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Texas Christian knocks Baylor out of Big 12 title chase with overtime win

Trevone Boykin

TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin (2) throws downfield against Baylor during a game Nov. 27.

(Richard W. Rodriguez / TNS)

Trevone Boykin threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to KaVontae Turpin in the second overtime and No. 19 Texas Christian beat No. 7 Baylor, 28-21, on a rainy Friday night in Fort Worth, knocking the Bears out of contention for their third consecutive Big 12 Conference title.

Boykin, playing with a heavily taped right ankle after missing a game, passed for 148 yards and two touchdowns as well as ran for a one-yard score in the first overtime. Josh Carraway returned a fumble 56 yards for a touchdown for the Horned Frogs (10-2, 7-2 in Big 12).

Devin Chafin rushed for 119 yards and two scores for Baylor (9-2, 6-2). He also caught a four-yard touchdown in the first overtime, but was stopped short on a fourth-and-one play to end the game.

The Big 12 champion will be crowned Saturday night when No. 3 Oklahoma plays at No. 11 Oklahoma State.

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No. 4 Iowa 28, at Nebraska 20: Jordan Canzeri broke long touchdown runs on back-to-back series in the third quarter and the Hawkeyes completed their first perfect regular season in 93 years. Iowa (12-0, 8-0 in Big Ten) were far from dominant but good enough against the sloppy Cornhuskers (5-7, 3-5). As one of two remaining unbeaten teams, they’ll head to next week’s Big Ten championship game in the middle of the College Football Playoff race.

Canzeri finished with 140 yards in 17 carries and scored on runs of 68 and 27 yards. The Hawkeyes intercepted four pass by Tommy Armstrong Jr., with defensive end Parker Hesse scoring on a four-yard return against the Cornhuskers, who needed a win to assure bowl eligibility.

at Arkansas 28, Missouri 3: Alex Collins ran for 130 yards and three touchdowns to help the Razorbacks secure their first winning record in the Southeastern Conference since 2011. The win is the fifth in the last six games for Arkansas (7-5, 5-3 SEC), which finishes the regular season with a winning SEC record for only the eighth time since joining the league in 1992. Collins had touchdown runs of four, seven and 25 yards, and he topped 100-yard rushing mark for the ninth time this season.

The game was the final one at Missouri (5-7, 1-7) for Coach Gary Pinkel, who announced earlier this month he was resigning after the season following a diagnosis of lymphoma in May. Pinkel finishes his 25 seasons as a head coach at both Toledo and Missouri with an overall record of 191-110-3. He’s the all-time winningest coach for the Tigers — finishing 117-70 in 15 seasons at Missouri.

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Miami 29, at Pittsburgh 24: Brad Kaaya passed for 261 yards and a touchdown as well as rushedn for another for the Hurricanes, who improved to 4-1 under interim Coach Larry Scott. Kaaya moved past Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde and into fifth on the school’s all-time passing list when completing 21 of 35 passes. Joseph Yearby ran for 99 yards and Michael Badgley tied a school record with five field goals for the Hurricanes (8-4, 5-3 ACC).

Pitt, searching for its first nine-win regular season since 2009, couldn’t complete a late rally from a 20-point deficit. Nathan Peterman threw for a touchdown and ran for another while freshman Darrin Hall ran for 103 yards and a touchdown for the Panthers (8-4, 6-2).

at Western Kentucky 49, Marshall 28: Brandon Doughty threw for 370 yards, including five touchdowns, as Western Kentucky routed Marshall 49-28 to win Conference USA’s East Division. The Hilltoppers (10-2, 8-0) earned the right to host the conference championship game on Dec. 5 against the winner of Saturday’s game between Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech to determine the West Division champion.

Doughty became the first quarterback in Division I history to have consecutive seasons with more than 4,000 yards passing and 40 touchdown passes. Doughty completed 27 of his 39 passes against the Thundering Herd (9-3, 6-2). He has passed for 4,214 yards and 42 touchdowns this season.

at Houston 52, No. 15 Navy 31: The Cougars rebounded from their first defeat of the season with its biggest victory yet under Coach Tom Herman, earning their first berth in the American Athletic Conference championship game. Greg Ward, Jr. threw for 308 yards and three touchdowns to lead Houston to the AAC West Division title. Houston (11-1, 7-1 American) will host either Temple or South Florida in the championship game Dec. 5. The Cougars are positioned to earn a bid to a New Year’s Six bowl game, likely the Fiesta, if they win the league championship.

Navy (9-2, 7-1) was led by Keenan Reynolds, who rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown in 19 carries. He completed 13 of 16 passes for 312 yards and a score. The Heisman Trophy contender scored his 83rd career touchdown to match the FBS record set by Wisconsin’s Montee Ball. Reynolds also set a Navy record with his 29th career TD pass.

Western Michigan 35, at No. 24 Toledo 30: Corey Davis caught two touchdown passes and the Broncos upset the Rockets, sending Northern Illinois to the Mid-American Conference championship game. Toledo (9-2, 6-2) could have earned the MAC West title and a spot in the league title game, but Western Michigan (7-5, 6-2) created a three-way tie atop the division. NIU beat both Toledo and Western Michigan and will face Bowling Green on Dec. 4 at Ford Field in Detroit.

Boise State 40, at San Jose State 23: Jeremy McNichols scored three touchdowns, including a school-record 88-yard run, and the Broncos (8-4, 5-3 Mountain West) ran away from the Spartans (5-7, 4-4). McNichols added a 19-yard scoring run in the fourth Boise State turned a one-score game into an easy win. McNichols finished with 192 yards — a career high and seventh-straight 100-yard day. He also had six receptions for 40 yards and a touchdown.

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Hawaii has hired Nevada offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich as its head football coach. Hawaii fired Norm Chow earlier this month after he went 10-36 in four seasons. Rolovich played for the Warriors in 2000 and ’01 and coached under Greg McMackin from 2008-11. Rolovich joined the Nevada staff in 2012 and has been offensive coordinator for four seasons. ... Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops said quarterback Baker Mayfield is expected to play Saturday against Oklahoma State after sustaining a concussion a week ago. ... Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt has been denied an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA. The university filed a waiver on Hunt’s behalf seeking a sixth year of eligibility after his 2014 and 2015 seasons were cut short by injury.


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