No. 1 Oklahoma pulls out victory at Alabama

Posted: Sunday, September 07, 2003

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Jason White threw two long touchdown passes and No. 1 Oklahoma used a key fake punt to beat Alabama 20-13 Saturday night.

White, who had a season-ending knee injury last year against Alabama, wasn't around when the Crimson Tide almost rallied from 21 points down to win in Norman, Okla.

After a slow start in this year's game, White answered every challenge for Oklahoma (2-0), the first No. 1 team ever to visit Tuscaloosa.

He threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Mark Clayton directly after the Tide's first field goal in the second quarter and connected with Brandon Jones on a 47-yard score right after Alabama (1-1) cut it to 13-10 in the third.

White finished 21-for-35 for 259 yards and the two touchdowns. Oklahoma's defense did the rest, spoiling Alabama coach Mike Shula's campus debut.

Alabama got a 36-yard field goal from Brian Bostick with 1:32 left to cut it to 20-13 but Oklahoma recovered an onsides kick and ran out the clock.

No. 2 Ohio St. 16, San Diego St. 13

COLUMBUS, Ohio Will Allen returned a tipped pass 100 yards for a touchdown in one of the few Ohio State highlights as No. 2 Buckeyes barely slipped past 32-point underdog San Diego State.

The Buckeyes won their 16th game in a row, but were in trouble throughout as quarterback Craig Krenzel had the worst day of his career. Krenzel went 5-of-20 for 76 yards with one interception and three sacks.

The Buckeyes were manhandled up front. San Diego State had twice as many first downs (20-10) and outgained the Buckeyes 216-196. Ohio State converted just 1-of-14 third-down opportunities and added two turnovers.

Ohio State's running game, obviously hurt by the absence of suspended tailback Maurice Clarett, was limited to 120 yards on 37 rushes. That was more than offset by the Buckeyes' 124 yards in penalties.

Over the remaining 24 minutes, the Aztecs (1-1) drove into Ohio State territory three times but could not take the lead. Trailing 16-13, San Diego State started at its 35 with 4:13 left. On third-and-14, Matt Dlugolecki completed a 23-yard pass to Devin Pitts to the Ohio Sate 46. But the drive ended when four consecutive passes went incomplete.

Matt Dlugolecki completed 23 of 39 passes for 189 yards with two interceptions.

No. 3 Miami 38, No. 21 Florida 33

MIAMI Brock Berlin, who jilted No. 21 Florida when he left for Miami two years ago, threw for 340 yards to lead the third-ranked Hurricanes on a stunning rally from 23 points down.

In a performance that will stand up with some of the best put in by Miami's long list of great quarterbacks, Berlin overcame two interceptions, a fumble returned for a touchdown and an overall terrible start to finish 27-for-41 and earn a win in his first home start for the Hurricanes (2-0).

He added to the drama when, on the 89-yard drive that won the game, he converted a fourth-and-1, then fell to the ground with cramps. The 'Canes took a timeout to help him get over it. On the next play, he hit Kyle Cobia for an 11-yard gain, and three plays later, Frank Gore scored a 12-yard touchdown to give Miami the lead.

Florida (1-1) got the ball back with 1:37 left and drove down to the Miami 20. But Al Marshall picked off freshman Chris Leak's desperation pass. Berlin came back onto the field to down the ball and run out the clock.

The comeback began with Berlin engineering an eight-play, 85-yard drive during which he barely looked like the same quarterback who wore the green and orange for the first 2 1/2 quarters.

He hit Kevin Beard (seven catches, 164 yards) for a 26-yard touchdown, and a 2-point conversion cut the score to 33-18.

No. 4 Southern Cal 35, BYU 18

LOS ANGELES Matt Leinart threw three touchdown passes as fourth-ranked Southern California built an early lead, then scored two late touchdowns to hold off Brigham Young.

USC (2-0) went up 21-0 in the first quarter, then BYU slowly fought its way back into the game, the first ever between the schools.

