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No. 3 Oklahoma fends off No. 11 K-State rally

Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2001

NORMAN, Okla. -- Antwone Savage caught two long touchdown passes and threw for another on a razzle-dazzle fake punt as No. 3 Oklahoma beat No. 11 Kansas State 38-37 on Saturday.

It was Oklahoma's third straight over Kansas State in less than a year. The Sooners won 41-31 in Manhattan, Kan., last October, and 27-24 in the Big 12 title game in December.

Savage caught TD passes of 63 and 75 yards from Nate Hybl, and threw a 33-yarder off a fake punt in the second quarter. The Sooners (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) needed those and more to win their nation-best 17th straight and 16th in a row at home.

Kansas State (2-1, 0-1) trailed 35-14 in the third quarter, but rallied behind Ell Roberson. His 57-yard TD pass to Ricky Lloyd, followed by a 2-point conversion pass to Aaron Lockett, made it 38-35 with 2:02 left.

Oklahoma punter Jeff Ferguson ran out of the end zone for a safety with 7 seconds left, making it 38-37. Kansas State took over at the 50 after that, and Roberson's final pass was batted down well short of the end zone.

No. 2 Florida 52, No. 21 Mississippi St. 0

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Rex Grossman threw for five touchdowns and a career-high 393 yards to become the first Florida quarterback to surpass the 300-yard mark in four straight games.

Grossman had 317 yards after two quarters, as Florida (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) took a 35-0 lead, and was well on the way to embarrassing the Bulldogs (1-2, 0-2) far worse than they embarrassed the Gators last year in their 47-35 win in Starkville.

Florida recorded its first shutout of an SEC opponent since beating Kentucky 65-0 in 1996, the national-title season.

No. 4 Nebraska 36, Missouri 3

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Eric Crouch scored on a 95-yard run, the longest in school history, and rushed for a school quarterback-record 191 yards as Nebraska beat Missouri.

Dahrann Diedrick scored two touchdowns for Nebraska (5-0), which has a 23-game winning streak against Missouri (1-2) since 1978, with an average score of 38-14.

Crough broke the record of 94 yards set by Craig Johnson on Oct. 13, 1979, against Kansas, and matched by Roger Craig on Sept. 19, 1981, against Florida State. Crouch eclipsed the quarterback mark of 174 yards set by Gerry Gdowski against Iowa State in 1989.

No. 5 Texas 42, Texas Tech 7

AUSTIN, Texas -- Ivan Williams rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns and Chris Simms added a pair of short scoring runs and a TD pass for Texas.

Texas, 4-0 for the first time since 1983, meets the third-ranked and undefeated Sooners next week in Dallas in a rematch of Oklahoma's stunning 63-14 romp last year.

Simms completed his first 10 passes of the night, including a 40-yard TD strike to Roy Williams in the second quarter.

No. 6 Oregon 38, Utah St. 21

LOGAN, Utah -- Maurice Morris ran for 175 yards and Joey Harrington threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns as Oregon survived a scare to beat Utah State.

The Ducks (4-0) needed two fourth-quarter scores after the Aggies pulled to 24-21 on an 8-yard TD pass from Jose Fuentes to Gary Coleman late in the third quarter.

Harrington answered by directing a six-play, 80-yard drive, capped by Onterrio Smith's 4-yard run early in the fourth. Morris put it out of reach when he broke free on a 69-yard scamper.

No. 7 Tennessee 26, No. 14 LSU 18

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Kelley Washington caught 11 passes for 256 yards and a touchdown for Tennessee.

Washington's yardage broke the school's 35-year-old single-game record set by Johnny Mills.

The Vols (3-0, 2-0 SEC) avenged last year's overtime loss to LSU (2-1, 0-1) by scoring on their first three second-half possessions, including Casey Clausen's 70-yard TD pass to Washington.

No. 8 Virginia Tech 46, C. Florida 14

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Grant Noel was 15-for-25 for 170 yards and Virginia Tech (4-0) capitalized on five turnovers.

Freshman running back Kevin Jones had 90 yards, spinning and diving into the end zone in the second quarter for his first career touchdown. Keith Burnell added 82 yards and two touchdowns.

Andre Davis had four catches for 38 yards and returned a punt 55 yards in the fourth quarter for a touchdown. Davis tied a Virginia Tech record with his fourth career punt return for a TD.

Clemson 47, No. 9 Georgia Tech 44, OT

ATLANTA -- Woody Dantzler capped a brilliant game by running 11 yards for the winning touchdown in overtime, giving Clemson an upset victory over Georgia Tech.

