Backup QB sparks LSU; Fresno State's BCS bowl hopes dashed

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LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) throws a pass as Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers (86) rushes in during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. LSU defeated Arkansas 31-27. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)  Bill Haber
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LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) throws a pass as Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers (86) rushes in during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. LSU defeated Arkansas 31-27. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

BATON ROUGE, La. — Backup quarterback Anthony Jennings replaced an injured Zach Mettenberger in the fourth quarter and lofted a 49-yard touchdown pass to Travin Dural with 1:15 left as No. 15 Louisiana State pulled out a tense 31-27 victory over upset-minded Arkansas on Friday.

Jennings entered the game after Metten­berger hurt his left leg in the fourth quarter, and the game came down to whether Jennings could drive the Tigers 99 yards in the final 3 minutes.

He responded with a pair of clutch first-down passes and a 21-yard scramble to set up his winning scoring strike that kept LSU (9-3, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) alive for a fourth consecutive 10-win campaign.

Brandon Allen completed two touchdown passes to tight end Hunter Henry, the second giving Arkansas (3-9, 0-8) a 27-21 lead that stood most of the fourth quarter. But Jennings’ heroics extended the Razorbacks’ school-record losing streak to nine games.

In San Jose, Calif., David Fales threw for 543 yards and six touchdowns in an entertaining showdown with Derek Carr and San Jose State (6-6, 4-4 Mountain West) ended a run toward a possible BCS bowl by Fresno State (10-1, 7-1).

Carr threw for 519 yards and six touchdowns, but threw a fourth-quarter interception. The loss ended Fresno State’s chances to beat out Northern Illinois for a spot in a BCS game. The Huskies are the only undefeated team from a non-automatic qualifying conference.

NO. 12 OREGON 36, OREGON STATE 35

In Eugene, Ore., Marcus Mariota threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Josh Huff with 29 seconds left and Oregon overcame a tenacious effort by Oregon State in the 117th edition of the Civil War rivalry.

Mariota threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns – all to Huff, who had nine catches for a season-high 186 yards – and the Ducks (10-2, 7-2 Pac-12) sealed their sixth consecutive 10-win season.

NO. 17 CENTRAL FLORIDA 23, SOUTH FLORIDA 20

In Orlando, Fla., Breshad Perriman scored on a 52-yard touchdown pass from Blake Bortles late in the fourth quarter to give Central Florida (10-1, 7-0 American Athletic Conference) a win over South Florida (2-9, 2-5), keeping the Knights on course for a conference title and BCS bid.

Central Florida secured at least a share of the conference title. A victory against Southern Methodist next week will give it the title outright and the Knights’ first bid to the BCS.

MIAMI 41, PITTSBURGH 31

In Pittsburgh, Stacy Coley hauled in a pair of touchdown passes and zig-zagged 73 yards on an end around for another score as Miami (9-3, 5-3) kept its slim hopes for a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game alive with a victory over Pittsburgh (6-6, 3-5).

The Hurricanes need losses by Duke and Virginia Tech today to earn a rematch with No. 2 Florida State in the title game.

TOP 25 SCHEDULE

• No. 1 Alabama at No. 4 Auburn, 3:30 p.m.

• No. 2 Florida State at Florida, Noon

• No. 3 Ohio State at Michigan, Noon

• No. 5 Missouri vs. No. 19 Texas A&M, 7:45

• No. 6 Clemson at No. 10 South Carolina, 7

• No. 8 Stanford vs. No. 25 Notre Dame, 7

• No. 9 Baylor at Texas Christian, 3:30

• No. 11 Michigan State vs. Minnesota, Noon

• No. 13 Arizona State vs. Arizona, 9:30

• No. 14 Wisconsin vs. Penn State, 3:30

• No. 22 UCLA at No. 23 Southern Cal, 8

• No. 24 Duke at North Carolina, Noon


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