Wide left, Stanford wins the Pac-12

Northern Illinois beats Kent State in double OT to win the MAC

Kelsey Young and Stanford held off Brandon Sermons and UCLA to win their first Pac-12 championship since 1999. The Cardinal beat the Bruins 27-24 on Friday in Stanford, Calif., and will await the Big Ten winner to play for the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. Enlarge photo

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Kelsey Young and Stanford held off Brandon Sermons and UCLA to win their first Pac-12 championship since 1999. The Cardinal beat the Bruins 27-24 on Friday in Stanford, Calif., and will await the Big Ten winner to play for the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.

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 Stanford’s first conference title since the 1999 season.

UCLA quarterback Brent Hundley almost brought the Bruins (9-4) back, but Ka’imi 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 Stone’s 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.

Akeem Daniels extends the ball over the goal line for a first-half touchdown in the Mid-American Conference championship game Friday in Detroit. Daniels and Northern Illinois’ effort finally paid off after two overtimes for a 44-37 victory over Kent State. Enlarge photo

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Akeem Daniels extends the ball over the goal line for a first-half touchdown in the Mid-American Conference championship game Friday in Detroit. Daniels and Northern Illinois’ effort finally paid off after two overtimes for a 44-37 victory over Kent State.

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