CONWAY, Ark. -- Wynri Smothers threw four touchdown passes and ran for another Saturday to lead Central Arkansas to a Southland Conference title and a 35-14 win over Northwestern State.
Central Arkansas (8-2, 6-1 Southland Conference) was tied atop the standings with Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana with one loss each, but the Bears owned any tiebreaker advantages having beaten both schools earlier this season.
Smothers completed 18 of 27 passes for 225 yards and four touchdowns, while scrambling 11 times for 97 yards and another score. Dominiqu Croom was his favorite target, hooking up with the 6-foot, 1-inch senior three times for 64 yards and two scores.
Brad Henderson completed 18 of 35 passes for 177 yards and an interception while running 21 times for 20 yards and two touchdowns for Northwestern State (4-5, 2-3).
With the win, Central Arkansas earns the Southland Conference's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs.
Linebacker Myles Jack, who suffered a season-ending knee injury, said Thursday he decided to leave UCLA and enter the 2016 NFL draft because he wants to be compensated for his skills.
The tougher tests await down the road for No. 3 Baylor Bears, but coach Art Briles has seen enough of his Bears to know this is his best team.
A decision has been made that Randy Edsall will not be the football coach at Maryland next season, and discussions are taking place about how and when to separate, a source said Thursday night.
Florida State running back Mario Pender has been released from the hospital but could be given a medical redshirt if he cannot return to the field this season.
Tennessee chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek has issued a statement amid rumors that alleges coach Butch Jones fought and punched senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during a fall practice session.
With the addition of a few tweaks, UConn football coach Bob Diaco is still planning to bring a rivalry trophy with him to Florida on Saturday when the Huskies play UCF.