Top 25: USC falls to Sarkisian in Washington

SEATTLE (AP) - Southern California was leveled by another post-Ohio State funk, taken down by upstart Washington with a late drive that must have looked familiar to the Trojans.

Erik Folk kicked a 22-yard field goal with 3 seconds remaining and Washington's fired-up defense stymied fill-in quarterback Aaron Corp and No. 3 USC in a 16-13 victory Saturday.

USC quarterback Matt Barkley, who directed an epic game-winning drive to beat the Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio, last week, could only watch the latest stunning upset loss by the Trojans from the sideline. The star freshman was out with a sore shoulder.

It's the second consecutive season the Trojans have lost their Pac-10 opener days after an impressive win over Ohio State and it marks the fourth straight season USC has lost to an unranked team.

This one will gnaw at USC coach Pete Carroll. Washington (2-1, 1-0) had lost 10 straight Pac-10 games and had snapped a 15-gane overall skid last week against Idaho.

Now Washington coach, and former Trojans offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian has a victory that will go down in Huskies history three games into his career in Seattle.

Corp, a sophomore making his first career start, was 13 for 22 for 110 yards with one interception. USC (2-1, 0-1) was held to its lowest point total since a 13-9 loss to UCLA on Dec. 2, 2006.

No. 1 Florida 23, Tennessee 13

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - No. 1 Florida didn't embarrass Tennessee and its new coach, they simply beat Lane Kiffin's Volunteers behind Tim Tebow and a stingy defense.

Tebow ran for 76 yards and a touchdown, Caleb Sturgis kicked three field goals and the Gators opened Southeastern Conference play with their fifth straight victory against their East division rival.

The Gators (3-0, 1-0) also set a school record with their 13th consecutive victory.

Florida started counting down the days for this one more than nine months ago, right after Kiffin vowed to sing "Rocky Top" all night long after being the Gators. Kiffin also riled up Florida with his false allegations of NCAA violations by Florida coach Urban Meyer.

Tebow completed 14 of 19 passes for 115 yards, but had two turnovers that Tennessee (1-2, 0-1) turned into 10 points. Brandon James returned three kickoffs for 97 yards, helping set up Florida's first 13 points. The defense harassed Jonathan Crompton and twice held the Vols to short field goals when they were in position for touchdowns.

No. 2 Texas 34, Texas Tech 24

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Colt McCoy threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Dan Buckner in the fourth quarter to give the Longhorns some room to work and Texas gained a measure of revenge against the Red Raiders.

McCoy's 3-yard TD to Buckner with nine minutes left put Texas ahead 31-17, but it was an otherwise shaky outing for last season's runner-up for the Heisman Trophy.

McCoy finished with 205 yards and two interceptions on 24-of-34 passing for the Longhorns (3-0, 1-0 Big 12).

Taylor Potts passed for 420 yards and three touchdowns for Texas Tech (2-1, 0-1), but fumbled on sack by Sergio Kindle to set up McCoy's TD pass.

Texas Tech beat the Longhorns 39-33 last season, a loss that cost the Longhorns a shot at the national title.

No. 4 Alabama 53, North Texas 7

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Greg McElroy passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another before sitting out most of the second half for Alabama.

Mark Ingram ran for 91 yards and a TD on eight carries, and scored on a 29-yard reception for the Crimson Tide (3-0) in its final pre-SEC tuneup before Arkansas visits. Freshman Trent Richardson ran for 87 yards and a touchdown and Terry Grant scored twice and gained 79 yards.

It was the highest-scoring game for Alabama since a 56-7 win over UTEP in 2001.

With starting quarterback Riley Dodge out with a separated non-throwing shoulder, North Texas (1-2) was outgained 523-187.

No. 5 Penn State 31, Temple 6

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Evan Royster ran for 134 yards and Penn State revived its rushing attack against Temple.

Royster had 119 yards by halftime, including the 7-yard scoring run that gave the Nittany Lions a 14-3 lead late in the second quarter. Daryll Clark threw for 167 yards and two scores as Penn State (3-0) won its 27th straight against its in-state rival.

While run blocking improved, coach Joe Paterno's squad put on an otherwise uninspiring performance against another overmatched nonconference foe. Clark didn't look sharp at times and endured several big hits from Temple defenders.

With two field goals, Temple (0-3) scored more points against Penn State than in the three previous meetings between the teams.

No. 5 Mississippi 52, SE Louisiana 6

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Jevan Snead threw three touchdowns, Brandon Bolden rushed for 105 yards and freshman linebacker D.T. Shackleford returned in interception for a touchdown for Ole Miss.

The Rebels (2-0) won their eighth straight game - their longest winning streak since they won 10 in 1971-72. But the offense and special teams needed plenty of help from Shackelford and the defense to erase several mistakes against an FCS opponent.

Ole Miss steps up in class next week with its Southeastern Conference opener at South Carolina on Thursday night.

