Texas wide receiver Limas Sweed (4), left, makes a touchdown catch in the end zone in the fourth quarter against Ohio State defense Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005, at the Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato
COLUMBUS, Ohio Vince Young, best known for his highlight-reel runs, threw a 24-yard go-ahead touchdown to Limas Sweed with 2:37 left and No. 2 Texas defeated No. 4 Ohio State 25-22 Saturday night in the much-anticipated first meeting between two of college football's most storied programs.
Young's floating TD pass over a defender capped a 72-yard drive during which his biggest plays were through the air, including a third-and-6 completion of 9 yards to Jamaal Charles. His second TD pass of the game made the score 23-22 and the defense did the rest.
The Longhorns' 'D,' which time and time again toughened after turnovers and special teams gave Ohio State (1-1) good field position, had the biggest takeaway of the game when Drew Kelson stripped a scrambling Justin Zwick and Brian Robison recovered and returned it inside the 20.
Ohio State held the Longhorns (2-0) out of the end zone, but Larry Dibbles sacked Troy Smith for a safety and Texas coach Mack Brown had his second straight huge victory over a Big Ten team. The Longhorns defeated Michigan in the Rose Bowl, when Young launched his 2005 Heisman Trophy campaign with 192 yards rushing.
Young finished 18-for-29 for 270 yards and ran 20 times for 76 yards.
No. 20 Notre Dame 17, No. 3 Michigan 10
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Brady Quinn threw two touchdown passes in the first half and the 20th-ranked Fighting Irish held on to beat No. 3 Michigan, making Charlie Weis the first Notre Dame coach to win his first two games on the road since Knute Rockne in 1918.
Notre Dame (2-0), which won at then-No. 23 Pittsburgh last week, snapped the Wolverines' 16-game winning streak at Michigan Stadium and handed them their first loss against a nonconference team at home since 1998. The Irish two years removed from losing 38-0 in Ann Arbor also won at Michigan for the first time since 1993.
Michigan (1-1) squandered several chances in the fourth quarter to pull within a touchdown before finally capitalizing on their third opportunity. On a fourth-and-3, Chad Henne lofted a 25-yard pass to Mario Manningham with 3:47 left to make it 17-10.
The Wolverines then forced Notre Dame to punt, but four incomplete passes later, the Irish were celebrating on the sideline.
No. 5 LSU 35, No. 15 Arizona St. 31
TEMPE, Ariz. LSU came a long way to start its season, and JaMarcus Russell made the trip worthwhile.
Russell passed 39 yards to Early Doucet for a climactic touchdown that handed the No. 5 Tigers a victory over No. 15 Arizona State, giving coach Les Miles a victory in his LSU debut.
Doucet went high to pull down Russell's pass on the left side of the end zone and got one foot in at landing. It was the Tigers' fourth TD in a furious fourth quarter that began with them trailing 17-7.
The Tigers' defense still had to stop the Sun Devils (1-1) one last time after Sam Keller threw passes of 27 and 25 yards to start a final drive. LSU accomplished that at its own 28, as Keller threw four straight incompletions. LaRon Landry got between the ball and ASU's Derek Hagan on third down, and Ronnie Prude went to the ground with Terry Richardson after a low pass on fourth with 31 seconds to go.
No. 7 Virginia Tech 45, Duke 0
DURHAM, N.C. Marcus Vick threw three touchdown passes and No. 7 Virginia Tech turned in a dominating defensive performance, holding Duke to 35 total yards.
Roland Minor returned an interception for a touchdown for the Hokies (2-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who remained unbeaten on the road in the league since joining last season.
Virginia Tech's defenders spent plenty of time in the Duke backfield, tallying 10 tackles-for-loss and holding Duke to just 13 yards rushing on 35 attempts.
Iowa St. 23, No. 8 Iowa 3
AMES, Iowa LaMarcus Hicks returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown and Iowa State capitalized on turnovers for all its points to stun No. 8 Iowa.
Iowa State (2-0) came up with an inspired effort on defense a week after struggling in a 32-21 victory over Division I-AA Illinois State, recovering three fumbles, intercepting two passes and getting three sacks.
Iowa (1-1) scored with ease in a 56-0 rout of Ball State in its opener, but the Hawkeyes were so inept offensively in this one that they never got closer to the end zone than the Iowa State 26.
