North Carolina pulls off upset of Florida State

Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2001

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Florida State took a major hit in its bid to return to a fourth straight national title game, turning the ball over five times in a 41-9 loss to North Carolina on Saturday.

The Tar Heels, 0-3 and a 17-point underdog, used a 34-point second half to stun Bobby Bowden's No. 6 Seminoles (2-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Backup quarterback Darian Durant threw a pair of touchdown passes for the Tar Heels (1-3, 1-1) and Jeff Reed had two field goals as North Carolina took command in the third period of John Bunting's home debut.

It was just Florida State's third ACC loss in nine-plus seasons -- a span of 74 games.

Florida State didn't turn the ball over in season-opening wins against Duke and Alabama-Birmingham, but freshman quarterback Chris Rix fumbled twice and threw an interception.

Ronald Curry, benched in favor of Durant to start the second half, capped off the stunner when he found Kory Bailey on a 53-yard scoring pass with 13:12 left that put the Tar Heels up by 18.

No. 2 Florida 44, Kentucky 10

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Rex Grossman threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns as Florida beat Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference opener for both schools.

Grossman completed 22 of 36 passes, including 52-, 29-, 6- and 4-yard TD passes, for the Gators (3-0). Earnest Graham added 86 yards on 11 carries, including a 50-yard scoring run.

Reche Caldwell finished with five catches for 105 yards, including a 64-yard TD reception, and Jabar Gaffney added six catches for 80 yards as the Gators racked up 397 passing yards.

No. 5 Texas 53, Houston 26

HOUSTON -- Chris Simms threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns, including a 92-yarder to B.J. Johnson.

Despite showing some second-quarter rust that helped Houston take a brief lead, Simms rebounded to go 20-for-35 with one interception. Ivan Williams ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns for the Longhorns, 3-0 for the first time since 1994.

Johnson's 92-yard scoring reception was the sixth-longest offensive play in Longhorns history.

No. 7 Oregon 24, Southern Cal 22

EUGENE, Ore. -- Jared Siegel kicked a 32-yard field goal with 12 seconds left as No. 7 Oregon pulled off yet another breathtaking victory over Southern California, 24-22 Saturday night.

Steve Smith had three interceptions, and Joey Harrington directed another late-game comeback for the Ducks (3-0, 1-0 Pac-10), who extended their home winning streak to 23.

Carson Palmer had one of the best passing games in Southern Cal history, throwing for 411 yards to lead a furious comeback by the Trojans (1-2, 0-1).

David Davis' 39-yard field goal put Southern Cal ahead 22-21 with 10:30 left, and Oregon looked finished when the Ducks had a 43-yard field goal blocked with 1:21 left.

The Ducks got the ball back with 56 seconds left, and Harrington directed his team 61 yards in just 44 seconds. The key play was a 22-yard pass to Keenan Howry. Three plays later, Siegel came on.

It was another wild night at Autzen Stadium. In 1998, the Ducks won 17-13, and the following year, Oregon pulled out a 33-30 victory in triple-overtime.

With Southern Cal trailing 21-6 early in the third quarter, Palmer connected with Sultan McCullough on a 75-yard touchdown, followed by a 93-yarder to Kareem Kelly that brought the Trojans to 21-19 early in the fourth.

No. 9 Virginia Tech 50, Rutgers 0

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Grant Noel threw four touchdown passes and Virginia Tech forced six turnovers to spoil Rutgers coach Greg Schiano's home debut.

Keith Burnell also scored on a 1-yard run as the Hokies (3-0, 1-0 Big East) recorded their second straight shutout this season, and their ninth straight win over the Scarlet Knights (1-2, 0-2).

Noel was 17-of-22 for 164 yards, including TD passes of 5, 16, 6 and 7 yards. Carter Warley added field goals of 38 and 37 yards for the Hokies, who limited Rutgers to 102 yards in total offense.

No. 11 Fresno St. 37, Tulsa 18

TULSA, Okla. -- David Carr passed for 314 yards and three touchdowns as Fresno State beat Tulsa in the Western Athletic Conference opener for both teams.

Bernard Berrian, whose 96-yard kickoff return helped Fresno State beat Wisconsin two weeks ago, had 169 receiving yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs (4-0, 1-0).

Josh Levi rushed for 107 yards.

