INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Michigan State shook up the BCS title chase again Saturday night.
The No. 10 Spartans regained the lead on Connor Cook's 9-yard touchdown pass to Josiah Price with 11:41 left and upset No. 2 Ohio State 34-24 to take the Big Ten title and put Auburn back in the national title hunt.
Ohio State (12-1) had the nation's longest active winning streak end at 24 as coach Urban Meyer suffered his first loss since taking over in Columbus.
It was a game that almost defied logic.
The Spartans (12-1) led 17-0 after 21 minutes, then gave up the next 24 points before scoring the final 17.
Michigan State sealed the victory, and its probable trip to the Rose Bowl, with Jeremy Langford's late 26-yard TD run. The Spartans haven't played in Pasadena since 1988.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Kyrie Irving, coming off the first scoreless game of his career, scored 20 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 88-82 Saturday night.
Tristan Thompson added 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Andrew Bynum added 18 points for Cleveland.
Irving, who didn't score in a season-low 20 minutes Friday against Atlanta, scored seven points in the fourth quarter, including two free throws with 15.7 seconds left to put the game away.
Jamal Crawford scored 19 points for the Clippers, who have lost three of four. Chris Paul scored 13 points while DeAndre Jordan added 12.
Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao got into a confrontation with 2:21 to play that resulted in Varejao receiving a personal foul, while Griffin and Cleveland's Jarrett Jack were hit with technicals.
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) -- Daishon Knight had 20 points and six rebounds as Illinois State beat No. 25 Dayton 81-75 on Saturday night.
Bobby Hunter scored 16 points and Zach Lofton added 13 for the Redbirds (5-4).
Jordan Sibert and Vee Sanford had 13 points apiece to lead the Flyers (7-2).
Illinois State jumped to a 6-0 lead and held a 39-32 advantage at the half. The Redbirds led by as many as 10 points in the first half, thanks to a tough defense that kept Dayton from getting good looks at the basket.
Both teams shot about 50 percent from the field, with the Redbirds hitting on 26 of 52 shots and the Flyers going 28 of 57.
The game was won at the free-throw line, with Illinois hitting 21 of 31 free throws to Dayton's 12 of 20.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Colts will be missing two starters Sunday at Cincinnati.
Left guard Hugh Thornton and cornerback Greg Toler did not make Saturday's short trip south on I-74. Backup linebacker Kavell Conner also stayed home.
Thornton had been considered questionable with a neck injury. Toler has missed five straight games with a groin injury. Conner is out with an ankle injury.
Indy (8-4) can clinch the AFC South with a win over the Bengals, a Tennessee loss at Denver or either team ties. The Bengals (8-4) lead the AFC North.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- LaQuinton Ross scored four of his career-high 23 points in a 10-0 second-half run, leading No. 5 Ohio State past Central Connecticut State 74-56 on Saturday night.
Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 17 points and Amir Williams had 11 for the Buckeyes (8-0), who finally pulled away midway through the second half.
Faronte Drakeford led the Blue Devils (2-6) with 12 points and Matt Mobley added 10. The Blue Devils created problems for Ohio State with their zone defense and pass-and-cut offense that often resulted in layups.
A crowd of 13,640 was as reserved as the Buckeyes most of the game. Maybe it was the lack of students, a mid-level opponent, the frosty weather outside or Ohio State's impending Big Ten football championship game on Saturday night, but there were long stretches when the crowd was relatively quiet.
ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) -- Duke Mondy and Kahlil Felder scored 13 apiece to lead six Oakland players in double figures on Saturday night in a 73-56 victory over Ohio.
Oakland (2-7) trailed 35-29 early in the second half before going on a 26-5 run capped by Travis Bader's second 3-pointer with 7:47 left in the game.
Until that run, the Grizzlies had been 1 of 15 from 3-point range and Bader had been 0 for 8. Bader's first 3-pointer gave the Grizzlies their first lead of the game at 37-35 with 13:42 left and Oakland never trailed from there.
Bader extended his streak of games with at least one 3-pointer to 62, the longest current streak in the country.
Nick Kellogg led Ohio (6-2) with 18 points but fouled out with 2:26 left. The Bobcats had closed the gap to 53-64, but allowed Oakland to go on a 10-2 run after Kellogg's departure.
ALBURQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Cameron Bairstow scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds Saturday and New Mexico won 63-54, handing Cincinnati its first loss of the season.
