CONWAY, Ark. -- Wynri Smothers threw four touchdown passes and ran for another Saturday to lead Central Arkansas to a Southland Conference title and a 35-14 win over Northwestern State.
Central Arkansas (8-2, 6-1 Southland Conference) was tied atop the standings with Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana with one loss each, but the Bears owned any tiebreaker advantages having beaten both schools earlier this season.
Smothers completed 18 of 27 passes for 225 yards and four touchdowns, while scrambling 11 times for 97 yards and another score. Dominiqu Croom was his favorite target, hooking up with the 6-foot, 1-inch senior three times for 64 yards and two scores.
Brad Henderson completed 18 of 35 passes for 177 yards and an interception while running 21 times for 20 yards and two touchdowns for Northwestern State (4-5, 2-3).
With the win, Central Arkansas earns the Southland Conference's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs.
This week's mailbag takes a look at the obvious and the dark horse breakout candidates this season in the Big 12.
GameDay 100: Oregon thought they had Michael Dyer down, but he just kept on running.
Brenda Tracy, who was allegedly raped at Oregon State in 1998, will meet Wednesday with former Beavers coach Mike Riley, who now coaches at Nebraska.
Oregon will need more from its defense, but it's an inexperienced group that still has a lot to prove.
Mike Warren is expected to be the focal point of Iowa State's offense after leading the Big 12 in rushing yards in league games as a freshman in 2015.
Which Pac-12 alumni could we envision strolling the sideline as a coach someday in the future?
|Sam Houston State||7-2||11-4|
|Stephen F Austin||4-5||4-7|