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Muschamp Rejoins Auburn as Defensive Coordinator

Muschamp Rejoins Auburn as Defensive Coordinator

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Will Muschamp didn't have to wait too long to find employment. The former Florida football coach has reached a deal to become the new defensive coordinator at Auburn, the school announced late Friday night.

The three-year deal is reportedly worth between $1.6 million and $1.8 million annually, making Muschamp the highest paid defensive coordinator in major college football.

"My family, Carol, Jackson, Whit, and I are excited about coming back to Auburn and I look forward to working with Coach Malzahn to win championships," Muschamp said in the statement.

Muschamp, who was 28-21 in four seasons with the Gators, will be making his third stint with the Tigers. He was the defensive coordinator in 2006 and 2007 for Tommy Tuberville and was also a graduate assistant in 1995 and '96. 

Despite a disappointing end to his tenure at Florida, Muschamp was named the SEC Coach of the Year in 2012 after leading the Gators to an 11-2 record. During his time, the Florida defense was among the nation's best in multiple categories, including opponents yards per game and third-down percentage.

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ABC Scoreboard Roundup 12/7/14

ABC Scoreboard Roundup 12/7/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Baltimore Ravens 28 (8-5) - Miami Dolphins 13 (7-6)

Carolina Panthers 41 (4-8) - New Orleans Saints 10 (5-8)

Houston Texans 27 (7-6) - Jacksonville Jaguars 13 (2-11)

Indianapolis Colts (9-4) - Cleveland Browns 24 (7-6)

New York Giants 36 (4-9) - Tennessee Titans 7 (2-11)

Minnesota Vikings 30 (6-7) - New York Jets 24 - (2-11) Overtime

Pittsburgh Steelers 42 (8-5) - Cincinnati Bengals 21 (8-4)

St. Louis Rams 24 (6-7) - Washington Redskins 0 (3-10)

Detroit Lions 34 (9-4) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 (2-11)

Denver Broncos 24 (10-3) - Buffalo Bills 17 (7-6)

Arizona Cardinals 17 (10-3) - Kansas City Chiefs 14 (7-6)

Oakland Raiders 24 (2-11) - San Francisco 49ers 13 (7-6)

Seattle Seahawks 24 (9-4) - Philadelphia Eagles 14 (9-4)

New England Patriots 23 (10-3) - San Diego Chargers 14 (8-5)

NBA: Boston Celtics 101 (7-11) - Washington Wizards 93 (13-6)

Atlanta Hawks 96 (13-6) - Denver Nuggets 84 (9-11)

Memphis Grizzlies 103 (16-4) - Miami Heat 87 (9-11)

Oklahoma City Thunder 96 (7-13) - Detroit Pistons 94 (3-18)

Dallas Mavericks 125 (16-6) - Milwaukee Bucks 102 (11-11)

Portland Trail Blazers 103 (16-4) - New York Knicks 99 (4-18)

New Orleans Pelicans 104 (9-10) - Los Angeles Lakers 87 (4-16)

NHL: Anaheim Ducks 4 (18-6-5, 41pts) - Winnipeg Jets 3 (14-9-5, 33pts) - Overtime

Detroit Red Wings 3 (17-6-5, 39pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 1 (8-15-3, 19pts)

Ottawa Senators 4 (11-11-5, 27pts) - Vancouver Canucks 3 (18-8-2, 38pts) - Overtime

Edmonton Oilers 2 (7-15-5, 19pts) - San Jose Sharks 1 (14-11-4, 32 pts)

NCAA Men's Basketball Top-25: (1) Kentucky 82 (9-0) - Eastern Kentucky 49 (4-3)

(12) North Carolina 108 (6-2) - East Carolina 64 (4-5)

Washington 49 (7-0) - (13) San Diego State 36 (6-2)

(16) West Virginia 67 (8-1) - Northern Kentucky 42 (3-5)

Clemson 68 (5-3) - (18) Arkansas 65 (6-2)

MLS Cup Final: Los Angeles Galaxy 2 - New England Revolution 1

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Baylor Ends Regular Season with Win Over Kansas State

Baylor Ends Regular Season with Win Over Kansas State

ThinkStock(WACO, Texas) -- The Baylor Bears earned a share of their second straight Big 12 Championship with a 38-27 win over ninth-ranked Kansas State on Saturday. The win also keeps number six Baylor (11-1) in the running for a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff.

