TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Florida State's Bobby Bowden became the winningest coach in major college football history Saturday with his 339th victory as the sixth-ranked Seminoles captured at least a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship with a 48-24 victory over Wake Forest.
The fans chanted ''Bobby Bowden! Bobby Bowden!'' and the 74-year-old coach was joined on the sidelines at the end of the game by his wife of 54 years, Ann.
Bowden, 339-97-4 in 38 seasons as a head coach, surpassed Joe Paterno, whose Penn State team lost 26-14 at Iowa. Eddie Robinson has the overall college record with 408 wins. Bowden picked up 31 wins at Samford (Ala.) College, another 42 at West Virginia and is 266-65-4 since coming to Florida State in 1976.
There wasn't much mystery in Bowden's record win as the Seminoles (7-1, 6-0) built a 48-17 lead as they ran their league record to 12-0 against the Demon Deacons(4-4, 2-3).
Chris Rix scored on a 1-yard run with 1:38 left in the quarter as the Seminoles took a 10-7 lead and Leon Washington raced 65 yards with a punt return less than two minutes later. Washington set a school record with 159 yards on seven punt returns.
Rix, who completed 22 of 34 passes for 339 yards, threw a pair of TD passes to Craphonso Thorpe on plays covering 25 yards and 10 yards, the first giving the Seminoles a 27-14 halftime lead.
Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden is dunked with water by his players following his 48-24 win over Wake Forest, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003, in Tallahassee, Fla. With the win Bowden becomes the career leader with 339 wins in division 1-A college football.
AP Photo/Phil Coale
No. 1 Oklahoma 34, Colorado 20
BOULDER, Colo. Jason White threw three touchdown passes, including a 59-yarder to Mark Clayton with 1:59 left, as Oklahoma survived a scare to beat Colorado.
The Sooners (8-0, 4-0 Big 12) built a 27-7 third-quarter lead before Colorado closed to 27-20 with two touchdowns in the fourth.
Facing a third-and-6 from the Oklahoma 41 with 2:13 remaining, White hit Clayton along the left sideline, and the receiver cut back and outraced the Colorado secondary for the clinching score.
Joel Klatt threw three touchdown passes for Colorado (3-5, 1-3), which entered the game with the worst scoring defense in the country (40.1) but played the Sooners tough.
No. 4 Georgia 16, UAB 13
ATHENS, Ga. Billy Bennett kicked three field goals, the last to break a tie with 12:57 remaining, and Georgia avoided a huge upset with a victory over UAB.
Despite the lackluster showing, Georgia (7-1) could move up a spot in the both The Associated Press rankings and BCS standings. No. 3 Virginia Tech was upset by West Virginia on Thursday night.
UAB (3-5), a 29-point underdog, played well for the second week in a row against a ranked team. The Blazers led No. 15 TCU 24-16 in the third quarter, but wound up losing 27-24 after quarterback Darrell Hackney sustained a season-ending thumb injury.
UAB was forced to give redshirt freshman Chris Williams his first college start against the nation's top-ranked defense.
The Bulldogs had to make a late defensive stand to keep their lead. Williams completed a 24-yard pass to Bradly Chavez to the 32, within range for Nick Hayes to attempt a tying field goal.
But a delay of game penalty backed up UAB, then Derrick White sacked Williams for an 11-yard loss. Under heavy pressure, Williams failed to complete his next two passes, giving the ball back to the Bulldogs with 1:54 remaining.
The Bulldogs were behind 13-10 late in the third quarter. Bennett tied it up with a 29-yard field goal, then connected from 31 yards to finally put the Bulldogs ahead for good.
No. 5 Southern California 43, Washington 23
SEATTLE Matt Leinart threw for 351 yards and four touchdowns as Southern California beat Washington for its first victory at Husky Stadium in 10 years.
It was another efficient day for Leinart, the steady sophomore who has kept the Trojans (7-1, 3-1 Pac-10) on a roll since taking over for Carson Palmer, last season's Heisman Trophy winner.
Leinart completed 19 of 29 passes without an interception.
Many fans left early in the fourth quarter after Leinart's fourth TD pass, a 37-yarder to Reggie Bush, put USC ahead 43-17. Earlier in the period, Leinart threw a 52-yard TD pass to fullback Brandon Hancock. Bush caught five passes for 132 yards and two TDs and rushed 12 times for 81 yards.
