Sports: Auburn & Alabama in a Classic Iron Bowl; Missouri Wins SEC East

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By: ap
Auburn wins stunner to destroy Alabama

Auburn's Chris Davis returns Alabama's last second missed field goal more than 100 yards to win in yet another classic Iron Bowl.

(AP) -- Auburn has managed to top its "Immaculate Deflection" victory of two weeks ago while destroying Alabama's shot at a third consecutive national championship.
Chris Davis returned a missed field goal over 100 yards for a touchdown on the final play to give the fourth-ranked Tigers a 34-28 thriller against the No. 1 Crimson Tide. Davis caught Adam Griffith's 57-yard attempt near the back of the end zone, then sprinted up the left side before cutting right with nothing but teammates surrounding him.
Moments earlier, Auburn was complaining after officials put one second on the clock following T.J. Yeldon's run to the Tigers 39. Time initially had expired, but officials added the second following video review.
Davis capped a wild game in which the Tigers trailed 21-7 in the second quarter and 28-21 in the final minute. Alabama grabbed its final lead when AJ McCarron connected with Amari Cooper on a school-record 99-yard touchdown with 10:28 remaining. McCarron's TD heave appeared to be the game-winner until Nick Marshall threw a 39-yard scoring strike to Sammie Coates with just 32 seconds left.
McCarron was 17 of 29 for 277 and three touchdowns and no interceptions. Marshall completed 11 of his 16 passes but had just 58 passing yards until his last-minute scoring toss to Coates.
Auburn was playing for the first time since Ricardo Louis scored a 73-yard touchdown pass off a deflection with 25 seconds left to give the Tigers a 43-38 win over Georgia on Nov. 16.
The outcome puts the Tigers in the SEC title game and in contention for a spot in the BCS championship game just a year after a 3-9 season. The Crimson Tide fall to 11-1 and likely puts them in line for a berth in the Sugar Bowl.

Florida State stays on track for a spot in the national championship game by hammering rival Florida 37-7. Jameis (JAY'-mihs) Winston threw three touchdown passes to Kelvin Benjamin to help the No. 2 Seminoles improve to 12-0 for the first time since 1999. FSU will likely earn a spot in the BCS title game with a win over Duke in the ACC Championship game next week.
Winston completed 19 of 31 passes for 327 yards as the Seminoles outgained Florida 456-193.

Third-ranked Ohio State turned back a last minute bid for an upset to hold off Michigan 42-41. The Buckeyes ran their record to 12-0 and extended their winning streak to 24 games when the Wolverines failed on a two-point conversion with 32 seconds left.
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller accounted for five touchdowns and Carlos Hyde spearheaded a punishing running game with 226 rushing yards and a TD.

In other top 25 play:

-- Fifth-ranked Missouri secured the SEC East and a place in the conference title game against Auburn by beating No. 19 Texas A&M 28-21. Henry Josey broke loose for the go-ahead score on a 57-yard run with 3:34 to go. Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') was held in check for the second straight week, throwing one touchdown pass and rushing for 21 yards on 11 carries.

-- Connor Shaw threw for one touchdown and rushed for another as 10th-ranked South Carolina knocked off No. 6 Clemson 31-17, the first time the Gamecocks have beaten their state rival five straight years. The game was tied at 17 in the fourth quarter until Mike Davis scored on a two-yard run with 11:47 left and Pharoh Cooper threw a 26-yard TD pass to Brandon Wilds.

-- Wayne Lyons intercepted two passes from Tommy Rees late in the fourth quarter to secure eighth-ranked Stanford's 27-20 triumph against No. 25 Notre Dame. Tyler Gaffney ran for 189 yards and a touchdown, and Kevin Hogan threw for 158 yards and TD to help the Cardinal take a 21-6 lead in the third quarter.

-- Bryce Petty threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as ninth-ranked Baylor outscored TCU 41-38 to keep alive their quest for a possible BCS bowl appearance. The Bears also returned two interceptions for touchdowns and clinched the victory when Terrell Burt picked off Casey Pachal in the end zone with 11 seconds left.

-- No. 11 Michigan State completed an 8-0 Big Ten season with a 14-3 win over Minnesota. Jeremy Langford rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown for the Spartans, who will take on Ohio State in the Big Ten title game next week.

-- Penn State went into Wisconsin and beat the 14th-ranked Badgers 31-24 as freshman Christian Hackenberg threw for 339 yards and four touchdowns. Eugene Lewis caught two touchdowns, including a 59-yarder for a 17-point lead with 13 minutes to go.

-- Brett Hundley passed for 208 yards and rushed for two touchdowns as 22nd-rated UCLA dumped No. 23 Southern California 35-14. Linebacker Myles Jack and defensive end Eddie Verderdoes also had rushing touchdowns to help the Bruins end the Trojans' five-game winning streak.

-- Ross Martin kicked a 27-yard field goal with 2:22 left and No. 24 Duke beat North Carolina 27-25 to clinch the Blue Devils first 10-win season.