The Bears opened the game with a pair of rushing touchdowns from Bryce Petty and Shock Linwood respectively, that immediately gave them the upper hand. The Wildcats (9-3) got on the board in the second quarter as Charles Jones scored from 1-yard out, but the defense was unable to stop Baylor's high-octane attack. Baylor answered every Kansas State score with a scoring drive of their own, holding a 24-14 lead at halftime.

Baylor added two more touchdowns in the third and went up 38-20 before the Wildcats made a run in the fourth quarter. Jake Waters hit Tyler Lockett for an 8-yard touchdown pass to get Kansas State within 11 put they were unable to get any closer. 

The Bears now hope they are part of the four-team playoff, which currently has TCU in ahead of Baylor, when the final rankings are announced Sunday at noon. Baylor defeated the Horned Frogs in their only head-to-head meeting while TCU clinched a share of the conference crown with a blowout win over Illinois State on Saturday.

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Ohio State Routs Wisconsin, 59-0, for Big Ten Title

Ohio State Routs Wisconsin, 59-0, for Big Ten Title

Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.) -- As if the inaugural College Football Playoff didn't need any more potential controversy, fifth-ranked Ohio State throttled number 13 Wisconsin 59-0 in the Big Ten title game on Saturday, only adding to the list of teams vying for a top-four spot. 

I don't think there's any doubt we're one of the top four teams in America," said coach Urban Meyer, who has led the Buckeyes (10-3) to 11 consecutive wins, nine of which have been by double digits.

Third-string quarterback Cardale Jones, starting his first ever college game, showed no jitters and threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns in the blowout. Jones also earned MVP honors, helping Ohio State put up 38 points in the first half alone. Running back Ezekiel Elliott had a strong contribution to the championship, racking up 220 yards on the ground and scoring twice.

What may have been most impressive was the play of the Buckeyes defense. Wisconsin (10-3) running back, and Heisman hopeful, Melvin Gordon was held to just 76 yards on 26 carries and no touchdowns. It was the second lowest rushing total this year for the nation's top back.

It was the first shutout loss for the Bdagers since 1997, and worst since a 59-0 defeat by Ohio State in 1979. Meanwhile, the win was Ohio State's largest over a ranked team in school history.

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Florida State Repeats as ACC Champions

Florida State Repeats as ACC Champions

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- For the third straight year, the Florida State Seminoles won the Atlantic Coast Conference crown, beating Georgia Tech 37-35 on Saturday. The fourth-ranked Seminoles (13-0) completed another perfect regular season, winning their 29th straight game.

It was not an easy romp for Florida State, who actually trailed multiple times in the contest. The Yellow Jackets (10-3) used their impressive running attack to slow the game down and take an early 7-0 lead after their defense forced a punt on the Seminoles opening drive. However, Florida State scored on their next seven possessions and 28-21 lead at halftime.

Number 11 Georgia Tech tied things up with another touchdown run from Synjyn Davis, his third of the game, but three straight field goals from Roberto Aguayo put the game out of reach. Yellow Jackets quarterback Justin Thomas rushed for 104 yards and threw for 177 more, but a costly fourth-quarter interception helped give Florida State the win.

Jameis Winston tossed three touchdowns, while throwing for 309 yards, hoping for a spot in the first ever College Football Playoff to have a chance to defend their national championship. 

"We can't control what other people think," Winston said.

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(1) Kentucky Runs Past (6) Texas in Second Half

(1) Kentucky Runs Past (6) Texas in Second Half

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(LEXINGTON, Ky.) -- After entering the second half tied at 26 apiece, the Kentucky Wildcats flexed their muscle and pulled away from sixth-ranked Texas, ultimately beating the Longhorns (7-1) 63-51 on Friday night. Willie Cauley-Stein had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the top-ranked Wildcats (8-0), who shot just 1-for-12 from three-point land.

The 7-foot junior was a key part to the second half dominance, helping spark a 16-2 run that opened the period. Cauley-Stein also provided valuable defense down the stretch as Texas closed the gap to just five before he converted on a free throw and dunk to regain momentum.

"I was more confident," said Cauley-Stein. "I've been working on my game and I had confidence. That was the biggest thing, doing it. It paid off."

Cauley-Stein's performance was even more valuable as twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison combined to shoot just 3-for-17 in the contest. Jonathan Holmes scored 14 points for the Longhorns, who outrebounded Kentucky 42-31. Although they consistently battled, Texas could only close to 56-51 with 1:44 left and no closer.

