Trackin' the Top 25

Originally Published: October 16, 2004
ESPN.com

No. 1 USC 42, Washington State 12
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the Trojans took the field or at least when they jumped to a 21-0 first-quarter lead. the Trojans' lines. USC rolled to 421 yards of total offense and held the Cougars to 156 yards.
STAT OF THE GAME: -9. The Trojans held Washington State to a negative rushing total.
UP NEXT: No. 1 USC at Oregon State; Washington State at UCLA.

No. 2 Oklahoma 38, No. 20 Oklahoma State 35
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Jason Ricks' 49-yard field goal attempt with 11 seconds left drifted left, leaving the Cowboys three points short. Adrian Peterson and Mark Bradley. Peterson galloped his way to 249 yards and Bradley caught three TD passes.
STAT OF THE GAME: 8. Peterson has rushed for over 100 yards in each of the Sooners' eight games this season.
UP NEXT: No. 2 Oklahoma at No. 17 Texas A&M; No. 20 Oklahoma State at No. 9 Texas.

North Carolina 31, No. 3 Miami 28
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North Carolina's Conner Barth nailed the game-winning field goal on the game's last play. Darian Durant. The Tar Heels' quarterback threw for 266 yards and two scores.
STAT OF THE GAME: 2. The number of goal posts missing from Kenan Stadium.
UP NEXT: Clemson at No. 3 Miami; No. 22 Virginia Tech at North Carolina.

No. 4 Auburn 35, Ole Miss 14
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Carnell Williams exploded for a 29-yard TD run to put the Tigers up 35-14 in the fourth quarter. Auburn's offense. The Tigers' balanced attack rushed for 205 yards and threw for 236.
STAT OF THE GAME: 1. The Tigers clinched one of the spots in the SEC title game with the win.
UP NEXT: Georgia at No. 4 Auburn (Nov. 13); Ole Miss at Arkansas (Nov. 13).

Maryland 20, No. 5 Florida State 17
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Chris Rix's fourth-down pass sailed over Lorne Sam's head to clinch the win for the Terps. Joel Stratham. Maryland's signal caller passed for 333 yards and ran for one touchdown.
STAT OF THE GAME: 14-1. The Terps picked up their first win in 15 tries against the Seminoles.
UP NEXT: Duke at No. 5 Florida State; Maryland at No. 14 Virginia.

No. 7 Georgia 31, Florida 24
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David Greene connected with Fred Gibson on a 15-yard TD pass to put Georgia up 10 in the fourth quarter. Greene. The Dawgs' QB threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns and finally beat the rival Gators.
STAT OF THE GAME: 67. Greene threw his 67th career TD pass to tie the Georgia school record.
UP NEXT: No. 6 Georgia at Kentucky; Florida at Vanderbilt.

No. 8 Cal 27, No. 21 Arizona State 0
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Aaron Rodgers threw a TD pass for the game's first score. That was all the scoring Cal's defense would need. Cal's D and J.J. Arrington. The defense pitched its second straight shutout and Arrington ran for 188.
STAT OF THE GAME: 5. The Golden Bears forced five turnovers.
UP NEXT: Oregon at No. 8 Cal; Stanford at No. 21 Arizona State.

No. 9 Texas 31, Colorado 7
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the Longhorns stopped turning the ball over and relied on their powerful defense and running game. the Texas defense. The Horns limited the Buffs to three yards rushing and 13 first downs.
STAT OF THE GAME: 37:19. The Horns offense stayed on the field for almost 40 minutes.
UP NEXT: Oklahoma State at No. 9 Texas; Colorado at Kansas.

No. 10 Utah 51, San Diego State 28
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Alex Smith threw his fifth touchdown pass to put the Utes up 48-28 in the 4th quarter. Smith. The Heisman threw for 298 yards and a career-high five touchdown passes.
STAT OF THE GAME: 17. The Aztecs have lost 17 straight against ranked teams.
UP NEXT: Colorado State at No. 10 Utah; San Diego State at BYU.

No. 11 Michigan 45, Michigan State 37 - 3OT
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Spartans' QB Damon Dowdell's fourth-down pass fell incomplete and the Michigan throng could finally exhale. Braylon Edwards. Michigan's wide receiver caught 11 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns.
STAT OF THE GAME: 17. The Wolverines erased a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit.
UP NEXT: Northwestern at No. 11 Michigan (Nov. 13); Ohio State at Michigan State.

