Sooners resort to chicanery to defeat Longhorns

Posted: Sunday, October 07, 2001

DALLAS -- The Oklahoma Sooners didn't dominate the Texas Longhorns this time. They tricked 'em instead.

Third-ranked Oklahoma set up its only touchdowns by running an option on fourth-and-2 and pooching a punt on a fake field goal, leading to a 14-3 victory over No. 5 Texas on Saturday.

Quentin Griffin, who had six touchdowns in a 63-14 stomping last season, ran 17 yards on the second-quarter option from quarterback Jason White, who replaced the injured Nate Hybl, then scored on a 2-yard run off another option late in the second quarter for the game's first points.

The Sooners (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) still led 7-3 when Tim Duncan, who already had missed field-goal attempts from 24 and 42 yards, lined up for a 45-yarder but instead took a flip from White, who was the holder, and punted it deep into Texas territory.

The ball was headed into the end zone for a touchback, but UT's Nathan Vasher caught it at the 3.

On the next play, Texas quarterback Chris Simms dropped into the end zone to pass and was hit by Oklahoma safety Roy Williams while he was throwing. Linebacker Teddy Lehman caught the flubbed pass and returned it 2 yards for a touchdown with 2:01 left.

The Longhorns (4-1, 1-1) got the ball back twice more, but Williams intercepted Simms' first pass after Lehman's interception, and Texas hardly moved on its final possession.

No. 1 Miami 38, Troy St. 7

MIAMI -- Ken Dorsey threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns as Miami overcame a slow defensive start.

Dorsey was 18-of-30 passing, missing open receivers and finding himself under steady pressure for the first time this season.

Clinton Portis ran for just 18 yards on seven carries, and Miami (4-0) finished with 101 yards rushing -- the first time the Hurricanes have been held under 200 yards rushing this season.

No. 2 Florida 44, No. 18 LSU 15

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Rex Grossman passed for a Florida-record 464 yards and five touchdowns.

Grossman broke the mark of 462 yards set by Danny Wuerffel against Arkansas in 1996.

Grossman passed for 319 yards and four TDs in the first half as he topped the 300-yard mark for a school-record fifth straight game. He was 22-of-32 when he left with 11:02 remaining.

Florida (5-0, 3-0 SEC), which has surpassed 500 yards in each of its first five games, averaged over 10 yards a play in the first half and finished with 632 yards of total offense.

No. 4 Nebraska 48, Iowa St. 14

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska's Eric Crouch set an NCAA Division I-A record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback, scoring four times in the first half to push his total to 51.

Crouch broke the mark of 49 set by Kareem Wilson of Ohio from 1995-98 and set a Nebraska record for rushing touchdowns, passing 1983 Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier's 49.

Crouch left the game at the end of the third quarter with Nebraska leading 41-14. He finished with 15 carries for 104 yards, his second straight 100-yard game.

Georgia 26, No. 6 Tennessee 24

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Verron Haynes caught a 6-yard touchdown pass with 5 seconds left to give Georgia its first victory in Neyland Stadium since 1980.

The Volunteers (3-1, 2-1 SEC) had come back to take the lead in dramatic fashion as Travis Stephens caught a screen pass and ran 62 yards for a touchdown with 44 seconds left for a 24-20 lead.

But the Bulldogs (3-1, 2-1), who have won two straight over the Vols, still had plenty of time for the upset.

No. 7 Oregon 63, Arizona 28

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Joey Harrington threw for three touchdowns and ran for three more as Oregon beat Arizona.

Harrington, 19-2 as a starter, completed 15 of 24 passes for 279 yards, then sat out the fourth quarter as Oregon (5-0, 2-0 Pac-10) tied a school record for points in a Pac-10 game.

Onterrio Smith rushed for 131 yards in 15 carries and scored two touchdowns for Oregon. Maurice Morris gained 110 yards in 21 attempts and scored once as the Ducks rolled up 607 yards, 472 in the first three quarters. Samie Parker caught a career-high six passes for 160 yards, all in the first half.

No. 8 Virginia Tech 35, West Virginia 0

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Keith Burnell ran for 102 yards and two scores and Virginia Tech (5-0, 2-0 Big East) recorded its third shutout of the season.

Tech's defense scored a touchdown for the third straight game, with Jim Davis' 27-yard interception return capping the scoring in the third quarter.

