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 GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -On a day filled with upsets, Auburn turned in one of the biggest.
Freshman Wes Byrum kicked a 43-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Tigers to a 20-17 victory over fourth-ranked Florida on Saturday night.
The loss snapped an 11-game winning streak for the defending national champions and gave the Gators their first home loss under coach Urban Meyer. They had won 18 in a row, 17 straight since Meyer took over in 2005.
It also might have jeopardized Florida's chances of repeating. Then again, with five other top-10 teams losing this weekend, the Gators surely won't slip too far out of the picture.
Florida (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) could take a big step back next week at No. 2 LSU.
Co. from making many big plays and took advantage of several mistakes to build a 14-0 lead at halftime. The Tigers held Florida to 312 yards, well below its average.
Florida rallied to tie it at 17 in the fourth quarter at behind Tebow, who was 20-of-27 passing for 201 yards with a touchdown, ran 19 times for 75 yards and a score.
Brandon Cox was 17-of-26 passing for 227 yards for Auburn.
Colorado 27, No. 3 Oklahoma 24
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Kevin Eberhart kicked a career-long 45-yard field goal as time expired to send Colorado past the stunned Sooners.
It was the Buffaloes' first win over a top-five team since Dec. 1, 2001, when they beat Texas in the Big 12 title game.
After Eberhart's kick cleared the crossbar, the fans stormed the field as the dejected Sooners, who had blown a 24-7 second-half lead, walked off, their hopes of a national championship having taken a major hit.
The Sooners (4-1, 0-1) came in averaging a whopping 61.5 points to lead the nation. But behind a tough defense, the Buffs (3-2, 1-0) earned their biggest win under Dan Hawkins, who went 2-10 in his inaugural season last year.
No. 1 USC 27, Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -Stafon Johnson ran for 122 yards and a touchdown and Chauncey Washington added 106 yards and a score as USC overcame its own numerous mistakes and Washington.
The Trojans (4-0, 2-0 Pac-10) committed three turnovers and 16 penalties - their most in more than two seasons - for 161 yards and had a missed a field goal and blocked punt. Yet they won for the 60th time in 64 games.
Redshirt freshman Jake Locker continued his erratic passing by missing three open receivers in or near the end zone for Washington (2-3, 0-3), which lost its third consecutive game and is now 1-9-1 against No. 1 teams - including 0-7 when USC is top ranked.
Locker finished 12-for-27 with 83 yards passing and one interception, plus another 50 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns. His final TD came after a blocked punt and with 34 seconds left.
No. 2 LSU 34, Tulane 9
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - One good half was more than enough for No. 2 LSU against Tulane.
Jacob Hester's second touchdown of the game and Charles Scott's pair of scoring runs helped LSU (5-0) amass 24 unanswered second-half points.
Matt Flynn shook off six sacks to throw for 258 yards. His passing was inconsistent in the face of constant pressure and he was intercepted once, but he kept fighting to eventually lead the Tigers to the lopsided triumph everyone expected.
Still, it wasn't as easy as expected for the Tigers, whose average margin of victory coming in was 35.5 point and who were favored by almost six touchdowns.
Tulane (1-3) trailed only 10-9 at halftime and didn't fall more than one score behind until Hester's 1-yard touchdown run gave LSU a 20-9 lead with 5:53 remaining in the third quarter.
No. 6 California 31, No. 11 Oregon 24
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - DeSean Jackson had 11 catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns, while Justin Forsett ran for 101 yards and another two scores to lead No. 6 California.
The Golden Bears (5-0, 2-0 Pac-10) snapped a seven-game losing streak at Autzen Stadium - they hadn't won there since 1987 - and needed a close call to go their way to hang on to the victory.
With 22 seconds to go, Oregon's Dennis Dixon hit receiver Cameron Colvin, who fumbled trying to reach the ball into the end zone when he was hit by Marcus Ezeff. The loose ball went through the end zone and was ruled a touchback and possession for Cal. The play was reviewed, the call stood and time ran out for Oregon (4-1, 1-1).
