Cam Akers and Jacques Patrick each ran for two touchdowns as Florida State won its third straight game to secure bowl eligibility with a 42-10 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday at Tallahassee, Fla.
Patrick ran for 155 yards and Akers added 117 yards as the Seminoles (6-6) accumulated 305 rushing yards. It’s the first time this season FSU has had a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game, and it helped overcome the distractions of Friday when coach Jimbo Fisher bolted for Texas A&M and Odell Haggins was named interim coach.
ULM finished 4-8.
James Blackman completed 14 of 22 passes for 197 yards, including a 14-yard TD pass to D.J. Matthews. Blackman also threw two interceptions.
The game had been canceled Sept. 9 due to Hurricane Irma but was rescheduled when it became clear that the Seminoles needed another win to extend their streak of consecutive bowl appearances to 36 seasons.
Florida Atlantic 41, North Texas 17: Lane Kiffin’s first season at Florida Atlantic brought the school’s first Conference USA championship as the Owls (10-3) beat the Mean Green (9-4) for the league title Saturday at Boca Raton, Fla.
Devin Singletary had 26 carries for 164 yards and three touchdowns for the Owls, who extended their unbeaten streak to nine games and were undefeated against C-USA opponents this season. Jason Driskel completed 15 of 27 passes for 269 yards and a touchdown for FAU, and Kalib Woods had a school-record 208 receiving yards.
Mason Fine completed 24 of 39 passes for 304 yards for the Mean Green, whose five-game winning streak was snapped. Turner Smiley had a touchdown catch and Evan Johnson ran one in for North Texas, which will be bowl-bound for the second straight year.
Toledo 45, Akron 28: Logan Woodside threw four touchdown passes and Terry Swanson rushed for 180 yards and two scores as the Rockets (11-2) topped the Zips (7-6) in the Mid-American Conference championship game Saturday at Ford Field in Detroit.
Receivers Diontae Johnson (118 yards) and Jon’Vea Johnson (103) combined for 221 yards and three touchdowns for Toledo, which won its third conference championship game and first since 2004.
Akron forced five turnovers but couldn’t overcome a lopsided first half in its second loss to Toledo this season. Woodside threw three touchdown passes in the first half, two to Diontae Johnson, as the Rockets took a 28-0 lead.