CORVALLIS, Ore. — As the third quarter turned to the fourth and AC/DC blared in Reser Stadium, Oregon State's sideline was rocking, its players thinking they just might pull off a monster upset.
On its side of the field, top-ranked Oregon stayed cool — focused on winning the day.
When it was done, and a spot in the BCS national title game was secured, that's when the Ducks finally let loose.
Heisman Trophy contender LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner and the fast-paced Ducks negotiated the last speed bump on the way to Glendale, Ariz., grinding out a 37-20 victory over the Beavers in the Civil War on Saturday.
The matchup becomes official today, but there will be no surprises when the final Bowl Championship Series standings come out: Oregon will play Auburn on Jan. 10 in the Ducks' quest for their first national championship.
No. AUBURN 56, No. 18 SOUTH CAROLINA 17: At Atlanta, Cam Newton left nothing to chance. He ran and passed the Auburn Tigers to a shot at the national championship they were denied six years ago, and he might as well start working on that Heisman pose, too. Newton passed for a career-high 335 yards and four touchdowns, plus ran for a pair of TDs in an MVP performance.
No. 10 OKLAHOMA 23, No. 13 NEBRASKA 20: At Arlington, Texas, Travis Lewis had an interception in the end zone and recovered two fumbles as No. 10 Oklahoma rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat Nebraska, the Cornhuskers' last game in the conference. Landry Jones threw for 342 yards and a touchdown and also sneaked in for another score from 1 yard out as the Sooners (11-2) made the biggest comeback in Big 12 championship history to earn a spot in the Fiesta Bowl. The Cornhuskers (10-3) self-destructed in their final game as a Big 12 member, squandering a 17-0 lead with four turnovers and getting shut out in the second half.
No. 12 VIRGINIA TECH 44, No. 20 FLORIDA STATE 33: At Charlotte, N.C., Tyrod Taylor threw three touchdown passes and scrambled for another and surging Virginia Tech captured its third Atlantic Coast Conference title in four years. After two early season losses, the Hokies (11-2) earned their 11th straight victory.