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 STARS
-Northwestern's C.J. Bacher threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns and the Wildcats rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat Iowa 22-17.
-Duke linebacker Michael Tauiliili had a career-high 16 tackles and the Blue Devils routed Virginia 31-3 to end a 25-game Atlantic Coast Conference losing streak. Tauiliili had a hand in three of the six turnovers forced by Duke's defense - an interception, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble.
-Ole Miss's Jevan Snead threw for two touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead the Rebels to a 31-30 upset at No. 4 Florida.
-Texas' Colt McCoy threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more as the seventh-ranked Longhorns crushed Arkansas 52-10. McCoy rushed for a game-high 84 yards, including a 35-yard score.

LATER, GATORS
Which is worse: losing to Oregon State on the road or Ole Miss at home?
We'll find out when Sunday's Associated Press Top 25 comes out.
llis, the fourth-ranked Florida Gators fell to Mississippi 31-30 in the Swamp.
Southeastern Conference supporters will say it's another example of SEC teams beating up on each other. Not exactly. Mississippi went 0-8 in the Southeastern Conference last year and had not won a conference road game since September 2004. One of the Rebels' previous two wins this season came against Samford, which lost to Elon on Saturday.
``It's awful. Bad, bad stuff,'' Florida coach Urban Meyer said. ``We'll find out what kind of team we are.''
On second thought, maybe it wasn't such an upset after all. Ole Miss leads the all-time series with Florida 12-10-1 and is 6-3-1 in Gainesville.

PHOTO FINISH
On Butch Davis' return to Miami as North Carolina's coach, the Tar Heels pulled out a 28-24 victory when Trimane Goddard picked off a pass in the end zone as time expired.
Goddard's second interception of the day came when Miami receiver Kayne Farquharson let Robert Marve's pass slip through his hands and into Goddard's arms.
Farquharson appeared crestfallen after the play. But he had made a superb 29-yard catch moments earlier to put the Hurricanes at North Carolina's 20 with 15 seconds remaining, setting up the final play.

SMART CALL, DUMB CALL
Two coaching decisions stood out.
inches at his 33. The Panthers picked up the first down on a quarterback sneak, sustaining a drive that resulted in a touchdown and tying 2-point conversion.
Pitt went on to a 34-24 victory, and Wannstedt's risky call may have turned the game around.
A gamble by UCLA's Rick Neuheisel didn't turn out so well.
The Bruins trailed No. 25 Fresno State 23-22 in the third quarter when Neuheisel accepted a holding penalty on third-and-12 instead of declining the penalty, which presumably would have forced a field goal attempt.
Given third down over again, the Bulldogs scored on a 25-yard screen pass from Tom Brandstater to Ryan Mathews.
The Bruins never recovered. Fresno State went on to a 36-31 victory in the Rose Bowl, sending Neuheisel's Bruins to their third straight loss.

ARA'S GRANDCHILDREN
Northwestern (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) overcame a 14-point deficit to knock off Iowa 22-17 in Iowa City, extending the Wildcats' best start since 1962, when Ara Parseghian was their coach. The Wildcats opened 6-0 in 1962 and reached No. 1 in The Associated Press poll. The rest of Northwestern's schedule seems built for success. The Wildcats skip Penn State and face Michigan State, No. 14 Ohio State and No. 22 Illinois in Evanston.

BY THE NUMBERS
21 victory over Minnesota. ... Virginia has been outscored 128-36 this season. ... Syracuse coach Greg Robinson fell to 2-20 in the Big East as the Orange fell to Pitt 34-24 in the Carrier Dome. ... Tennessee's 14-12 loss to Auburn dropped the Vols to 1-3 for the first time since 1994. They're also 0-2 in the SEC. ... No. 23 East Carolina, in its last game as a ranked team for a while, gave up 621 total yards in a 41-24 loss to Houston in Greenville. The Pirates (3-2, 1-1 Conference USA) have dropped two of three since opening the year with victories over Virginia Tech and West Virginia. ... Michigan has 14 turnovers and 11 touchdowns this season.

THEY SAID IT
``We won this one with our hearts, not with our ability or our technique.'' - Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen after the Terrapins' 20-17 victory over No. 20 Clemson in Death Valley.

``I'm sorry. I'm extremely sorry. We were hoping for an undefeated season. That was my goal, something Florida's never done here. But I promise you one thing: a lot of good will come out of this.'' - Florida quarterback Tim Tebow after the 31-30 loss to Ole Miss.
 

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