Oklahoma survives scare from Texas A&M

Posted: Sunday, November 07, 2004

 

  University of Texas running back Cedric Benson rushes against Oklahoma State on Saturday, November 6, 2004, at Darrell K. Royal-Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Benson scored five touchdowns as the Longhorns completed the biggest comeback in school history, scoring 42 unanswered points in the second half of their 56-35 win over the Cowboys. AP Photo/The University of Texas

University of Texas running back Cedric Benson rushes against Oklahoma State on Saturday, November 6, 2004, at Darrell K. Royal-Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Benson scored five touchdowns as the Longhorns completed the biggest comeback in school history, scoring 42 unanswered points in the second half of their 56-35 win over the Cowboys.

AP Photo/The University of Texas

Oklahoma handed Texas A&M a loss for the ages last season 77-0, the worst in the 108-year history of Aggies football. But the rematch was a battle from start to finish for the Sooners (9-0, 6-0 Big 12).

White, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, was 19-of-35 for 292 yards, taking control of the offense as the 22nd-ranked Aggies swarmed to star freshman running back Adrian Peterson.

Peterson still managed to run for 101 yards and a touchdown on a tough 29 carries, his ninth straight 100-yard game. He went to the locker room on Oklahoma's go-ahead drive with an apparent arm injury, but returned to help the Sooners run the clock down on their last possession.

The Aggies (6-3, 4-2) finished the game without their best offensive weapon. Reggie McNeal left with an apparent injury in the third quarter after throwing for 213 yards and two touchdowns and running for a score.

No. 6 Texas 56, No. 19 Oklahoma St. 35

AUSTIN, Texas Cedric Benson scored five touchdowns and Vince Young had a strong passing game to help Texas overcame a 35-7 first-half deficit.

Young passed for 278 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score, and Benson's fourth TD gave Texas (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) its first lead at 42-35 early in the fourth quarter. The biggest deficit the Longhorns had ever overcome to win was 19 points three seasons ago in a Holiday Bowl win over Washington.

Benson's last's TD, a 6-yard bullrush, put the exclamation point on the incredible comeback that kept the Longhorns' BCS hopes alive.

Benson finished with 141 yards on 23 carries. One of only 10 players in Division I-A history with more than 5,000 career yards, he also tied an NCAA record by scoring a touchdown in 35 career games. He shares the mark with Miami of Ohio's Travis Prentice (1996-99) and Boise State's Brock Forsey (1999-02).

Oklahoma State dropped to 6-3 overall and 3-3 in the Big 12.

No. 1 Southern California 28, Oregon St. 20

CORVALLIS, Ore. Matt Leinart threw two touchdown passes to Dominique Byrd and Southern California shook off the fog and an early Oregon State threat.

Reggie Bush's 65-yard punt return for a touchdown and LenDale White's 5-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter assured the victory for the defending national champion Trojans (9-0, 6-0 Pacific-10). Southern California has won 18 consecutive games overall, 13 in a row in the Pac-10 and 10 straight on the road.

As fog rolled into Reser Stadium, the Beavers (4-5, 3-3) jumped out to a surprising 13-0 lead. But the mighty Trojans adjusted to the adverse conditions and all but took over in the second half to snap a three-game Oregon State winning streak.

Leinart completed 17 of 31 passes for 205 yards. Derek Anderson was 22-of-51 for 330 yards and two touchdowns for the Beavers.

No. 7 Utah 63, Colorado St. 31

SALT LAKE CITY Alex Smith threw for 291 yards and four touchdowns, Morgan Scalley returned a fumble 88 yards for a score for Utah, 9-0 for the first time in school history.

Marty Johnson scored three touchdowns to help the Utes (9-0, 5-0 Mountain West) break the school record for points in a season with 412. That tops the 405 points scored in 1985 and Utah still has two regular-season games to go.

The Utes, who have had two other 8-0 starts, scored more than 50 points for the third straight week and moved a step closer to a perfect season and a possible Bowl Championship Series bid the first for a school outside the six BCS conferences.

Colorado State dropped to 3-7 overall in 2-3 in the Mountain West.

No. 4 California 28, Oregon 27

BERKELEY, Calif. Geoff McArthur caught eight passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns, and Cal stopped Oregon near midfield with 1:39 left. The win solidified the Bears' Bowl Championship Series hopes.