New Mexico (7-1) took a 6-4 lead on a free throw by Bairstow at 17:36 and pulled away by as many as 14 to take a 27-20 halftime lead. Cincinnati (7-1) shot just 26.7 percent from the field in the half.
Cincinnati rallied in the second half, and Sean Kilpatrick made it a 2-point game at 35-33 on free throws at 15:01, but Bairstow replied with a layup and Alex Kirk added a dunk and the Lobos pulled away 41-33. Cincinnati pulled to within five, but another New Mexico run put the game out of reach.
Alex Kirk scored 15 for New Mexico and Kendall Williams added 10.
Sean Kilpatrick led Cincinnati with 19 points, Troy Caupain scored 11 and Justin Jackson added 10.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Myles Davis sank two overtime 3-pointers as the Xavier Musketeers snapped a three-game losing streak with 85-73 win over Bowling Green on Saturday.
Davis broke a 69-69 tie with a 3-pointer from the right corner with 3:59 left in overtime and added another one from the same spot to give the Musketeers a 79-73 lead with 1:29 remaining before a crowd of 9,270. He scored eight of his 14 points as Xavier outscored Bowling Green, 17-5, in the overtime.
Semaj Christon led Xavier (6-4) with 22 points, while James Farr added a career-high 15. Isaiah Philmore also scored 15, 14 in the second half.
Richaun Holmes scored a career-high 26 points to lead both teams. Jehvon Clarke and Anthony Henderson each added 13 points for the Falcons (3-5), who've lost two of their last three games.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Reggie McAdams and Nyles Evans combined for some hot 3-point shooting as Akron breezed past Cleveland State 73-61 on Saturday afternoon.
Akron (2-2) showed no sign of being rusty, playing only their fourth regular season game of the season, following a 21-day layoff. The Zips pegged the game by making 50 percent from beyond the three, hitting 11-of-22 attempts. The Vikings on the other hand, made only 4-of-13 baskets from beyond the arc.
Cleveland State (4-5) held a brief lead of 9-8 seven minutes in, but by halftime Akron had pulled away to a 32-23 lead and never allowed the Vikings to get close. The Zips pushed the lead to as many as 19 points midway through the second half on the way to the victory.
Charlie Lee scored 14 for the Vikings, but Bryn Forbes, who averages 19.8 points was held to just nine.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Nelson Kirksey scored a career-high 24 points on Saturday as Missouri-Kansas City took a close lead at the half and held on to beat Youngstown State 88-80 on Saturday.
Kirksey shot 8 of 13 (61.5 percent) from the floor and led all four other UMKC starters in double figures. The Kangaroos (2-6) got 18 points each from Martez Harrison and Frank Williams Jr., and Trinity Hall added 15 while Fred Chatmon scored 11. Williams Jr. scored three of UMKC'S six 3-pointers.
The Penguins took their largest lead of the game at 23-19 with 7:06 to play in the first half, but UMKC slowly edged past and led 42-34 at the break.
Youngstown State pulled within two (55-53) with 12:36 remaining after a layup by DJ Cole. Kendrick Perry led all scorers with 33 points, but it wasn't enough to sustain the Penguins (7-4).
LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) -- QJ Peterson scored a game-high 21 points and four teammates scored double digits Saturday as VMI beat Wright State 94-74 with a balanced attack and by making 17 of 31 3-point attempts.
Brian Brown, Jordan Weethee and Rodney Glasgow each scored 15 for VMI (5-4), and Brown scored a game-high five 3-pointers. D.J. Covington scored 14 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
Matt Vest led Wright State (5-6) with 14 points, Dixon Miles scored 13 and AJ Pacher added 12.
Wright State stayed close early in the first half and the lead changed hands nine times until VMI pulled ahead 24-21 at 10:04 on a 3-pointer by Trey Chapman, then pulled away to lead 47-36 at halftime. The Keydets finished shooting 54.8 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
VMI continued to dominate in the second half, leading by as many at 23 points and out-rebounding the Raiders 41-33.
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UNDATED (AP) -- It looks like it'll be Florida State against Auburn in the BCS championship game next month, and the Tigers can thank Michigan State for helping them get there.
