FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Jarvis Landry helped LSU keep an SEC championship within reach.
Landry made a spectacular, reaching, one-handed touchdown catch and the eighth-ranked Tigers held on for a 20-13 win over Arkansas on Friday.
Zach Mettenberger passed for 217 yards and hooked up with Landry for the play of the day with 1:12 left in the first half to put LSU up 10-0. The Tigers (10-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) reached double-digit wins for the sixth time in eight seasons under coach Les Miles.
LSU must now hope for an Alabama loss to Auburn and Texas A&M victory on Saturday in order to reach next weekend’s SEC championship game. Even without a division crown, the Tigers could still get an at-large bid to the BCS.
Tyler Wilson was 31 of 52 passing for the Razorbacks (4-8, 2-6), whose fall from preseason top 10 is now complete. The senior set the school record for career passing yards in the loss.
Arkansas’ Cobi Hamilton set the school record for receptions in a career with 175.
The Tigers took at 17-3 lead early in the second quarter after a 1-yard touchdown run by Jeremy Hill, who finished with 77 yards rushing on 18 carries. The touchdown followed an 86-yard kickoff return by Michael Ford to the Arkansas 9.
The Razorbacks, which were 21-5 the last two seasons, struggled mightily in its first season following the April firing of former coach Bobby Petrino.
No. 17 Nebraska 13, Iowa 7
Rex Burkhead scored the go-ahead TD in his return from a knee injury and Nebraska (10-2, 7-1 Big Ten) beat Iowa (4-8, 2-6) in Iowa City, Iowa, to secure a spot in the Big Ten title game.
The Huskers will face off against Wisconsin next Saturday in Indianapolis. It’ll be a rematch of Nebraska’s thrilling 30-27 home win over the Badgers in late September.
No. 23 Kent State 28, Ohio 6
C.J. Malauulu returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown — 12 seconds after another Kent State TD — and the Golden Flashes (11-1, 8-0) completed a perfect season in the Mid-American Conference with their 10th straight win, beating Ohio (8-4, 4-4) in Kent, Ohio.
No. 24 N. Illinois 49, Eastern Michigan 7
Jordan Lynch ran for 107 yards and Akeem Daniels scored a career-best four touchdowns as Northern Illinois (11-1, 8-0) won its 11th straight game against Eastern Michigan (2-10, 1-7) on a cold and snowy day in Ypsilanti, Mich.
West Virginia 31, Iowa State 24
Tavon Austin turned a touch pass from Geno Smith into a 75-yard TD with 6:31 left and West Virginia (6-5, 3-5 Big 12) held on to beat Iowa State (6-6, 4-5) in Ames, Iowa, to break a five-game losing streak.
In the first game between the two schools, the Mountaineers trailed 24-23 when they took over on their own 25 after Iowa State’s Edwin Arceo kicked a 49-yard field goal.
Smith took the snap in shotgun formation and immediately flicked the ball to Austin cutting in front of him. Austin, who had been held in check until then, turned the corner and easily outran the pursuit down the left sideline.
East Carolina 65, Marshall 59 (2 OT)
Shane Carden’s 1-yard touchdown run in the second overtime in Greenville, N.C., lifted East Carolina (8-4, 7-1) over Marshall (5-7, 4-4) and kept the Pirates’ Conference USA title hopes alive.
The Pirates will advance to play Tulsa for the league championship if UAB beats Central Florida today.