With Big Sky title on the line, Lumberjacks fall to Utah State

NAU got 246 yards from Case Cookus with 23-for-44 passing.

CEDAR CITY, Utah — Jay Green ran in three touchdowns, Patrick Tyler carried in two more and Southern Utah clinched the Big Sky Conference title with a 48-20 win over Northern Arizona on Saturday.

Green finished with 25 carries for 134 yards and Tyler was 20-of-30 passing for 238 yards with an interception and another 31 yards rushing. Isaiah Diego-Williams also had a rushing TD and Manny Berz kicked two field goals for Southern Utah (9-2, 7-1), which edged Northern Arizona 442-379 in total offense.

The Thunderbirds captured the automatic berth to the FCS playoffs but will share the conference title with Weber State, which finished Saturday with an identical season record but lost to Southern Utah in October.

Northern Arizona (7-4, 6-2) got 246 yards from Case Cookus with 23-for-44 passing, including a 2-yard TD throw to Matthew Kempton late in the fourth quarter. Cory Young had a rushing TD and Griffin Roehler had two field goals.

Louisiana-Lafayette uses late picks to beat New Mexico State

Tyler Rogers passed for 184 yards and a touchdown, mostly in the first half for the Aggies.

LAFAYETTE, La. — Jordan Davis accounted for three TDs and Louisiana-Lafayette intercepted three passes in the fourth quarter for a 47-34 win over New Mexico State on Saturday night.

The Ragin’ Cajuns (5-5, 4-2 Sun Belt) took the lead on Davis’ 33-yard TD pass to Ryheem Malone with 10:21 left. The teams traded punts and then backup quarterback Nick Jeanty threw the first of three late interceptions with Jacques Boudreaux returning it 50 yards to set up a short field for another Cajuns touchdown.

Two plays into New Mexico State’s next possession, Jeanty threw another pick to Justin Middleton over the middle. The Aggies (4-6, 2-4) forced a three-and-out, and Jeanty led the Aggies most of the way down field but threw his third interception — this one to Koa Haynes.

Trey Ragas had 132 yards rushing and two scores for Louisiana-Lafayette. Malone had 113 yards receiving and a TD. Davis passed for 203 yards and two TDs and ran for 71 yards and another score.

Tyler Rogers passed for 184 yards and a touchdown, mostly in the first half for New Mexico State. He left in the third quarter after taking a hit and having his shoulder looked at. The Aggies erased an 18-point deficit before the Cajuns finally pulled away.

Shula Bowl blowout: FAU crushes FIU for 9th straight victory

Jason Driskel threw four touchdown passes, completing 18 of 25 for 239 yards, and Florida Atlantic cruised to a 52-24 victory over Florida International.

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Jason Driskel threw four touchdown passes, completing 18 of 25 for 239 yards, and Florida Atlantic cruised to a 52-24 victory over Florida International on Saturday night.

Devin Singletary rushed for 164 yards and two scores, including a 70-yard TD run late in the first quarter that gave the Owls (8-3, 7-0 Conference USA) a 14-0 lead.

The Golden Panthers (6-4, 4-3) answered with Alex McGough’s 13-yard scoring strike to Darrius Scott and Jose Borregales’ 31-yard field goal to pull within 14-10 with 3:43 remaining before halftime. But Driskel engineered a 10-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 6-yard TD pass to D’Anfernee McGriff to close out the half with a 21-10 lead.

In the second half, Driskel picked up where he left off — hooking up with Kalib Woods for two scores — a 79-yarder and a 6-yarder — to stretch the lead to 37-17 after three quarters.

McGough tossed his second TD early in the fourth quarter — finding Shermar Thornton from 39 yards out — to pull the Golden Panthers within 37-24. But Singletary’s 3-yard TD run after a 13-play drive that took 7:04 off the clock sealed the victory. Gregory Howell Jr. ran it in from the 3-yard line with 1:34 left to put the finishing touches on the victory.

The Owls amassed 333 yards on the ground, compared to just 85 for FIU. Florida Atlantic outgained the Golden Panthers 572-303.