Nate Longshore completed 28 of 43 passes for 285 yards and two scores for the Golden Bears.
Kansas State 41, No. 7 Texas 21
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Two kick returns for touchdowns and an interception return for another score propelled the Wildcats over the Longhorns, handing Texas its worst home defeat in 10 years under coach Mack Brown.
Linebacker Ian Campbell scored on a 41-yard interception return in the second quarter and James Johnson took a kickoff 85 yards for a 21-14 lead moments after Texas had tied the score.
Jordy Nelson's 89-yard punt return in the third put the Wildcats up 34-21 and all but sealed their second consecutive victory over Texas.
Kansas State (3-1, 1-0) scored on its opening drive, then didn't need another offensive touchdown until the fourth quarter. The Wildcats put up the most points scored against Texas (4-1, 0-1) in Austin since 1997, the Longhorns' infamous ``Rout 66'' loss to UCLA, 66-3.
No. 8 Ohio State 30, Minnesota 7
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Chris Wells rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns, and the Ohio State defense didn't budge against Minnesota.
The eighth-ranked Buckeyes (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) have allowed only 34 points in five easy victories, making life much easier for new quarterback Todd Boeckman. He wasn't great, but he threw for two scores and didn't turn the ball over - leaving Wells to wear down the overmatched Gophers (1-4, 0-2).
Boeckman delivered when the Buckeyes needed him to, throwing a perfect pass to Brian Robiskie for a 52-yard touchdown with 57 seconds left in the first half that stretched the lead to 20-7. Boeckman went 18-for-29 for 209 yards.
No. 9 Wisconsin 37, Michigan St. 34
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - P.J. Hill ran for 155 yards and two touchdowns and Wisconsin extended the nation's longest winning streak to 14.
The Badgers (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) seemed in complete control late in the third quarter after Hill ran for his second touchdown from a yard out to give Wisconsin a 34-24 lead.
However, Michigan State (4-1, 0-1) answered with 10 straight points, first off Brian Hoyer's 3-yard TD pass to Mark Dell to cap a 13-play drive with 13:54 to play.
Wisconsin retook the lead after Michigan State had three costly penalties, the final one a defensive holding call in the end zone. Hill, who had 34 carries, couldn't punch it in from inside the 1 and Taylor Mehlhaff kicked a 22-yard field goal, his third of the day, to give the Badgers a 37-34 lead with 6:15 left.
The Spartans moved back into Badgers territory, but Brett Swenson missed a 53-yard field goal wide left.
Maryland 34, No. 10 Rutgers 24
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Rutgers apparently doesn't like being in the Top 10. Backup quarterback Chris Turner led three second-half scoring drives, Keon Lattimore rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown and Maryland's defense shut down Ray Rice.
It marked the second straight year that Rutgers was upset after getting into the Top 10. Last year, Cincinnati surprised the Scarlet Knights a week after they reached No. 7 following an upset of then-No. 3 Louisville.
This year it was Maryland (3-2), which had dropped two straight games and was coming off a disheartening 31-24 overtime loss to Wake Forest, a game in which the Terps blew a 24-3 third quarter lead.
Maryland squandered a 14-3 lead late in the second quarter in this one, but rallied in the second half behind Turner, getting field goals of 26 and 37 yards from an erratic Obi Egekeze, a 2-yard TD run by Lattimore and a late 14-yard dash by Lance Ball, who rushed 90 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 12 Boston College 24, Massachusetts 14
BOSTON (AP) - Andre Callender ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns and Matt Ryan threw for one TD to lead Boston College past its feisty cross-state rival and give the Eagles their best start in more than 50 years.
Ryan was 24-for-42 for 204 yards, helping BC (5-0) open a 17-0 lead before slumping in the third quarter as UMass (4-1) closed within a field goal at 17-14. But Ryan answered with a 61-yard drive, completing 5-of-7 passes and adding a 14-yard scramble before Callender scored from the 4 to make it 24-14.
BC has not opened a season with five straight wins since 1954.
UMass hadn't lost since falling to Appalachian State in the Division I-AA championship game last season.