Leinart's third touchdown pass and second to Mike Williams with 4:11 remaining gave the Trojans some breathing room after BYU (1-1) had closed within 21-18.

Williams was wide open in the seam of the defense when Leinart connected with him for the 18-yard score to help the Trojans win their 10th in a row dating back to last year.

The Trojans' Hershel Dennis capped the scoring with an 11-yard touchdown run with 1:40 remaining after linebacker Matt Grootegoed recovered a fumble by the Cougars' Naufahu Tahi at the BYU 11.

BYU's Matt Berry completed 27-of-39 for 297 yards, with one touchdown and three interceptions.

No. 5 Michigan 50, Houston 3

ANN ARBOR, Mich. Chris Perry ran for 184 yards and two touchdowns for No. 5 Michigan.

The Wolverines (2-0) host No. 19 Notre Dame next week following two wins by a combined score of 95-10.

After Michigan forced a fumble midway through the first quarter, it scored 22 points over the next 16 minutes against the Cougars (1-1) to spark the blowout.

Perry's performance with TDs from 1 and 8 yards on 27 carries came one game after he ran for a career-high 232 yards and two TDs in a 45-7 win over Central Michigan.

Houston's Kevin Kolb was 15-of-30 for 64 yards, a week after the freshman accounted for four TDs in a 48-14 win over Rice. Brandon Middleton extended his streak with at least one reception to 29 games.

No. 7 Kansas State 55, McNeese State 14

MANHATTAN, Kan. Rashad Washington had two interceptions, returning one 45 yards for a touchdown, and blocked a punt to set up another score as No. 7 Kansas State beat McNeese State.

Darren Sproles made a strong return to form a week after being injured, running for 101 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries for the Wildcats.

Ell Roberson threw his fifth touchdown pass of the year for Kansas State but left holding the wrist on his left, nonthrowing hand after being knocked down midway through the second quarter.

Each of his backups, Jeff Schwinn and Dylan Meier, ran for one score.

Kansas State (3-0) blocked two punts, converting one into a touchdown for the second straight week.

The Cowboys, ranked No. 1 in Division I-AA, fell to 1-1.

No. 8 Georgia 29, Middle Tennessee 10

ATHENS, Ga. Michael Cooper ran for the first two touchdowns of his career and David Greene threw for 267 yards as No. 8 Georgia struggled early before beating Middle Tennessee.

Billy Bennett added three field goals for the Bulldogs (2-0), who were 29 1/2-point favorites against a team that lost its opener to Division I-AA Florida Atlantic. They set a school record with 18 penalties, easily beating the previous mark of 14 set in 2001 against Georgia Tech.

Cooper, a freshman, took over in the second half after starter Tony Milton left with a bruised thigh. Milton was injured in the opener against Clemson, and aggravated it in the second quarter. Cooper finished with 90 yards rushing, and Georgia gained 468 total.

Andrico Hines was 18-for-25 for 173 yards for the Blue Raiders (0-2).

No. 9 Virginia Tech 43, James Madison 0

BLACKSBURG, Va. Cedric Humes ran for three touchdowns after Kevin Jones left the game with an injury to lead No. 9 Virginia Tech.

The Hokies (2-0) held the Dukes (1-1) to 143 total yards and forced three turnovers.

Humes finished with 75 yards and took over in the second quarter for Jones, who was slammed into a concrete wall by Demetrius Shambley. Jones injured both hands on the play and did not return. X-rays showed he did not break any bones.

Shambley, who hit Jones several yards out of bounds before driving him into the wall, was ejected from the game.

Humes scored on runs of 11, 1 and 10 yards for his first career scores.

No. 10 Pittsburgh 43, Kent St. 3

PITTSBURGH Rod Rutherford, benched at the start for disciplinary reasons, threw four touchdown passes in the second quarter and No. 10 Pittsburgh breezed to a victory.

