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-Landry Jones, Oklahoma, threw for 500 yards and three TDs to lift the No. 14 Sooners to a 51-48 overtime win over No. 22 Oklahoma State in the Bedlam rivalry.

-AJ McCarron, Alabama, passed for four TDs to lead the second-ranked Crimson Tide to a 49-0 beatdown of rival Auburn in the most-lopsided Iron Bowl in 64 years.

-Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, threw for 372 yards and three TDs and ran for two more scores as the No. 9 Aggies handled Missouri 59-29.

-Kenjon Barner, Oregon, ran for 198 yards and two TDs and the No. 5 Ducks Oregon beat No. 16 Oregon State 48-24 in the Civil War, keeping alive their hopes for a spot in the Pac-12 title game and even an outside chance at the national championship

-Stepfan Taylor, Stanford, rushed for 142 yards and two TDs, and the No. 11 Cardinal beat No. 15 UCLA 35-17 to win the Pacific-12 Conference North title and a rematch with the Bruins in the conference championship game.

-Robert Marve, Purdue, threw for 348 yards and four TDs in the Boilermakers' 56-35 victory over rival Indiana.

-Duke Johnson, Miami, rushed for 176 yards and three TDs and the Hurricanes held on to beat Duke 52-45 and claim a share of the ACC's Coastal Division title.

-Sean Renfree, Duke, threw for a career-high 432 yards and four TDs in the Blue Devils' 52-45 loss to Miami.

-Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State, rumbled for a career-high 266 yards and a fourth-quarter TD in a 26-10 victory over Minnesota.

-Bo Wallace, Mississippi, threw for 294 yards and five TDs in a 41-24 win over No. 25 Mississippi State.

-Derek Carr, Fresno State, passed for 452 yards and four TDs to help Bulldogs thrash Air Force 48-15 to capture a share of the Mountain West Conference championship.

-Adam Muema, San Diego State, rushed for a career-high 255 yards and four TDs in leading the Aztecs past Wyoming 42-28.

-James Lark, BYU, threw for 384 yards and six TDs in a 50-14 victory over New Mexico State.

-Tyler Bray, Tennessee, threw for 293 yards and four TDs to help the Vols beat Kentucky 37-17 and avoid going winless in the SEC for the first time.

-Bryn Renner, North Carolina, threw for 305 yards and tied a school record with five TD passes to help the Tar Heels beat Maryland 45-38.

-Dray Joseph, Southern, threw for five TDs in a 38-33 win over Grambling State.

-Zach Zenner, South Dakota State, ran for 295 yards and three TDs in a 58-10 win over Eastern Illinois in the first round of the FCS playoffs.

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IRISH PUNCH TICKET

The Fighting Irish punched their ticket to Miami.

Theo Riddick rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown, Kyle Brindza kicked five field goals, and No. 1 Notre Dame secured a spot in the BCS championship game with a 22-13 victory over Southern California.

Everett Golson passed for 217 yards as the Fighting Irish (12-0) completed their first perfect regular season since 1988, earning a trip to south Florida on Jan. 7 to play for the storied program's first national title in 24 years.

After spending more than a decade looking up at the Trojans, the Irish are back on top of this rivalry with two straight wins in Los Angeles. The school of Knute Rockne, the Four Horsemen and Paul Hornung has new heroes now, from inspirational linebacker Manti Te'o to coach Brian Kelly, who took the Irish from unranked to start the season to No. 1 in the AP Top 25 for the first time in 19 years.

Notre Dame will likely face the winner of Saturday's SEC championship game between No.2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia.

The Crimson Tide rolled to a 49-0 rout over Auburn and the Bulldogs crushed Georgia Tech 42-10 to set up a chance to face the Fighting Irish in Miami.

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BULLDOGS IN POSITION

The Georgia Bulldogs collected a trophy at midfield for another win over their state rival, then got some encouragement from the governor in their quest for a bigger reward.

No. 1.

Aaron Murray threw two touchdown passes, Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall each ran for a pair of TDs, and third-ranked Georgia stayed right in the thick of the national championship race with a 42-10 rout of Georgia Tech.

Gov. Nathan Deal presented the ``Governor's Cup'' to the Bulldogs (11-1) after they beat the Yellow Jackets for the 11th time in 12 years. He congratulated both teams on a ``great game'' (a bit of a stretch, to say the least) before turning toward the jubilant Georgia players.

Georgia is two wins away.

The Bulldogs will face No. 2 Alabama for the Southeastern Conference championship in Atlanta next Saturday. The winner of that contest will likely advance to play in the BCS title game on Jan. 7.

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UNDFEATED BUCKEYES

The only thing Urban Meyer lost during his first season at Ohio State was his cool - at the end of the last game.

