DALLAS – Colt McCoy picked up where Vince Young left off in one very important area: Beating Oklahoma.

After a lousy second quarter that left Longhorns fans pining for their departed leader, McCoy rallied with two perfect passes for touchdowns in the third quarter and cornerback Aaron Ross made game-changing plays in the fourth, carrying No. 7 Texas past the No. 14 Sooners 28-10.

McCoy, a redshirt freshman who watched Young beat OU and everyone else en route to the national championship last year, failed his first big test last month against No. 1 Ohio State.

No. 1 Ohio St. 35, Bowling Green 7

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Troy Smith threw three touchdown passes, Antonio Pittman ran for two scores and Ohio State started its second month as the No. 1 team in the nation with an easy 35-7 victory over Bowling Green.

The Buckeyes (6-0) toyed with the Falcons (3-3), tacking on two touchdowns in the final quarter to turn a surprisingly close 21-7 game into a rout. Ohio State stretched the nation’s longest winning streak to 13 in a row.

Arkansas 27, No. 2 Auburn 10

AUBURN, Ala. – Arkansas relied on a swarming defense and the rushing tandem of Darren McFadden and Felix Jones to beat No. 2 Auburn 27-10, severely damaging the Tigers’ national title hopes.

McFadden rushed for 145 yards, including a 63-yard touchdown run, and Jones ran for 104, leading the Razorbacks to the stunning victory.

No. 3 USC 26, Washington 20

LOS ANGELES – No. 3 Southern California held on again and resurgent Washington came up just short of its biggest victory in years.

John David Booty threw for 243 yards and a touchdown, Mario Danelo kicked four field goals and the Trojans outlasted underdog Washington 26-20.

No. 4 West Virginia 35, Mississippi St. 14

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Steve Slaton ran for 185 yards, Pat White rushed for two touchdowns and the West Virginia defense made two interceptions deep in its own territory to give the Mountaineers a 42-14 victory over Mississippi State.

Slaton helped No. 4 West Virginia extend the nation’s second-longest win streak to 12 games and moved into fourth on the West Virginia all-time touchdown list with his 24th score in 15 career games.

No. 5 Florida 23, No. 9 LSU 10

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida quarterback Tim Tebow threw two touchdown passes, including one on a play that could have came from basketball coach Billy Donovan’s playbook, and ran for a score to give the fifth-ranked Gators a 23-10 win against No. 9 LSU.

No. 6 Michigan 31, Michigan St. 13

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Chad Henne threw three touchdown passes – two to Mario Manningham – in No. 6 Michigan’s 31-13 victory over Michigan State, the fifth straight win by the Wolverines in the century-old series.

Big Ten rushing leader Mike Hart ran for 122 yards despite sitting out the fourth quarter for the Wolverines (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten).

No. 12 Notre Dame 31, Stanford 10

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Brady Quinn threw for three touchdowns and Darius Walker ran for a season-high 153 yards and a touchdown, leading No. 12 Notre Dame to a 31-10 victory over winless Stanford.

Quinn was 27-of-37 passing for 232 yards, completing TD passes Jeff Samardzija, Rhema McKnight and John Carlson.

No. 13 Tennessee 51, No. 10 Georgia 33

ATHENS, Ga. – Erik Ainge and Tennessee shredded the nation’s stingiest defense.

Ainge threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead the No. 13 Volunteers to a wild 51-33 victory.

No. 15 Clemson 27, Wake Forest 17

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – C.J. Spiller ran 72 yards for the go-ahead touchdown and defensive lineman Gaines Adams returned a fumble for a score to spark No. 15 Clemson’s rally from 14 points down in the fourth quarter of a 27-17 victory over Wake Forest..

No. 18 Georgia Tech 27, Maryland 23

ATLANTA – Tashard Choice rushed for a career-high 138 yards and two touchdowns and No. 18 Georgia Tech rallied from a nine-point deficit and survived a last-minute scare to beat Maryland 27-23.

No. 19 Iowa 47, Purdue 17

IOWA CITY, Iowa _ Drew Tate threw two touchdown passes and Damian Sims ran for two more scores to help No. 19 Iowa beat Purdue 47-17 and rebound from last week’s demoralizing loss to top-ranked Ohio State.

No. 20 Boise State 55, Louisiana Tech 14

BOISE, Idaho – Jared Zabransky threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more, and Marty Tadman returned an interception 98 yards for a score as No. 20 Boise State overwhelmed Louisiana Tech 55-14.

No. 23 Missouri 38, Texas Tech 21

LUBBOCK, Texas – Chase Daniel threw for 171 yards and a touchdown, and Missouri returned two interceptions for scores as the 23rd-ranked Tigers beat Texas Tech 38-21 to start 6-0 for the first time in 33 years.


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