LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Ryan Bailey made his first collegiate field goal a memorable one.

The Texas walk-on made a 22-yarder with 23 seconds left – and snow flurries falling – to give the fifth-ranked Longhorns a 22-20 victory over No. 17 Nebraska on Saturday.

With the Cornhuskers on the verge of pulling off an upset, Texas (7-1, 4-0 Big 12) caught a huge break when receiver Terrence Nunn fumbled and Marcus Griffin recovered at the Nebraska 44 with 2:17 left.

Colt McCoy, with a 20 mph wind in his face, drove the Longhorns to the Nebraska 5. Texas coach Mack Brown turned to Bailey for the final kick after Greg Johnson missed two field goals and had an extra point blocked.

Nebraska (6-2, 3-1) tried to ice Bailey when coach Bill Callahan asked officials to review the previous play to see if the Cornhuskers had intercepted a pass by McCoy in the end zone. Replays clearly showed that the ball bounced on the ground, however, and Bailey didn’t seem to mind the delay.

No. 1 Ohio St. 44, Indiana 3

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Troy Smith punched up his Heisman Trophy resume with four first-half touchdown passes and Ted Ginn Jr. threw one and caught another.

Smith wasn’t all that sharp, but didn’t have to be against an Indiana defense that came in ranked next to last in the Big Ten in points allowed. Mixing play-fakes and passes with an occasional scramble, he propelled the Buckeyes (8-0, 4-0) to their 15th win in a row, the longest streak in the nation.

Despite incompletions on his first four attempts, he was 15-of-23 for 230 yards without an interception. His scoring strikes covered 23 yards to Rory Nicol, 31 yards to Ginn, 5 yards to Anthony Gonzalez and 1 yard to Jake Ballard – giving Smith 21 TD passes this season with just two interceptions.

Indiana freshman quarterback Kellen Lewis displayed his quick feet by continually scrambling away from Ohio State’s defensive pressure. Lewis completed 15 of 28 passes for 106 yards without an interception for the Hoosiers (4-4, 2-2).

No. 2 Michigan 20, Iowa 6

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Mike Hart and the Michigan defense brushed off the burden that has come with being No. 2 by bullying Iowa around the Big House.

Hart ground out 126 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries to back up another punishing defensive performance by Shawn Crable and crew.

With Northwestern, Ball State and Indiana coming up for Michigan, the Hawkeyes (5-3, 2-3 Big Ten) appeared to be the only serious stumbling block between the Wolverines (8-0, 5-0) and an undefeated record going into the Ohio State game on Nov. 18.

But No. 2 has been a sticky spot in the Top 25 this season. Four times already this season No. 2 has gone down, including the previous two weeks when Auburn and Florida fell.

Hart put the capper on the game with a 10-yard TD run with 3:59 left through a big hole, one of the few he had all day. The junior went over 1,000 yards rushing for the second time in his career.

No. 6 Louisville 28, Syracuse 13

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) – Kolby Smith rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns and Anthony Allen scored on two short runs.

It was the fourth road win for the Cardinals (7-0, 2-0 Big East), who have a showdown with No. 4 West Virginia in 12 days. It took a while for Louisville to get going, but the Cardinals built a 21-6 lead early in the fourth quarter and handed the Orange (3-5, 0-3) their 10th straight conference loss.

Louisville, which squeaked past Cincinnati 23-17 a week ago, was stymied in the first half by a Syracuse defense that had allowed a school-record 457 rushing yards last week in a 41-17 road loss to the Mountaineers and had given up 1,487 yards and 96 points in the last three games.

Brian Brohm was 18-for-26 for 203 yards and an interception as Louisville totaled 421 yards on offense. Perry Patterson finished 24-for-38 for 303 yards and his third interception of the season for Syracuse.

No. 7 Tennessee 16, Alabama 13

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Arian Foster dived into the end zone with 3:28 left, completing Tennessee’s rally.

The Crimson Tide (5-3, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) nearly kept the Volunteers out of the end zone for the first time this season.

The Tide went ahead 13-6 at the end of the third quarter on Tim Castille’s 2-yard run, which was the first touchdown scored in this series in two years. But Alabama couldn’t score again.

Alabama frustrated the normally high-scoring Vols (6-1, 2-1) for the most part, but Tennessee scored 10 points in the fourth quarter for the victory and stayed alive in its chase of Florida for the SEC East division title.

