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STILLWATER, Okla. -- Jon Holland intercepted B.J. Symons' pass with 1:05 left as No. 23 Oklahoma State ended a furious comeback attempt to hold off Texas Tech 51-49 on Saturday.
Tatum Bell ran for a career-high 238 yards, with TD runs of 95, 48 and 5 yards, and the Cowboys (6-1, 2-1 Big 12) scored on their first eight possessions to take a 48-21 lead into the fourth quarter.
Symons was 42-of-67 for 552 yards, his sixth straight game with more than 400 yards. He threw five touchdown passes and ran for another score, but also had two interceptions and missed several open receivers.
Texas Tech, the nation's second-highest scoring team behind top-ranked Oklahoma, got back in it with four fourth-quarter touchdowns. The Red Raiders (5-2, 2-1) drove to the Oklahoma State 40 before Holland's interception.
Luke Phillips' 20-yard field goal with 5:43 remaining ended a 21-0 Texas Tech run as the Cowboys beat the Red Raiders for the first time in four tries.
The teams combined for 1,334 total yards.< ^No. 1 Oklahoma 34, No. 24 Missouri 13=
NORMAN, Okla. -- Jason White threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns and Antonio Perkins tied a Division I-A record with his seventh career punt return for a touchdown for Oklahoma.
The Sooners (7-0, 3-0 Big 12) looked a little sluggish at the start, a week after their 65-13 dismantling of Texas. But Oklahoma scored three touchdowns in the final seven minutes of the first half to turn the game into a rout.
Perkins' touchdown with 1:02 left in the first half gave Oklahoma a 31-10 lead. The 69-yard punt return was Perkins' fourth this season and seventh of his career, both equaling Division I-A records. The junior cornerback broke a single-game mark against UCLA earlier this season with three returns for score.
Mark Clayton had a 39-yard touchdown reception and finished with eight catches for 110 yards.< ^No. 2 Miami 52, Temple 14=
MIAMI -- Jarrett Payton had his first 100-yard game as Miami beat Temple for the 12th consecutive time.
Payton, the son of late Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton, carried 16 times for 115 yards and scored twice as the Hurricanes (7-0, 3-0 Big East) extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 26 games. Miami also has won 39 straight regular-season games and 27 in a row in the Big East.
Payton fell on the sideline after an 8-yard TD run. Team trainers took his blood pressure and checked his heart rate before treating him for low blood sugar. Payton drank some water, ate an energy bar and sat out the next three series.
Temple (1-6, 0-2) hasn't played Miami close since the Hurricanes joined the conference in 1992, losing by an average score of 45-11.< ^No. 4 Georgia 27, Vanderbilt 8=
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Michael Cooper, Tyson Browning and Ronnie Powell had second-half touchdown runs as Georgia rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit to beat Vanderbilt, clinching the Commodores' 21st consecutive losing season.
The defending Southeastern Conference champion Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1) were coming off an emotional rout of Tennessee last week.
The Commodores (1-7, 0-4) sacked David Greene six times and intercepted a pass in holding the SEC's third-best offense to 343 yards. Georgia had been averaging 408.5 yards and had just 64 yards by halftime, including only 8 in the second quarter.< ^No. 5 Southern California 45, Notre Dame 14=
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Matt Leinart threw for 351 yards and four touchdowns as Southern California overpowered Notre Dame.
Last year, the Trojans beat the Irish 44-13 and knocked Notre Dame out of contention for a Bowl Championship Series game. This time, USC (6-1) remained in the national title race, while the Irish (2-4) are in danger of a losing season.
The Trojans rolled up 551 yards in beating the Irish on the road for just the second time since 1983.
Led by Leinart, who replaced Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer this season, Southern California scored on four of its first five possessions in getting off to its best start since 1995.
Chris Jordan caught five passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns for the Cougars (6-1, 3-0 Pac-10), who weren't sharp offensively in their first game following a bye week.
They struggled to move the ball against a Stanford team that allowed 413 yards and 41 points in the first half alone against No. 5 Southern California a week earlier.
The Cardinal (2-3, 0-3) played their first home game since their Sept. 6 season opener against San Jose State.< ^No. 7 Florida St. 19, Virginia 14=
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Florida State's Bobby Bowden tied Penn State's Joe Paterno for the Division I-A coaching victory lead with 338.
