Bill Snyder closed out his 17-year coaching career at Kansas State with his first victory since October, and the Wildcats came back from a two-touchdown deficit in the second half to beat Missouri, 36-28, yesterday in Manhattan, Kan.
Kansas State (5-6, 2-6 Big 12), which scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams, broke a five-game losing streak. It has not lost to the Tigers since 1992. Thomas Clayton ran for 102 yards for the Wildcats, and reserve Allen Webb came off the bench to run for 91 yards and throw for 93 yards and a go-ahead touchdown to Jordy Nelson midway through the fourth quarter.
Missouri (6-5, 4-4) saw its slim chance to win the Big 12 North slip away at the newly renamed Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The name was changed Wednesday, a day after Snyder announced his retirement.
* VANDERBILT 28, TENNESSEE 24: Earl Bennett caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler with 1 minute 11 seconds to go in Knoxville and the Commodores ended a 22-game losing streak against the Volunteers.
The Volunteers (4-6, 2-5 SEC) will not be eligible for a bowl for the first time since 1988, another crushing blow in the worst season in Coach Phillip Fulmer's 14-year tenure.
The Commodores (5-6, 3-5) won at Neyland Stadium for the first time since 1975, and their overall streak was the second-longest between major teams in Division I-A. Notre Dame's 42-game winning streak over Navy is the longest.
Cutler (27 of 39 315 yards, 3 touchdowns) ended his career at Vanderbilt making history, becoming the first Commodores quarterback to beat Tennessee since Whit Taylor in 1982.
* BAYLOR 44, OKLAHOMA ST. 34: Paul Mosley had three one-yard touchdown runs and Colin Allred returned an interception for a score in Baylor's season-ending win that gave the Bears a significant second Big 12 victory and ended bowl hopes for the visiting Cowboys (4-6, 1-6).
Baylor (5-6, 2-6 Big 12) ended a five-game losing streak to win more than one Big 12 game in the same season for the first time.
* AIR FORCE 42, NEW MEXICO 24: In Albuquerque, Shaun Carney threw over New Mexico's defense and fullback Jacobe Kendrick ran through it as the Falcons snapped a three-game losing streak.
The 230-pound Kendrick scored on runs of two and 10 yards and Carney picked apart the Lobos' secondary for 186 yards and a touchdown as the Falcons (4-7, 3-5 Mountain West) dealt a big blow to the bowl hopes of New Mexico (6-5, 4-4) which suffered its third Mountain West home loss this season.
* ARMY 38, ARKANSAS ST. 10: Senior tailback Carlton Jones helped make senior day a memorable one, running for a season-high 187 yards and two touchdowns in host Army's fourth straight victory. The Black Knights (4-6) had lost 11 straight before reeling off wins against Akron, Air Force and Massachusetts.
* NORTH CAROLINA 24, DUKE 21: Ronnie McGill capped his best game of the season with a three-yard touchdown run in the final two minutes in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The Tar Heels (5-5, 4-3 ACC) retained the Victory Bell for the 15th time in 16 seasons.
* PURDUE 41, INDIANA 14: In Bloomington, Ind., the Boilermakers took advantage of five Hoosiers turnovers, getting three touchdown runs from Kory Sheets and two from Dorien Bryant.
The Boilermakers (5-6, 3-5) claimed the Old Oaken Bucket for the fourth straight year and the eighth time in Joe Tiller's nine seasons as coach.
* N.C. STATE 24, MIDDLE TENNESSEE 3: Andre Brown ran for 94 yards and a touchdown and Stephen Tulloch returned an interception 50 yards for a score for the Wolfpack (5-5), while DaJuan Morgan blocked a punt to set up Brown's run in the second quarter in Raleigh, N.C.
* NORTHWESTERN 38, ILLINOIS 21: Brett Basanez threw for 240 yards and Tyrell Sutton ran for 212 to hand the host Illini its ninth straight loss.
* IOWA 52, MINNESOTA 28: Ed Hinkel caught four touchdown passes to set a Kinnick Stadium record, Damian Sims scored on a 71-yard run and Iowa shut down the nation's No. 1 rushing offense in Iowa City.
* BOISE STATE 70, IDAHO 35: Quinton Jones returned a punt 73 yards and ran 50 yards for another score and the Broncos (8-3, 6-1 WAC) scored five fourth-quarter touchdowns at home to keep its bowl hopes alive.
* WASHINGTON ST. 26, WASHINGTON 22: Trandon Harvey, who had earlier fumbled a punt to help the Huskies take the lead for the first time, caught a short pass from Alex Brink and ran 39 yards for the winning score with 1:20 left in Seattle to help the Cougars end a seven-game losing streak.
* UTAH 41, BYU 34: Brett Ratliff threw for four touchdowns in his first start, including a 25-yard pass to Travis LaTendresse in overtime in Provo, Utah, making the Utes (6-5, 4-4 Mountain West) eligible for a bowl.
* CALIFORNIA 27, STANFORD 3: Marshawn Lynch ran for 123 yards and a touchdown, and first-time starter Steve Levy passed for 125 yards and another score as the visiting Golden Bears (7-4, 4-4 Pac-10) won their fourth straight over the Cardinal.