Ducks, Wildcats upsets throw BCS into disarray
UNDATED (AP) — The two teams in the driver's seat for a BCS title match-up might have played themselves right out of consideration. Top-ranked Oregon and No. 2 Kansas State were stunning upset victims roiling the national championship picture.
The high-scoring Ducks offense was stifled by 14th-ranked Stanford 17-14 in overtime. Jordan Williamson hit a 37-yard field goal to win it after Oregon's Alejandro Maldonado hit the upright with his 41-yard overtime field goal attempt.
Oregon had the country's third-best rushing offense, averaging 325 yards a game. But Stanford held Ducks running back Kenjon Barner, who was averaging 136 yards rushing a game, to just 66 yards. Oregon managed only 198 yards on the ground.
If both Stanford and Oregon finish with wins in their final games next weekend, both will finish with one conference loss, which means Stanford will win the head-to-head matchup and go to the Pac-12 championship game for a chance to play in the Rose Bowl.
Stanford (9-2, 7-1) will visit Pac-12 South champ UCLA, while 10-1 Oregon will play rival Oregon State.
Glasco Martin ran for three touchdowns to pace Baylor to a 52-24 upset of Kansas State. Lache Seastrunk added 185 yards rushing with an 80-yard score as the Bears again upset the BCS picture with a late-season victory.
The stunning loss came just a week after the 10-1 Wildcats took over the No. 1 spot in the BCS standings. It now looks like it's going to somebody else's turn at the top.
K-State quarterback Collin Klein may be a Heisman Trophy front-runner no more after throwing three interceptions and getting sacked twice while being pressured and harassed all night. He threw for 286 yards, but had only 39 yards on 17 carries.
That leaves Notre Dame as the only remaining eligible unbeaten left in the BCS battle. The Fighting Irish got three touchdown passes from Everett Golson in a 38-0 win over Wake Forest to keep alive Notre Dame's national championship hopes. Cierre Wood scored on a 68-yard run to help the third-ranked Irish improve to 11-0 and finish the season undefeated at home for the first time since 1998.
The Fighting Irish need to beat Southern California to finish a regular season undefeated for the first time since 1988, the last time they won a national championship.
In other Top 25 action:
— Fourth-ranked Alabama recovered from its first loss of the season to roll past Western Carolina 49-0. Eddie Lacey ran for three touchdowns and AJ McCarron set a school record for passing TDs in a season before sitting out the second half. The fourth-ranked Crimson Tide improve to 10-1.
— No. 5 Georgia routed Georgia Southern 45-14 to reach 10 wins for the eighth time in 12 years under head coach Mark Richt. Aaron Murray threw four TD passes before sitting out most of the fourth quarter. And Todd Gurley became only the second true freshman in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.
— Carlos Hyde scored on a 2-yard run in overtime, giving No. 6 Ohio State a 21-14 victory over Wisconsin and keeping the Buckeyes' hopes of a perfect season alive. Ohio State improved to 11-0 and clinched the Leaders Division title of the Big Ten outright with the win. But they are ineligible for the postseason as part of their punishment for NCAA violations under former coach Jim Tressel.
— No. 7 Florida improves to 10-1 with a strong defensive effort in a 23-0 win over Jacksonville State of the FCS. The Gators scored their lone offensive touchdown of the day on their first possession when Mike Gillislee plowed into the end zone from seven yards out. Florida also scored on a 7-yard interception return by Jonathan Bostic early in the third quarter. The Gators' defense allowed a 76-yard pass completion on the first play of the game, but held the Gamecocks to 176 total yards the rest of the game.
— Jeremy Hill scored his third touchdown with 15 seconds left to lift No. 8 LSU to a 41-35 victory over Mississippi. The Tigers Odell Beckham scored on an 89-yard kick return to tie the game in the fourth quarter. Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace passed for 310 yards and two TDs and ran for two scores, but also was intercepted three times.
— Johnny Manziel threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 100 yards and two more scores as No. 9 Texas A&M beat Sam Houston State 47-28
— Florida State has earned a berth in the ACC championship game for the second time in three years and will play for its 13th conference championship on Dec. 1. Devonta Freeman ran for 148 yards and two TDs to help the 10th-ranked Seminoles clobber Maryland 41-14. FSU's fifth straight victory ups its record to 10-1, with a 7-1 mark in league play.
— Tajh Boyd threw for five touchdowns and ran for three more scores to lead No. 11 Clemson to a record-shattering 62-48 win over North Carolina State. The 10-1 Tigers gained 754 yards, two off the school record. The 110 combined points were just seven off the ACC record set by Georgia Tech and North Carolina last week.
