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UNDATED (AP) -- Top-ranked Clemson and No. 2 Alabama kept their national championship hopes alive as they head into their respective conference title games. But it appears Notre Dame's title chances ended in a last-second kick.

DeShaun Watson ran for three scores and threw for another as the Tigers beat South Carolina 37-32 to improve to 12-0 for the first time since their national championship season in 1981. Watson passed for 279 yards and rushed for 114 more to likely keep Clemson on top in the race for the four-team College Football Playoff derby.

The Tigers next face No. 11 North Carolina in the ACC championship game Dec. 5.

The Crimson Tide improved to 11-1 and clinched the SEC West title with a 29-13 stifling of Auburn in the Iron Bowl. Derrick Henry ran 46 times for 271 yards and set a school record by providing a rushing touchdown for the 17th consecutive game. Adam Griffith kicked five field goals for the Tide, who kept the Tigers out of the end zone until Jason Smith's 77-yard touchdown catch late in the third quarter.

Stanford has destroyed Notre Dame's hopes for a berth in the College Football Playoff.

Conrad Ukropina (yoo-kroh-PEE'-nuh) drilled a 45-yard field goal as time expired to give the 13th-ranked Cardinal a 38-36 triumph over the No. 4 Fighting Irish. The winning kick went through the goalposts 30 seconds after DeShone Kizer's two-yard TD run and Justin Yoon's extra point put the Irish ahead 36-35.

Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan was outstanding, completing 17 of his 21 passes for 269 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. Christian McCaffrey carried 24 times for 94 yards and Devon Cajuste had five catches for 125 yards and a TD to help the Cardinal improve to 10-2.

Kizer threw for 234 yards and a touchdown, and he also had 128 yards on 16 carries for the 10-2 Irish.

Notre Dame entered the game ranked fifth in the CFP and had a chance to get into the semifinals depending on the outcome of the Big Ten title game.

And fifth-ranked Oklahoma likely secured a spot in the CFP by gaining 344 rushing yards in a 58-23 pounding of ninth-rated Oklahoma State. Baker Mayfield threw for two touchdowns and ran for 77 yards and a score. Jordan Thomas returned one of his two interceptions for a TD as the Sooners improved to 11-1 after entering the game third in the CFP.

In other top-25 finals:

-- Connor Cook returned from a shoulder injury and threw for three TDs as sixth-ranked Michigan State ripped Penn State 55-16. Cook was 19 of 26 for 248 yards to help the 11-1 Spartans reach the Big Ten title game against Iowa, a matchup that likely will decide a spot in the College Football Playoff.

-- Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 214 yards and two touchdowns as eighth-rated Ohio State hammered No. 12 Michigan 42-13. Quarterback J.T. Barrett added 139 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns to help the Buckeyes improve to 11-1 and bounce back from their loss to Michigan State.

-- Dalvin Cook ran for 183 yards and two touchdowns as 14th-rated Florida State silenced No. 10 Florida 27-2. Florida avoided its first shutout in the Swamp since 1988 when FSU quarterback Sean Maguire recovered a fumble in the end zone for a safety with 8:58 remaining.

-- Eleventh-ranked North Carolina was a 45-34 winner at N.C. State as Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan each ran for two touchdowns. Hood and Logan had scoring runs while the Tar Heels rolled out to a 35-7 lead in the first quarter.

-- Justin Jackson rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown to lead No. 17 Northwestern past Illinois 24-14. Freshman Clayton Thorson threw for 146 yards and a score as the 10-2 Wildcats earned their fifth straight win.

-- Chad Kelly threw for 236 yards and accounted for three touchdowns to lead 19th-ranked Mississippi over No. 23 Mississippi State 38-27. Kelly provided a pair of touchdown passes to Damore'ea Stringfellow and ran for another score.

-- Southern California clinched the Pac-12 South title as Cody Kessler threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score in the Trojans' 40-21 victory over No. 22 UCLA. Darreus Rogers and Taylor McNamara caught TD passes while the 8-4 Trojans scored 20 consecutive points in the second half.

