With rumors swirling about LSU coach Les Miles' future, Jordan Jefferson threw three touchdown passes to Terrence Toliver and ran for a score to help the 11th-ranked Tigers rally for a 41-24 victory over No. 18 Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl on Friday night in Arlington, Texas.
Miles is likely a leading candidate for the coaching vacancy at Michigan, where he played and was an assistant coach.
In the days leading up to the Cotton Bowl, Miles said his focus was on his Tigers and that he enjoyed where he was.
But LSU (11-2) has now completed its fourth season with at least 11 wins in Miles’ six years. The Tigers had only two 11-win seasons in their history before that.
Texas A&M (9-4) led 10-0 in the first quarter, including a field goal after Jefferson threw an interception, but had its six-game winning streak snapped.
TCU KEEPS PATTERSON
TCU coach Gary Patterson received a two-year contract extension through 2018 after leading the Horned Frogs to a perfect season and their first BCS victory.
The new deal Friday came a week after the third-ranked Frogs completed a 13-0 season with a 21-19 victory over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. It was their first undefeated season since their only AP national championship in 1938.
TROUBLE AT TECH
The NCAA put Texas Tech on two years of probation for a series of recruiting violations, saying 16 coaches or assistants sent nearly 1,000 impermissible text messages to football, softball and golf prospects.
The NCAA said the school discovered the violations and reported them. It did not add punishments beyond the school’s self-imposed probation, recruiting restrictions and scholarship reductions.
The football violations occurred between August 2007 and February 2009 under former coach Mike Leach, the NCAA said.
Dennis Franchione was hired at Texas State, returning to college football a long way from the bright lights and big money of Alabama and Texas A&M, where his reputation was battered by unmet expectations and embarrassing scandal. Nebraska coach Bo Pelini says he has no interest in the vacant coaching job at Michigan. Texas hired Boise State offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin to handle the play-calling for the Longhorns. Harsin will share the offensive coordinator title with Major Applewhite.
BBVA compass bowl
Kentucky (6-6) vs. Pittsburgh (7-5)
WHEN: 9 a.m. today, ESPN. WHERE: Birmingham, Ala.
THE BUZZ: Pitt already has fired Dave Wannstedt, but he will coach the Panthers in the bowl game. UK comes in having lost six of its past nine, and two of those wins were over Vanderbilt and FCS member Charleston Southern.
THE LINE: Pitt by 31/2. THE PICK: Pitt 33-27