Too many turnovers, too many defensive breakdowns. Mistakes again haunted Notre Dame as the Fighting Irish (5-7) ended their first losing season since 1986 with a 40-37 loss on the road to Rose Bowl-bound Stanford last night.
The Cardinal's Mike Biselli kicked a 22-yard field goal, his fourth of the game, as the clock expired. Stanford, playing in the Rose Bowl for the first time in 28 years, probably avoided the embarrassment of going unranked into that Jan. 1 showdown against No. 4 Wisconsin. The Cardinal, unranked all season, were on the cusp of the Top 25 last week.
* WEST VIRGINIA 52, PITTSBURGH 21: Marc Bulger, playing his final game, and Avon Cobourne, who's just getting started, combined to give the host Mountaineers their highest yardage output--623--in six years in the Backyard Brawl.
* NEW MEXICO 33, AIR FORCE 28: Sean Stein completed 21 of 29 passes for a season-high 300 yards and the host Lobos converted on four fourth-down situations to win. New Mexico (4-7, 3-4 Mountain West) emptied its game book in rallying from a 21-7 first-half deficit and likely killing the Falcons' (6-5, 2-5 MWC) slim bowl hopes.
* OKLAHOMA 44, OKLAHOMA STATE 7: Josh Heupel threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score, and the Sooners' defense controlled the visiting Cowboys to help erase the sting of recent years and solidify Oklahoma's bowl position. Oklahoma (7-4, 5-3 Big 12) most likely will play in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio or the Insight.com Bowl in Tucson.
* MIAMI 45, SYRACUSE 13: In Miami, Ken Dorsey threw three touchdown passes and Santana Moss scored twice as the Hurricanes became bowl-eligible. Moss returned a punt for a score and caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Dorsey, who completed 22 of 31 passes for 236 yards in his second start.
* SOUTHERN U. 37, GRAMBLING ST. 31: Backup quarterback Terrence Levy passed for two touchdowns and sparked a 21-point comeback as the Jaguars won the Bayou Classic in New Orleans and advanced to the first SWAC Championship game.
* C0LORADO ST. 35, UNLV 17: Kevin McDougal ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns to lead the visiting Rams, who earned a share of the Mountain West Conference title. Colorado State (8-3, 5-2) joins Utah and Brigham Young as conference co-champions.
* ARIZONA ST. 42, ARIZONA 27: Ryan Kealy threw two touchdown passes before leaving with an injury and backup John Leonard connected with Richard Williams on a 45-yard touchdown as the Sun Devils (6-5, 5-3 Pac-10) secured the conference's fifth postseason berth. They will play Wake Forest in the Aloha Bowl on Christmas Day.
* SAN DIEGO ST. 39, WYOMING 7: Jack Hawley threw three touchdown passes and Jonas Lewis rushed for 131 yards to lead host San Diego State, and end the Cowboys' slim bowl hopes.