No. 22 Oregon pulls off upset of No. 3 Michigan

Posted: Sunday, September 21, 2003

EUGENE, Ore. Oregon's defense found a way to stop Chris Perry and the rest of Michigan's lauded offense, too.

Perry, the nation's leading rusher going into the game, ran for just 26 yards as No. 22 Oregon upset No. 3 Michigan 31-27 on Saturday in front of the largest crowd ever at Autzen Stadium.

Jason Fife, half of Oregon's quarterback tandem with Kellen Clemens, ran for one touchdown, tailback Terrence Whitehead rushed for another, and the Ducks (4-0) were able to take advantage of some key Michigan (3-1) errors before 59,023 yellow-clad fans.

Michigan, making its first road trip of the season, narrowed it with John Navarre's 36-yard TD pass to Steve Breaston with 2:18 left, but couldn't get any closer.

Navarre's 9-yard scoring pass to Breaston and conversion pass to Braylon Edwards made it 24-21 with 11:04 to go, but the Ducks answered with Jordan Carey's fumble recovery in the end zone with 6:55 left.

It started when Keith Lewis blocked Adam Finley's punt. The ball sputtered just out of reach of Oregon's Ryan Shaw, but free safety J.D. Nelson got to it, only to fumble on the 1 before Carey landed on it in the end zone for the score.

Michigan, which was averaging more than 307 yards on the ground so far this season, lost 3 yards on 19 carries.

Navarre completed 28 of 55 passes for 360 yards and three touchdowns, but he wasn't able to carry the offense.

Clemens, who started for Oregon, was 15-of-23 for 160 yards, while Fife was 5-of-8 for 93 yards.

No. 1 Oklahoma 59, UCLA 24

NORMAN, Okla. Antonio Perkins brought back three punts for touchdowns and finished with 277 yards on seven returns to break two NCAA records as Oklahoma routed UCLA.

Perkins, who came into the game with only 80 yards on 13 punt returns, scored on returns of 74, 84 and 65 yards to become the first Division I-A player to return three punts for TDs in a game.

Perkins also broke the record of 219 yards on punt returns set by BYU's Golden Richards against North Texas in 1971.

Jason White threw two touchdown passes, and Renaldo Works ran for two more scores for Oklahoma (4-0). The Sooners have won 18 straight nonconference games.

Late in the first quarter, UCLA (1-2) silenced the school-record crowd of 83,317 when linebacker Spencer Havner intercepted White's pass. Havner ran the ball 72 yards to the Oklahoma 6, and Manuel White scored on an 11-yard run on the next play following a penalty. The Bruins led 10-7 the first time Oklahoma has trailed all season. But the momentum shifted on Perkins' electrifying 74-yard return for a touchdown early in the second quarter.

No. 2 Miami 33, Boston College 14

BOSTON Roscoe Parrish set a school record with a 92-yard punt return and Sean Taylor returned an interception for another score as Miami won its final Big East meeting against the Eagles.

Miami (4-0) is departing the conference for the ACC after the season, leaving Boston College (2-2) still looking for a Big East win against the Hurricanes.

Parrish broke the record set by Kevin Williams, who ran one back 91 yards in 1991 against Penn State.

No. 5 Ohio St. 24, Bowling Green 17

COLUMBUS, Ohio Will Allen intercepted Josh Harris' pass on the final play as defending national champion Ohio State survived another scare to run its winning streak to 18 games.

For the 10th time in the last 15 games, the No. 5 Buckeyes (4-0) won a game decided by a touchdown or less.

Lydell Ross scored two touchdowns and the Buckeyes' defense held the nation's most prolific offense to 366 yards. The Falcons (3-1) came in averaging 575 yards and 51 points.

Ohio State did not have quarterback Craig Krenzel, who watched the game from the sideline because of a hyperextended right elbow. Scott McMullen took his place and passed for one touchdown.

