October 27, 2007

Saturday's Top 25 roundup

No. 1 Ohio State 37, No. 24 Penn State 17

Todd Boeckman threw for 253 yards and three touchdowns and Chris Wells ran for 133 yards, leading the Buckeyes to another easy victory in State College, Pa.

The Buckeyes' vaunted defense didn't play up to its typical stingy standards, but it didn't need to be with Boeckman on a roll and Ohio State's massive offensive line dominating the line of scrimmage.

THURSDAY: No. 2 Boston College 14, No. 8 Virginia Tech 10

Matt Ryan threw a 24-yard touchdown pass on the run and across the field to Andre Callender with 11 seconds left and No. 2 Boston College remained undefeated with an improbable 14-10 victory over No. 8 Virginia Tech on Thursday in Blacksburg, Va.

Ryan sealed his status as a serious Heisman Trophy contender with two touchdown passes in the final 2:11 seconds after doing little for the first 55 minutes against the Hokies' swarming defense.

Boston College improved to 8-0 for the first time since 1942 and validated itself as a national title contender.

No. 5 Oregon 24, No. 9 Southern Cal 17

Jonathan Stewart ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns and the Ducks knocked off USC in Eugene, Ore.

Dennis Dixon completed 16 of 25 passes for 157 yards. He also ran for 76 yards and a touchdown for Oregon. The Ducks, who came into the game ranked second nationally in total offense, had 399 yards against the Trojans.

USC's defense, ranked third in the nation, held up against the Ducks. But it was turnovers - including a fumble recovery and a pair of interceptions - that gave Oregon the advantage over the Trojans.

No. 6 West Virginia 31, No. 25 Rutgers 3

Steve Slaton ran for three touchdowns and quarterback Pat White rushed for 156 yards and a score as the Mountaineers beat the Scarlet Knights in Piscataway, N.J., their 13th straight victory in the series.

Slaton went from sideline to sideline on a spectacular 38-yard run that gave West Virginia the early lead, and he scored on second-half runs of 1 and 6 yards to bury Rutgers (5-3, 2-2).

White, who missed last year's wild 41-39 triple overtime win over Rutgers with an ankle injury, scored on a 1-yard run. He drove Scarlet Knights defenders crazy with an elusiveness that had to excite the seven bowl representatives at the game. He also threw for 144 yards, highlighted by a 51-yard screen pass to Slaton to set up a touchdown.

No. 7 Arizona State 31, No. 18 California 20

Arizona State spotted California a 13-point first-quarter lead, then rallied for a 31-20 victory in Tempe, Ariz. Dimitri Nance ran for three touchdowns and Rudy Carpenter threw for 219 yards and a touchdown as the Sun Devils overcame a double-digit deficit at home for the third time.

Arizona State took over first place in the Pac-10 and set up a high-stakes showdown with No. 5 Oregon next week in Eugene - a game that will have national title implications.

No. 20 Georgia 42, No. 9 Florida 30

Knowshon Moreno ran for a career-high 188 yards and three scores, Matthew Stafford threw three touchdown passes and Georgia upset Florida in the annual showdown in Jacksonville, Fla.

In a game filled with costly penalties, big plays and momentum shifts, the Bulldogs sacked Tim Tebow six times and contained the Gators' high-scoring offense most of the game. The result was a rare Bulldogs victory in one of the South's most heated rivalries.

Florida had dominated the series since 1990, winning 15 of the last 17 meetings and eight of nine. Georgia turned it around Saturday, taking advantage of Tebow's bruised non-throwing shoulder and Florida's porous defense.

Andre Dixon ran for a career-high 189 yards and Connecticut used a late goal-line stand to upset South Florida in Storrs, Conn., for the Huskies' first-ever win over a ranked opponent.

The victory keeps UConn in sole possession of first place in the Big East, and all but assures them of the first Top-25 ranking the program's history.

South Florida, which was ranked No. 2 just two weeks ago, has lost two straight.

