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 AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -Top-ranked Texas was put to its toughest test yet and came through unbeaten.
Looking more vulnerable than any other time this season, the Longhorns needed a big defensive stand in the fourth quarter to overcome a pair of late mistakes by Colt McCoy and hang on for a tough 28-24 win over No. 7 Oklahoma State.
Their reward is another week at No. 1 and yet another huge Big 12 South division game next weekend at No. 8 Texas Tech.
McCoy, who passed for 391 yards and two touchdowns, threw a rare interception that set up a field goal as Oklahoma State pulled within 28-24, then fumbled on the Cowboys' 10 with just over five minutes left when Texas (8-0, 4-0 Big 12) could have put the game away.
But the defense, pushed around by Oklahoma State's punishing rushing attack and big tight end Brandon Pettigrew all day, made a huge stand. The Longhorns stopped the Cowboys (7-1, 3-1) on fourth down at their own 30. Texas drove the ball to the Oklahoma State 1 before turning the ball over on downs with 33 seconds left.
It still wasn't quite over. The Cowboys used four plays to get to midfield before a final desperation pass fell just short of the end zone as time expired.
No. 2 Alabama 29, Tennessee 9
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - John Parker Wilson passed for 188 yards and ran for a touchdown as Alabama cruised past Tennessee.
The win gives the Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) its first back-to-back victories over the Volunteers (3-5, 1-4) in a usually streaky ``Third Saturday in October'' series since the 1991-92 seasons.
While the Tide remained in the heart of the national championship race, Tennessee's season grew sorrier. A lopsided loss to a bitter rival will only increase the pressure on coach Phillip Fulmer, who's been a prime target for critics and disgruntled Vols fans.
Alabama outgained Tennessee 366-173, and finished with 178 yards rushing and 188 passing. Julio Jones caught six passes for 103 yards, and Wilson finished 17-for-24.
Nick Stephens finished 16-for-28 for 137 yards.
No. 3 Penn State 13, No. 10 Ohio State 6
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Pat Devlin came off the bench for injured starting quarterback Daryll Clark in the fourth quarter, leading two scoring drives and sneaking in for the go-ahead touchdown to give Penn State its first victory at Ohio State in 30 years.
he chances of the Buckeyes (7-2, 4-1) grabbing an unprecedented third consecutive outright league title and a piece of their fourth conference championship in a row.
Penn State, with coach Joe Paterno coaching from the press box for the fourth straight game, solidified its position as a national championship contender and also erased the ugly memories of an 0-7 mark in Columbus since joining the Big Ten in 1993.
Ohio State had the ball and a three-point lead when Terrelle Pryor fumbled early in the fourth quarter. Penn State linebacker Navorro Bowman fell on the loose ball at the Buckeyes 38.
Immediately, the Nittany Lions were at a disadvantage as Clark remained on the sideline. He was meeting with team doctors.
In stepped Devlin, who promptly led a seven-play, 38-yard drive that took 4:13 and ended with his touchdown giving Penn State a 10-6 lead.
Pryor, the nation's most heralded quarterback recruit last spring, completed 16-of-25 for 226 yards with the one interception. He ran for 6 yards on nine attempts. Chris ``Beanie'' Wells managed just 55 yards on 22 carries for the Buckeyes.
Clark completed 12-of-20 passes for 121 yards before leaving. Royster had 77 yards on 19 carries.
No. 4 Oklahoma 58, Kansas State 35
coring first half in school history.
Sam Bradford added three touchdown passes in a wild first half in which the Sooners (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) give up a 28-7 lead before taking control with 27 consecutive points of their own.
The capper was a 68-yard punt return touchdown by redshirt freshman Ryan Broyles that gave the Sooners a 55-28 halftime lead. That total matched the school record for points in a half, set in the second half of Oklahoma's 76-0 shutout of the Wildcats in 1942.
Josh Freeman threw for a career-high 478 yards for K-State, with all three of his touchdown passes coming as the Wildcats charged back to tie it at 28.
No. 5 Florida 63, Kentucky 5
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Tim Tebow threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores to help the Gators extend their winning streak in the series to 22 games.
The Gators showed no signs of sluggishness coming off a bye and didn't have a letdown following a 51-21 drubbing of defending national champion LSU two weeks ago.
Now, they can focus on the game they've been looking forward to for a year: Georgia, a hated rival that stomped its way to a victory last season that essentially knocked Florida out of the Southeastern Conference race.
