Griffin runs all over Texas in Sooners' victory

Posted: Sunday, October 13, 2002

DALLAS -- Quentin Griffin ran for 248 yards and scored two touchdowns -- on an alert recovery of a teammate's fumble, then a 17-yarder that sealed the second-ranked Sooners' 35-24 victory over No. 3 Texas on Saturday.

While the Sooners beat their Red River rivals for the third straight year, this was certainly the toughest.

Quarterback Nate Hybl threw four interceptions, and Texas scored on them all, taking a 17-11 lead midway the third quarter.

But the Longhorns did little right after that, and the Sooners did little wrong.

Oklahoma (6-0, 2-0 Big 12) scored 24 unanswered points to continue their recent dominance in the series. The flip side was that Texas quarterback Chris Simms and coach Mack Brown lived down to their reputations as big-game chokers.

Simms threw three interceptions, but what hurt the Longhorns (5-1, 1-1) more was his inability to get the offense going in the second half.

Texas got a first down on its second play of the third quarter, then didn't get another until there was 2:43 left. In between, they went from being ahead 14-11 to trailing 35-17.

No. 1 Miami 28, No. 9 Florida St. 27

MIAMI -- To Bobby Bowden's horror, Florida State missed another field goal at the end of a game, only this time it was Xavier Beitia sending his 43-yard kick wide left as Miami hung on for the victory.

The Hurricanes (6-0) extended the nation's longest winning streak to 28 games, but the defending national champions proved they're not invincible.

For the fourth time since 1991 in this glorious rivalry, the Seminoles failed to connect on what would have been a game-winning or tying field goal.

When the officials signaled the kick was no good, the Hurricanes rushed the field and celebrated as a record Orange Bowl crowd of 81,927 stood and cheered.

Until the final minutes, Florida State (5-2) outplayed Miami, but the Seminoles now find themselves out of the national title chase. Even though Miami was pounded by the running of Greg Jones -- 189 yards and a touchdown -- and penalized 14 times for 109 yards, the Hurricanes never quit.

Ken Dorsey bounced back from what would have been the worst game of his career by leading the 'Canes to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns as they rallied from a 27-14 deficit.

Dorsey threw for 362 yards and two TDs.

No. 5 Ohio St. 50, San Jose St. 7

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Freshman Maurice Clarett scored three touchdowns and Craig Krenzel threw three TD passes as the Buckeyes used a balanced attack to beat mistake-prone San Jose State.

Clarett, who finished with 132 yards, has 15 touchdowns in six games. He scored on runs of 1 and 5 yards and caught a 7-yard TD pass from Krenzel.

Both Clarett and Krenzel went to the sidelines midway through the third quarter after the Buckeyes (7-0) scored 31 unanswered points to build a 41-7 lead.

The game was played before a crowd of 104,892, the largest ever to see a game at Ohio Stadium.

Scott Rislov, passing on almost every snap, completed 36 of 44 passes for 265 yards and a touchdown for the Spartans (4-3) to set school records for completions and completion percentage.

No. 6 Georgia 18, No. 10 Tennessee 13

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia took advantage of Casey Clausen's absence and took a major step toward their first conference title since 1982.

The Bulldogs (6-0, 3-0 SEC) withstood a late rally to remain the only unbeaten team in the conference. They'll be solid favorites the next two weeks at home against Vanderbilt and Kentucky, meaning they could be undefeated going into the annual showdown against Florida on Nov. 2.

Tennessee (4-2, 1-2) didn't have Clausen, who hurt his non-throwing shoulder in a six-overtime win over Arkansas, so they went most of the game with third-stringer James Banks.

Banks scored two TDs in the fourth quarter to make it close, but Georgia recovered an onside kick, and Tony Milton broke off a 25-yard run on fourth-and-2 to clinch the victory.

No. 7 Oregon 31, UCLA 30

PASADENA, Calif. -- Jason Fife threw two touchdowns, including the winning 74-yarder to Keenan Howry on the first play of the fourth quarter, as the Ducks rallied to beat UCLA again.

Trailing 31-30, UCLA's Chris Griffith attempted a 46-yard field goal that sailed wide left with 1:54 remaining. Last season, Griffith's 50-yard attempt was short and wide in the final quarter, sealing the Bruins' 21-20 defeat.

The Ducks (6-0, 2-0 Pac-10) have beaten UCLA (4-2, 1-1 Pac-10) the last three times, and four of the last five games have been decided by five points or fewer.

No. 8 Notre Dame 14, Pittsburgh 6

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Carlyle Holiday threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Arnaz Battle in the second quarter, helping Notre Dame make the most of its only extended drive.

The Fighting Irish (6-0) produced just one more touchdown the rest of the game: in the fourth quarter, when Ryan Grant scored on a 1-yard run after the Irish defense forced a turnover at the Pitt 12-yard line.

It was the eighth time the Irish had scored a touchdown that was set up by its defense.

No. 11 Iowa St. 31, Texas Tech 17

AMES, Iowa -- Lane Danielsen sprinted 79 yards for a touchdown on a reverse and Seneca Wallace scored on a spectacular 12-yard run and threw a TD pass to lead Iowa State.

The Cyclones (6-1, 3-0 Big 12) frustrated the Texas Tech offense, and Red Raiders quarterback Kliff Kingsbury, who had thrown for more than 400 yards in each of his two previous games, had just 272.