The 73-year-old Bowden, in his 28th year at Florida State and 38th as a head coach, got some help from blundering Virginia.
The Cavaliers (4-3, 3-2) turned the ball over twice and lost 17 yards when the ball was snapped prematurely on a key late third-down play, the huge loss killing Virginia's chances.
Florida State held the Cavaliers to minus 5 yards rushing on just nine attempts as Virginia tried to win on the arm of Matt Schaub. He was 39-for-53 for 326 yards and two touchdowns.< ^No. 8 Ohio St. 19, No. 9 Iowa. 10=
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Michael Jenkins returned a punt 54 yards for a touchdown and Donte Whitner fell on a blocked punt in the end zone as Ohio State beat Iowa.
The Buckeyes (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) were coming off their first loss in 20 games, a 17-10 defeat in the rain at Wisconsin.
Ohio State's offense -- with every starter from last year's national championship team back except for suspended tailback Maurice Clarett -- had 185 yards of total offense, rushing for 56 yards on 42 attempts. Ohio State came into the game ranked 109th in total offense of the 117 Division I-A teams.
Trailing 17-10, Iowa (5-2, 1-2) blew its final chance to pull even when center Eric Rothwell snapped the ball over quarterback Nathan Chandler's head and through the end zone for a safety.< ^No. 10 LSU 33, South Carolina 7=
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Matt Mauck threw two touchdown passes and LSU bounced back from its first loss to beat South Carolina.
The Tigers (6-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) looked like serious national championship contenders in starting 5-0. But the momentum -- and the title hopes -- took a serious hit a week ago with a surprising 19-7 loss to Florida at Death Valley.
Mauck was 24-of-30 passing for 199 yards, while Broussard, seeing his first-ever SEC action, became the first to gain 100 yards against South Carolina (4-3, 1-3) this season. Vincent added 77 yards as LSU piled up 263 yards on the ground.< ^Florida 33, No. 11 Arkansas 28=
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Chris Leak threw short and let his receivers and ball carriers run long as Florida beat Arkansas.
After Keiwan Ratliff's 44-yard interception return for a touchdown put Florida up 33-7 early in the fourth quarter, Arkansas scored 21 points in three quick drives. The Razorbacks' third roughing-the-passer penalty wiped out an interception with a minute left, killing Arkansas' last chance.
Leak, a true freshman, completed 20 of 34 passes -- most of them short tosses to the wing that spread out the Arkansas defense. Ciatrick Fason turned a screen pass into a 33-yard score and also had a 75-yard TD run.
Florida (5-3, 3-2 SEC) and Arkansas (4-2, 1-2) are still alive to win their Southeastern Conference divisions, though both will need help to win titles outright.< ^No. 12 N. Illinois 37, W. Michigan 10=
DEKALB, Ill. -- Michael Turner ran for 173 yards and Josh Haldi threw three touchdown passes as Northern Illinois (7-0, 3-0 Mid-American Conference) remained undefeated.
On the second play of the game, Turner caught a screen pass and sprinted up the right sideline for a 38-yard touchdown play.
Turner scored again just before halftime. After breaking a tackle in the backfield, Turner sidestepped another defender for an 18-yard touchdown run that gave the Huskies a 27-3 halftime lead.
The Huskies added to their lead on the opening drive of the second half when Haldi threw a 13-yard TD pass to P.J. Fleck.
Fleck had 10 catches for 103 yards, and Haldi finished 19-of-27 for 276 yards with no interceptions.<
No. 13 Purdue 26, No. 14 Wisconsin 23=
MADISON, Wis. -- Ben Jones kicked an 18-yard field goal with 3 seconds left to left Purdue past Wisconsin.
Kyle Orton drove the Boilermakers (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) 82 yards in 11 plays for the win, their sixth straight.
He converted a third-and-10 pass at midfield with just under two minutes left and hit Ray Williams for 36 yards to the Badgers 3 on the next play.
The Badgers (6-2, 3-1) had tied it at 23 on Jim Leonhard's 63-yard punt return with 2:55 left.
But Orton, who completed 38 of 55 passes for 411 yards and a touchdown, burned the Badgers once again as he marched the Boilermakers downfield, completing pass after pass to Stubblefield and John Standeford.