The Hawkeyes got 140 yards rushing on 18 carries from Albert Young but had little else going. Their lone score was a 44-yard field goal by Kyle Schlicher in the third quarter.
No. 9 Georgia 17, South Carolina 15
ATHENS, Ga. Thomas Brown scored on a 5-yard run with 11 1/2 minutes to go, South Carolina failed to convert a 2-point conversion and No. 9 Georgia held on to beat Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks.
The Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) were no match for Spurrier when the Ol' Ball Coach was at Florida, losing 11 times in 12 years. The most embarrassing defeat came in 1995, when the Gators routed Georgia 52-17 at Sanford Stadium.
Clinging to a 10-9 lead, Georgia finally wore down the Gamecocks (1-1, 0-1) with its running game. Quarterback D.J. Shockley scampered 14 yards, Danny Ware broke off a 16-yard gain and Thomas Brown did the rest. The sophomore carried five times for 33 yards on the drive, capped by his TD with 11:24 left.
Brown finished with 144 yards on 20 carries, leading Georgia's 238-yard effort on the ground.
South Carolina's Blake Mitchell found Sidney Rice on a 4-yard touchdown play with 6:52 remaining.
A missed extra point earlier in the game was crucial, forcing the Gamecocks to go for two. Mitchell overthrew Rice, preserving Georgia's narrow lead.
No. 10 Florida 41, Louisiana Tech 3
GAINESVILLE, Fla. DeShawn Wynn ran 16 times for a career-high 101 yards and scored three touchdowns, helping the 10th-ranked Gators beat Louisiana Tech.
With the victory, Florida coach Urban Meyer accomplished something that his predecessor, Ron Zook, never did: start 2-0. Zook was 1-1 in each of his three seasons. Of course, Zook's losses came against Miami twice and Tennessee.
Chris Leak threw just eight passes in the first half, but connected with Chad Jackson on an 80-yard score in the third quarter. Leak also ran for two second-half scores.
No. 11 Florida State 62, The Citadel 10
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Drew Weatherford bounced back after struggling in his first collegiate start to throw for 342 yards and two touchdowns as No. 11 Florida State scored 45 straight points on the way to beating Division I-AA The Citadel.
Weatherford completed 26 of 37 passes, a vast improvement from Monday's 7-of-24 showing for just 67 yards in a 10-7 win over Miami on Monday. His backup, Xavier Lee, was yanked after a first-half interception, but passed for 143 yards and a touchdown for the Seminoles (2-0), who finished with 629 total yards.
No. 13 Purdue 49, Akron 24
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Jerod Void ran for 101 yards and a score, and Dustin Keller caught two touchdown passes to lead No. 13 Purdue.
New starter Brandon Kirsch ran the offense effectively, completing 22 of 34 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns for the Boilermakers (1-0).
Luke Getsy, getting his first start for the Zips (0-1) after the departure of four-year starter Charlie Frye to the NFL, was 25-for-44 for 283 yards and two touchdowns.
Purdue led 28-14 late in the third quarter when the Zips got down to the Boilermakers 5. They were held to a 22-yard field goal by Jason Swiger, however, and Purdue quickly asserted control. The Boilermakers went 77 yards on their next drive, which culminated with a 3-yard run by Bryant that made the score 35-17.
No. 16 California 56, Washington 17
SEATTLE Joe Ayoob overcame a shaky start, picking apart Washington's secondary for four first-half touchdown passes and leading No. 16 California to a rout of the Huskies.
Coming off an 0-for-10 debut against Sacramento State, Ayoob was intercepted by Darin Harris on the game's opening play and missed on his first three attempts.
Once the junior found Jordan on an 11-yard completion with 9:47 left in the first, Ayoob settled into a rhythm, and showed the talent that made him the California junior college offensive player of the year last season.
He finished 17-of-27 for 271 yards, and attempted just seven passes in the second half for the Bears (2-0, 1-0 Pac-10). Robert Jordan was his favorite target, catching eight passes in the first half, three for touchdowns. He finished with 11 catches for 192 yards.
It was Cal's fourth straight win over Washington, the first time that's happened since 1973-76 and only the fourth time since the teams began playing regularly in 1915.
No. 17 Georgia Tech 27, North Carolina 21
ATLANTA Reggie Ball threw for two touchdowns and a career-high 320 yards, including eight passes for 131 yards to Damarius Bilbo, to lead No. 17 Georgia Tech.