No. 12 Washington St. 36, Stanford 11

STANFORD, Calif. -- Jason Gesser passed for 297 yards and threw two of his three touchdown passes to Jonathan Smith to lead the Cougars.

Jerome Riley had nine receptions for 173 yards and a score as Washington State (6-1, 3-0 Pac-10) rolled to its fourth straight victory since losing at Ohio State. After completing 17 of 23 passes despite his constantly sore ribs, Gesser sat out most of the fourth quarter in Washington State's biggest victory over Stanford since 1961.

No. 13 Michigan 27, No. 15 Penn St. 24, OT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Chris Perry's 3-yard touchdown run in overtime gave Michigan its sixth straight win over the Nittany Lions.

Michigan (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) won the toss before the first overtime ever at Michigan Stadium, and the Wolverines chose to let Penn State (4-2, 1-2) have the ball first.

Nittany Lions kicker Robbie Gould -- who missed an extra point and a field goal in regulation -- missed a 23-yard field goal in overtime. But Michigan was called for offsides, and Gould made a 20-yarder for a 24-21 lead.

No. 14 N.C. State 34, N. Carolina 17

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Freshman T.A. McLendon, playing with a cast on his broken right wrist, ran for a season-high 164 yards and two touchdowns as N.C. State remained unbeaten.

The win gave the Wolfpack (7-0, 2-0 ACC) their its second-best start in 111 years of football. They began 8-0 in 1967, when coach Chuck Amato was a senior linebacker under the direction of Lou Holtz.

No. 18 LSU 36, No. 16 Florida 7

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- One week after losing at Mississippi, Florida's season got even worse as LSU quarterback Matt Mauck picked apart the Gators' woeful defense.

The Tigers (5-1, 2-0 SEC) had four interceptions against Rex Grossman, and LSU also scored on a fake field goal and two passes from Mauck to Devery Henderson.

Mauck had no interceptions and threw for 153 yards; he also ran for 67.

No. 17 Iowa 44, Michigan St. 16

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Brad Banks threw two touchdown passes, Jermelle Lewis returned a kickoff 94 yards for another score, and Iowa also intercepted three passes.

The Hawkeyes (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten), who entered the game ranked 116th in the nation in pass defense, limited record-setting receiver Charles Rogers to five catches and ended his NCAA record streak of 14 straight games with a TD catch.

No. 19 Kansas St. 44, Oklahoma St. 9

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Ell Roberson threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores to lead Kansas State.

Taco Wallace finished with 101 yards on four catches for the Wildcats (5-1, 1-1 Big 12), and Darren Sproles had 130 yards rushing, including a 38-yard TD.

No. 20 USC 30, California 28

LOS ANGELES -- Sultan McCullough carried 39 times for 176 yards and the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter for Southern California.

Carson Palmer threw for 289 yards and two touchdowns for the Trojans (4-2, 2-1 Pac-10), who trailed 21-3 early.

Ryan Killeen, who missed two field goals and a critical extra point in USC's loss to Washington State last week, kicked field goals of 34, 32 and 18 yards.

No. 21 Air Force 52, BYU 9

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Chance Harridge ran for four touchdowns for the second straight game, and the Falcons forced five turnovers to remain unbeaten.

Air Force (6-0, 3-0), the nation's top rushing team, had 463 yards -- 386 rushing -- and used its ball-control offense to keep BYU's high-scoring offense off the field. The Falcons are off to their best start since opening the 1997 season 7-0.

No. 22 Washington 32, Arizona 28

SEATTLE -- Reggie Williams scored three touchdowns, including the game-winner on an 80-yard pass from Cody Pickett with 2:03 remaining, as the Huskies bounced back from last week's loss to California.

Williams catching eight passes for 184 yards. The Huskies (4-2, 1-1 Pac-10) also got a strong performance from Pickett, who completed 25 of 35 passes for 345 yards without an interception.

Arizona (3-3, 0-2) countered with 443 yards passing and three TDs from Jason Johnson, and Bobby Wade caught 10 passes for 155 yards.

Indiana 32, No. 23 Wisconsin 29

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Gibran Hamdan threw three of his four touchdown passes in the final 16 minutes to rally Indiana from a 19-point deficit.

The Hoosiers (3-3, 1-1 Big Ten) beat a ranked opponent for the first time since Oct. 21, 2000, when they knocked off No. 22 Minnesota 51-43.

Arkansas 38, No. 24 Auburn 17

AUBURN, Ala. -- Fred Talley tore up Auburn's defense, running for 241 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown.

One week after a six-overtime loss at Tennessee, the Razorbacks (3-2, 1-2 SEC) racked up 426 yards rushing, and Talley's total was the most ever against Auburn. The previous high was 233, by Alabama's Bobby Marlow in 1951.

Talley had just 123 yards in four previous games this season, and he was only starting because of Cedric Cobbs' injured toe.

No. 25 Mississippi 52, Arkansas St. 17

OXFORD, Miss. -- Eli Manning threw for 290 yards and three touchdowns to lead Ole Miss, which was playing as a ranked team for the first time in two years.

Coming off an upset of Florida, the Rebels (5-1) had a predictably easy time against Arkansas State (4-4), which fell to 1-18-2 against Ole Miss.



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