It was the worst shutout loss at home for West Virginia (2-3, 0-2) since Oregon State posted the same score in 1963. The Mountaineers were held to just 11 first downs and 173 total yards.

No. 11 Washington 27, Southern Cal 24

SEATTLE -- John Anderson kicked a 32-yard field goal as time expired as Washington rallied behind backup quarterback Taylor Barton to beat Southern Cal.

The Huskies (4-0, 2-0 Pac-10) have come from behind to win in the final quarter three times this season. And they did it five times in their Rose Bowl season last year.

Colorado 16, No. 12 Kansas St. 6

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Craig Ochs threw a 21-yard touchdown pass and Roman Hollowell set up Jeremy Flores' third field goal with a 53-yard punt return, leading Colorado past Kansas State.

Breaking a four-year losing streak to Kansas State with its biggest win since Gary Barnett became head coach in 1999, Colorado (4-1, 2-0 Big 12) held the Wildcats (2-2, 0-2) scoreless until midway through the fourth quarter.

No. 13 South Carolina 42, Kentucky 6

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Derek Watson ran for 135 yards and fullback Andrew Pinnock scored twice as South Carolina beat Kentucky for its first 5-0 start since 1988.

The Gamecocks (5-0, 4-0 SEC) also got another mistake-free game from quarterback Phil Petty and scored their most points in six years. Kentucky has lost 12 straight SEC games.

Ohio St. 38, No. 14 Northwestern 20

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Jonathan Wells ran for 179 yards and three touchdowns -- including a 71-yard sprint on the second play of the game -- as Ohio State beat Northwestern.

The Buckeyes (3-1, 2-0 Big Ten) won for the 22nd consecutive time against the Wildcats (3-1, 1-1). Northwestern hasn't won in the series in 30 years.

The Buckeyes completed just four passes while piling up 287 yards on the ground. A raucous crowd of 104,042 -- the largest ever in reconstructed Ohio Stadium -- was on hand for the first night Big Ten game ever played in the 79-year-old facility.

No. 15 Michigan 20, Penn St. 0

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- John Navarre threw two touchdown passes as Michigan saddled Penn State with its worst start in 115 years of playing football.

Not only did the loss mark the lowest point in Penn State history, it also was the first time a Joe Paterno-coached team was shut out at home, dating to his first season in 1966.

Penn State (0-4, 0-3 Big Ten) still needs one more win for Paterno to equal Bear Bryant's major college record of 323 career victories. Michigan (4-1, 2-0) has beaten Penn State five straight times, outscoring the Nittany Lions 145-46.

No. 17 Georgia Tech 37, Duke 10

DURHAM, N.C. -- George Godsey was 24-for-40 for 295 yards and two touchdowns as Georgia Tech beat Duke.

Georgia Tech (4-1, 1-1 ACC) led by just seven at halftime but pulled away in the third quarter to beat Duke for the seventh straight time. Duke (0-5, 0-3) extended a school record with its 17th loss in a row, the longest streak in the nation.

No. 21 Purdue 23, Iowa 14

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Ashante Woodyard returned an interception 86 yards for a score and Travis Dorsch kicked three field goals as Purdue beat Iowa.

Boilermakers quarterback Brandon Hance scored on a 4-yard run with 12:07 left to give Purdue (4-0, 2-0 Big Ten) the lead.

No. 23 Toledo 48, Ohio 41

ATHENS, Ohio -- Tavares Bolden was 31-of-39 for 387 yards and two touchdowns as Toledo beat Ohio.

Antwon McCray scored his third touchdown to cap a 12-play, 66-yard drive with 1:32 left. McCray had 72 yards on 23 carries.

No. 24 Texas A&M 16, Baylor 10

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Keith Joseph ran 6 yards for a touchdown and Cody Scates kicked three field goals for Texas A&M.

The Aggies (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) trailed 10-3 at the half, then scored 13 straight points in the second half to send Baylor to its 23rd straight conference loss.

No. 25 Maryland 41, Virginia 21

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Shaun Hill threw for two touchdowns and Bruce Perry ran for 143 yards and a score as Maryland snapped a nine-game losing streak against Virginia.

Off to its best start in 23 years under first-year coach Ralph Friedgen, Maryland (5-0, 3-0 ACC) has already matched its victory total of last season. Friedgen is the first Maryland football coach to begin his first full season with five straight wins.

Billy McMullen had 11 catches for 175 yards and a TD for Virginia.



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