November 3, 2007

Saturday's Top 25 roundup

No. 1 Ohio State 38, Wisconsin 17

Chris Wells ran for three second-half scores to help the Buckeyes overcome a third-quarter deficit and beat the Badgers in Columbus, Ohio.

The victory boosted the Buckeyes to 10-0 and ended Wisconsin's three-game winning streak at Ohio Stadium, dating to 1999. At 6-0 in the Big Ten, should they be able to win at home against Illinois on Saturday, they Buckeyes will be right on track for another showdown with Michigan for the conference title on Nov. 17 at The Big House.

Wells, who finished with 169 yards on 21 carries, capped a methodical 80-yard drive by cutting back to his left on a run up the middle for a 31-yard score to tie the game 17-17 late in the third quarter.

Geno Hayes returned Matt Ryan's third interception of the game for a 38-yard touchdown with 1:10 to play and Florida State ended Boston College's run at an unbeaten season in Boston.

Drew Weatherford completed 29-of-45 passes for 354 yards for Florida State , hitting Preston Parker nine times for 93 yards and a touchdown and De'Cody Fagg on six catches for 111 yards and a TD.

Ryan finished 25-for-53 for two touchdowns and 415 yards - his fourth career 400-yard game, tying Doug Flutie for the most in school history.

No. 3 LSU 41, No. 17 Alabama 34

Les Miles' Cardiac Tigers did it again, scoring two touchdowns in the final three minutes to rally past Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Alabama (6-3, 4-2) went ahead on a 61-yard punt return by Javier Arenas with 7 1/2 minutes left, and the Crimson Tide was in position to clinch it when the Tigers faced fourth-and-4 at the Bama 32.

Matt Flynn tossed a pass over the middle to Early Doucet, who shook away from one defender, faked out another and went all the way to the end zone for the tying score with 2:49 remaining.

Alabama got it back, but freshman Chad Jones burst up the middle to sack John Parker Wilson and knock the ball away. It rolled along the turf until LSU's Curtis Taylor fell on it at the Tide 4.

Two plays later, Jacob Hester dove over from the 1 with 1:26 left.

No. 4 Oregon 35, No. 6 Arizona State 23

Dennis Dixon threw four touchdown passes before leaving with an injury, and the fourth-ranked Ducks defeated Arizona State in Eugene, Ore., for their second consecutive victory over a Top 10 team.

When it ended, students poured out of the grandstand and mobbed the Ducks at midfield. Last week, the Ducks beat Southern California to set up the West Coast's biggest game of the season.

But Oregon's victory may have been costly. Dixon, a Heisman Trophy contender, was hurt on a run early in the fourth quarter and did not return. Dixon completed 13-of-22 passes for 189 yards and four touchdowns, and he also ran for 57 yards.

No. 5 Oklahoma 42, Texas A&M 14

Jermaine Gresham matched a school record by catching four of Sam Bradford's five touchdown passes, and Oklahoma took sole possession of first place in the Big 12 South with a win against Texas A&M in Norman, Okla.

Gresham, a sophomore tight end, equaled the record for TD receptions in a game set by Trent Smith in 2001 against Kansas on a 13-yard pass by Bradford in the front corner of the end zone late in the third quarter. That put Oklahoma up 35-0 on its way to another rout of the Aggies.

No. 8 Kansas 76, Nebraska 39

Dominating the once-mighty Huskers like never before, Todd Reesing threw a school-record six touchdown passes and Kansas battered Nebraska in Lawrence, Kan., keeping the surprising Jayhawks in the national championship picture.

Kansas scored touchdowns on 10 straight possessions and rolled up the most points ever scored against Nebraska in its 117-year football history.

Reesing was 30-of-41 for 354 yards, and his 23 touchdown passes also set a school single-season record. Brandon McAnderson ran for 119 yards and tied a school record with four rushing TDs.

No. 9 Missouri 55, Colorado 10

Tight end Chase Coffman caught three of Chase Daniel's five touchdown passes as Missouri routed Colorado. It was the Tigers' first win in Boulder, Colo., since 1997.

Jeremy Maclin gained 187 all-purpose yards to break the single-season school record and Missouri stayed right behind Big 12 North leader Kansas, which is unbeaten in league play and faces Missouri Nov. 24 at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium.

Coffman's three TDs gave him 19 for his three-year career, surpassing the school record of 18 set by wide receiver Justin Gage from 1999-2002.

No. 10 Georgia 44, Troy 34

Knowshon Moreno ran for 196 yards and three touchdowns and the Bulldogs worked hard into the final quarter to handle Troy in Athens, Ga.

Moreno's second straight three-touchdown game was highlighted by an 80-yard first-quarter touchdown run, Georgia's longest in 10 years.

He added two 1-yard scoring runs in the second half and helped the Bulldogs recover after they fumbled away the ball on their first two possessions.

No. 11 Virginia Tech 27, Georgia Tech 3

Sean Glennon threw two long touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead Virginia Tech over Georgia Tech on Thursday night in Atlanta.

Glennon made his second straight start in place of freshman Tyrod Taylor, who was sidelined again by a sprained ankle. The replacement starter, who lost the job to Taylor after the second game, made the most of it by throwing for 296 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown pass to Justin Harper and a 71-yarder to Josh Morgan.

The Hokies moved into a first-place tie with rival Virginia in the Coastal Division. The teams meet in the final game of the regular season.

John David Booty passed for 157 yards and two touchdowns in his first game in four weeks, the USC defense was overpowering with nine sacks.

