Sunday, October 5, 2003

Top 25: A Manning finally wins in Florida

Eli, Mississippi rally at The Swamp 20-17; Roundup of other games in the Top 25

The Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Ron Zook and Florida endured another harsh blow, this time from Mississippi and Eli Manning, who finally got his family into the win column at The Swamp.

Manning directed a late 50-yard touchdown drive to lift the Rebels to a 20-17 victory over the 24th-ranked Gators (3-3, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) on Saturday.

With his father, former Ole Miss (3-2, 2-0) quarterback Archie Manning, watching from the stands, Eli finished 17-for-29 for 262 yards.

"He claimed after Peyton left that he'd never come back to Gainesville or The Swamp," Eli said. "So he had one last trip and he got to end it on a good one."

No. 1 Oklahoma 53, Iowa St. 7

AMES, Iowa - Jason White tied an Oklahoma school record with five touchdown passes.

The Sooners (5-0, 1-0 Big 12) piled up 613 yards in their third straight game with more than 50 points. Iowa State falls to 2-3 (0-1).

No. 4 Virginia Tech 48, Rutgers 22

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Bryan Randall threw for 250 yards and four TDs as Virginia Tech beat Rutgers (3-2, 0-1). The Hokies are 5-0 (1-0 Big East).

Auburn 28, No. 7 Tennessee 21

AUBURN, Ala. - Carnell Williams ran for 185 yards and resurgent Auburn made a late defensive stand.

Jason Campbell had two touchdown passes for Auburn (3-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference). The Volunteers fall to 4-1 (2-1).

No. 10 USC 37, Arizona St. 17

TEMPE, Ariz. - Matt Leinart completed 13 of 23 passes for 289 yards for USC.

Ryan Killeen had three field goals for the Trojans (4-1, 1-1 Pac-10). Southern Cal's defense held the Sun Devils (2-3, 0-2) to 61 yards rushing.

No. 11 Georgia 37, Alabama 23

ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia scored 37 points by halftime - the most Alabama has given up in a half in the modern era.

The Bulldogs (4-1, 2-1 SEC) returned a blocked punt for a touchdown and scored another TD after recovering a fumble, building a 37-10 lead at the half over the Tide (2-4, 1-2).

No. 12 Nebraska 30, Troy St. 0

LINCOLN, Neb. - Quarterback Jammal Lord ran for two touchdowns as Nebraska (5-0) overcame a slow start to beat Troy State (3-3).

No. 13 Texas 24 No. 16 Kansas State 20

AUSTIN, Texas - Freshman Vince Young shook off a sore right ankle and scored the winning touchdown from a yard out on fourth down with five minutes left.

The Longhorns (4-1, 1-0 Big 12) will face No. 1 Oklahoma next week in Dallas.

The Wildcats fall to 4-2 (0-1).

No. 14 Washington St. 30, Arizona 7

PULLMAN, Wash. - Matt Kegel threw two TD passes for Washington State (5-1, 2-0 Pac-10). Arizona (1-5, 0-2) lost in its first game since John Mackovic was fired.

UCLA 46, No. 18 Washington 16

PASADENA, Calif. - Rodney Leisle returned from a first-half suspension to score on a fumble recovery and intercept a pass as UCLA (3-2, 1-0 Pac-10) rallied to beat Washington (3-2, 1-1).

No. 20 TCU 27, Army 0

FORT WORTH, Texas - Brandon Hassell threw two TD passes, including a 40-yarder to Bruce Galbert, to start the second half.

The Horned Frogs are 5-0 (2-0 Conference USA). Army dropped to 0-5 (0-3).

No. 21 Minnesota 42, Northwestern 17

EVANSTON, Ill. - Asad Abdul-Khaliq threw for three touchdowns, including a game-changing 96-yarder to Jared Ellerson, as Minnesota (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) roared back from an early deficit.

Northwestern is 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the Big Ten.

No. 22 Purdue 43, Illinois 10

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Jerod Void ran for a career-high 119 yards and four touchdowns for Purdue (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten).

The Illini (1-5, 0-2) lost their fourth straight.

No. 25 Michigan St. 31, Indiana 3

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Jeff Smoker tied a Michigan State record with 32 completions and accounted for three touchdowns.

Michigan State (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) has won three straight games in a season for the first time since starting 3-0 in 2000. The Hoosiers are 1-5 (0-2).

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