The Gators (6-1, 4-1 SEC) looked every bit ready for the rematch.
No. 6 USC 17, Arizona 10
hern California used its dominant defense Saturday night to hold off Arizona.
The Trojans throttled the potent Wildcats, who had averaged 40.4 points per game, ninth in the nation.
The tense, tight game ended in confusion. Arizona punt returner Mike Thomas fumbled and the Wildcats returned the ball into USC territory as the clock expired.
USC (6-1, 4-1 Pac-10) harried Arizona quarterback Willie Tuitama all night. The senior star completed 14 of 30 passes for 88 yards and threw an interception.
The Wildcats (5-3, 3-2) gained a season-low 188 yards and couldn't even pick up an inch on a Tuitama sneak on fourth down late in the fourth quarter.
Stafon Johnson ran for 83 yards and a touchdown for the Trojans.
No. 8 Texas Tech 63, No. 19 Kansas 21
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Graham Harrell passed for 386 yards and five touchdowns and No. 8 Texas Tech scored on eight of its first nine possessions.
Harrell, the nation's leader in yards passing, also scored on a 1-yard run for the Red Raiders (8-0, 4-0 Big 12), who have matched their best start in 32 years. Altogether, Texas Tech rolled up 556 total yards against an outmanned Kansas defense to kick off a brutal four-week stretch that'll include No. 1 Texas, No. 7 Oklahoma State and No. 4 Oklahoma.
ng the gap.
Kansas (5-3, 2-2) matched Harrell touchdown-for-touchdown through a first quarter that ended 14-14. But the Red Raiders ripped off 49 unanswered points for their 10th victory in 11 games against the Jayhawks.
No. 9 Georgia 52, No. 11 LSU 38
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Knowshon Moreno quieted one of the loudest crowds in college football, running for a 68-yard score and finishing with 163 yards rushing.
Georgia linebacker Darryl Gamble returned a pair of interceptions for touchdowns of 37 and 53 yards.
The game showcased two of the best running backs in the Southeastern Conference, and neither disappointed. While Moreno powered the Bulldogs (7-1, 4-1 SEC), Charles Scott gained 144 yards and scored two touchdowns for LSU (5-2, 3-2).
Louisville 24, No. 14 South Florida 20
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Hunter Cantwell threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Scott Long with 7:07 left to play to help Louisville upset penalty-plagued South Florida.
The 14th-ranked Bulls committed 14 penalties for 109 yards, including a defensive holding on a missed field goal by Louisville that would have given USF (6-2, 1-2 Big East) the ball back late in the fourth quarter.
the clock.
With Pittsburgh losing to Rutgers on Saturday and UConn knocking off Cincinnati, the Big East race is muddled behind first-place West Virginia. The Cardinals have bounced back well following a disappointing first season under coach Steve Kragthorpe and are in the thick of the chase.
No. 15 TCU 54, Wyoming 7
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Jimmy Young had a school-record 226 yards receiving and caught three touchdown passes.
Young had scoring catches of 60, 55 and 39 yards, and hauled in a 65-yarder to set up another touchdown as TCU (8-1, 5-0 Mountain West) won their fourth straight game.
Jimmy Oliver had the TCU record with 206 yards receiving against Texas Tech in 1994. Young, who had five catches, is just the second player in school history to record a 200-yard receiving game.
Young's big day led a Horned Frogs offense that piled up a season-high 444 yards.
Wyoming (2-6, 0-5), which upset TCU last season, has dropped five in a row and lost all its conference games by at lest 20 points.
No. 16 Missouri 58, Colorado 0
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Chase Daniel matched his school record with five touchdown passes and No. 16 Missouri's beleaguered defense handed Colorado its first shutout since 1988.
Jeremy Maclin caught two touchdown passes and Chase Coffman set a career record for receptions by a Division I tight end for Missouri (6-2, 2-2 Big 12).
ers punished the Buffaloes (4-4, 2-2) in their homecoming game one week after fading from the national title picture in a no-contest 25-point blowout loss at top-ranked Texas. The Tigers had lost their previous two games, also falling at home against Oklahoma State, after a 5-0 start in which they trailed for a grand total of 13 seconds.
Rutgers 54, No. 17 Pittsburgh 34
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Mike Teel, booed at times by his own fans this season, threw five of his school-record six touchdown passes in the first half and Rutgers came out throwing to confound No. 17 Pittsburgh's previously reliable defense.
