ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Tim Flanders scored his fifth touchdown of the game in overtime Saturday to help San Houston State defeat New Mexico 48-45.
New Mexico's Deon Long, who returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, caught three touchdown passes, including the game-tying score with 27 seconds remaining in regulation to cap an 80-yard drive.
But the Bearkats (3-0) held UNM (0-4) to a field goal in overtime.
Flanders, who finished with a career-best 194 yards on 30 carries, took it over from four yards out for the win.
Long had nine receptions for 209 yards and his 378 all-purpose yards set a school and Mountain West record.
The teams combined for 1,075 yards of offense.
South Carolina's loss to The Citadel, coupled with Georgia and Florida struggling in tight victories, was an embarrassment for the conference.
Oklahoma is projected to be in the College Football Playoff after the release of the CFP rankings, while West Virginia joined the bowl-eligible crowd.
Florida's struggles have put its hopes of making a New Year's Six Bowl in danger, with the Egg Bowl winner possibly profiting from the Gators' demise.
A win over Washington State would be the sixth of the season for Washington, giving the Pac-12 a 10th bowl-eligible team.
With just one week left in the regular season, there's still a lot that can change in the Big Ten bowl picture. Here are projections as things stand.
A North Carolina team that beats Clemson and wins out to take the ACC would have a strong case for the College Football Playoff.
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