STARS
-Colt McCoy threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns as No. 4 Texas routed Kansas 35-7. He improved to 30-7 as the Longhorns' starting quarterback, tying Vince Young for the most victories in school history.
-Clemson tailback C.J. Spiller had an 83-yard touchdown catch and a 24-yard scoring run as the Tigers defeated Duke 31-7. Spiller finished with 74 rushing yards and seven catches for 108 yards, a Clemson single-game record for a running back.
-Harvard safety Ryan Barnes picked off three passes - including one in the end zone in the final minute - to help the Crimson hold off Pennsylvania 24-21.
-Joe Webb ran for 130 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 154 more yards to lead UAB to a 41-24 victory over Tulane.

IRISH OYS
sses to Colorado, Florida State, LSU (twice), Georgia Tech, Oregon State (twice), North Carolina State and Ohio State.

HAIL TO THE ... UH, THIS IS AWKWARD
A 21-14 loss to Northwestern - at home - left Michigan with eight losses for the first time in its 129-year history. The Wolverines (3-8, 2-5 Big Ten) have also lost five games in Ann Arbor, another school record. ``I'm sick to my stomach right now,'' senior safety Brandon Harrison said. The good news: only one game remains in Rich Rodriguez's first season. The bad news: it's at No. 10 Ohio State. ``If we can come out and beat O-State that would clear everything up,'' Harrison said.

BY THE NUMBERS
Northwestern won at Michigan for the first time since 1995. The Wildcats' coach, Pat Fitzgerald, was a linebacker for Northwestern that day. ... With its 17-13 victory at Auburn, Georgia improved to 30-4 in opposing teams' stadiums under Mark Richt. ... Texas' 35-7 victory at Kansas was the Longhorns' 10th. They have had double-digit wins for eight straight years.

ROSY OUTLOOK
- and hope three-win Michigan can upset Ohio State in Columbus.

SURGERY FOR JOEPA?
Penn State coach Joe Paterno may have hip replacement surgery following the regular season. After the Nittany Lions beat Indiana 34-7, the 81-year-old coach said he would not be on the sidelines for next week's regular-season finale against No. 15 Michigan State. ``I'm probably going to have to get something done with this thing as soon as the Michigan State game is over, the next day probably,'' Paterno said. ``I'm probably going to get a hip replacement or something like that, I don't know.''

UPS AND DOWNS
Rutgers' 49-16 rout of South Florida underscored the different directions those programs are headed as the season winds down. The Bulls won their first five games and rose to No. 10 in The Associated Press poll on Sept. 28. Since then, they're 1-4. Rutgers opened 1-5, with the victory against Morgan State. Since then, the Scarlet Knights have won four in a row.

SPEAKING
``All of a sudden you come out in the second half and it's snowing. It's beautiful Big Ten football weather day.'' - Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald after the Wildcats beat Michigan 21-14 on a miserable day in Ann Arbor.

two onside kicks.

``Neither team played good enough to win. We both made enough mistakes to lose.'' - Georgia coach Mark Richt after the Bulldogs pulled out a sloppy 17-13 victory at Auburn, which ended when Tigers quarterback Kodi Burns overthrew Ben Tate in the end zone with a second remaining.

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