Top 25 College Football Roundup
COLUMBUS, Ohio ó Pat Devlin came off the bench for injured starting quarterback Daryll Clark in the fourth quarter, leading two scoring drives and sneaking in for the go-ahead touchdown to give No. 3 Penn State a 13-6 victory over No. 10 Ohio State on Saturday night.
The win put the Nittany Lions (9-0, 5-0) in command in the Big Ten and severely crimped the chances of the Buckeyes (7-2, 4-1) grabbing an unprecedented third consecutive outright league title and a piece of their fourth conference championship in a row.
Penn State, with coach Joe Paterno coaching from the press box for the fourth straight game, solidified its position as a national championship contender and also erased the ugly memories of an 0-7 mark in Columbus since joining the Big Ten in 1993.
Defenses controlled most of the game before an Ohio Stadium-record crowd of 105,711.
No. 2 Alabama 29, Tennessee 9
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. ó John Parker Wilson passed for 188 yards and ran for a touchdown as No. 2 Alabama cruised to a 29-9 win over Tennessee.
The win gives the Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0 SEC) its first back-to-back wins over the Volunteers (3-5, 1-4) in a usually streaky “Third Saturday in October” series since the 1991-92 seasons.
While the Tide remained in the heart of the national championship race, Tennessee’s season grew sorrier. A lopsided loss to a bitter rival will only increase the pressure on coach Phillip Fulmer, who’s been a prime target for critics and disgruntled Vols fansNo. 4 Oklahoma 58, Kansas State 35MANHATTAN, Kan. ó DeMarco Murray racked up 167 total yards and four touchdowns, and No. 4 Oklahoma sustained a 21-point Kansas State rally in the highest-scoring first half in school history.
Sam Bradford added three touchdown passes in a wild first half in which the Sooners (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) give up a 28-7 lead before taking control with 27 consecutive points of their own.
Josh Freeman threw for a career-high 478 yards for K-State, with all three of his touchdown passes coming as the Wildcats charged back to tie it at 28.
No. 5 Florida 63, Kentucky 5GAINESVILLE, Fla. ó Tim Tebow threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores to help the Gators extend their winning streak in the series to 22 games.
The Gators (6-1, 4-1 SEC) looked every bit ready for the rematch.
No. 8 Texas Tech 63, No. 19 Kansas 21LAWRENCE, Kan. ó Graham Harrell passed for 386 yards and five touchdowns and No. 8 Texas Tech scored on eight of its first nine possessions.
Harrell, the nation’s leader in yards passing, also scored on a 1-yard run for the Red Raiders (8-0, 4-0 Big 12), who have matched their best start in 32 years.
Kansas (5-3, 2-2) matched Harrell touchdown-for-touchdown through a first quarter that ended 14-14. But the Red Raiders ripped off 49 unanswered points for their 10th victory in 11 games against the Jayhawks.
Louisville 24, No. 14 South Florida 20LOUISVILLE, Ky. ó Hunter Cantwell threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Scott Long with 7:07 left to play to help Louisville upset penalty-plagued South Florida.
The 14th-ranked Bulls committed 14 penalties for 109 yards, including a defensive holding on a missed field goal by Louisville that would have given USF (6-2, 1-2 Big East) the ball back late in the fourth quarter.
No. 15 TCU 54, Wyoming 7FORT WORTH, Texas ó Jimmy Young had a school-record 226 yards receiving and caught three touchdown passes.
Young had scoring catches of 60, 55 and 39 yards, and hauled in a 65-yarder to set up another touchdown as TCU (8-1, 5-0 Mountain West) won their fourth straight game.
No. 16 Missouri 58, Colorado 0COLUMBIA, Mo. ó Chase Daniel matched his school record with five touchdown passes and No. 16 Missouri’s beleaguered defense handed Colorado its first shutout since 1988.
Jeremy Maclin caught two touchdown passes and Chase Coffman set a career record for receptions by a Division I tight end for Missouri (6-2, 2-2 Big 12).
The Tigers punished the Buffaloes (4-4, 2-2) in their homecoming game.
Rutgers 54, No. 17 Pittsburgh 34PITTSBURGH ó Mike Teel, booed at times by his own fans this season, threw five of his school-record six touchdown passes in the first half and Rutgers came out throwing to confound No. 17 Pittsburgh’s previously reliable defense.
LeSean McCoy’s fourth touchdown run got Pittsburgh (5-2, 2-1 in Big East) to within 34-31.
No. 18 BYU 42, UNLV 35PROVO, Utah ó Max Hall threw for four touchdowns and the Cougars avoided a second straight loss.
Austin Collie had his sixth straight 100-yard receiving game for the Cougars (7-1, 3-1 Mountain West), who were matched nearly score-for-score by the Rebels until the final drive. BYU’s Andrew Rich intercepted Omar Clayton’s pass in the end zone on the final play to seal BYU’s 17th straight win at home.
No. 20 Ball St. 38, E. Michigan 16MUNCIE, Ind. ó With Ball State’s most inspiring player, Dante Love, on hand, the Cardinals had no real problem getting to 8-0.
Nate Davis caught the first touchdown pass of his career and threw two more as the Cardinals (8-0, 4-0 Mid-American) continued their best start in 43 years.
No. 25 Minnesota 17, Purdue 6WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. ó Adam Weber passed for a touchdown and ran for another against Purdue, which lost star quarterback Curtis Painter to injury in the first half.
Weber passed for 212 yards and ran for 60, and Brandon Green caught five passes for 100 yards for the Golden Gophers (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten).