Gators drown LSU in romp at Swamp
Posted: Monday, October 13, 2008 5:10 pm
By: By The Associated Press
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tim Tebow threw two touchdown passes to Percy Harvin and ran for a score, and Florida thumped defending national champion LSU 51-21 in The Swamp.
The fourth-ranked Tigers (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) had won six consecutive games, 19 in a row at night and 23 straight in regulation. Florida (5-1, 3-1) ended all those streaks with a fast start and some huge plays from Tebow, Harvin, Jeff Demps and Brandon Spikes.
LSU lost for the first time in regulation since falling 23-10 two years ago in Gainesville — taking the worst beating of coach Les Miles’ four-year career with the Tigers. They had three turnovers, a near interception that went for a touchdown and a costly face-mask penalty.
It was the most-lopsided loss for LSU since a 31-0 beating at home by Alabama in 2002, when Nick Saban was leading the Tigers. The last time LSU gave up more points, Steve Spurrier’s Gators beat the Tigers 56-13 in 1996.
Tebow finished 14-of-21 passing for 210 yards. He also ran 12 times for 22 yards. Harvin had six catches for 112 yards.
Miss. St. 17, Vanderbilt 14
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Anthony Dixon rushed for 107 yards, De’Mon Glanton set up the game-clinching touchdown with an interception and Mississippi State handed Vanderbilt its first loss.
The Commodores (5-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) were looking to go 6-0 for the first time since 1928. Instead, the Bulldogs (2-4, 1-2) did to them what they’ve done to most of their opponents this season. Mississippi State played good defense — Vandy gained 107 yards — capitalized on mistakes and gutted out a close victory.
For Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom, it was the fourth time in his five seasons he’s led the Bulldogs to an upset of a ranked opponent.
Chris Nickson and Jeff Jennings had rushing TDs for Vanderbilt.
Texas 45, Oklahoma 35
DALLAS (AP) — Mack Brown can finally say he’s done something in the Texas-Oklahoma game that Bob Stoops hasn’t — pulled off an upset. And it’s a big one.
Brown’s Longhorns grabbed some second-half momentum by foiling a fake punt Saturday, then Colt McCoy and the defense built on it, carrying No. 5 Texas to a 45-35 victory over No. 1 Oklahoma.
The Longhorns (6-0, 2-0 Big 12) outscored the Sooners 25-7 after stopping the trickery, and their half of the record crowd of 92,182 fans loved every bit of it.
Brown and Stoops have brought their programs back to prominence over the last decade. Stoops has a reputation of outcoaching Brown, primarily because of two blowout wins. Truth is, the higher-ranked team has won every one of their matchups.
Sam Bradford was 28-of-39 for 387 yards and five touchdowns, three to Manny Johnson, but wasn’t able to pull it out for Oklahoma (5-1, 1-1). He threw two interceptions, a meaningless one on the final play and another late in the second quarter that led to a Texas field goal.
McCoy was 28-of-35 for 277 yards with one touchdown and no turnovers. He was sacked four times, but also ran 14 times for 31 yards. His stewardship certainly helped his Heisman Trophy chances.
Arkansas 25, Auburn 22
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Michael Smith rushed for 176 yards and scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 63-yard run in the fourth quarter and the Razorbacks mounted two late defensive stands.
Arkansas (3-3, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) forced Auburn’s Kodi Burns into three straight incompletions from the 5 to halt one drive. Then Matt Harris made a diving interception with 29 seconds left on the Tigers’ last chance.
Casey Dick rushed for a touchdown and caught a scoring pass from receiver Joe Adams for the Razorbacks, who had lost their last three games by a collective 139-31. The 19-point underdogs outgained Auburn 416-193 in the return of former Tigers offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino as Razorbacks coach.
The Tigers’ second straight loss capped a tumultuous week. Coach Tommy Tuberville fired first-year offensive coordinator Tony Franklin three days before the game, then named assistant Steve Ensminger as the playcaller for the rest of the season.
Oklahoma St. 28, Missouri 23
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Oklahoma State snarled Chase Daniel and a Missouri offense that had been scoring at will, intercepting three passes in the second half in the upset.
Zac Robinson and Damian Davis hooked up on a pair of long scores in the second half, and Patrick Lavine’s interception with 1:41 to go was the clincher for the Cowboys. Missouri (5-1, 1-1 Big 12) had appeared poised to challenge for No. 1 with a strong effort after top-ranked Oklahoma lost to Texas and No. 2 Alabama had the weekend off.
