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LSU rallies past Arkansas behind backup QB

LSU wide receiver Travin Dural celebrates after scoring the winning touchdown on a 49-yard pass from backup quarterback Anthony Jennings with 1:15 remaining against Arkansas. Razorbacks cornerback Jared Collins, left, reacts to his team squandering a lead it had held the entire second half.

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LSU wide receiver Travin Dural celebrates after scoring the winning touchdown on a 49-yard pass from backup quarterback Anthony Jennings with 1:15 remaining against Arkansas. Razorbacks cornerback Jared Collins, left, reacts to his team squandering a lead it had held the entire second half.

BATON ROUGE, La. — Freshman backup quarterback Anthony Jennings leaned into LSU's huddle in the Tigers' end zone and delivered one quick message before calling the first play of a pressure-packed, late-game drive Friday.

"I said, 'Let's go. It's time to go 99 yards,' " Jennings recalled. "There was no doubt in my mind we were going to do that."

Naive? Perhaps. Confident? Certainly — and how prescient.

Jennings, who replaced an injured Zach Mettenberger in the fourth quarter, quickly marched the No. 15 Tigers to midfield, then lofted a 49-yard touchdown pass to Travin Dural with 1:15 left to pull out a 31-27 victory over Arkansas.

"I was calm and relaxed because I knew my teammates around me had my back," Jennings said.

He entered with less than seven minutes to play after Mettenberger hurt his left knee. And after Sam Irwin-Hill's 65-yard punt came to rest inside the 1, the game came down to whether Jennings could drive LSU (9-3, 5-3 SEC) the length of the field in the final three minutes.

"He was calm, cool and collected — what we expect from him. He's a very mature guy," left guard Vadal Alexander said. "He took control of the huddle."

Arkansas (3-9, 0-8) extended its school-record losing streak to nine under first-year coach Bret Bielema and went winless in the SEC for the first time since joining the league in 1992.

No. 12 Oregon 36, Oregon State 35: Josh Huff caught a 12-yard touchdown from Marcus Mariota with 29 seconds left to lead the host Ducks (10-2, 7-2 Pac-12) past the Beavers in a wild game that saw the lead change hands four times in the final 11:05. The Beavers (6-6, 4-5) lost their fifth straight.

San Jose St. 62, No. 16 Fresno St. 52: David Fales threw for 543 yards and six touchdowns as the host Spartans ended the Bulldogs' bid for a BCS at-large berth. David Carr threw for 519 yards and six scored for Fresno State (10-1, 7-1 Mountain West).

Washington 27, Wash. St. 17: Bishop Sankey gained 139 of his 200 yards rushing in the second half to become the all-time single-season rushing leader for the host Huskies, who reclaimed the Apple Cup. Sankey, a junior, bettered Corey Dillon's record of 1,695 yards set in 1996 and ran for a 7-yard touchdown in the third quarter to give UW (8-4, 5-4 Pac-12) the lead for good at 17-10. Sankey has 1,775 yards rushing.

Houston 34, SMU 0: John O'Korn threw for 245 yards and two scores as the host Cougars ended a three-game skid. Houston (8-4, 5-3 American Athletic Conference) forced four turnovers in its first shutout since 2011. Neal Burcham, starting for the injured Garrett Gilbert, threw three interceptions for SMU (5-6, 4-3).

League title game spots: Bowling Green clinched a spot in the MAC title game, scoring touchdowns on consecutive third-quarter drives to beat host Buffalo 24-7. The Falcons (9-3, 7-1) visit No. 18 Northern Illinois on Friday. … Host Marshall (9-3, 7-1) led 24-0 and best East Carolina 59-28 to win the East Division of Conference USA. The Thundering Herd's opponent for the Dec. 7 game, and the site, will be determined today.

Red-letter day: Gov. John Kasich wants Ohioans to avoid using the letter "M" today when the undefeated, No. 3 Buckeyes play at archrival Michigan. Kasich declared "Scarlet Letter Saturday" in reference to OSU's scarlet and gray scheme.

Soccer: FSU advances

TALLAHASSEE — Marta Bakowska-Mathews had two goals and an assist as Florida State (22-1-3) defeated Boston College 4-0 to reach the NCAA Tournament semifinals for the third consecutive season. The Seminoles play ACC rival Virginia Tech on Dec. 6 in Cary, N.C., in the College Cup semifinals.

LSU rallies past Arkansas behind backup QB 11/29/13 [Last modified: Friday, November 29, 2013 11:18pm]
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