Boise rolls

Pitt's win gives Cincinnati Big East title

November 29, 2008|By From Sun news services

Kyle Wilson returned a punt 90 yards, wide receiver Tanyon Bissell threw for another touchdown on a smooth reverse pass, and No. 9 Boise State went from endangered to dazzling by scoring 48 points after halftime to beat visiting Fresno State, 61-10, last night.

Ian Johnson ran for 128 yards and scored two touchdowns as scouts from three Bowl Championship Series bowls watched from the press box. The senior tied the Western Athletic Conference record of 57 rushing touchdowns set by Marshall Faulk at San Diego State from 1991 to 1993.

The Broncos (12-0) trailed for only the third time all season early and were up just 13-10 after halftime before Jeremy Avery ran for a 43-yard touchdown three minutes into the third quarter. Then came three more touchdowns in a 3 1/2 -minute span to clinch Boise State's third undefeated regular season in four years.

Representatives of the Rose, Orange and Sugar Bowls watched the rout, perhaps pondering whether to choose Boise State over one-loss Southern California or two-loss Ohio State for a final at-large spot in the BCS.

Fresno State fell to 7-5.

Pittsburgh 19, West Virginia 15: LeSean McCoy scored his second touchdown with 52 seconds left to finish off a career-high 183-yard rushing performance, and host Pittsburgh beat rival West Virginia (7-4, 4-2 Big East) to make Cincinnati the Big East champion. McCoy carried on all but one of the 10 plays on the 59-yard, game-winning touchdown drive in the closing minutes, scoring from the 1-yard line. Pitt (8-3, 4-2) rallied from a 15-7 deficit.

Arkansas 31, LSU 30: Casey Dick threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to London Crawford on fourth-and-one with 22 seconds remaining to give host Arkansas the win. The Razorbacks (5-7, 2-6 Southeastern Conference) trailed 30-14 early in the third quarter but, with the help of several LSU penalties, slowly chipped away before converting twice on fourth down on the winning drive. LSU fell to 7-5, 3-5.

No. 25 Mississippi 45, Mississippi State 0: Jevan Snead threw for 213 yards and four touchdowns, Greg Hardy had three of host Mississippi's school-record 11 sacks and the Rebels (8-4, 5-3 SEC) beat Mississippi State (4-8, 2-6) in the most lopsided Egg Bowl in 37 years.

Eastern Michigan 56, Central Michigan 52: Andy Schmitt broke the NCAA single-game record for completions with 58, Tyler Jones tied the NCAA Division I record for receptions with 23 and host Eastern Michigan (3-9, 2-7 Mid-American Conference) upset Central Michigan (8-4, 6-2).

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