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No. 4 MSU bans Cox after felony arrest

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State starting safety Justin Cox has been suspended indefinitely from the football program after being arrested Friday on felony aggravated domestic violence and burglary charges.

The Oktibbeha County sheriff's department confirmed that Cox was arrested about 4 a.m. on Friday. He posted a $20,000 bail later on Friday.

Cox, a 6-foot-3, 192-pound senior, has played in nine games this season, starting eight. He's made 21 tackles and intercepted two passes.


USC confirms CB Shaw to play vs. UCLA

LOS ANGELES (AP) Cornerback Josh Shaw will play for Southern California in its rivalry showdown against UCLA, although his role hasn't been determined.

USC coach Steve Sarkisian confirms Shaw will make his season debut Saturday night at the Rose Bowl.


Kansas State claims share of Big 12 lead

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Jake Waters' special night has No. 12 Kansas State back in a first-place tie in the Big 12.

Waters threw for a career-high 400 yards and a touchdown, Tyler Lockett returned a punt for a score and No. 12 Kansas State held on to beat sloppy West Virginia 26-20 on Thursday night.


Williams has 4 TDs, UNC rips No. 25 Duke

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) North Carolina took things from No. 25 Duke all night: The ball. The momentum. And, finally, the Victory Bell.

The Tar Heels routed Duke 45-20 on Thursday night with Marquise Williams throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for two more.


Ga. Tech secures berth in ACC title game

ATLANTA (AP) While enjoying an off week, No. 17 Georgia Tech clinched a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game Thursday night.

The Yellow Jackets (9-2, 6-2) earned a trip to Charlotte as Coastal Division champions when Duke lost to North Carolina 45-20.


Maryland WR Diggs to miss last 2 games

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs was officially ruled out of the Terrapins final two regular-season games by coach Randy Edsall on Thursday.

However, Edsall said that Diggs would be available for Maryland's bowl next month. Diggs suffered a lacerated kidney against Penn State on Nov. 1 and has not played since.


Beasley, Bosa among Lombardi finalists

HOUSTON (AP) Clemson's Vic Beasley, Ohio State's Joey Bosa, Washington's Hau'oli Kikaha and Arizona's Scooby Wright are finalists for the Lombardi Award for college football's best lineman or linebacker.

Beasley, a defensive end, leads the Tigers with eight sacks and 14 1/2 tackles for losses. Also a defensive end, Bosa is fifth in the nation with 11 1/2 sacks and has 17 tackles for losses.


WSU QB Halliday broke leg, not ankle

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday broke his lower leg against Southern California, not his ankle as was widely reported.

Halliday, the nation's passing leader, said Thursday that he broke his tibia and fibula when a USC player fell on his leg early in the Nov. 1 game. He says the break was closer to his ankle than his knee.


USC CB Shaw practices, uncertain to play

LOS ANGELES (AP) Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox tried to downplay it as a typical Wednesday morning practice at No. 24 Southern California, only with "more people on the sideline," but the return of defensive back Josh Shaw from suspension made it anything but.

Shaw worked at cornerback and on special teams after being reinstated Tuesday night following investigations by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office and the university. The senior missed the first 10 games of the season after lying about how he sprained both of his ankles in a fall days before the Trojans' season opener.


Muschamp wants to coach next season

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Will Muschamp wants to coach next season.

The fired Florida coach said Wednesday he would "like to obviously be working next year."

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