The BCS is all but busted.
Utah beat rival Brigham Young, 52-21, last night in Salt Lake City, completing its first unbeaten season since 1930 and putting the Utes one step closer to the first appearance in the Bowl Championship Series for a team from a mid-major conference.
Wide receiver Steve Savoy ran for two touchdowns and caught a pass for another score to lead the fifth-ranked Utes (11-0, 7-0 Mountain West) and help offset the worst game of the season for Alex Smith. Utah's Heisman hopeful quarterback threw two interceptions -- doubling his season total -- and had another in the hands of a BYU defensive back that was dropped.
But Smith had enough help around him to get Utah past the rival Cougars (5-6, 4-3) for the third straight year.
Savoy ran 92 yards for a score in the third quarter that turned the game for good in Utah's favor. Quinton Ganther ran for 122 yards on 11 carries and Smith completed 16 of 24 for 184 yards and a touchdown.
A few fans tossed tortillas and some of the Utes donned sombreros in reference to the Fiesta Bowl, where they're most likely headed.
Fans spent the final minute of the game lining the sideline and started pouring onto the field with about 15 seconds left to play. It took a few minutes, but both goalposts eventually came down as Utes fans reveled in the perfect season.
* OKLAHOMA 35, BAYLOR 0: No regrets for Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops this week, just the lopsided win the No. 2 Sooners needed to pad their BCS numbers.
Adrian Peterson ran for 240 yards, including three second-half touchdowns, and Jason White threw two scoring passes against host Baylor. Neither played the final 11 minutes.
A week ago, Stoops had his starters playing the final minute and bypassed a field goal chance on fourth down in a 30-3 win over Nebraska. He regretted that decision, and wasn't going to repeat it.
"Anyone that doesn't see the dilemma we're in is not being totally fair. We're in a bad position right now," Stoops said. "I made the wrong choice [last week]. I wish I chose sportsmanship over BCS points."
The latest polls only proved Stoops's point. Oklahoma was caught by Auburn in this week's top 25. The Sooners remained second behind top-rated Southern California in the BCS standings, but their margin over Auburn was cut in half.
After a slow start, the Sooners (11-0, 8-0 Big 12) scored on four straight possessions. White threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Travis Wilson just before halftime to make it 14-0, and Peterson had short touchdown runs on the first three drives of the second half.
* FLORIDA 20, FLORIDA STATE 13: Chris Leak threw a touchdown, Ciatrick Fason ran for a score and the Gators upset the No. 10 Seminoles in Tallahassee for the first time since 1986. It also gave fired coach Ron Zook a victory in his final regular season game.
The Gators (7-4) ended any legitimate chance the Seminoles had of earning a third straight Bowl Championship Series berth. Florida State (8-3) still could finish tied for the ACC title but would likely lose all tiebreaker scenarios because of its BCS ranking.
* CALIFORNIA 41, STANFORD 6: J.J. Arrington ran for 169 yards to set California's single-season rushing record and the fourth-ranked Golden Bears, at home, earned their biggest victory in the Big Game since 1930.
Freshman Marshawn Lynch added 122 yards on just nine carries, including a spectacular 55-yard touchdown run.
Lynch also threw a touchdown pass as the Bears racked up 474 total yards in Coach Jeff Tedford's third straight victory over Stanford in the 107th edition of the rivalry.
Aaron Rodgers passed for 120 yards and a score for the Bears (9-1, 6-1 Pacific-10), who kept their BCS hopes thriving with their sixth straight victory.
* MIAMI 52, WAKE FOREST 7: In Miami, Brock Berlin threw for a career-best 361 yards and four touchdowns in just over a half, and the No. 12 Hurricanes (8-2, 5-2) stayed in contention for the ACC title.
Berlin threw the scoring passes to four receivers, completed 13 of 19 passes and continued his push for ACC player of the year honors. In his last seven games, Berlin has completed 55.9 percent of his passes for 1,894 yards with 19 touchdowns and only two interceptions.
Berlin -- who threw for 201 yards in the first quarter alone, eclipsing the total yards he managed in 11 of his first 21 starts -- left with 8:50 remaining in the third quarter.
* BOSTON COLLEGE 34, TEMPLE 17: L.V. Whitworth ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns, and the visiting Eagles took another step closer to its first BCS berth in the Owls' final game before being booted from the Big East.
The No. 19 Eagles (8-2, 4-1) pulled into a first-place tie in the Big East with No. 21 West Virginia (8-2, 4-1), which will end its season Thursday against Pittsburgh. Even if the Mountaineers win that game, Boston College would earn the automatic BCS slot and its first Big East title if it can beat Syracuse.
* TENNESSEE 38, VANDERBILT 33: Cedric Houston ran for three touchdowns and the No. 15 Volunteers clinched the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division title with their 22nd straight victory over the host Commodores.
Tennessee (8-2, 6-1) will play No. 2 Auburn in the SEC championship game in Atlanta on Dec. 4 regardless of what happens in the Vols' game against Kentucky. It will be Tennessee's fourth trip to the title game since 1997. Jay Cutler was 22 of 33 for 314 yards and three touchdowns for Vanderbilt (2-9, 1-7).
* LSU 27, MISSISSIPPI 24: Alley Broussard ran for a school-record 250 yards with three touchdowns and the No. 14 Tigers (8-2, 5-2 SEC) rallied at home. Broussard broke the previous mark of 246 yards that Kevin Faulk set against Houston on Sept. 7, 1996. Joseph Addai rushed for 107 yards on 14 carries for LSU.
* LOUISVILLE 65, HOUSTON 27: Stefan LeFors threw for 317 yards and three touchdowns and Eric Shelton rushed for three more scores, keeping the No. 8 Cardinals, on the road, in the hunt for a BCS berth. The Cardinals (8-1, 6-0 Conference USA) scored the final 30 points of the game -- in a little over 10 minutes -- to turn it into a rout.
* BOISE STATE 55, LOUISIANA TECH 14: Jon Helmandollar rushed for a school-record five touchdowns, and the No. 13 Broncos, at home, clinched at least a share of their third straight Western Athletic Conference title. Boise State (10-0, 7-0) extended the nation's longest win streak to 21 games and tied BYU's record for the most consecutive conference wins at 25.
* TEXAS-EL PASO 57, SMU 27: Jordan Palmer threw for 339 yards and five touchdowns and the No. 24 Miners, at home, clinched a bowl berth in Coach Mike Price's first season running the formerly downtrodden program. UTEP (8-2, 6-1) secured second place in the WAC, which will get two bowl spots.