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 GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -Skip Holtz followed his biggest coaching victory at East Carolina with an even more impressive one.
Jonathan Williams had two short touchdown runs, quarterback Patrick Pinkney was nearly perfect and the Pirates routed No. 8 West Virginia 24-3 on Saturday for their third straight win over a ranked team.
Pinkney was 22-of-28 for 236 yards with a touchdown for East Carolina (2-0), which opened the season with a last-minute upset of then-No. 17 Virginia Tech.
This one was decided much earlier. The Pirates never trailed, kept Pat White in check, outgained West Virginia 386-251 and were in control from start to finish.
They cruised to their first upset of a top-10 team since the Steve Logan-led team stunned then-No. 9 Miami 27-23 on Sept. 23, 1999.
These Pirates may have done something even more remarkable by taking care of the two toughest teams on this year's schedule. Those wins could propel them back into the Top 25 for the first time since '99 while keeping them in the conversation for an at-large BCS berth.
White rushed for 97 yards on 20 carries and finished 11-of-18 for 72 yards for the Mountaineers (1-1).
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No. 2 Georgia 56, Central Michigan 17
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Led by Knowshon Moreno, Georgia responded just fine after being bounced from No. 1.
Moreno rushed for 168 yards and tied his career high with three touchdowns, while massive defensive end Demarcus Dobbs rumbled for a 78-yard score after picking off a deflected pass to lead the Bulldogs.
Matthew Stafford got in on the fun by completing 18-of-28 for 213 yards, hooking up with Mohamed Massaquoi on a pair of touchdown passes.
Georgia (2-0) started the year No. 1 and opened with a 24-point win over Georgia Southern that really wasn't that close. But the voters were more impressed with Southern California's 52-7 rout at Virginia, so they pushed the Trojans ahead of the Bulldogs. Central Michigan fell to 1-1.
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No. 3 Ohio State 26, Ohio 14
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Beanie Wells didn't play. The Ohio Bobcats sure did.
Lightly regarded even in the Mid-American Conference, Ohio put a scare into Ohio State before the Buckeyes righted things in the fourth quarter.
With star tailback Chris Wells sidelined by a foot injury, the Buckeyes (2-0) struggled until Brandon Saine's short plunge on the third play of the final quarter finally put them on top. Ray Small added a late 69-yard punt return for a TD.
This was not the tuneup the Buckeyes needed before traveling next week to meet No. 1 Southern California.
Ohio (0-2) had five costly turnovers - two in the fourth quarter - to help its bigger, badder neighbors escape.
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No. 4 Oklahoma 52, Cincinnati 26
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Sam Bradford overcame two interceptions and threw for a career-best 395 yards and five touchdowns for the Sooners (2-0).
Freshman Ryan Broyles had a breakout game with 141 receiving yards, Jermaine Gresham caught two touchdown passes and the Sooners extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 20 games.
Broyles had a 27-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter and extended a key second-half drive with a leaping 43-yard catch to allow the Sooners to start pulling away with 24 consecutive points.
Cincinnati's Mardy Gilyard returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown to break one of the longest runback droughts in college football. The last score by the Bearcats (1-1) on a kickoff return came in 1995, and only two schools have gone longer than Cincinnati's 145 games without one.
Gilyard finished with a school-record 365 all purpose yards, including 119 yards receiving on seven first-half catches.
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No. 5 Florida 26, Miami 3
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Tim Tebow threw two touchdown passes, speedster Percy Harvin ran for a score and the Gators used a swarming defensive effort to beat the Hurricanes for the first time since 1985.
The rebuilding Hurricanes (1-1), three-touchdown underdogs, hung close for three quarters with the Gators (2-0), who had averaged more than 40 points at Florida Field with Tebow as the starting quarterback.
Florida struggled against Miami's defense most of the night. The Hurricanes pressured Tebow after every snap, forcing him to scramble and make early, sometimes off-balance throws.
