Texas Tech gets crushed by Oklahoma

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NORMAN, Okla. --- Make way for a Sooners surge.

San Bradford and Oklahoma are on their way up in the national championship race, and Texas Tech sure came down with a mighty fall.

Bradford threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns, and DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown combined to run for five more scores as the fifth-ranked Sooners brought an unceremonious end to No. 2 Texas Tech's run toward perfection in a 65-21 blowout Saturday night.

The question now is this: Did the Sooners (10-1, 6-1 Big 12) do enough to make up for that loss to Texas?

The Longhorns have held a trump card since the annual Red River Rivalry game in October, having beaten Oklahoma 45-35 on a neutral field at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

NO. 9 BOISE STATE 41, NEVADA 34

In Reno, Nev., Kellen Moore threw for 414 yards and three touchdowns and Boise State kept the nation's best rushing offense in check to remain undefeated.

Moore had 319 yards by halftime, when the Broncos led 24-3.

Ian Johnson broke free for a 66-yard touchdown run in the third quarter for Boise State, which turned back a late Nevada rally to clinch its sixth WAC title in seven years. The Broncos (10-0, 7-0 WAC) close the regular season next Friday at home against Fresno State.

Trailing by 21, the Wolf Pack intercepted Moore three times in the third quarter and returned two for touchdowns. Jerome Johnson went 28 yards with one and Josh Mauga went 46 yards with another to make it 31-24.

Colin Kaepernick passed for 241 yards and a touchdown and ran for 70 yards for Nevada (6-5, 4-3 WAC).

NO. 10 OHIO ST. 42, MICHIGAN 7

In Columbus, Ohio, Ohio State won its fifth straight over Michigan for the first time and ending a dreadful first season for Wolverines coach Rich Rodriguez.

The Buckeyes (10-2, 7-1) used five big plays to win by the biggest margin in the rivalry since Woody Hayes was prowling and growling on the sidelines in a 50-14 rout of Michigan in 1968 -- the game in which he said he went for a late 2-point conversion "because I couldn't go for three!"

Freshman phenom Terrelle Pryor threw two TD passes, Brian Hartline caught two scoring passes and Dan Herron ran for two more touchdowns to give the Buckeyes a share of their fourth consecutive Big Ten title.

No. 7 Penn State, which beat the Buckeyes 13-6 a month ago at Ohio Stadium, pounded No. 17 Michigan State 49-18 to clinch the Big Ten's automatic Bowl Championship Series berth.

In Rodriguez's first season since coming over from West Virginia to take over for the retired Lloyd Carr, the Wolverines (3-9, 2-6) lost the most games in school history, missed a bowl trip for the first time in 34 years and had the first losing season in 41 years.

NO. 15 TCU 44, AIR FORCE 10

In Forth Worth, Texas, Andy Dalton threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores to give the Horned Frogs another 10-win season.

TCU (10-2, 7-1 Mountain West) has its fifth 10-win season in seven years. The senior class won its 40th game, matching the 1932-35 TCU squads for the most in a four-year period, with an undetermined bowl still to play.

If not for a 13-10 loss at Utah in their last game 16 days earlier, the Horned Frogs could have been in contention for a spot in the Bowl Championship Series. But they rebounded strong.

Air Force (8-4, 5-3) was held to 150 yards rushing -- 110 of that coming on only two runs. The Falcons were averaging 279.7 yards per game, fourth-best among FBS teams.

NO. 19 CINCINNATI 28,

NO. 20 PITTSBURGH 21

In Cincinnati, the quarterback with the broken arm led the Bearcats to the threshold of their first Big East championship.

Tony Pike threw three touchdown passes, each to a different receiver, and Cincinnati took control of the conference by beating Pittsburgh, their first win in eight games against the Panthers.

It was the pinnacle of a season in which the Bearcats (9-2, 5-1) went through four quarterbacks because of injury. For Pike, a junior playing with a broken left (non-passing) forearm, it was the best yet.

Pike matched his career high for touchdown passes and completed a career-high 26 passes in 32 attempts for 309 yards.

Down by 21 points, Pittsburgh (7-3, 3-2) made a late comeback that came up short, wasting a chance to scramble the conference race.

NO. 21 OREGON STATE 19,

ARIZONA 17

In Tucson, Ariz., Justin Kahut hit a 24-yard field goal as time expired to get the Beavers one victory away from their first Rose Bowl trip since 1965.

Kahut nailed the winner just minutes after missing the potential tying extra point.

The Beavers (8-3, 7-1 Pac-10) can clinch a trip to Pasadena, Calif., with a win over No. 24 Oregon on Nov. 29.

Trailing 17-16 with 1:19 to play, the Beavers took over at their 20 with no timeouts left.

On the third play of the drive, backup quarterback Sean Canfield, who started in place of the injured Lyle Moevao, found Sammie Stroughter alone behind the Wildcats secondary for a 47-yard gain to the Arizona 7.

Four plays later, Kahut came on and calmly nailed a 24-yard field goal to seal the Beavers' comeback.


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