The Huskies dropped to 4-4 overall and 2-2 in the Pac-10.
No. 6 Washington St. 36, Oregon St. 30
PULLMAN, Wash. Matt Kegel threw three touchdown passes, two to Scott Lunde in the fourth quarter, and Jonathan Smith scored twice as Washington State rallied to beat Oregon State.
Kegel was 21-of-40 for 305 yards, but threw five interceptions one more than he had in the Cougars' previous seven games this season and also lost two fumbles.
Oregon State's Mitch Meeuwsen had three interceptions, one that he returned 45 yards for the Beavers' first score.
Washington State (7-1, 4-0) held Pacific-10 Conference rushing leader Steven Jackson to fewer than 100 yards for the second consecutive week, but Cougars miscues kept the Beavers (5-3, 2-2) in the game. Jackson had 85 yards on 28 carries.
No. 8 Ohio St. 35, Indiana 6
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. Lydell Ross ran for a career-high 167 yards and three touchdowns, backup receiver Santonio Holmes caught two TD passes and Craig Krenzel threw for 272 yards for Ohio State.
The Hoosiers (1-7, 0-4) lost their 10th straight Big Ten game and 11th in a row to Ohio State. The Buckeyes (7-1, 3-1) won their first road game of the season.
Ohio State's offense, which entered the game ranked 114th out of 117 Division I-A schools, finished with a season-high 603 total yards, nearly doubling its previous best of 345.
No. 9 LSU 31, No. 17 Auburn 7
BATON ROUGE, La. Justin Vincent ran for 127 yards and Matt Mauck passed for 223 yards and three touchdowns as LSU smothered Auburn.
The victory left LSU (7-1, 4-1) and Auburn (5-3, 4-1) tied for second place in the SEC West behind Mississippi, which beat Arkansas to remain undefeated in conference play.
LSU outgained Auburn 381 yards to 193 yards, including a 157-53 edge on the ground.
Mauck completed 17 of 28 passes, Vincent averaged more than 9 yards per carry, and fellow freshman Alley Broussard ran for 35 yards and a touchdown. Devery Henderson had six catches for 101 yards and two touchdowns.
Carnell Williams, who ran for 496 yards and eight touchdowns in Auburn's previous three games, was held to 61 yards on 20 carries.
No. 13 Michigan 31, No. 10 Purdue 3
ANN ARBOR, Mich. John Navarre threw two touchdown passes to Braylon Edwards as Michigan beat Purdue.
The Wolverines (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) took control with two first-quarter TDs and their stingy defense never gave Purdue (6-2, 3-1) a chance to win at Michigan for the first time since 1966.
Michigan's win sets up a game next week at No. 11 Michigan State (7-1, 4-0). The Wolverines are alone in second place behind the Spartans, the only team without a Big Ten loss.
Navarre was 17-of-30 for 225 yards with TD passes of 14 and 26 yards to Edwards, who caught six passes for 86 yards. Chris Perry ran for 95 yards.
No. 23 Bowling Green 34, No. 12 N. Illinois 18
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio Josh Harris threw for 438 yards and three touchdowns as Bowling Green handed Northern Illinois its first loss of the season.
Harris was nearly unstoppable, breaking his career high for passing yards in what might have been the biggest Mid-American Conference game ever. Only once before in 1973 had two MAC teams ranked in the Top 25 met in the regular season.
Harris was 27-of-43 with two interceptions. He also was the leading rusher with 89 yards. Janssen Patton had three interceptions for Bowling Green (6-1, 3-0).
No. 14 Nebraska 28, Iowa St. 0
LINCOLN, Neb. Josh Bullocks blocked a punt to set up a touchdown and returned another blocked punt for a score as Nebraska beat Iowa State.
The victory avenged Nebraska's 36-14 loss last year in Ames, and assured the Cornhuskers (7-1, 3-1 Big 12) of their 42nd winning season in 43 years.
Iowa State (2-6, 0-4) hadn't been shut out in a school-record 138 games, since losing 41-0 to Kansas in 1991. The Cyclones lost their sixth straight game and their 13th in a row in Lincoln.
No. 15 TCU 62, Houston 55
HOUSTON Brandon Hassell threw for 375 yards and four touchdowns as TCU outscored Houston to remain undefeated.