No. 12 Kansas St. 64, New Mexico St. 0

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Josh Scobey ran for four touchdowns, one short of the Kansas State record, and the Wildcats rolled up a 50-0 halftime lead.

With the offensive line overwhelming New Mexico State's defensive front, Scobey had 112 yards on 16 carries and scored on runs of 3, 6, 9 and 14 yards.

Aaron Lockett had a 13-yard TD reception and returned the second-half kickoff 97 yards for another score for the Wildcats (2-0).

No. 13 Washington 53, Idaho 3

SEATTLE -- Roc Alexander ran a kickoff back 95 yards for a TD and Washington also scored on a blocked field goal and punt return.

Larry Tripplett blocked a 36-yard field-goal attempt by Brian Pope, and cornerback Chris Massey scooped up the ball and ran 69 yards into the end zone as the first quarter expired.

Freshman Charles Frederick started the second quarter with an 87-yard punt return for a touchdown. In his second career start, Cody Pickett completed 15 of 20 passes for 158 yards and one interception. He also had a 25-yard scoring run.

No. 14 UCLA 13, No. 21 Ohio St. 6

PASADENA, Calif. -- Cory Paus threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Smith on UCLA's opening drive.

UCLA (3-0) held Ohio State (1-1) to eight first downs and 166 total yards. The Bruins had 18 first downs and 323 yards of offense, but mistakes kept them from scoring more.

Paus completed 16 of 25 passes for 262 yards, while Ohio State's Steve Bellisari was 5-of-23 for 45 yards with two interceptions.

UCLA hadn't allowed fewer than six points since beating Texas 66-3 on Sept. 13, 1997.

No. 16 Northwestern 44, Duke 7

DURHAM, N.C. -- Damien Anderson rushed for 189 yards and tied a Northwestern record with four touchdowns.

The Wildcats (2-0) scored on four of six first-half drives and had 332 total yards in building a 20-7 lead.

Duke (0-3) lost its 15th straight game, extending the nation's longest losing streak and tying a school record set in 1995-97.

It was the third time Anderson scored four touchdowns in a game and fifth time in school history. He also caught three passes for 61 yards before sitting out the fourth quarter.

Virginia 26, No. 19 Clemson 24

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Virginia's Bryson Spinner threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Billy McMullen with a second left in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

With no timeouts, the Cavaliers (2-1) drove 44 yards in 1:43. The game-winning play came with the final seconds ticking away as Spinner hustled his team to the line after a running play.

Spinner, who started but shared quarterbacking duties with fellow sophomore Matt Schaub, went 15-for-25 for 186 yards, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another score.

Clemson (2-1) rallied from a 20-10 deficit with eight minutes left in the third quarter to take a 24-20 lead.

No. 20 Michigan 38, W. Michigan 21

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- B.J. Askew scored three touchdowns, ran for a career-high 112 yards and caught five passes for 66 yards as Michigan beat Western Michigan.

John Navarre completed 16 of 28 passes for 240 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for the Wolverines (2-1). Calvin Bell caught four passes for 86 yards.

Jeff Welsh set Western Michigan (1-2) records for completions and attempts, going 36-of-58 for 374 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Michigan St. 17, No. 23 Notre Dame 10

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Ryan Van Dyke threw two TD passes to lead Michigan State to its fifth straight victory over Notre Dame.

With the game tied at 10 and the Irish (0-2) blitzing on third-and-6, Van Dyke threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Charles Rogers. Rogers spun out of cornerback Vontez Duff's attempted tackle and raced down the sideline and dove into the end zone.

Van Dyke also threw a 6-yard scoring pass to Chris Baker in the second quarter to put the Spartans ahead 10-3. Van Dyke was 9-of-15 passing for 149 yards.

Illinois 34, No. 25 Louisville 10

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Christian Morton intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, as Illinois forced five turnovers.

Illinois (3-0) repeatedly pressured Dave Ragone into making poor throws, sacking him three times and picking off three passes. Ragone finished 22-for-39 with 309 yards and one touchdown.

Morton's first interception came midway in the second quarter with Illinois leading 10-7.

The sophomore intercepted a tipped pass and returned it untouched 33 yards for the score.

Illinois' Kurt Kittner was 18-for-39 for 301 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.



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