The Yellow Jackets (3-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) had the ball first in OT, settling for Luke Manget's 33-yard field goal after Joe Burns was stopped for no gain on third-and-1 at the 16.

Then it was Dantzler's turn, and the senior burned the Yellow Jackets one final time. Facing third-and-6 from the 11, he took a step back, spotted an opening up the middle and went all the way to the end zone to give the Tigers (3-1, 1-1) a crucial victory on the heels of an upset loss to Virginia a week earlier.

No. 12 UCLA 38, No. 19 Oregon St. 7

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- DeShaun Foster ran for 147 yards and three touchdowns, and Cory Paus threw two scoring passes to Brian Poli-Dixon as UCLA routed Oregon State.

UCLA (4-0, 1-0 Pac-10) atoned for its 55-7 defeat at Reser Stadium in 1999 by piling up 496 yards.

Oregon State (1-2, 0-1) had racked up 99 points and 1,163 yards the last two years against UCLA, and the Beavers were going for their first three-game winning streak in the series' 52-game history. But on this day, they gained just 157 yards until a late 63-yard touchdown run by Steven Jackson.

No. 13 Washington 31, California 28

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Cody Pickett was 18-of-33 for 291 yards and two touchdowns as Washington won its 11th straight game.

Washington (3-0, 1-0 Pac-10) also has won eight consecutive conference games.

No. 15 S. Carolina 37, Alabama 36

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Phil Petty threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to tight end Rod Trafford with 2:18 left as South Carolina beat Alabama for the first time ever.

The Gamecocks (4-0, 3-0 SEC ) trailed 36-24 with 9:01 remaining and looked in danger of going 0-11 against Alabama when Tide quarterback Tyler Watts scored on his second TD run.

But Petty, ineffective most of the game, completed five straight passes, the last for 27 yards to Derek Watson at Alabama's 2. Watson followed with a TD run that made it 36-30.

After Alabama punted, Petty rushed twice for 12 yards, then hit Andrea Gause for a 37-yard pass to Alabama's 7. On the winning play,and Trafford broke free from safety Charles Jones for his first catch of the season.

No. 16 Northwestern 27, No. 23 Michigan St. 26

EVANSTON, Ill. -- David Wasielewski kicked a 47-yard field goal as time expired as Northwestern beat Michigan State in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

As Wasielewski's kick sailed through the uprights, the Northwestern players poured onto the field in celebration of their first 3-0 start since 1962.

The Spartans (2-1) looked like they'd snatched this one from the Wildcats, as Herb Haygood took a kick 84 yards for a score with 18 seconds left. But Michigan State's extra point kick was blocked, and Northwestern had one more chance with 14 seconds to go.

No. 17 Michigan 45, No. 22 Illinois 20

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- B.J. Askew ran for two touchdowns as Michigan overcame a slow start to beat Illinois.

The Wolverines (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) have not lost a Big Ten opener since 1981 while the Illini (3-1, 0-1) have not won a conference opener since 1993.

No. 18 Florida St. 48, Wake Forest 24

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Chris Rix threw for 345 yards and three touchdowns as Florida State rebounded from its worst regular-season loss since 1983.

Rix, the first freshman to begin a year as the starting quarterback for a Bobby Bowden-coached team, led Florida State on six straight first-half scoring drives and a 42-7 lead.

Nick Maddox and Greg Jones each ran for two TDs, and Rix teamed with Talman Gardner, Javon Walker and B.J. Ward on scoring passes.

No. 20 BYU 35, UNLV 31

LAS VEGAS -- Brandon Doman rescued Brigham Young's mistake-filled offense by running 21 yards for a touchdown with 1:12 left.

Playing for the first time in 21 days, BYU (4-0, 1-0 Mountain West) struggled to hold onto the ball from the opening kickoff and trailed the winless Rebels before Doman led a 91-yard drive that he capped with the 21-yard scramble.

No. 24 Purdue 35, Minnesota 28, OT

MINNEAPOLIS -- Brandon Hance caught a touchdown pass and threw for three more, including the go-ahead score to John Standeford in overtime, as Purdue rallied to beat Minnesota.

Hance hit Standeford from 19 yards out on third-and-4 on Purdue's first OT possession. Minnesota's Travis Cole had his third-down pass intercepted in the end zone by Stuart Schweigert.

No. 25 Toledo 41, N. Illinois 20

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Tavares Bolden threw two touchdowns passes and Chester Taylor scored on three short runs for Toledo.

Taylor, the nation's eighth leading rusher coming into the game, was stymied much of the game yet managed to finish with 132 yards on 32 carries despite bruising a shoulder and missing part of the third quarter. He has 14 touchdowns this season.



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