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Top 25 football: LSU holds off Arkansas

Published November 23, 2012 8:56 pm

Top 25 football • Tigers' hope of SEC championship lives.
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Fayetteville, Ark. • Even record-setting performances by Tyler Wilson and Cobi Hamilton weren't enough for Arkansas to close out its disappointing season with a win.

The Razorbacks rallied in the second half on Friday, but their efforts fell short in a 20-13 loss to No. 8 LSU.

Wilson was 31-of-52 passing for the Razorbacks (4-8, 2-6 SEC), whose fall from preseason top 10 is now complete. The senior set the school record for career passing yards in the loss, while Hamilton set the school record for receptions in a career with 175.

The records were a bright spot in an otherwise dismal season for a Razorbacks team that struggled mightily following the April firing of former coach Bobby Petrino. Arkansas was 21-5 the last two seasons and entered the season with SEC and national championship expectations, but it was eliminated from the bowl picture following last week's loss at Mississippi State.

"We kind of stuck together [through] all the adversity," Hamilton said. "We're still brothers. We're still the same 2012 team that everybody had high expectations for. But we just stuck together."

No. 17 Nebraska 13, Iowa 7 • In Iowa City, Iowa, Rex Burkhead scored the go-ahead touchdown in his return from a knee injury and Nebraska secured a spot in the Big Ten title game.

Burkhead, making his first appearance since Oct. 20 against Northwestern, broke through with a 3-yard TD run to make it 13-7 late in the third quarter.

No. 23 Kent State 28, Ohio 6 • In Kent, Ohio, C.J. Malauulu returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown — 12 seconds after another Kent State TD — and the Golden Flashes completed a perfect season in the Mid-American Conference with their 10th straight win.

No. 24 Northern Illinois 49, Eastern Michigan 7 • In Ypsilanti, Mich., Jordan Lynch ran for 107 yards and Akeem Daniels scored a career-best four touchdowns as the Huskies won their 11th straight game.

Daniels scored on runs of 25 and 20 yards in the first half and finished with a career-high 112 yards on 12 carries.