Tebow injured in Gators' easy win

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - In one scary moment for Tim Tebow, another Florida laugher turned into the Gators' worst fear.

Tebow was knocked out of Florida's 41-7 victory against Kentucky after taking a hard shot to the head in the third quarter.

The Gators were leading 31-7 and driving deep in Kentucky territory when Tebow was sacked by Kentucky defensive end Taylor Wyndham. As he fell back with Wyndham on top of him, Tebow's head struck teammate Marcus Gilbert's leg, violently bending his neck forward.

Tebow lay motionless for several minutes while Commonwealth Stadium fell silent. He sat up with some help then slowly made his way off the field to a loud ovation. He was eventually carted off the field with concussion-like symptoms, vomiting several times as he was taken to an ambulance to a local hospital for tests.

"I don't know, I think it's a concussion," Florida coach Urban Meyer said. "I think he'll be all right."

The win extended Florida's winning streak to 14 games, tops in the nation as the Gators (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) continued their mastery over the Wildcats (2-1, 0-1). Florida has won 23 straight in the series, the second longest active winning streak by one team over another in the country.

No. 11 Virginia Tech 31, No. 9 Miami 7

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia Tech harassed Jacory Harris and dominated Miami in a downpour on Saturday.

Miami, ranked in the top 10 for the first since 2005, had a chance to take a commanding lead in the ACC's Coastal Division. Instead, Virginia Tech (3-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), Miami's third consecutive ranked opponent, cooled of the Hurricanes.

Miami (2-1, 2-1) had given Harris all kinds of time in beating Florida State and Georgia Tech to start 2-0. The Hurricanes had a lot more trouble keeping the Hokies' pass rush off their star.

Ryan Williams' 2-yard run 5:14 into the game capped an 11-yard drive for Virginia Tech. Williams ran for 150 yards, and quarterback Tyrod Taylor finished with 75.

Harris finished 9-for-25 for 150 yards and was sacked three times.

No. 2 Texas 64, UTEP 7

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Colt McCoy and No. 2 Texas got the fast start they had been missing in recent weeks, rolling to a 40-point lead by halftime.

McCoy passed for 286 yards and three touchdowns, two to Dan Buckner. The Longhorns (4-0) also harassed UTEP quarterback Trevor Vittatoe into five turnovers.

Freshman D.J. Monroe's first-quarter 91-yard kickoff return made him the first player in Texas history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in a career.

McCoy was sharp after throwing interception that was returned for a touchdown. He threw TD passes of 36 and 15 yards to Dan Buckner and 16 yards to Jordan Shipley, as Texas built a 47-7 halftime lead.

No. 3 Alabama 35, Arkansas 7

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Greg McElroy passed for a career-high 291 yards and three touchdowns and Alabama opened Southeastern Conference play with an easy victory.

The Crimson Tide (4-0, 1-0) picked on the Razorbacks' beleaguered defense with three huge plays and blocked a punt to win its 18th consecutive league opener dating to its 1992 national championship.

A relentless defense hounded Ryan Mallett and the nation's No. 2 offense. Mallett was just 12-for-35 for 161 yards for Arkansas (1-2, 0-2) and threw his first interception.

Alabama freshman Trent Richardson broke four tackles for a 52-yard touchdown run, Julio Jones caught a 50-yard TD pass on a trick play and McElroy hit Marquis Maze for an 80-yarder.

Iowa 21, No. 5 Penn State 10

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Adrian Clayborn returned a block punt for a touchdown and Iowa left soggy Happy Valley with its second straight upset of the Nittany Lions.

A year after Iowa's stunning 24-23 win knocked the Nittany Lions out of the national title race, the Hawkeyes (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) beat Penn State (3-1, 0-1) again in drenching rainstorm.

After falling behind 10-0 early, Iowa's defense shut down quarterback Daryll Clark and the Penn State offense. Broderick Binns' sack led to a safety in the second quarter.

Clayborn, a defensive end, rumbled 53 yards after blocking the punt to give Iowa an 11-10 lead with 12:21 left.

Clark was intercepted on the next drive, and Adam Robinson ran 13 yards for a touchdown to make it 18-10 with 8:32 left.

Oregon 42, No. 6 California 3

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Jeremiah Masoli answered his doubters by throwing for 253 yards and three touchdowns for Oregon.

Masoli went into the game without a scoring pass this season, prompting many Ducks fans to call for his benching. But he responded by completing 21 of 25 passes for the Ducks (3-1, 1-0 Pac-10), who had 524 yards in total offense to Cal's 206 yards.