Second-ranked Ohio State had the inside track on a BCS title game appearance until the 10th-ranked Spartans downed the Buckeyes 34-24 for the Big Ten championship. The Buckeyes owned a 24-game winning streak and were leading 24-20 until Josiah Price grabbed a 9-yard touchdown pass from Connor Cook with 11:41 remaining. Jeremy Langford all-but sealed the victory with a 26-yard scoring run with 2:16 left.
Cook threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns for Michigan State, which blew a 17-0 lead by allowing 24 consecutive points.
OSU quarterback Braxton Miller threw for one touchdown and ran for 142 yards and two TDs. But Miller was just 8 of 21 for 101 yards as the Buckeyes suffered their first loss under second-year coach Urban Meyer, dashing their championship hopes.
Third-ranked Auburn now has national championship hopes after winning the SEC title game, 59-41 over fifth-ranked Missouri. Tre Mason rushed for 304 yards and four touchdowns for Auburn, which set an SEC championship game record with total 677 yards, including 545 on the ground.
Missouri's James Franklin passed for 303 yards and three touchdowns, while Dorial Green-Beckham hauled in six passes for 144 yards and a couple of scores. Although the Tigers piled up 534 total yards, they failed to score in the fourth quarter and couldn't come up with the defensive stops needed to silence Auburn's offense.
The top-ranked Seminoles clinched their BCS title-game appearance by clobbering No. 20 Duke 45-7 in the ACC championship game. Heisman Trophy favorite Jameis (JAYM'-ihs) Winston was 19 of 32 for 330 yards and three touchdowns as the `Noles rolled up 569 yards of total offense. Winston also ran for a TD and set FBS freshman records for TD passes and yards passing in a season, two days after prosecutors decided not to press charges against him in a sexual assault case.
Florida State held the Blue Devils to 239 yards and improved to 13-0 with their 12th straight victory by at least 27 points.
Also in college football:
-- Tyler Gaffney ran for 133 yards and scored three touchdowns in a dominating first half to lead No. 7 Stanford to a 38-14 rout of eleventh-ranked Arizona State. The Cardinal racked up 517 yards in winning the Pac-12 title game and earning a berth in the Rose Bowl, likely against Michigan State. Ty Montgomery scored two touchdowns and Stanford held the Sun Devils to 311 total yards to earn a spot in a BCS bowl for the fourth straight season.
-- Ninth-ranked Baylor said goodbye to Floyd Casey Stadium and hello to its first conference title in 33 years, beating No. 23 Texas 30-10. Bryce Petty threw for 287 yards with touchdown passes on the first drives after halftime to lead the Big 12 champs. Petty finished 21 of 37, with Antwan Goodley catching eight of those for 114 yards.
-- No. 18 Oklahoma went into Stillwater and scored two touchdowns in the final seconds to beat sixth-ranked Oklahoma State 33-24. Backup quarterback Blake Bell threw a go-ahead, seven-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Saunders with 19 seconds remaining, moments before Eric Stroker recovered a fumble for a touchdown. Desmond Roland had three touchdowns and ran for 144 yards for the Cowboys.
-- Playing in the coldest weather conditions in either team's history, No. 15 Central Florida knocked off SMU 17-13. It was 24 degrees at kickoff in Dallas before Blake Bortles threw for 242 yards and ran for two TDs to help UCF finish the regular season 11-1.
-- Derek Carr threw for 403 yards and three touchdowns as 24th-ranked Fresno State beat Utah State 24-17 in the Mountain West title game. Davante Adams had nine receptions for 151 yards, including the tiebreaking touchdown late in the third quarter.
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Irish headed to New York
Notre Dame has accepted an invitation to play in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 28. This will be the fourth straight bowl appearance for the 8-4 Irish. They will play a team from the American Athletic Conference opponent.
UNDATED (AP) -- Paul George and the Indiana Pacers continue to show they're a legitimate contender for the NBA championship after losing to Miami in the conference finals last season.
George scored 28 points and the Pacers improved to a league-best 18-2 by downing the Spurs 111-100 in San Antonio. David West had 20 points and Lance Stephenson added 15 to help Indiana win at San Antonio for the first time in its last 12 visits.
The Spurs led 35-22 before the Pacers went on a 42-20 run bridging halftime. Kawhi Leonard had 18 points for the Spurs, who are 15-4 following their third loss in five games.
Checking out the rest of the NBA slate:
-- LeBron James had 21 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists as Miami clobbered Minnesota 103-82 to end a two-game skid. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade provided 19 points and five rebounds in his return from a two-game absence.
