Henry Josey’s 57-yard touchdown run with 3:34 left was the game-winner as Associated Press No. 5 Missouri defeated No. 19 Texas A&M 28-21 to win the SEC East and clinch a spot in the conference championship game.
Missouri, in just its second year in the conference, will play Auburn December 7 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
A&M (8-4) lost consecutive games for the first time under second-year coach Kevin Sumlin. Aggies sophomore quarterback Johnny Manziel, perhaps playing in his final regular season game before making himself available for the 2014 NFL Draft, threw for 195 yards and a second quarter touchdown pass to Derel Walker from 32 yards that gave the visitors their last lead at 14-7.
No. 10 South Carolina 31, No. 6 Clemson 17
The Gamecocks defeated rival Clemson for the fifth consecutive time, though with Missouri’s win over Texas A&M, missed out on a chance to play for a Southeastern Conference title.
The game was tied at 17-17 heading to the final quarter before Mike Davis had a two-yard touchdown run and Pharaoh Cooper hooked up with Brandon Wilds on a 26-yard touchdown. South Carolina (10-2), which won its fifth straight game, forced six turnovers, four of them in the final quarter.
Roderick McDowell ran for 111 yards and a four-yard touchdown run that pulled Clemson (10-2) even at 17-17 with three minutes to go in the third.
McDowell has rushed for 956 yards and will look to hit the 1,000-yard mark in Clemson’s bowl game.
Maryland 41, N.C. State 21
C.J. Brown accounted for 397 yards of total offense and had five first-half touchdowns (three rushing, two passing) as the Terps cruised to the road victory.
Maryland finished the regular season 7-5 in coach Randy Edsall’s third season after going a combined 6-18 in his first two years. The Terps won in Raleigh for first time since 2007.
Brandon Mitchell threw for 200 yards and two touchdowns and added 72 yards and a score on the ground for N.C. State (3-9)
Vanderbilt 23, Wake Forest 21
Carey Spear kicked a pair of fourth quarter field goals, the last of which coming from 38 yards with 39 seconds left, to lift the Commodores.
Spear, a senior, also had a 41-yarder and his 25-yard kick got Vanderbilt (8-4) to within 21-20 with 6:58 to play.
While Vanderbilt will try and win nine games in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history when it plays in a bowl game later this month, Wake Forest lost its final five games and completed its fifth consecutive losing season at 4-8.
Syracuse 34, Boston College 31
Terrel Hunt found Josh Parris for an eight-yard touchdown pass with six seconds left as the Orange evened their record at 6-6 and became bowl eligible.
Ryan Norton had kicked a career-best 44-yard field goal with five minutes to play to get Syracuse to within 28-27, then three minutes later Boston College kicker Nate Freese booted a 21-yarder to make it a four-point game.
That was too much time for Hunt, who threw for a career-high 270 yards and had 360 yards of total offense. The sophomore was 3-of-4 passing for 36 yards and has 19 of his 90 rushing yards on the 75-yard, game-winning drive.
Boston College had its four-game winning streak snapped and finished the regular season 7-5.
Virginia Tech 16, Virginia 6
Eric Kristensen kicked three field goals and the Virginia Tech defense held its rival to 285 total yards in winning for the 10th straight time in the series.
Kristensen’s 38-yard field goal in the second quarter snapped a 6-6 tie and gave the Hokies (8-4) the lead for good. Logan Thomas threw for 229 yards and a 26-yard touchdown to Trey Edmunds that made it a 16-6 game before halftime.
Kevin Parks ran for 105 yards to become the first Virginia (2-10) running back to collect 1,000 rushing yards in a season since Alvin Pearlman’s 1,037 in 2004.
Tennessee 27, Kentucky 14
Tennessee avoided its first eight-loss season in program history, thanks to Joshua Dobbs’ two touchdown passes and 40-yard scoring run, though the Volunteers (5-7, 2-6 Southeastern Conference) did lose exactly seven games for the fourth consecutive season.
Kentucky (2-10, 0-8) went winless in the SEC in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1941-1942.