No. 8 Auburn 38, Tulane 13

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) – Brandon Cox passed for 212 yards and three touchdowns, and freshman Ben Tate rushed for 156 yards to lead Auburn past Tulane.

The Tigers (7-1) were hoping to avoid a letdown following a victory over then-No. 2 Florida last week, and succeeded mostly due to three turnovers in a game featuring short-handed offenses that put up plenty of yards.

Auburn tailback Kenny Irons was held out of the game to rest a gimpy ankle. Brad Lester started but played only sparingly, catching a 36-yard pass and rushing for a 2-yard touchdown on the opening drive.

Tulane (2-5), which was playing without two injured starters at receiver, has now lost its last 31 games against ranked opponents dating back to 1982.

Cox was 16-of-19 passing and was almost flawless in the first half, when he went 12-of-13 for 161 yards and two touchdowns. The only incompletion was a dropped pass by a wide-open Tre Smith, who would have been in a foot race for a 73-yard TD on the play.

No. 10 Notre Dame 20, UCLA 17

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – Brady Quinn threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Samardzija with 27 seconds left to give Notre Dame an improbable comeback victory.

It appeared as though Notre Dame had squandered its last chance to win when Quinn was stuffed on a fourth-and-1 from the Notre Dame 35 with 2:25 left. But the Irish held UCLA (4-3) to three-and-out to give Quinn one last chance.

Because the Irish (6-1) were able to stop the clock twice with timeouts during the Bruins’ short series, they got the ball back with 62 seconds left. Quinn hit Samardzija with a 21-yard pass and David Grimes with a 14-yard pass to move to the UCLA 45. He then threw the TD pass to Samardzija, who cut inside safety Dennis Keyes at the 20-yard line. Keyes managed to knock Samardzija off balance, but the Notre Dame receiver kept his feet and made it to the end zone, keeping the Irish’s hopes for a berth in the Bowl Championship Series alive.

It was just the third time Notre Dame has won a game with a touchdown in the final 30 seconds. The other two times were in a 17-16 win over Penn State in snowy conditions in 1992, and in a 35-34 victory over Houston in the Cotton Bowl at the end of the 1978 season.

No. 11 California 31, Washington 24, OT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) – Marshawn Lynch ran for 150 yards and a 22-yard touchdown in overtime, and California recovered from Washington’s improbable tying score on a deflected pass as time expired.

Linebacker Desmond Bishop made 16 tackles and atoned for his disastrous misplay on Marlon Wood’s unbelievable TD catch with a game-ending interception for the Golden Bears (7-1, 5-0 Pac-10), who celebrated wildly after surviving for their seventh straight victory.

Lynch scored on a 17-yard run with 1:52 to play, and Cal appeared to be safe after trailing much of the day against the Huskies (4-4, 2-3) and new quarterback Carl Bonnell, who threw five interceptions in his first start in two years.

But Bonnell drove the Huskies 48 yards to the Cal 40, where he uncorked a long throw to the end zone with 6 seconds left.

Bishop or Robert Peele could have knocked it down, but instead deflected the ball straight to Wood, who caught it and lunged over the goal line with just his second catch of the season – and the first TD of his career.

No. 12 Clemson 31, No. 13 Georgia Tech 7

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) – James Davis ran for a career-high 216 yards, C.J. Spiller scored two 50-yard touchdowns and Clemson held Georgia Tech star Calvin Johnson without a catch for the first time in his career in a surprisingly easy victory.

Davis, the Atlantic Coast Conference’s leading rusher, got the Tigers’ (7-1, 4-1 ACC) scoring started with a 2-yard TD run and finished with his seventh career 100-yard rushing game. Spiller added a 50-yard scoring run in the third quarter and answered the Yellow Jackets’ (5-2, 3-1) only score with a 50-yard catch and run to help Clemson to its sixth straight victory.

The Georgia Tech-Clemson rivalry has typically been one of the league’s most exciting with nine of the games since 1996 decided by five points or less.

But Davis, Spiller and the Tigers’ D turned this one into a runaway.

The Tigers clamped down on Johnson, who came in leading the conference with 35 catches for 559 yards, yet was never much of a factor in the showdown between the ACC’s highest-ranked teams.

