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Saturday, 03 November 2007 19:04
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 TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -Maybe now those folks at LSU can get over Nick Saban and relish what they have: a living-on-the-edge team that's still in the thick of the national championship race.
Les Miles' Cardiac Tigers did it again Saturday night, scoring two touchdowns in the final three minutes to rally No. 3 LSU to a 41-34 win over No. 17 Alabama, which should serve as payback for the coach who won a title in Cajun Country but is now considered a turncoat by the purple and gold.
LSU (8-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) pulled this out in typical fashion, going down to the wire in their fourth straight game.
Alabama (6-3, 4-2) went ahead on a 61-yard punt return by Javier Arenas with 7 1/2 minutes left, and the Crimson Tide was in position to clinch it when the Tigers faced fourth-and-4 at the Bama 32.
LSU's Matt Flynn tossed a pass over the middle to Early Doucet, who shook away from one defender, faked out another and went all the way to the end zone for the tying score with 2:49 remaining.
Alabama got it back, but safety Chad Jones burst up the middle to sack John Parker Wilson and knock the ball away. It rolled along the turf until LSU's Curtis Taylor fell on it at the Tide 4.
Two plays later, Jacob Hester dove over from the 1 with 1:26 left and LSU was still in the title race.
John Parker Wilson completed only 14 of 40 passes for Alabama, but threw three touchdowns for Alabama.
Florida State 27, Boston College 17
BOSTON (AP) - Geno Hayes returned Matt Ryan's third interception for a 38-yard touchdown with 1:10 to play to help Florida State hand Boston College its first loss.
With the loss by BC (8-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), there are three unbeaten teams left in the nation - Ohio State, Kansas and Hawaii - and a handful of one-loss teams who can argue for a spot in the Bowl Championship Series title game. LSU will probably take second-place behind Ohio State in the BCS standings when they come out Sunday.
Drew Weatherford completed 29-of-45 passes for 354 yards for Florida State (6-3, 3-3), hitting Preston Parker nine times for 93 yards and a touchdown and De'Cody Fagg on six catches for 111 yards and a TD.
Ryan finished 25-for-53 for two touchdowns and 415 yards - his fourth career 400-yard game, tying Doug Flutie for the most in school history.
No. 1 Ohio State 38, Wisconsin 17
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Buckeyes' defense limited the Badgers to 12 yards rushing on 37 attempts, and Chris Wells ran for three second-half scores as Ohio State overcame a third-quarter deficit.
Vernon Gholston had four sacks and linebacker James Laurinaitis 19 tackles for Ohio State (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten).
The win ended a three-game losing streak against Wisconsin (7-3, 3-3) at Ohio Stadium, dating to 1999. A win at home against Illinois next Saturday puts Ohio State on track for another showdown with Michigan for the conference title on Nov. 17 at The Big House.
Wells finished with 169 yards on 21 carries, including a 31-yard score to tie the game 17-17 late in the third quarter and a 30-yarder to give the Buckeyes the lead.
No. 4. Oregon 35, No. 6 Arizona State 23
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Dennis Dixon threw four touchdown passes before leaving with an injury, and the fourth-ranked Ducks beat a top-10 team for the second consecutive week.
Dixon, a Heisman Trophy contender, was hurt on a run early in the fourth quarter and did not return, though he was hopping on the sideline and later said he didn't believe it was serious. Dixon completed 13-of-22 passes for 189 yards and four touchdowns, and he also ran for 57 yards.
Arizona State (8-1, 5-1 Pac-10) came into the game as one of five undefeated teams in major college football, with its own hopes for a national title run.
Oregon (8-1, 5-1) ended those hopes behind the deft playmaking of Dixon and the running of Jonathan Stewart, who ran for 99 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown.
The Ducks' defense sacked ASUs' Rudy Carpenter eight times. Carpenter finished 22-of-36 for 379 yards and two touchdowns.
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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Jermaine Gresham matched a school record by catching four of Sam Bradford's five touchdown passes, and Oklahoma took sole possession of first place in the Big 12 South.
