College Football: Top 25 Roundup
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. ó It was a drive that took forever, or at least it felt like it. Eighteen plays. Eighty-two yards. A game-sapping 10:47 off the clock, the longest in the 21 years that Georgia Tech has been regularly keeping such a stat.
There were 17 runs, only one pass, and it came on a rainy day at the start of the second half. It’s a wonder Virginia had any energy left to keep playing.
The No. 11 Yellow Jackets ran through a downpour Saturday, piling up 362 yards rushing and holding the ball more than 42 minutes in a 34-9 victory over the Cavaliers, dispatching the last team with an unbeaten record in ACC play.
Georgia Tech (7-1, 5-1) broke an eight-game Charlottesville losing streak, winning at Virginia for the first time since 1990.
The Cavaliers (3-4, 2-1) had a three-game winning streak snapped, a run that followed an 0-3 start that had fans calling for coach Al Groh’s job.
Jonathan Dwyer rushed for 125 yards, Allen had 103 and a pair of touchdowns, and Nesbitt ran for 82 yards.
No. 3 Texas 41, Missouri 7
COLUMBIA, Mo. ó Colt McCoy completed his first 11 passes and produced touchdowns on No. 3 Texas’ first three drives, helping to put Missouri away early.
McCoy matched his season best with three touchdown passes. The Longhorns (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) beat Missouri for the sixth straight time.
No. 4 USC 42, Oregon St. 36
LOS ANGELES ó Allen Bradford rushed for a career-high 147 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 4 Southern California avenged its only loss of last season with a 42-36 victory over Oregon State.
Damian Williams returned a fourth-quarter punt 63 yards for a touchdown for the Trojans (6-1, 3-1 Pac-10), whose 27-21 loss to the Beavers last September prevented them from playing for the national title.Sean Canfield passed for 329 yards and three touchdowns for the Beavers, who shredded USC’s vaunted defense for 482 total yards in a back-and-forth offensive game. Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 113 yards as the Beavers (4-3, 2-2) again gave ample trouble to the defending Pac-10 champions.
No. 5 Cincinnati 41, Louisville 10
CINCINNATI ó Standing on the sideline in a sweat suit and baseball cap, injured quarterback Tony Pike watched his backup do a nearly perfect job.
The Bearcats (7-0, 3-0 Big East) are off to their best start since 1954 despite losing Pike,
No. 7 Iowa 15, Michigan State 13
EAST LANSING, Mich. ó Ricky Stanzi connected with Marvin McNutt for a 7-yard touchdown pass as time expired and No. 7 Iowa remained undefeated with a 15-13 victory.
The Hawkeyes are 8-0 for the first time in school history and have sole possession of first place in the Big Ten at 4-0.
No. 9 LSU 31, Auburn 10
BATON ROUGE, La. ó Jordan Jefferson threw for a career-high 236 yards, including two touchdown passes, and scrambled for another score to lead No. 9 LSU.
No. 10 TCU 38, No. 16 BYU 7
PROVO, Utah ó The Horned Frogs (7-0, 3-0 Mountain West) continued their march to what they hope is a BCS berth with their eighth straight victory and routed the Cougars (6-2, 3-1) for the second year in a row.
No. 12 Oregon 43, Washington 19
SEATTLE ó Jeremiah Masoli returned from a knee injury to run for two scores, and No. 12 Oregon (6-1, 4-0) blocked a punt for a touchdown and used a fake field goal to set up another TD.
No. 13 Penn St. 35, Michigan 10
ANN ARBOR, Mich. ó Daryll Clark threw three of his four touchdown passes to Graham Zug, helping the Nittany Lions to their first win at the Big House since 1996.
The Nittany Lions (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten) shut down the Wolverines (5-3, 1-3) Saturday after they opened with a 70-yard TD drive.
No. 14 Oklahoma State 34, Baylor 7WACO, Texas ó Zac Robinson beat his coach’s school record by completing 23 of 27 passes and threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns. Oklahoma State has (6-1, 3-0 Big 12) won its last four games without injured running back Kendall Hunter or suspended receiver Dez Bryant.
No. 17 Houston 38, SMU 15
HOUSTON ó Charles Sims ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns and No. 17 Houston took advantage of the turnover-prone SMU Mustangs for a 38-15 win on Saturday night. The Cougars improved to 6-1, 2-1 in Conference USA.
No. 18 Ohio St. 38, Minnesota 7COLUMBUS, Ohio ó Terrelle Pryor threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score for the Buckeyes (6-2, 4-1).
No. 19 Utah 23, Air Force 16, OT
SALT LAKE CITY ó Stevenson Sylvester stuffed Connor Dietz on a fourth-down quarterback keeper to preserve No. 19 Utah’s 23-16 overtime victory.
No. 20 Pittsburgh 41, South Florida 14PITTSBURGH ó Bill Stull threw for two touchdowns, Dion Lewis ran for two more. The Panthers (4-0 in Big East) are 7-1 for the first time since 1982 ó Dan Marino’s senior season and the last time Pitt was ranked No. 1.
Texas A&M 52, No. 21 Texas Tech 30
LUBBOCK, Texas ó Cyrus Gray scored four touchdowns to lead Texas A&M past No. 21 Texas Tech 52-3, snapping a three-game losing streak for the Aggies.Texas A&M (4-3, 1-2 Big 12) hadn’t won in Lubbock since 1993.
No. 22 West Virginia 28, Connecticut 24MORGANTOWN, W.Va. ó Noel Devine’s 56-yard touchdown run in the closing minutes lifted No. 22 West Virginia over the Huskies on Saturday. Devine ran for 171 of his 178 yards in the second half as West Virginia (6-1, 2-0 Big East) overcame the inspired play of the Huskies (4-3, 1-2).
No. 25 Oklahoma 35, No. 24 Kansas 13LAWRENCE, Kan. ó Chris Brown scored three touchdowns, and No. 25 Oklahoma throttled Todd Reesing and the nation’s second-leading offense.
The Sooners (4-3, 2-1 Big 12) intercepted Kansas’ career passing leader on the Jayhawks’ first three possessions. Kansas (5-2, 1-2) hurt itself with penalties.
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