Georgia Tech 13, No. 13 Clemson 3
ATLANTA (AP) - Thunder and Lightning were nothing special, and Clemson's special teams were downright horrible.
Georgia Tech stifled the dynamic running duo of James ``Thunder'' Davis and C.J. ``Lightning'' Spiller and took advantage of a stunningly poor performance by Dean Buchholz and the rest of Clemson's kicking game.
The Yellow Jackets (3-2, 1-2 ACC) snapped a two-game losing streak and avoided their first 0-3 start in league play since 1994. It wouldn't have been possible if not for Clemson's woes in a phase of the game that often gets overlooked.
The Tigers (4-1, 2-1) missed four field goals, had a punt blocked to set up the only touchdown and fumbled on a kickoff return, setting up a field goal that gave Georgia Tech a 10-point lead with 11 1/2 minutes remaining.
For good measure, Clemson had a touchdown called back because of a silly personal foul penalty, and gave Georgia Tech a do-over at the end zone with a pass interference penalty.
No. 14 Kentucky 45, Florida Atlantic 17
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Andre Woodson threw for a career-high five touchdowns in an easy win, but had his NCAA-record streak of consecutive passes without an interception snapped at 325.
Four different receivers caught scoring throws from Woodson, who completed 26 of 33 passes for a season-high 301 yards in just over three quarters.
Woodson would have had a sixth TD, but his toss to fullback John Conner was picked off by Tavious Polo as the players battled for the ball near the goal line. It was the seventh interception of the year for the freshman cornerback, who came into the game as the national leader.
By the time the first half was finished, Kentucky (5-0) was up 28-10, all from Woodson TD passes. Florida Atlantic fell to 3-2.
No. 15 Georgia 45, Mississippi 17
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Thomas Brown ran for 180 yards - the most for Georgia in six years - and three touchdowns.
The game was tied 17-17 early in the third quarter before Brown, who scored earlier on a 50-yard run, took over. The senior had four carries and one catch for a combined 45 yards on a seven-play touchdown drive that ended with his 4-yard scoring run. He added a 41-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.
Brown's rushing total was the high for Georgia since 2001, when Verron Haynes ran for 207 yards against Georgia Tech. He matched his career high with the three touchdown runs.
Georgia's total of 328 yards rushing was its most in seven years under coach Mark Richt, topping its 280 yards against Louisiana-Monroe in 2005. Georgia (4-1, 2-1 SEC) only led 17-10 at halftime. Ole Miss fell to 1-4, 0-3.
No. 16 South Carolina 38, Mississippi St 21
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Freshman Chris Smelley threw for a career-best 279 yards and two touchdowns to lead South Carolina.
Smelley was given the starting job by coach Steve Spurrier before the Gamecocks (4-1, 2-1 SEC) left the locker room at LSU's Death Valley last week after a 28-16 loss. Mississippi State fell to 3-2, 1-2.
Mike Davis added two of his three rushing touchdowns (3, 2 and 12 yards) for South Carolina in the final quarter. Smelley was 19 of 37 with an interception.
No. 17 Virginia Tech 17, North Carolina 10
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Tyrod Taylor, Branden Ore and Virginia Tech still can't find their offense, but the defense made two more big plays.
Taylor scored on a 5-yard run and Ore scored on a 1-yard dive for the Hokies (4-1, 1-0 ACC), who managed just 241 yards of offense. Ore's touchdown was set up by an interception that Xavier Adibi returned 31 yards to the Tar Heels 12 yard-line.
North Carolina (1-4, 0-2), which closed within a TD on Anthony Elzy's 1-yard scoring run with 5:34 left, had an earlier drive end at the Hokies goal line when Orion Martin forced Ryan Houston to fumble and Kam Chancellor recovered in the end zone.
Tar Heels quarterback T.J. Yates, 16 of 25 for 182 yards, was sacked six times. Taylor, a freshman making his third start, finished 10-for-19 for just 66 yards and carried 11 times for 11 yards. He was sacked four times.