Larry Fitzgerald, far too quick and athletic to be contained by the undersized secondary of Kent State (1-1), caught scoring passes of 7, 11 and 54 yards in less than 10 minutes as Pitt (1-0) turned a 3-0 deficit into a 28-3 halftime lead.

Rutherford, charged Friday over a parking lot dispute with a 19-year-old woman last weekend, came on following a blocked punt and immediately threw a 20-yard scoring pass to Princell Brockenbrough, It was the first throw and play of the season for Rutherford and the first career catch for Brockenbrough, a junior college transfer who sat out last season with a knee injury. He completed 17 of 25 passes for 288 yards and no interceptions in only two quarter.

Fitzgerald took advantage of frequent one-on-one coverage to make six catches for 123 yards. He also caught a touchdown pass for a school-record seventh consecutive game.

No. 11 Florida St 35, Maryland 10

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Greg Jones ran for two touchdowns and Chris Rix passed for two more Saturday night as No. 11 Florida State wiped out an early 10-point deficit and defeated Maryland 35-10.

Florida State (2-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) is now 14-0 against Maryland. The 35 points were the fewest Florida State has scored in seven home wins over Maryland.

Jones broke free for a 44-yard touchdown run with 11:29 left in the first half to give the Seminoles a 14-10 lead. On a third-and-two, the 240-pound Jones took a pitch, broke to the right sideline and outran Maryland's defenders.

No. 12 Tennessee 34, Marshall 24

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Casey Clausen threw three touchdowns passes and James Wilhoit kicked two field goals in the fourth quarter for No. 12 Tennessee.

Marshall (1-1) led early before Tennessee (2-0) scored two touchdowns to go ahead for good after halftime.

Stan Hill threw three touchdown passes before leaving the game at the beginning of the fourth quarter with a lower left leg injury. He was replaced by Graham Gochneaur.

Casey Clausen started slowly but finished 21-of-33 for 235 yards and one interception. Cedric Houston had 26 carries for 160 yards.

Hill went 16-of-24 for 242 yards, and Gochneaur was 7-of-10 for 52 yards.

No. 13 LSU 59, Arizona 13

TUCSON, Ariz. Matt Mauck completed nine of 10 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown, then watched the reserves finish off 13th-ranked LSU's 59-13 rout of Arizona on Saturday night.

Joseph Addai carried 18 times for 86 yards and a pair of scores in LSU's most one-sided road victory since the Tigers beat Tulane 62-0 in 1958.

It was the third-worst home loss for the Wildcats, behind a 75-0 beating by Michigan State in 1949 and a 65-12 loss to Colorado in 1958.

Wake Forest 38, No. 14 N.C. State 24

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Nick Burney ran for two touchdowns to lead an early Wake Forest ground game as the Demon Deacons beat No. 14 North Carolina State.

Wake Forest (2-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) pounced on the Wolfpack (1-1, 0-1) early, building a 25-point first half lead, and had North Carolina State on its heels from the opening drive.

The Demon Deacons were able to hang on despite Philip Rivers' career-high 433 yards passing and three touchdown throws because his fourth-quarter scoring drives were too late.

Rivers, who became the Wolfpack's all-time leading passer. He went 38-of-49 and threw two late touchdown passes, but was also intercepted twice. He now has 9,746 career yards passing to move ahead of Jamie Barnette on N.C. State's all-time list.

Wake Forest's Cory Randolph, a sophomore and the only rookie quarterback in the ACC this season, went 8-of-10 for 131 yards. Barclay ran for 90 of Wake's 202 yards rushing and Burney added 35.

South Carolina 31, No. 15 Virginia 7

COLUMBIA, S.C. Dondrial Pinkins threw a 99-yard touchdown pass to Troy Williamson the longest in South Carolina history to lead the Gamecocks past No. 15 Virginia.

Pinkins added a 5-yard touchdown run and Daccus Turman had 123 yards rushing and a touchdown for South Carolina (2-0), which defeated a ranked opponent for the first time since beating then-No. 22 Ohio State 31-28 in the 2002 Outback Bowl.

