Interim Illinois athletic director Paul Kowalczyk said ideally a decision will be made by Sunday about whether interim football coach Bill Cubit gets the job permanently.

Kowalczyk said Wednesday on WSKJ radio in Champaign that he and interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson will decide whether to keep Cubit. Kowalczyk said "we need to make that call" within 24 hours of Illinois' Saturday game against Northwestern.

The Illini (5-6, 2-5 Big Ten) close the season against the Wildcats (9-2, 5-2) at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Cubit was offensive coordinator and took over as head coach when Tim Beckman was fired just before the start of the season.

Petersen extension

Washington coach Chris Petersen signed a two-year contract extension keeping him tied to the Huskies through the 2020 season, the school announced on Thursday.

Petersen originally signed a five-year contract in December 2013. Petersen will be paid $4 million per season in 2019 and 2020, the same as he is scheduled to make in 2018, the final year of his original contract.

"Coach Petersen has demonstrated tremendous integrity and is building a program that Husky fans can be proud of, both on and off the field," Washington athletic director Scott Woodward said in a statement. "This extension is well-deserved and we hope Coach Petersen is a Husky for a long time to come."

Washington was the school that was finally able to pry Petersen away from Boise State after others had made their pitch only to be turned down by the coach. Petersen left behind his unprecedented success at Boise State and inherited the Huskies program after the 2013 season.

Thursday's play

USF 44, UCF 3: The Bulls got three touchdown passes and two rushing TDs from Quinton Flowers as they dominated the host Knights, who suffered their second winless season in the past 11. The Bulls (8-4, 6-2 American) forced two turnovers while holding the Knights (0-12, 0-8) to 203 yards of total offense.

Texas Tech 48, Texas 45: DeAndre Washington ran for 173 yards and two TDs, and Texas Tech (7-5, 4-12 Big 12) overcame a breakout performance from Texas freshman tailback Chris Warren III as the host Red Raiders beat the Longhorns for their first road win in the rivalry since 1997. Warren set a freshman record with 268 yards rushing and scored four TDs for Texas (4-7, 3-5) as it clinched the second losing season in as many years under Charlie Strong.