Teel, a senior who had only three touchdown passes in seven games, found Kenny Britt on scoring plays of 79, 7 and 26 yards and Tim Brown for 60 and 36 yards - all against what was the Big East's top-ranked and nation's 10th-rated pass defense.
The 36-yarder to Brown made it 41-31 and came one play after Aaron Berry's fumbled punt midway through the third quarter, not long after LeSean McCoy's fourth touchdown run got Pittsburgh (5-2, 2-1 in Big East) to within 34-31.
No. 18 BYU 42, UNLV 35
PROVO, Utah (AP) - Max Hall threw for four touchdowns and the Cougars avoided a second straight loss.
Rich intercepted Omar Clayton's pass in the end zone on the final play to seal BYU's 17th straight win at home.
The Cougars had the nation's longest winning streak until last week's visit to TCU and were in danger Saturday of falling into a losing streak when UNLV (3-5, 0-4) went up 35-34 with 6:49 left to play.
But Hall led BYU 74 yards and threw a 6-yard touchdown to Dennis Pitta with 1:46 remaining, then completed a pass to Harvey Unga for the 2-point conversion and BYU led 42-35.
The Rebels drove within range to tie it, but BYU's Matt Putnam sacked Clayton at the UNLV 25 with 7.4 seconds left and forced the desperate attempt at the end.
No. 20 Ball St. 38, E. Michigan 16
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - With Ball State's most inspiring player, Dante Love, on hand, the Cardinals had no real problem getting to 8-0.
Love, who was leading the nation in receiving before a career-ending spinal injury at Indiana last month, returned to Scheumann Stadium for the first time Saturday and watched from the coaches box as the No. 20 Cardinals beat Eastern Michigan 38-16.
Nate Davis caught the first touchdown pass of his career and threw two more as the Cardinals (8-0, 4-0 Mid-American) continued their best start in 43 years.
Virginia 24, No. 21 Georgia Tech
a won its fourth straight.
The Cavaliers rallied from an early 14-3 deficit in their comeback of a season, improbably taking over first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division after losing three of their first four games - by an average of 36 points.
Georgia Tech (6-2, 3-2 ACC) was off to its best start since 1990 and looked unstoppable on its first two possessions, scoring a pair of touchdowns. But the Cavaliers (5-3, 3-1) figured out the spread option offense, keeping the Yellow Jackets out of the end zone the rest of the way.
North Carolina 45, No. 23 Boston College 24
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Hakeem Nicks had three second-quarter touchdown catches and ran for a score in the fourth quarter.
Trimane Goddard added an interception return for a touchdown for the Tar Heels (6-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who fell behind 10-0 in the first quarter before roaring back with a dominating performance that made them bowl-eligible for the first time in four years. The Tar Heels also got a short touchdown run from Ryan Houston after a long interception return by Kendric Burney, who had two of the team's three picks of BC quarterback Chris Crane.
40 and 43 yards to go with his 12-yard rushing score.
No. 24 Florida St 30, Virginia Tech 20
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Greg Carr made two fingertip catches on long pass plays to set up touchdowns in the third quarter and 24th-ranked Florida State rallied from an early 10-point deficit.
The win leaves Florida State (6-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) tied with Maryland for first place in the ACC's Atlantic Division and in control of its own destiny for a shot at the league's Dec. 6 championship game.
Carr, who had three catches for 100 yards, beat Hokies star cornerback Victor Harris for a 48-yard pass from Christian Ponder to set up the go-ahead score. Moments later his 39-yard catch along the sideline set up another touchdown that gave Florida State a 24-13 lead.
Virginia Tech (5-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) lost starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor on the first play of the game and backup Sean Glennon was knocked out in the third quarter. Both players had left ankle injuries.
No. 25 Minnesota 17, Purdue 6
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Adam Weber passed for a touchdown and ran for another against Purdue, which lost star quarterback Curtis Painter to injury in the first half.
Weber passed for 212 yards and ran for 60, and Brandon Green caught five passes for 100 yards for the Golden Gophers (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten).
nt, including four this season. The Boilermakers (2-6, 0-4) have lost their last five games and are in danger of missing a bowl in coach Joe Tiller's final season.
Painter hurt his throwing shoulder in the first quarter and left the game. He returned in the second quarter, but didn't play in the second half.
Kory Sheets led Purdue with 73 yards rushing and became the third Boilermakers player to run for more than 3,000 yards in a career.
 

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