— South Carolina had a harder time with Wofford than expected. The 12th-ranked Gamecocks beat the FCS school 24-7 in Columbia. The Gamecocks scored 17 points in the third quarter to open up a close game. Kenny Miles rushed for 127 yards and coach Steve Spurrier tied Rex Enright for most wins in program history with his 64th in eight seasons at the helm.
— Landry Jones threw six touchdown passes, including a 5-yarder to Kenny Stills with 24 seconds left, to lift No. 13 Oklahoma to a wild 50-49 win over West Virginia. Jones finished with 554 passing yards to break his own school record.
— Sean Mannion threw for 325 yards and four touchdowns as No. 15 Oregon State routed California 62-14. Terron Ward rushed for 128 yards on 14 carries and scored twice for the Beavers.
— Taylor Martinez threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns to Kenny Bell while becoming No. 16 Nebraska's all-time passing leader in a 38-14 victory over Minnesota. The 9-2 Cornhuskers, scored on four of their first six possessions.
— Brett Hundley passed for 234 yards and a touchdown and rushed for two more scores as No. 17 UCLA beat No. 21 Southern California 38-28, clinching the Pac-12 South title and emphatically snapping a five-game losing streak in their crosstown rivalry.
— Chuckie Keeton threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns, and Utah State beat No. 19 Louisiana Tech 48-41 in overtime after letting a 24-point lead slip away. Utah State scored the game-winning touchdown on a 4-yard run by Kerwynn Williams.
— Rutgers' defense turned in another shut-down performance and the 22nd-ranked Scarlet Knights slipped past Cincinnati 10-3. It's the third time this season they've held an opponent to three or fewer points. Reserve running back Savon Huggins had a career-high 179 yards on the ground for the winners. Rutgers remains the only team in the Big East with an unblemished conference record.
— Devin Gardner threw for three touchdowns and ran for three scores as 23rd-ranked Michigan manhandled Iowa 42-17. The Wolverines improve to 8-3 overall with a 6-1 mark in the Big Ten.
— Isaiah Anderson had a career-best 174 yards receiving and caught three long touchdown passes from Clint Chelf in his final home game, leading Oklahoma State to a 59-21 win against No. 23 Texas Tech. Zack Craig blocked a pair of punts, returning one for a touchdown, as the 7-3 Cowboys won their fourth straight in the series and the second in a row in decisive fashion.
— Dri Archer had two long touchdown runs and finished with 241 yards rushing to lead 25th-ranked Kent State to a 31-24 victory over Bowling Green. The Golden Flashes' defense stopped Bowling Green twice within the last five minutes inside Kent State territory to earn the school's first berth in the Mid-American Conference title game.
Buckeyes survive Rhode Island
UNDATED (AP) — Deshaun Thomas scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and No. 4 Ohio State beat Rhode Island 69-58. Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 15 points, Aaron Craft had 13 points and four assists for the Buckeyes (2-0) who struggled with the Rams (0-3) well into the second half.
Xavier Munford had 16 points to lead Rhode Island, which had four players in double figures and trailed by just four at halftime.
In other action involving ranked teams;
— Adonis Thomas scored 16 points, while Antonio Barton added 14 points and No. 17 Memphis escaped with a 65-54 victory over Samford. The Tigers connected on all eight of their free throws in the final minute to finally grab the victory.
— Mike Moser scored 19 points with 10 rebounds, while Justin Hawkins added 16 points to lead No. 18 UNLV past Jacksonville State 77-58. Anthony Bennett had 12 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks in the win.
— Jack Cooley had 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead No. 20 Notre Dame to a 78-68 victory over BYU in the third-place game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Saturday night. Jerian Grant had 19 points — 17 in the second half — and Eric Atkins added 16, including the 3-pointer that gave the Fighting Irish a cushion after the Cougars had pulled within 63-61 with 4:28 to play.
— Jamaal Franklin scored 22 points to lead No. 23 San Diego State to a 60-44 win over Missouri State. It's the Aztecs' second straight win following a season-opening loss to Syracuse.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL-DUNK RECORDS
Baylor's Griner sets women's dunk mark
HONOLULU (AP) — Brittney Griner broke the NCAA women's record with her eighth career dunk during Baylor's 82-67 win over UT Martin.
The reigning college player of the year broke away from a double-team less than seven minutes into the game, dribbled once and threw down the dunk to put the top-ranked Lady Bears up 18-13.
The one-handed dunk moved Griner past Tennessee's Candace Parker for the most slam dunks in women's NCAA history.
COLLEGE ATHLETICS-BIG TEN EXPANSION
Maryland, Rutgers eye Big Ten
UNDATED (AP) — A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Maryland and Rutgers are in discussions with the Big Ten to possibly join the conference in 2014.
The person spoke Saturday night on condition of anonymity because neither the conference nor the schools want to publicly discuss their plans.