Aaron Rodgers passed for 275 yards and three TDs, and J.J. Arrington ran for 188 yards and a score for the Bears (7-1, 5-1 Pac-10), who barely kept alive their big postseason dreams with a strong second half after falling behind 27-14.

Kellen Clemens threw four touchdown passes in the first half for the Ducks (5-4, 4-2), who seemed headed for an upset after a dominant first 30 minutes.

But two key mistakes made the difference: Jared Siegel missed an extra point in the first quarter, and Oregon's final drive ended when Keith Allen dropped an easy fourth-down pass that would have put the Ducks well within field-goal range.

Notre Dame 17, No. 9 Tennessee 13

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Tennessee (7-2) lost the other half of its heralded freshman quarterback duo and Notre Dame (6-3) capitalized with an interception return for a touchdown.

Erik Ainge separated his right shoulder on the final play of the first half when he recovered his own fumble and was sacked. He did not return. His injury came a week after Brent Schaeffer broke his collarbone.

Junior Rick Clausen, the younger brother of former Tennessee quarterback Casey Clausen, replaced Ainge in the second half and almost immediately made a big mistake. Clausen was being sacked by Derek Landri when he let the ball go. Notre Dame's Mike Goolsby caught it and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown and a 14-10 lead.

No. 5 Wisconsin 38, Minnesota 14

MADISON, Wis. Anthony Davis ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns, John Stocco threw for a career-high 297 yards and a touchdown, and the Badgers didn't have to rely on their stingy defense.

Stocco also ran for two touchdowns to help the Badgers, 9-0 for the third time in school history, move into a first-place tie with idle Michigan atop the Big Ten at 6-0. They celebrated by rushing to the Golden Gophers' sideline to retrieve Paul Bunyan's Axe, the trophy that goes to the winner in Division I's most-played rivalry.

Wisconsin, which was averaging 21 points a game, had that by the end of the first quarter and scored on its first five possessions to take a 31-0 lead. The Gophers (6-4, 3-4) lost for the fourth time in five games.

No. 8 Georgia 62, Kentucky 17

LEXINGTON, Ky. David Greene passed for 259 yards and set an NCAA Division I-A record for victories by a quarterback.

Greene is 40-9 as a starting quarterback, breaking former Tennessee star Peyton Manning's I-A record for career victories.

Georgia (8-1, 6-1 SEC) prepped for its showdown with No. 3 Auburn by scoring on six consecutive possessions against the Wildcats (1-8, 0-6), who have lost seven straight.

Freshman tailback Thomas Brown ran for a career-high 130 yards and had three short TD runs for Georgia, which had a season-high 589 yards of total offense. The Bulldogs' point total was their highest since a 70-6 rout of Northeast Louisiana in 1994.

Clemson 24, No. 11 Miami 17, OT

MIAMI Reggie Merriweather ran for a career-high 114 yards and three touchdowns, including a 2-yard score in overtime for Clemson,

Clemson needed five plays to score in the extra session, with the Tigers benefiting from a pass-interference penalty against cornerback Kelly Jennings.

On its overtime possession, Miami moved to the Clemson 5, but three straight incompletions by Brock Berlin sealed the Hurricanes' second straight loss. Berlin's final attempt was intended for Lance Leggett in the corner of the end zone, but Clemson's Tye Hill had him well-covered and the ball bounced away.

The loss knocked the Hurricanes (6-2, 3-2) out of first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference, leaving them a game behind Virginia and Virginia Tech in the race for the league title and automatic Bowl Championship Series berth.

Clemson (5-4, 4-3) overcame a 17-3 halftime deficit.

No. 12 Virginia 16, Maryland 0

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Wali Lundy ran for two touchdowns, giving him 14 this season, and Virginia remained in a first-place tie in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

In a game that has grown into a bitter rivalry, the Cavaliers (7-1, 4-1 ACC) wore down the Terrapins (4-5, 2-4) on the ground, running for 295 yards. Alvin Pearman had 170 yards on 31 carries, and Lundy added 107 yards on 24 attempts.

Virginia's defense also played a huge role, not allowing quarterback Joel Statham to follow up his 333-yard performance in a 20-17 victory against Florida State last week, or Josh Allen to come anywhere near the career-best 257 yards he ran for against Virginia last year.

