Michigan likely will go to a major bowl. Ohio State isn't going to a bowl for the first time in 11 years.
The No. 10 Wolverines forced three second-half turnovers and Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes to beat the Buckeyes, 24-17, in a Big Ten Conference game yesterday in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Ohio State (6-6, 3-5) won't play in a bowl for the first time since 1988, which was John Cooper's first year as coach. A team must have a winning record to qualify for postseason play.
"Going to a bowl game is something you expect when you come to Ohio State," Buckeyes defensive end Rodney Bailey said. "I can't even really conceive it right now."
The victory gave Michigan (9-2, 6-2) an excellent chance of earning a berth in a Bowl Championship Series game, perhaps in the Orange or Fiesta bowls.
Ohio State outgained Michigan 368 yards to 252, but the Buckeyes drew 13 penalties for 115 yards. They finished with six losses for the first time since going 4-6 in 1988.
Michigan's Anthony Thomas rushed 31 times for 111 yards, including a one-yard touchdown run. It was his fifth straight 100-yard game and seventh of the season.
* WAKE FOREST 26, GEORGIA TECH 23: Morgan Kane rushed for 224 yards and a touchdown as Wake Forest posted its first winning record in seven years by holding off Joe Hamilton and the No. 14 Yellow Jackets in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Wake Forest (6-5, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) qualified for its first postseason appearance since 1992.
Hamilton, who entered as the nation's top-rated passer, was intercepted twice as Georgia Tech (7-3, 5-3) lost for the second time in three games. Hamilton completed 23 of 40 passes for 281 yards, but he did most of his damage in the second half after Wake Forest built a 20-point lead.
Hamilton finished with 317 total yards, making him the first player in ACC history with 10,000 all-purpose yards.
* ARKANSAS 14, MISSISSIPPI STATE 9: Clint Stoerner completed 7 of 10 passes on one touchdown drive and threw a 33-yard pass to Anthony Lucas to set up a second score as the No. 22 Razorbacks (7-3, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) edged the No. 12 Bulldogs in Little Rock.
Matt Wyatt guided Mississippi State (8-2, 5-2) to the Arkansas 18 with 20 seconds remaining. But Wyatt misfired on second down, Carlos Hall hit the quarterback's arm on third down and Orlando Green perfectly defended a pass to C.J. Sirmones.
* ALABAMA 28, AUBURN 17: Shaun Alexander scored three touchdowns and ran for 182 yards--101 in the fourth quarter--as the No. 8 Crimson Tide rallied on the road.
The win gave Alabama (9-2, 7-1 SEC) the league's West title and sent the Crimson Tide to the league championship game--against Florida--for the first time in three years.
It was Alabama's first win at Auburn, where it had lost its previous four games. The loss assured the Tigers (5-6, 2-6) of consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 1980-81.
* TENNESSEE 56, KENTUCKY 21: Travis Henry got a chance, Phillip Fulmer got a game ball and the No. 7 Volunteers got back on track.
Filling in for Jamal Lewis, who sat out with a shoulder injury, Henry ran for 179 yards and three touchdowns as Tennessee won on the road.
The win kept the Volunteers (8-2, 5-2 SEC) in contention for one of two at-large berths in the Bowl Championship Series and eased some of the hurt from last week's 28-24 loss at Arkansas, which knocked Tennessee out of the national championship hunt. Kentucky is 6-5, 4-4.
* PURDUE 30, INDIANA 24: Instead of Drew Brees's passing, the Boilermakers' defense and special teams secured the road win.
Vinny Sutherland returned a punt 66 yards for the go-ahead touchdown and No. 19 Purdue (7-4, 4-4 Big Ten) twice stopped the Hoosiers on downs in the fourth quarter.
Brees had a modest 197 passing yards but moved past Scott Campbell into second place on Purdue's career passing yardage list. The Hoosiers ended 4-7, 3-5.
* KANSAS STATE 66, MISSOURI 0: Jonathon Beasley threw two touchdowns and ran for another and cornerback Dyshod Carter scored twice as the No. 9 Wildcats kept their Big 12 Conference title game hopes alive with the home win.
The Wildcats (10-1, 7-1) could win the North Division if Colorado upsets No. 4 Nebraska on Friday.
* EAST CAROLINA 23, N. CAROLINA STATE 6: David Garrard ran for three touchdowns and Steve Logan became the winningest coach in school history with his 51st victory as the 23rd-ranked Pirates (9-2) rolled at home.
Garrard, who lost a fumble in the end zone on East Carolina's first possession, more than made up for it and sealed the win with a 46-yard touchdown dash with 4:51 left. The win earned the Pirates an invitation to the inaugural Mobile Alabama Bowl.
* MINNESOTA 25, IOWA 21: Arland Bruce raced 73 yards for a touchdown and linebacker Sean Hoffman knocked down a pass in the end zone with eight seconds remaining as the No. 17 Golden Gophers rallied on the road.
Minnesota won its third straight game and finished with a 4-0 road record, the first time it has done so since 1904. The Golden Gophers (8-3, 5-3 Big Ten) also earned their eighth win, the most since the 1967 team went 8-2 and shared the conference championship.
Iowa (1-10, 0-8) finished with its worst record since 1973, when it went 0-11.
* BOSTON COLLEGE 31, NOTRE DAME 29: Tim Hasselbeck threw three touchdowns and ran for another as the No. 25 Eagles (8-2) dashed the host Fighting Irish's hopes for a bowl game. Trailing 31-17, Notre Dame (5-6) rallied in the final six minutes with two touchdowns. But the Fighting Irish missed a two-point conversion pass with 3:27 left.
* GEORGIA 20, MISSISSIPPI 17: Quincy Carter passed for 349 yards and Hap Hines kicked four field goals to lead the No. 21 Bulldogs over the No. 16 Rebels (7-3, 4-3) in Oxford, Miss. Georgia (7-3, 5-3 SEC) controlled most of the game but had to turn to Hines when they got close to the goal. His 48-yarder for the winning points came with 5:24 left.
* SOUTHERN MISS. 30, LOUISVILLE 27: Brant Hanna kicked a 27-yard field goal with 1:07 remaining following a fake punt to lift the No. 18 Golden Eagles on the road. Southern Miss (8-3, 6-0 Conference USA) held the Cardinals (7-4, 4-2) to three second-half points and got its running offense into gear to clinch the conference championship and earn a berth in the Liberty Bowl.
* UTAH 20, BRIGHAM YOUNG 17: T.D. Croshaw threw two second-half touchdowns and Andre Dyson ended a late Cougars' rally with his second interception as the Utes upset visiting No. 19 Brigham Young in a Western Athletic Conference game.