Sunday, September 19, 2004

Top 25: Vols win thriller over Gators


Roundup of Saturday's games

By The Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - James Wilhoit kicked a 50-yard field goal with 6 seconds left to give No. 13 Tennessee a 30-28 victory over No. 11 Florida on Saturday night.

Wilhoit redeemed himself after missing an extra-point try less than five minutes earlier that would have tied the game.

Tennessee was trailing 28-21 in the fourth quarter, when freshman Erik Ainge completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jayson Swain with 4:17 left. But Wilhoit, a sophomore who had never missed a PAT in his career, was wide right on the kick.

All Florida had to do was run out the clock, but the Gators (1-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) had to punt with 55 seconds left.

It was enough time for the Vols (2-0, 1-0) to rally for their first win over Florida at home since 1998, the year they won the national championship.

Ainge completed passes of 21 and 7 yards to Chris Hannon to set up the field goal.

Auburn 14, No. 5 LSU 9

AUBURN, Ala. - Jason Campbell threw a 16-yard scoring pass to Courtney Taylor with 1:14 to play and Auburn got two chances to kick the winning extra point.

John Vaughn's first PAT attempt went wide left after a low snap, but Early Doucet was called for a personal foul, giving Auburn (3-0, 2-0 SEC) another shot.

Vaughn drilled his next try through the uprights with holder Sam Rives saving another bad snap, preventing a repeat of LSU's season opener, when Oregon State's Alexis Serna missed his third extra point of the game in overtime for a 22-21 LSU victory.

LSU's Ryan Gaudet missed an extra point early in the game.

Auburn's final drive provided just about the only offensive dramatics of the game. Campbell led a 12-play, 59-yard march that milked most of the remaining 6:38 off the clock. Ronnie Brown had a 20-yard run and Campbell and Taylor did the rest. Taylor also caught a 14-yard pass on fourth-and-12 from the 28.

LSU (2-1, 0-1), which had its 10-game winning streak snapped, moved into Auburn territory behind redshirt freshman quarterback JaMarcus Russell. But his final pass deflected off Doucet into the hands of Auburn's Junior Rosegreen with 8 seconds left.

No. 7 West Virginia 19, No. 21 Maryland 16, OT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Rasheed Marshall threw a 7-yard scoring pass to Chris Henry in overtime, moving the Mountaineers to 3-0 for the first time since 1996.

Maryland (2-1) lost to West Virginia for the first time under coach Ralph Friedgen, who played it safe in overtime and paid the price.

The Terps faced a fourth-and-short on their first overtime possession, and sent out kicker Nick Novak for a 33-yarder to make it 16-13.

Marshall found Henry on a slant pattern over the middle on third down for the winner. With John Denver's "Country Roads" blaring from stadium loudspeakers, the Mountaineers stayed on the field for several minutes to celebrate.

No. 1 Southern California 42, BYU 10

PROVO, Utah - Matt Leinart passed for 236 yards and two touchdowns, and Reggie Bush scored twice and finished with 124 yards on 14 carries for Southern California.

Southern Cal (3-0) won its 13th straight game, overcoming some early blunders, penalties and two missed field goals to beat the Cougars (1-2).

The defending national champion Trojans scored three times in the final 8:30 of the second quarter, including a 66-yard scoring run by Bush, and added three more TDs in the fourth quarter to seal it.

Leinart completed 22 of 35 passes with one interception and added a 1-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, the first rushing TD of his career. LenDale White scored on a 43-yard run later in the fourth, and finished with 110 yards on 17 carries.

No. 2 Oklahoma 31, Oregon 7

NORMAN, Okla. - Adrian Peterson ran for 183 yards and two touchdowns, becoming the first Oklahoma freshman to run for at least 100 yards in each of his first three games.

Peterson, who had 24 carries, scored twice in the second half to help the Sooners (3-0) pull away from the Ducks (0-2).

The former Texas high school star broke through a seam on the left side and ran untouched down the sideline for a 40-yard score to put Oklahoma ahead 24-7 late in the third quarter. He bounced off one tackler and spun past another on an 18-yard touchdown run to put the game away with 3:36 to play.

Jason White was 17-for-23 for 213 yards and a touchdown, and Donta Hickson added a 25-yard touchdown run. Starting tailback Kejuan Jones ran 11 times for 41 yards but didn't play after the first quarter.

No. 3 Georgia 13, Marshall 3

ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia defense made up for another lackluster offensive showing, holding Marshall to seven first downs.

Marshall (0-3), which held No. 9 Ohio State to 79 yards rushing in a 24-21 loss last week, shut down a Georgia running game that was without its top two backs. The Bulldogs (3-0) had 41 carries for 146 yards, most coming late in the game.

After Georgia lost projected starter Kregg Lumpkin to a season-ending knee injury on the first day of practice, Danny Ware suffered a bruised lung in last week's 20-16 win at South Carolina.

Tyson Browning started Saturday and was mostly ineffective, and Michael Cooper's playing time was limited by a bruised thigh in the third quarter.

No. 4 Miami 48, Louisiana Tech 0

MIAMI - Frank Gore and Tyrone Moss combined to run for three touchdowns. The Hurricanes showed no sign of a letdown after last weekend's huge win against in-state and conference rival Florida State.

