When San Jose State lined up for a 30-yard field goal that probably would have ended visiting Boise State's winning streak, Gerald Alexander figured the Broncos had used up all their lucky breaks.
He would have to do something extraordinary -- and the cornerback's block was the biggest of several plays that barely kept Boise State unbeaten.
Jon Helmandollar scored his third touchdown in the second overtime, and the 14th-ranked Broncos extended the nation's longest winning streak to 20 games with a wild 56-49 victory yesterday.
Jared Zabransky passed for 200 yards and scored one of eight rushing touchdowns by the Broncos (9-0, 6-0 Western Athletic), whose Bowl Championship Series dreams got a reality check when they were mostly outplayed by one of their league's worst teams.
The Spartans (2-7, 1-5) probably would have won it with that final boot from their solid kicker, Jeff Carr, with 1 minute 7 seconds left in regulation -- but Alexander still believed.
"I have great confidence that I can get up and get a ball in a situation like that," Alexander said. "I was out the previous play, so I had time to rest up. I had a feeling I was going to try to block it."
* PITTSBURGH 41, NOTRE DAME 38: Tyler Palko became the first quarterback to throw five touchdown passes against Notre Dame, four in the first half alone, and Josh Cummings kicked a 32-yard field goal with one second left to give the visiting Panthers a victory over the 24th-ranked Fighting Irish.
Notre Dame (6-4) tied the game with a 45-yard field goal by D.J. Fitzpatrick with 1:11 left, but couldn't stop Pittsburgh.
On Pitt's next play from scrimmage, Palko threw to Erik Gill for what appeared to be a short gain. But Irish linebacker Mike Goolsby tried to strip the ball and Gill broke free for a 36-yard gain. Palko completed two more passes to Gill on the drive to set up the winning field goal.
The Panthers (6-3), who became bowl eligible with the victory, won at Notre Dame Stadium for the first time since 1986. It was just Pitt's second win in its last 13 games against the Irish. The 41 points were the most ever by the Panthers against Notre Dame.
* TEXAS A&M 32, TEXAS TECH 25: Courtney Lewis scored on a 25-yard run on the first play of overtime and Melvin Bullitt swatted away Sonny Cumbie's fourth-down pass into the end zone, sending the Aggies to a thrilling win in College Station, Tex.
Lewis's second touchdown run of the afternoon helped No. 22 Texas A&M (7-3, 4-2 Big 12) dramatically end a two-game losing streak that included an overtime loss at Baylor and a seven-point defeat against No. 2 Oklahoma last week.
"It was a great football game, I'm really happy for our players and our fans," A&M Coach Dennis Franchione said. "Kind of my breath taken away right now."
* MICHIGAN 42, NORTHWESTERN 20: Michael Hart ran for 151 yards and a season-high three touchdowns and the No. 9 Wolverines scored touchdowns the first five times they touched the ball in the second half to win at home.
Michigan (9-1, 7-0 Big Ten) led the Wildcats by only one point at halftime before turning the game into a rout with scores on the ground, through the air and on a punt return. The Wolverines have won 15 straight games at home.
* CALIFORNIA 42, WASHINGTON 12: In Seattle, J.J. Arrington ran for 84 of his 121 yards in the second half and Aaron Rodgers shook off a slow start to throw two touchdown passes and spark the No. 5 Golden Bears.
Marshawn Lynch added another 121 yards rushing with touchdown runs of 32 and 70 yards and a 29-yard scoring reception as California (8-1, 6-1 Pacific-10) won its third straight over the Huskies.
* IOWA 29, MINNESOTA 27: Rhys Lloyd's 51-yard field goal try drifted left with 28 seconds remaining, allowing the 19th-ranked and visiting Hawkeyes to hold on for their sixth straight win.
It wasn't pretty for the Hawkeyes (8-2, 6-1 Big 10), whose last four victories have come by a total of 16 points, but they did enough to retain Floyd of Rosedale -- the bronze pig that goes to the annual winner of this rivalry -- for the fourth straight time.
* OKLAHOMA STATE 42, BAYLOR 21: Seymore Shaw was a solid replacement for the injured Vernand Morency, rushing for 172 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries to lead the No. 25 Cowboys at home.
Donovan Woods threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another as OSU (7-3, 4-3 Big 12) beat the Bears for the ninth straight time.
* OKLAHOMA 30, NEBRASKA 3: Jason White threw for 383 yards and three touchdowns to help the No. 2 Sooners win in Norman, Okla. With star running back Adrian Peterson seeing little action because of a shoulder injury, White completed 29 of 35 passes. After throwing three incomplete passes on his first eight attempts, the sixth-year senior completed a school-record 18 in a row in his final home game (10-0, 7-0 Big 12).
* LSU 26, ALABAMA 10: Defensive end Marcus Spears and linebacker Cameron Vaughn combined for the go-ahead touchdown to help the No. 17 Tigers win in Baton Rouge, La. With LSU trailing 10-6 in the third quarter, Spears hit Alabama quarterback Spencer Pennington on the Crimson Tide 8, forcing a fumble. Vaughn picked up the ball and scampered into the end zone to give LSU its first lead.
* ARIZONA STATE 45, WASHINGTON STATE 28: Andrew Walter passed for 332 yards and five touchdowns in his final home game and the No. 20 Sun Devils won in Tempe, Ariz. The senior from Grand Junction, Colo., completed 26 of 41 passes without an interception while breaking the school record for touchdown passes in a season with 30.
* UTAH 45, WYOMING 28: A brownout that delayed the start for 99 minutes was the only thing that slowed down the No. 7 Utes in Laramie, Wyo. After power was restored, Utah (10-0, 6-0) rolled to a victory over Wyoming, clinching a second straight Mountain West title and boosting the Utes' hopes for a marquee bowl.
* TEXAS-EL PASO 35, RICE 28: Jordan Palmer threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Johnnie Lee to give the No. 23 Miners (7-2, 5-1 Western Athletic) the lead in double overtime, then Rice's Ed Bailey fumbled on the 2-yard line to seal the victory in El Paso.