Instead, it was the coming-out party for the Cowboys (6-0, 2-0 Big 12). Oklahoma State, only 18-19 in coach Mike Gundy’s first three seasons, is 6-0 for only the second time since 1945.
And it was Robinson, not Daniel, who played like a Heisman Trophy front-runner. Robinson was 19-for-28 for 215 yards and two touchdowns. Kendall Hunter had 154 yards on 24 carries and a 68-yard scoring run.
Daniel was 39-for-52 for 390 yards and a touchdown for Missouri.
Penn State 48, Wisconsin 7
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — With coach Joe Paterno perched in the press box for the second straight week because of a sore hip, Daryll Clark threw for a touchdown and ran for two more as Penn State dismantled Wisconsin.
Cornerback Lydell Sargeant had two interceptions — off of two different Wisconsin quarterbacks — and Derrick Williams scored again in the return game as the Nittany Lions (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) made another strong statement asserting their place among the nation’s top teams.
It is Penn State’s 11th 7-0 start under Paterno and first since 1999. The Nittany Lions also won back-to-back Big Ten road games for the first time since ’99.
It was the second straight home loss and most lopsided loss since 1989 for Wisconsin (3-3, 0-3), which opened conference play with three losses for the first time since 2002 — a dismal start for a team considered a potential conference title contender going into the season.
Texas Tech 37, Nebraska 31, OT
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Eric Morris had a one-yard touchdown run in overtime and Jamar Wall made it stand up for Texas Tech with an interception.
Texas Tech (6-0, 2-0 Big 12) left the door open for the Cornhuskers (3-3, 0-2) to win it with a touchdown and extra point, when the Red Raiders botched the PAT after Morris’ score.
But the mistake didn’t cost the Red Raiders. Joe Ganz, who threw for 349 yards, was scrambling and trying to throw the ball away on the Huskers’ second play when Wall intercepted it along the Texas Tech sideline to end the game.
Graham Harrell, who threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, was 20-of-25 for 284 yards for Texas Tech.
USC 28, Arizona St. 0
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mark Sanchez passed for one touchdown and ran for another, and the Southern California defense dominated Arizona State.
Joe McKnight ran for a career-high 143 yards on 11 carries and Kevin Thomas returned an interception 46 yards for a touchdown for the No. 8 Trojans (4-1, 2-1 Pac-10), who extended their winning streak over the Sun Devils to nine games, winning by an average of 20.1 points.
USC is 74-9 since the beginning of the 2002 season and has won 41 of its last 42 home games.
Arizona State (2-4, 1-2), meanwhile, has scored just 44 points in losing four straight for the first time since 2003. The Sun Devils gained only 229 yards while being shut out for the first time since Oct. 30, 2004 when they lost to California 27-0.
BYU 21, New Mexico 3
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Max Hall threw for three touchdowns and No. 9 BYU survived its lowest scoring game of the season, extending the nation’s longest winning streak to 16 straight.
BYU (6-0, 2-0 Mountain West) remained unbeaten at the halfway point of the season, but needed Hall’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Austin Collie with 3:05 left in the game to seal it.
New Mexico (3-4, 1-2) held the Cougars scoreless in opening quarter and scored before BYU, both firsts for the season. The Lobos also had a touchdown called back on a penalty midway through the fourth quarter when BYU was up only 14-3, then New Mexico failed to convert on a fourth-and-21.
The Cougars, who won their 16th in a row at home, scored at least four touchdowns in every game until Saturday.
Ohio St. 16, Purdue 3
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Malcolm Jenkins blocked a punt and Etienne Sabino returned it 20 yards for a touchdown to lead Ohio State to the win.
Freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor had an erratic day and tailback Chris “Beanie” Wells totaled 94 yards on 22 carries for the Buckeyes (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten).
Ohio State has won four straight since a 35-3 loss at then-No. 1 Southern California prompted coach Jim Tressel to put sixth-year senior Todd Boeckman on the bench behind Pryor.
Pryor completed 10 of 14 passes for 97 yards and ran for 27 yards on 14 carries.
Curtis Painter threw for 228 yards for Purdue, becoming just the fourth Big Ten quarterback to surpass 10,000 passing yards.
