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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Alabama split the games and swept the titles.
The Crimson Tide was voted No. 1 in the final AP poll for the
eighth time, tying Notre Dame for the most of any team in college
football, after winning a rematch with LSU in the BCS championship
last night. LSU was No. 2. Big 12 champion Oklahoma State was No.
3. Oregon finished fourth and Arkansas was fifth, giving the SEC
three of the top five teams in the country.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) – Georgia senior cornerback and return
specialist Brandon Boykin has won the 2011 Paul Hornung Award
winner as the nation’s most versatile player. The award is given
out by the Louisville Sports Commission. Boykin topped Arkansas’
Joe Adams, Oregon’s LaMichael James and Toledo’s Eric Page for the
honor in the award’s second year. Boykin will play in the Jan. 28
Senior Bowl and receive the award on Feb. 2.

SEATTLE (AP) – Far from its finest performance of this season,
Washington believes its slowdown, 57-53 win over Utah was exactly
what it needed. That was the message from coach Lorenzo Romar
yesterday as the Huskies prepare for crosstown foe Seattle.
Washington’s victory over the Utes on Saturday was the Huskies’
first road victory of the season and in a manner that was the
opposite of the way the Huskies normally like to play.

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) – University of Montana assistant head
coach and defensive coordinator Mike Breske says he is joining
Washington State’s coaching staff as defensive coordinator. The
Missoulian reported Breske confirmed his hiring Sunday evening.
Breske says he interviewed with WSU coach Mike Leach over the
weekend and accepted the job. No formal announcement has come from
Washington State or the University of Montana.

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