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(2) Oregon Wins Pac-12 Championship

(2) Oregon Wins Pac-12 Championship

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) -- Marcus Mariota scored five total touchdowns while the Oregon defense held Arizona scoreless in the first half, helping the second-ranked Ducks (12-1) to a 51-13 win in the Pac-12 Championship Game on Friday. The win avenges a regular-season loss to the Wildcats (10-3) which continues to be the only blemish on Oregon's record.

"There are a bunch of big smiles, and I'm proud of that," Ducks coach Mark Helfrich said. It was the first conference title for Oregon since 2011.

The Ducks were forced to settle for a pair of field goals in the first quarter before the offense began to open up. Mariota rushed for one of his three touchdowns on the ground, giving Oregon a 13-0 lead. The Heisman hopeful ran in from 4-yards out six minutes later for another score as the Ducks led 23-0 at halftime.

"This is a huge accomplishment for us," Mariota said. "Now we need to continue to improve and get better for whoever comes next."

Mariota opened the second half with a passing touchdown, connecting with Devon Allen for a 4-yard score before the Wildcats finally got on the board. A 69-yard pass from Jesse Scroggins to Cayleb Jones helped Arizona avoid a shutout, trimming the lead to 30-7, but Oregon answered with 14 straight points. 

In the fourth quarter, Kenny Bassett scored on a 19-yard run before the Ducks gave up a touchdown run as time expired. Royce Freeman dominated on the ground for Oregon, rushing for 114 yards on 21 carries despite not reaching the end zone.

Oregon has all but guaranteed themselves a berth in the inaugural College Football Playoff, with the final rankings being announced on Sunday.

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Pitino Picks Up 700th Career Win

Pitino Picks Up 700th Career Win

J. Meric/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- It wasn't as comfortable a victory as was probably expected, but No. 6 Louisville defeated Cleveland State 45-33 on Wednesday night in what was the 700th career victory for head coach Rick Pitino. 

I hope I'm as lucky to (win) 800, because I remember it as if it was yesterday," said Pitino. "I don't think there's as much significance personally for me, but the significance I take away is that senior class last year, how many games they won. I was the beneficiary today."

The 62-year-old became the 20th coach in Division I history to win 700 career games and ranks sixth among active head coaches. Pitino is now 700-245 in his career, including 346-117 in 14 seasons with the Cardinals (5-0).

Louisville struggled to pull away all night, leading 33-29 with 12 minutes remaining. A combination of poor shooting and missed free throws allowed the Vikings (2-3) to think upset. However, Cleveland State made just two of their final 14 shots and did not score in the final six minutes.

Montrezl Harrell had 15 points and 13 rebounds in the win, Louisville's lowest scoring game since 1997. The Vikings were paced by Trey Lewis' 24 points.

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Butler Knocks Off (5) North Carolina

Butler Knocks Off (5) North Carolina

Michael Hickey/Getty Images(PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas) -- In the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis, the Butler Bulldogs knocked off fifth-ranked North Carolina Wednesday night, 74-66, one of the bigger upsets in the first month of the college basketball season.

"This is a proud program with tremendous heritage and we're trying to do the very best with what's in front of us," said Butler's interim head coach Chris Holtmann.

It was not an easy task for Butler (4-0) who dominated the backboards, outrebounding the Tarheels (3-1) 57-40, grabbing 29 offensive rebounds in the process. That helped the Bulldogs overcome an abysmal shooting night. Butler was just 22-of-72 (30.6%) from the floor, shooting just 7 percent in the final eight minutes of regulation.

However, the Bulldogs had already built up a solid lead and were able to hold off UNC. It was a decisive 16-4 run in the second half that turned a 43-41 deficit into a 59-45 lead. Alex Barlow and Kelan Martin each had 17 points for Butler in the win.

It is the second time in the last three seasons that Butler has beat a top-10 ranked North Carolina squad. They also pulled the upset in 2012 at the Maui Invitational.

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(3) Arizona Wins Maui Invitational

(3) Arizona Wins Maui Invitational

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(MAUI, Hawai'i) -- The Arizona Wildcats used 18 points and nine rebounds from freshman Stanley Johnson to defeat San Diego State 61-59 and win the Maui Invitational on Wednesday. It was the 33rd straight non-conference win for the third-ranked Wildcats (6-0), and third win over the Aztecs (5-1) in the last two seasons.

"We have a lot of guys who don't like losing here and I'm the same way," said Johnson. His five offensive rebounds helped Arizona net 13 points off second chances.

Both teams came out shooting very strong, with 15th-rated San Diego State making 10 of 19 shots in the first half. The Wildcats were able to keep pace, going 10-for-33, and holding a 32-31 lead at halftime.