Still, he finished 21-of-35 passing for 256 yards and two TD passes. He also ran 13 times for 55 yards. Harvin, who missed last week's opener while recovering from offseason heel surgery, ran five times for 27 yards.
Robert Marve, making his first career start for Miami, was 10-of-18 passing for 69 yards and was sacked three times. The Hurricanes managed just 140 yards of offense and gave up 345.
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No. 6 Missouri 52, Southeast Missouri 3
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Chase Daniel threw three touchdown passes in the first half and Derrick Washington scored three times, helping the Tigers run up a quick 42-point lead before calling in the reserves.
Missouri (2-0) scored on its first five possessions, Sean Weatherspoon returned an interception for a score and the Tigers ended up three points shy of the school record for first-half scoring against Kansas in 1969.
The first-string offense faced only one third down, averaged 13.3 yards per play in the first quarter and didn't punt until backup quarterback Chase Patton ran an unsuccessful series in the final four minutes of the half.
The Tigers were not above rubbing it in against a lower-division school they last faced in 1936, scoring on a trick play with Daniel's 28-yard pass off a lateral pass from Jeremy Maclin making it 21-0 late in the first quarter. Southeast Missouri State (1-1) has lost its last three games against BCS competition by a combined 174-13, also getting steamrolled by Cincinnati last season and Arkansas in 2006.
Daniel was 16-for-17 for 245 yards, the lone misfire followed by 14 straight completions - one off the school record he shares with Kent Kiefer (1990). None of the drives lasted three minutes.
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No. 9 Auburn 27, Southern Miss 13
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Chris Todd completed 21 of 31 passes for 248 yards in his first start and gave Auburn's passing game a needed lift.
The junior college transfer might have ended the Tigers' quarterback question by completing an array of short and mid-range passes and effectively running the new spread offense.
He also led a late scoring drive for Auburn (2-0) after Southern Miss (1-1) surged back with a pair of touchdowns against a defense that had pitched a shutout for the first 102 minutes of the season.
Ben Tate ran for 71 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 51 yards for the Tigers.
Shawn Nelson had 12 catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns for Southern Miss.
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No. 10 Texas 42, UTEP 13
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Colt McCoy passed for 282 yards and four touchdowns and No. 10 Texas spoiled the biggest sports party in years in this city.
Quan Cosby caught eight passes for 154 yards and a score for the Longhorns (2-0), who built a big first-half lead, then put the game away with McCoy's 15-yard TD strike to Jordan Shipley early in the fourth quarter. Moments later, Rod Muckelroy returned a fumble 26 yards for a touchdown.
Trevor Vittatoe passed for 267 yards and a touchdowns for the Miners (0-2) who have lost their last eight games.
It was the first time the teams had met since 1933 and the excitement over one of El Paso's biggest sports events ever had been building in the border city since May 2006 when the game was first announced.
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No. 11 Wisconsin 51, Marshall 14
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Allan Evridge threw for 308 yards and a touchdown as Wisconsin reeled off 51 straight points to turn a potential upset into a walkover.
A loss would have snapped the second-longest home winning streak in major college football and cost the Badgers (2-0) momentum heading into a tough test at Fresno State.
But after watching Marshall (1-1) shut down its highly regarded running game, Wisconsin got big plays out of Evridge and the defense to pull out its 16th straight win at Camp Randall Stadium.
Evridge, a transfer from Kansas State who backed up Tyler Donovan last year, was 17-for-26 after throwing only 10 passes in Wisconsin's victory over Akron last week.
The Badgers led 17-14 at halftime, and ended Marshall's first three possessions of the second half with interceptions that led to a pair of touchdowns.
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No. 12 Texas Tech 35, Nevada 19
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree hooked up for an 82-yard touchdown pass and Eric Morris returned a punt 86 yards for a score to lead Texas Tech.
Shannon Woods also ran for two touchdowns for the Red Raiders (2-0), who overcame an otherwise off night for Harrell to score 30 or more points for the 18th time in their last 20 games.
