TEMPE, Ariz. – The strength and speed of LenDale White and Reggie Bush lifted No. 1 USC out of trouble on a sweltering Saturday in the desert.

White rushed for 197 yards in 19 attempts, Bush gained 158 in 17 carries, and the Trojans rallied from 18 points down at the half to beat No. 14 Arizona State 38-28, breaking a Pac-10 and school record with their 26th victory in a row.

The Trojans (4-0, 2-0 Pac-10) outrushed the Sun Devils 373-68 in a matchup of two of the nation’s most prolific offenses.

Bush had touchdown runs of 24 and 34 yards, the second one giving the Trojans the lead for good 31-28 with 3:44 to go. White scored on romps of 32 and 46 yard, the latter putting USC up 38-28 with 2:22 left after Arizona State’s Sam Keller was intercepted for the fourth time.

Keller completed 26 of 44 for 349 yards and two touchdowns but was intercepted five times, four in the second half after the Sun Devils (3-2, 1-1) took a 21-3 lead at the break. Keller had been intercepted only twice going into the game, both in the season opener.

No. 2 Texas 51, Missouri 20

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Vince Young ran for 108 yards and a touchdown and threw for two other scores, and Texas converted three turnovers by Missouri quarterback Brad Smith into touchdowns.

The Longhorns (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) have now won 11 straight road games and 11 straight games overall. Jamaal Charles had one rushing and one receiving touchdown for Texas, which is 4-0 for the fourth time in five seasons and beat Missouri (2-2, 0-1) for the 14th time in 15 games.

The Longhorns had plenty of offense, totaling 585 yards, to offset 135 yards in penalties, a fumble out of the end zone by Charles in the third quarter and a second-quarter drive that stalled at the Missouri 5.

No. 3 Virginia Tech 34, West Virginia 17

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Marcus Vick threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and Virginia Tech converted two West Virginia turnovers into scores in the finale of a 33-year series between the former Big East rivals.

Vick, facing the Mountaineers (4-1) for the first time, ran for a season-high 74 yards and was 15-of-17 passing for 177 yards.

The Hokies (5-0) never trailed and kept the Mountaineers offense off the field for most of the second half. Vick efficiently guided long scoring drives on Virginia Tech’s first two possessions after halftime. His 23-yard scramble set up Cedric Humes’ 4-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter for the final margin.

No. 4 LSU 37, Mississippi State 7

STARKVILLE, Miss. – An efficient JaMarcus Russell threw two touchdown passes to Dwayne Bowe, and LSU bounced back from a bitter defeat by routing Mississippi State.

Russell finished 20-of-23 for 197 yards for the Tigers, who were eager to make up for an overtime home loss to No. 10 Tennessee five days earlier in which they blew a three-touchdown lead.

LSU (2-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) scored on three consecutive first-half possessions and rolled to their 13th victory over Mississippi State in 14 meetings. LSU has outscored the Bulldogs 202-26 during the past five games.

No. 15 Alabama 31, No. 5 Florida 3

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Brodie Croyle threw for three TDs, including an 88-yarder to Tyrone Prothro and a 65-yarder to Keith Brown, to help Alabama hand Florida its first loss under coach Urban Meyer.

Alabama (5-0, 3-0 SEC), which hadn’t beaten a top-five team at Bryant-Denny Stadium in five previous tries, got its biggest win since a 34-7 victory over Florida in the 1999 SEC championship game.

Croyle completed 15 of 18 passes for 286 yards. Coming into the game, Croyle hadn’t completed a pass longer than 52 yards all season.

Chris Leak, meanwhile, was harassed into a 5-of-16 performance in the first half and his first two interceptions of the season, leaving him three passes shy of Danny Wuerffel’s school record streak of 121 without a pick.

No. 6 Florida St 38, Syracuse 14

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Drew Weatherford passed for 234 yards and three touchdowns, including a 71-yard swing pass to Lorenzo Booker, and Florida State defeated Syracuse (1-3).

Weatherford, a redshirt freshman making his fourth collegiate start, also scored a touchdown as the Seminoles rolled up a 24-0 lead.

Florida State (4-0), which had nine sacks in its opener against Miami, got Syracuse quarterback Perry Patterson seven times.

No. 9 Miami 27, South Florida 7

MIAMI – Tyrone Moss matched a career-high with three touchdowns and No. 9 Miami ended South Florida’s hopes of springing a second straight upset with a sloppy 27-7 win on Saturday.

Moss ran for 89 yards and had scoring runs of 1 and 19 yards in the first quarter, when Miami (3-1) took advantage of three South Florida turnovers to build an early 17-0 lead.

No. 10 Tennessee 27, Mississippi 10

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Gerald Riggs ran for a touchdown and Jonathan Wade returned an interception for another score in the first quarter, and Tennessee beat Mississippi for the 12th straight time.

The Vols (3-1, 2-1 SEC) looked as if they were headed for a rout after going ahead quickly. But the Ole Miss defense stiffened and held Tennessee to three field-goal attempts the rest of the first half. James Wilhoit made a 25-yarder, missed a 44-yarder and had a 51-yarder blocked.

Tennessee’s defense had another strong effort, and the Rebels (1-3, 0-2) didn’t score a touchdown until 10:18 to go in the game.

Michigan 34, No. 11 Michigan State 31

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Mike Hart ran for 218 yards and a touchdown in his return from an injury, and Garrett Rivas made up for missing a field goal in the final minute of regulation by kicking a 35-yarder in overtime for Michigan.

