College Football: Top 25 roundup
The Top 25 roundup …
WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. ó Joey Elliott and Purdue shocked mistake-prone Ohio State.
Elliott threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns, and the Boilermakers snapped a five-game losing streak by beating No. 7 Ohio State to effectively end what national-title chances remained for the Buckeyes.
Purdue dominated the first three quarters, then held on as Ohio State tried to mount a comeback behind Terrelle Pryor, who threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles.
The Boilermakers (2-5, 1-2) had lost five in a row since beating Toledo to start Danny Hope’s first season as coach, and fans were starting to get uneasy. It was Purdue’s first win over a ranked team since 2003 and its first win over the Buckeyes since 2004. Ohio State (5-2, 3-1) failed to tie the Big Ten record of 17 straight conference road wins.
The Buckeyes lost to an unranked team for the first time since Illinois upset Ohio State at home in 2007.
No. 1 Florida 23, Arkansas 20
GAINESVILLE, Fla. ó Tim Tebow kept Florida’s perfect season intact.
Tebow directed a 69-yard drive in the final minutes, setting up Caleb Sturgis’ 27-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining that gave the top-ranked Gators a 23-20 win against Arkansas on Saturday.
Was it Tebow’s Heisman moment?
Regardless, it kept Florida unbeaten and likely No. 1 in the country. And maybe even the Gators’ chances to repeat as national champions.
On a day when little went right for the Gators, Tebow took over down the stretch. He threw for 255 yards and a touchdown, ran for 69 more and saved his best plays for when Florida needed him most.
He threw for 30 yards and ran for 22 on the final drive.
No. 9 Miami 27, Central Florida 7
ORLANDO, Fla. ó Jacory Harris completed 20 of 26 passes for 293 yards and a touchdown, Javarris James rushed for another score on the way to topping the 2,000-yard mark for his career, and No. 9 Miami methodically pulled away to beat Central Florida 27-7.
Damien Berry added a fourth-quarter touchdown run for the Hurricanes (5-1), who matched their best start since 2005.
UCF is now 0-20 against teams in the AP Top 25 since moving to Division I-A in 1996.
No. 11 Iowa 20, Wisconsin 10MADISON, Wis. ó No. 11 Iowa needed a second-half road rally to keep its perfect season alive.
Trailing by a touchdown at halftime, the Hawkeyes (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) began the third quarter by turning an interception into a tying touchdown pass from quarterback Ricky Stanzi to tight end Tony Moeaki.
After appearing vulnerable to the run early on, Iowa’s defense clamped down on Wisconsin (5-2, 2-2) and running back John Clay finished with 75 yards rushing.
No. 12 TCU 44, Colorado State 6FORT WORTH, Texas ó Jeremy Kerley tiptoed the sideline, then came to a near stop before finding an open lane to the end zone for his second punt return for a touchdown in three games and TCU remained undefeated with a victory over Colorado State.
Kerley’s electrifying 69-yard return just before halftime made it 17-6, and came less than 21/2 minutes after TCU (6-0, 2-0 Mountain West) had finally taken the lead.
The BCS buster hopeful Horned Frogs carried the momentum after halftime, scoring touchdowns on their first four drives after the break Colorado State (3-4, 0-3) lost its fourth straight game.
No. 14 Penn State 20, Minnesota 0STATE COLLEGE, Pa. ó Navorro Bowman led a stifling defense, Evan Royster ran for 137 yards and Derek Moye had a disputed touchdown catch in Penn State’s easy win over Minnesota.
Moye’s 12-yard reception in the end zone was initially ruled incomplete, then overturned after an official review for a TD on a drive that gave the Nittany Lions (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) a 13-0 lead late in the first half.
The offense moved the ball well despite being mired by penalties. Royster and Moye still gave the defense more than enough cushion over the struggling Gophers (4-3, 2-2) on a chilly homecoming game at Beaver Stadium.
Texas Tech 31, No. 15 Nebraska 10LINCOLN, Neb. ó Steven Sheffield passed for a touchdown and ran for another in his first road start, and Texas Tech jumped out fast to upset Nebraska.
Sheffield, who passed for 490 yards passing and seven touchdowns in his debut as the starter against Kansas State last week, was nearly perfect early, completing 14 of his first 16 passes against the Cornhuskers.He finished with 234 yards.
Texas Tech (5-2, 2-1) won for the first time in four road games since last October. Nebraska (4-2, 1-1) held the Raiders to 259 yards ó 263 under their average.
Colorado 34, No. 17 Kansas 30
BOULDER, Colo. ó Tyler Hansen wanted to prove that he should have been Colorado’s starting quarterback all along. He sure showed he deserves to be the Buffaloes’ main man from here on out. Hansen, who replaced Cody Hawkins ó the coach’s son ó in the starting lineup, ran for a touchdown and threw a TD pass to lead Colorado (2-4, 1-1) past Kansas (5-1, 1-1).
No. 18 Brigham Young 38, San Diego State 28SAN DIEGO ó Max Hall threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for another score to lead Brigham Young to the 500th victory in school history.
BYU (6-1, 3-0 Mountain West Conference) beat SDSU (2-4, 0-2) for the eighth time in the last nine games.
No. 23 Houston 44, Tulane 16NEW ORLEANS ó Case Keenum’s lowest passing total of the season was still pretty good, and more than enough to help Houston win its first conference game. Keenum was 30 of 43 for 334 yards and two touchdowns.
AUBURN, Ala. ó Randall Cobb scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 4-yard run with 3:17 to play as Kentucky came from behind to defeat Auburn 21-14.
It was Kentucky’s first win over Auburn since 1966.