-- Jahad Thomas ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns, and P.J. Walker threw for 160 yards and a score to highlight No. 25 Temple's offense in a 27-3 win against Connecticut. Romond Deloatch had a scoring reception for the Owls, who secured a spot in the inaugural American Athletic Conference title game against 21st-ranked Houston.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Paxton Lynch tied an FBS record with seven touchdown passes in a half, leading Memphis past SMU 63-0.

Lynch hit seven different receivers for touchdowns on just 14 attempts before halftime. His seven passing TDs set an American Conference single-game record, and his 28 passing TDs on the season are best in school history.

Memphis ended a three-game losing streak to improve to 9-3.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Joey Slye kicked a 41-yard field goal with 1:38 remaining to give retiring Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer his 12th consecutive win over Virginia, 23-20. The victory earns Beamer a chance to coach his team in one more bowl game in his 29-year career.

The 6-6 Hokies will go to a bowl game for the 23rd consecutive season.


UNDATED (AP) -- Bill Cubit has agreed to a two-year contract to be football coach at Illinois after serving on an interim basis this season. The former offensive coordinator guided the Illini to a 5-6 record after Tim Beckman was let go before the start of the season.


-- Tulane has fired football coach Curtis Johnson after three losing seasons. Johnson guided the Green Wave to its first bowl game in 11 years in 2013, but Tulane was only able to win six games the last two seasons. Johnson's cumulative record was 15-34.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Golden State Warriors continue to extend the longest season-opening winning streak in NBA history.

The Warriors are 18-0 after Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry scored 17 of his 19 points in the first quarter of a 120-101 rout of Sacramento. Green had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists in becoming the first Warriors player with back-to-back triple-doubles since Wilt Chamberlain in 1964.

The Kings trailed by just 10 until Brandon Rush hit four 3-pointers during a 27-8 spurt to open the second half.

The San Antonio Spurs have quietly posted the NBA's second-best record as their success remains overshadowed by the Warriors.

Kawhi (kah-WY') Leonard scored 22 points and the Spurs improved to 14-3 with their fifth straight win, 108-88 over Atlanta. Tim Duncan had 10 points and 18 rebounds for San Antonio, which hit nin 3-pointers in their 18th consecutive home win against the Hawks.

The Hawks set season lows with 12 points in one quarter and 37 points in the first half.

Also in the NBA:

-- LeBron James capped his 26-point night by nailing a running hook shot with one second left in Cleveland's 90-88 triumph over Brooklyn. Kevin Love also had 26 points to help the Cavaliers improve to 13-4 overall and 9-0 at home.

-- Dallas halted a three-game skid as Deron Williams scored 22 points and the Mavericks scored the first 16 points of the second half en route to a 92-81 win over Denver.

-- Kyle Lowry poured in 27 points and Cory Joseph made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Toronto an 84-82 victory over Washington.

-- Damian Lillard hit for 29 points and C.J. McCollum had 28 while the duo combined for nine 3-pointers in Portland's 108-96 victory over the hapless Los Angeles Lakers.

-- Utah was a 101-87 winner over New Orleans behind Alec Burks' team-high 21 points off the bench.


UNDATED (AP) -- There were no surprises in Saturday's top-25 men's basketball schedule.

Second-ranked Maryland thumped Cleveland State 80-63 behind Robert Carter's 17 points and eight rebounds. Jared Nickens added 16 points and freshman Diamond Stone had a season-high 15 as the 6-0 Terps prepared for Tuesday's ACC/Big Ten Challenge against former rival North Carolina.

Georges Niang (nee-ANG') scored six of his 23 points while fourth-ranked Iowa State went on an 18-4 run in the second half to beat Illinois 84-73. Monte Norris delivered 20 points and nine rebounds as the Cyclones improved to 5-0.

Sophomore center Isaac Haas scored 21 of his career-high 24 points in the second half of 16th-ranked Purdue's 77-55 rout of Lehigh. Johnny Hill contributed 13 points to the win.

No. 24 Cincinnati is the winner of the Barclays Center Classic after beating George Washington 61-56 in the title game. Troy Caupain scored 16 points, including the go-ahead three-point play with 1:38 to play and the game-clinching free throws in the final seconds.

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