LSU and Oklahoma State took control of the race to the BCS championship game – but don’t count out Alabama yet.
The day after the Tigers and Cowboys stayed unbeaten with their most difficult victories of the season, they also took the top two spots in the BCS standings.
First-place LSU beat Alabama 9-6 in overtime Saturday night in Tuscaloosa, Ala., right about the time second-place Oklahoma State held off Kansas State 52-45 in Stillwater, Okla.
Alabama slipped only one spot to third.
If the Tigers (9-0) and Cowboys (9-0) remain unbeaten, they should meet in the New Orleans on Jan. 9.
If either slips up, Alabama or fourth-place Stanford are in position to reach the title game as long as they keep winning.
Oklahoma’s Broyles done for year
Oklahoma will have an extra week to figure out how to move forward without All-American receiver Ryan Broyles.
Already dealing with the loss of starting running back Dominique Whaley to a broken ankle, the No. 7 Sooners (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) took another blow Saturday when Broyles suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third quarter of a 41-25 win against Texas A&M.
Broyles shattered the NCAA record with 349 career receptions and he ranks second all-time with 4,586 receiving yards. Oklahoma will miss him as a reliable receiver who could line up outside or in the slot and wiggle free against any coverage.
Utah State rallies past Hawaii
Robert Turbin scored on a 1-yard run with 14 seconds left to complete a second-half rally that gave Utah State a 35-31 win over Hawaii late Saturday in Honolulu.
The Aggies (3-5, 1-2 WAC) trailed by 21 points at halftime, but scored the final 21 points to turn back the Warriors (5-4, 3-2).