Nevada (1-1), which had 488 yards total offense to Tech's 421, appeared to take a 15-14 lead in the third quarter on quarterback Colin Kaepernick's 3-yard score and the officials signaled touchdown, but after a lengthy review, they overturned the decision and ruled he had fumbled the ball away to Texas Tech.
Kaepernick completed 24-of-35 passes for 264 yards and ran for another 92 yards on 13 carries.
Harrel was intercepted twice and completed only 19-of-46 of his passes for 297 yards. Crabtree had seven catches for 158 yards.
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No. 13 Alabama 20, Tulane 6
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Javier Arenas returned a punt 87 yards for a touchdown and as 'Bama held on for a shaky win over Tulane, forced out of New Orleans a week ago by the threat of Hurricane Gustav.
Just one game after looking like world beaters against then-No. 9 Clemson, a listless Alabama (2-0) allowed four sacks of John Parker Wilson, fumbled once, missed two kicks and gained only 172 yards - just 38 in the first half.
Playing in its season opener after days of hotel food and worrying about friends and family back in Louisiana, Tulane kept the Tide offense off balance but managed only field goals of 35 and 21 yards by Ross Thevenot, who missed two more.
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No. 14 Kansas 29, Louisiana Tech 0
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Dezmon Briscoe broke six tackles to turn a short pass into a 48-yard touchdown, and Todd Reesing threw for career-high 412 yards and three scores
Coming off a 40-10 win over Florida International, Kansas (2-0) was hoping to avoid a letdown against Louisiana Tech (1-1) before facing No. 17 South Florida next week in Tampa.
The Jayhawks struggled early, clinging to a 13-0 halftime lead despite Reesing's 217 yards passing.
Then Briscoe took off.
Catching a 5-yard slant, Briscoe broke the initial tackle to get into Louisiana Tech's secondary, running through two more arm tackles. He cut back inside the 10to go by one would-be tackler, ran through another, then dove past the sixth man into the end zone.
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No. 15 BYU 28, Washington 27
SEATTLE (AP) - Jan Jorgensen busted through the line and blocked Ryan Perkins' 35-yard extra-point attempt with 2 seconds left in regulation for BYU (2-0).
Jake Locker drove the Huskies 76 yards in 17 plays, capped by his 3-yard plunge to pull Washington within one. But Locker was called for unsportsmanlike conduct, a point of emphasis for officials this season after the touchdown. Locker threw the ball in the air before jumping with his teammates in the end zone.
Perkins approached the kick slowly and hit it low, giving Jorgensen a chance to get his paws on the kick.
Max Hall led the Cougars with 339 yards passing and three touchdowns, including a 15-yarder to tight end Dennis Pitta with 3:31 left.
Washington fell to 0-2.
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No. 15 Arizona State 41, Stanford 17
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Rudy Carpenter threw for 345 yards and three touchdowns to lead Arizona State.
Facing relentless pressure on a 100-degree night in the desert, Carpenter completed 27-of-36 passes and threw an interception. He was sacked twice and fumbled once.
Carpenter has thrown for a school-record 733 yards in the first two games.
The Sun Devils (2-0) had won the last two meetings with Stanford by a combined score of 79-6, but this one was tighter, at least for three quarters.
Toby Gerhart's 5-yard run gave Stanford (1-1) a 7-3 lead after one quarter. Gerhart finished with ran for 67 yards and two touchdowns.
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No. 17 South Florida 31, UCF 24, OT
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Matt Grothe threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns, including a 25-yarder to Taurus Johnson in overtime, and South Florida beat Central Florida in the final scheduled meeting between the rivals whose campuses are barely 100 miles apart.
UCF's Michael Greco threw touchdown passes of 13 yards to Corey Rabazinski and 31 yards to Rocky Ross within a span of 66 seconds to make it 24-all with 1:40 remaining in regulation. The game went into overtime after South Florida's Delbert Alvarado hooked a 42-yard field goal attempt to the left in the closing seconds.