No. 13 Florida St. 29, Duke 7

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Backup quarterback Wyatt Sexton led three long scoring drives in the second half, and Gary Cismesia tied a school record with five field goals in his college debut.

Sexton completed 11 of 15 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown while taking the Seminoles (7-2, 5-2 ACC) on drives of 93, 80 and 70 yards to break open a tight game with 20 straight points. Sexton replaced Chris Rix, who failed to get the Seminoles into the end zone in the first half.

No. 15 West Virginia 42, Temple 21

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. Kay-Jay Harris caught two scoring passes and ran for two other touchdowns to lead West Virginia.

West Virginia's Chris Henry, benched for the first half after being ejected last week against Rutgers, caught a 40-yard TD pass from Rasheed Marshall late in the third quarter. Henry, who had two unsportsmanlike penalties last week, flipped the ball around his body after the scoring catch. The ball hit a Temple player, but Henry, motioning that it was meant for the referee, wasn't flagged.

No. 18 Virginia Tech 27, North Carolina 24

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Mike Imoh ran for 236 yards and two touchdowns and the Hokies survived a late North Carolina rally, which fell short when the Tar Heels missed a tying 54-yard field goal with about a minute left.

The Tar Heels, who upset Miami last week on a last-play field goal by freshman Connor Barth, seemed poised for more late-game heroics. North Carolina drove to the Tech 26 in the closing minutes, but an 11-yard sack of Darian Durant on third down made Barth's job much tougher. His 54-yard attempt fell short.

No. 20 Iowa 23, Purdue 21

IOWA CITY, Iowa Drew Tate threw two touchdown passes and Iowa 7-2, 5-1 Big Ten forced five turnovers and blocked two field goals to run its home winning streak to 17, the fourth-longest string in the nation.

Brandon Kirsch, starting in place of the injured Kyle Orton, threw three touchdown passes for Purdue. But his miscues in the fourth quarter, one fumble and two interceptions, scuttled Purdue's attempt to rally from a 17-point deficit.

Cincinnati 52, No. 21 Southern Miss 24

HATTIESBURG, Miss. Gino Guidugli threw three of his Cincinnati-record five touchdown passes to Hannibal Thomas.

Guidugli was 19-of-26 for 308 yards for Cincinnati (5-4, 4-2 Conference USA), which snapped the Golden Eagles' 13-game league winning streak and beat a ranked team for the first time in four years.

No. 23 Arizona St. 34, Stanford 31

TEMPE, Ariz. Andrew Walter threw 4 yards to Matt Miller his fourth touchdown pass of the night with 9 seconds to play to give Arizona State (7-2, 4-2 Pac-10) a wild victory over Stanford (2-4, 4-5).

Cardinal backup quarterback T.C. Ostrander had given his team a 31-26 lead with a 67-yard touchdown pass to Alex Smith with 2:02 remaining.

No. 24 Boston College 21, Rutgers 10

BOSTON Paul Peterson scored on a 1-yard run and threw for a touchdown to lead Boston College.

Peterson was 22-of-38 for 296 yards for BC (6-2, 2-1 Big East), but also fumbled once and threw two interceptions.

Oklahoma survives scare from Texas A&M

By The Associated Press

COLLEGE STATION, Texas Jason White threw five touchdown passes, including the decisive one with 6:43 left, and second-ranked Oklahoma overcame Texas A&M's explosive offense and special teams trickery for a 42-35 victory Saturday.

Oklahoma handed Texas A&M a loss for the ages last season 77-0, the worst in the 108-year history of Aggies football. But the rematch was a battle from start to finish for the Sooners (9-0, 6-0 Big 12).

White, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, was 19-of-35 for 292 yards, taking control of the offense as the 22nd-ranked Aggies swarmed to star freshman running back Adrian Peterson.

Peterson still managed to run for 101 yards and a touchdown on a tough 29 carries, his ninth straight 100-yard game. He went to the locker room on Oklahoma's go-ahead drive with an apparent arm injury, but returned to help the Sooners run the clock down on their last possession.

The Aggies (6-3, 4-2) finished the game without their best offensive weapon. Reggie McNeal left with an apparent injury in the third quarter after throwing for 213 yards and two touchdowns and running for a score.