Gore ran 12 times for 61 yards and scored a touchdown early in the third quarter before sitting out much of the second half. Moss had 69 yards on seven carries and scored twice in the first quarter. Devin Hester, the Hurricanes' most electrifying player, returned two punts for scores.

Miami (2-0), which held the Seminoles to 165 yards last week, was even more impressive defensively against Louisiana Tech (2-1). The Hurricanes finished with six sacks and three forced fumbles, and allowed just 183 yards over 61 plays.

Ryan Moats, the nation's leading rusher with 257 yards in each of his first two games, carried 14 times for 81 yards and fumbled once for Louisiana Tech. He had 70 yards on seven attempts in the first quarter, but did little after a few adjustments by the Hurricanes.

No 8. Florida State 34, UAB 7

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Leon Washington ran for 104 yards and a touchdown and Florida State sacked Darrell Hackney eight times to rebound from a disappointing loss to Miami.

B.J. Dean, James Coleman and Chris Rix scored on 1-yard runs and Xavier Beitia kicked two field goals for Florida State, which was coming off its worst offensive showing in 24 years.

After the offense failed to score a touchdown against the Hurricanes in a 16-10 loss, the Seminoles went 74 yards on their opening drive for a score.

Florida State (1-1) had 489 offense and UAB (1-1) didn't force a punt until late in the fourth quarter.

No. 12 Virginia 51, Akron 0

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Defensively dominant and offensively unstoppable, Virginia has started the season with three straight wins for the first time since 1998.

Wali Lundy ran for three touchdowns for the third straight game and Marques Hagans threw two scoring passes to Heath Miller as Virginia led 34-0 by halftime, then held the Zips (0-3) to 16 yards in the second half.

Charlie Frye, who passed for 336 yards against Virginia two years ago, had no such luck this time. Frye, the owner of 49 school records, finished 10-for-23 for 72 yards, was intercepted twice and sacked four times before leaving late in the third quarter trailing 44-0.

The Zips finished with 84 yards in 58 plays and six first downs.

No. 15 Utah 48, Utah St. 6

LOGAN, Utah - Alex Smith threw for one touchdown and ran for another, and Utah converted three Utah State turnovers into touchdowns.

Utah scored on five of its six first-half possessions in building a 41-0 lead at the break, including a 76-yard interception return for a TD by 6-3, 290-pound defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene.

Smith was 9-for-12 for 163 yards in limited duty for the Utes (3-0).

The Utah defense held Utah State (1-2) to 48 rushing yards on 35 attempts, and 295 total yards.

No. 17 Michigan 24, San Diego St. 21

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Braylon Edwards caught eight passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns for Michigan.

The Wolverines (2-1) bounced back after last week's loss at Notre Dame, but it wasn't easy. The Aztecs (1-1), three-touchdown underdogs, forced four turnovers and missed two fourth-quarter field goals that could have tied the game.

Chad Henne's 7-yard TD toss to Edwards less than five minutes into the third quarter was the lone score of the second half. Freshman Michael Hart ran for 121 yards on 25 carries for Michigan.

San Diego State's defense, ranked eighth nationally a season ago, kept the Aztecs in the game in the second half, but Garrett Palmer could not convert 46- and 49-yard field goal attempts.

No. 20 Wisconsin 9, Arizona 7

TUCSON, Ariz. - Booker Stanley carried 30 times for a career-high 135 yards, including a 7-yard run for Wisconsin's only touchdown, and the 20th-ranked Badgers rallied in a game delayed for 88 minutes in the second quarter because of lightning.

Mike Allen, who earlier missed a conversion try, kicked a 23-yard field goal with 3:47 to play for what proved to be the game-winning points.

Arizona (1-2) drove to the Wisconsin 25 on its last possession, but a false start penalty pushed the Wildcats back. Nick Folk, who earlier missed a 43-yarder to the right, missed one to the left from the 47 with 43 seconds to play.

Kris Heavner's 44-yard scoring pass to Mike Jefferson put Arizona up 7-0 with 32 seconds left in the first half, the only touchdown Wisconsin (3-0) has allowed this season.

No. 23 Boise St. 47, Texas-El Paso 31

EL PASO, Texas - Jared Zabransky threw for 392 yards and two touchdowns to help Boise State extend the nation's longest winning streak to 14 games.

Zabransky went 26-for-37 with two interceptions, and Antwaun Carter ran for two touchdowns for the Broncos (3-0) in their Western Athletic Conference opener.

Lawrence Bady had seven catches for 149 yards, and Quinton Jones and James Drisan each caught touchdown passes. UTEP dropped to 1-2.

No. 25 Memphis 47, Arkansas St. 35

JONESBORO, Ark. - Tim Goodwell forced a fumble and returned it 10 yards for a touchdown with 2:22 left and Memphis scored 21 points in the final three minutes.

Goodwell's hit on Arkansas State quarterback Nick Noce that forced the fumble gave the Tigers (3-0), ranked for the first time, their first lead of the game, 40-35.

After Scott Vogel intercepted a deflected pass with 1:59 left, DeAngelo Williams added a 16-yard scoring run with 59.7 seconds remaining. Williams ran for 144 yards.

Before Goodwell's touchdown, the Tigers had trimmed the Indians' lead to 35-33 on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Danny Wimprine to Tavares Gideon with 2:45 left.

Wimprine had 356 yards passing and three touchdowns, two of them to Gideon. Noce passed for 418 yards and four touchdowns for the Indians (1-2).




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