Jahvid Best ran for 55 yards for the Golden Bears (3-1, 0-1). Widely considered a top Heisman contender, Best went into the game ranked third in the nation with an average of 137.33 yards on the ground per game.

Oregon tight end Ed Dickson had 11 catches for a career-best 148 yards. He caught all three of Masoli's scoring passes.

No. 7 LSU 30, Mississippi State 26

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - No. 7 LSU stuffed Mississippi State at the goal line in the final two minutes to preserve its 10th straight victory against the Bulldogs.

Brandon LaFell had 101 yards and two touchdown catches and Chad Jones scored on a 93-yard punt return for the Tigers (4-0, 2-0 SEC).

Anthony Dixon couldn't score on two attempts from inside the 3 for Mississippi State (2-2, 1-2) on its final drive. Jones broke up a pass on third down and LSU stuffed quarterback Tyson Lee on fourth and inches.

Patrick Peterson returned one of Lee's three interceptions for a 37-yard touchdown on Mississippi State's first offensive play. LaFell caught a 58-yard score on LSU's first play of the second half.

No. 8 Boise State 49, Bowling Green 14

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) - Kellen Moore was nearly flawless, throwing for 247 yards and two touchdowns.

Boise State's big play offense needed four plays or less on its first six scoring drives. The Broncos (4-0) didn't score until a minute into the second quarter when receiver Titus Young took a pitch from Moore and ran 18 yards for a touchdown.

Moore threw for 195 yards in the second quarter alone, completing eight straight passes at one point. He finished 17 of 21, spreading the ball around to six different receivers. Tyler Shoemaker had 105 yards on four catches.

Bowling Green (1-3) hosted a top-10 team for the first time in school history.

Boise State finished with 529 yards in total offense.

No. 14 Cincinnati 28, Fresno State 20

CINCINNATI (AP) - Tony Pike threw three touchdown passes in a quick-strike offense that was hardly on the field, and the Bearcats held on against a Fresno State team that ran all over them for most of the game.

One big gamble made the Bulldogs (1-3) come up empty.

Facing fourth-and-2 at the Cincinnati 6-yard line to open the fourth quarter, Fresno State chose to throw. Ryan Colburn's pass was picked off, and Pike put the Bearcats (4-0) in control with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Mardy Gilyard.

Gilyard also caught an 11-yard touchdown pass in another career day. The senior receiver and returner had nine catches for a career-best 177 yards, giving him eight touchdowns in four games. No. 13 Ohio State 30, Illinois 0

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Dan Herron slogged through a downpour for two touchdowns and Ohio State collected a second straight shutout for the first time in 13 years.

The Buckeyes (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) and Terrelle Pryor had 0 passing yards in the first half and finished with just 82. He did throw a touchdown with 1:18 left. But Brandon Saine rushed for 81 yards on 13 carries and Herron had 75 on 14 attempts - scoring on runs of 4 and 2 yards - and the defense did the rest.

Juice Williams, who engineered a 28-21 upset of top-ranked Ohio State the last time the Illini (1-2, 0-1) came to Ohio Stadium, and his offense were held to 170 yards.

No. 15 TCU 14, Clemson 10

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - No. 15 TCU showed off its stellar defense and bolstered its BCS buster credentials.

Andy Dalton threw two touchdown passes and the Horned Frogs (3-0) held Clemson to 125 yards in the second half to take control.

TCU trailed 10-7 entering the fourth quarter as it had its own problems against a Tiger defense which held Boston College to 54 yards a week earlier.

That's when Dalton ended a 56-yard drive with a 25-yard TD pass to Antoine Hicks to move in front with 12:46 left.

The Tigers (2-2) twice advanced inside TCU's 20 down the stretch but could not score. C.J. Spiller rushed for 114 yards and had a touchdown.

No. 16 Oklahoma State 56, Grambling State 6

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Keith Toston ran for 84 yards and three first-half touchdowns, and Oklahoma State overpowered without its star running back and wide receiver.

All-America receiver Dez Bryant and all-Big 12 tailback Kendall Hunter watched from the sidelines as the Cowboys (3-1) piled up 587 yards of total offense, including 321 on the ground, against their only Football Championship Subdivision opponent this season.

It was the most lopsided win for Oklahoma State since a 59-7 victory over SMU in 2004, the year before Mike Gundy took over as coach.

Freshman Dameron Fooks made the first four receptions of his career and scored twice.