Gresham, a sophomore tight end, equaled the record for TD receptions in a game set by Trent Smith in 2001 against Kansas on a 13-yard pass by Bradford in the front corner of the end zone late in the third quarter. That put Oklahoma (8-1, 5-1) up 35-0.
Bradford finished with 284 yards and matched the school record for TD passes in a game. Gresham had five catches for a career-best 80 yards.
Stephen McGee was 15-for-28 for 164 yards for the Aggies (6-4, 3-3).
No. 8 Kansas 76, Nebraska 39
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Dominating the once-mighty Huskers like never before, Todd Reesing threw a school-record six touchdown passes and No. 8 Kansas battered Nebraska to remain in the national championship picture.
Kansas (9-0, 5-0 Big 12) scored touchdowns on 10 straight possessions and rolled up the most points ever scored against Nebraska in the Husker' 117-year football history.
Reesing was 30-of-41 for 354 yards, and his 23 touchdown passes also set a school single-season record. Brandon McAnderson ran for 119 yards and tied a school record with four rushing TDs.
With their first five-game losing streak since 1958, Nebraska (4-6, 1-5) appears to be coming to pieces in the fourth season of embattled coach Bill Callahan.
Kansas had lost 37 of 38 to Nebraska. The average score from 1971-2000 was 47-7 and only once since 1974 had Kansas even come into the game with the better record. Yet, this year the unbeaten Jayhawks were 20-point favorites.
No. 9 Missouri 55, Colorado 10
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Tight end Chase Coffman caught three of Chase Daniel's five touchdown passes and the Tigers won in Boulder for the first time since 1997.
Jeremy Maclin gained 187 all-purpose yards to break the single-season school record and Missouri (8-1, 4-1) stayed right behind Big 12 North leader Kansas, which is unbeaten in league play and faces Missouri Nov. 24 at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium.
The 55 points were the most Colorado had allowed at home since a 59-20 loss to Missouri on Oct. 8, 1983.
Coffman's three TDs gave him 19 for his three-year career, surpassing the school record of 18 set by wide receiver Justin Gage from 1999-2002.
Daniel was 26-for-44 for 421 yards with one interception.
The Buffaloes (5-5, 3-3) have two more chances to become bowl eligible just one year after a 2-10 season.
No. 10 Georgia 44, Troy 34
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Knowshon Moreno ran for 196 yards and three touchdowns and became the first Georgia freshman since Herschel Walker to top 1,000 yards rushing as the Bulldogs beat Troy 44-34 on Saturday.
Georgia (7-2) lost fumbles on its first two possessions, but Moreno ran for three scores for the second week in a row. His 80-yard first-quarter TD was Georgia's longest in 10 years, and he added two 1-yard scoring runs in the second half.
Troy (6-3) fell to 0-3 against the Southeastern Conference this season despite scoring a combined total of 81 points in the losses to Arkansas, Florida and Georgia.
Troy quarterback Omar Haugabook was 29-of-45 passing for 310 yards and two touchdowns. He threw two interceptions and lost a fumble.
No. 13 USC 24, Oregon State 3
LOS ANGELES (AP) - John Booty passed for 157 yards and two touchdowns in his first game in four weeks and the USC defense had nine sacks.
The victory was USC's 21st straight over the Beavers at the Los Angeles Coliseum, dating back to 1960, and raised the Trojans' record to 21-0 in November games under coach Pete Carroll.
It was also USC's 31st win in the last 33 games between the schools and avenged a 33-31 loss at Oregon State last year.
USC (7-2, 4-2 Pac-10), a near-unanimous No. 1 pick entering the season, probably needs to win its final three games and get some help to earn at least a share of the conference championship for the sixth straight year.
Oregon State (5-4, 3-3) had its three-game winning streak snapped and played without injured star tailback Yvenson Bernard.
No. 14 Texas 38, Oklahoma State 35
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Texas did it to Oklahoma State again.
