AUSTIN, Texas Texas answered its critics Saturday. The Longhorns can tough it out to win a big game.
Freshman Vince Young shook off a sore right ankle to rally the Longhorns with his running and passing and scored the winning touchdown from a yard out on fourth down with five minutes left as No. 13 Texas beat No. 16 Kansas State 24-20.
The Longhorns (4-1, 1-0 Big 12), whose reputation suffered a beating after a 38-28 home loss to Arkansas on Sept. 13, will face No. 1 Oklahoma next week in Dallas.
Young limped off the field in pain after rolling his ankle on a sack in the third quarter. He returned in the fourth to lead Texas to the winning score after Chance Mock had little success getting the offense moving.
Young's fourth-down dive over the top of the line capped an 88-yard drive that started after Texas recovered Kansas State quarterback Ell Roberson's fumble.
No. 1 Oklahoma 53, Iowa St. 7
AMES, Iowa Jason White tied an Oklahoma school record with five touchdown passes while throwing for a career-high 384 yards, and Mark Bradley returned a kickoff 100 yards for a TD.
The Sooners (5-0, 1-0 Big 12) piled up 613 yards in their third straight game with more than 50 points.
Iowa State (2-3, 0-1) kept Oklahoma out of the end zone on its first three possession. But the Cyclones couldn't get any pressure on White and eventually were done in by the Sooners' speed.
There was no better example than White's short flip to Will Peoples on a screen pass. Peoples outran the defense to complete a 45-yard scoring play that made it 29-0 early in the second half.
No. 4 Virginia Tech 48, Rutgers 22
PISCATAWAY, N.J. Bryan Randall threw for 250 yards and four TDs as Virginia Tech beat Rutgers for the 11th straight time.
Randall had scoring passes of 28 and 45 yards to Chris Shreve and two 10-yarders to Mike Imoh for the Hokies (5-0, 1-0 Big East).
Jimmy Williams scored on a 55-yard interception return and Cedric Humes had a 35-yard touchdown run in the final Big East meeting between the two schools.
Auburn 28, No. 7 Tennessee 21
AUBURN, Ala. Carnell Williams ran for 185 yards and resurgent Auburn made a late defensive stand to beat Tennessee.
Jason Campbell had two touchdown passes for Auburn (3-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference), which has won five of its last seven games against Top 10 teams.
The Tigers finally showcased their heralded tailbacks in a marquee game with their third straight lopsided victory after an 0-2 start that dropped them out of the rankings.
The Volunteers (4-1, 2-1) abandoned their own star tailbacks from the outset, trying to ride Casey Clausen's passing to the victory. The result was an anemic running game that netted 4 yards on 16 carries, 184 yards below their season average.
No. 23 Iowa 30, No. 9 Michigan 27
IOWA CITY, Iowa Nathan Chandler threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Iowa beat Michigan.
Iowa (5-1, 1-1 Big Ten) trailed 14-0 in the first quarter before rallying with 20 straight points.
Iowa's defense, after being picked apart by Michigan quarterback John Navarre for 224 yards in the first half, allowed just five first downs in the final two quarters.
Michigan (4-2, 1-1) made it exciting at the end as Navarre threw a 41-yard TD pass to Braylon Edwards with 3:43 remaining, cutting Iowa's lead to three.
Chandler was 17-of-34 for a career-high 195 yards. Fred Russell ran for 110 yards and Nate Kaeding added three field goals.
No. 10 Southern California 37, Arizona St. 17
TEMPE, Ariz. Matt Leinart shook off a leg injury that proved more scary than damaging to rally Southern California.
Leinart, who hurt his right knee and ankle when linebacker Justin Burks sacked him in the second quarter, completed 13 of 23 passes for 289 yards, with scoring strikes of 57 yards to Keary Colbert and 33 yards to Brandon Hancock.
LenDale White, a freshman with 17 carries coming in, ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns on 21 attempts.
No. 11 Georgia 37, Alabama 23
ATHENS, Ga. Georgia scored 37 points by halftime the most Alabama has given up in a half in the modern era then held on for a sloppy victory.
The Bulldogs (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) returned a blocked punt for a touchdown and scored another TD after recovering a fumble, building a 37-10 lead at the half.
At that point, Georgia already had put up more points on Alabama (2-4, 1-2) than it had scored in any of the previous 62 games between the schools. Also, Alabama officials said it was the most points given up by the Tide in a half since at least 1933.
Alabama's Charles Jones returned his second interception 30 yards for a touchdown, and Juwan Garth scooped up a botched punt and brought it back 10 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to give Alabama some hope.
No. 12 Nebraska 30, Troy St. 0
LINCOLN, Neb. Quarterback Jammal Lord ran for two touchdowns as Nebraska overcame a slow start to beat Troy State.