In the second half, both squads continued the high-octane pace but neither could gain a strong advantage. That changed as Arizona's defense began to clamp down, and the offense kept exploding. With less than eight minutes remaining, Kaleb Tarczewski forced a steal that resulted in T.J. McConnell's three-point shot, giving the Wildcats a 50-48 lead.

The Aztecs would not be able to recover as Arizona hit their free throws down the stretch and prevented a comeback. San Diego State was led by 14 points each from Trey Kell and Winston Shepard. It is the second Maui Invitational title for Arizona after also winning the in-season tournament in 2000.

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Cal Routs No. 23 Syracuse, Earns Spot in 2K Classic Final

Cal Routs No. 23 Syracuse, Earns Spot in 2K Classic Final

Thomas Northcut/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The California Golden Bears opened up a 12-point halftime lead, maintaining the advantage all the way until the final buzzer for a 73-59 upset win over 23rd-raked Syracuse on Thursday night.

With the victory, Cal (3-0) moves on to the finals of the annual 2K Classic against Texas on Friday at Madison Square Garden.

"We lost to them the past two years, and with guys that were returning it plays on your mind," said first-year head coach Cuonzo Martin. "But I thought our guys did a great job of accepting the challenge."

The Bears hit four consecutive three pointers late in the first half, holding a 34-22 advantage at the break. Jordan Matthews helped keep the game in control by scoring 20 of his 22 points in the second half. Meanwhile, the defense was strong against Rakeem Christmas, the leading scorer for Syracuse (2-1), holding him to just eight points before the big man fouled out. 

It was a sigh of relief when the final buzzer sounded for those associated with Cal. In each of the last two seasons, the Orange (2-1) have found ways to beat the Bears. The first came in the 2013 NCAA Elite Eight while the second was part of the Maui invitational during the 2013-14 campaign.

Both Kaleb Joseph and Michael Gbinije scored 13 points to pace Syracuse while Matthews poured in a game-high 22.

Cal will take on No. 10 Texas, who beat Iowa 71-57, in the championship game on Friday night.

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Creighton Upsets (18) Oklahoma

Creighton Upsets (18) Oklahoma

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(OMAHA, Neb.) -- Trailing at halftime, the Creighton Bluejays rallied from 18 points down to knock off 18th-ranked Oklahoma 65-63 Wednesday night. The Bluejays (3-0) used a 24-4 run in the second half to turn the tide on the Sooners (1-1).

Playing without the 2014 Player of the Year in Doug McDermott, now in the NBA, Creighton opened the game shooting just 6-of-25 (24%) in the first half. That allowed Oklahoma to build up a 35-24 lead at the break as the Sooners return their three top scorers from a year ago.

The run began with consecutive three-pointers from Isaiah Zierden and Austin Chatman and sparked a 13-0 run that cut the deficit to 44-40 with 13:57 left in regulation. It was another Zierden triple that put Creighton ahead for the first time, with a 48-46 advantage. Both squads battled back and forth with Oklahoma eventually holding a 61-57 lead with less than four minutes to play.

Creighton then rattled off six straight points, taking the lead on Zach Hanson's layup with 49 seconds to play. Chatman would sink a pair of free throws to give the Bluejays a four-point advantage, before ultimately holding on by two.

Oklahoma's Buddy Hield led all scorers with 21 points, while Chatman paced the Bluejays with 17.

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(5) Alabama Outlasts (16) LSU in Overtime

(5) Alabama Outlasts (16) LSU in Overtime

American Football Field Yard Lines IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(BATON ROUGE, La.) -- It was another battle to remember as 5th-ranked Alabama survived against 16th-rated Louisiana State (LSU), winning 20-13 in overtime at Tiger Stadium on Saturday night. The Crimson Tide (8-1) rallied twice for the win, keeping their playoff hopes alive.

The Tigers (7-3) kept Alabama off the scoreboard for the entire first quarter, while taking a 7-0 lead when Anthony Jennings found Malachi Dupre for a 14-yard touchdown pass. LSU's defense continued to be dominant until Blake Sims connected with Amari Cooper for a game-tying 23-yard score. Alabama then took the lead on a field goal with nine seconds to play before the half.

Both offenses struggled to break through in the second half with LSU tying the game on a field goal in the third quarter, the lone score of the frame. The Tigers then went up 13-10 on Colby Delahoussaye's 39-yard field goal with 50 seconds left in regulation. With the game seemingly in hand, Delahoussaye shanked the ensuing kickoff out of bounds, giving Alabama the ball on their own 35-yard line.