No. 19 Hawaii 48, Idaho 20
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) - Adam Leonard and Myron Newberry returned interceptions for touchdowns and Hawaii overcame a career-high five interceptions by Colt Brennan.
Hawaii improved to 5-0 - 2-0 in the Western Athletic Conference - for the first time since 1981.
Brennan finished 30 of 49 for 369 yards with three touchdown passes and added a 1-yard TD plunge in the third quarter. Brennan's five interceptions tied a school record.
The Vandals (1-4, 0-1) played most of the game without Deonte Jackson, the WAC's leading rusher entering the week, who suffered a high ankle sprain last week.
Illinois 27, No. 21 Penn State 20
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Regus Benn returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and caught a pass for another and the Illinois defense intercepted three passes.
The Illini (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) forced Nittany Lions' quarterback Anthony Morelli into three interceptions and a fumble, all in the second half and all deep in Illinois territory.
Penn State fell to 3-2, 0-2 with upcoming games against Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio State.
Morelli completed 21 of 38 passes for 298 yards and a touchdown, but he was picked off by linebacker J Leman and defensive backs Vontae Davis and Kevin Mitchell.
Benn returned a first-quarter kickoff for a score and caught six passes for 84 yards.
Florida State 21, No. 21 Alabama 14
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Xavier Lee came off the bench to throw a pair of touchdown passes to De'Cody Fagg, and Antone Smith scored on a 5-yard run for Florida State.
Florida State (3-1) gave Bobby Bowden, who grew up in Birmingham, Ala., and always figured he was destined to follow Bear Bryant in Tuscaloosa, his 369th coaching win in his first game against Alabama.
Lee, who entered the game in the second quarter for starter Drew Weatherford, hit Fagg with a 7-yard pass for the game's first touchdown on the first opening drive of the second half. The two then teamed up on a 70-yard TD pass with 4:46 left in the game to give the Seminoles a 21-7 lead.
John Parker Wilson threw two touchdown passes for Alabama (3-2).
No. 23 Arizona State 41, Stanford 3
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Rudy Carpenter threw a 62-yard touchdown pass to Rudy Burgess late in the second quarter and Omar Bolden returned an interception for a score on the next play from scrimmage to lead the Sun Devils.
Stanford (1-3, 0-2) finished a season-opening four-game homestand under new coach Jim Harbaugh with only one win, a 37-0 decision over San Jose State. The Cardinal were outscored 141-51 in the three conference losses - all to ranked teams - and must now play their first road game next week at No. 1 Southern California.
Carpenter finished 20-for-27 for 259 yards and the score to help the Sun Devils (5-0, 2-0) win here for the first time since 1997. Ryan Torain ran for 103 yards on 16 carries.
No. 24 Cincinnati 52, San Diego St. 17
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Ben Mauk threw four touchdown passes in the second quarter and the Bearcats scored on six of their first seven possessions to rout San Diego State.
Mauk's threw TD passes of 4 and 80 yards to Marcus Barnett, and two 11-yarders to Dominick Goodman. Mauk completed 17 of 23 passes for 257 yards. Goodman had seven catches for 101 yards.
The Bearcats are 5-0 for the first time since 1954, when they won their first eight. They've won eight straight overall, and six straight under coach Brian Kelly, who took over in December and led the Bearcats to a win in the International Bowl.
SDSU (1-3) lost to a ranked team for the 19th straight time dating to 1997.
No. 25 Nebraska 35, Iowa St. 17
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - I-back Marlon Lucky passed and ran for touchdowns and Bo Ruud scored on an interception return for the second straight week for Nebraska.
Sam Keller and Thomas Lawson also teamed up for two touchdowns as the Huskers (4-1, 1-0 Big 12) won their conference opener for the 11th time in 12 years.
A week after being booed for giving up 610 yards in a 41-40 win over 23-point underdog Ball State, the Huskers looked ripe for more catcalls early against the Cyclones (1-4, 0-1).
But the Huskers scored 28 straight points to wipe out a 10-0 deficit and won their eighth straight against a Big 12 North opponent.
 

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