Magic thrashed by visiting Jazz as losing streak runs to 4 straight

Rodney Hood scored 31 points, Derrick Favors had 25 points and 11 rebounds and the Utah Jazz routed the Orlando Magic 125-85 on Saturday night.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Rodney Hood scored 31 points, Derrick Favors had 25 points and 11 rebounds and the Utah Jazz routed the Orlando Magic 125-85 on Saturday night.

Hood was 12 for 21 from the field in his highest-scoring game of the season. The reserve guard had 19 straight points for Utah over one stretch that went from the end of the third through early in the fourth.

The Jazz had lost three in a row and seven of eight.

Aaron Gordon had 18 points and nine rebounds for Orlando, and Terrence Ross finished with 12 points. The 40-point margin matched the Magic’s worst home loss in team history.

Orlando has dropped four in a row and six of eight. After a strong start to the season, the Magic have been hurt by poor spacing, lack of rhythm and subpar defensive play — the same issues they dealt with last year.

Orlando shot 39 percent from the field, compared to 48 percent for Utah. The Magic also had only 13 assists on 31 baskets, while the Jazz finished with 31 assists.

Utah has struggled with injuries during the early part of the season, but starting point guard Ricky Rubio and forward Thabo Sefolosha returned to the floor after missing Friday’s 118-107 loss to Brooklyn. Rubio was out with a sore Achilles, and Sefolosha was sidelined by a sore right knee.

The Jazz took advantage of the Magic’s lack of ball movement and poor defensive play to jump out to a 63-48 lead at halftime. Favors had 17 points on 7-of-7 shooting in the first half. Hood had 10 points at the break.

TIP-INS

Jazz: Joe Johnson (right wrist tendon instability), Rudy Gobert (right tibia contusion) and Dante Exum (left shoulder surgery) were out. … The Jazz went 9 for 9 at the free-throw line in the first half.

Magic: Backup point guard D.J. Augustin returned after missing the previous seven games with a left hamstring injury. … Rookie forward Jonathan Isaac missed his third straight game with an ankle injury. … Guard Mario Hezonja suffered a head laceration during the second quarter, but he returned to the floor in the second half.

UP NEXT

Jazz: Continue their four-game road trip at Philadelphia on Monday.

Magic: Finish a two-game homestand against the Indiana Pacers on Monday.

Lightning’s 3rd-period rally not enough to overtake visiting Islanders

Yanni Gourde scored twice in the third period for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Anders Lee scored twice and the New York Islanders held on after nearly blowing a four-goal lead, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 Saturday night.

John Tavares had a goal and two assists, and Andrew Ladd and Brock Nelson also scored for the Islanders (11-6-2), who ended Tampa Bay’s five-game winning streak and handed the Lightning just their third regulation loss (15-3-2). Josh Bailey had three assists and Thomas Griess stopped 36 shots to improve to 4-0-1 in his last five starts.

Yanni Gourde had two goals and Ondrej Palat had the other for the Lightning. Andrei Vasilevskiy had 27 saves.

Lee scored during a two-goal first and added a power-play goal at 1:05 of the third as the Islanders went ahead 4-0.

After Gourde and Palat scored 13 seconds apart to cut their deficit in half at 3:26 of the final period, Gourde pulled the Lightning to 4-3 with 3:36 left.

Tavares sealed the Islanders’ win with an empty-netter with 22 seconds to go.

Tavares assisted on Ladd’s goal 51 seconds in, and set up Lee’s goal that made it 2-0 at 10:25 of the first with a nifty backhand pass through the slot into the left circle.

Lee’s goal came shortly after Vasilevskiy turned aside a breakaway shot and rebound attempt by Nelson.

Nelson put the Islanders up 3-0 midway through the second after coming out of the right corner and eluding defenseman Jake Dotchin.

Tampa Bay stars Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov were both held without a point for just the third time this season.

NOTES: Islanders RW Cal Clutterbuck (illness) didn’t play. … Tampa Bay swept the three-game season series in 2016-17, outscoring the Islanders 14-2. … It’s just the fourth time the Lightning trailed after the first period (1-1-2) this season. … Tavares has 19 assists and 29 points in 27 games against the Lightning. … Tampa Bay entered outscoring opponents 54-28 during the first two periods.

