Kansas State claims Big 12, Fiesta berth

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 for its third conference title in 117 years and a Fiesta Bowl trip.

The biggest home game in K-State history capped one of the program’s best seasons.

The Wildcats (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) had never played for a conference title 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.

After a slow start, Klein completed 8 of 14 passes for 184 yards and added 108 yards rushing on 23 carries.

In front of their sixth sellout in seven home games, the Wildcats tied their team record for wins in a season and matched Oklahoma’s Big 12 record.

Kansas State has beaten Texas (8-4, 5-4) five in a row.

Texas, which might be headed for the Cotton Bowl, led 10-7 at halftime. But with Klein hitting a 29-yard pass and Hubert breaking free for 28 yards, Kansas State soared 75 yards in seven plays, with John Hubert scoring from the 2.


■ No. 12 Oklahoma 24, Texas Christian 17 – At Fort Worth, Texas, Landry Jones threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns, Damien Williams ran untouched 66 yards for a score, and the Sooners (10-2, 8-1) gained a share of the Big 12 title with Kansas State, defeating the Horned Frogs (7-5, 4-5).

TCU’s fourth-down pass to the goal-line in the final minute fell incomplete.

The Sooners won their eighth consecutive Big 12 game since a late-September loss to Kansas State. Oklahoma would have had the outright title and a guaranteed BCS spot if not for the Wildcats’ win over Texas later Saturday.

■ Baylor 41, No. 24 Oklahoma State 34 – At Waco, Texas, Lache Seastrunk dived in for a 76-yard touchdown run after cramping up, and Nick Florence passed for 296 yards as the Bears (7-5, 4-5 Big 12) rallied over the Cowboys (7-5, 4-5).

Oklahoma State trailed 24-3 in the second quarter. Seastruck, who had 178 yards rushing, scored with 5:11 left for a 41-27 lead. The sophomore cramped up about 25 yards short of the end zone before stumbling in.

Baylor had lost 15 of its last 16 games in the rivalry.


■ Wisconsin 70, No. 14 Nebraska 31 – At Indianapolis, Montee Ball ran for 202 yards and three touchdowns, and the Badgers (8-5) scored seven TDs on their first nine possessions to rout the Cornhuskers (10-3) and win a third straight Big Ten title.

Wisconsin will be the first five-loss team to play in the Rose Bowl and is the first school to represent the league in three consecutive Rose Bowls since Michigan in the late 1970s.

The Badgers rushed for 539 yards, the fourth-highest total in school history.


■ No. 13 Florida State 21, Georgia Tech 15 – At Charlotte, N.C., James Wilder Jr. ran for two TDs, and the Seminoles (11-2) held off the Yellow Jackets (6-7) to win their first ACC championship since 2005 and earn a trip to the Orange Bowl.

Florida State won its 13th ACC title, taking a 21-6 lead in the first half and hanging on.


■ No. 16 Oregon State 77, Nicholls State 3 – At Corvallis, Ore., Storm Woods ran for two TDs in the first quarter, helping the Beavers (9-3) put up the highest scoring total in team history against the FCS Colonels (1-10).

The game originally was scheduled for Sept.1, but was postponed by Hurricane Isaac.

■ No. 25 Boise State 27, UNR 21 – At Reno, Joe Southwick threw two touchdown passes to lead the Broncos (10-2, 7-1) to a share of the Mountain West Conference title, beating the Wolf Pack (7-5, 4-4).

Boise State locked up its seventh consecutive 10-win season, the longest streak in the nation.

UNR’s Stefphon Jefferson rushed for 139 yards and a TD, and Cody Fajardo passed for 203 yards and ran for 81.


■ Tulsa 33, Central Florida 27 OT – At Tulsa, Okla., Alex Singleton scored on a 1-yard plunge in overtime to lift the Golden Hurricane (10-3) to their first Conference USA title since 2005. Tulsa is going to the Liberty Bowl. Central Florida (9-4) will play in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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