Carlos Hyde ran for 146 yards and the fourth-ranked Buckeyes' defense shut out No. 20 Michigan in the second half to grab a bruising 26-21 win on Saturday, completing an improbable 12-0 season for the Buckeyes.

Meyer got emotional as the final seconds ticked off, embracing his players on the sideline at a raucous Ohio Stadium. Too emotional, he said later.

Almost no one - up to and including Meyer - expected such a rapid turnaround for the Buckeyes, who were just 6-7 last season with a loss to their archrivals in a transitional year when they were facing heavy NCAA penalties. A month after Meyer took the job last November, they were socked with a bowl ban after this season - and still ran the table.

Ohio State is ineligible for a BCS national title but still has an outside shot at finishing No. 1 in the final Associated Press Top 25 if other contenders lose.

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NUMBERS

9-Bowl-eligible teams from the Big 12.

13-Sacks this season by South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney to set a school record.

57-Years since Vanderbilt's last six-game winning streak.

76-Years since No. 25 Utah State had won a conference title before securing the Western Athletic Conference after its first 10-win season.

91-Touchdowns accounted for by Michigan's Denard Robinson, breaking Chad Henne's school record.

105,899-Fans in Columbus to see Ohio State play Michigan, the largest crowd ever to witness The Game.

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BALL'S RECORD

Wisconsin running back Montee Ball set an NCAA record after scoring his 79th career touchdown on a 17-yard run in the first quarter against Penn State.

The score broke a tie in the record book with Travis Prentice of Miami (Ohio), who had previously set the major college mark in 1999.

Ball entered 72 career rushing scores, including 17 this season, to go with six receiving touchdowns.

Ball clutched the football tightly in his right arm while getting pats on the helmet from teammates after the touchdown run gave the Badgers a 14-7 lead at 6:27 of the first quarter.

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KILL'S SEIZURES

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill had another seizure, keeping him off sideline for the second half against Michigan State.

Kill's latest episode occurred in the locker room at halftime as the team was returning to the field, the third such game-day occurrence in his second season at the school. This time, he didn't need to be hospitalized, however.

Kill had a seizure near the end of a loss to New Mexico State last season and was away from the team for several days while doctors tried to bring his condition under better control, though he didn't miss any games. This year, he was sent to the hospital for observation after the Gophers were beaten by Northwestern on Oct. 13.

After Minnesota fell 26-10 to Michigan State, athletic director Norwood Teague said Kill was comfortable and all of his vital signs were fine. Kill was cleared to go home after resting for a few hours.

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Wizards have to find a way to stop DeMar DeRozan to climb back in series

Wizards have to find a way to stop DeMar DeRozan to climb back in series

The Toronto Raptors' best player has become a serious problem for the Washington Wizards, as they now face a 3-2 series deficit in their 2018 NBA Playoffs first-round series and the bleak reality that one more loss means their season is over.

DeMar DeRozan, who began this first round series with a modest 17 points in Game 1, has since raised his game to a new level to beyond even what we have seen in the past. In Games 2-5, DeRozan has averaged 31.8 points, including his 32-game outburst in Game 5 that tilted the series in Toronto's favor.

DeRozan is averaging 28.8 points through five games against the Raptors. That's up considerably from his 22.5-point career playoff average.

DeRozan scored his 32 points in Game 5 with efficiency. He shot 12-for-24 from the field and even made three of his four shots from three.

He didn't even need the free throw line like he normally does. DeRozan shot six free throws, less than his regular season average.

The Wizards are having trouble with DeRozan particularly in the first half. DeRozan is averaging 14.8 first-half points during the playoffs, second only to LeBron James. 

DeRozan had 20 points by halftime in Game 5.

"DeMar was in his element tonight," forward Kelly Oubre, Jr. said. "He got it going early. It was kind of hard to shut him off."

The Wizards are paying for disrespecting DeRozan's three-point shot. He made just 31.2 percent from long range in the regular season, but is shooting threes at a 45.5 percent clip in the playoffs.

If DeRozan is knocking down shots from outside, his offensive game is as complete as just about anyone in the NBA. He has shown in this series an impressive ability to not only get to the rim, but finish through contact or draw fouls.

DeRozan does a good job of maintaining body and ball control going straight up against Wizards' big men and is often rewarded by the referees. He shot a playoff career-high 18 free throws in Game 4.

The Wizards are actually doing a decent job of taking away his midrange shots, which usually account for much of his points. Though DeRozan is hitting an impressive 66.7 percent from 5-to-9 feet, up from his season clip of 47.6, his numbers are down from further out.