UP NEXT

Islanders: At Carolina on Sunday night.

Lightning: Host Chicago on Wednesday night to complete a three-game homestand.

Eddy Pineiro kicks 5 FGs, Florida runs through UAB for 1st win in more than a month

Eddy Pineiro kicked five field goals and Florida used a stifling defense to overwhelm UAB 36-7 on Saturday.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Eddy Pineiro kicked five field goals and Florida used a stifling defense to overwhelm UAB 36-7 on Saturday.

The Gators (4-6) ended a five-game losing streak with a strong second half when they gained 228 of their 409 total yards. Florida accumulated 257 yards on the ground with three players — Adarius Lemons (89 yards), Lamical Perine (86) and Mark Thompson (78) accounting for most of the yards.

Pineiro connected on all five of his field-goal attempts, connecting from 39, 26, 50, 50 and 42 yards. He became the first player in Florida history to make two field goals from 50 yards or longer in a game.

Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks passed for 152 yards and had touchdown passes to C’yontai Lewis (11 yards) and DeAndre Goolsby (13 yards).

Florida held the Blazers to 180 yards, including just 3 yards on the ground. UAB (7-4) had just 93 yards in offense through three quarters. But on the first play of the fourth quarter, Blazers quarterback A.J. Erdely connected with Xavier Obosi on a 74-yard scoring play for their only score.

THE TAKEAWAY

Florida: The Gators won for the first time since Sept. 30 when they beat Vanderbilt 38-24 . Even with a win over Florida State next Saturday in the season finale, the Gators won’t make a bowl game for only the third time in 31 seasons . Florida’s defense recovered two fumbles and had two interceptions while the Gator offense did not have a turnover.

UAB: The Blazers had converted 56.8 percent of their third-down conversions (25 of 44) over their last three games, but managed just one of seven against the Gators . UAB’s three-game winning streak came to an end as the Blazers missed out on an opportunity to record a program record eighth FBS win . Running back Spencer Brown was the nation’s second leading rusher among freshmen but only managed 17 yards in eight carries.

UP NEXT

Florida: The Gators host Florida State next Saturday.

UAB: The Blazers host UTEP next Saturday.

No. 2 Miami finishes on 30-0 run, tops Virginia 44-28

No. 2 Miami finishes on 30-0 run, tops Virginia 44-28

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The undefeated season was slipping away, and so was any realistic chance Miami had of getting into the College Football Playoff and competing for a national championship.

That is, until seven seconds changed everything.

Just like that, a 14-point deficit was gone — and perfection remains within the Hurricanes’ reach.

Malik Rosier threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score, and No. 2 Miami pulled off its biggest comeback in five years by holding off Virginia 44-28 on Saturday to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 15 games.

“It’s amazing, this train we’re riding right now,” linebacker Shaquille Quarterman said. “We just want to keep it going.”

Jaquan Johnson had an interception return for a touchdown for Miami (10-0, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 3 CFP), which scored the game’s last 30 points. The Hurricanes twice climbed out of two-touchdown-deep holes, snapped a 15-game losing streak in games where it faced deficits of 14 points or more and finished off their first 7-0 home regular-season record since 1988.

“This team believes,” offensive lineman KC McDermott said. “This team believes in our goal and the way we’re going to attack it.”

Kurt Benkert was brilliant for Virginia (6-5, 3-4), completing 28 of 37 passes for 384 yards and four touchdowns.

The game started at noon, and it wasn’t until 2:21 p.m. that Benkert took aim at a receiver and missed. He started 18 for 19 for 288 yards and four touchdowns in a little over a half, the only incompletion in that span being an intentional one — he threw the ball away to avoid what would have been a sack by Miami’s Chad Thomas.

Benkert’s 20th throw wasn’t incomplete, technically. It was just to the wrong team.