With senior quarterback Matt Schaub on the sideline with a separated right shoulder, the Cavaliers (1-1) were out of sync on offense. Schaub's replacement, freshman Anthony Martinez went 10-of-20 for 54 yards until he was replaced late in the fourth quarter by David deLaureal.

Virginia managed only 17 yards passing in the first half and just 9 yards rushing in the second half. Overall, the Cavaliers were outgained 423-170.

Bowling Green 27, No. 16 Purdue 26

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Josh Harris threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Charles Sharon with 2:08 left as Bowling Green upset No. 16 Purdue.

Coach Gregg Brandon clapped his hands and patted players on the back as the Falcons (2-0) celebrated their first victory over a ranked opponent since Sept. 16, 1972. That win, 17-14, also came against Purdue (0-1).

It was the Boilermakers' first opening-day loss since 1998 and ruined coach Joe Tiller's perfect record in home openers. Tiller is now 6-1.

Harris completed 22 of 40 passes for 357 yards and three touchdowns, including an improbable game-winner on fourth-and-14.

Kyle Orton finished 26-of-42 for 255 yards and three touchdowns for Purdue.

Georgia Tech 17, No. 17 Auburn 3

ATLANTA Freshman Reggie Ball threw for one touchdown and set up two other scores as Georgia Tech handed No. 17 Auburn another stunning loss in the first meeting between the schools in 16 years.

Auburn (0-2) began the season ranked sixth in The Associated Press rankings, and at least one magazine picked the Tigers as the best team in the country. That goal has already gone by the wayside, the victim of an inept offense that seemed totally confused against the undersized Georgia Tech defense.

After getting routed at home by Southern California 23-0, the Tigers were held to 230 yards by Georgia Tech (1-1). Jason Campbell was sacked seven times and took a ferocious beating nearly every time he dropped back.

With all the sacks thrown in, the Tigers were held to just 40 yards on 38 carries.

Ball, the first true freshman ever to start an opener at quarterback for Georgia Tech, clinched the victory with a perfectly thrown ball to Mark Logan for a 26-yard scoring play late in the third quarter.

No. 18 Wisconsin 48, Akron 31

MADISON, Wis. Lee Evans had 214 yards receiving and Anthony Davis had 247 yards rushing for No. 18 Wisconsin.

It was the first time in the program's 114-year history that the Badgers (2-0) had a wideout and running back both top 200 yards in the same game.

Evans caught a school-record 99-yard touchdown pass from Jim Sorgi moments after Jeff Mack and Ryan Aiello stuffed Bobby Hendry inches from the goal line on fourth down with 6 1/2 minutes remaining.

The Zips (0-2) had already trimmed a 21-point halftime deficit to 34-31, but they fell apart after failing to grab the lead.

Davis ran 29 times and Evans caught nine passes. Charlie Frye completed 31 of 49 passes for 372 yards and a touchdown for Akron. He also ran for a score and was intercepted twice.

No. 19 Notre Dame 29,

Washington State 26, OT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. Nicholas Setta kicked a 40-yard field goal in overtime as No. 19 Notre Dame overcame a 19-point deficit to beat Washington State.

The Irish (1-0), who had gone 12 quarters without an offensive touchdown when they entered the fourth quarter trailing 19-6, scored 20 points for their biggest come-from-behind win since beating Southern California 25-24 in 1999 after trailing 21-3 at halftime.

Washington State (1-1) scored on a 34-yard pass from Matt Kegel to Sammy Moore with 53 seconds left to force the overtime.

Drew Dunning, who hit the left crossbar on a point-after in the first quarter, missed a 34-yard field goal in overtime.

Freshman quarterback Brady Quinn guided the Irish to the go-ahead score while Carlyle Holiday sat out several plays with what appeared to be an injured left leg.

