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Next stop: Glendale, Ariz., for the national championship game against Auburn on Jan. 10.

Oregon State represented the last hurdle for Oregon in its bid to play for a first national championship. The Beavers made it tough, but the Ducks wore them down behind Heisman Trophy contender LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner and a stiff defense to finish the regular season 12-0.


Auburn is headed to the national championship game thanks to Heisman Trophy contender Cam Newton.

The Tigers (13-0) came into the day sitting atop the Bowl Championship Series standings and they left nothing to chance with a 56-17 blowout of 18th-ranked South Carolina.

Newton accounted for six TDs, joining Florida’s Tim Tebow as only the players in the history of the top division to run and pass for 20 touchdowns in a season.

While many will surely consider any title to be tainted because of Newton’s father seeking out illegal payments during the recruiting process, the Tigers can counter that this makes up for the 2004 season.

Auburn went 13-0 that year but didn’t get a chance to even play for the national title, when USC and Oklahoma met in the Orange Bowl.


Police say dozens of fans brawled in a Rose Bowl parking lot before the USC-UCLA football game, leaving two men stabbed, two police officers with minor injuries and three people arrested for investigation of attempted murder.

An estimated 50 to 75 fans of both schools fought in Parking Lot 1 near the Brookside Golf Course about three hours before the crosstown rivalry between the Bruins and Trojans was set to start, Pasadena police Cmdr. Darryl Qualls said.

The stabbing victims were taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital, where they were in fair condition, Qualls said. One officer was treated for a sprained hand, the other for a sprained ankle, and both were released, he said.

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