Sunday, September 28, 2003

Top 25 roundup

Cal upends No. 3 USC

The Associated Press

BERKELEY, Calif. - Tyler Fredrickson made a 38-yard field goal to end a third crazy overtime as California upset No. 3 Southern California 34-31 Saturday.

Ryan Killeen, who tied it with a 33-yard field goal for the Trojans with 16 seconds left in regulation, missed a 39-yarder moments before Fredrickson's kick.

The teams played three madcap extra periods featuring a fumble, a blocked field goal and outstanding passing by both quarterbacks.

Reggie Robertson relieved starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the third quarter and passed for 217 yards and two scores, while Adimchinobe Echemandu rushed for 147 yards in Cal's first home victory over a Top 5 team since upsetting No. 4 USC 28-14 in 1975.

In both teams' Pac-10 opener, the Golden Bears (3-3) posted the biggest victory yet in coach Jeff Tedford's rebuilding project. With a dominant first half and the wild overtime, Cal snapped USC's 11-game winning streak.

USC (3-1) was saved twice by its special teams, which blocked field goals in the fourth quarter and at the end of the first overtime - but the Trojans couldn't score on two of their three overtime possessions.

Matt Leinart overcame a shaky start to go 21-of-39 for 277 yards for the Trojans, but he threw three interceptions. Keary Colbert had eight catches for 81 yards and an overtime TD for the Trojans, who overcame a 14-point second-half deficit.

No. 21 Washington St. 55, No. 10 Oregon 16

EUGENE, Ore. - Matt Kegel threw for three touchdowns and steadily guided Washington State as the Cougars took advantage of Oregon's seven-first half turnovers.

Oregon (4-1, 1-1 Pacific-10) grabbed national attention with last weekend's 31-27 upset of No. 3 Michigan, but was done in by its own mistakes.

Washington State (4-1, 1-0), the defending Pac-10 champions, went to the air to stymie the Ducks - who had successfully stopped Michigan's rushing game.

Kegel completed 13 of 33 passes for 242 yards for the Cougars, who also got a pair of scoring runs from Jermaine Green. The Cougars' only loss of the season came on Sept. 6, when they blew a 19-0 lead and lost 29-26 in overtime at Notre Dame.

Kellen Clemens, who started for Oregon, was 16-of-34 for 232 yards and four interceptions, while Jason Fife was 8-of-24 for 123 yards and three interceptions.

No. 5 Virginia Tech 47, Connecticut 13

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Eric Green scored on an 84-yard interception return and Mike Imoh returned the second-half kickoff 91 yards for a score as Virginia Tech overwhelmed Connecticut.

The Hokies (4-0), who have specialized in scoring on special teams and defense under coach Frank Beamer, got another when Nathaniel Adibi blocked Adam Coles' punt, and Chris Clifton returned it 16 yards for a touchdown.

Virginia Tech also scored on a spectacular 28-yard catch by Ernest Wilford, who laid out fully extended in the air to catch Bryan Randall's pass, and on a 23-yard run by Kevin Jones, who gained 105 yards on 12 carries.

The Huskies (3-2) lost star tailback Terry Caulley to a knee injury on his second carry.

No. 6 Florida St. 56, Duke 7

DURHAM, N.C. - Chris Rix threw two touchdown passes and Florida State's A.J. Nicholson and Antonio Cromartie added defensive touchdowns.

B.J. Ward blocked two field goals for the Seminoles (5-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who got rushing touchdowns from three players and improved to 12-0 against Duke (2-3, 0-2).

The Seminoles widened their lead three plays into the second half in unusual fashion. Nicholson scooped up Mike Schneider's fumble at the Blue Devils 23, fumbled it en route to the end zone, but picked it up in stride and scored. He was credited with a 3-yard TD return for a 35-7 lead. Cromartie added a 71-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

No. 8 Tennessee 23, South Carolina 20, OT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - James Banks caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Casey Clausen in overtime for Tennessee.

The Vols (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) struggled throughout their first game since winning at Florida last week.

South Carolina (3-2, 0-2) got the ball first in overtime and got a break when pass interference was called against Tennessee. The Gamecocks were then penalized twice and had an incomplete pass to push them to third-and-17. A pass to Summers was short of the first down, and Daniel Weaver made a 24-yard field goal.

Freshman Demetris Summers provided nearly all the offense the Gamecocks needed, running for 158 yards on 27 carries.

No. 7 LSU 41, Mississippi St. 6

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Matt Mauck passed for 171 yards and a touchdown in less than three quarters and LSU converted three of Mississippi State's four turnovers into touchdowns.

LSU is 5-0 for the first time since 1973. The Tigers (2-0 Southeastern Conference) have won four straight and 11 of 12 against Mississippi State (0-4, 0-1).

Devery Henderson had seven catches for 114 yards and a touchdown and Shyrone Carey ran for two scores for the Tigers.

The Bulldogs have lost nine straight games, the third longest losing streak in team history and two short of the school record.

No. 9 Arkansas 34, Alabama 31, 2OT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Backup Chris Balseiro kicked a 19-yard field goal in the second overtime and Arkansas came back from a 21-point deficit to beat Alabama.

The Razorbacks (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference), who trailed 31-10 midway through the third quarter, tied it on Matt Jones' 3-yard touchdown pass to Richard Smith with 27 seconds to play.

Arkansas then nearly blew it in the first overtime, but an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by Alabama (2-3, 1-1) and a missed 38-yard field goal by Brian Bostick gave the Razorbacks another chance. Jimarr Gallon intercepted a pass from Brodie Croyle to open the second overtime to set up Arkansas' winning score.

