College Football: Top 25 Roundup
COLUMBIA, Mo. ó Oklahoma State stopped a Missouri offense that had been scoring at will all season, intercepting Chase Daniel three times in the second half and upsetting the third-ranked Tigers 28-23 victory on Saturday night.
Zac Robinson and Damian Davis hooked up on a pair of long scores in the second half, and Patrick Lavine’s interception at the Oklahoma State 31 with 1:41 to go was the clincher. 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.
No. 6 Penn State 48, Wisconsin 7
MADISON, Wis. ó 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 No. 6 Penn State dismantled Wisconsin.
It is Penn State’s 11th 7-0 start under Paterno and first since 1999. 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 ó a dismal start for a team considered a potential conference title contender going into the season.
No. 7 Texas Tech 37, Nebraska 31, OTLUBBOCK, Texas ó Eric Morris had a 1-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.
Graham Harrell, who threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, was 20-of-25 for 284 yards for Texas Tech.
No. 8 USC 28, Arizona St. 0LOS ANGELES ó 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.
No. 9 BYU 21, New Mexico 3PROVO, Utah ó 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.
No. 12 Ohio St. 16, Purdue 3COLUMBUS, Ohio ó 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).
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 (2-4, 0-2), becoming just the fourth Big Ten quarterback to surpass 10,000 passing yards.
No. 14 Utah 40, Wyoming 7LARAMIE, Wyo. ó 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.
No. 15 Boise St. 24, Southern Miss 7
HATTIESBURG, Miss. ó Kellen Moore threw three touchdown passes and No. 15 Boise State rolled to an easy win, beating Southern Mississippi 24-7 with a scoring flurry in the second quarter. Moore hit 16 of 20 passes for 144 yards and all three touchdowns in the first half.
No. 16 Kansas 30, Colorado 14LAWRENCE, Kan. ó Jake Sharp scored three touchdowns for Kansas, and Todd Reesing threw for 256 yards and another score.
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.
Arkansas 25, No. 20 Auburn 22AUBURN, Ala. ó 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.
No. 23 Michigan State 37, Northwestern 20EVANSTON, Ill. ó 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.
Northwestern (5-1, 1-1) had been off to its best start since 1962.
No. 25 Ball St. 24, Western Kentucky 7BOWLING GREEN, Ky. ó 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).