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Huskies roll in finale

NIU, Kent State win easily in final tune-ups for MAC title game

Published: Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 11:43 p.m. CST
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Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez is tackled by several Iowa defenders during Friday's game in Iowa City, Iowa. Nebraska clinched the Big Ten Legends title with a 13-7 win.

Jordan Lynch ran for 107 yards and Akeem Daniels scored a career-best four touchdowns as the Huskies won their 11th straight game, beating Eastern Michigan 49-7 Friday in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Daniels scored on runs of 25 and 20 yards in the first half and finished with a career-high 112 yards on 12 carries to help the Huskies (11-1, 8-0) cap a perfect run through the Mid-American Conference.

Lynch, a week removed from a 407-yard passing performance, was 16 for 25 for 168 yards and extended his FBS record streak of 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback. He had 20 carries to crack the century mark for the 10th straight game.

Eastern Michigan (2-10, 1-7) tied the game 7-7 late in the first quarter but Northern Illinois needed just 15 seconds to retake the lead on Tommylee Lewis' 93-yard kickoff return.

The West division winners will go for a second straight conference title when they face No. 23 Kent State in next week's championship game. The Huskies have defeated 15 straight MAC opponents.

Kent State 28, Ohio 6: C.J. Malauulu returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown – 12 seconds after another Kent State TD – and the Golden Flashes, ranked 23rd in the BCS standings, won at home to complete a perfect season in the Mid-American Conference with their 10th straight win.

Trayion Durham rushed for 97 yards and scored on a 15-yard run in the first quarter to put Kent State (11-1, 8-0) ahead 14-0. On Ohio's next play, Malauulu picked off Tyler Tettleton and scored.

Nebraska 13, Iowa 7: Rex Burkhead scored the go-ahead touchdown in his return from a knee injury and Nebraska, ranked 14th in the BCS standings, secured a spot in the Big Ten title game with a win in Iowa City, Iowa.

Burkhead, making his first appearance since aggravating a sprained left knee on Oct. 20 against Northwestern, broke through with a 3-yard TD run to make it 13-7 late in the third quarter. Alonzo Whaley's interception with 2:11 left sealed the victory for the Huskers (10-2, 7-1 Big Ten), who will face Wisconsin next Saturday in Indianapolis.

Mark Weisman had 91 yards rushing for Iowa (4-8, 2-6), which finished the season on a six-game losing streak. The Hawkeyes will miss out on a bowl game for just the second time since 2000.

LSU 20, Arkansas 13: Jarvis Landry made a spectacular one-handed touchdown catch and the LSU defense did just enough to hang on in Fayetteville, Ark.

The Tigers, ranked seventh in the BCS standings, kept alive their SEC title hopes while reaching double-digit wins for the sixth time in eight seasons under coach Les Miles. LSU (10-2, 6-2 SEC) must now hope for an Alabama loss to Auburn and a Texas A&M victory over Missouri in order to reach next weekend's SEC championship game.

Zach Mettenberger passed for 217 yards and hooked up with Landry for the play of the day with 1:12 left in the first half to put LSU up 10-0 on a 22-yard TD pass.

Tyler Wilson was 31 of 52 passing with a TD for the Razorbacks (4-8, 2-6), setting the school record for career passing yards in the loss. His 359 yards gave him 7.765 for his career, passing Ryan Mallett's 7.493.

Arkansas' Cobi Hamilton set the school record for receptions in a career with 175.

Washington State 31, Washington 28, OT: Andrew Furney kicked a 27-yard field goal on Washington State's first possession of overtime, and the Cougars snapped an eight-game losing streack by overcoming an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter to stun rival Washington in the Apple Cup in Pullman, Wash.

Washington quarterback Keith Price threw an interception on the first play of overtime that defensive lineman Kalafitoni Pole nearly returned for a game-ending touchdown, but he was caught at the 5.

The Cougars (3-9, 1-8 Pac-12) took possession and, after picking up a first down, Furney kicked a 27-yard field goal, leading to a crush of crimson and gray fans storming and celebrating at midfield.

Washington (7-5, 5-4), ranked 25th in the BCS standings, had a chance to win on the final play of regulation, but Travis Coons' 35-yard field goal attempt at the same end of the stadium was wide right after a bad snap.

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