BLACKSBURG, Va. Virginia Tech blew the national championship race wide open Saturday night with the biggest victory in its history, 31-7 over No. 2 Miami.
The No. 10 Hokies (7-1, 3-1 Big East) got two touchdowns from their defense and another on a 10-yard drive set up by the defense to end Miami's 39-game regular season winning streak, its 27-game winning streak in the Big East and perhaps its hope for a third straight championship appearance.
It was the first victory in Virginia Tech history in 34 games against teams ranked No. 8 or higher, and it came just 10 days after the Hokies' 28-7 loss at West Virginia. Miami (7-1, 3-1) hadn't lost in league play since a 43-10 loss here in 1999.
Miami didn't score until 7:53 remained on a 10-yard pass from backup Derrick Crudup to Jason Geathers. By then, it trailed 31-0.
Virginia Tech finished with 219 total yards, just 44 through the air, and didn't complete a pass until Marcus Vick hit Doug Easlick on a swing pass with 2 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter.
About two minutes later, Vick made the only other completion a big one, hitting Ernest Wilford for 46 yards and a TD that made it 31-0.
Kevin Jones, who ran for 124 yards, scored the Hokies' other offensive touchdown on a 2-yard run after a 44-yard interception return by Michael Crawford, the last pass Brock Berlin threw before being replaced.
Miami's DeAngelo Hall stripped a ball from Roscoe Parrish and ran 28 yards for a second-quarter touchdown, and Eric Green picked off an off-balance throw by Brock Berlin and ran 51 yards for a score. Green also blocked a 39-yard field goal try in the first quarter, the Hokies' 101st kick block since coach Frank Beamer arrived in 1987.
No. 1 Oklahoma 52, No. 14 Oklahoma St. 9
NORMAN, Okla. Jason White threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and Oklahoma's defense was dominant once again.
In ending a two-game losing streak against the Cowboys, Oklahoma (9-0, 5-0 Big 12) remained on track for the Big 12 title and a spot in the BCS' national title game.
DeJuan Jones added two touchdowns for the Sooners, who have the nation's longest winning streak at 11 games.
The defeat dropped the Cowboys (7-2, 3-2 Big 12) a game behind Texas and into third place in the Big 12 South, all but ending their hopes of a BCS game.
The momentum of the game shifted late in the first quarter on Darrent Williams' fumble on a punt return. Williams fielded the ball, dropped it, then tried to pick it up again. The ball squirted away and Oklahoma recovered it at the 50.
Eight plays later, Jones scored from 3 yards out to give the Sooners a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter.
No. 3 USC 43, No. 6 Washington St. 16
LOS ANGELES Matt Leinart threw three touchdown passes, LenDale White ran for 149 yards on 12 carries and Southern Cal smothered Washington State.
In what was billed as one of the biggest Pac-10 games in years, USC (8-1, 4-1) used its their big-play ability to break open a close game in the second half.
The Trojans, fourth in the BCS standings, must hope the dominant win impressed the poll voters and computers that help determine the top two teams in the country to play for the national championship in the Sugar Bowl.
Leinart threw for 191 yards, Mike Williams caught a TD pass and threw a spectacular pass of his own and Hershel Dennis scored on a 24-yard run as USC scored at least 40 points for a school-record fourth straight game. The Trojans won their 13th straight home game and moved into a tie for first in the conference with the Cougars (7-2, 4-1) and UCLA.
No. 23 Florida 16, No. 4 Georgia 13
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Matt Leach slipped a 33-yard field goal inside the left upright with 33 seconds left to lift Florida past Georgia.
The Gators (6-3, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) kept alive a most improbable run at the SEC title by defeating Georgia (7-2, 4-2) for the 13th time in the last 14 playings of The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.
Leach's third field goal of the game was set up by a beautiful 66-yard drive highlighted when freshman Chris Leak dropped a 20-yard pass to Ben Troupe into a gap in the Georgia zone for a first down at the Georgia 47.
It was a fantastic finish for a game that seemed to be slipping from Florida's grasp. After Leach made an 18-yarder to put the Gators up 13-3 early in the fourth, the Bulldogs responded with a pair of quick scoring drives.
No. 5 Florida St. 37, Notre Dame 0
SOUTH BEND, Ind. Chris Rix passed for 327 yards and three touchdowns to lead Florida State to a victory over Notre Dame, the second worst home loss in Irish history.
Craphonso Thorpe had seven catches for 217 yards, including TD catches of 35 and 38 yards to help the Seminoles (8-1) get revenge for an embarrassing 34-24 loss to the Irish last year.
The Irish, held scoreless at home for the first time since 1978, fell to 2-6 for the first time since 1963.
No. 7 LSU 49, Louisiana Tech 10
BATON ROUGE, La. Matt Mauck was 14-for-14 for 277 yards and four touchdowns in the first half for LSU.
It was the second time this season Mauck, 18-for-20 for 311 yards, has passed for four touchdowns.
LSU (8-1) led 49-3 at the half, the most points the Tigers have scored in a half since 1958. The Tigers had 653 total yards of offense to 341 for Tech (4-5).
Alley Broussard gained 106 yards, Skyler Green had 103 yards and a touchdown, Devery Henderson had 96 yards and two touchdowns on two catches and Michael Clayton had 85 yards and a touchdown.
No. 8 Ohio St. 21, Penn St. 20
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. Michael Jenkins caught a 5-yard touchdown pass with 1:35 left to lift for Ohio State, giving Penn State its first five-game losing streak in the Joe Paterno era.
Penn State (2-7, 0-5 Big Ten) had a chance to win, but David Kimball's 60-yard field goal try on the final play of the game was short and wide right.
The Nittany Lions held off Ohio State (8-1, 4-1) for most of the game, with Buckeyes quarterback Craig Krenzel leaving late in the second quarter after a hard hit.