Johnson’s fourth interception of the season became a 30-yard return for a score. It was Miami’s second touchdown in seven seconds after Lawrence Cager hauled in a 9-yard scoring pass from Rosier, a 28-14 Virginia lead was gone — and the Hurricanes left no doubt the rest of the way. Rosier and Travis Homer had touchdown runs in the final 4:03 to close it out for Miami.

“I like the way my team played,” Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall said. “We were well prepared, played hard. We had plenty of chances to stage the upset. Came up short.”

Homer rushed for 96 yards for Miami, which looks to close out a perfect ACC regular-season slate at Pittsburgh on Friday. The Hurricanes already had a spot in the ACC championship game against Clemson on Dec. 2 secured.

Benkert threw long touchdown passes on two of the Cavaliers’ first three possessions — a 33-yarder to Olamide Zaccheaus and 75-yarder to Joe Reed made it 14-0 quickly.

But again, the Turnover Chain sparked Miami.

Down 14-7 in the second quarter, Homer recovered a punt that Virginia muffed — making him the first offensive player to wear Miami’s famed piece of jewelry. He barely had the bling on before the Hurricanes tied it on a 36-yard TD catch by Dayall Harris.

“They are very beatable,” Reed said. “The chain is what gives them the spark. I think without the chain they’d be a whole different defense.”

No one has beaten them yet, and Miami took Virginia’s best shot.

Virginia got a spectacular grab from Andre Levrone with 33 seconds left in the half to take the lead back, and restored the 14-point cushion early in the third — cashing in on a blocked punt when Daniel Hamm became Benkert’s fourth TD pass recipient.

And then it all changed. Virginia scored 28 points in the first 32-1/2 minutes, then zero the rest of the way.

“I really felt until the end we had a chance,” Benkert said.

THE TAKEAWAY

Virginia: The Cavaliers could not run the football, finishing with 55 yards on 28 carries — and their longest was a 23-yard scamper by Jordan Ellis as time expired. The Cavaliers got two touchdowns in their first three possessions, then only two TDs in their next 12.

Miami: A hangover of sorts was expected after a pair of prime-time, raucous-environment wins against Virginia Tech and Notre Dame, and Miami awoke just in time. Rosier was 15 of 28 for 210 yards, improving to 11-0 as Miami’s starter.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The CFP committee had Miami in its top three in the most recent ranking. Now the Hurricanes will have to wait and wonder if the committee will penalize Miami for a slow start.

MOVING UP

Benkert moved up three spots to No. 3 on the Cavaliers’ all-time passing list and is closing in on their single-season record. Matt Schaub threw for 2,976 yards in 2002; Benkert is now within 99 yards of that mark. Benkert also has 25 TD passes this season, three shy of Schaub’s school record.

UP NEXT

Virginia: Hosts Virginia Tech on Friday.

Miami: Visits Pittsburgh on Friday.

Mayfield snubbed as No. 3 Sooners roll 41-3 win over Kansas

Mayfield snubbed as No. 3 Sooners roll 41-3 win over Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns after getting dissed by the Kansas captains before kickoff, leading the No. 3 Sooners to a 41-3 rout of the Jayhawks on Saturday.

Mayfield had tried shaking hands with Daniel Wise, Dorance Armstrong Jr. and Joe Dineen Jr. after the coin toss, but they stared stoically back at him. Mayfield quickly pulled his hand away, clapped a couple of times and set about burnishing his Heisman Trophy candidacy.

He threw TD passes to Rodney Anderson and Marquise Brown in the first half, then founded Mark Andrews late in the third quarter, which prompted more insults between Mayfield and the Jayhawks.

At one point, Mayfield lewdly grabbed his crotch while cursing across the field, and another time he yelled to fans behind his bench: “You have one win! Go cheer on basketball!”

The histrionics added at least some interest to a game that figured to be a blowout. The Sooners (10-1, 7-1) are fourth in the College Football Playoff ranking and clinched a spot in the revived Big 12 title game, while the Jayhawks (1-10, 0-8) have yet to beat a Football Bowl Subdivision foe.