Carson Wiggs booted a school-record 53-yard field goal early in the third quarter for the Boilermakers (2-4, 0-2).
Utah 40, Wyoming 7
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Matt Asiata ran for a touchdown and caught a TD pass, and Utah’s special teams scored two touchdowns.
Utah (7-0, 3-0 Mountain West) remained undefeated, having no problem clearing this hurdle after needing a last-second field goal to beat Oregon State last week.
Wyoming (2-5, 0-4) lost its fourth straight game, but managed to avoid being shutout for the third time this season.
Brian Johnson was 10-for-19 for 110 yards and a touchdown, and Asiata added 37 yards on 11 carries. Sean Smith intercepted two passes, returning one for a score.
Karsten Sween was 8-for-18 for 52 yards and three interceptions for Wyoming. Devin Moore rushed for 106 yards on 23 carries.
Boise State 24, Southern Miss 7
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Kellen Moore threw three touchdown passes and Boise State rolled to an easy win.
Moore hit 16 of 20 passes for 144 yards and all three touchdowns in the first half, connecting twice with Austin Pettis, for the efficient Broncos (5-0). The redshirt freshman quarterback continued to show an uncanny ability to make the right decisions despite his youth.
He came into the game completing 72 percent of his passes and hit 70 percent (21-of-30) against Southern Miss (2-4), which has lost three straight games for the first time since 2004.
With Moore guiding them, the Broncos look like they could be ECS busters again. It was Boise State’s 25th road win since 2003 and its 14th regular-season win in its last 15 games.
Kansas 30, Colorado 14
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Jake Sharp scored three touchdowns for Kansas, and Todd Reesing threw for 256 yards and another score.
The Jayhawks led only 16-14 after Cody Hawkins’ 1-yard touchdown run at the end of the third period. But Reesing quickly engineered two scoring drives to salt away Kansas’ 20th win in 23 games and its 13th in a row at home.
Sharp, a 190-pound junior, had 118 yards on a career-high 31 carries. Reesing was 27-for-34 without an interception.
It was the 10th straight road loss to a ranked opponent for Colorado (3-3, 0-2 Big 12), which trailed only 9-7 at halftime even though Kansas (5-1, 2-0) had a safety and two interceptions.
North Carolina 29, Notre Dame 24
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Cameron Sexton scored on a leaping 4-yard keeper to start the fourth quarter and Quan Sturdivant returned an interception for a touchdown for North Carolina.
Ryan Houston scored on a short run for the Tar Heels (5-1), who are off to their best start since winning the first eight games of the 1997 season. Hakeem Nicks added nine catches for 141 yards, helping North Carolina rally from an 11-point first-half deficit and beat Notre Dame for just the second time in 18 meetings.
This one came down to a wild finish, with the Irish (4-2) reaching North Carolina’s 7-yard line in the final seconds before officials ruled after a review that receiver Michael Floyd fumbled the ball after a catch. Trimane Goddard recovered the ball, giving it back to North Carolina for a joyous kneel-down with 3 seconds left.
Jimmy Clausen threw for 383 yards and two touchdowns for Notre Dame.
Michigan State 37, Northwestern 20
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Javon Ringer ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns to lead Michigan State to a win over previously unbeaten Northwestern.
Brian Hoyer added two short touchdown passes as the Spartans never trailed. Michigan State (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) scored 17 straight points in the first quarter with the help of a pair of Northwestern turnovers.
The 5-foot-9, 202-pound Ringer had his fifth straight 100-yard game and went over 1,000 yards for the second straight season. The bruising Ringer, who leads the nation with 14 rushing touchdowns, carried the ball 35 times.
Northwestern (5-1, 1-1) had been off to its best start since 1962. Tyrell Sutton rushed 23 times for 139 yards and caught six passes for 44 yards.
Ball St. 24, Western Kentucky 7
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Nate Davis threw for 155 yards and two touchdowns to help the Cardinals overcome a slow start in their first game as a ranked team.
MiQuale Lewis ran for 112 yards and a score for No. 25 Ball State (7-0), which needed more than a half to find any rhythm against the pesky Hilltoppers (2-5).
Perhaps the Cardinals were suffering from stage fright. They were dominated at times by WKU, which is in the final year of transition from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Bowl Subdivision.
The Hilltoppers piled up 352 yards of offense but turned the ball over three times and continually self-destructed in Ball State territory. David Wolke threw for 161 yards.