Sun, Nov 30, 2003 - Page 24 News List

LSU Tigers roar past Razorbacks


Miami of Ohio's Mike Smith, upper left, is stopped short of the end-zone by Central Florida's Peter Sands during the fourth quarter in Orlando, Florida, Friday.


Matt Mauck threw four touchdown passes to send No. 3 LSU into the Southeastern Conference title game and keep the Tigers in contention for the national championship with a 55-24 victory over Arkansas on Friday.

Mauck threw scores of 10, 2, 22 and 37 yards to help LSU (11-1, 7-1) clinch the SEC West for the second time in three years. Mauck, who left after the third quarter, was 12-for-19 for 186 yards to give the Tigers their second 11-win season ever.

LSU will play either Georgia, Tennessee or Florida for the conference championship next Saturday in Atlanta. With a win, the Tigers could have a chance to play for their first national championship since 1958.

LSU is currently third in the BCS standings that determine which two teams will play for the title in the Sugar Bowl but could jump ahead of Southern California with a win over a quality opponent in their season finale.

No. 6 Texas 46, Texas A&M 15

In College Station, Texas, Cedric Benson ran for 283 yards and four touchdowns and Texas strengthened its position for the school's first Bowl Championship Series bid.

Benson rushed for 205 yards in the second half against the 95th rated defense in the nation, helping the Longhorns (10-2, 7-1 Big 12) break open a game the Aggies (4-8, 2-6) kept close until the third quarter with two short touchdown drives after Texas turnovers.

Benson had 35 carries and scored on runs of 21, 4, 8 and 35 yards. He broke the record of the most rushing yards against the traditionally tough Wrecking Crew defense, surpassing former Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams' 259 yards in a Texas win in 1998.

No. 15 Miami of Ohio 56, UCF 21

In Orlando, Ben Roethlisberger completed 24 of 29 passes for five touchdowns and 327 yards, leading No. 15 Miami of Ohio to its 11th straight victory and a conference scoring record.

Miami (11-1, 8-0 Mid-American) last won this many consecutive games in 1972-1973, and posted its first undefeated conference season since 1977. The last team to win all of its MAC games was Marshall in 1999. Miami's 504 points broke the MAC's single-season scoring mark of 495, set by Toledo last year.

UCF (3-9, 2-6) finished with its worst record since 1984.

No. 25 Nebraska 31, Colorado 22

In Boulder, T.J. Hollowell's interception set up Judd Davies' 1-yard touchdown run with 5:48 left, helping No. 25 Nebraska hold off Colorado in a bid to bolster Cornhuskers coach Frank Solich's job security.

Solich has been under fire despite a 58-19 record in six seasons. The Lincoln Journal Star quoted unidentified boosters this week as saying that Solich would be forced into retirement after Friday's game.

The Huskers (9-3, 5-3 Big 12) appeared to rally around their beleaguered coach.

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