Sims then led the Crimson Tide down to LSU's 10 before relying on Adam Griffith to send the game into overtime. Griffith converted on a 27-yard field goal and Sims hit DeAndrew White on a 6-yard fade route in overtime to take the lead. On LSU's possession, Jennings scrambled on fourth down but his pass into the end zone was knocked to the turf.

The win, coupled with Auburn's loss at Texas A&M, puts Alabama alone in second place in the SEC West.

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(6) TCU Rolls Over (7) Kansas State

(6) TCU Rolls Over (7) Kansas State

iStockphoto(FORTH WORTH, Texas) -- Trevone Boykin racked up 322 total yards of offense and four touchdowns, leading 6th-ranked TCU to a 41-20 drubbing of 7th-ranked Kansas State on Saturday. The win was important not only to the Horned Frogs playoff aspirations, but also to their hopes of a Big 12 Championship.

TCU (8-1) jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to Boykin's two yard touchdown run and 10 yard scoring pass to David Porter. The Wildcats (7-2) did not get on the board until the final minute of the first quarter when quarterback Jake Waters connected with Tyler Lockett on a 70-yard scoring strike.

The Horned Frogs added a field goal in the second quarter, taking a 10-point lead into halftime. Out of the break, Boykin added to his impressive day with a 19-yard touchdown scamper, flipping over a defender at the goal line. Boykin tallied a career high 123 rushing yards and three touchdowns, scoring again on a 23-yard run in the fourth quarter that made it 41-14, while also adding 219 yards through the air.

Waters threw for 291 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Kansas State, but was also picked off as the Wildcats mustered just 34 rushing yards. The loss snapped a five-game win streak for Kansas State and created a three-way tie atop the Big 12. Both Kansas State, TCU and 12th-ranked Baylor are all 5-1 in conference with three games to play.

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Barrett Leads (14) Buckeyes Past (8) Michigan State

Barrett Leads (14) Buckeyes Past (8) Michigan State

Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(EAST LANSING, Mich.) -- A 21-point second quarter helped the 14th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes to a 49-37 win over Big 10 rival Michigan State on Saturday night. Quarterback J.T. Barrett accounted for five touchdowns, three passing and two rushing, as the Buckeyes upset the 8th-rated Spartans.

After Michigan State (7-2) went up 7-0 early, Barrett capped off a 4-play, 71-yard drive with a five yard touchdown run to knot the score. He would do the same early in the second quarter, rushing in from one yard out to make it a 14-14 contest. The Spartans would eventually regain the lead on Jeremy Langford's touchdown run, but Barrett connected with Michael Thomas on a 79-yard scoring pass on the following play. The Buckeyes (8-1) would get another big play before the half when Barrett found Devin Smith for a 44-yard touchdown strike, giving Ohio State a 28-21 lead at halftime.

The second half was more of the same as the Buckeyes offense rolled over one of the top defenses in the country. After a Michigan State field goal cut the deficit to 28-24, Ohio State scored 14 unanswered points to put the game out of reach. Although the Spartans were able to get a quick touchdown, cutting the lead to 42-31, the Buckeyes marched right down the field for another score just two minutes later.

With the win, Ohio State avenges a loss to the Spartans in last year's Big 10 Championship Game while also re-affirming their spot as the dominant team in the conference.

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Sources: Indiana Suspends Two Players for Failed Drug Tests

Sources: Indiana Suspends Two Players for Failed Drug Tests

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Indiana men's basketball team has yet to play a game this season, but the Hoosiers have already suffered some key losses. Days after sophomore forward Devin Davis was hospitalized following a car accident, two more players have been suspended for failing a drug test, sources say.

Head coach Tom Crean said on his radio show Monday night that Stanford Robinson and Troy Williams have both been suspended for four games after failing their second drug test.

"We also had a couple of other bad choices made this summer. We're not a program that waits for this or that," Crean said on his radio show. "They made those bad choices. The rules say they sit a certain amount, well I say they sit more. Stanford Robinson and Troy Williams, they're also going to sit for four games."

Williams started all 32 games last season for Indiana, averaging 7.3 points per game. The 6'7" forward was expected to be a heavy contributor for the Hoosiers.

Robinson, however, played just nine games and averaged 6.4 points per contest.

Crean also announced that Emmitt Holt, the freshman who was driving the car that struck Davis, will also be suspended for four games.