The Horned Frogs (8-0, 5-0 Conference USA) couldn't shake resurgent Houston (5-2, 2-2) despite setting a school record with 782 yards. The Cougars had 684 yards.
TCU's Robert Merrill ran for 166 yards and a touchdown, Lonta Hobbs had 102 yards and a score and Cory Rodgers caught six passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns and added a 1-yard TD run. Hassell, who was 17-for-27, also ran for 66 yards.
vNo. 16 Iowa 26, Penn St. 14
IOWA CITY, Iowa Nathan Chandler threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and Fred Russell ran for 148 yards as Iowa handed Penn State its fourth straight loss.
The loss by the Nittany Lions (2-6, 0-4 Big Ten) dropped coach Joe Paterno into second place for most wins ever in Division I-A. Florida State's Bobby Bowden beat Wake Forest 48-24 later Saturday for his 339th career win, breaking a tie with Paterno.
No. 18 Oklahoma St. 38, Texas A&M 10
COLLEGE STATION, Texas Tatum Bell ran for 196 yards and three touchdowns and became the third player in Oklahoma State history to have back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
The Cowboys (7-1, 3-1 Big 12) tuned up for their showdown next week with No. 1 Oklahoma by winning their seventh straight game. Oklahoma State has upset the Sooners the past two seasons.
No. 19 Texas 56, Baylor 0
WACO, Texas Freshman quarterback Vince Young ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns for Texas.
The Longhorns (6-2, 3-1 Big 12) set the offense on cruise control from the start, rolling to a 35-0 halftime lead in Young's second start at quarterback. It was Texas' first shutout of the season and its second in a row over Baylor (3-5, 1-3).
Northwestern 16, No. 20 Wisconsin 7
EVANSTON, Ill. Jason Wright caught a 53-yard touchdown pass and added a 1-yard scoring run following a fake field goal as Northwestern upset No. 20 Wisconsin 16-7 on Saturday.
Northwestern (4-4, 2-2 Big Ten) led 9-7 and faced fourth-and-6 at the 23 when coach Randy Walker sent in his field-goal unit and fooled everyone. Eric Batis took the snap, and slipped the ball between Noah Herron's legs. Herron stood still for a couple of counts, then took off to the right for a 20-yard gain.
Wright scored two plays later to give Northwestern a 16-7 lead in the third quarter. Herron finished with 104 yards rushing.
vMississippi 19, No. 21 Arkansas 7
OXFORD, Miss. Mississippi shut down a short-handed Arkansas offense and Jonathan Nichols kicked four field goals to help the Rebels move into first place in the SEC West.
The Rebels (6-2, 4-0) are off to their best start in the SEC in 33 years and are a half-game ahead of Auburn and LSU.
Eli Manning was 17-for-32 for 145 yards with an interception. He threw a 1-yard touchdown to Rick Razzano on the Rebels' first possession and Nichols provided the rest of their points.
Ole Miss held Arkansas (4-3, 1-3) scoreless in the second half. The Razorbacks, who were playing without injured leading rusher Cedric Cobbs, didn't get their initial first down of the second half until there was less than four minutes to go.
No. 22 Tennessee 51, Alabama 43, 5OT
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Casey Clausen nudged across the goal line on a 1-yard sneak in the fifth overtime and Tennessee stuffed Shaud Williams twice as the Volunteers beat Alabama.
The Volunteers (5-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) became the first visitor to win three straight times at Bryant-Denny Stadium and snapped a two-game losing streak.
Corey Larkins gained 20 yards on three carries to start the fifth OT and Alabama had an offsides penalty. On third down from the 2, Clausen rolled right and dove toward the goal line.
He was stopped just short but did get the first down and scored on the next play. Clausen then hit a leaping James Banks for the 2-point conversion, with the NCAA mandating that teams go for two following touchdowns after the first two OTs.
New Mexico 47, No. 24 Utah 35
SALT LAKE CITY DonTrell Moore ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns and D.D. Cox added 106 yards and a score as New Mexico gained 633 yards.
Wes Zunker added four field goals for the Lobos (5-3, 2-1 Mountain West), who shut down Utah's spread offense and beat a ranked opponent for the first time since 1994.
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