Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Wolfpack gets MAC-winning coach

RALEIGH, N.C. — Less than 24 hours after coaching Northern Illinois to a win in the MAC title game, Dave Doeren was hired to take over at N.C. State on Saturday.

Doeren, who takes over for the fired Tom O'Brien, led the Huskies to conference titles in both of his seasons as coach and went 23-4. He will not coach their bowl game.

Doeren "is a highly motivated overachiever who shares our goals to pursue aggressively a high level of achievement in the classroom and on the field of competition," N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow said in a statement the school released. A news conference is scheduled for today.

Doeren, who turns 41 on Monday, came to Northern Illinois in December 2010 after five seasons as Wisconsin's defensive coordinator. He replaced Jerry Kill (now at Minnesota) and led the Huskies to an 11-win season in 2011 capped by a win over Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.

This season, Northern Illinois won a school-record 12 games, including Friday over Kent State in double overtime in the MAC title game, and currently is ranked No. 19.

Once again, Boise State reaches 10 victories

RENO, Nev. — Joe Southwick threw two touchdowns to lead No. 25 Boise State to a 27-21 victory over Nevada. His 52-yard touchdown to Matt Miller made it 24-7 4:08 into the second half.

The Broncos have won at least 10 games in a national-high seven consecutive seasons. They finished tied for first in their final season in the Mountain West before moving to the Big East. They, Fresno State and San Diego State went 7-1 in league play and share the title because each went 1-1 against the other two.

Boise State gave itself a slim chance to reach the BCS. However, it needs to finish among the top 16 and ahead of Big East champion Louisville. It probably will have to settle for a smaller bowl.

"I know we'll play somebody good," coach Chris Petersen said.

"There are no bad teams going to bowl games."

No. 16 Oregon St. 77, Nicholls St. 3: Storm Woods ran for two first-quarter touchdowns as the host Beavers set a school record for points. The game was postponed from Sept. 1, when Hurricane Isaac bore down on the I-AA Colonels' campus in Thibodeaux, La. Oregon State's previous high was a 76-0 win over Willamette in 1931.

La.-Lafayette 35, FAU 21: Alonzo Harris ran for three touchdowns for the host Rajin Cajuns. Terrance Broadway hit James Butler for 15 yards with 35 seconds left in the first half to put Lafayette up 21-14, and Harris' 2-yard run made it 28-14 midway through the third. Owls sophomore William Dukes caught nine passes, two for touchdowns, for a school-record 204 yards.

Arkansas St. 45, Mid. Tenn. 0: Ryan Aplin went 19-of-21 for 238 yards and three touchdowns as the Red Wolves clinched their second straight Sun Belt title. Both teams entered with one conference loss.

Bowls

Independence: Louisiana-Monroe will play in its first bowl after accepting a bid to the Dec. 28 game in Shreveport, La. The Warhawks, a Sun Belt team that beat Arkansas in overtime, lost to Auburn in overtime and lost 47-42 to Baylor, are supposed to face an ACC team. But it likely will take on an at-large because the ACC doesn't have enough bowl-eligible teams.

New Orleans: East Carolina accepted an invitation to meet Louisiana-Lafayette on Dec. 22.

Late Friday: Cardinal wins Pac-12 title over UCLA

STANFORD, Calif. — Kevin Hogan took Stanford where Andrew Luck didn't. The sophomore passed for 155 yards and a score and ran for 47 yards to lead the No. 8 Cardinal past No. 17 UCLA 27-24 in the Pac-12 title game.

Stanford now heads to the Rose Bowl, a game Luck, the star quarterback who was taken first overall by the Colts in April, never played in.

As a defender barreled into him, Hogan threw a 26-yard tying touchdown to Drew Terrell on third and 15 early in the fourth. Jordan Williamson made a 36-yard go-ahead field goal with 6:49 left to seal Stanford's first conference title since 1999.

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