Grothe put South Florida (2-0) ahead with his TD throw to Johnson, who had six catches for 143 yards, on third down. UCF's bid to extend the game to a second OT was stopped inches shy when the Bulls' Tyrone McKenzie and Brouce Mompremier tackled Greco for a 5-yard gain on fourth-and-6 from the 21.
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No. 18 Oregon 66, Utah State 24
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Justin Roper returned from a concussion and helped Oregon to a school-record 688 yards.
LaGarrette Blount ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns for the Ducks (2-0), taking on the bulk of the rushing duties after Jeremiah Johnson left with a shoulder injury on the first series of the game.
The Ducks yardage surpassed the 667 they gained against BYU in 1989.
Utah State (0-2), which opened with a 27-17 loss to UNLV, has won just one of 46 games against a ranked opponent.
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No. 19 Penn State 45, Oregon State 14
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Evan Royster rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns, Daryll Clark threw two TD passes and the Nittany Lions defense didn't miss a beat without two suspended starters.
What was supposed to be Penn State's toughest nonconference game of the year turned into a laugher early.
Oregon State fell to 0-2 for the first time since 2004. Penn State is 2-0.
Clark looked poised in the pocket in his second career start, finishing 14-of-23 passing for 215 yards, while also running for a 18-yard score. Jordan Norwood finished with a career-high 116 receiving yards on eight catches.
Royster had 112 yards and all three of his touchdowns with 11-plus minutes left in the second quarter.
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No. 20 Wake Forest 30, Mississippi 28
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Sam Swank kicked a 41-yard field goal with 3 seconds left to cap a dramatic final minute and lift Wake Forest (2-0).
After Jevan Snead's 5-yard touchdown pass to Cordera Eason on fourth down with 1:01 left gave Ole Miss (1-1) the lead, Riley Skinner led the Demon Deacons on a 56-yard drive, keyed by a pass interference penalty against Marshay Green.
Swank, the nation's active career leader with 65 field goals, calmly drilled the game-winning field goal for the sixth lead change of the game.
Skinner completed 32-of-43 passes for a career-high 348 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions, and D.J. Boldin caught 11 passes for 123 yards, including a 22-yard catch on the final drive.
The comeback avoided another embarrassing loss for the Atlantic Coast Conference, which was in danger of being without a ranked team next week if the Demon Deacons (2-0) followed last week's upset losses by Clemson and Virginia Tech.
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No. 22 Utah 42, UNLV 21
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Brian Johnson threw for two touchdowns and scored on a 56-yard run as Utah celebrated its return to the national rankings.
The Utes (2-0) scored three touchdowns in the third quarter and pulled away after a shaky first half, holding the Rebels (1-1) to 11 yards of offense in the third period and only 72 total yards in the second half.
Utah scored 35 straight points and avenged a 27-0 loss at Las Vegas last September.
UNLV's Frank Summers ran for 82 yards in the first half, but the Utes stymied big back in the second and he finished with 87 yards on 23 carries.
The Rebels fell to 2-12 against Utah and have never won consecutive games in the series.
Johnson finished 15-for-24 for 183 yards despite completing just one of his first five passes. Runningback Matt Asiata added a 32-yard touchdown pass and ran for his first career TD.
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No. 24 Illinois 47, Eastern Illinois 21
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Juice Williams ran for 174 yards and two touchdowns to lead Illinois to its first win of the season.
Williams broke the Illinois quarterback record of 145 yards he set in 2006, and threw for 124 yards and a touchdown. But the junior also threw two interceptions and fumbled the ball a yard short of a third-quarter TD.
Travorus Bess rushed for 183 yards for Eastern Illinois (0-2), a Championship Subdivision school 45 miles south of Champaign in Charleston.
Illinois (1-1) scored four touchdowns in a decisive, 13-minute span that started late in the first half, going from a 13-7 lead to 40-7 after mistakes and bad luck let Eastern hang around for most of the first half.
 

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