No. 14 LSU 38, Fresno State 6

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Dwayne Bowe caught a 58-yard touchdown pass to tie the LSU record for career scoring catches and ice the Tigers’ victory over Fresno State.

The senior receiver has 21 touchdown catches in his career and has at least four more regular season games to pass current Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Michael Clayton for the school record.

Hauling in the pass over the middle about 20 yards downfield and using a slashing run to get to the end zone.

Craig “Buster” Davis returned a punt 77 yards for a score and later caught a 30-yard touchdown pass for LSU (6-2). Senior running back Alley Broussard, who was benched a week ago, returned to score a 21-yard touchdown.

Fresno State kicker Clint Stitser made field goals of 35 and 29 yards, the second one getting the Bulldogs (1-6) as close as 17-6 midway through the third quarter.

No. 15 Arkansas 38, Mississippi 3

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – Felix Jones returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and Arkansas remained the only team with a perfect Southeastern Conference record.

It was the second straight week Arkansas had started the game with a quick touchdown. Darren McFadden scored on a long run on the Razorbacks’ first offensive play in a 63-7 win over Southeast Missouri State.

The Razorbacks (6-1, 4-0 SEC) also scored on their first offensive possession against Mississippi (2-6, 1-4) to lead 14-0. With the ball at the Rebel 4, McFadden lined up in a shotgun position while quarterback Mitch Mustain was out at wide receiver. McFadden took the snap and ran up the middle for a touchdown.

Washington State 34, No. 16 Oregon 23

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) – Jed Collins caught a touchdown pass and rushed for another score as Washington State dealt a blow to Oregon’s hopes for a BCS bowl appearance.

Collins, a little-used tight end, helped end a scoring drought for the Cougars (5-3, 3-2 Pac-10), and Washington State’s defense held the league’s top offensive team without an offensive touchdown until midway through the fourth quarter.

Alex Brink threw touchdown passes to Collins and Jason Hill, and finished 20-for-23 for 179 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted once.

Tyron Brackenridge stepped in front of Dennis Dixon’s pass on the Oregon 24 and returned it for a score to give WSU a 27-3 margin 26 seconds after Collins’ second score.

Dwight Tardy ran for a 1-yard TD to finish the Cougars’ scoring late in the fourth quarter. He carried 20 times for 145 yards.

Oregon (5-2, 3-2) got off to a shaky start and Dixon was replaced by Brady Leaf after throwing a second interception. Leaf threw scoring passes of 4 and 36 yards in the fourth quarter. He completed 16 of 27 passes for 262 yards and two TDs.

No. 18 Boise St. 42, Idaho 26

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) – Ian Johnson ran for 183 yards and four touchdowns, and Boise State beat Idaho to take sole possession of first place in the Western Athletic Conference.

Johnson scored on runs of 8, 18, 4 and 12 yards, giving him 1,181 yards and 18 touchdowns this season.

Jared Zabransky completed 10 of 22 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns for the Broncos (8-0, 4-0).

Idaho (4-4, 3-1), which entered with a share of the conference lead, had a three-game winning streak snapped.

No. 19 Rutgers 20, Pittsburgh 10

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Ray Rice’s 63-yard run set up his own short touchdown run in the fourth quarter immediately after Pittsburgh had closed to within three points, and Rutgers won its first big test of the season.

Rice carried 39 times for 225 yards to nearly outgain Pittsburgh by himself and put Rutgers in position to make a major move up the AP poll if it can beat No. 6 Louisville at home on Nov. 9 – as long as it beats Connecticut on Oct. 29. Rutgers (7-0, 2-0) hasn’t been unbeaten so deep into a season since 1976, when it was ranked as high as No. 17 but played mostly against Ivy League-type competition.

Pitt (6-2, 2-1 Big East) had won four in a row and was in position to break into the Top 25 with a victory, but an offense averaging 37.6 points did almost nothing against a Rutgers defense that was No. 1 nationally in scoring defense and No. 2 in total defense.

No. 20 Oklahoma 24, Colorado 3

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) – Allen Patrick ran for 110 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown to lead Oklahoma in the Sooners’ first game without Adrian Peterson.

Paul Thompson added a touchdown pass to Manuel Johnson, and Oklahoma (5-2, 2-1 Big 12) used a wind gusting up to 30 mph as its ally throughout the game.

