College football roundup: LSU escapes Arkansas, 20-13

Jarvis Landry helped LSU keep the Southeastern Conference championship in reach with a 20-13 win over host Arkansas on Friday.

Now the wide receiver and the rest of the No. 8 Tigers must sit back and wait while their next destination — perhaps next weekend’s SEC championship game — is played out elsewhere.

Landry’s spectacular, one-handed touchdown catch in the second quarter helped LSU (10-2, 6-2) hold off the reeling Razorbacks. It marked the sixth time in eight seasons that the Tigers have reached double-digit wins under coach Les Miles.


LSU must now hope for an Alabama loss to Auburn (not likely) and Texas A&M victory against Missouri (very possible) on Saturday in order to win the SEC West and earn a trip to Atlanta. Even without a division crown, the Tigers could still get an at-large bid to the BCS.

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‘‘We'll take the next day and a half or so and watch TV tomorrow and be excited about it, and move forward and see how things go,’’ Miles said.

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 ahead, 10-0.

Nebraska 13, Iowa 7 — On a cold, blustery day in Iowa City, Rex Burkhead ran for the go-ahead touchdown in his return from a knee injury and the No. 17 Cornhuskers (10-2, 7-1) clinched the Big Ten’s Legends Division. Nebraska will play Wisconsin next Saturday in the conference title game in Indianapolis, with the winner going to the Rose Bowl. The Huskers held the Hawkeyes (4-8, 2-6) scoreless in the final three quarters.

Kent State 28, Ohio 6 — The No. 23 Golden Flashes (11-0, 8-0) completed a perfect season in the Mid-American Conference with their 10th straight win. They will meet Northern Illinois in next week’s MAC championship. Trayion Durham rushed for 97 yards and a score as Kent State built a 21-0 lead on the visiting Bobcats (8-4, 4-4).


Northern Illinois 49, Eastern Michigan 7 — Jordan Lynch ran for 107 yards and Akeem Daniels scored a career-best four touchdowns as the No. 24 Huskies (11-1, 8-0 Mid-American) cruised in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Washington State 31, Washington 28 — In the Apple Cup in Pullman, the Cougars (3-9, 1-8 Pac-12) broke an eight-game skid by overcoming an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter and prevailing in overtime on Andrew Furney’s 27-yard field goal.

The Huskies (7-5, 5-4) had a chance to win on the final play of regulation, but Travis Coons’s 35-yard field goal attempt was wide right after a bad snap.

West Virginia 31, Iowa State 24 — The visiting Mountaineers (6-5, 3-5 Big 12) scored the go-ahead touchdown with 6:31 left when Tavon Austin took a quick pass from Geno Smith and went 75 yards.

Utah 42, Colorado 35 — Reggie Dunn had his fourth 100-yard kickoff return of the season and the visiting Utes (5-7, 3-6 Pac-12) recorded four interceptions of Nick Hirschman. The Buffaloes (1-11, 1-8) finished with their worst record since 1890.


Syracuse 38, Temple 20 — At Philadelphia, Ryan Nassib threw for 215 yards and a touchdown and Adonis Ameen-Moore rushed for a pair of scores to lead the Orange (7-5, 5-2) in their final Big East game before moving to the ACC next season.

Cincinnati 27, South Florida 10Brendon Kay threw for a touchdown and ran for another, and the host Bearcats (8-3, 4-2 Big East) handled the Bulls (3-8, 1-5).