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Penn State shares title in Big Ten

NCAA DIVISION I-A The Nittany Lions beat the Spartans in East Lansing and locked up a BCS bowl bid with the Lions defeat of co-leader Ohio State earlier in the season


Georgia Tech 14, No. 3 Miami 10

In Miami, Florida, Georgia Tech sacked Kyle Wright seven times, took advantage of key penalties on two touchdown drives and made a pair of late defensive stands to upset Miami and eliminate the Hurricanes from contention for a berth in the national championship game.

The Yellow Jackets blitzed on virtually every play to stymie Wright. After throwing touchdown passes to five receivers a week ago against Wake Forest, he managed only one scoring pass and went 14-for-31 for 207 yards.

KaMichael Hall sacked Wright twice and made a fourth-down stop to end a Miami threat midway through the fourth quarter. Wright moved the Hurricanes 62 yards to the Georgia Tech 27 with 1:46 left before he was intercepted by Dennis Davis, and the Yellow Jackets ran out the clock.

The Hurricanes (8-2, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) lost for the first time since their season opener at Florida State.

The Yellow Jackets (7-3, 5-3) bounced back from a loss a week ago to Virginia. They also shook off an NCAA decision this week to place the school on two years' probation for using 17 academically ineligible athletes in four sports, including 11 in football.

No. 4 LSU 40, Mississippi 7

In Oxford, Mississippi, JaMarcus Russell threw two touchdown passes and LSU's defense smothered Mississippi to move closer to the SEC championship game.

LSU (9-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) held Ole Miss to 7 yards rushing and gave the Rebels (3-7, 1-6) their worst loss in Oxford in 56 years.

Now, only Arkansas stands between the Tigers and a trip to Atlanta. LSU can clinch its third title game berth in five seasons by beating the lowly Razorbacks next week.

Joseph Addai and Justin Vincent each had 1-yard touchdown runs while Russell had a 3-yard scoring pass to Craig Davis and a 20-yard TD toss to Early Doucet in leading LSU to its eighth straight win since an overtime loss to Tennessee.

Russell finished 13-of-22 passing for 142 yards, Addai had 70 yards on 14 carries, and Chris Jackson kicked a season-best 48-yard field goal for LSU.

No. 1 USC 50, No. 16 Fresno St. 42

In Los Angeles, No. 1 Southern California got another major scare Saturday night. But the electrifying Reggie Bush wouldn't let the Trojans lose.

Bush ran for a career-high 294 yards on 23 carries and scored twice, leading the Trojans to a wild 50-42 victory over No. 16 Fresno State and keeping their hopes alive for an unprecedented third straight national championship.

Bush also caught three passes for 68 yards and set a school record with 513 all-purpose yards, easily breaking the mark of 368 set by Anthony Davis against Notre Dame in 1972.

The win was the 33rd straight for USC (11-0, 7-0 Pac-10) and its 26th in a row at the Los Angeles Coliseum, where a crowd of 90,007 watched the 23-point underdog Bulldogs give the Trojans all they could handle.

Fresno State scored twice in a span of 12 seconds to take a 42-41 lead with 9:47 left. After Paul Pinegar's 6-yard touchdown pass to Joe Fernandez, Bush made perhaps his only mistake of the game, fumbling the ensuing kickoff. Jason Huss recovered, and Wendell Mathis ran 18 yards for a touchdown on the next play.

The Trojans then moved 89 yards to take a 47-42 lead, scoring on a 2-yard run by LenDale White. The big play of the drive was a 43-yard pass from Matt Leinart to Bush, putting the ball at the Fresno State 21.

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