The victory was USC's 21st straight over the Beavers at the Los Angeles Coliseum, dating back to 1960, and raised the Trojans' record to 21-0 in November games under coach Pete Carroll.

It was also USC's 31st win in the last 33 games between the schools and avenged a 33-31 loss at Oregon State last year.

No. 14 Texas 38, Oklahoma State 35

Ryan Bailey kicked a 40-yard field goal as time expired to lift Texas to a victory in Stillwater, Okla., and cap another wild comeback by Texas against the Cowboys.

For the second straight week, Jamaal Charles led a late charge for the 14th-ranked Longhorns. He scored two of his three touchdowns in the fourth quarter as Texas outscored Oklahoma State 24-0 in the final 15 minutes.

The Longhorns twice trailed by 21 points, including a 35-14 deficit entering the fourth quarter.

No. 15 Michigan 28, Michigan State 24

Chad Henne's 31-yard touchdown pass to Mario Manningham with 2:28 left lifted Michigan over Michigan State n East Lansing, Mich.

The Spartans, who overcame an 11-point deficit at halftime to lead by 10 midway through the final quarter, drove to the Wolverines 34 on the final drive before turning the ball over on downs.

Michigan has won eight straight since opening the season with a stunning loss to Appalachian State and a rout by Oregon.

No. 16 Connecticut 38, Rutgers 19

Donald Brown ran for 154 yards and a touchdown to lead Connecticut over Rutgers in Storrs, Conn., giving the Huskies an 8-1 record for the first time in the program's 109-year history.

Brown, who had lost his starting job to the faster Andre Dixon, came off the bench and had a 33-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and a 70-yard run to set up a fourth-quarter field goal that put the game out of reach. He carried the ball 24 times, 22 in the second half when UConn (8-1, 4-0 Big East) controlled of the clock.

Tyler Lorenzen threw for 140 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 67 yards, and the Huskies' special teams accounted for nine points, with a safety and a 97-yard kickoff return by Tyvon Branch.

No. 18 Florida 49, Vanderbilt 22

Tim Tebow accounted for five touchdowns, Percy Harvin became the first player in school history with 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game, and Florida rebounded from its third loss in four outings with a drubbing of Vanderbilt in Gainesville, Fla.

Tebow and Harvin helped the Gators extend their winning streak against Vandy to 17 games and stay in the hunt for the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title. Florida needs to beat South Carolina next week and have Tennessee and Georgia lose another league game to return to Atlanta for the second straight year.

No. 19 Auburn 35, Tennessee Tech 3

Brandon Cox completed his first seven passes, leading Auburn to three early touchdowns before leaving the game in the second quarter, and the Tigers cruised to a win against Tennessee Tech in Auburn, Ala.

Cox completed 9-of-11 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown and Auburn to scored on their first three possessions on homecoming.

Cox finished his work at 13:59 in the half when he completed a 16-yard touchdown pass over the middle to Robert Dunn, giving Auburn a 21-3 lead. Backup Blake Field led the Tigers for much of the remainder of the game completing 6-of-11 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown.

South Florida's rapid plunge continued with the Bulls' third straight loss, to conference rival Cincinnati in Tampa, Fla.

Antwuan Giddens scored on a 63-yard reception and recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a second touchdown, helping the Bearcats stop a two-game losing streak that knocked them out of the Top 25.

Ben Mauk tossed three TD passes and the Cincinnati defense forced eight turnovers, including four interceptions and a fumble by Matt Grothe, who threw for 375 yards but only one touchdown for USF.

No. 21 Boise State 42, San Jose State 7

Taylor Tharp threw three touchdown passes, two to Austin Pettis, to lead Boise State to a victory over San Jose State in Boise, Idaho. It was the Broncos' seventh straight win.

The offense piled up 434 total yards and the defense allowed San Jose State just 198 and had three sacks. The Broncos' special teams had a string of three kick returns of 38 yards or more that the offense converted into 21 points in the second and third quarters, putting the game out of reach.

Virginia 17, No. 21 Wake Forest 16

Mikell Simpson ran 1 yard for a touchdown with 2:18 to play in Charlottesville, Va., and Virginia beat Wake Forest, the Cavaliers' third one-point victory in four games and the first loss for the Demon Deacons in seven games.

Wake Forest drove to Virginia's 30 in the closing seconds, but Sam Swank's 47-yard field goal attempt with 2 seconds left missed. He had made 13 of 14 field goals before missing his last two against Virginia.

Arkansas 48, No. 23 South Carolina 36

Darren McFadden ran for 323 yards and a touchdown, boosting his Heisman Trophy hopes with a breathtaking performance in Arkansas' victory over No. 23 South Carolina in Fayetteville, Ark.

McFadden also threw for a touchdown, and Felix Jones rushed for 163 yards and three TDs for the Razorbacks.

No. 24 Tennessee 59, Louisiana-Lafayette 7

Tennessee scored on every drive and added touchdowns with Antonio Reynolds' 70-yard interception return and a 20-yard blocked punt return by Antonio Wardlow in Knoxville, Tenn.

The win was Tennessee's most lopsided since a 48-0 win over Vanderbilt in 2003.

No. 25 Clemson 47, Duke 10

Cullen Harper threw two touchdowns and ran for another, and Clemson scored 16 points in a 39-second span of its rout of Duke in Durham, N.C.

C.J. Spiller returned a kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown, James Davis had a career-long 70-yard scoring run, Aaron Kelly caught TD passes covering 19 and 5 yards and Harper set a school record with his Atlantic Coast Conference-leading 23rd touchdown pass.

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