South Florida 17, No. 18 Florida State 7

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Redshirt freshman B.J. Daniels ran for 126 yards and threw two touchdown passes in his first start in the first meeting between the schools.

Daniels was filling in for senior Matt Grothe, out for the season with a knee injury. A Tallahassee kid not heavily recruited by the Seminoles, the 6-1, 210-pound Daniels totaled 341 yards of offense.

It was the first time since Nebraska's Steve Taylor ran for 139 yards against the Seminoles in 1986 that an opposing quarterback rushed for over 100 yards against them.

Florida State (2-2) lost four fumbles, including a critical one by quarterback Christian Ponder that allowed USF to ice the game. South Florida (4-0) stuffed Florida State's running game, sacked Ponder five times.

No. 19 BYU 42, Colorado State 23

PROVO, Utah (AP) - Harvey Unga ran for 113 yards and three touchdowns and No. 19 BYU converted two interceptions and a blocked punt into scores.

Max Hall passed for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Cougars (3-1) won the Mountain West Conference opener one week after getting blown out at home by Florida State.

Hall was 18-for-29 for 241 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Grant Stucker completed 30 of 50 passes for 372 yards and two touchdowns for the Rams (3-1, 0-1), whose six-game winning streak ended.

No. 20 Kansas 35, Southern Mississippi 28

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Todd Reesing threw for 331 yards and three touchdowns, and Kansas shook off the effects of a midweek fight with the basketball team.

Kansas (4-0) had no trouble moving the ball as usual in rolling up 433 total yards. The Jayhawks weren't so good on defense, allowing Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis to throw for 331 yards and three touchdowns.

Southern Miss (3-1) knocked off one BCS school last week, upsetting Virginia 37-34 at home to extend the nation's second-longest winning streak to eight games. The Golden Eagles marched through Kansas' defense (395 total yards), but couldn't stop Reesing when they needed to.

Georgia Tech 24, No. 22 North Carolina 7

ATLANTA (AP) - Quarterback Josh Nesbitt ran for two touchdowns and Georgia Tech's defense made the most of a change to its scheme.

Georgia Tech (3-1 overall, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) opened in a 4-3 scheme instead of the 4-2-5 it ran in last week's 33-17 loss at Miami. The Yellow Jackets held North Carolina (3-1, 0-1) to 154 yards.

Jonathan Dwyer, the 2008 ACC player of the year, had 158 yards rushing for his first 100-yard game of the season. He showed no sign of the shoulder injury that limited him to five carries for 7 yards against Miami.

Nesbitt added a career-high 32 carries for 97 yards. Georgia Tech had 317 yards rushing in its spread option offense while holding North Carolina to 17. No. 23 Michigan 36, Indiana 33

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Tate Forcier's 26-yard pass to Martavious Odoms with 2:29 left lifted Michigan to another comeback victory.

Donovan Warren's interception on Indiana's next snap sealed the tougher-than-expected victory for the Wolverines (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten), who were outgained by the Hoosiers (3-1, 0-1) despite being favored to win by about three touchdowns.

Forcier, whose TD pass in the closing seconds two weeks ago beat then-No. 18 Notre Dame, missed some plays on the game-winning drive after taking a hit and tapping his helmet as he looked to the sideline.

The freshman quarterback returned to convert a third down on a long pass to Odoms in the end zone. Stanford 34, No. 24 Washington 14

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Chris Owusu returned the opening kick 91 yards for a touchdown and Toby Gerhart ran for a career-high 200 yards and a score to help Stanford spoil Washington's first game as a ranked team in six years.

Andrew Luck added a 9-yard quarterback keeper for a score and Delano Howell intercepted two passes for the Cardinal (3-1, 2-0 Pac-10), who opened the conference season with consecutive wins for the first time since Tyrone Willingham's last year on The Farm in 2001.

The Huskies (2-2, 1-1) were riding high coming into the game off their 16-13 win over No. 3 USC last week.

No. 25 Nebraska 55, La-Lafayette 0

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Zac Lee passed for 238 yards and a touchdown, Roy Helu Jr. scored twice and Nebraska celebrated its 300th consecutive sellout.

The Cornhuskers (3-1), coming off a devastating 16-15 loss at Virginia Tech last week, beat up on an opponent from the Sun Belt Conference for the third time this season. Nebraska outscored Florida Atlantic, Arkansas State and Lafayette by a combined 142-12.

The Huskers scored on their first five possessions against the Ragin' Cajuns (2-2) before Larry Asante ran back an interception 74 yards to put Nebraska up 34-0 in the middle of the second quarter.


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