-- Nate Robinson scored 20 points and Jordan Hamilton hit three straight 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter to help Denver knock off Philadelphia 103-92 and end a two-game skid.
-- Klay Thompson scored 30 points and David Lee finished with 23 in Golden State's 108-82 romp over the Grizzlies in Memphis.
-- Monta (MAHN'-tay) Ellis capped his 22-point night by hitting a jumper with 0.2 seconds left to push Dallas past Portland 108-106.
-- Detroit has a four-game winning streak after Brandon Jennings scored 33 points in a 92-75 win at Chicago.
-- Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson each scored 20 points in Cleveland's 88-82 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
-- Brook Lopez delivered 32 points, seven rebounds and four assists as Brooklyn downed Milwaukee 90-82, giving the Nets a bounce-back win after an embarrassing loss to the Knicks.
-- DeMarcus Cousins dropped in 28 points and Isaiah Thomas scored 23 of his 26 points after halftime to fuel Sacramento's 112-102 overtime victory against Utah, stopping the Kings' six-game losing streak.
UNDATED (AP) -- Second-ranked Arizona had some trouble with UNLV before staking its claim for the No. 1 ranking in Monday's AP men's basketball poll.
T.J. McConnell had 13 points, six assists and seven rebounds as the Wildcats escaped with a 63-58 home win against the Runnin' Rebels. Brandon Ashley also had 13 points in a game that had 18 lead changes without either team going ahead by more than six.
Arizona has a shot at moving to the top of the rankings following No. 1 Michigan State's loss to North Carolina on Wednesday.
Also on the top-25 schedule:
-- Syracuse is 9-0 after Trevor Cooney and C.J. Fair each scored 17 points to lead the fourth-ranked Orange to a 93-65 pounding of Binghamton. Jerami Grant had 14 points for Syracuse, which hit 13 3-pointers.
-- LaQuinton Ross scored four of his career-high 23 points in a 10-0 during the second half of Ohio State's 74-56 win against Central Connecticut State. Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 17 points and Amir Williams had 11 as the fifth-ranked Buckeyes improved to 8-0.
-- Colorado had lost 19 straight to Kansas until Askia Booker drained a 25-footer at the buzzer to give the Buffaloes a 75-72 win over the sixth-ranked Jayhawks. The Buffs blew a six-point lead in the final 1:44 before Booker scored the last of his 15 points.
-- Seventh-ranked Louisville is 8-1 after Montrezl Harrell scored 20 points and the Cardinals shot 61 percent in a 113-74 pounding of Louisiana-Lafayette. Chris Jones added 19 points, Russ Smith had 16 and Wayne Blackshear contributed 15 to the win.
-- Sam Dekker's 20 points and 10 rebounds helped eighth-ranked Wisconsin beat Marquette for the first time in their last three meetings, 70-64. Frank Kaminsky added 11 points, including a straightaway 3 to give Wisconsin a 60-54 lead with 1:18 left.
-- Cleanthony Early scored 16 points and No. 11 Wichita State turned a 30-22 halftime deficit into a 71-58 win against Oral Roberts.
-- James Bell and JayVaughn Pinkston led 14th-ranked Villanova to a 30-point win against a city rival, 98-68 over St. Joseph's. Pinkston led all scorers with 27 points and Bell added 25 and 14 rebounds for the 9-0 Wildcats.
-- Shaq Goodwin dropped in a career-high 21 points and No. 16 Memphis shot 54 percent in beating Northwestern State 96-76.
-- Melvin Eim scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half and overtime as 17th-ranked Iowa State pulled out a 91-82 win over Northern Iowa after trailing by 18.
-- Missouri upset No. 18 UCLA 80-71 as Jabari Brown scored 22 points and Jordan Clarkson added 21.
-- No. 19 Gonzaga beat New Mexico State 80-68 as Kevin Pangos chipped in 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
-- Chaz Williams had 32 points and 15 assists as 21st-ranked UMass won its eighth straight game, beating Brigham Young 105-96.
-- Mitch McGary had 12 points, nine rebounds and six assists as 22nd-ranked Michigan blew out Houston Baptist 107-53.
-- No. 23 Iowa cruised past Drake 83-66 behind a season-high 15 points from Melsahn Basabe.
-- Daishon Knight had 20 points and six rebounds as Illinois State beat No. 25 Dayton 81-75
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