Catholic, which concluded its regular season with a 35-14 victory over Bridgewater on Saturday, enters the NCAA Division III playoffs for the third consecutive season.
The 11th-ranked Cardinals (9-1, 6-0 Old Dominion Athletic Conference) will play No. 6 Western Maryland (10-0, 7-0 Centennial Conference) in a first-round game Saturday at noon in Westminster, Md.
Todd Husak threw four touchdown passes in Stanford's 50-30 victory over Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz. With Washington's overtime loss at UCLA, Stanford (6-3, 6-1) took sole possession of first place in the Pacific-10 Conference. The Cardinal can earn its first Rose Bowl berth since the 1971 season with a victory over arch rival California on Saturday. The Sun Devils dropped to 5-5, 4-3. . . .
Texas earned a berth in the Big 12 Conference title game with a 58-7 victory over visiting Texas Tech as Major Applewhite threw three touchdown passes and became the Longhorns' first 3,000-yard passer. The win gives Texas (9-2, 6-1), which moved from No. 10 to No. 6, at least a share of the South Division title. The Red Raiders slipped to 5-5, 4-3. . . .
Jonathan Smith threw three touchdown passes and ran for another as Oregon State (7-3, 4-3 Pacific-10) defeated visiting Arizona, 28-20, to move closer to its first bowl game since 1965. Arizona (6-5, 3-4) was led by Trung Canidate, who rushed for 221 yards and broke Ontiwaun Carter's school record of 3,501 rushing yards set between 1991 and '94. Canidate has 3,666 career yards. . . .
Dusty Bonner threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Quentin McCord in the third quarter as Kentucky (6-4, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) held on to beat host Vanderbilt, 19-17, and likely secured a second straight bowl bid. The Commodores fell to 5-5, 4-3.
Long Distance Ball
Idaho State place kicker Pete Garces had three field goals and tied the NCAA career record for field goals of 50 yards or longer when he made a 54-yarder in the third quarter in the Bengals' 29-13 home victory over Montana State. Garces is tied with Kirk Roach of Western Carolina with 11 in a career.
Payton Honors His Father
Jarrett Payton, wearing No. 34 to honor his late father, Walter, returned from a two-game absence and played for Miami on Saturday night against Virginia Tech.
Payton, who left the Hurricanes a few days before his father died Nov. 1, entered with 7 minutes 45 seconds remaining and later had the game's final carry. He was stopped for no gain in No. 2 Virginia Tech's 43-10 win over the visiting Hurricanes, who fell out of the Associated Press top 25 rankings.
Payton wore No. 5 in high school and took No. 32 when he went to Miami. Senior fullback Wilbur Valdez gave up No. 34 so Payton could wear it in memory of his father, one of the NFL's greatest running backs.
"It was something I said I was never going to do," Payton said. "It seemed like the timing was right."
Hawaii Is Bowl-Bound
Dan Robinson's third touchdown pass of the game, a nine-yarder to Craig Stutzmann in the second overtime, lifted Hawaii to a 31-24 victory over Fresno State Saturday night in Honolulu.
The win gives the Rainbow Warriors (7-3, 5-2) a share of their first Western Athletic Conference title in seven years and guaranteed a berth in either the Las Vegas or Oahu bowl. The Bulldogs are 7-4, 5-2.
SATURDAY'S AREA SCHEDULE
Bowie State (5-4) Season completed
Catholic (9-1) at Western Maryland, noon (Division III playoffs)
Georgetown (8-2) vs. La Salle, noon
Howard (5-5) at Delaware State, 12:30
Maryland (5-5) vs. Virginia (6-4), noon
Montgomery-Rockville (9-1)Regular season completed
Navy (4-6) at Hawaii, 11 p.m.
Virginia Tech (9-0) at Temple, 1