College football roundup: Vols clinch SEC East with 4OT win at Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Sorry Georgia, resilient Tennessee is back on top of the SEC East.

The Volunteers stuffed a scrambling Andre Woodson on a 2-point conversion attempt in the fourth overtime to secure a 52-50 victory against Kentucky on Saturday.

No. 19 Tennessee's 23rd straight win over the Wildcats handed the Volunteers (9-3, 6-2) the division title and a shot at LSU in next week's SEC title game.

Tennessee and Georgia finished tied atop the East, but the Volunteers earned the title thanks to their 35-14 win over the Bulldogs on Oct. 6.

Erik Ainge threw for a career-high 397 yards and seven touchdowns, and running back Arian Foster had 216 total yards for the Volunteers.

Woodson matched Ainge throw for throw, passing for 430 yards and six touchdowns, but the Wildcats (7-5, 3-5) let a chance to beat the Volunteers for the first time since 1984 get away.

No. 4 West Virginia 66, No. 20 Connecticut 21

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Pat White has No. 4 West Virginia on the brink of playing for a national championship.

White rushed for 186 yards and accounted for three touchdowns to lead the Mountaineers to a 66-21 win over No. 20 Connecticut on Saturday night, clinching the Big East championship and a spot in the Bowl Championship Series.

With one more win next week against Pittsburgh, the Mountaineers might be headed to the biggest BCS game of all - the championship game on Jan. 7 in New Orleans.

West Virginia (10-1, 5-1 Big East) will move up at least one spot to second in the BCS standings today following top-ranked LSU's loss to Arkansas on Friday.

West Virginia has won six straight since losing to South Florida on Sept. 28 and has made a steady climb in the BCS standings after starting ninth in mid-October.

No. 8 Virginia Tech 33, No. 16 Virginia 21

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Sean Glennon threw for 260 yards and the other half of Virginia Tech's quarterback rotation, Tyrod Taylor, ran for two touchdowns as the No. 8 Hokies won the biggest game in the history of its rivalry with Virginia 33-21 on Saturday to advance to the ACC championship game.

The Hokies (10-2, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) also got a season-high 147 yards rushing from Branden Ore and six catches for 147 yards and a touchdown from Eddie Royal. They won their fourth straight in the series and eighth in the last nine meetings.

The victory earned Virginia Tech a rematch with No. 15 Boston College in next Saturday's conference title game in Jacksonville, Fla. The Eagles rallied with two touchdowns in the final 2:11 to stun the Hokies 14-10 in Blacksburg on Oct. 25.

No. 16 Virginia (9-3, 6-2) led late in the second quarter before an interception by Brandon Flowers with 40 seconds to go turned into a three-play, 65-yard touchdown drive that left the crowd of 61,711 stunned. Up 20-14, the Hokies never trailed again.

No. 10 Oklahoma 49, Oklahoma St. 17

NORMAN, Okla. - Allen Patrick returned to form just in time for the postseason, running for a career-best 202 yards and two touchdowns as No. 10 Oklahoma wrapped up a spot in the Big 12 championship game with a 49-17 win Saturday against Oklahoma State.

Patrick, who had four 100-yard rushing games after Adrian Peterson broke his collarbone last season, passed the century mark for the first time since September and also caught a touchdown pass in easily his best game of the season.

The Sooners (10-2, 6-2 Big 12) had been all but assured of playing in their fifth Big 12 title game in the past six seasons even with a loss, but a Bedlam blowout left no doubt.

Sam Bradford returned after sustaining a concussion in Oklahoma's 34-27 loss at Texas Tech last week to break the NCAA freshman record for touchdown passes in a season. He had four scoring passes, including two to tight end Joe Jon Finley, to give him 32 this year. Nevada's David Neill (1998) and Texas' Colt McCoy (2006) held the old record with 29.

No. 12 Florida 45, Florida State 12

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida's cheerleaders did something Tim Tebow never would: strike the famed Heisman Trophy pose.

Tebow, though, did just about everything else to state his case for college football's premier award in the season finale against rival Florida State.

Tebow threw three touchdown passes, ran for two scores and carried the 12th-ranked Gators to a 45-12 victory over the Seminoles on Saturday night.

Tebow led the Gators (9-3) to touchdowns on four of their first five possessions, staking them to big lead that eased the pressure on Florida's young defense that has struggled much of the year.

Notre Dame 21, Stanford 14

STANFORD, Calif. - Robert Hughes helped Notre Dame put a positive finish on the worst season ever for college football's most-storied team.

Hughes ran for 136 yards and the go-ahead 6-yard touchdown with 6:06 remaining to help the Fighting Irish end the season with consecutive wins for the first time in 15 years by beating Stanford 21-14 Saturday.

The season-ending wins over Duke and Stanford are little consolation for Notre Dame (3-9), which set a school record for losses in Charlie Weis' third season at the school. And this contest will not be one Irish fans will want to remember despite the win.

This was a mistake-filled game by all parties involved, with six turnovers, five missed field goals, four plays overturned by instant replay and a number of personal foul penalties.

After Derek Belch missed his fourth field goal of the game for Stanford (3-8), a 49-yarder following an interception by Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame drove for the winning score. Hughes broke off a 44-yard run down to the Cardinal 8 and scored to plays later to make it 21-14.