Shackelford recovered two fumbles and finished off the scoring with a 58-yard interception return for a score against the Lions (2-1).

No. Florida State 54, No. 7 BYU 28

PROVO, Utah (AP) - Christian Ponder threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Florida State ended the Cougars' 18-game home winning streak and probably any hopes they had of a BCS berth.

Florida State (2-1) was too fast for the BYU (2-1) and avoided its first 1-2 start in 20 years.

Three weeks after upsetting Oklahoma in the season opener, BYU's Bowl Championship Series aspirations faded a little bit on each drive by the Seminoles.

The Seminoles pounced for 10 points in the final 24 seconds of the second quarter and added two touchdowns in the third, running away in the Cougars' home opener.

Ponder was 21-for-26 for 195 yards and Ty Jones ran for 108 yards and a touchdown.

Max Hall completed 20 of 31 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns for BYU, but also threw three interceptions.

No. 8 California 35, Minnesota 21

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Jahvid Best rushed for 131 yards and a school-record five touchdowns to lift the Golden Bears.

Kevin Riley overcame a shaky start to finish with 252 yards for Cal (3-0), which had lost eight of its last nine on the road, including four in a row to end last season.

Eric Decker caught eight passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns and threw another TD for the Golden Gophers (2-1), who gave Cal everything it could handle in their shiny new stadium.

But Adam Weber threw a costly interception late in the game and Best had too much speed for the Gophers, who were in search of their first victory over a top-10 team at home since beating No. 1 Michigan in 1977.

No. 9 LSU 31, La-Lafayette 3

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Chad Jones two interceptions, leading a dominant defensive performance by LSU.

Jones also was a relief pitcher on LSU's 2009 national champion baseball team, but if he's to play for his second national title in football, LSU's offense may need improvement.

The Tigers (3-0) were hampered by sloppiness as Jordan Jefferson again struggled to complete deep passes and instead threw his first interception of the season.

Jefferson's 165 yards passing and two touchdown tosses to Brandon LaFell were enough against the overmatched Ragin' Cajuns (2-1). Charles Scott and Trindon Holliday also scored for LSU.

No. 11 Ohio State 38, Toledo 0

CLEVELAND (AP) - Terrelle Pryor hooked up with Dane Sanzenbacher on two early touchdown passes and Ohio State defused Toledo's high-scoring spread attack at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

It was a resounding response after Ohio State (2-1) lost 18-15 to Southern California last week.

Pryor feasted on a Toledo defense giving up 45 points and almost 500 yards a game. He passed for three scores, completing 17 of 28 passes for a career-high 262 yards, including a 76-yard strike to Sanzenbacher on the Buckeyes' third offensive play.

Pryor also ran for 110 yards on 12 carries, including a touchdown.

Aaron Opelt, who came in leading the nation in total offense with 437 yards a game for Toledo (1-2), threw for 197.

No. 12 Oklahoma 45, Tulsa 0

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Landry Jones set a school record with six touchdown passes and Oklahoma recorded its second straight shutout after Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford went out with an injury.

The Sooners (2-1) broke the school record for consecutive wins on Owen Field by holding opponents scoreless in back-to-back games for the first time since 1987.

Ryan Broyles caught a career-high 11 passes for 128 yards and three touchdowns, and Brandon Caleb emerged as a potential second viable target with 104 yards on five catches and two scores.

Jones finished with 336 yards passing.

Tulsa (2-1), which had the nation's top offense each of the past two seasons, was shut out for the first time since 2004 against Navy.

No. 13 Virginia Tech 16, No. 19 Nebraska 15

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Tyrod Taylor dodged several defenders and then rifled an 11-yard touchdown pass to Dyrell Roberts with 21 seconds left for Virginia Tech.

Taylor, known for his running much more than his passing, completed two big, late throws for the Hokies (2-1).

Taylor first hit Danny Coale for 80 yards down the right sideline with 1:11 left, setting the ball up at the Nebraska 3, where Coale was forced out of bounds. After two unencouraging plays, Taylor scrambled around for what seemed like a minute before connecting with Roberts.

The victory was the 32nd in a row for Virginia Tech at home against non-conference opponents. Nebraska (2-1) lost for the 21st time in its last 22 games against teams ranked in the Top 20.

Oregon 31, No. 14 Utah 24

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - LaMichael James rushed for 152 yards and a touchdown, and John Boyett made a crucial interception to help Oregon snap the nation's longest winning streak.

Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli also ran for two touchdowns, but had two fumbles and an interception in the second half to help Utah rally from a 21-7 deficit to within 28-24 by the end of the third quarter.

An interception by linebacker Eddie Pleasant set up a 31-yard field goal by Morgan Flint with 3:30 left in the game to give the Ducks (2-1) a 31-24 lead. The Utes (2-1) drove to the Oregon 37 with under two minutes to play, but Boyett picked off a pass from Terrence Cain at the 5 yard line to preserve the victory.

The Utes had won 16 straight games, including their Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama.