Ryan Bailey kicked a 40-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Longhorns (8-2, 4-2 Big 12) and cap another wild comeback against the Cowboys.
For the second straight week, Jamaal Charles led a late charge. He scored two of his three touchdowns in the fourth quarter as Texas outscored Oklahoma State 24-0 in the final 15 minutes.
The Longhorns twice trailed by 21 points, including a 35-14 deficit entering the fourth quarter. It's the fourth time in five years Texas has staged a big rally to beat Oklahoma State (5-4, 3-2).
Colt McCoy, who finished 20-of-27 for 282 yards, guided the Longhorns into position for Bailey's game-winner.
No. 15 Michigan 28, Michigan St. 24
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Chad Henne's 31-yard touchdown pass to Mario Manningham with 2:28 left lifted Michigan (8-2, 6-0 Big Ten) to its eighth straight win.
The Spartans, who overcame an 11-point deficit at halftime to lead by 10 midway through the final quarter, drove to the Wolverines 34 on the final drive before turning the ball over on downs.
Michigan opened the seaosn with losses to Appalachian State and Oregon.
Michigan State (5-5, 1-5) has lost five of six after starting the season strong under first-year coach Mark Dantonio.
Henne tied a school record with four touchdowns, the last two after the Spartans stormed ahead to take a 24-14 lead. He was 18-of-33 for 211 yards with four scores and one interception after missing the previous game with a shoulder injury.
No. 16 Connecticut 38, Rutgers 19
STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Donald Brown ran for 154 yards and the Huskies improved to 8-1 record for the first time.
Brown, who had lost his starting job to Andre Dixon, came off the bench and had a 33-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and a 70-yard run to set up a fourth-quarter field goal that put the game out of reach. He carried the ball 24 times, 22 in the second half when UConn controlled of the clock.
Tyler Lorenzen threw for 140 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 67 yards, and the UConn (8-1, 4-0 Big East) got nine points from special teams, with a safety and a 97-yard kickoff return by Tyvon Branch.
Jeremy Ito had four field goals for Rutgers (5-4, 1-3) and Ray Rice ran 21 times for 116 yards.
No. 18 Florida 49, Vanderbilt 22
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Tim Tebow accounted for five touchdowns, Percy Harvin became the first player school history with 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game, and the Gators rebounded from their third loss in four outings.
Tebow and Harvin helped the Gators extend their winning streak against Vandy to 17 games and stay in the hunt for the SEC Eastern Division title.
The Gators (6-3, 4-3) manhandled Vanderbilt's defense, which entered the game ranked third in the conference and 14th in the country. Tebow was 22-of-27 passing for 281 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. He added 35 yards and two scores on the ground. Vandy fell to 5-4, 2-4.
No. 19 Auburn 35, Tennessee Tech 3
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Brandon Cox completed his first seven passes, leading Auburn to three early touchdowns before leaving the game in the second quarter.
Cox completed 9-of-11 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown and Auburn (7-3) to scored on its first three possessions on homecoming.
The Golden Eagles (4-6), who play in the Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) fell to 0-19 against major college teams.
Cox finished his work at 13:59 in the half when he completed a 16-yard touchdown pass over the middle to Robert Dunn, giving Auburn a 21-3 lead. Backup Blake Field led the Tigers for much of the remainder of the game completing 6-of-11 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown.
Cincinnati 38, No. 20 USF 33
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - From national championship contention to last place in the Big East.
South Florida's rapid plunge continued with the Bulls' third straight loss, 38-33 to conference rival Cincinnati.
Antwuan Giddens scored on a 63-yard reception and recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a second touchdown, helping the Bearcats (7-2, 2-2) stop a two-game losing streak that knocked them out of the Top 25.
Ben Mauk tossed three TD passes and the Cincinnati defense forced eight turnovers, including four interceptions and a fumble by Matt Grothe, who threw for 375 yards but only one touchdown for USF (6-3, 1-3).