(AP) -- A pair of coaches who have been under fire are getting some public backing by the only people that really matter -- their bosses.
Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst says Bo Pelini will remain the Cornhuskers' coach. The heat has been building on Pelini through an 8-4 regular season that concluded with a loss to Iowa Friday. Among the defeats were bad losses to UCLA and Minnesota. Pelini is 57-24 in six seasons with Nebraska, which has gone without a conference title since 1999.
Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley says he has total confidence in coach Will Muschamp despite the school's first losing season since 1979. The 4-7 Gators have lost six in a row, including a 26-20 defeat by lower-division Georgia Southern last Saturday. Muschamp is 22-15 in three seasons, including an 11-2 mark and trip to the Sugar Bowl last season.

(AP) -- The Houston Rockets are the first team to hand the San Antonio Spurs a home loss this season.
James Harden pumped in 31 points and Chandler Parsons finished 25 as the Rockets held off the Spurs 112-106. Patrick Beverly added 11 points, including a tiebreaking tip-in with 31 seconds remaining.
Tony Parker had 27 points for the Spurs, who've dropped two of three since an 11-game winning streak.

Saturday's NBA slate also has Andrew Byrum and Dion Waiters each scoring 20 points in Cleveland's 97-93 win over Chicago. The Cavaliers blew a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter before ending a five-game losing streak.

John Wall finished with 26 points and 12 assists as Washington won for the sixth time in eight games, 108-101 against Atlanta. Trevor Ariza (ah-REE'-zah) and Martell Webster each hit five three-pointers for the Wizards, who won eight games in November for the first time since 1984.

Brook Lopez scored 12 of his 20 points in the final period as Brooklyn downed Memphis 97-88 to end a two-game slide. Joe Johnson had a team-high 26 points for the Nets, who also got 21 from Andray Blatche (AHN'-dray blach) off the bench.

Kevin Martin had 27 points and Minnesota snapped a three-game losing streak with a 112-106 victory at Dallas. Kevin Love contributed 21 points and 11 boards to the win.

Rookie Trey Burke had his best game as a pro, scoring 20 points in Utah's 112-104 downing of Phoenix. Richard Jefferson added 15 points to help the Jazz win for the first time in 10 road games this season.

O.J. Mayo had 22 points and Milwaukee snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 92-85 victory over Boston. Brandon Knight finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists as the Bucks beat the Celtics for the second time this season.

(AP) -- Second-ranked Kansas has followed Friday's loss to Villanova by barely beating Texas-El Paso in the third-place game at the Battle for Atlantis. Perry Ellis scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half as the Jayhawks downed UTEP (YOO'-tehp) 67-63. Wayne Selden Jr. added 14 for Kansas, which led by 14 with 2:21 remaining before the Miners scored 13 points in just over a minute to make it close.
The other top-25 men's basketball final of the day had No. 14 Oregon beating North Dakota 91-76 behind Joseph Young's 23 points.

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- Miami has placed troubled offensive tackle Jonathan Martin on the reserve/non-football illness list, ending his season. The move frees up his roster spot so safety D.J. Campbell can be promoted from the team's practice squad.
Martin left the Dolphins on Oct. 28, the start of what became an explosive probe into allegations that a culture of bullying was around the team and inside its locker room.

Wolfe out of Chiefs game
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe has been ruled out of Sunday's key game at Kansas City with a mysterious illness. Wolfe became ill on the team's bus ride to the airport Friday and was taken to the hospital in an ambulance.
The Broncos says doctors are still looking for the cause of the symptoms.

B's, Pens win
(AP) -- Boston still leads the NHL's Eastern Conference race by one point over Pittsburgh after the Bruins and Penguins won on Saturday.
Milan Lucic (loo-CHEECH') scored twice and Chad Johnson faced just 14 shots as the Bruins topped Columbus 3-1. Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES' BEHR'-zhur-ahn) also tallied for the B's, who outshot the Blue Jackets 36-14 and improved to 10-2-2 in their last 14 games.
Meanwhile, the Penguins were 5-1 winners at Florida as Evgeni Malkin provided a goal and three assists. The Pens led for good after Chris Kunitz and Joe Vitale scored 31 seconds apart midway through the first period.
The NHL's Western Conference leaders also won. Chicago capped a 6-1 road trip by beating Phoenix 5-2 as Patrick Kane delivered a goal and an assist. Antti Raanta (AN'-tee RAHN'-tah) stopped 32 shots in place of usual starter Corey Crawford, who was given the night off after stopping 10 of 11 shots in a shootout on Friday.

Also on ice Saturday:
-- Colorado blew a 2-0 lead in the last 3 1/2 minutes of regulation before Ryan O'Reilly scored the lone shootout goal to lift the Avalanche past Minnesota 3-2.
-- Chris Kreider (KRY'-dur) had a hat trick and Cam Talbot turned back 35 shots as the Rangers beat former coach John Tortorella and the Vancouver Canucks 5-2.
-- Nicklas Backstrom scored a short-handed goal with 49 seconds left before Washington beat the New York Islanders 3-2 on Alex Ovechkin's (oh-VEHCH'-kihnz) goal at 2:07 of overtime.
-- Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-REHT'-ee) collected two goals and an assist while Montreal was building a 4-2 lead in a 4-2 triumph over Toronto.
-- Vincent Lecavalier (leh-KAV'-ul-yay) scored the only goal in a shootout that determined Philadelphia's 3-2 victory at Nashville.
-- Steve Bernier (BURN'-yay) scored at 4:19 of overtime and Cory Schneider notched his second shutout of the season in New Jersey's 1-0 triumph over Buffalo.

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