the NFL in rushing eight times in his nine-year career with the Cleveland Browns, and Marie Fleming, mother of the late Ernie Davis, were among those present when a giant replica of the jersey was unveiled at the Carrier Dome. Davis inherited the number from Brown and led Syracuse to the 1959 national championship.


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Jordan Congdon kicked a 40-yard field goal with 1:05 left and Nebraska ended a three-game losing streak with a 27-25 victory over Kansas State.


The Cornhuskers (6-4, 3-4 Big 12) became bowl eligible after missing postseason play last year for the first time since 1968. K-State (4-6, 1-6) lost its fifth straight and will miss out on a bowl for the second straight year.


• Carroll College quarterback Tyler Emmert set the NAIA career record for total offense, breaking the old mark held by Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna, a former Seahawk. Emmert left Carroll’s 66-13 win over Rocky Mountain College early in the fourth quarter with 12,920 yards in total offense. Kitna, a nine-year veteran of the NFL, had 12,907 yards when he played for Central Washington from 1992-95.


Vinnie Saylor threw a pair of touchdown passes and DeMarcus Blount scored twice to lead North Alabama to a 40-13 victory over Valdosta State, eliminating the defending national champions in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs.


LaDainian Tomlinson remembers his Texas Christian teammates and what he accomplished with them more than his individual achievements during a record-breaking college career. Tomlinson was back on campus for a game for the first time since his senior season five years ago. Tomlinson, the school’s career rushing leader with 5,263 yards and 54 touchdowns, received his general-studies degree on Friday, the fulfillment of a promise made to his mother.


L.T. was honored on the same night the Horned Frogs played their regular-season finale against UNLV as outright Mountain West Conference champions.


“That’s actually great that it kind of worked out that way,” said Tomlinson, who plays for the San Diego Chargers.


• Idaho kicker Mike Barrow missed a 54-yard attempt to tie the score, giving Louisiana Tech a 41-38 victory in Western Athletic Conference play. Louisiana Tech led by as many as 22 points after scoring 28 straight to overcome an early 6-0 Idaho lead. The win makes the Bulldogs bowl eligible at 6-3 overall and 5-1 in WAC play. Idaho dropped to 2-6 and 2-3.