Sunday, December 7, 2003

K-State rocks No. 1 Oklahoma


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By The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Ell Roberson and Kansas State spoiled Oklahoma's undefeated season, creating chaos in the BCS that could still end up with the Sooners in the national title game.

Roberson threw four touchdown passes, Darren Sproles ran for 235 yards and the 13th-ranked Wildcats shredded No. 1 Oklahoma's vaunted defense in a 35-7 victory Saturday night that gave them their first conference title in 69 years.

Despite the overwhelming defeat in the Big 12 championship game, experts still believe the Sooners (12-1) will remain in the top two in the BCS standings Sunday and earn a berth in the Sugar Bowl for the national title. Their opponent will be either Southern California or LSU, and whichever one-loss team is kept out of the title game will surely feel slighted. Kansas State (11-3) will go to the Fiesta Bowl, its first BCS game ever.

Oklahoma looked out of synch, failing to generate a running game against Kansas State's stout front and giving little protection to Jason White.

White was under constant pressure from Thomas Houchin and endured many hard hits. The Heisman Trophy favorite finished 27-for-50 for 298 yards, two interceptions and no touchdowns.

White's first pick stopped a drive in the end zone and his second was returned 27 yards by Ted Sims for a score to make it 35-7 early in the fourth quarter.

No. 2 USC 52, Oregon St. 28

LOS ANGELES - Matt Leinart threw five touchdown passes for Southern California in its regular-season finale.

The Trojans (11-1, 7-1 Pac-10) find out Sunday whether they will travel to New Orleans to play for the national title in the Sugar Bowl, or stay home and play in the Rose Bowl. Oregon State (7-5, 4-4) will play New Mexico in the Dec. 24 Las Vegas Bowl.

USC scored 40 or more points for the seventh game in a row and finished the regular season with a Pac-10 record 506 points. Leinart set a conference single-season mark with 35 TD passes.

Mike Williams had two touchdowns catches, one a leaping, one-handed grab in the back of the end zone. Reggie Bush, a freshman, also caught two TD passes, and Steve Smith, another freshman, had 136 yards on five catches, including a 73-yard touchdown play.

Will Poole made two interceptions, returning one 67 yards for a touchdown, and Lofa Tatupu had USC's other two interceptions.

Leinart went 22-of-38 for 278 yards.

No. 3 LSU 34, No. 5 Georgia 13

ATLANTA - LSU ignored a hostile crowd and showed off all its weapons, dominating Georgia to win the Southeastern Conference title for the second time in three years.

LSU (12-1) beat Georgia (10-3) for the second time this season. This one was much easier than the first meeting, a 17-10 thriller in Baton Rouge that wasn't decided until Matt Mauck's 34-yard touchdown pass to Skyler Green with 1:22 remaining.

The tone was set when freshman Justin Vincent took a routine-looking handoff and didn't stop running until he had an 87-yard touchdown run just 10 minutes into the game.

Vincent was the MVP, setting a championship game record with 201 yards rushing. He also had a 62-yard run and finished off the Bulldogs with a 3-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter. LSU finished with 293 yards rushing and outgained the Bulldogs 444-249.

Navy 34, Army 6

PHILADELPHIA - Kyle Eckel ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns and Eric Roberts scored two TDs, leading Navy past Army in the 104th meeting between the service academies.

Army became the first team to finish 0-13 in major college history. The Black Knights have lost 15 straight, the nation's longest losing streak, and 24 of their last 25.

Army, which has lost four of the last five against Navy, still leads the overall series 49-48-7.

Navy (8-4), coming off a 2-10 season, is heading to the Houston Bowl on Dec. 30.

Syracuse 38, Notre Dame 12

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Walter Reyes ran for 189 yards and five touchdowns, three in the third quarter, for Syracuse.

The Irish (5-7) finished with their third losing season in five years, something that had never happened in the storied history of the program. The Orangemen (6-6), coming off an embarrassing 24-7 loss at Rutgers, snapped a three-game losing streak.




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