Kansas State downs Texas to earn BCS bowl berth

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MANHATTAN, Kan. — Collin Klein threw a touchdown pass and ran for two scores and No. 7 Kansas State beat No. 23 Texas 42-24 on Saturday night for its third conference title in 117 years and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl.

Boise State's Joe Southwick (center) celebrates after D.J. Harper scored a touchdown during the first half. The Broncos earned a share of the Mountain West title.  CATHLEEN ALLISON/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Boise State's Joe Southwick (center) celebrates after D.J. Harper scored a touchdown during the first half. The Broncos earned a share of the Mountain West title.

The Wildcats had never played for a conference championship in their last game at home, and had never had a player end the regular season in such close contention for the Heisman Trophy as Klein.

In front of their sixth sellout in seven home games, the Wildcats (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) tied their team record for victories in a season and matched Oklahoma’s Big 12 record.

NO. 16 OREGON STATE 77, NICHOLLS STATE 3

In Corvallis, Ore., Storm Woods ran for two touchdowns in the first quarter and Oregon State (9-3) put up its highest point total ever, routing Nicholls State (1-10) in a game postponed by Hurricane Isaac.

Officials from both schools decided to put off the Sept. 1 opener when the storm bore down on the Colonels’ campus in Thibodeaux, La.

The Beavers had a complete turnaround from their 3-9 finish last year. Oregon State is possibly headed to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego on Dec. 27, and representatives from that bowl and the Alamo Bowl were in attendance.

The team will learn its destination today.

NO. 25 BOISE STATE 27, NEVADA 21

In Reno, Nev., Joe Southwick threw two touchdown passes to lead Boise State (10-2, 7-1) over Nevada 7-5, 4-4), earning the Broncos a share of the Mountain West Conference title and ensuring their nation’s best seventh consecutive 10-win season.

D.J. Harper ran for 130 yards for Boise State.

WOLFPACK HIRE NEW COACH

RALEIGH, N.C. — Dave Doeren is leaving Northern Illinois after two consecutive championship seasons to take over at North Carolina State.

N.C. State announced Doeren’s hiring Saturday – less than 24 hours after he guided the 19th-ranked Huskies to their second consecutive Mid-American Conference championship, and just six days after firing Tom O’Brien.

Doeren claimed a MAC title both years he was at Northern Illinois and is 23-4 since taking over the Huskies with a 17-1 record in conference play.

– Associated Press


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