Everett Golson threw touchdown passes of 50, 34 and 2 yards, Cierre Wood scored on a 68-yard run and Notre Dame finished the season undefeated...
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Everett Golson threw touchdown passes of 50, 34 and 2 yards, Cierre Wood scored on a 68-yard run and Notre Dame finished the season undefeated at home for the first time since 1998 with a 38-0 rout of Wake Forest on Saturday.
With losses by Oregon and Kansas State, the Fighting Irish (11-0) also figure to move to the top of the BCS standings. They need to beat USC to finish a regular season undefeated for the first time since 1988, the last time they won a national championship.
The Demon Deacons (5-6) fell to 1-33 all-time against top 5 teams, their lone win coming against No. 4 Tennessee in 1946.
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At No. 9 Texas A&M 47,
Sam Houston State 28
Johnny Manziel threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 100 yards and two more scores in a bit more than a half for Texas A&M.
The redshirt freshman threw an 89-yard touchdown pass to Uzoma Nwachukwu on A&M’s first offensive play of the second half. The dual-threat quarterback then attempted the extra point, but it sailed wide right, ending the Heisman hopeful’s day with A&M (9-2) leading 40-0.
He broke the NCAA freshman quarterback rushing record of 1,029 set by Missouri’s Brad Smith in 2002, and the freshman record for total offense of 3,827 set in 2000 by Jared Lorenzen on A&M’s first drive. Manziel’s 4,161 yards are a school record for total offense in a season.
At No. 4 Alabama 49, Western Carolina 0
Eddie Lacy rushed for three first-half touchdowns and AJ McCarron set Alabama’s season record for passing TDs with 21.
The Crimson Tide (10-1) rebounded from a loss to No. 9 Texas A&M by building a 42-0 halftime lead against the Catamounts (1-10), a Football Championship Subdivision team with two wins in as many seasons. It was Alabama’s third shutout of the season.
At No. 5 Georgia 45, Georgia So. 14
Aaron Murray threw four touchdown passes and Todd Gurley became only the second true freshman in Georgia history to rush for 1,000 yards.
Georgia (10-1) reached 10 wins for the eighth time in Mark Richt’s dozen seasons as coach. Georgia Southern (8-3) had a shot at the halftime lead, only to get scuttled by a penalty, and Murray took control from there.
No. 6 Ohio State 21, at Wisconsin 14
Carlos Hyde scored on a 2-yard run in overtime and the Buckeyes stayed perfect.
The Buckeyes (11-0, 7-0) clinched the Leaders Division title outright with the win. But they are ineligible for the postseason as part of their punishment for NCAA violations under former coach Jim Tressel, and the best they can hope for is to end the year unbeaten and to maybe capture the AP Top 25 title.
Montee Ball scored his 78th touchdown, tying Travis Prentice’s major-college record for career scores. But he fumbled on what would have been the record-breaker with 2:46 left in regulation.
The Badgers forced overtime anyway, on Jacob Pedersen’s 5-yard catch, but Curt Phillips couldn’t find him again in overtime.
At No. 7 Florida 23, Jacksonville State 0
Florida used a strong defensive effort to overcome a sluggish offensive performance.
The Gators scored a touchdown on their first possession when Mike Gillislee plowed into the end zone from 7 yards out. But that was the only offensive touchdown all day from Florida (10-1).
At No. 8 Louisiana State 41,
Jeremy Hill scored his third touchdown with 15 seconds left to lift LSU (9-2, 5-2 SEC) to a victory.
The game included seven turnovers, numerous momentum swings and long touchdowns.
• The Big Ten, in a move that would stun the industry, could again expand its ranks, this time pushing to the East Coast by adding Rutgers and Maryland. The move is not official, but both schools are in advanced talks with the conference, sources told Yahoo! Sports. An announcement could come early next week.
If the moves are completed, the league will have 14 members and leave college athletics, which appeared to be done with the chaotic conference realignment carousel, once again scrambling. Sources told The Washington Post that Maryland’s Board of Regents was to be presented with a written proposal Sunday, but has yet to vote on the issue. The board will meet Monday.