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Huskies bolster hopes

PULLMAN, Wash. — No. 6 Washington built a 28-3 lead in the first quarter and staved off a third-quarter push from No. 23 Washington State to claim its first Pac-12 North championship with a 45-17 victory in Friday's 109th Apple Cup.

The Huskies (11-1, 8-1 Pac-12) play Colorado or USC in the conference title game next Friday. The Buffaloes host Utah tonight to determine the South winner.

Washington's win was bad news for the two-loss teams that are ranked behind it and were looking for CFP help. The Huskies should move up to No. 4 in the next CFP rankings, surpassing today's Ohio State-Michigan loser.

Receiver Dante Pettis had two touchdown catches and threw a 50-yard pass to tight end Darrell Daniels in the first quarter, when the Huskies gained 252 yards, tied a school record for points in the quarter and quickly deflated the crowd of 33,773.

Iowa 40, No. 17 Nebraska 10: C.J. Beathard threw three touchdowns and the host Hawkeyes knocked the Cornhuskers out of Big Ten title contention, sending Wisconsin to the league's title game. Nebraska (9-3, 6-3 Big Ten) was outscored 102-13 in its last two road games.

Memphis 48, No. 18 Houston 44: Riley Ferguson threw a 10-yard touchdown to Anthony Miller with 19 seconds left for the host Tigers. Greg Ward (47-of-67, 487 yards) gave the Cougars (9-3, 5-3 AAC) the lead with 1:29 left with his fourth touchdown pass, then Memphis drove 72 yards.

Air Force 27, No. 20 Boise State 20: The host Falcons had a late goal-line stand and ended the Broncos' (10-2, 6-2 Mount West) bid for the conference title.

NO. 21 W. MICHIGAN 55, TOLEDO 35: Corey Davis set a Division I-A record with 5,069 career yards receiving for the host Broncos (12-0, 8-0 MAC), surpassing the 5,005 yards by Trevor Insley of Nevada from 1996-99. WMU faces Ohio in the conference title game next Friday. WMU last won the title in 1988; Ohio in 1968.

TCU 31, Texas 9: Quarterback Kenny Hill ran for two touchdowns for the visiting Horned Frogs. Longhorns officials had said coach Charlie Strong's future would be evaluated after the game; a meeting is planned for today with president Greg Fenves and athletic director Mike Perrin. At 16-21, he is the first Texas coach with three straight losing seasons. TCU outscored Texas 129-26 in winning three straight in the series for the first time since 1935-38. Texas running back D'Onta Foreman said he will decide whether to return next season based on what happens to Strong.

N.C. ST. 28, UNC 21: Running back Jaylen Samuels ran for one score and threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to Stephen Louis on a trick play as the visiting Wolfpack earned bowl eligibility while also locking up the ACC Coastal title for Virginia Tech. The Tar Heels needed a win and a Virginia Tech loss today to earn a second straight conference title game berth. Instead, the Hokies face Atlantic Division champion Clemson at 8 next Saturday in Orlando.

Missouri 28, Arkansas 24: Drew Lock completed 16 of 26 for 268 yards and a touchdown, and the host Tigers scored 21 unanswered second-half points.

LSU: After Derrius Guice set a school record with 285 rushing yards in a 54-39 win over Texas A&M late Thursday, players chanted support for interim coach Ed Orgeron, though reports had the Tigers zeroing in on Houston coach Tom Herman as the replacement for fired Les Miles. If Herman says no, keeping Orgeron reportedly is the backup plan, and he would then try to hire Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin as his coordinator. Herman said Friday: "Honestly, don't believe anything that you read."

Playoff spot at stake?

Ohio State (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten, No. 2 CFP) at Michigan (10-1, 7-1, No. 3 CFP), noon today

TV/radio: Ch. 28; 620-AM

Line/OU: Ohio State by 5; 44½

Series record: Michigan leads 58-47-6

At stake: Winner likely to end up in College Football Playoff. Michigan takes Big Ten East with win; Ohio State win makes Penn State the division winner if Nittany Lions beat Michigan State. Ohio State could take division if Penn State loses.

Notable: Ohio State's passing attack has ranged from tremendous to not-so-good. Michigan leads nation in total defense ( 245.6 yards per game).

Players to watch: Buckeyes running back Curtis Samuel lines up all over the field and makes defenses scramble to account for him. His 1,458 all-purpose yards is second in Big Ten. Michigan DB/LB Jabrill Peppers is versatile and talented, and should face his biggest test, particularly if matched against slot receiver Samuel.

Huskies bolster hopes 11/25/16 [Last modified: Friday, November 25, 2016 10:30pm]
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