ESPN.com first reported that the Big Ten was looking into expanding to 14 teams by adding Maryland and Rutgers.
The person says Maryland would have to be "the first domino to fall," but added that an agreement could be reached as soon as this week for both schools.
Grizzlies keep rolling
UNDATED (AP) — Memphis continues its sizzling start to the NBA season. The Grizzlies got 20 points from Mike Conley on the way to a 94-87 win over Charlotte. That's the eighth straight win for Memphis.
Zach Randolph added 18 points and 12 rebounds, and three other players scored in double figures for the Grizzlies, who own the NBA's best record at 8-1. Rudy Gay had 16 points and Marc Gasol (gah-SOHL') and Tony Allen scored 12 apiece.
Memphis led by as many as 17 points in the fourth quarter.
Byron Mullens scored 18 points and Kemba Walker added 17 for the Bobcats, who cut the Grizzlies' lead to five points three times in the final period.
Elsewhere in the NBA;
— Manu Ginobili had 20 points to lead San Antonio to a 126-100 victory over Denver. DeJuan Blair added 19 points and Danny Green had 15 for 8-2 San Antonio. The Spurs shot 54 percent from the field, including a 16-for-20 performance from 3-point range.
— Jason Terry scored a game-high 20 points and Rajon Rondo (RAH'-zhahn RAHN'-doh) dished out 20 assists to lead the Boston Celtics past the visiting Toronto Raptors 107-89. Celtics rookie Jarred Sullinger had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the first double-double of his career.
— O.J. Mayo scored 19 points and the Dallas Mavericks used a pair of 9-0 runs in the fourth quarter to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-95. Kyrie Irving, who left the game briefly in the third quarter with a finger injury, led Cleveland with 26 points, but the Cavaliers lost their fifth straight game.
— Monta Ellis scored six of his 22 points in the final 2 minutes to help the Milwaukee Bucks hold off the New Orleans Hornets 117-113.
— Al Jefferson scored 21 points, Gordon Haywood added 15 in his first game as a reserve this season, and the Utah Jazz kept the Washington Wizards winless with an 83-76 victory. Washington became only the second team in NBA history to start 0-8 in back-to-back seasons.
Negotiations to resume
NEW YORK (AP) — So much for the two-week break suggested by commissioner Gary Bettman on Thursday.
The NHL and the locked-out players' association are returning to the bargaining table Monday, just over one week since the last set of failed negotiations.
Conversations that restarted Friday between NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr produced enough positive feeling for the sides to set up another face-to-face meeting that they hope will lead to an agreement to save the hockey season.
Smith questionable for 49ers
UNDATED (AP) — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith practiced again on Saturday, however his availability is still uncertain for the game against the Chicago Bears. Smith suffered a concussion last week against the St. Louis Rams. He still hasn't been cleared to play by doctors, and the 49ers might not get a final verdict on his status until hours before Monday's NFC showdown against the Chicago Bears.
Linebacker D.J. Williams is on track to make his 2012 debut Sunday against San Diego after being added to the Denver Broncos' 53-man roster.
Williams returned to practice this week after serving two NFL-mandated suspensions that cost him nine games and about $4 million.
Stenhouse repeats as Nationwide champ
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. became the sixth driver to win consecutive championships in NASCAR's Nationwide Series. He finished sixth Saturday in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, edging Elliott Sadler for the title.
Regan Smith won the 300-mile race, giving team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. a victory.
Choi enjoying slight advantage
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Women's Open champion Na Yeon Choi is holds a one-stroke lead heading into the final round of the season-ending LPGA Titleholders. The South Korean carded a 3-under-par 69 in round three, dropping her to minus-12 for the tournament.
Second round leader Ai Miyazato (EYE mee-yah-ZAH'-toh) of Japan is alone in second place after carding a 71.
FORMULA ONE-U.S. GRAND PRIX
Vettel's prospects looking good
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Points leader Sebastian Vettel secured the pole position for the U.S. Grand Prix, putting the Red Bull driver in the perfect spot to chase his third consecutive world championship.
Fernando Alonso was a distant ninth in qualifying for the second-to-last race of the season. The Ferrari driver is second to Vettel in the standings by 10 points.
Sunday's race with be Formula One's first in the U.S. since 2007.
TENNIS-DAVIS CUP FINAL
Czech Republic a leg up
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic won the doubles to take a 2-1 lead over defending champion Spain in the Davis Cup final, moving one win away from its first title as an independent nation.
Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') and Radek Stepanek rallied to beat Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-3 to give the Czechs the edge going into Sunday's reverse singles.
Spain is looking for its fourth title in five years, while the Czechs' only victory came in 1980 as Czechoslovakia, which split in 1993.