Cedric Cobbs led the Razorbacks with 198 yards on 36 carries

No. 11 Michigan 31, Indiana 17

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Steve Breaston scored touchdowns on a punt return and a reception as Michigan bounced back from a loss at Oregon with a lackluster win over Indiana.

Despite four turnovers, the Wolverines (4-1) led 31-3 late in the fourth quarter. But they gave up two TDs in the final 4:16 against the Hoosiers (1-4) in the Big Ten opener for both schools.

Michigan turned the ball over three times in the first quarter, but led 14-0 on Breaston's 69-yard punt return and Jeremy LeSueur's 60-yard interception return.

Michigan St. 20, No. 13 Iowa 10

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Jeff Smoker threw touchdown passes on Michigan State's first two possessions and broke three school career passing records in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

Smoker, 28-of-44 for 218 yards, set school marks for completions (478), attempts (818) and touchdown passes (48).

Michigan State (4-1), the nation's third-best rushing defense going into the game, recovered three Iowa fumbles, with the turnovers leading to a TD and two field goals.

Iowa dropped to 4-1.

No. 14 Texas 63, Tulane 18

AUSTIN, Texas - Chance Mock threw three touchdown passes and ran for another and Texas backup Vince Young also ran and passed for scores in the first half.

Cedric Benson ran for three touchdowns and Roy Williams caught two from Mock in the Longhorns' final tuneup for Big 12 play.

Texas (3-1) topped 60 points for the second time this season and swamped the Green Wave (3-2) with the quarterback rotation.

Mock was 10-of-16 passing for 145 yards and three touchdowns. Young had 137 total yards with a rushing and passing TD.

No. 17 Pittsburgh 37, Texas A&M 26

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Rod Rutherford threw five touchdown passes with help from his acrobatic receivers to help Pittsburgh rebound from a loss to Toledo.

Rutherford was 14-of-28 for 283 yards and an interception for the Panthers (3-1). Larry Fitzgerald had seven catches for 135 yards and three touchdowns, and Princell Brockenbrough had three receptions for 100 yards and one TD.

Texas A&M dropped to 2-2.

No. 18 Washington 28, Stanford 17

SEATTLE - Cody Pickett threw two touchdown passes to Reggie Williams, and Rich Alexis ran for 128 yards and a score as Washington beat Stanford in the Pac-10 opener for both schools.

The Huskies (3-1) improved to 20-2 against the Cardinal (2-1) since 1976. Stanford hasn't won in Seattle since 1975.

Stanford, though, had a chance, taking over at its own 25 down by four with 2:54 remaining. Derrick Johnson sealed Washington's victory by intercepting freshman quarterback Trent Edwards' pass and returning it 36 yards for a touchdown. Jimmy Newell intercepted another pass on Stanford's final series.

No. 19 TCU 13, Arizona 10, OT

TUCSON, Ariz. - Nick Browne kicked a 33-yard field goal in overtime after missing from 36 and 25 yards in regulation as TCU (4-0) escaped with a victory.

Browne also kicked a 24-yard field goal with 1:07 to send the game into overtime. The Horned Frogs' lone touchdown came on a 98-yard pass play from Brandon Hassell to Reggie Harrell with 2:44 left in the first half. It was the second-longest play in TCU history and the longest ever allowed by Arizona.

The Wildcats (1-4) had the ball first in the overtime, but Jeremy Modkins intercepted Kris Heavner's pass on the second play.

Freshman Robert Merrill gained 148 yards on 31 carries for the Frogs and had an 80-yard TD run called back by a penalty.

No. 20 N. Illinois 24, Iowa St. 16

DEKALB, Ill. - Michael Turner ran for 134 yards and one touchdown, and Josh Haldi threw two TD passes for Northern Illinois.

The win gave the Huskies (4-0) a perfect 3-0 record against teams from BCS conferences. They knocked off Maryland in overtime to open the season, and beat Alabama on the road last Saturday.

Northern Illinois, ranked for the first time ever, led 17-16 late in the fourth quarter when safety Akil Grant picked off a wobbling pass and returned it 8 yards to midfield. The interception set up a 49-yard drive that ended with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Haldi to P.J. Fleck with 1:55 remaining.

Iowa State is 2-2.

No. 22 Purdue 23, Notre Dame 10

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Kyle Orton passed for two touchdowns and Ben Jones kicked three field goals as Purdue handed Notre Dame its third straight loss.

The Boilermakers (3-1), who had lost three straight to the Irish because of turnovers, turned the tables, as interceptions set up a touchdown and a field goal. Stuart Schweigert had two interceptions and Gilbert Gardner and Niko Koutouvides had one each to spoil freshman Brady Quinn's first career start.

It was just the third victory in 18 years for the Boilermakers over the Irish, who are off to a 1-3 start for the fourth time in seven years.

Kansas 35, No. 23 Missouri 14

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Bill Whittemore and Clark Green each scored two touchdowns and Kansas' maligned defense shut down Brad Smith to lead the Jayhawks past Missouri.

Whittemore scored on two short runs and engineered touchdown drives of 72, 50 and 49 yards in the fourth quarter.

The sellout crowd of 50,071 was the largest for Kansas (4-1) for any non-Nebraska game since 1975. Thousands of fans stormed the field and tore down both goalposts after the game.

No. 24 Minnesota 20, Penn St. 14

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Marion Barber III ran for 134 yards and a touchdown, and Minnesota held off Penn State in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

Barber gained 49 yards on the Golden Gophers' final scoring drive, which took 6:17 and ended with Rhys Lloyd's 30-yard field goal, giving Minnesota (5-0) a 20-14 lead with 2:21 left.

Michael Robinson, in after Zack Mills sprained his left knee, drove Penn State (2-3) to the Minnesota 15 with 25 seconds left, but overthrew Gerald Smith in the end zone on fourth down, turning the ball over and ending the game.

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