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UNDATED (AP) -- Top-ranked Clemson and No. 2 Alabama kept their national championship hopes alive as they head into their respective conference title games.
DeShaun Watson ran for three scores and threw for another as the Tigers beat South Carolina 37-32 to improve to 12-0 for the first time since their national championship season in 1981. Watson passed for 279 yards and rushed for 114 more to likely keep Clemson on top in the race for the four-team College Football Playoff derby.
The Tigers next face No. 11 North Carolina in the ACC championship game Dec. 5.
The Crimson Tide improved to 11-1 and clinched the SEC West title with a 29-13 stifling of Auburn in the Iron Bowl. Derrick Henry ran 46 times for 271 yards and set a school record by providing a rushing touchdown for the 17th consecutive game. Adam Griffith kicked five field goals for the Tide, who kept the Tigers out of the end zone until Jason Smith's 77-yard touchdown catch late in the third quarter.
In other top-25 finals:
-- Connor Cook returned from a shoulder injury and threw for three TDs as sixth-ranked Michigan State ripped Penn State 55-16. Cook was 19 of 26 for 248 yards to help the 11-1 Spartans reach the Big Ten title game against Iowa, a matchup that likely will decide a spot in the College Football Playoff.
-- Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 214 yards and two touchdowns as eighth-rated Ohio State hammered No. 12 Michigan 42-13. Quarterback J.T. Barrett added 139 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns to help the Buckeyes improve to 11-1 and bounce back from their loss to Michigan State.
-- The 11th-ranked Tar Heels were 45-34 winners at North Carolina State as Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan each ran for two touchdowns. Hood and Logan had scoring runs while North Carolina rolled out to a 35-7 lead in the first quarter.
-- Justin Jackson rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown to lead No. 17 Northwestern past Illinois 24-14. Freshman Clayton Thorson threw for 146 yards and a score as the 10-2 Wildcats earned their fifth straight win.
-- Southern California clinched the Pac-12 regular-season title as Cody Kessler threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score in the Trojans' 40-21 victory over No. 22 UCLA. Darreus Rogers and Taylor McNamara caught TD passes while the 8-4 Trojans scored 20 consecutive points in the second half.
No. 10 Florida suspended leading receiver Demarcus Robinson for the fourth time in three seasons just prior to today's game against 14th-ranked Florida State. Robinson leads the Gators with 47 receptions for 505 yards and two touchdowns.
The junior has been benched and/or demoted twice this season and suspended twice as a freshman and for the 2014 season opener against Idaho
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Paxton Lynch tied an FBS record with seven touchdown passes in a half, leading Memphis past SMU 63-0.
Lynch hit seven different receivers for touchdowns on just 14 attempts before halftime. His seven passing TDs set an American Conference single-game record, and his 28 passing TDs on the season are best in school history.
Memphis ended a three-game losing streak to improve to 9-3.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-VIRGINIA TECH-BEAMER
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Joey Slye kicked a 41-yard field goal with 1:38 remaining to give retiring Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer his 12th consecutive win over Virginia, 23-20. The victory earns Beamer a chance to coach his team in one more bowl game in his 29-year career.
The 6-6 Hokies will go to a bowl game for the 23rd consecutive season.
UNDATED (AP) -- Bill Cubit has agreed to a two-year contract to be football coach at Illinois after serving on an interim basis this season. The former offensive coordinator guided the Illini to a 5-6 record after Tim Beckman was let go before the start of the season.
-- Tulane has fired football coach Curtis Johnson after three losing seasons. Johnson guided the Green Wave to its first bowl game in 11 years in 2013, but Tulane was only able to win six games the last two seasons. Johnson's cumulative record was 15-34.
UNDATED (AP) -- No. 24 Cincinnati is the winner of the Barclays Center Classic after beating George Washington 61-56 in the title game.
Troy Caupain scored 16 points, including the go-ahead three-point play with 1:38 to play. Caupain also hit a pair of free throws in the final seconds to wrap up the win as the Bearcats improved to 7-0.
UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Rangers are still in the midst of their first slump of the season.
The Rangers absorbed their third straight loss in a 3-0 shutout by Philadelphia. Wayne Simmonds scored twice and had an assist to support Steve Mason, who stopped 24 shots in the Flyers' fourth shutout of the season.
The Rangers are 2-4-0 since a nine-game winning streak left them 14-2-2 for the season. They will fall into second place in the Metropolitan Division if the Capitals beat Toronto tonight.
Protesters march in Chicago shopping district
CHICAGO (AP) -- A protest march has begun in Chicago's Magnificent Mile shopping district, with the Rev. Jesse Jackson in the middle of a crowd that's shouting, "What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now!"
TIGHT SECURITY FOR SNOOPY AND SPONGEBOB
NEW YORK (AP) -- Snoopy, SpongeBob -- and security.
BOSTON TUBA CONCERT
BOSTON (AP) -- It's time to put the oom-pah into the holidays -- with the Boston Tuba Christmas.
IN THE NEWS: CELEBRITY COUPLE WINS INTERNET FRIENDS
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello aren't the first celebrities to share a personal moment with fans online.
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