HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Brandon Doughty threw a Conference USA-record eight touchdown passes, the last in overtime to Jared Dangerfield followed by a 2-point conversion pass to Willie McNeal that lifted Western Kentucky past No. 19 Marshall 67-66 Friday.
Marshall’s Rakeem Cato had seven touchdown passes but threw four interceptions as the teams combined for 1,446 yards of offense.
Doughty broke the previous conference record of six TD passes set on eight occasions.
Western Kentucky (7-5, 4-4) foiled Marshall’s bid for the fourth perfect season in school history. The teams tied the Bowl Subdivision record for the most combined points scored in a game involving a ranked team, set when West Virginia beat Baylor 70-63 in 2012. It was the highest-scoring game in Conference USA history, eclipsing East Carolina’s 65-59 win against Marshall in double overtime in 2012.
Marshall (11-1, 7-1) saw its 13-game home winning streak snapped and likely lost its chance to earn a place in the New Year’s bowls. The College Football Playoff committee will pick one team from outside the five major conferences for one guaranteed spot. Marshall was 24th in the CFP this week, one place behind Boise State, which plays Utah State on Saturday.
Marshall already has qualified for next week’s conference championship and will meet the winner of Saturday’s game between Rice and Louisiana Tech.
AUSTIN, Texas — TCU took the field on Thanksgiving night determined to send a message to the rest of college football.
The sixth-ranked Horned Frogs delivered one with a 48-10 romp against Texas, and the tens of thousands of its fans who stuck around to the end will be happy to keep chanting “T-C-U!” to anyone who may have missed it.
Are you listening, College Football Playoff committee?
Trevone Boykin passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, and TCU’s defense dominated the Longhorns and quarterback Tyrone Swoopes, sending Texas to one of the worst home losses in program history.
The win kept the Horned Frogs (10-1, 7-1) in the hunt for their first Big 12 title. The question is whether it was impressive enough to impact the playoff standings, where they sit at No. 5, one spot out of contention for a national championship.
PASADENA, Calif. — Kevin Hogan passed for 234 yards and two touchdowns, and Stanford crushed No. 8 UCLA’s hopes for the Pac-12 South title and a College Football Playoff spot with a 31-10 victory Friday.
Devon Cajuste and Michael Rector caught scoring passes for the Cardinal (7-5, 5-4 Pac-12) as the two-time defending Pac-12 champions salvaged satisfaction from a down season by trouncing the Bruins (9-3, 6-3) for the seventh consecutive time.
With a dynamite 16-for-19 performance by Hogan and two rushing TDs from Remound Wright, Stanford snatched the South title away from UCLA, which needed a victory to advance to the conference title game. Instead, the Bruins flopped in another big game and Stanford handed the division crown to Arizona, a 42-35 winner against Arizona State on Friday.
Brett Hundley passed for 146 yards in likely his final home game for the Bruins, losing a matchup with Hogan for the fourth time in three years.
TUCSON, Ariz. — Nick Wilson ran for 178 yards and three touchdowns and No. 11 Arizona claimed the Pac-12 South title by holding on for a 42-35 victory against No. 13 Arizona State on Friday.
Arizona (10-2, 7-2 Pac-12) needed to beat its biggest rival and have Stanford knock off No. 8 UCLA to win the Pac-12 South.
The Cardinal took care of the first part by rolling over the Bruins. The Wildcats handled their end with a stream of big plays and a final defensive stand.
Arizona moves on to face No. 2 Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship game, Dec. 5 at Levi’s Stadium in the Bay Area.
Arizona State (9-3, 6-3) got a spark by replacing Taylor Kelly with Bercovici, but a final drive stalled at Arizona’s 40-yard line.
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Marcus Murphy scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 12-yard run with 4:38 remaining and Markus Golden recovered a fumble to seal No. 17 Missouri’s 21-14 victory Friday against Arkansas and send the Tigers to the SEC championship game for the second consecutive season.
Missouri (10-2, 7-1) tied it at 14 early in the fourth quarter with a 98-yard drive capped by Jimmie Hunt’s 4-yard TD reception and a reverse pass by receiver Bud Sasser to Darius White for the 2-point conversion.
Arkansas (6-6, 2-6) was driving for the tie when Kentrell Brothers stripped Alex Collins and Golden recovered with 2:13 to go at the Missouri 35 to thwart Arkansas’ bid to tie it.
The Razorbacks had won two in a row, both shutouts, against ranked teams.