Hart’s return from a hamstring injury that caused him to miss two-plus games allowed the Wolverines (3-2, 1-1 Big ten) to avoid their worst start since 1967.

Drew Stanton was 20-of-30 for 282 yards with a TD and an interception for the Spartans (4-1, 1-1) who lost their fourth straight game in the rivalry. Michigan State’s John Goss narrowly missed a 37-yard field goal in overtime.

No. 12 California 28, Arizona 0

BERKELEY, Calif. -Marshawn Lynch ran for 107 yards and a touchdown in his first game back from an injury and No. 12 California shut out Arizona for the second straight year, 28-0 Saturday.

Joe Ayoob threw for two scores and ran for one for the Golden Bears (5-0, 2-0 Pac-10), who are off to their best start since winning their first five games under coach Steve Mariucci in 1996.

No. 13 Notre Dame 49, No. 22 Purdue 28

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Brady Quinn passed for 440 yards and three touchdowns, two to Jeff Samardzija, leading No. 13 Notre Dame to a 49-28 victory over Purdue on Saturday night.

Quinn was 20-for-23 for 283 yards in the first half to lead Notre Dame (4-1) to a 28-0 intermission lead. He finished the game 29-of-36- a career-high 80.5 percent completion rate – and threw a TD pass for a 10th straight game, tying a school record set by Heisman Trophy winner John Huarte in 1964.

No. 16 Texas Tech 30, Kansas 17

LUBBOCK, Texas – Cody Hodges threw for 333 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score to lead Texas Tech past Kansas in each team’s Big 12 opener.

In the Red Raiders’ first game against decent competition, Hodges had a few rough spots. He threw an interception and fumbled four times, losing two that the Jayhawks (3-1, 0-1) converted into points.

Hodges, though, didn’t get much support from his offensive line as he has earlier this season. In Tech’s first three games, the line allowed the first-team offense to scored pretty much at will. The Red Raiders (4-0, 1-0) led the nation in scoring coming into the Kansas game, having tallied 56, 80 and 63 points against two Division I-AA opponents and a Sun Belt Conference team.

No. 17 Wisconsin 41, Indiana 24

MADISON, Wis. – Brandon Williams caught two touchdown passes and returned a punt 63 yards for a score as Wisconsin defeated previously unbeaten Indiana.

The Badgers (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) won for the 10th straight time at Camp Randall Stadium, their longest home winning streak since reeling off 25 straight from 1900-03, when their opponents included the likes of Hyde Park High School, Milwaukee Medical and the Osteopaths.

Wisconsin also denied the Hoosiers (3-1, 0-1) their first 4-0 start in 15 years.

Penn State 44, No. 18 Minnesota 14

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Derrick Williams and Tony Hunt each rushed for two touchdowns while Penn State’s stifling defense held Laurence Maroney to a season-low 48 yards rushing.

The Nittany Lions (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) beat the run-first Gophers (4-1, 1-1) at their own game, building a big lead by rushing over a porous Minnesota defense.

Williams got his two scores in the first half and set up one of Hunt’s two second-half scoring runs with a 10-yard rush deep in Gopher territory.

Maryland 45, No. 19 Virginia 33

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Lance Ball ran for 163 yards and scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns, and Maryland amassed 570 yards in offense to hand Virginia its first defeat.

Sam Hollenbach went 25-for-33 for 320 yards and two touchdowns, and Danny Melendez had nine catches for 125 yards to lead the Terrapins (3-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) to their third straight home win over Virginia (3-1, 1-1).

Marques Hagans threw for 270 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns for the Cavaliers, who also got four field goals from Connor Hughes. Chris Cook also returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown, but it wasn’t enough.

No. 21 BC 38, Ball State 0

BOSTON – Backup quarterback Matthew Ryan ran for a pair of first-half scores and threw a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, leading Boston College over suspension-riddled Ball State.

The Cardinals (0-4) had 15 players sidelined after being suspended earlier in the week for violating an NCAA extra-benefits rule involving the use of textbooks.

BC (4-1), coming off its first Atlantic Coast Conference win last week at Clemson, scored on its first two possessions to take control.

Nebraska 27, No. 23 Iowa State 20

LINCOLN, Neb. – Zac Taylor finished his record day with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Cory Ross in the second overtime to give Nebraska a victory over Iowa State.

The Cornhuskers (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) avoided losing to Iowa State for the first time at home since 1977 and finally found some offensive spark after muddling to wins in their first three games.

Taylor completed 36 of 55 passes for 431 yards on a day the Huskers all but abandoned their running game. He set school records for completions and yards. Taylor’s most important pass also might have been his easiest, as he found Ross alone in the flat on the winning touchdown with no defenders within 10 yards of him.

No. 24 Louisville 61, Florida Atlantic 10

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Michael Bush ran for a career-high 204 yards and Louisville spoiled Howard Schnellenberger’s homecoming by handing Florida Atlantic the worst loss in its five-year history.

The 71-year-old Schnellenberger was born in Louisville and coached the Cardinals from 1985-94. Bush was the first Cardinal to top 200 yards rushing since Anthony Shelman had 220 in Schnellenberger’s last game as Louisville’s coach, a 34-27 win over Tulsa.

Elvis Dumervil had three sacks to push his Big East-leading total to 12 and Louisville (3-1) held the Owls (0-5) to 15 yards rushing to bounce back from last week’s 45-14 loss at South Florida.


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