SEATTLE – Charlie Weis led Notre Dame to the same kind of lopsided romp over Washington on Saturday that Tyrone Willingham did a year ago when he was coaching Fighting Irish.

The 16th-ranked Irish, clicking in the air and on the ground after a sluggish start, beat the Huskies 36-17 Saturday in a game that had little to do with coaches matching wits and everything to do with slick execution by Notre Dame and huge blunders by Washington.

A year after Notre Dame won 38-3 in South Bend, Ind., against Washington, they took their show on the road to do virtually the same thing against their former coach on a brilliant fall afternoon before 71,473 fans in Husky Stadium.

Quarterback Brady Quinn, who threw four touchdown passes in last year’s game, threw only one this time but compiled 327 yards passing in a more balanced attack that saw sophomore halfback Darius Walker rush for a career-high 128 yards on 21 carries.

(1) Southern California 45, (24) Oregon 13

EUGENE, Ore. – Matt Leinart threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns and top-ranked USC trailed early but took over in the second half to beat No. 24 Oregon 45-13, the Trojans’ 25th straight victory.

The Ducks (3-1, 0-1 Pac-10) jumped out to an early 13-0 lead and clung to a 13-10 halftime advantage, but the Trojans (3-0) scored 35 unanswered points in the second half.

Leinart, who was completing 75 percent of his passes (36-48) going into the game, didn’t even make half of his attempts (12 of 25) in the first half against the Ducks. But the Heisman Trophy winner finished 23-of-39 with an interception.

Reggie Bush caught a scoring pass and ran for another for the two-time defending national champions, who have been No. 1 for a record 22-straight AP polls. He finished with 20 carries for 122 yards, and three catches for 43 yards.

Dewayne Jarrett added eight catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns.

(4) Va. Tech 51, (15) Georgia Tech 7

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Jeff King caught a touchdown pass from Marcus Vick and blocked a field goal that turned into a 78-yard scoring run by D.J. Parker and Virginia Tech routed Georgia Tech.

(5) Florida 49, Kentucky 28

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Chris Leak threw four touchdown passes, all in the first half, and DeShawn Wynn scored four touchdowns as fifth-ranked Florida got its offense rolling.

(7) Georgia 23, Mississippi State 10

STARKVILLE, Miss. – D.J. Shockley passed for a career-high 312 yards in his first career road start, leading No. 7 Georgia past Mississippi State 23-10.

(8) Ohio St. 31, (21) Iowa 6

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Troy Smith threw two touchdown passes to Anthony Gonzalez and ran for two scores and Ohio State’s defense shut down Iowa.

Minnesota 42, (11) Purdue 35, 2OT

MINNEAPOLIS – Gary Russell scored three touchdowns, the last a 3-yard run in the second overtime to lift Minnesota.

(12) Miami 23, Colorado 3

MIAMI – Kyle Wright threw for 264 yards and a touchdown, plus ran for another, and Miami’s defense frustrated Colorado all afternoon.

Wisconsin 23, (14) Michigan 20

MADISON, Wis. – John Stocco scored on a 4-yard quarterback draw with 24 seconds left, giving Wisconsin a 23-20 win over No. 14 Michigan and snapping the Wolverines’ 23-game win streak in Big 10 openers.

(17) Michigan State 61, Illinois 14

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Drew Stanton set a school record with five TD passes and Michigan State scored on six of eight first-half possessions in its romp.

(19) Texas Tech 63, Indiana St. 7

LUBBOCK, Texas – Taurean Henderson ran for 141 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 19 Texas Tech rolled to another early season runaway, beating Division I-AA Indiana State 63-7.

(20) Alabama 24, Arkansas 13

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- D.J. Hall caught two touchdown passes from Brodie Croyle, including a 5-yarder in the final minutes, to lead Alabama.

(23) Virginia 38, Duke 7

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Marques Hagans threw for four touchdown passes and Virginia’s defense forced four turnovers in a victory over Duke.


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