Stubblefield finished with 16 catches for 130 yards and a score, and Standeford caught 14 passes for 184 yards.< ^No. 15 Michigan St. 44, No. 25 Minnesota 38=
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jeff Smoker threw for 252 yards and ran for a touchdown and DeAndra Cobb had a 100-yard kickoff return as Michigan State beat Minnesota.
Jaren Hayes had two touchdown runs for the Spartans (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten), who won their fifth straight and snapped a three-game losing streak to the Gophers. Dave Rayner kicked field goals of 46, 50 and 52 yards for Michigan State.< ^No. 16 TCU 27, UAB 24=
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Lonta Hobbs scored on a 10-yard run early in the fourth quarter, helping TCU pull out a victory over UAB night that keeps the Horned Frogs among the nation's few undefeated teams going into the release of the first BCS standings.
Despite having won nine straight, tying Oklahoma for the nation's longest winning streak, TCU (7-0, 4-0 Conference USA) probably won't be very high in the rankings that determine which teams go to the high-dollar bowl games. An ugly, unimpressive victory over the Blazers (3-4, 2-2) certainly won't help.
The Horned Frogs started nine drives within 60 yards of the end zone and managed only two touchdowns and four field goals.< ^No. 17 Michigan 56, Illinois 14=
The Wolverines (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) led 35-0 at halftime after rallying from a 21-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat Minnesota last week in the biggest comeback in school history.
Illinois (1-7, 0-4), which has lost conference games by an average of 32 points, has dropped six straight games since beating Illinois State, a Division I-AA program.< ^No. 18 Nebraska 48, Texas A&M 12=
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Jammal Lord ran for two touchdowns and Nebraska equaled a school record by forcing eight turnovers.
The Cornhuskers (6-1, 2-1 Big 12) picked on the Aggies' Reggie McNeal all day, intercepting three passes and recovering two fumbles. The last time Nebraska collected eight turnovers was 1991, against Colorado State.
Lord carried 15 times for 109 yards and scored on runs of 22 and 31 yards as the Huskers rebounded from a loss at Missouri.
Three of McNeal's turnovers were turned into points as Texas A&M fell to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the Big 12 under new coach Dennis Franchione.< ^No. 19 Auburn 45, Mississippi St. 13=
AUBURN, Ala. -- Carnell Williams ran for 161 yards and an Auburn-record six touchdowns -- five in the first half.
Brandon Jacobs also carried 31 times for a career-high 182 yards for the Tigers (5-2, 4-0 Southeastern Conference), who have won five straight in their drive for the Western Division title.
The blowout came a day after Jackie Sherrill announced he would retire following the season, his 13th with the Bulldogs (2-5, 1-2).
Williams broke Joe Cribbs' 25-year-old school mark with a 6-yarder with 3:01 left in the third carry, one of only two second-half carries and 15 overall.
Williams got it going with a dazzling 72-yarder early, bowling over linebacker Clarence McDougal downfield and winning a footrace for the end zone. Williams also scored on runs of 3, 22, 17 and 2 yards in the first 18 minutes and had 154 yards before halftime.
Auburn rushed for 405 yards on 56 carries, the most since the Tigers gained 413 against Florida State in 1985.< ^No. 20, Texas 40, Iowa St. 19=
AMES, Iowa -- Roy Williams caught a touchdown pass and set up two other scores with big plays, including a pass of his own, as Texas bounced back from its blowout loss to Oklahoma.
Vince Young threw a touchdown pass in his first start for the Longhorns (5-2, 2-1 Big 12), Cedric Benson ran for 140 yards and three TDs and Texas played inspired defense. One week after being run over by Oklahoma 65-13, the Longhorns had five sacks and held Iowa State (2-5, 0-3) to 45 yards in building a 27-0 halftime lead.
Williams, who holds most Texas receiving records, caught a 46-yard pass from Young on a crossing pattern to set up the first Texas touchdown, a 6-yard run by Benson on the opening series.
Early in the second quarter, Williams took a pitchout from Young and stopped and threw to B.J. Johnson, who was 10 yards behind the defense. Johnson had to wait for the ball and was tackled at the Iowa State 13 after a 56-yard gain.
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