SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Waiting 12 weeks between wins was hard enough for Illinois. Terry Hawthorne and a stingy defense made sure the Illini didn't have to wait an entire offseason as well.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Cincinnati coach Butch Jones rang the bell on the Liberty Bowl trophy, eager to get the Bearcats' party started.
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - John White took his final hand-off of the day, followed his lead blocker and set of a celebration.
MANHATTAN (AP) - Frank Martin didn't want to see Kansas State play down to the level of the opposition.
HOUSTON (AP) - Ryan Tannehill threw for 329 yards and a touchdown and Ben Malena ran for two more scores to lead Texas A&M to a 33-22 win over Northwestern on Saturday in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Freshman reserve Aaron White scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half and Iowa stunned No. 11 Wisconsin 72-65 on Saturday, snapping the Badgers' six-game winning streak.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had season-highs with 24 points and 19 rebounds to lead No. 3 Kentucky in a rough-and-tumble 69-62 victory over No. 4 Louisville on Saturday to extend the nation's longest home winning streak.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Dorenzo Hudson scored 18 points, including four clinching free throws in the final minute, to lead Virginia Tech to a 67-61 win against increasingly shorthanded Oklahoma State on Saturday.
Thank you, Drew Brees and the Saints.
DENVER (AP) - Kyle Orton won't come out and say it, calling his much-anticipated return to Denver on Sunday just another chance to take the field and play a football game.
Reduced to its simplest, the NFL playoff races come down to this: Cincinnati, Denver, Dallas and the New York Giants must win. Then it gets complicated, because the Giants host the Cowboys in prime time, and the loser is out.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop can retire that "Mr. Irrelevant" nickname.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Oklahoma was gaining yards in bits instead of its usual chunks. Its defense was solid before giving up a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to lose nearly all of a 21-point lead.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Mike Krzyzewski told his No. 7 Duke team to pick up the pace. That wound up making everyone in the Blue Devils' backcourt look pretty good.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Alex Smith took the snap in the shotgun, looked quickly to his left and flicked the ball to tight end Travis Kelce, who was pushed out of bounds after a gain of nearly 10 yards.
A few things to watch during Week 15, when the Big 12 finishes its regular season with two games that have title implications while the other four power conferences play championship games:
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - In a surprise move to perhaps everybody except the man who did the hiring, Oregon State's Mike Riley is set to take over at Nebraska.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - After weathering a late comeback by Wichita State, the Utah Utes recovered just in time to earn their biggest win in 15 years - against a team that's not accustomed to losing.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley wanted a coach with an offensive track record of success.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger says he "definitely" will play Sunday against the New York Giants despite a sprained right shoulder.
NEW YORK (AP) - Tim Brosnan will leave Major League Baseball at the end of January after losing to Rob Manfred in the competition to succeed Bud Selig as commissioner.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Pittsburgh running back James Conner is the Atlantic Coast Conference's player of the year.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Wide receiver Miles Austin's first season with the Browns ended in a hospital bed.
MANHATTAN (AP) - When B.J. Finney stepped to the line of scrimmage on Sept. 3, 2011, against Eastern Kentucky, Kansas State's football program was still in disarray.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - If the Dallas Cowboys can avoid another late-season letdown, they can reach a significant goal: the NFC East title.