Weekend’s best

Sweet Arkansas-sy molassy: After escaping Kentucky thanks to what is now known as “Bluegrass Miracle,” Louisiana State got a taste of its own medicine as Arkansas marched down the field with less than a minute left and scored a touchdown on a Matt Jones to DeCori Birmingham 31-yard connection with just nine seconds left on the clock. Louisiana State got the ball back inside its own 5-yard line, but could not muster enough magic to score again.

While not quite as miraculous as the 75-yard bomb the Tigers needed to defeat Kentucky, the game was much more meaningful. Now it is the Razorbacks who will face Georgia next week in the SEC Championship game, rather than Louisiana State.

No siesta en route to Fiesta: After being held scoreless for nine straight quarters of play, Syracuse finally got in the end zone against Miami (Fla.) in the second quarter. The touchdown was the highlight for the Orangemen, who were routed 49-7, behind two long touchdown runs of 61 and 51 yards by Hurricanes’ running back Willis McGahee.

The speed of the Hurricanes was just too much for Syracuse, as was quarterback Ken Dorsey’s amazing accuracy. Dorsey began the game by completing his first 10 passes and torched the Syracuse secondary for nearly 300 yards in the first half.

Miami (Fla.) is now just one win away from meeting Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl and a shot at the team’s second national title in a row. With Virginia Tech ending the season with a whimper, the Hurricanes’ ticket looks to be stamped.

How the AP top 25 fared

Associated Press Poll for week of November 26.

All games played November 29, 30.

Team: Last week: This week:

1. Miami (Fla.) beat Syracuse 49-7 vs. Virginia Tech

2. Ohio State idle idle

3. Oklahoma lost to Oklahoma State 38-28 vs. Colorado

4. Iowa idle idle

5. Georgia beat Georgia Tech 51-7 vs. Arkansas

6. Southern Cal. beat Notre Dame 44-13 idle

7. Notre Dame lost to Southern Cal. 44-13 idle

8. Kansas State idle idle

9. Washington State idle at UCLA

10. Texas beat Texas A&M 50-20 idle

11. Penn State idle idle

12. Michigan idle idle

13. Colorado idle vs. Oklahoma

14. Alabama beat Hawaii 21-16 idle

15. Florida lost to Florida State 31-14 idle

16. Colorado State lost to UNLV 36-33 idle

17. Pittsburgh lost to West Virginia 24-17 idle

18. Louisiana State lost to Arkansas 21-20 idle

19. Boise State idle idle

20. Auburn idle idle

21. North Carolina State idle idle 22. Virginia Tech beat Virginia 21-9 at Miami (Fla.)

23. Florida State beat Florida 31-14 idle

24. West Virginia beat Pittsburgh 24-17 idle

25. Maryland beat Wake Forest 32-14 idle

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