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No. 4 Cincinnati beats ECU to go 12-0

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) No. 4 Cincinnati looked comfortable playing its first game in playoff position.

The Bearcats handled business in their final road game of the season Friday, beating East Carolina 35-13 in a quest to maintain a spot among the top four in the College Football Playoff rankings.

"We knew there were more things at stake," coach Luke Fickell said. "It's great when you have a mature group that you don't have to go over every little thing. You trust that they're enjoying it, but they have to understand that to whom much is given, much is expected."

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Wake gives Clawson long-term extension

Wake Forest has signed football coach Dave Clawson to what it calls a long-term contract extension as Clawson guides the No. 21 Demon Deacons through a historically successful season.

The school announced the deal Friday night, a day before Wake Forest plays at Boston College to clinch the Atlantic Coast Conference's Atlantic Division title and a trip to the league championship game. The private university didn't release specific terms or deal length to keep Clawson, who had been discussed as a possible candidate for open jobs around the country.

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NC State stuns UNC with 2 quick TDs

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Devin Leary threw two touchdown passes in a 26-second span, with No. 24 North Carolina State recovering an onside kick in between, to stun North Carolina 34-30 on Friday night and remain alive in the ACC Atlantic Division title chase.

With N.C. State down 30-21, Leary found Emeka Emezie on a busted coverage for a 64-yard touchdown strike with 1:33 left. The Wolfpack recovered the onside kick, then Leary threw a 24-yard sideline pass to Emezie with 1:09 remaining.

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No. 17 Iowa rallies, Huskers lose again

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Iowa once again did what Nebraska has been unable to do all season, and that's why the Hawkeyes own at least a share of a Big Ten West title and the Cornhuskers head into winter off their worst year since 1957.

Spencer Petras ran for a 2-yard touchdown with 2:58 left to give the 17th-ranked Hawkeyes their first lead, and they came back from a 15-point deficit in the third quarter to beat Nebraska 28-21 on Friday.

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La Tech, coach Holtz part ways

RUSTON, La. (AP) Louisiana Tech and coach Skip Holtz are parting ways after nine seasons that included seven straight bowl appearances for the Bulldogs.

Athletic director Eric Woods announced Friday that Holtz would coach the Bulldogs' final game against Rice on Saturday.

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No. 22 San Diego State clinches MWC West

CARSON, Calif. (AP) Jordon Brookshire's last competitive pass had been thrown in mid-October, back when he lost San Diego State's starting quarterback job and got labeled a third-stringer. He was not a likely candidate to save the Aztecs' Mountain West championship hopes in their regular season finale.

With their offense sputtering and even their vaunted defense struggling to slow down Boise State late in the first half, the Aztecs turned to Brookshire out of desperation and necessity.

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No. 16 Utah tops Buffs to push run to 5

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Losing a couple of early season games was far from the most difficult thing Utah had to overcome to get back to the Pac-12 title game.

"We've taken probably the hardest thing that can happen and we've turned it into something beautiful," receiver Britain Covey said after Senior Day victory against Colorado on Friday.

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No. 25 Arkansas beats Mizzou for 8th win

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Sam Pittman grinned for almost the entirety of his postgame press conference Friday night. The Arkansas coach and his team had done something no others ever had.

The No. 25 Razorbacks capped their regular season with a 34-17 victory over Missouri, snapping a five-game losing streak to the Tigers. The win also kept the Battle Line Trophy in Fayetteville and provided Arkansas a perfect 3-0 season in its trophy games.

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Hall runs for 242, 4 TDs, ISU routs TCU

AMES, Iowa (AP) Breece Hall rushed for 242 yards and scored four touchdowns Friday night in what maybe his final game at Jack Trice Stadium, propelling Iowa State to 48-14 win over Texas Christian and setting an NCAA FBS record for consecutive games with a rushing touchdown.

Hall darted 39 yards for a score in the second quarter, giving him 24 consecutive games with at least one rushing touchdown. He shared the record with Bill Burnett, who scored a rushing TD in 23 straight games for Arkansas (1968-70).

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Texas tops K-State to end 6-game skid

AUSTIN, Texas (AP)

Roschon Johnson came to Texas as a quarterback, converted quickly to running back, and under difficult circumstances he worked at both positions on Friday.

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