Quarterback Jamelle Holieway rushed for two touchdowns and threw for one to lead fourth-ranked Oklahoma past Southern Methodist, 35-13, yesterday in Norman, Okla., and keep the Sooners' hopes for a national championship alive.

Oklahoma (10-1) will play top-ranked Penn State in the Orange Bowl Jan. 1.

Southern Methodist finished 6-5, the first time since 1979 it lost more than four games. The nationally televised game was SMU's last until 1987, because of NCAA probation.

Holieway, who finished with 126 yards rushing, scored on runs of 38 and three yards. He also passed to Lee Morris for a 16-yard touchdown.

Oklahoma scored three second-quarter touchdowns to erase a 7-0 deficit. Tailback Spencer Tillman scored on a one-yard dive at 14:52 of the period to tie the score, then 16 seconds later Holieway scored from 38 yards out following an SMU fumble.

*LSU 35, East Carolina 15: In Baton Rouge, La., Dalton Hilliard ran for 170 yards and three touchdowns, becoming only the fourth SEC player to run for 4,000 yards in his career.

He became LSU's all-time leader with 4,050. Charles Alexander, who left LSU in 1978 for the Cincinnati Bengals, had 4,035. Herschel Walker and Bo Jackson are the other two SEC runners with more than 4,000.

Kevin Walker of East Carolina intercepted his ninth pass this season and returned it 80 yards. He and Tennessee's Chris White lead the nation in interceptions.

It was East Carolina's fourth loss to a nationally ranked team.

LSU, which ended its regular season 9-1-1, will play Baylor Dec. 27 in the Liberty Bowl.

*Wyoming 23, UTEP 21: In Melbourne, Andy Cottingham's 34-yard field goal with 9:35 to play won the first Australia Bowl. Texas-El Paso finished 1-10, but the victory was over Brigham Young.