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Oberkrom’s Last Second Field Goal Gives (7) TCU a 31-30 Win

Oberkrom’s Last Second Field Goal Gives (7) TCU a 31-30 Win

ThinkStock(MORGANTOWN, W. Va.) -- Jaden Oberkrom's 37-yard field goal as time expired helped number seven Texas Christian University (TCU) erase a 13-point deficit and defeat 20th ranked West Virginia 31-30 on Saturday afternoon. The Horned Frogs (7-1) forced five turnovers to help in the comeback effort.

It was the first time this year that TCU played outside the state of Texas and they struggled to start the game. West Virginia (6-3) led 13-0 with less that four minutes to play in the first quarter before Deante' Gray caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from Trevone Boykin to put the Horned Frogs on the board.

Following a scoreless second quarter, TCU took the lead five minutes into the third when Boykin scampered into the end zone for a 14-13 lead. The Mountaineers were able to regain their 13-point lead though, scoring twice in 25 seconds. After Dreamius Smith's five-yard touchdown run, Terrell Chestnut picked up a fumble and ran 35-yards for another touchdown and a 27-14 West Virginia lead.

Once again, the Horned Frogs found a way to get back into the game. Trailing 30-21 early in the fourth quarter, TCU drove down the field before B.J. Catalon ran in from six yards out to get within one possession. TCU then forced a West Virginia punt with 2:07 to play and reached the Mountaineers 25-yard line to set up Oberkrom's heroics.

Despite the win, the Horned Frogs were held to a season-low 389 yards of offense one week after putting up 82 points in a win over Texas Tech.

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(24) Duke Beats Pitt in Double Overtime

(24) Duke Beats Pitt in Double Overtime

iStockphoto(PITTSBURGH) -- It took double overtime but the 24th-ranked Duke Blue Devils kept their spot atop the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division with a 51-48 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday. 

"We were resilient, continued to fight and believed down until the very end," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said.

The winning score came from backup quarterback Thomas Sirk, who rushed in from five yards out after the Duke defense held Pitt to a field goal. The Panthers (4-5) had a chance to win the game in regulation, driving inside the Duke 10-yard line. However, kicker Chris Blewitt missed a 26-yard field goal attempt as time expired, sending the game into overtime.

"I have a ton of faith in him," Pitt coach Paul Chryst said of his kicker, who missed from with 30 yards for just the second time in his career. "We're going to need him again."

Both teams traded touchdowns in the first overtime before Pittsburgh took the lead on Blewitt's field goal in the second overtime. The Blue Devils (7-1) then went 25 yards in four plays, culminating in Sirk's five yard run to win it.

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(15) Nebraska Loses Abdullah, Wins Over Purdue

(15) Nebraska Loses Abdullah, Wins Over Purdue

Banana Stock/Getty Images(LINCOLN, Neb.) -- The Nebraska Cornhuskers lost star running back Ameer Abdullah to a knee injury early, but the 15th-ranked team in the country pieced together a 35-14 win over Purdue on Saturday. The victory put Nebraska (8-1) in sole possession of first-place in the Big Ten West.

"We're very optimistic," coach Bo Pelini said when asked about the immediate future of his tailback.

Without Abdullah, Imani Cross carried the majority of the load and scored on two rushing touchdowns while quarterback Tommy Armstrong, Jr. added another score on the ground. Armstrong also threw for a touchdown, finding De'Morney Pierson-El to open the scoring in the first quarter.

After Purdue (3-6) tied the game early in the second frame, the Huskers scored 21 unanswered points to put it out of reach. Cross book ended the three scores with his two rushing touchdowns while Terrell Newby scampered for a seven-yard score late in regulation.

It was not a very clean game for either squad. Nebraska committed three turnovers, including a pair of interceptions from Armstrong, while Purdue's Austin Appleby also threw two picks.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/1/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/1/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAA Football: (7) TCU 31 (7-1) - (20) West Virginia 30 (6-3)

Florida 38 (4-3) - (11) Georgia 20 (6-2)

(13) Baylor 60 (7-1) - Kansas 14 (2-6)

(15) Nebraska 35 (8-1) - Purdue 14 (3-6)

(18) Oklahoma 59 (6-2) - Iowa State 14 (2-6)

Temple 20 (5-3) - (23) East Carolina 10 (6-2)

(24) Duke 51 (7-1) - Pittsburgh 48 (4-5) Double Overtime

NASCAR Nationwide Series: Kyle Busch wins the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. Joey Logano was second.

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