Toney Converse tied a school record by rushing for four touchdowns and Shawn King threw three touchdown passes as No. 11 Tulane routed Louisiana Tech, 63-30, Thursday night in New Orleans to finish the regular season unbeaten.
Tulane (11-0), the Conference USA champion, will play Brigham Young (9-3) in the Liberty Bowl on New Year's Eve. The Green Wave finished the regular season undefeated and untied for the first time since 1931.
On the eve of Tulane coach Tommy Bowden's interview with Clemson, the crowd chanted "Stay, Tommy Stay" during the fourth quarter.
Converse gained 182 yards on 24 carries, and King completed 19 of 26 passes for 330 yards and rushed for a touchdown. He became the first player in NCAA Division I-A history to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 500 yards in an 11-game season.
Tim Rattay completed 37 of 57 passes for 471 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs (6-6). Troy Edwards caught 15 of those passes for 167 yards.
Tulane scored touchdowns on its first five possessions to take a 35-16 halftime lead.
In Oxford, Miss., James Johnson, despite obvious pain, ran for two short touchdowns as No. 25 Mississippi State beat Mississippi, 28-6, to earn a spot in the Southeastern Conference championship.
Johnson, already limited and grimacing because of a groin injury, had TD runs of 2 and 1 yards before halftime. He never returned after his second TD, when he separated his shoulder on the play that gave State (8-3, 6-2) a 14-3 lead.
The Bulldogs, whose only SEC title was in 1941, will play top-ranked Tennessee in the leagues championship game on Dec. 5.