Sunday, October 12, 2003

Roundup of other Top 25 games

No. 4 Va. Tech runs over Orangemen 51-7; Tigers stun seventh-ranked Hogs

The Associated Press

BLACKSBURG, Va. - DeAngelo Hall scored on 58- and 60-yard punt returns in the first quarter and ran 24 yards with a reverse for another touchdown as No. 4 Virginia Tech routed Syracuse 51-7.

The Hokies (6-0, 2-0 Big East), who are leaving for the Atlantic Coast Conference next season, also blocked a field goal - the 100th block under coach Frank Beamer.

Bryan Randall opened the scoring with a 75-yard touchdown run on the Hokies' third play. Kevin Jones gained 131 yards for the Hokies, including TD runs of 33 and 25 yards in the third quarter.

Syracuse's Walter Reyes, who entered the game as the nation's leading rusher with 170 yards a game, was held to 40 yards on 16 carries.

Florida 19, No. 6 LSU 7

BATON ROUGE, La. - Chris Leak was 18-of-30 for 229 yards and two touchdowns as Florida beat LSU.

Coming off its second loss in three games, Florida (4-3, 2-2 Southeastern Conference), made it look easy against the Tigers (5-1, 2-1).

Leak, a freshman making his third start, helped Florida outgain LSU 310 yards to 287.

The Gators fell out of the Top 25 after last week's 20-17 loss to Mississippi.

On 12 possessions, LSU punted eight times and had two interceptions, a fumble, and failed to pick up a first down on fourth-and-2.

LSU's only touchdown came when Skyler Green returned the first punt 80 yards.

Auburn 10, No. 7 Arkansas 3

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Carnell Williams ran for 150 yards and a touchdown on 35 carries and Auburn shut down the SEC's top rushing attack.

Arkansas (4-1, 1-1) had been averaging 247.8 yards on the ground - behind Cedric Cobbs' 140.5-yard average - but Williams stole the attention as Auburn (4-2, 3-0) remained in contention to win the SEC West. He opened the game with a 44-yard run and had 124 yards by halftime for the Tigers.

No. 8 Georgia 41, No. 13 Tennessee 14

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - David Greene was 22-of-27 for 228 yards and one touchdown as Georgia moved closer to defending its SEC championship.

The Bulldogs (5-1, 3-1) moved atop the SEC East division standings by winning their fourth straight game over the Volunteers (4-2, 2-2), who suffered their worst loss home loss since Florida's 31-0 win in 1994.

Greene improved to 3-0 against Tennessee as Georgia led from the beginning and scored 21 points off three turnovers.

Missouri 41, No. 10 Nebraska 24

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Brad Smith tied a school record with four touchdowns and Missouri scored twice on trick plays as the Tigers ended a 24-game losing streak against Nebraska.

Nebraska (5-1, 1-1 Big 12) committed five turnovers in losing to Missouri (5-1, 1-1) for the first time since 1978 and for the first time at Faurot Field since 1973.

No. 16 N. Illinois 40, Central Michigan 24

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Michael Turner ran for a season-high 199 yards and two touchdowns for Northern Illinois.

Central Michigan (2-4, 0-3 Mid-American) scored the first 17 points and kept the Huskies out of the end zone in the first half.

But the second half was all Northern Illinois (6-0, 2-0), which outscored the Chippewas 28-7 in the third quarter en route to its 13th victory in its last 14 games.

No. 18 Purdue 28, Penn State 14

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Brandon Jones ran for 149 yards and two touchdowns, and Anthony Chambers returned a punt 76 yards for another score for Purdue.

It was the fifth straight win for the Boilermakers (5-1, 2-0), while Penn State (2-5, 0-3) lost its third straight Big Ten game.

Chambers set the school record for single-game punt return yardage (149) and became just the second player in school history with two career returns TDs. The other is Vinny Sutherland.

No. 21 Michigan St. 49, Illinois 14

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Jeff Smoker was 23-of-31 passing for 317 yards and two touchdowns and Michigan State converted three Illinois turnovers into TDs.

The Spartans (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) scored twice after intercepting Jon Beutjer's passes deep in Illini territory. The first, by Eric Smith in the second quarter led to Tyrell Dortch's first 1-yard TD run that gave Michigan State a 14-7 lead.

Jason Harmon intercepted Beutjer's pass late in the third quarter and ran it back to the Illini 12, setting up Smoker's 21-yard TD pass to Aaron Alexander.

Oklahoma State 38, No. 22 Kansas State 34

STILLWATER, Okla. - Tatum Bell ran for 143 yards and two touchdowns and Darrent Williams returned one of his two interceptions for a score as Oklahoma State beat Kansas State.

After a season-opening loss at Nebraska that cost the Cowboys their Top 25 ranking, Oklahoma State (5-1, 1-1) has won five straight. Kansas State (4-3, 0-2 Big 12), ranked as high as No. 6 a month ago, has lost three straight.

Clemson 30, No. 25 Virginia 27, OT

CLEMSON, S.C. - Charlie Whitehurst's 4-yard pass to Kevin Youngblood in overtime lifted Clemson.

Virginia (4-2, 3-1 ACC) had the ball first in the extra period and settled for Connor Hughes' 33-yard field goal.

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