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Defense leads top teams in offensive-minded game

Updated: December 3, 2012, 5:48 AM ET
Associated Press

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By KURT VOIGT

AP Sports Writer

Offense is in, but defense is still what it takes to win big.

That's the lesson of college football's 2012 season.

For the fourth straight year, scoring rose during the regular season -- with FBS schools averaging 29.6 points per game. That's up from 28.3 per game last season, from 27 in 2009.

Despite all of the pass-happy, fast-paced fun, those atop the BCS standings paint a far different ...

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