Marcus Mariota threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Josh Huff with 29 seconds left and No. 12 Oregon overcame a tenacious effort by Oregon State 36-35 Friday night in Eugene, Ore., in the 117th edition of the Civil War rivalry.
Mariota threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns -- all to Huff, who had nine catches for a season-high 186 yards -- and the Ducks (10-2, 7-2 Pac-12) sealed their sixth straight 10-win season. It was also the team's sixth straight victory over the Beavers in the series.
With the Ducks holding a 24-23 lead, the Beavers scored on Sean Mannion's 4-yard pass to Tyler Anderson to pull in front 29-24 early in the fourth quarter. But Oregon answered with Mariota's fourth-and-11 pass to Huff for a 12-yard touchdown and the Ducks took a 30-29 lead with 7:56 left in the game.
Washington 27, Washington State 17: Bishop Sankey blitzed the Cougars (6-6, 4-5 Pac-12) for 139 of his 200 yards rushing in the second half to become Washington's (8-4, 5-4) all-time single-season rushing leader, and the Huskies reclaimed the Apple Cup in Seattle.
After a sluggish first half, Washington put the game on the legs of its star running back and he responded to cap his record-setting junior season. Sankey bettered Corey Dillon's record of 1,695 yards set in 1996.
No. 15 LSU 31, Arkansas 27: Backup quarterback Anthony Jennings closed out LSU's regular season in Baton Rouge, La., by giving Tigers fans a big dose of hope for the future. The freshman replaced an injured Zach Mettenberger in the fourth quarter and lofted a 49-yard touchdown pass to Travin Dural with 1:15 left as No. 15 LSU 9-3, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) pulled out a tense victory over the upset-minded Razorbacks (3-9, 0-8).
Iowa 38, Nebraska 17: Jake Rudock threw for two touchdowns, including a 24-yarder to Kevonte Martin-Manley right after Iowa (8-4, 5-3 Big Ten) had stuffed Nebraska on a fake punt, and the Hawkeyes finished the regular season with a victory in Lincoln, Neb.
"My record, our record since I've been here, speaks for itself. And this program is heading in a good direction."
The question is whether first-year athletic director Shawn Eichorst believes Pelini is moving the program in the right direction. Pelini is under contract through 2017 and makes almost $3 million per year.
No. 17 UCF 23, USF 20: Breshad Perriman scored on a 52-yard touchdown pass from Blake Bortles with 4:50 left in the fourth quarter to keep the No. 17 Knights (10-1, 7-0 American Athletic Conference) on course for a conference title and BCS bid by beating the Bulls (2-9, 2-5) in Orlando, Fla.
Houston 34, SMU 0: John O'Korn finished 25 of 41 for 245 yards and two touchdowns to lead Houston (8-4, 5-3 American) over the Mustangs (5-6, 4-3), snapping the host Cougars' three-game losing streak.