Mike Mickens returned an interception 79 yards for a touchdown, and Mauk also threw TD passes of 16 yards to Dominick Goodman and 4 yards to Earnest Jackson for Cincinnati, which led 38-20 at the half.
USF climbed to No. 2 three weeks ago, but consecutive losses to Rutgers, Connecticut and now Cincinnati threaten to drop the Bulls out of the Top 25 altogether.
No. 21 Boise St. 42, San Jose St. 7
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Taylor Tharp threw three touchdown passes, two to Austin Pettis, to lead Boise State to its seventh straight win.
Boise State (8-1, 5-0 WAC) beatthe Spartans (3-5, 2-3) for the eighth consecutive time.
The offense piled up 434 total yards and the defense allowed San Jose State just 198 and had three sacks. Broncos' special teams had a string of three kick returns of 38 yards or more that the offense converted into 21 points in the second and third quarters, putting the game out of reach.
Tharp was efficient, picking apart the Spartans secondary with short and long throws. He was 28-of-35 for 259 yards, spreading the ball around to nine different receivers. His longest was a 44-yarder down the middle to tight end Ryan Putnam that gave Boise State a 14-0 lead in the second quarter.
Virginia 17, No. 21 Wake Forest 16
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Mikell Simpson ran 1 yard for a touchdown with 2:18 to play to lift the Cavaliers (8-2, 5-1 ACC) to their third one-point victory in four games.
Virginia moved into first place in the Coastal Division, while Wake Forest (6-3, 4-2) lost for the first time in seven games.
Wake Forest drove to Virginia's 30 in the closing seconds, but Sam Swank's 47-yard field goal attempt with 2 seconds left missed. He had made 13 of 14 field goals before missing his last two against the Cavs.
Arkansas 48, No. 23 South Carolina 36
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Darren McFadden ran for 323 yards and a touchdown, boosting his Heisman Trophy hopes with a breathtaking performance.
McFadden also threw for a touchdown, and Felix Jones rushed for 163 yards and three TDs for the Razorbacks. Arkansas had 541 yards rushing and McFadden became the first Arkansas player to rush for 300 yards in a game.
South Carolina's Cory Boyd ran for a 1-yard touchdown to make it 42-36, and the Gamecocks were within one defensive stop of having a chance to take the lead. Instead, Arkansas scored on its first play when McFadden found space around the right side and sprinted all the way for an 80-yard touchdown.
No. 24 Tennessee 59, Louisiana-Lafayette 7
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Antonio Reynolds scored on a 70-yard interception return, Antonio Wardlow scored on a 20-yard blocked punt return for the Vols (6-3).
The win was Tennessee's most lopsided since a 70-3 homecoming victory over Louisiana-Monroe in 2000.
After being criticized for giving up on the run early in their three losses, Tennessee coaches spread out the run game against Louisiana Lafayette (1-8). The Vols' 273 yards rushing bested their previous season high of 211 set against Mississippi State.
Arian Foster and Lennon Creer both ran for touchdowns. Foster finished with 100 yards on 20 carries, propelling him just past the 2,000-yard career mark. He is the 12th Tennessee tailback to surpass that mark.
No. 25 Clemson 47, Duke 10
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Cullen Harper threw two touchdowns and ran for another, and Clemson scored 16 points in a 39-second span.
C.J. Spiller returned a kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown, James Davis had a career-long 70-yard scoring run, Aaron Kelly caught TD passes covering 19 and 5 yards and Harper set a school record with his Atlantic Coast Conference-leading 23rd touchdown pass.
The Tigers (7-2, 4-2) won their third straight, shrugging off a slow start with a 23-point second quarter. Their previous visit to Durham in November 2004 ended with Duke pulling a last-second upset - and the Blue Devils (1-8, 0-6) haven't won an ACC game since, dropping their 23rd in a row.
Harper completed 17 of 26 passes for 184 yards and Davis had 118 yards on eight carries for Clemson, which led 10-7 before breaking the game open late in the first half.
 

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