Mayfield got most of the fourth quarter off as the defensive-minded Sooners won their 17th straight road game and 15th in a row in the Big 12, setting a league record. It was also their 12th consecutive win over the Jayhawks, their longest winning streak against any opponent.

Carter Stanley had 117 yards passing for Kansas. Khalil Herbert had 37 yards rushing.

The Jayhawks actually forced the Sooners into four three-and-outs in the first half, one of the worst defenses in the nation holding in check one of its best offenses. But they still trailed 21-3 at the break as a result of their own miscues more than anything else:

— The Jayhawks held Oklahoma to fourth-and-3 at their own 34-yard line, and had Mayfield in trouble when they inexplicably stopped covering Anderson. He caught a pass in the middle of the field and outran the defense to the end zone to give the Sooners a 7-0 lead.

— Deep in the Jayhawks’ own territory, Stanley skipped a pass off the hands of wide receiver Evan Fairs that was picked by Emmanuel Beal. Jordan Smallwood scored three plays later for a 14-3 lead.

— And late in the first half, after the Sooners took over at their own 16, a 30-yard pass play was augmented by a roughing-the-passer penalty. The Jayhawks got hit with defensive holding on the next play, and Brown’s 24-yard TD catch with 10 seconds left capped a three-play, 84-yard drive.

The Sooners eventually hit their stride in the second half, when the animosity between their star quarterback and the Kansas defense reached a crescendo, and easily pulled away.

THE TAKEAWAY

Oklahoma could have run up the score but chose instead to coast, perhaps a result of the friendship between Sooners coach Lincoln Riley and Kansas counterpart David Beaty. Still, it was an oft-underwhelming performance by a team with national championship aspirations.

Kansas hardly had reason to celebrate Senior Day. Less than half the announced crowd of 22,854 showed up, and half of that were Oklahoma fans. The coin-toss snub and the embarrassing antics toward Mayfield by several people on the Jayhawks’ sideline only underscored a dismal home finale.

UP NEXT

Oklahoma wraps up the regular season against West Virginia next Saturday.

Kansas concludes the season at No. 13 Oklahoma State next Saturday.

Bishop blanks Edmonton in relief, Stars beat Oilers 6-3

Bishop blanks Edmonton in relief, Stars beat Oilers 6-3

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Stars coach Ken Hitchcock pulled goalie Kari Lehtonen less than a minute into the second period against the Edmonton Oilers. The move paid off as replacement Ben Bishop shut out the Oilers over the next 39 minutes.

After the game, Hitchcock had praise for his starter.

“Ben was good, but if it wasn’t for Kari in the first 10 minutes, we wouldn’t have been in the game,” Hitchcock said.

Bishop made 17 saves after replacing Lehtonen with Edmonton leading 3-2, and Dallas rallied behind goals from Devin Shore and Radek Faksa to win 6-3 on Saturday.

“I didn’t like our energy. At the start, we looked tired. We looked lethargic,” Hitchcock said. “It had nothing to do with (Lehtonen). It had everything to do with we were not energized.”

For the same reason, Hitchcock moved Antoine Roussel up to the first line with Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov. Each of them scored a goal. Roussel had two assists, the others one each.

The Oilers had the first seven shots on goal, but Lehtonen stopped them all. Then Roussel and Radulov scored on Dallas’ first two shots.

Roussel’s goal was only technically a shot on goal. He skated in to the left of the net, and then swept the puck out in front, where it deflected off goalie Cam Talbot’s left skate and went in.

“Saw him moving, and took a chance a little bit there,” Roussel said. “I got the chance to play with two great players. And just play a simple game, and sometimes you get good things happening with that.”

Roussel had 12 penalty minutes, bringing his team-leading total to 43. He fits his coach’s definition of “greasy” — players who don’t look pretty but get the job done.

“Sometimes I think you get a team where the profile players become the focal point on the ice, off the ice, everywhere, for the team,” Hitchcock said. “You saw today how we’re built. This is what we’ve got. This is our team. This is the way we’re built, and we can really play greasy hockey.”

Edmonton features a more conventional star in Connor McDavid, who scored one goal and assisted on linemate Drake Caggiula’s two goals to put the Oilers ahead 3-2.