No. 17 Cincinnati 28, Oregon State 18

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Tony Pike threw for 332 yards and hit Mardy Gilyard with an 18-yard scoring pass in the fourth quarter as Cincinnati stopped a second-half Oregon State comeback bid.

The Bearcats (3-0) snapped Oregon State's streak of 26 straight nonconference victories at Reser Stadium, dating back to a 67-28 win over Northern Illinois on Nov. 16, 1996.

Tony Pike completed 31 of 49 passes and two touchdowns and Gilyard had nine catches for 65 yards.

Sean Canfield completed 29 of 45 passes for 240 yards and an interception for the Beavers (2-1). Jacquizz Rodgers' 9-yard scoring run to open the second half was Oregon State's lone touchdown.

No. 15 TCU 56, Texas State 21

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Joseph Turner ran for 129 yards and three touchdowns, Jerry Hughes had three sacks and TCU won its eighth consecutive home opener.

Mistakes by the Horned Frogs (2-0) allowed their Football Championship Subdivision opponent to stay close early - giving coach Gary Patterson plenty of teaching points before going to Clemson next weekend.

The Frogs, who scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, got the expected outcome against a lower-division team on the same day Mountain West Conference foes and fellow hopeful BCS busters No. 7 BYU and No. 18 Utah lost.

Andy Dalton, the Frogs' third-year starting quarterback as a junior, was 18-of-24 for 222 yards and a touchdown in his 19th career victory - one more than Davey O'Brien, 10 fewer than TCU leader Sammy Baugh.

No. 16 Oklahoma State 41, Rice 24

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Zac Robinson rushed for one touchdown and threw for two to Dez Bryant as Oklahoma State rebounded from its first loss.

While Oklahoma State (2-1) didn't exactly get its offense rolling, the Cowboys did enough to beat Rice (0-3), which has opened the season with three straight road games, two against Big 12 Conference foes.

Against a defense that entered the game last among 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams against the pass, Robinson completed 14 of 20 passes for 227 yards while Bryant had nine catches for 161 yards, including touchdown grabs of 23 and 10 yards.

Their play helped Oklahoma State overcome the absence of star running back Kendall Hunter, who missed the game with a sprained right ankle.

No. 22 Kansas 44, Duke 16

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Todd Reesing threw three touchdown passes and Maxwell Onyegbule returned an interception 48 yards for another score, giving the Jayhawks their 25th victory in the last 29 home games.

A surprised Kansas (3-0) found itself trailing 7-0 after Thad Lewis engineered a two-play, 87-yard drive on Duke's first possession. The 22-point underdog Blue Devils (1-2) kept it tied 7-all into the second quarter before Reesing began finding his touch.

The senior finished 28 of 41 for 338 yards, the 14th 300-yard day of his career.

Dezmon Briscoe had six catches for 117 yards, including a 14-yard TD reception. Kerry Meier stretched out and made a diving catch of Reesing's 6-yard TD pass for a 20-17 lead 76 seconds before halftime, and freshman Toben Opurum scored two touchdowns.

No. 23 Georgia 52, Arkansas 41

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Joe Cox threw for 375 yards and tied a school record with five touchdown passes as Georgia pulled away for a wild win.

The Razorbacks (1-1) led 35-34 in the third quarter, but the Bulldogs' struggling defense held Arkansas to two short field goals the rest of the way. It was the second straight high-scoring win for Georgia (2-1), which edged South Carolina 41-37 last weekend.

Ryan Mallett set two school records for Arkansas, throwing for 408 yards and five touchdowns.

The teams fell short of the Southeastern Conference record of 104 points in a non-overtime game, set when South Carolina beat Mississippi State 65-39 in 1995. The lead changed hands four times in the third quarter alone.

No. 24 North Carolina 31, East Carolina 17

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - T.J. Yates threw for two touchdowns and freshman receiver Erik Highsmith had a big game for North Carolina.

Highsmith had six catches for 113 yards and a score for the Tar Heels, who are off to their first 3-0 start since winning the first eight games in 1997.

Jheranie Boyd also had a juggling 59-yard touchdown grab for his first collegiate catch, and North Carolina got a solid all-around effort from its young offense to complement another strong performance from its defense.

East Carolina (1-2) got a touchdown catch from Jamar Bryant and a TD run from Dwayne Harris, but finished with only 247 total yards.

No. 25 Michigan 45, E. Michigan 17

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Carlos Brown had a 90-yard touchdown run and a career-high 187 yards rushing for the Wolverines.

Freshman Tate Forcier had a lackluster day after two spectacular games for Michigan (3-0). He was 7 of 13 for 68 yards and left the game briefly in the second half after getting hit by two Eagles. Freshman QB Denard Robinson scored on a pair of TD runs, but the freshman also threw two interceptions.

Andy Schmitt injured his right knee in the fourth quarter for Eastern Michigan (0-3). He was 13 of 22 for 97 yards and an interception, and ran for a score.


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