The final week of college football's regular season got off to an action-packed start on Friday as several teams took the field for key rivalry or conference games. Among those action was a Texas team with little left to play for except pride. The Longhorns finally put an end to their longest losing streak in 65 years (six games) by closing the season with a 22-17 victory over Kansas State.
Junior running back Roschon Johnson ran for 179 yards while the Longhorns defense got their best effort in weeks from a beleaguered unit. The 17 points allowed were the fewest the team has given up all season save for a 58-0 shutout over Rice.
No. 4 Cincinnati also put together a strong defensive performance in a 35-13 win at East Carolina, although that's what is expected of the Bearcats at this point. Without three turnovers, the Bearcats may have won by even more. But it was nonetheless a relatively painless regular-season finale for a program that has now posted back-to-back undefeated regular seasons.
The victory sets up Cincinnati for a showdown against No. 24 Houston in next week's AAC title game. Win, and the Bearcats have an excellent shot at being the first Group of Five team to make the College Football Playoff.
In other action, No. 20 NC State pulled off a miraculous comeback over North Carolina to set up a pivotal Saturday in the ACC Atlantic Division. Friday's result eliminated Clemson from divisional title consideration for the first time since 2014. If No. 18 Wake Forest loses at Boston College on Saturday, then the Wolfpack will represent the Atlantic Division against Pittsburgh in next week's ACC Championship Game. But a win for the Demon Deacons would send them to the title game against the Panthers.
Finally, Washington State broke a seven-game skid in the Apple Cup to beat Washington 40-13 in the largest margin of victory for the Cougars in rivalry history. What's more is that if Oregon loses its rivalry game to Oregon State on Saturday, Washington State will go to the Pac-12 Championship Game to face Utah.
College football scores, schedule: Week 13
No. 21 San Diego State 27, Boise State 16 -- Recap
Texas 22, Kansas State 17 -- Recap
No. 16 Iowa 28, Nebraska 21 -- Takeaways, recap
No. 25 Arkansas 34, Missouri 17 -- Recap
No. 4 Cincinnati 35, East Carolina 13 -- Recap
No. 19 Utah 28, Colorado 13 -- Recap
Iowa State 48, TCU 14 -- Recap
No. 20 NC State State 34, North Carolina 30 -- Recap
Washington State 40, Washington 13 -- Recap
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