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Saturday, 06 October 2007 19:55
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 LOS ANGELES (AP) -Tavita Pritchard threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Mark Bradford on a fourth-and-goal with 49 seconds remaining Saturday night, giving the 41-point underdog Stanford Cardinal a 24-23 victory over No. 2 Southern California.
The Cardinal (2-4, 1-3 Pac-10) moved 45 yards in 11 plays for the winning touchdown after John David Booty threw the third of his four interceptions.
A leaping Bradford caught the ball over cornerback Mozique McCurtis in the corner of the end zone, leaving the crowd of 85,125 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in stunned silence.
USC (4-1, 2-1) had its 35-game winning streak at the Coliseum snapped. The Trojans hadn't lost at home since Stanford beat them 21-16 on Sept. 29, 2001, Pete Carroll's first season.
Pritchard, filling in for the injured T.C. Ostrander, completed 11-of-30 for 149 yards and the winning TD in his first college start. The numbers weren't great, but he led Stanford to 17 fourth-quarter points.
Booty went 24-of-40 for 364 yards, but in the end, that wasn't enough for the Trojans. Patrick Turner caught nine passes for 83 yards and Davis had five receptions for 152 yards. USC netted only 95 yards on 38 rushing attempts.
No. 1 LSU 28, No. 9 Florida 24
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gambling at every opportunity, LSU stayed perfect.
The Tigers barely converted a pair of fourth-down runs before Jacob Hester powered over from the 2-yard line with 1:09 remaining to complete a fourth-quarter comeback.
Tim Tebow shredded the nation's top-ranked defense for three quarters, giving Florida a 24-14 lead with 15 minutes remaining. Facing a defense that had two shutouts and was allowing less than 175 yards per game, Tebow passed for 158 yards and rushed for 75.
The Tigers scored two touchdowns on fourth-down plays and another after pulling off a fake field goal.
Hester finished with 106 bruising yards and LSU improved to 30-2 at home over the last five years.
No. 4 Ohio State 23, Purdue 7
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Todd Boeckman passed for 200 yards and two touchdowns and Chris Wells ran for 85 yards on 18 carries for the Buckeyes.
Ryan Pretorius made all three of his field goal attempts for Ohio State (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten).
Purdue (5-1, 1-1) had averaged 45 points and 496 yards per game, but Ohio State held the Boilermakers to 272 total yards. Curtis Painter, who had averaged more than 300 passing yards in his first five games, finished with 268. Much of that was gained in the fourth quarter against Buckeye reserves.
Ohio State won its 24th consecutive regular-season game.
Illinois 31, No. 5 Wisconsin 26
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 160 yards and scored two touchdowns, and Illinois recovered an onside kick to help end the nation's longest winning streak.
Mendenhall had 100 yards rushing in the first half, leading the Illini (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) to a 17-6 lead. Illinois quarterback Juice Williams ran for another 92 yards on 14 carries.
The Badgers (5-1, 2-1) hadn't lost since Sept. 16, 2006, at Michigan.
Wisconsin quarterback Tyler Donovan threw two interceptions in Illinois territory, the first to safety Kevin Mitchell and the second to cornerback Vontae Davis. But Donovan led Wisconsin back, hitting tight end Garrett Graham for a 12-yard touchdown that made it 31-26.
No. 6 South Florida 35, Florida Atlantic 23
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Benjamin Williams ran for 186 yards and four touchdowns, and Matt Grothe added 120 yards rushing and a score for the No. 6 Bulls.
South Florida (5-0), enjoying the highest ranking in its short-lived history, overcame committing committed four turnovers for the second straight game.
Williams had a 10-yard scoring run to break a 7-7 tie in the third quarter, and Grothe made it 21-14 with a 32-yard run two possessions later. Williams then scampered 54 yards with about 10 minutes remaining to make it 28-17.
Rusty Smith hooked up with DiIvory Edgecomb for a 47-yard strike, cutting the lead to 28-23 with 6:42 to play. But the Owls (3-3) missed the 2-point conversion and didn't threaten again.
No. 7 Boston College 55, Bowling Green 24
BOSTON (AP) - Matt Ryan threw four touchdown passes and Boston College pulled away with four interceptions late in the first half to overwhelm Bowling Green.
The No. 7 Eagles entered the game with their highest ranking in 23 years, and are off to their best start in 65 years.
Boston College (6-0) scored 38 straight points after Tyler Sheehan's 6-yard pass to Freddie Barnes with 8:55 left in the half cut BC's lead to 14-10. After that, the Eagles were well on the way to their 16th straight home victory.
Ryan finished 24-for-32 for 312 yards before Chris Crane took over in the fourth quarter.
Sheehan went 27-for-43 for 275 yards for Bowling Green (3-2).
No. 10 Oklahoma 28, No. 19 Texas 21
DALLAS (AP) - Sam Bradford threw for three touchdowns and hardly made a mistake in steering No. 10 Oklahoma past Texas in their annual grudge match.
Bradford was 21-of-32 for 244 yards, helping the Sooners (5-1, 1-1 Big 12) rebound from a second-half meltdown against Colorado and end a two-game losing streak against Texas (4-2, 0-2).
The Longhorns - who were ranked seventh before a 20-point loss to Kansas State last weekend - could be in jeopardy of ending a 114-week stint in the AP poll, the longest in the country.
Bradford capped a 94-yard drive with a 35-yard TD toss to Malcolm Kelly on a third down with 10:42 left, which turned out to be the game-winner.
