TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -John Parker Wilson threw for a season-high 219 yards and a pair of touchdowns and No. 2 Alabama made a late defensive stand to hold off Mississippi for a 24-20 victory Saturday.
The Crimson Tide stopped the Rebels on fourth-and-5 from its 43-yard line in the final minute, when Jevan Snead's pass to Dexter McCluster fell incomplete. He was well covered by Javier Arenas.
Alabama (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) scored 24 consecutive points after falling behind for the first time this season, 3-0, and allowing its first points in an opening quarter. Then Ole Miss (3-4, 1-3) answered 17 straight points and closed to within 24-20 on Joshua Shene's 35-yard field goal with 6:09 left.
No. 6 USC 69, Washington State 0
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Mark Sanchez became the first USC quarterback to throw five touchdown passes in a half and the No. 6 Trojans breezed this time as a huge favorite.
late in the first half.
USC's defense, ranked first in the nation coming in by allowing just 9.4 points per game, ended the Cougars' streak of scoring at 280 games dating to Sept. 15, 1984, when Ohio State beat Washington State 44-0. That scoring streak was second-longest in the nation to Michigan's 295 games.
The Cougars absorbed their largest margin of defeat since they began playing in 1894.
M 25
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Graham Harrell threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more to give Texas Tech its best start in 32 years.
M for the seventh time in eight meetings.
M gained outgained Texas Tech 274-254 in the first half, but mustered only 32 yards and five first downs in the second.
Michael Crabtree caught two touchdowns and Baron Batch rushed for 87 yards and another score.
Texas Tech led 36-25 with 24 seconds left when coach Mike Leach called time out and asked referees to review a run by Shannon Woods to the 1-yard line. Harrell scored a meaningless touchdown on the next play.
No. 8 Oklahoma State 34, Baylor 6
no letdown for Oklahoma State.
Playing its first game as a top 10 team since 1985, No. 8 Oklahoma State made quick work of Baylor, scoring on four straight first-half possessions en route to a 34-6 win.
Bryant had a career-high 11 catches for 212 yards and two touchdowns and Keith Toston added two scoring runs as Oklahoma State (7-0, 3-0 Big 12) set up a showdown next Saturday at No. 1 Texas.
The Cowboys, who won at then-No. 3 Missouri a week ago, are off to their best start since their 9-0 Sugar Bowl season of 1945. Oklahoma State has won eight straight games for the first time since an eight-game streak spanning the 1986 and 1987 seasons.
No. 10 Georgia 24, No. 22 Vanderbilt 14
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Knowshon Moreno rushed for a season-high 172 yards, freshman A.J. Green had 132 yards receiving and 10th-ranked Georgia overcame its mistakes.
Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes for Georgia (6-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference), which twice built 14-point leads but didn't put away the Commodores until Blair Walsh kicked a 39-yard field goal with 17 seconds remaining.
Mackenzi Adams, who replaced Chris Nickson as Vandy's starting quarterback this week, threw a pair of touchdown pass to Jamie Graham.
The Commodores (5-2, 3-2) lost their second in a row, again missing a chance to become bowl-eligible for the first time since 1982.
nce of the season, which included an 11-yard touchdown run. Green went over 100 yards receiving for the second time in his college career, scoring Georgia's first TD on a 17-yard pass.
No. 12 Ohio State 45, No. 20 Michigan State 7
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Terrelle Pryor showed some of his potential during a spectacular start that gave No. 12 Ohio State at least a share of first place in the Big Ten.
Pryor ran for a score and threw for another in the first half, helping the Buckeyes build a four-touchdown lead. The freshman quarterback finished 7-of-11 for 116 yards and a TD and had 72 yards rushing on 12 carries, including an 18-yard for a score early in the game.
Ohio State's Chris ``Beanie'' Wells had season highs with 31 carries, 140 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
The Buckeyes (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten) entered the game tied with Penn State and the Spartans (6-2, 3-1) atop the conference.
No. 14 Utah 49, Colorado St. 16
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Backup quarterback Corbin Louks ran for 109 yards and two touchdowns and starter Brian Johnson threw two touchdown passes as No. 14 Utah remained unbeaten.
The Utes improved to 8-0 for the fourth time ever and gained a season-high 549 yards of offense in Johnson's 21st win as a starter, tying Alex Smith's school record.
nson periodically and he capitalized by taking two option keepers for touchdowns, including a 69-yard, zig-zagging run that put Utah up 49-16 with 9:30 left to play.
The Utes have been 8-0 only three other times - 1930, when they were perfect in an eight-game season, 1994, and 2004. The last of those teams went undefeated and played in the Fiesta Bowl, feats they're still in position to repeat.
Virginia 16, No. 18 North Carolina 13, OT
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Cedric Peerman scored from two yards in overtime to continue the Tar Heels' struggles in Charlottesville.
Virginia (4-3, 2-1, Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed 10-3 with 2:18 to play, but Peerman scored on a two-yard run with 47 seconds left in regulation and Robert Randolph's conversion was barely good to send the game into overtime.
Casey Barth kicked a 28-yard field goal to begin OT, and North Carolina (5-2, 1-2) led 13-10.
Tight end John Phillips caught a 19-yard pass from Marc Verica to put the ball on the Tar Heels' four. Peerman ran for two yards and then two more for the winning score.
The win extended the Cavaliers' 14-game winning streak at Scott Stadium.
No. 19 South Florida 45, Syracuse 13
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Quarterback Matt Grothe threw three touchdown passes and ran for another.
, which knocked them out of the top 10 in the polls.
Grothe, who was also the team's leading rusher with 72 yards, finished 19-for-26 for 255 yards. His second touchdown pass in the third quarter was the 40th of his career, good for second in the history of South Florida.
Running back Curtis Brinkley was the Orange's lone bright spot, rushing for a team-high 117 yards on 21 attempts and a touchdown. It was his fifth 100-yard plus game of the season.
Maryland 26, No. 21 Wake Forest 0
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Chris Turner threw for 321 yards to back a strong defensive showing by Maryland in the Terrapins' fifth straight win over a Top 25 team.
Maryland (5-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) also defeated California and Clemson this season, but lost 24-14 to unheralded Middle Tennessee State and 31-0 to Virginia.
Turner completed 28 of 41 passes, the last a 50-yard touchdown to Danny Oquendo. Darrius Heyward-Bey had a career-high 11 catches for 101 yards and Obi Egekeze kicked four field goals to help the Terrapins move into a tie atop the league's Atlantic Division.
Wake Forest (4-2, 2-1) was in sole possession of first place before being rendered helpless by a defense that had two weeks to think about its misdeeds against Virginia. The Terrapins' last shutout of a ranked opponent was Sept. 24, 1955, a 7-0 win over top-ranked UCLA.
No. 23 Pitt 42, Navy 21
d. (AP) - LeSean McCoy rushed for three touchdowns and had 156 yards to help No. 23 Pittsburgh rout Navy.
It was the fifth win in a row for the Panthers, who have started the season at 5-1 for the fifth time since 2000. Navy (4-3) had entered the contest with a three-game winning streak, but couldn't contain the Panthers offense. Pitt rolled up 501 yards.
McCoy, a sophomore, has now collected 10 100-yard rushing games in his short career. In the last three games he has 447 yards rushing and five touchdowns. He has scored three touchdowns in a game four times.

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