No. 12 Kansas 19, Texas A&,M 11

Brandon McAnderson rushed for a career-high 183 yards and two touchdowns and the Jayhawks improved to 8-0 for the first time since 1909 with a win over Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.

Todd Reesing went 21-for-33 for 180 yards and the Jayhawks' fifth-ranked defense did the rest, holding the Aggies to 127 yards and six first downs through three quarters. A&M gained 191 yards in the fourth quarter, after the Jayhawks built a 19-0 lead.

No. 13 Missouri 42, Iowa State 28

Lorenzo Williams recovered a fumble in the end zone at the start of the second half, giving No. 13 Missouri breathing room and momentum in Columbia, Mo.

Jimmy Jackson, Tony Temple, Martin Rucker and Jeremy Maclin each scored for the Tigers, who had been four-touchdown favorites against the downtrodden Cyclones. Missouri, which entered the game seventh in the nation in total offense at 518 yards per game, was held to a season-low 366 yards.

Wesley Carroll threw for two touchdowns and Mississippi State forced a season-high six turnovers in a victory Kentucky in Lexington, Ky.

Kentucky has lost two straight since knocking off then-No. 1 LSU in triple overtime. A loss to Florida last Saturday dashed the Wildcats' national championship hopes, and this Homecoming loss to the Bulldogs likely knocks them out of the SEC title race, too.

Kentucky quarterback Andre' Woodson was sacked three times and threw three second-half interceptions.

Tennessee 27, No. 15 South Carolina 24, OT

Daniel Lincoln kicked a game-tying 48-yard field goal with 5 second left, then provided the only points in overtime, and Tennessee recovered after blowing a big lead to beat South Carolina in Knoxville, Tenn.

The victory, coupled with No. 20 Georgia's victory over ninth-ranked Florida earlier Saturday, puts the Volunteers atop the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division. The Vols are tied with Georgia but hold the head-to-head tiebreaker after beating the Bulldogs earlier this month.

No. 17 Texas 28, Nebraska 25

Jamaal Charles ran for fourth-quarter touchdowns of 25, 86 and 40 yards to carry Texas to a win over Nebraska in Austin, Texas.

Nebraska has lost four in a row for the first time since 1961, another black mark for beleaguered coach Bill Callahan, who's future with the Huskers beyond this season is in the hands of former Huskers coach and interim athletic director Tom Osborne.

For Texas coach Mack Brown, the win was a milestone - No. 100 with the Longhorns.

No. 19 Michigan 34, Minnesota 10

Mario Manningham had five receptions for a career-high 162 yards and a victory-sealing touchdown early in the fourth quarter, helping Michigan pull away in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Without star seniors Mike Hart and Chad Henne, Michigan trailed 10-0 early in the second quarter and didn't lead by more than a score until late in the third.

Hart has missed 2 1/2 games since appearing to injure his right ankle. Henne was on and off the field in last week's win at Illinois with an unknown injury.

N.C. State 29, No. 21 Virginia 24

Daniel Evans threw for a career-high 347 yards and three touchdowns, two to Donald Bowens, to lead North Carolina State past Virginia in Raleigh, N.C.

Bowens finished with 11 catches for 202 yards for the Wolfpack, who snapped a nine-game conference losing streak that dated to the middle of last season. Koyal George added a touchdown on the first catch of his career, while Jamelle Eugene ran for 112 yards.

Jameel Sewell threw for 260 yards and two scores for the Cavaliers before leaving the game with an apparent right leg injury with about 7 minutes left. Mikell Simpson also scored a pair of touchdowns, but it wasn't enough to allow Virginia to set a school record with its eighth straight win.

No. 23 Auburn 17, Mississippi 3

Brandon Cox threw a 34-yard scoring pass to Rod Smith in the final minutes and Brad Lester rushed for a career-high 96 yards, helping Auburn hold on for a victory over Mississippi in Auburn, Ala., and avoid another down-to-the-wire finish.

Pat Lee set up the drive with an interception in the end zone for the Tigers, who were coming off a last-second loss at No. 3 LSU.


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