Digest for 11-30-13


LOCAL

Arkansas women defeat SEMO

ALBURQUERQUE, N.M. — Calli Berna flirted with a triple-double at 12 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds, while Jhasmin Bowen had a career-high 20 points, as the Arkansas women’s basketball team (7-0) rolled to an 88-37 win over Southeast Missouri (2-5) inside The Pit on Friday night.

Four Razorbacks reached double-digit scoring for the fourth time this season, as Arkansas shot 57 percent from the floor collectively and nine players scored in the opening game of the New Mexico Tournament in Albuquerque, N.M.

Berna was able to get plenty of teammates involved in the big win, as freshman Jessica Jackson and senior Keira Peak each added 15 points to join Berna and Bowen in double figures. Peak also surpassed the 500 career-rebound mark in the win.

With the win over Southeast Missouri, Arkansas advances to play in the New Mexico Tournament championship tomorrow and will face either Binghamton or host team New Mexico at either 6 or 8 p.m.

NATIONAL

UCF holds off South Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. — Blake Bortles threw a go-ahead 52-yard touchdown pass to Breshad Perriman with 4:50 left in the fourth quarter, and Jordan Ozerities came up with a game-sealing interception as 17th-ranked UCF upended a pesky South Florida team, 23-20, to claim a share of the American Athletic Conference championship.

The Knights (10-1, 7-0 AAC), winners of seven in a row, have just one conference game left, next Saturday at SMU.

Bortles completed 17-of-26 passes for 219 yards with a pair of touchdowns and two interceptions, and the Knights overcame several turnovers to avoid the upset.

Mike White connected on 15-of-34 throws for 211 yards, but his costly interception with 1:20 left sealed the outcome for the Bulls (2-9, 2-5), who have lost five in a row.

Late TD sends Ducks over Beavers

EUGENE, Ore. — Marcus Mariota’s touchdown pass to Josh Huff with 29 seconds left lifted 12th-ranked Oregon to a 36-35 win over Oregon State in the 117th installment of the Civil War.

Victor Bolden broke off a 25-yard touchdown run to put the Beavers in front 35-30 with 1:38 left.

Mariota then completed four of his next five passes to get the Ducks deep into the Oregon State zone. After his pass on 2nd-and-5 fell incomplete, Thomas Tyner broke off a seven-yard rush to give Oregon a fresh set of downs.

Two plays later, Mariota found Huff in the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown completion to give Oregon (10-2, 7-2 Pac-12) the decisive margin.

Oregon State (6-6, 4-5) hasn’t taken down Oregon since 2007 when it beat the Ducks, 38-31, in overtime.

San Jose State ends Fresno State’s BCS hopes

SAN JOSE, Calif. — David Fales completed 37-of-45 passes for 547 yards and six touchdowns to lead the San Jose State Spartans to a 62-52 upset over No. 16 and previously unbeaten Fresno State to essentially eliminate the Bulldogs from going to a BCS bowl.

Chandler Jones caught eight passes for 146 yards and three touchdowns, Kyle Nunn had 10 catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns and Tyler Winston caught 10 balls for 164 yards and a TD for the Spartans (6-6, 5-3 MWC), who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Derek Carr was 38-for-50 with 519 yards, six touchdowns and an interception and DeVante Adams caught 13 passes for 264 yards and three scores for the Bulldogs (10-1, 7-1).