No. 12 Tennessee 43, South Carolina 29
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the Vols trailed only 8-0 after a sluggish start and scored the next 29 points. Tennessee's Cedric Houston, who ran for 190 yards and one TD on only 15 carries.
STAT OF THE GAME: 12-0. The Vols have not lost to the Gamecocks under coach Phil Fulmer.
UP NEXT: Notre Dame at No. 12 Tennessee; Arkansas at South Carolina.

No. 13 West Virginia 35, Rutgers 30
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Rutgers' comeback bid ended when its onside kick went out of bounds and the Moutaineers ran out the clock. Ryan Hart. The Scarlet Knights' QB was 35-of-46 for 327 yards with three TDs and two picks in the loss.
STAT OF THE GAME: 4, 0. Rutgers made four turnovers, while West Virginia made none.
UP NEXT: Mississippi State at Alabama (Nov.6); Temple at No. 13 West Virginia; Rutgers at Boston College.

No. 15 Boise State 69, Hawaii 3
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the Warriors' coaches put on those Hawaiian shirts or when the Broncos breezed to a 24-4 halftime lead. Jared Zabransky and the Bronco defense. The D shut down Hawaii, while Zabransky had 287 total yards.
STAT OF THE GAME: 74. Hawaii's Timmy Chang's four interceptions gives him 74 in his career, which breaks the NCAA D-IA record.
UP NEXT: No. 15 Boise State at San Jose State (Nov. 13); Louisiana Tech at Hawaii.

Baylor 35, No. 17 Texas A&M 34
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Bears QB Shawn Bell connected with Dominique Ziegler on a two-point conversion in overtime. Bell and Ziegler. Bell threw for 262 yarda and four TD passes, while Ziegler caught two TD passes.
STAT OF THE GAME: 11. Baylor ended an 11-game Big 12 losing streak with the win.
UP NEXT: No. 2 Oklahoma at No. 17 Texas A&M; Baylor at Texas Tech.

No. 18 LSU 24, Vanderbilt 7
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the Tigers outscored the Commodores 14-0 in the second half. LSU's running game. The Tigers blasted Vandy with 273 yards rushing.
STAT OF THE GAME: 11. The Tigers only threw 11 passes, the fewest number in a game for an LSU team since 1980.
UP NEXT: Alabama at No. 18 LSU (Nov. 13); Florida at Vanderbilt.

Northwestern 13, No. 19 Purdue 10
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Purdue's Taylor Stubblefield couldn't hang on to Brandon Kirsh's 40-yard despertion heave on the game's last play. Noah Herron. The Wildcats running back rushed for 82 yards on 19 carries and scored the game-winning TD.
STAT OF THE GAME: 0. The number of snaps struggling Purdue QB Kyle Orton took in the fourth quarter.
UP NEXT: No. 19 Purdue at No. 24 Iowa; Northwestern at Penn State.

No. 22 Virginia Tech 34, Georgia Tech 20
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Roland Martin intercepted Georgia Tech's Reggie Ball and returned it for a 64-yard TD to seal it for the Hokies. Bryan Randall. Virginia Tech's QB passed for 304 yards and three TDs, including two in the fourth quarter.
STAT OF THE GAME: 5½. The Hokies exploded for 22 points in the game's final minutes.
UP NEXT: No. 22 Virginia Tech at North Carolina; Georgia Tech at NC State.

Indiana 30, No. 23 Minnesota 21
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the Hoosiers put their defensive game plan together. Indiana's D dominated Minnesota's rushing attack. Indiana's defense. The Hoosiers held the Golden Gophers runners in check, allowing only 169 yards.
STAT OF THE GAME: 7. Minnesota has lost on seven consecutive trips to Bloomington.
UP NEXT: No. 23 Minnesota at No. 6 Wisconsin; Indiana at Illinois.

No. 24 Iowa 23, Illinois 13
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the Hawkeyes outscored the Fighting Illini 16-0 in the third quarter. Drew Tate. Iowa's QB threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns.
STAT OF THE GAME: 14. The Fighting Illini have lost 14 straight Big Ten games.
UP NEXT: No. 19 Purdue at No. 24 Iowa; Indiana at Illinois.