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College Football News: Nittany Lions Finish Challenging Season at 8-4

Nittany Lions finish challenging season 8-4

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Sam Ficken hit a 37-yard field goal in overtime, and Wisconsin's Kyle French attempt from 44 yards went wide left to seal Penn State's 24-21 win in an emotional season finale in Happy Valley. The Nittany Lions finished the year 8-4 to end a challenging year that began with landmark sanctions from the NCAA for the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

Ball Sets Career Touchdown Mark

Wisconsin running back Montee Ball set an NCAA record with his 79th career touchdown on a 17-yard run in the first quarter of the game against Penn State. The score broke a tie in the record book with Travis Prentice of Miami (Ohio), who had previously set the major college mark in 1999.

Razorbacks Ax Smith

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long says interim football coach John L. Smith will not return next season. Arkansas began the season ranked in the top 10 but quickly fell out of the polls after a stunning loss to Louisianan-Monroe on Sept. 8. The Razorbacks finished with a 4-8 record including a 2-6 mark in the SEC.

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