Ohio State's Maurice Hall carried 19 times for 107 yards and Ross added 22 carries for 94 yards.

Marshall 27, No. 6 Kansas St. 20

MANHATTAN, Kan. Graham Gochneaur threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jason Rader with just over 3 1/2 minutes left as Marshall upset Kansas State.

Marshall (2-2) won NCAA Division I-AA titles in 1992 and 1996 but had never beaten a ranked major-college opponent. Kansas State (4-1) had a 41-game home nonconference winning streak broken.

Gochneaur, making his second start in relief of Stan Hill (sprained knee), was 16-for-24 for 106 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. The Thundering Herd forced four turnovers and got 112 yards rushing from Franklin Wallace.

Kansas State's Jeff Schwinn, another backup making his second start, was 14-for-26 for 241 yards, but fumbled twice and threw an interception. Starter Ell Roberson has an injured left wrist.

Schwinn's 33-yard pass to Darren Sproles gave Kansas State a first down at the Marshall 3 with 25 seconds left, but the Wildcats failed to score.

Toledo 35, No. 9 Pittsburgh 31

TOLEDO, Ohio Bruce Gradkowski threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Lance Moore with 43 seconds left as Toledo (3-1) stunned Pittsburgh.

Pitt (2-1) had one final shot at the end zone, but Rod Rutherford's pass was batted down in the end zone, setting off a wild celebration on the field.

Gradkowski was 49-of-62 for 461 yards and three touchdowns. Moore finished with 15 receptions for 162 yards. Pitt's Larry Fitzgerald had 201 yards receiving.

No. 11 LSU 17, No. 7 Georgia 10

BATON ROUGE, La. Matt Mauck threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Skyler Green with 1:22 left as LSU snapped Georgia's nine-game road winning streak.

LSU (4-0, 1-0 SEC) put together a long drive in the fourth quarter, going to Georgia's 18. But Mauck fumbled on a keeper, giving the ball back to Georgia (3-1, 1-1).

Georgia's David Greene then hit Tyson Browning with a screen pass and Browning, after getting some key blocks, ran 93 yards to tie it at 10 with 4:25 remaining.

Devery Henderson returned the kickoff 48 yards to set up the Tigers. Six plays later, Mauck hit Green for the game-winner.

No. 10 Florida St. 47, Colorado 7

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Chris Rix threw two long touchdown passes to Craphonso Thorpe, and Xavier Beitia kicked four field goals for Florida State.

Although the Seminoles (4-0) couldn't get their running game untracked for the second straight week, Rix passed for a career-high 394 yards in three quarters, completing 30 of 39 attempts.

Thorpe, the Atlantic Coast Conference 100- and 200-meter champion, caught scoring passes of 56 and 37 yards and finished with 205 yards on eight catches both career bests.

P.K. Sam caught a career-high 10 passes for 119 yards.

Colorado dropped to 2-2.

No. 12 Tennessee 24, No. 17 Florida 10

GAINESVILLE, Fla. Casey Clausen threw a 48-yard touchdown pass that ricocheted off two defenders to James Blake on the last play of the first half as Tennessee beat Florida.

Clausen also completed a 57-yard pass to Bret Smith in the third quarter to set up the first of two TD runs by Jabari Davis as the Volunteers (3-0) won their Southeastern Conference opener.

No. 13 Texas 48, Rice 7

HOUSTON Cedric Benson scored three touchdowns and backup Selvin Young had two more in Texas' 41-point first half.

The Longhorns (2-1) were coming off a 38-28 loss to Arkansas, when they managed only 62 rushing yards.

After that game Texas players took a vow of silence to prepare for the four-touchdown underdog Owls (0-3). The Longhorns had 322 yards rushing on 53 carries against the Owls, who ranked 104th in rushing defense going into the game.

No. 14 Arkansas 31, North Texas 7

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. Cedric Cobbs ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns to become the first Arkansas back since Jerry Eckwood in 1975 to open the season with three 100-yard games.

