Top 25 roundup for Nov. 18

  • Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2012 11:18 p.m.
    UPDATED: Saturday, November 17, 2012 11:24 p.m.

No. 3 NOTRE DAME 38, WAKE FOREST 0

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Everett Golson threw touchdown passes of 50, 34 and 2 yards, Cierre Wood scored on a 68-yard run and third-ranked Notre Dame beat Wake Forest 38-0 Saturday to finish the season undefeated at home for the first time since 1998 and keep alive its national championship hopes.

The Fighting Irish improved to 11-0 for the first time since 1989 and need to beat Southern California to finish a regular season undefeated for the first time since 1988, the last time they won a national championship. The Demon Deacons fell to 1-33 all-time against top 5 teams, their lone win coming against No. 4 Tennessee in 1946.

The victory virtually assures the Irish of a berth in a BCS game. The Irish need to beat USC and likely need either No. 1 Oregon or No. 2 Kansas State to lose to qualify for the BCS title game.

UTAH STATE 48, No. 19 LA. TECH 41, OT

RUSTON, La. — Chuckie Keeton threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns, and Utah State beat No. 19 Louisiana Tech 48-41 in overtime after letting a 24-point lead slip away.

Utah State scored the game-winning touchdown on a 4-yard run by Kerwynn Williams.

The Aggies clinched at least a share of the conference title with the victory. They scored on their first offensive play – an 86-yard touchdown after a screen pass from Keeton to Williams – and racked up 646 yards of total offense.

Utah State jumped out to a 27-3 lead by early in the third quarter, but Louisiana Tech rallied to tie the game at 41 on Matt Nelson’s 32-yard field goal as time expired in regulation.

No. 17 UCLA 38, No. 21 SOUTHERN CAL 28

PASADENA, Calif. — Brett Hundley passed for 234 yards and a touchdown and rushed for two more scores as No. 17 UCLA beat No. 21 Southern California 38-28, clinching the Pac-12 South title and emphatically snapping a five-game losing streak in their crosstown rivalry.

Eric Kendricks blocked a punt and made a fourth-quarter interception for the Bruins, who overcame intermittent second-half rain and USC’s star-studded lineup for a gutsy victory that puts them atop Los Angeles football.

OKLAHOMA STATE 59, No. 23 TEXAS TECH 21

STILLWATER, Okla — Isaiah Anderson had a career-best 174 yards receiving and caught three long touchdown passes from Clint Chelf in his final home game, leading Oklahoma State to a 59-21 win against No. 23 Texas Tech.

Zack Craig blocked a pair of punts, returning one for a touchdown, as the Cowboys won their fourth straight in the series and the second in a row in decisive fashion.

No. 16 NEBRASKA 38, MINNESOTA 14

LINCOLN, Neb. — Taylor Martinez threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns to Kenny Bell while becoming No. 16 Nebraska’s all-time passing leader in a 38-14 victory over Minnesota.

The Cornhuskers, who had to come from behind in the second half in four of its first five Big Ten wins, scored on four of their first six possessions against the Gophers.

Nebraska can clinch the Legends Division title – and a berth in the conference championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 1 – with a win at Iowa on Friday or a Michigan loss at Ohio State Saturday.

Martinez passed 36 yards to a wide-open Bell for the Huskers’ first touchdown, and they later connected for a 30-yarder along the sideline.

Minnesota had 98 total yards entering the fourth quarter. Nebraska pulled its starters, and the Gophers scored on MarQueis Gray’s 1- and 6-yard runs.

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