DeRozan is shooting 40 percent from 10-to-14 feet out, down from 41.5 percent in the regular season, and just 28.6 percent from 15-to-19 feet, down from 43.7.

DeRozan is hurting the Wizards from long range and within nine feet of the rim. He is taking what the Wizards are giving him and Washington has to adjust.

"We’ve gotta pretty much get it out of [his] hands. Make sure we take care of everybody else," Oubre said.

The Wizards should look to how the defended him in Game 4 as a good example of how to limit his impact. DeRozan had 35 points, but required 29 shots from the field and 18 free throws to get there. 

Washington forced DeRozan into an inefficient night and forced others to try to beat them. The result was the Wizards' best defensive game overall, as the Raptors scored a series-low 98 points.

DeRozan isn't the only defensive concern for the Wizards as they look ahead to Game 6 on Friday. Backup point guard Delon Wright scored 18 points for the second time this series and Toronto hit 11 threes in the game.

The Wizards held the Raptors to just seven threes in Game 4 and it was no coincidence they won that game. They have to lock down the perimeter and, as this series has shown, that includes DeRozan even though he isn't known for making threes.

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Wizards go cold late to drop Game 5, as Raptors take 3-2 series lead

Wizards go cold late to drop Game 5, as Raptors take 3-2 series lead

The Washington Wizards lost to the Toronto Raptors 108-98 in Game 5 of their first round playoff series on Wednesday night. Here's analysis of what went down...

Ice cold: When the Wizards needed it most, their offense failed them. With John Wall running the show, they can traditionally score with the best of them. But from the 4:05 mark in the fourth quarter, they went scoreless for a stretch of three minutes and 49 seconds.

Meanwhile, the Raptors converted turnovers into points to close the game on a 14-5 run. The Wizards shot brick after brick from long range and missed 11 of their last 15 shots. It was a shocking collapse in a game that had been going well for the Wizards.

By beating the Wizards in Game 5, the Raptors took a 3-2 series lead which historically means they have nearly an 83 percent chance of winning the series. Those aren't good odds for the Wizards, who can look at one area of the court to blame.

The Wizards made only five threes on 26 attempts. The Raptors, conversely, went 11-for-25 (44%) from the perimeter. The Wizards' five threes were their fewest in a game since Jan. 12.

The Wizards have now lost seven straight posteason games on the road.

DeRozan was a killer: As has been the case this entire series, DeMar DeRozan led the charge for Toronto. The perennial All-Star came out on fire with 20 points in the first half alone.

This time, it wasn't just free throws. He was 4-for-4 at the half, but 7-for-13 from the field and 2-for-2 from three. Usually, threes aren't his game.

DeRozan kept it up in the second half to score 32 points on 12-of-24 from the field. That's a pretty efficient night.

Otto looked a bit hurt: Otto Porter, who was held to nine points and four rebounds, didn't appear to be moving very well. He was running around with a limp, which suggests his right lower leg strain is still bothering him.

Head coach Scott Brooks said last week that Porter is 100 percent, but that doesn't seem like the case. Perhaps there was some sort of setback in the time since. Porter, however, is such a smart player and such a good shooter that he can still make the most of his time on the court.

Solid start: The Wizards aren't used to playing well in the first quarter this series. They entered Game 5 with an average deficit of -7.2 points in the first quarter. In this game, however, they led by one point after one.

That was thanks to a buzzer-beater by John Wall (26 points, nine assists, nine rebounds). Ian Mahinmi got the offensive rebound and it set up Wall for a last-second shot. He got to one of his spots and sent it in:

It was just the second time in five games this series that the Wizards have been leading after one. The other time was Game 3, when the Wizards beat the Raptors handily to earn their first win.

The Wizards, though, couldn't finish. They also couldn't protect the ball. At least Wall couldn't, as he committed seven turnovers, one short of his playoff career-high.

Backup PGs: The Raptors again played without point guard Fred VanVleet, their best bench player and a guy who is arguably one of the best backup point guards in basketball. The loss has been evident for the most part, despite his replacement Delon Wright doing a solid job, including with 18 points in Game 5.

On Wednesday, Washington's backup point guard also shined. Despite not playing a single game during the regular season, Ty Lawson continues to make smart plays and create scoring opportunities for others.

He had four assists in this game and made one of the best plays of the night. Check out this move he put on to set up Ian Mahinmi:

And this dude was playing in China like two weeks ago? If he keeps this up, there will be an easy case to make that the Wizards should re-sign him for next season.

Clearly, they want Tomas Satoransky to play more off the ball and the coaching staff hasn't gained full trust in him. Lawson and Satoransky could make a solid reserve backcourt if they have some time to develop some chemistry.

Up next: The Wizards and Raptors are back at it on Friday night in Washington for Game 6. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.

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