Jordan Congdon kicked a 40-yard field goal with 1 minute 5 seconds left and Nebraska ended a three-game losing streak with a 27-25 victory over Kansas State yesterday in Lincoln, Neb.
The Cornhuskers (6-4, 3-4 Big 12) became bowl eligible after missing the postseason last year for the first time since 1968. The Wildcats (4-6, 1-6) lost their fifth straight and will miss a bowl for the second straight year.
Congdon's winning kick came after Kansas State had rallied from a 24-12 deficit to lead 25-24 on Tim Schwerdt's 27-yard field goal with 4:18 to play.
Freshman Harrison Beck, who took over for the injured Zac Taylor in the fourth quarter, led Nebraska on its winning drive after throwing an interception that set up Kansas State's go-ahead field goal.
Taylor, who had taken every snap this season, was knocked out with 14:06 left when he took a hard hit from Zach Diles. Earlier in the game, Taylor broke Dave Humm's single-season school passing record of 2,074 yards in 1972. Taylor has thrown for 2,094 yards with one regular season game left.
* WASHINGTON 38, ARIZONA 14: James Sims rushed for a career-high 200 yards and the visiting Huskies ended a 14-game Pacific-10 losing streak.
The Huskies (2-8, 1-6) had not won a conference game since beating Washington State in the finale of the 2003 season. Their only other victory under first-year coach Ty Willingham came seven games ago against Idaho.
But they rolled for 333 yards rushing and took advantage of Arizona freshman quarterback Willie Tuitama's many mistakes. Arizona (3-7, 2-5) had won two in a row behind Tuitama, the latest a 52-14 stunner over then-No. 7 UCLA a week ago. But the 18-year-old threw three interceptions and fumbled twice in his third collegiate start.
* OKLAHOMA 36, TEXAS A&M 30: Adrian Peterson rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns to help the host Sooners become bowl eligible for the seventh straight season.
After the Aggies (5-5, 3-4 Big 12) had rallied from 21 points down to get within 30-24, the Sooners (6-3, 5-1) gave the ball to Peterson on five straight plays on their way to the clinching score. Rhett Bomar capped the drive with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Travis Wilson.
Reggie McNeal set Texas A&M's record for career passing yards before leaving in the third quarter with an injury. He finished with 6,992 yards passing, breaking Corey Pullig's mark of 6,846 yards set from 1992 to '95.
* MINNESOTA 41, MICHIGAN STATE 18: With Laurence Maroney, the Big Ten's leading rusher, stuck on the sideline, backup running backs Amir Pinnix and Gary Russell led the Golden Gophers in Minneapolis.
Maroney, whose 1,345 yards were best in the conference coming into this game, went through warmups for the Gophers (7-3, 4-3), but stood and watched all afternoon without his shoulder pads on while Pinnix and Russell wore down the Spartans (5-5, 2-5).
Russell started at tailback and gained 85 yards on 19 carries and ran for two touchdowns, playing only in the first half. Pinnix rushed 32 times for 206 yards -- both career highs -- and had a fourth-quarter score. Michigan State, which was once ranked 11th, lost for the fifth time in six games.
* TENNESSEE 20, MEMPHIS 16: Rick Clausen came off the bench and threw two touchdown passes, rallying the Volunteers past the visiting Tigers (4-5) to snap a four-game losing streak and keep them from being eliminated from postseason play.
Tennessee's first victory since Oct. 1 looked very much in doubt most of the game, even with Memphis's star tailback, DeAngelo Williams, out of action with an injury. The Vols (4-5) need to win their final two games, against Vanderbilt and Kentucky, to be eligible for a bowl for the 17th straight year.
* BOSTON COLLEGE 30, N.C. STATE 10: Will Blackmon caught three passes for 151 yards and Mathias Kiwanuka had a hand in five of the hosts' eight sacks as the Eagles (7-3, 4-3 ACC) recovered from a 10-point deficit to beat the Wolfpack (4-5, 2-5). Matt Ryan scored twice and threw for one touchdown in his first game since taking over the starting job from Quinton Porter.
* SOUTH FLORIDA 27, SYRACUSE 0: Andre Hall rushed for 222 yards and three touchdowns and the Bulls (5-3, 3-1 Big East) remained in the hunt for a Bowl Championship Series bowl. It was the seventh straight loss for the Orange (1-8, 0-6), which finished 1-5 at the Carrier Dome, matching its worst record since the building opened in 1980.
* PITTSBURGH 24, CONNECTICUT 0: Josh Lay scored on a 71-yard return of a blocked field goal attempt and the Panthers (5-5, 4-2 Big East), in their final home game, took advantage of a mishmash of mistakes on offense and special teams by the Huskies (4-5, 1-4).
* KENTUCKY 48, VANDERBILT 43: In Nashville, Rafael Little ran for 198 yards and three touchdowns, and the Wildcats (3-6, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) ended the Commodores' hopes of becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 1982. Vanderbilt fell to 4-6, 2-5.
* PURDUE 37, ILLINOIS 3: In West Lafayette, Ind., Jerod Void ran for 102 yards and a touchdown to lead the Boilermakers (4-6, 2-5 Big Ten) to their second straight victory after six consecutive losses. Illinois (2-8, 0-7) lost its eighth straight game.
* ARMY 34, MASSACHUSETTS 27: Zac Dahman completed 22 of 27 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns to give the host Black Knights (3-6) their first three-game winning streak since 1996.