Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 11/14/11
STATE COLLEGE , Pa. - Capping the worst week in school history, No. 12 Penn State couldn't overcome a 17-point deficit and was stopped short on a fourth-and-1 late in a 17-14 loss Saturday to No. 19 Nebraska. The outcome was secondary in Happy Valley. A tumultuous chapter that began with the arrest of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky on shocking child sexual abuse charges ended Saturday with Penn State (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) losing in its first game of the post-Joe Paterno era. The winningest major college football coach ever was fired Wednesday. Rex Burkhead ran for 121 yards and a touchdown for Nebraska (8-2, 4-2) before the Nittany Lions scored 14 points on two second-half touchdown runs by Stephfon Green. But a key drive ended when Silas Redd was stopped on the fourth down with 1:49 left at the Penn State 38. School president Rod Erickson met the Nittany Lions in the locker room afterward and praised, "how much courage, how much heart, and how much character'' the players had, he said. -No. 1 LSU 42, Western Kentucky 9: At Baton Rouge, La., Alfred Blue and Kenny Hilliard each scored two touchdowns, and No. 1 LSU overcame a slow start to defeat Western Kentucky. One week after playing most of LSU's 9-6 overtime victory at Alabama, Jordan Jefferson made his first start of the season against the Hilltoppers, hitting 8 of 14 passes for 168 yards, including a 59-yard scoring strike to Rueben Randle. -No. 2 Oklahoma St. 66, Texas Tech 6: At Lubbock, Texas, Brandon Weeden threw for 423 yards and five touchdowns and Joseph Randle ran for three more scores to lead No. 2 Oklahoma State over Texas Tech, making the Cowboys 10-0 for the first time in school history. The Cowboys, second in the BCS standings this week, next (7-0 Big 12) play at Iowa State before closing their season at home against Oklahoma in the Bedlam game. Win both, and they will likely be headed to the BCS championship game. -No. 4 Alabama 24, Mississippi State 7: At Starkville, Miss., Trent Richardson rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown, Alabama's defense gave up just 131 total yards and the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide beat Mississippi State. -TCU 36, No. 5 Boise State 35: At Boise, Idaho, Casey Pachall threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Carter with 1:05 left, then connected with Josh Boyce on the go-ahead 2-point conversion, and Boise State's Dan Goodale booted a 39-yard field-goal attempt wide right as time expired to give TCU a win against the No. 5 Broncos. -No. 8 Arkansas 49, Tennessee 7: At Fayetteville, Ark., Dennis Johnson accounted for 140 total yards and a pair of touchdowns to help No. 8 Arkansas beat Tennessee for its sixth consecutive victory. -No. 9 Clemson 31, Wake Forest 28: At Clemson, S.C., Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 43-yard field goal as time expired and No. 9 Clemson rallied from 14 points down in the second half to defeat Wake Forest and clinch the ACC Atlantic Division title. -No. 13 Michigan State 37, Iowa 21: At Iowa City, Iowa, Kirk Cousins threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns and No. 13 Michigan State beat Iowa to take control of the Big Ten's Legends Division. -No. 14 Georgia 45, No. 24 Auburn 7: At Athens, Ga., Aaron Murray threw four touchdown passes to surpass Matthew Stafford's school record and No. 14 Georgia romped past No. 24 Auburn, moving within one win of playing for the Southeastern Conference championship. -No. 15 South Carolina 17, Florida 12: At Columbia, S.C., quarterback Connor Shaw ran for 88 yards and two touchdowns to lead South Carolina to a win over Florida. -No. 16 Wisconsin 42, Minnesota 13: At Minneapolis,Montee Ball broke the Big Ten's single-season touchdown record and 16th-ranked Wisconsin trampled Minnesota to keep Paul Bunyan's Axe for the eighth straight year - and stay in the conference title chase. -No. 17 Kansas State 53, Texas A&M 50: At Manhattan, Kan., Collin Klein scored on a sneak in the fourth overtime, his sixth touchdown of the game, giving No. 17 Kansas State a dramatic victory over Texas A&M. -No. 18 USC 40, Washington 17: At Los Angeles, Marqise Lee caught a touchdown pass and returned the second-half kickoff 88 yards for a score, and Curtis McNeal had a 79-yard TD sprint among his career-high 148 yards rushing in No. 18 Southern California's victory over Washington. -Missouri 17, No. 21 Texas 5: At Columbia, Mo., Kendial Lawrence topped 100 yards with a touchdown in relief of injured Henry Josey and Missouri's defense kept No. 21 Texas out of the end zone for the first time since 2004 in an upset that ended a six-game losing streak in the series. -No. 22 Michigan 31, Illinois 14: At Champaign, Ill., Fitzgerald Toussaint ran for 192 yards and a touchdown and backup quarterback Devin Gardner threw a key TD pass to lead No. 22 Michigan past Illinois. Denard Robinson didn't play after a big third-quarter hit. - The Associated Press
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