Holiday was 31-of-34 passing for 149 yards with one touchdown. Ryan Grant had 98 yards on 17 carries and Jones ran for 72 yards on 11 carries.

No. 20 Arizona St. 34, N. Arizona 14

TEMPE, Ariz. R.J. Oliver awakened No. 20 Arizona State with a 100-yard interception return as the Sun Devils defeated Northern Arizona 34-14 Saturday night in their first meeting in 53 years.

Andrew Walter dominated the game, as expected, throwing for 224 yards and four touchdowns, but it took Oliver's length-of-the-field defensive gem on the first play of the second quarter to liven up the sluggish Sun Devils in their opener.

Walter spread the ball around during a 15-of-24 performance, throwing TD strikes of 29 and 38 yards to Moey Mutz, 8 yards to Loren Wade and 40 yards to Derek Hagan.

No. 22 Washington 38, Indiana 13

SEATTLE Cody Pickett threw two of his three touchdown passes to Reggie Williams as No. 22 Washington gave Keith Gilbertson his first victory as coach.

Freshman tailback Shelton Sampson ran for two TDs for the Huskies (1-1). Washington beat Indiana (0-2) with 28 unanswered points in the third quarter. The Hoosiers led 13-10 after Bryan Robertson kicked a 39-yard field goal on the first drive of the second half.

Moments later, Pickett threw a 10-yard crossing strike to Williams and the All-American receiver turned it into a 70-yard touchdown reception.

Pickett completed 18 of 26 passes for 290 yards with one interception. Williams had four catches for 98 yards and two TDs. Matt LoVecchio completed 16-of-29 for 199 yards with one interception for Indiana.

No. 23 Nebraska 31, Utah State 7

LINCOLN, Neb. Jammal Lord ran for 72 yards and a touchdown as No. 23 Nebraska overcame a slow start to beat Utah State.

Lord also completed 8 of 12 passes for 85 yards before giving way to Joe Dailey late in the third quarter.

David Dyches kicked field goals of 23, 20, 29 and 26 yards in his first game for Nebraska (2-0).

Jason Cox completed 13 of 15 passes for 132 yards in the first quarter as the Aggies (0-2) led 7-6.

But Cox went 4-of-18 the rest of the way and the Demorrio Williams-led Nebraska defense limited the Aggies to just 93 total yards after the first quarter.

No. 24 Colorado 16, UCLA 14

BOULDER, Colo. Joel Klatt threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Joe Klopfenstein with 2:15 left, rallying No. 24 Colorado to victory.

The Buffaloes (2-0) trailed 14-10 with five minutes remaining before marching 63 yards in 11 plays for the winning score.

After freshman Mason Crosby's extra-point attempt was blocked by Brandon Chillar, UCLA (0-1) had a chance to win if it could move into position for a field goal.

But after Maurice Drew fumbled the ensuing kickoff and returned it to the 10-yard line, backup quarterback Drew Olson, who replaced injured starter Matt Moore late in the first quarter, threw incomplete on four straight passes.

Colorado's win spoiled the head coaching debut of UCLA's Karl Dorrell, who was an assistant at Colorado for six years in the 1990s.

No. 25 TCU 17, Navy 3

FORT WORTH, Texas Corey Connally and Lonta Hobbs had second-half touchdown runs as No. 25 TCU overcame a sluggish start to beat Navy.

The Horned Frogs (2-0), playing just five days after a win at Tulane, scored on their first two drives of the second half. Nick Browne's 23-yard field goal tied the game and Connally ran 2 yards for the go-ahead score on his only carry of the game.

Navy (1-1) has lost 35 straight games to Top 25 teams, its last win over a ranked opponent coming eight years ago, 17-13 over No. 20 Virginia.

Eddie Carthan recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass in the first half for Navy, which managed only Geoff Blumenfeld's 32-yard field goal despite getting into TCU territory on all six of its first-half drives.

TCU sophomore Tye Gunn completed 14 of 20 passes for 173 yards, and improved to 6-0 as a starter.



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