Wrapup ALABAMA ROLLS PAST FLORIDA TO SEC TITLE
atlanta» Alabama showed off all its weapons in the Southeastern Conference championship game.
Now, the Crimson Tide can expect a return trip to Atlanta for the College Football Playoff.
The nation’s No. 1 team scored off a blocked punt and an interception return Saturday before wearing down No. 15 Florida (8-4, No. 15 CFP) in the second half with a dominant running game. The result was a 54-16 rout that positioned Alabama (13-0, No. 1 CFP) to go for its second straight national title and its fifth crown in the last nine years under Tide coach Nick Saban.
Next up: a likely semifinal game at the Georgia Dome on Dec. 31.
“You don’t always get what you want in life, but you mostly get what you deserve,” said Saban, who already has five national titles overall and is one away from tying Bear Bryant for the most by any coach in history. “These guys have done a fantastic job all year long to win 13 games and the SEC.”
Baker Mayfield passed for 288 yards and three touchdowns and No. 7 Oklahoma (10-2, 9-0, No. 9 College Football Playoff ) defeated No. 11 Oklahoma State (9-3, 7-2, No. 10 CFP) 38-20 in a matchup that decided the conference champion and likely guaranteed the Sooners a trip to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.
The Heisman Trophy candidate performed well throughout, despite finishing the game without top receiver Dede Westbrook, a Biletnikoff Award finalist. Westbrook caught four passes for 111 yards before being knocked out of the game on a crushing hit by Oklahoma State safety Jordan Sterns.
• Skyler Howard threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, and Justrin Crawford rushed for 209 yards as No. 14 West Virginia (10-2, 7-2, No. 16 CFP) held on for a 24-21 victory over Baylor (6-6, 3-6). The Mountaineers won 10 games in the regular season for the first time since 2007.
After the game, West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons announced in a statement that coach Dana Holgorsen was given a five-year contract extension to 2021 worth $18.6 million plus incentives.
Anthony Wales rushed for 209 yards and four touchdowns and Mike White threw for 421 yards and three more scores as Western Kentucky (10-3) defeated Louisiana Tech (8-5) to win the conference championship, rolling 58-44.
Phillip Walker threw two touchdown passes, Temple’s defense stuffed Navy’s running game and the Owls (10-3) claimed their first AAC title with a 34-10 victory. No. 20 Navy (9-3, No. 19 CFP) lost standout quarterback Will Worth to a second-quarter ankle injury.
University of Texas regents approved a five-year contract worth at least $25 million for new football coach Tom Herman. The contract calls for an annual salary of $5.25 million the first year and up to $6.25 million in the final year. Herman was hired away from Houston to replace Charlie Strong, who was fired after three seasons. Results