No. 11 Michigan 27, No. 9 Michigan St. 20
EAST LANSING, Mich. Chris Perry ran for 219 yards on a school-record 51 carries and John Navarre threw three touchdown passes in Michigan's victory over Michigan State.
The Wolverines (8-2, 5-1) moved into first place alone in the Big Ten after earning just the second win on the road in the rivalry in 12 years. The Spartans (7-2, 4-1) had won five straight games this season and were off to their best start since 1966.
Perry surpassed the Michigan rushing-attempt record of 42 set by Ron Johnson in 1967 and matched by Anthony Thomas in 1999.
Navarre was 17-of-31 for 223 yards. Braylon Edwards caught seven passes for 103 yards and two scores.
No. 16 Texas 31, No. 12 Nebraska 7
AUSTIN, Texas Cedric Benson ran for 174 yards and three touchdowns and No. 16 Texas got a dominating performance from its much-maligned defense against Nebraska.
Quarterback Vince Young added 163 yards rushing and a touchdown for Texas (7-2, 4-1 Big 12). The Longhorns held Nebraska (7-2, 3-2) to just 175 total yards 53 on the ground.
Nebraska's Jammal Lord passed for 122 yards and a touchdown but ran for just 22 yards on 21 carries and was sacked five times.
No. 13 Iowa 41, Illinois 10
IOWA CITY, Iowa Fred Russell topped 1,000 yards for the season and Bob Sanders scored on a fumble return for Iowa.
Iowa (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten) also got a TD pass from Nathan Chandler and Nate Kaeding kicked two field goals in putting coach Kirk Ferentz over .500 (29-28) for the first time with the Hawkeyes.
Russell scored on runs of 2 and 14 yards and finished with 94 yards on 23 carries, raising his season total to 1,010.
Illinois (1-9, 0-6) lost for the eighth straight time.
No. 18 Purdue 34, Northwestern 14
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. John Standeford had four catches for 88 yards to break the Big Ten record for career receiving yards as Purdue beat Northwestern.
Jerod Void ran for 87 yards and two touchdowns and Purdue (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) took advantage of four Northwestern fumbles.
Standeford broke the record with a 31-yard catch in the fourth quarter. He has 3,418 yards for his career, surpassing Illinois' David Williams, who had 3,392 yards from 1983-85.
Northwestern dropped to 4-5 overall and 2-3 in the Big Ten.
No. 19 Tennessee 23, Duke 6
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Chris Hannon caught a 4-yard TD pass from Casey Clausen to help Tennessee overcome a lackluster effort.
The Volunteers (6-2) hardly looked like the motivated team that beat Alabama last week 51-43 in five overtimes or ready for next week's trip to No. 2 Miami.
Tennessee, leading 9-6 early in the fourth quarter, finally got some momentum when Duke's Jamin Pastore fumbled on a punt return and Corey Larkins recovered it at the Duke 37.
When Clausen capped a six-play drive with his scoring pass to Hannon with 11:10 left, the crowd cheered in relief.
The Blue Devils dropped to 2-7.
No. 20 Mississippi 43, South Carolina 40
OXFORD, Miss. Eli Manning threw for 391 yards and three first-half touchdowns and Mississippi withstood a late 26-point outburst to beat South Carolina.
The Rebels (7-2) remained in first place in the SEC West and improved to 5-0 in the Southeastern Conference for the first time since 1963 the last time Ole Miss won the league title.
The Rebels took a 43-14 lead in the third quarter before South Carolina (5-4, 2-4) scored touchdowns on four straight possessions.
Manning finished 30-for-42 with an interception. Chris Collins had 10 catches for 125 yards and two first-quarter touchdowns, and Tremaine Turner ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns.
South Carolina's Dondrial Pinkins was 14-for-32 for a career-high 298 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.
No. 21 N. Illinois 48, Ball St. 23
DEKALB, Ill. Michael Turner ran for 126 yards, had 52 yards receiving and scored three touchdowns for Northern Illinois.
Northern Illinois (8-1, 4-1 MAC) got a dominant performance from its defense a week after allowing 634 yards in a loss to Bowling Green.
The Huskies forced five turnovers, including three in a 27-point second quarter. Turner ran for an 18-yard touchdown and caught a 31-yard TD pass.
Ball State dropped to 4-5 overall and 3-2 in the MAC.
No. 24 Minnesota 55, Indiana 7
MINNEAPOLIS Laurence Maroney and Marion Barber III each gained more than 100 yards and scored a touchdown for Minnesota.
Maroney led the way with 164 yards, while Barber had 107 and fullback Thomas Tapeh added 65 yards and two touchdowns.
Minnesota (8-2, 4-2 Big Ten) totaled 435 yards rushing in sending Indiana (1-8, 0-5) to its 11th straight league loss and 12th overall on the road. Asad Abdul-Khaliq, the Big Ten leader in pass efficiency, threw for 66 yards and a touchdown.
No. 25 Pittsburgh 24, Boston College 13
BOSTON Larry Fitzgerald set an NCAA record with a touchdown catch in his 14th straight game and tailback Jawan Walker caught a TD pass and threw for another score for Pittsburgh.
Fitzgerald caught a 35-yard TD pass from Walker for the clinching score in the fourth period. The touchdown came moments after Pittsburgh (6-2, 3-0 Big East) took a 17-13 lead when Walker turned a screen pass by Rod Rutherford into a 47-yard TD play.
Fitzgerald has 28 TD catches in two seasons, also an NCAA record. He finished with seven catches for 156 yards.
Rutherford completed 24 of 37 passes for 329 yards.
Derrick Knight ran for 119 yards, giving him consecutive 1,000-yard seasons for Boston College (5-4, 1-3).
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