STANFORD, Calif. Kevin Hogan threw for 155 yards and a touchdown and ran for 47 yards and another score to help eighth-ranked Stanford beat No. 17 UCLA 27-24 in the Pac-12 championship game Friday night.
As a defender barreled into him, Hogan hurled a 26-yard tying touchdown to Drew Terrell on third-and-15 early in the fourth quarter. Jordan Williamson kicked his second field goal from 36 yards with 6 minutes, 49 seconds remaining for the go-ahead score to seal Stanfords first conference title since the 1999 season.
UCLA quarterback Brent Hundley almost brought the Bruins (9-4) back, but Kaimi Fairbairn missed a 52-yard field goal wide left in the closing moments for a disappointing loss.
The Cardinal (11-2) will play the winner of the Big Ten title game between Nebraska and Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.
Huskies 44, Flashes 37, 2OT
DETROIT Jordan Lynch ran for three touchdowns, including a 2-yarder in the second overtime, and Demetrius Stones interception in the end zone gave No. 19 Northern Illinois a 44-37 victory over No. 18 Kent State in a stirring Mid-American Conference championship game Friday night.
NIU (12-1) dominated for much of the night, but the Golden Flashes (11-2) tied it at 34 in the final minute of regulation.
Kent State trailed 27-13 earlier in the fourth before scoring two touchdowns in a 15-second span.