After North Carolina pulled to within six points late in the fourth quarter, the Tar Heels stopped Tech on three plays and took possession at its 41 with 2:51 left to play. Tech's Dennis Davis intercepted a long pass from Matt Baker near the goal line to end the threat.
The Tar Heels (0-1, 0-1 ACC) got the ball again at their 19 with 44 seconds left, but Baker's third interception of the game ended the comeback hopes.
No. 18 Oklahoma 31, Tulsa 15
NORMAN, Okla. Adrian Peterson ran for 220 yards and three touchdowns and made Oklahoma's passing game unnecessary as the 18th-ranked Sooners avoided a second stunning loss by beating Tulsa.
With new starter Rhett Bomar struggling at quarterback, Oklahoma (1-1) didn't even attempt a pass in the second half.
After Tulsa (0-2) pulled ahead 9-7 in the third quarter on Brad DeVault's third field goal, Peterson took over. He ate up all 58 yards as the Sooners marched downfield to regain the lead.
No. 19 Boston College 44, Army 7
BOSTON Will Blackmon ran across the field and turned the corner for a 41-yard touchdown in the second quarter and No. 19 Boston College remained unbeaten heading into its Atlantic Coast Conference opener.
BC (2-0) hosts No. 11 Florida State next Saturday in the Eagles' first league game since defecting from the Big East to help make the ACC a 12-team superconference.
Quinton Porter was 15-for-20 for 206 yards and two touchdowns, and backup Matthew Ryan was 7-for-8 for 83 yards after coming off the bench with five minutes left in the third quarter. Brian Toal scored his first two touchdowns since being converted from linebacker, and DeJuan Tribble forced a fumble and intercepted a pass for the Eagles.
No. 21 Texas Tech 56, Florida International 3
LUBBOCK, Texas Cody Hodges threw for 454 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another to lead No. 21 Texas Tech past Florida International.
Hodges showed a running dimension Tech's two previous quarterbacks both of whom led the nation in passing did not. He looked at ease in rushing seven times for 44 yards, including a 17-yard scamper for a score in the second quarter to put Tech up 21-0.
He was no slouch in the air, either. Hodges, the third straight fifth-year senior to start for Tech (1-0) after B.J. Symons and Sonny Cumbie, found his rhythm early and connected on TD passes of 47, 39, 38 and 7 yards. He completed 29 of 37 passes.
SMU 21, No. 22 TCU 10
DALLAS DeMyron Martin ran for two touchdowns and caught a 22-yard touchdown pass, leading SMU past No. 22 TCU for the Mustangs' most important victory since coming off the death penalty in 1989.
SMU (1-1) hadn't beaten a ranked team since Oct. 11, 1986. The Mustangs played six more games that season, then the NCAA shut them down in '87 for rampant violations and the school opted to sit out '88, too.
When the game ended a few minutes before midnight, hundred of SMU students some of them born after that last victory over a ranked team jumped down a roughly 7-foot wall and streamed onto the field. They created such a huge blob that the Horned Frogs had to go way around them to get to their locker room.
That was only part of the humiliation for TCU (1-1), which had vaulted into the rankings following a 17-10 win at Oklahoma the previous weekend.
No. 24 Fresno St. 55, Weber St. 17
FRESNO, Calif. Clifton Smith made two long punt returns for touchdowns, Wendell Mathis rushed for three scores and 24th-ranked Fresno State opened a much-anticipated season with a victory over Weber State.
Paul Pinegar went 14-of-18 for 189 yards and two TDs in his 25th victory as a starter, leading Fresno State to a 42-3 lead before halftime against the Division I-AA Wildcats (1-1).
While Weber State didn't exactly provide one of Fresno State's usual early-season non-conference tests, the Bulldogs won their seventh straight game with an offense that looks just as powerful as most expected.
No. 25 Clemson 28, Maryland 24
COLLEGE PARK, Md. Reggie Merriweather scored his second touchdown on a 38-yard run with 2:58 remaining, capping a furious fourth-quarter rally that carried No. 25 Clemson past Maryland.
Clemson (2-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed 24-14 before Charlie Whitehurst's second touchdown pass to Curtis Baham cut the deficit to three points with 7:35 remaining.
After a punt by Maryland, Whitehurst directed a 61-yard drive that concluded on Merriweather's winning carry around right end.
Whitehurst went 18-for-22 for 178 yards.
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