Nebraska coach Bo Pelini looks on during the second quarter of a Big 12 college football game against Colorado. The Cornhuskers won 28-20.AP PHOTO
BOULDER, Colo. — The Nebraska Cornhuskers had just as tough of a tuneup for the Big 12 championship game as No. 3 Texas did one day earlier.
Nebraska struggled on offense but thanks to touchdowns on a punt return and an interception, the Cornhuskers held off the Buffaloes 28-20 on an unseasonably warm Friday afternoon at Folsom Field.
Up next is the conference championship against Texas, which had its hands full against Texas A&M on Thanksgiving before winning 49-39 to keep its national championship hopes alive.
KENT, Ohio — A.J. Principe made a 22-yard field goal with five seconds left that sealed Buffalo’s win over Kent State in the season finale for both teams.
Principe’s game-winning kick made him Buffalo’s all-time leading scorer with 224 points.
After Principe’s second 24-yard field goal put Buffalo up 6-3 in the fourth quarter, Kent State’s Dri Archer returned a kickoff 77 yards to the Buffalo 13-yard line. But the Buffalo (5-7, 3-5 Mid-American Conference) defense held the Golden Flashes (5-7, 4-4) to a game-tying, Freddy Cortez 26-yard field goal with 5:25 to play.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Willie Geter scored three touchdowns, Freddie Barnes caught two scoring passes and Bowling Green blocked two first-quarter punts while holding off Toledo.
The Falcons (7-5, 6-2 Mid-American Conference) took a 24-0 lead and set up their first two scores — a 1-yard run by Geter and a 4-yard catch by Barnes — after blocking punts on the Rockets’ first two possessions. With 6:19 left in the first quarter, Toledo (5-7, 3-5) fumbled the punt return. Geter scored a play later on another 1-yard burst.
AKRON, Ohio — Alex Allen rushed for two touchdowns and Miguel Graham scored off an interception to lead Akron to a win over Eastern Michigan.
Graham intercepted Eastern Michigan quarterback Alex Gillet’s pass, returning it 62 yards for a touchdown to give the Zips (3-9, 2-6 Mid-American Conference) a 21-14 lead in the second quarter.
TULSA, Okla. — G.J. Kinne tossed a game-tying, 2-yard touchdown pass to Trae Johnson with 30 seconds and Kevin Fitzpatrick’s fourth field goal was the game-winner in overtime as Tulsa rallied to beat Memphis in coach Tommy West’s last game for the Tigers.
The Golden Hurricane (5-7, 3-5 Conference USA) snapped a six-game losing streak.
West, fired last month by Memphis (2-10, 1-7), finished his ninth season with the Tigers with a record of 49-61 at the school.
Memphis quarterback Arkelon Hall was intercepted on the Tigers’ first play of overtime by James Lockett. Fitzpatrick then won it with a 37-yard field goal.
Curtis Steele ran for 232 yards and touchdowns of 59, 77, 29 and 4 yards for Memphis.
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Dan LeFevour threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns in the final home game of his record-setting career, leading Central Michigan to a victory against Northern Illinois.
The Chippewas (10-2, 8-0 Mid-American Conference), who wrapped up the MAC West title last week, head to the conference championship game to face Ohio University at Ford Field in Detroit next Friday. CMU finished unbeaten in conference play for the first time in school history.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Mohamed Sanu ran for 148 yards and two touchdowns to lead Rutgers past Louisville.
Joe Martinek added 90 yards and a touchdown, and quarterback Tom Savage threw for a score and ran for another as the Scarlet Knights (8-3, 3-3 Big East) bounced back from an ugly loss to Syracuse last week.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Ian Watts kicked a 33-yard field goal with 1:27 left as Wyoming became bowl-eligible with a victory over Colorado State.
Quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels had touchdown runs of 8 and 49 for Wyoming (6-6, 4-4 Mountain West). The Cowboys had lost four of their previous five games and their last five meetings in Fort Collins.