San Jose State 62, No. 16 Fresno State 52
David Fales threw for 543 yards and six touchdowns in an entertaining showdown with Derek Carr and host San Jose State ended previously unbeaten Fresno State’s run toward a possible BCS bowl.
Fales was every bit as good as the more heralded Carr, matching his six first-half touchdown passes in a near perfect performance that made the Spartans (6-6, 4-4 Mountain West) bowl eligible with their first win over a ranked opponent since 2000.
Carr threw for 519 yards and six touchdowns, but threw a fourth-quarter interception for the Bulldogs (10-1, 7-1). Davante Adams caught 13 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns.
The loss ended Fresno State’s chances to beat out Northern Illinois for a spot in a prestigious BCS game.
No. 12 Oregon 36, Oregon State 35
Oregon built a 10-point lead in the second quarter and then had to rally on a Marcus Mariota touchdown pass with 29 seconds to play to beat Oregon State in a Pac-12 game.
Oregon State took a 35-30 lead on Victor Bolden’s 25-yard touchdown run with 1:38 to play in the game.
The Ducks (10-2, 7-2) raced down the field and regained the lead on Mariota’s 12-yard pass to Josh Huff. A two-point conversion pass failed, but the Ducks had enough to win.
Mariota completed 17-of-34 for 285 yards and three touchdowns. He was intercepted twice. Thomas Tyner rushed for 141 yards and scored one touchdown.
Sean Mannion threw for 314 yards and two touchdowns for Oregon State.
No. 15 LSU 31, Arkansas 27
Backup quarterback Anthony Jennings lofted a 49-yard touchdown pass to Travin Dural with 1:15 left, and host LSU pulled out a tense victory over upset-minded Arkansas.
Jennings, a freshman, entered the game after senior starter Zach Mettenberger hurt his left leg in the fourth quarter, and the game came down to whether he could drive the Tigers 99 yards in the final 3 minutes.
He responded with two clutch first-down passes and a 21-yard scramble to set up his winning scoring strike that kept LSU (9-3, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) alive for a fourth-consecutive 10-win campaign.
Brandon Allen completed two touchdown passes to tight end Hunter Henry, the second giving Arkansas (3-9, 0-8) a 27-21 lead that stood most of the fourth quarter. But Jennings’ heroics extended the Razorbacks’ school-record losing streak to nine games.
Iowa 38, Nebraska 17
Jake Rudock threw for two touchdowns, including a 24-yarder to Kevonte Martin-Manley right after Iowa had stuffed host Nebraska on a fake punt, and the Hawkeyes finished the regular season with a victory.
The Hawkeyes converted two of Nebraska’s three turnovers into touchdowns and got a short field for a third touchdown after a failed fake punt. Seven of Iowa’s 15 possessions started in Cornhuskers territory.
Iowa (8-4, 5-3 Big Ten) doubled its win total from a year ago and won a fourth road game for the first time since 2009. Mark Weisman ran 24 times for 72 yards and two touchdowns. Rudock left late in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury.
The Huskers (8-4, 5-3) had their lowest regular-season win total since 2008, coach Bo Pelini’s first year, and lost three games at home for the first time since 2007 under Bill Callahan.