The Razorbacks (3-0) scored three touchdowns in a 2:40 span late in the second quarter as they avoided a letdown after their emotional 38-28 victory at then-No. 6 Texas. George Wilson had four receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown.

No. 18 Iowa 21, No. 16 Arizona St. 2

IOWA CITY, Iowa Nathan Chandler threw three touchdown passes and Iowa frustrated Arizona State with outstanding defense.

Fred Russell added 154 yards rushing in 27 carries for the Hawkeyes (4-0), off to their best start since 1997. Arizona State (2-1) couldn't capitalize on the momentum from an early safety and struggled against an Iowa defense that was able to pressure quarterback Andrew Walter with a four-man rush.

No. 19 Washington 45, Idaho 14

SEATTLE Rich Alexis ran for 116 yards and two touchdowns and defensive lineman Terry Johnson recovered a fumble for an early score as Washington beat winless Idaho.

The Huskies (2-1) were sloppy to start the second half, but it didn't matter after they scored 21 straight points, all on the ground. Idaho (0-4) hasn't beaten the Huskies since 1905.

No. 20 TCU 30, Vanderbilt 14

FORT WORTH, Texas Freshman Robert Merrill ran for 119 yards and the go-ahead touchdown as TCU (3-0) beat Vanderbilt (1-3) without its starting quarterback and top two running backs.

Merrill, who didn't have a carry in the first two games, ran 29 times all after starting tailback Lonta Hobbs left the game midway through the first quarter with an injured right foot. Merrill also caught three passes for 44 yards.

The Horned Frogs started the game without quarterback Tye Gunn (separated right shoulder) and backup tailback Ricky Madison (torn knee ligament).

N. Illinois 19, No. 21 Alabama 16

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Josh Haldi threw two second-half touchdown passes and Michael Turner ran for 156 yards as Northern Illinois upset Alabama. Turner wore out Alabama's defense, carrying 26 times and gaining 98 second-half yards. Alabama (2-2) had been allowing 50 rushing yards a game.

Northern Illinois (3-0), which opened with a win over then-No. 15 Maryland, had been 0-8 against Southeastern Conference teams and is 3-0 for the first time since 1988.

No. 23 Missouri 41, Middle Tennessee 40, OT

COLUMBIA, Mo. Brad Smith scrambled for a 4-yard touchdown run in overtime and Mike Matheny converted the extra point to lift Missouri past Middle Tennessee.

Smith also threw three touchdowns passes, the last one a 12-yarder to Darius Outlaw with 1:17 left in regulation. Smith, who finished with 192 yards passing and 136 more on the ground, then ran in a 2-point conversion to tie it at 34.

With the first possession in overtime, Middle Tennessee (0-4) took a 40-34 lead on Andrico Hines' 4-yard TD run. But Brian Kelly's extra-point attempt hit the left goal post, leading to Smith's decisive score for Missouri (4-0).

No. 24 Washington St. 23, New Mexico 13

PULLMAN, Wash. Drew Dunning kicked a school-record five field goals in Washington State's victory over New Mexico.

The Cougars (3-1) had a difficult time figuring out the Lobos' defense and didn't score a touchdown until late in the third quarter, when quarterback Matt Kegel pushed across from the 1.

Kegel was ineffective in the red zone, but completed 29 of 42 passes for 346 yards without an interception.

No. 25 Purdue 59, Arizona 7

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Kyle Orton threw three touchdown passes and Jerod Void and Jerome Brooks each ran for two TDs as Purdue (2-1) routed Arizona (1-3).

Void carried 12 times for 60 yards and two scores before leaving. Brooks finished with 21 carries for 122 yards in backup duty, and Orton completed 16 of 28 passes for 261 yards, including a career-long 81-yard TD pass to John Standeford, before being pulled late in the third quarter.

Standeford caught four passes for 111 yards, finishing one reception short of Tim Stratton's school record (204).

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