Colt McCoy was 19-of-26 for 324 yards, but was picked off in the fourth quarter.
Tennessee 35, No. 12 Georgia 14
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Arian Foster rushed for 98 yards and three touchdowns, and Tennessee put an emphatic end to No. 12 Georgia's three-game winning streak in Knoxville.
It was Georgia's worst loss since the 2003 SEC championship, a 34-13 loss to LSU, and coach Mark Richt's first loss at Tennessee.
Tennessee (3-2, 1-1 SEC) scored on four of its first five possessions. Montario Hardesty rushed for 68 yards and a score, and Erik Ainge was 17-of-22 for 165 yards. Lucas Taylor threw for a touchdown on his second career pass, and added six catches.
Georgia (4-2, 2-2) didn't cross midfield until after halftime. Matthew Stafford threw for two touchdowns and 174 yards, but was under pressure much of the day.
No. 13 West Virginia 55, Syracuse 14
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Fullback Owen Schmitt scored his first two touchdowns of the season, defensive tackle Keilen Dykes returned an interception 19 yards for another score, and No. 13 West Virginia gave coach Rich Rodriguez his 100th victory.
The Mountaineers (5-1, 1-1 Big East) converted two deflected passes into touchdowns to build a 31-7 lead over the Orange (1-5, 1-1).
West Virginia quarterback Pat White suffered what appeared to be a shoulder injury midway through the third quarter against Syracuse and never returned. Before he was relieved, White was 12-of-15 for 148 yards and a T and had 14 carries for a team-high 89 yards and another TD.
The maligned Syracuse defense held Steve Slaton to 69 yards rushing on 15 carries.
No. 15 Virginia Tech 41, No. 22 Clemson 23
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Virginia Tech got help from a record-tying 100-yard kickoff return TD by Victor Harris and an 82-yard punt return score from Eddie Royal in beating Clemson.
The Hokies (5-1, 2-0 ACC) had never had both a kickoff and punt returned for scores in the same game before this one. D.J. Parker also had a 32-yard interception return TD on Clemson's first series and the Hokies held Clemson (4-2, 2-2) without a first down for nearly 21 minutes.
The Tigers made things interesting in the fourth quarter on Tyler Grisham's 3-yard touchdown catch and Aaron Kelly's 18-yard scoring grab. But that was as close as they could come.
Cullen Harper threw for 372 yards, setting Clemson records with 38 completions and 66 attempts. Kelly had 11 catches for 174 yards and Grisham 11 for 100.
No. 17 Missouri 41, Nebraska 6
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Chase Daniel passed for a career-best 401 yards and ran for two scores and Missouri got a big game from its suspect defense.
Nebraska, which entered the game averaging 36 points, was held without a touchdown for the first time since a 31-3 loss to Oklahoma on Nov. 13, 2004. Missouri's four nonconference opponents averaged 25 points, leading to pregame anticipation of a high-scoring affair that never materialized.
The Cornhuskers were outgained 606-297.
The Tigers (5-0, 1-0 Big 12) beat Nebraska decisively at home for the third straight time and go to 5-0 for a second straight season.
Marlon Lucky had 123 yards rushing and receiving for Nebraska, held to a pair of first-half field goals by Alex Henery.
No. 18 Arizona St. 23, Washington St. 20
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Thomas Weber kicked a 37-yard field goal with 50 seconds left to lift No. 18 Arizona State, and keep the Sun Devils undefeated under coach Dennis Erickson.
Washington State had a chance to tie with 12 second left, but Romeen Abdollmohammadi's 46-yard field goal missed left and Arizona State held on despite scoring its fewest points of the season for Erickson, who coached at Washington State from 1987-88.
Rudy Carpenter completed 19 of 27 passes for 217 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions for Arizona State (6-0, 3-0 Pac-10). Ryan Torain gained 116 yards on 24 carries and did most of the work on what turned out to be the game-winning drive.
Washington State (2-4, 0-3) has lost three in a row and four straight to Arizona State.
No. 20 Cincinnati 28, No. 21 Rutgers 23
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Ben Mauk threw two of his three touchdowns in a 19-second span late in the third quarter and Cincinnati forced four turnovers, including a game-saving interception by linebacker Ryan Manalac with 1:19 to play.
Mauk threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Dominick Goodman in the first half and found Marcus Barnett on a 2-yard toss and Marshwan Gilyard on a 27-yard pass in the lightning quick third-quarter spree that helped Cincinnati (6-0, 1-0 Big East) send Rutgers (3-2, 0-1) to its second straight defeat.
Ray Rice, who struggled for a second consecutive game, finished with 94 yards on 34 carries. His touchdown gave him a school-record 35 for his career.
Kansas 30, No. 24 Kansas St. 24
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Todd Reesing threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns as the Jayhawks beat their archrivals and are off to a 5-0 start for just the third time in 39 years.
Reesing, the sophomore quarterback who had thrown for 1,119 yards and 11 touchdowns in his first four games, hit Dexton Fields with a 30-yard scoring pass for a 27-24 lead. That play came just 65 seconds after the Wildcats (2-3, 1-1) had taken the lead on a halfback option pass.
Jeff Webb booted a 24-yard field goal a few minutes later when Kendrick Harper intercepted Josh Freeman's pass on the 26.
Freeman hit 31 of 48 passes for 305 yards and a touchdown. But he was also intercepted three times, the last by Aqib Talib with 1:12 to play.
 

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