“He plays in every situation,” Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. “Those players have to be allowed to have the freedom to make plays. Ninety-nine percent of the time, they’re made. Sometimes it doesn’t work that way.”

Edmonton tied the game at 2 after one period on a short-handed goal by Caggiula and a power-play score by McDavid 52 seconds apart. Caggiula scored again 42 seconds into the second. That’s when Hitchcock went to Bishop in net.

Devin Shore pulled the Stars even with his first goal this season, and Faksa scored with 1:26 left in the second to put Dallas ahead. He took a pass from Tyler Pitlick that hit his right skate and managed to put his stick on the puck for a shot from the left of the net.

Benn and Jason Spezza, on the power play, scored in the third. The Stars had been outscored 12-0 in their last eight third periods.

NOTES: Benn has 29 points (17 goals, 12 assists) in 27 career games against Edmonton. … McDavid has seven goals in six games vs. Dallas. … Stars D Marc Methot (lower-body injury) missed his fifth straight game. … The first period ended with a fight along the boards. While Roussel and the Oilers’ Matt Benning wrestled on the ice, earning each a minor penalty and a misconduct Dallas’ Jamie Oleksiak and Edmonton’s Patrick Maroon threw punches and drew five for fighting. Those penalties accounted for 34 minutes of the 56 in the first period and 70 in the game. … Dallas has allowed power-play goals in seven of its last nine games.

UP NEXT

Oilers: Play the second game on a five-game trip Tuesday at St. Louis. The Blues won 4-1 at Edmonton on Thursday.

Stars: Host Montreal on Tuesday in the second of two home games.

Panthers can’t solve goalie Darcy Kuemper in shutout loss to Kings

The Florida Panther are blanked by the Kings in the second game of their road trip through California.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Johnny Brodzinski scored his first NHL goal, and Andy Adreoff scored his first of the season to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-0 win over the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

Backup Darcy Kuemper stopped 24 shots for the Kings for his eighth career shutout and first since Jan. 21, 2016, with Minnesota.

Los Angeles scored three goals in the third period to put away Florida and end a four-game losing streak. All those losses came at home after Los Angeles went 11-2-2 in its first 15 games.

Tyler Toffoli scored at 8:14 of the first period on a delayed penalty, beating James Reimer for a tap-in goal, his ninth of the season. Alex Iafallo battled to protect the puck behind the net to help set up the goal, and Drew Doughty made a nice pass to Toffoli. Dustin Brown also assisted.

Brodzinski scored on a backhander at 2:23 of the third to beat Reimer top shelf. His first career goal came against a Panthers team that includes Nick Bjugstad, his former high school teammate in Blaine, Minnesota.

Andreoff scored from in front of the net, putting the puck between Reimer’s legs with 4:41 remaining. Trevor Lewis added an empty-netter for the fourth goal.

The Panthers struggled on the power play as their two-game winning streak was halted. Florida had 14 shots in the period but couldn’t get one past Kuemper.

Neither Brown nor Anze Kopitar — both on the Kings’ top line — had a shot on goal through the first two periods.

NOTES: Panthers RW Radim Vrbata left the game during his first shift after getting hit in the face by a puck. He was holding a towel over his face to control the blood and was assisted off the ice. He didn’t return. … Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees, the American League Rookie of the Year, attended the game. There were cheers and boos when he was shown on the JumboTron. … The Panthers outshot the Kings 14-5 in the first period. … Kuemper made just his fourth start of the season as the Kings played the first of back-to-back games. … Kings C Nic Dowd was back in the lineup after he was a healthy scratch the previous two games. He was called for two penalties, roughing and high-sticking. … Toffoli has a team-leading nine goals along with Kopitar. … LW Jussi Jokinen has two assists in his first two games with the Kings since he was traded from Edmonton for Michael Cammalleri.

UP NEXT:

Panthers: Head down Interstate 5 to Anaheim to play the Ducks on Sunday in the second of back-to-back games.

Kings: Head to Las Vegas to play the Golden Knights on Sunday.