Alabama 45, Georgia Southern 21 - Trent Richardson rushed for 175 yards and scored three touchdowns to power the No. 3 Crimson Tide past the FCS Eagles (9-2, 7-1 Southern) in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Georgia Southern's triple option attack burned the nation's top defense for 302 rushing yards.
Arkansas 44, Mississippi State 17 - Tyler Wilson had a school-record 32 completions and threw for 365 yards and three touchdowns as the No. 6 Razorbacks made quick work of the Bulldogs (5-6, 1-6 Southeastern Conference) in Little Rock, Ark. The win is the seventh straight for Arkansas (10-1, 6-1), which travels to No. 1 LSU next week for a game with conference and national implications.
North Carolina State 37, Clemson 13 - Mike Glennon threw three touchdown passes and the Wolfpack shut down the No. 7 Tigers' explosive offense in a surprisingly dominant performance by a team still trying to become bowl eligible. Tobais Palmer had a dazzling 43-yard catch-and-run touchdown to highlight a big night in Raleigh, N.C., for State (6-5, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Wolfpack scored 27 points in the second quarter, then increased the lead and never let the Tigers (9-2, 6-2) build any momentum to rally.
Boise State 52, San Diego State 35 - Kellen Moore completed 28 of 40 passes for 366 yards and four touchdowns, three to Tyler Shoemaker, and the visiting No. 10 Broncos (9-1, 4-1 Mountain West) benefited from three Aztecs (6-4, 3-3) turnovers to race to bounce back from a loss to TCU a week earlier.
Houston 37, Southern Methodist 7 - Case Keenum set the Football Bowl Subdivision career record for completions, threw a touchdown pass, and ran for another score as the No. 11 Cougars stayed unbeaten with a 37-7 win over the visiting Mustangs. The Cougars' top-ranked offense sputtered for much of the game, so Houston (11-0, 7-0 Conference USA) turned to its unheralded defense to beat SMU (6-5, 4-3) for the ninth time in 10 meetings.
Georgia 19, Kentucky 10 - Aaron Murray threw a touchdown pass to Marlon Brown on the first play of the fourth quarter, and the No. 13 Bulldogs (9-2, 7-1 SEC) beat the Wildcats in Athens, Ga., to clinch a spot in the SEC championship game.
South Carolina 41, Citadel 20 - In Columbia, S.C., the No. 14 Gamecocks (9-2, 6-2 SEC) knocked off the Bulldogs (4-7, 2-6 Southern) and reached nine wins for just the fourth time in their history. They get a crack at No. 10 in the regular-season showdown with No. 7 Clemson on Saturday.
Kansas State 17, Texas 13 - Collin Klein ran for one touchdown and passed for another and the No. 16 Wildcats overcame a suffocating Longhorns defense for the win in Austin, Texas.
Texas Christian 34, Colorado State 10 - The No. 19 Horned Frogs (9-2, 6-0) handed the Rams (3-7, 1-4) their sixth straight loss in Fort Worth, Texas, to clinch at least a share of the Mountain West title. Antoine Hicks, Ed Wesley, and Matthew Tucker ran for touchdowns and Tank Carder returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown, helping TCU keep alive its hopes of going to a BCS bowl game.
Notre Dame 16, Boston College 14 - Saddled with awful field position all afternoon, the No. 24 Fighting Irish (8-3) needed to recover an onside kick with about 2 minutes left and then stifle a last-gasp flurry of laterals to hold off the Eagles (3-8) in South Bend, Ind.
Okla. St. loss shakes up BCS. Backup running back Jeff Woody scored on a 4-yard run in the second overtime and Iowa State stunned No. 2 Oklahoma State, 37-31, on Friday night, opening the door for other one-loss teams to reach the BCS championship game. The Cyclones (6-4, 3-4 Big 12) overcame a 17-point deficit to beat the Cowboys (10-1, 7-1).