HAMMOND, La. -- Bryan Bennett threw for three touchdowns and Southeast Louisiana defeated Sam Houston State 34-21 on Saturday to clinch at least a share of its first Southland Conference title.
The Lions (9-2, 6-0) trailed 21-17 at the half but Bennett threw a 62-yard pass to Xavier Roberson and Marquis Hayes rushed 18 yards for touchdowns in the third quarter. Bennett finished with 268 yards on 17-of-28 passing. Two of his passing TDs went to Marquis Fruge'.
The Bearkats (8-3, 4-2), who have won or shared the past two conference championships, came into the game tied for second. They were riding a three-game winning streak but ran into a Lions team that had won seven straight.
Brian Bell gave the Bearkats the lead in the first half on three touchdown passes but finished with just 135 yards on 9-of-17 passing, including an interception. He rushed for 112 yards on 16 carries.
Rutgers coach Kyle Flood expects to keep his job after a tumultuous season in which he was suspended for three games. "I fully expect to be the head coach here for a long time," he said.
The silence from LSU's administration this week about Miles' job status spoke volumes, but not as loudly as the support Tigers fans showed on Saturday. It's been a strange week in Baton Rouge.
Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine combine for 267 rushing yards and four touchdowns in Oklahoma's 58-23 victory over Oklahoma State that captured the Big 12 title for the Sooners.
Paul Harris ran 27 times for 166 yards and a touchdown to help Hawaii snap an eight-game losing streak on Saturday night, 28-26 over Louisiana-Monroe.
Check out the top plays from Week 13 of the college football season, including highlights from Baylor's loss to TCU, Ohio State beating Michigan and Les Miles' emotional win at Tiger Stadium.
The Capital One Cup Impact Performances of the Week include Stanford QB Kevin Hogan, Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott, Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield and Alabama RB Derrick Henry.
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