Peterson, who broke his collarbone last week against Iowa State, wore a gray hooded sweatshirt and red cap and watched the game from the sidelines. After the coin toss, he and Patrick spoke near midfield. The nation’s No. 2 rusher, Peterson took part in Oklahoma huddles during timeouts and was almost always among the front row of Sooners on the sidelines.

In his first start, Patrick surpassed his career-high for carries early in the third quarter and finished with 35 rushes – more than even Peterson has had in a game this season.

He was the first player to run for more than 100 yards this season against Colorado (1-7, 1-3 Big 12), which entered with the nation’s No. 9 defense against the run.

No. 21 Wisconsin 24, Purdue 3

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – P.J. Hill ran for 161 yards and two touchdowns, and John Stocco completed 13 of 21 passes for 201 yards for the Badgers.

Purdue’s Curtis Painter completed 20 of 40 passes for 187 yards. He entered the game ranked second in the nation in passing yards, but never found a rhythm.

Wisconsin (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten), which entered the game with the nation’s sixth-ranked defense, held the nation’s fourth-ranked offense to 286 yards, 185 below its average. It was the first time since a 31-3 loss to Michigan on Oct. 25, 2003, that Purdue (5-3, 2-2) failed to score at least 10 points.

No. 22 Boston College 24, Florida St. 19

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – DeJuan Tribble’s 36-yard interception return for a touchdown capped a 21-point second quarter and Boston College held off Florida State.

Larry Anam intercepted a desperation throw by Florida State’s Drew Weatherford in the end zone on the game’s final play to preserve the victory and send the defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion Seminoles (4-3, 2-3) into last place in the league’s Atlantic Division.

Weatherford arced his pass for 6-foot-6 Greg Carr, who was smothered by five BC defenders on the play – which was reviewed by a replay official to ensure BC had possession.

The game was largely settled in the last minute of the first half.

Boston College (6-1, 3-1 ACC) scored two touchdowns in the final 51 seconds to take a 21-10 lead. Steve Aponavicius’ 26-yard field goal boosted the lead to 24-10 after three.

No. 23 Texas A&M 34, Oklahoma State 33, OT

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) – Stephen McGee threw a 2-yard touchdown pass with 3 seconds left in regulation and Red Bryant blocked an extra-point attempt in overtime, allowing Texas A&M to escape.

The Aggies (7-1, 3-1 Big 12) forced the extra period on a 2-yard touchdown pass from McGee to tight end Joey Thomas at the end of regulation. The Aggies had the ball first in overtime, and needed only three plays to score, with Jorvorskie Lane plowing in from a yard out. Layne Neumann’s extra point put Texas A&M ahead 34-27.

Oklahoma State (4-3, 1-2) quickly answered, as backup quarterback Zac Robinson threw his third touchdown pass, a 15-yarder to Adarius Bowman, to pull the Cowboys within 34-33.

But Bryant, positioned in the middle of the line, was able to bat down Jason Ricks’ kick. Oklahoma State also botched an earlier extra-point try in the first quarter on a bad snap by Zach Allen.

No. 24 Missouri 41, Kansas St. 21

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – Missouri fell behind on the first play Saturday before Chase Daniel threw four touchdown passes as the Tigers broke a 13-game losing streak against Kansas State.

Daniel now has a team-record 19 touchdown passes this season, helping Missouri (7-1, 3-1 Big 12) to match its best start since 1969. Kansas State (4-4, 1-3) has lost four of five after starting the season 3-0.

The game, played in a driving rain, marked Missouri’s first win over Kansas State since a 27-14 victory in Columbia in 1992.

Kansas State seemed poised for the upset early. Defensive end Rob Jackson broke around left end on the first play from scrimmage at the Missouri 41 and blindsided Daniel, forcing a fumble that was scooped up by linebacker Zach Diles, who ran it in for the score.

After a Jeff Wolfert 30-yard field goal for Missouri, the Wildcats had a chance to go up 14-3 early in the second quarter. But on fourth-and-goal from the 1, James Johnson was stopped for no gain.

Missouri then drove 99 yards in 10 plays, scoring on a 14-yard pass from Daniel to tight end Martin Rucker, to take control.

AP-ES-10-22-06 0030EDT


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