The Cornhuskers (5-0) broke open a 10-0 game with two touchdowns in the third quarter. Lord hit tight end Matt Herian on a 77-yard pass before Cory Ross ran in from 3 yards. Then Lord scored on a 6-yard run to push Nebraska's lead to 23-0.
Lord led the Huskers with 72 yards on 14 carries, and completed 7 of 12 passes for 135 yards, with an interception.
The Trojans dropped to 3-3.
No. 14 Washington St. 30, Arizona 7
PULLMAN, Wash. Matt Kegel threw two TD passes and Jason David returned an interception for a score for Washington State.
Washington State (5-1, 2-0 Pac-10) dominated Arizona (1-5, 0-2) n the Wildcats' first game since coach John Mackovic was fired last Sunday. Mike Hankwitz is coaching the team on an interim basis.
The Cougars rolled up 513 yards of offense to Arizona's 198. Although Washington State had a 294-65 advantage in yards, the Cougars held only a 13-0 halftime lead.
No. 17 N. Illinois 30, Ohio 23 OT
DEKALB, Ill. P.J. Fleck caught a tying 15-yard touchdown pass with 1:42 remaining and set up quarterback Josh Haldi's 1-yard score in overtime as Northern Illinois survived a scare.
Fleck had 14 catches for a school-record 234 yards, including the two big plays that helped the Huskies (5-0, 1-0 Mid-American Conference) remain unbeaten.
After Haldi's score on the first overtime possession, Northern Illinois stopped Ohio (1-4, 0-2) on four straight plays. The game ended on Kursten Strothman's sack.
UCLA 46, No. 18 Washington 16
PASADENA, Calif. Rodney Leisle returned from a first-half suspension to score on a fumble recovery and intercept a pass as UCLA rallied to beat Washington.
The 6-foot-3, 294-pound tackle was suspended for the half for punching a San Diego State player in the stomach last week.
The senior star made an impact on his very first play, pouncing on the ball in the end zone after defensive end Dave Ball knocked the ball out of quarterback Cody Pickett's hand.
Drew Olson was 16-for-24 for 258 yards and had a 1-yard TD run for the Bruins (3-2, 1-0 Pac-10). Craig Bragg caught eight passes for 142 yards, and Manuel White had 19 carries for 83 yards.
No. 20 TCU 27, Army 0
FORT WORTH, Texas Brandon Hassell, making his third start in place of the injured Tye Gunn, threw two TD passes, including a 40-yarder to Bruce Galbert to start the second half.
Freshman Robert Merrill had his third straight 100-yard rushing game for the Horned Frogs (5-0, 2-0 Conference USA) since replacing injured tailback Lonta Hobbs. Tyrone Sanders returned a questionable fumble 35 yards for a touchdown.
No. 21 Minnesota 42, Northwestern 17
EVANSTON, Ill. Asad Abdul-Khaliq threw for three touchdowns, including a game-changing 96-yarder to Jared Ellerson, as Minnesota roared back from an early deficit.
Marion Barber III ran for two scores as the Gophers piled up 572 yards and improved to 6-0 for the first time in 43 years. Minnesota (2-0 Big Ten) hosts No. 9 Michigan on Friday night.
Abdul-Khaliq was 12-for-17 for 331 yards. Two of his TDs came on long fly patterns to Jared Ellerson, the school-record 96-yarder and another for 82 yards.
No. 22 Purdue 43, Illinois 10
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Jerod Void ran for a career-high 119 yards and four touchdowns for Purdue.
The Boilermakers (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) have won four straight overall and seven straight conference openers under Joe Tiller, who became just the second Purdue coach to win 50 games.
The Illini (1-5, 0-2) lost their fourth straight.
John Standeford caught six passes for 101 yards all in the first half and moved into second on the Big Ten's career reception list with 215. He also set a school record for yards receiving (3,062) and moved into fifth on the Big Ten list.
Mississippi 20, No. 24 Florida 17
GAINESVILLE, Fla. Eli Manning directed a late 50-yard touchdown drive to lift Mississippi past reeling Florida.
For the second straight season, Ole Miss (3-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) held Florida (3-3, 1-2) scoreless in the second half to earn an ''upset'' victory, adding this to a 17-14 home win last year.
Manning finished 17-for-29 for 262 yards, but it was the Ole Miss running backs and defenders who really stole the show.
No. 25 Michigan St. 31, Indiana 3
EAST LANSING, Mich. Jeff Smoker tied a Michigan State record with 32 completions and accounted for three touchdowns.
Michigan State (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) has won three straight games in a season for the first time since starting 3-0 in 2000. The Hoosiers (1-5, 0-2) lost their 11th straight road game, dating to a win at Michigan State on Nov. 10, 2001.
Smoker was 32-of-40 for 351 yards with two TDs, a rushing score and no interceptions. He tied the school mark for completions set by John Leister, who threw 46 passes in a loss to Michigan in 1982.
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