No. 6 Texas 56, No. 19 Oklahoma St. 35

AUSTIN, Texas Cedric Benson scored five touchdowns and Vince Young had a strong passing game to help Texas overcame a 35-7 first-half deficit.

Young passed for 278 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score, and Benson's fourth TD gave Texas (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) its first lead at 42-35 early in the fourth quarter. The biggest deficit the Longhorns had ever overcome to win was 19 points three seasons ago in a Holiday Bowl win over Washington.

Benson's last's TD, a 6-yard bullrush, put the exclamation point on the incredible comeback that kept the Longhorns' BCS hopes alive.

Benson finished with 141 yards on 23 carries. One of only 10 players in Division I-A history with more than 5,000 career yards, he also tied an NCAA record by scoring a touchdown in 35 career games. He shares the mark with Miami of Ohio's Travis Prentice (1996-99) and Boise State's Brock Forsey (1999-02).

Oklahoma State dropped to 6-3 overall and 3-3 in the Big 12.

No. 1 Southern California 28, Oregon St. 20

CORVALLIS, Ore. Matt Leinart threw two touchdown passes to Dominique Byrd and Southern California shook off the fog and an early Oregon State threat.

Reggie Bush's 65-yard punt return for a touchdown and LenDale White's 5-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter assured the victory for the defending national champion Trojans (9-0, 6-0 Pacific-10). Southern California has won 18 consecutive games overall, 13 in a row in the Pac-10 and 10 straight on the road.

As fog rolled into Reser Stadium, the Beavers (4-5, 3-3) jumped out to a surprising 13-0 lead. But the mighty Trojans adjusted to the adverse conditions and all but took over in the second half to snap a three-game Oregon State winning streak.

Leinart completed 17 of 31 passes for 205 yards. Derek Anderson was 22-of-51 for 330 yards and two touchdowns for the Beavers.

No. 7 Utah 63, Colorado St. 31

SALT LAKE CITY Alex Smith threw for 291 yards and four touchdowns, Morgan Scalley returned a fumble 88 yards for a score for Utah, 9-0 for the first time in school history.

Marty Johnson scored three touchdowns to help the Utes (9-0, 5-0 Mountain West) break the school record for points in a season with 412. That tops the 405 points scored in 1985 and Utah still has two regular-season games to go.

The Utes, who have had two other 8-0 starts, scored more than 50 points for the third straight week and moved a step closer to a perfect season and a possible Bowl Championship Series bid the first for a school outside the six BCS conferences.

Colorado State dropped to 3-7 overall in 2-3 in the Mountain West.

No. 4 California 28, Oregon 27

BERKELEY, Calif. Geoff McArthur caught eight passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns, and Cal stopped Oregon near midfield with 1:39 left. The win solidified the Bears' Bowl Championship Series hopes.

Aaron Rodgers passed for 275 yards and three TDs, and J.J. Arrington ran for 188 yards and a score for the Bears (7-1, 5-1 Pac-10), who barely kept alive their big postseason dreams with a strong second half after falling behind 27-14.

Kellen Clemens threw four touchdown passes in the first half for the Ducks (5-4, 4-2), who seemed headed for an upset after a dominant first 30 minutes.

But two key mistakes made the difference: Jared Siegel missed an extra point in the first quarter, and Oregon's final drive ended when Keith Allen dropped an easy fourth-down pass that would have put the Ducks well within field-goal range.

Notre Dame 17, No. 9 Tennessee 13

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Tennessee (7-2) lost the other half of its heralded freshman quarterback duo and Notre Dame (6-3) capitalized with an interception return for a touchdown.

Erik Ainge separated his right shoulder on the final play of the first half when he recovered his own fumble and was sacked. He did not return. His injury came a week after Brent Schaeffer broke his collarbone.

Junior Rick Clausen, the younger brother of former Tennessee quarterback Casey Clausen, replaced Ainge in the second half and almost immediately made a big mistake. Clausen was being sacked by Derek Landri when he let the ball go. Notre Dame's Mike Goolsby caught it and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown and a 14-10 lead.

No. 5 Wisconsin 38, Minnesota 14

MADISON, Wis. Anthony Davis ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns, John Stocco threw for a career-high 297 yards and a touchdown, and the Badgers didn't have to rely on their stingy defense.

Stocco also ran for two touchdowns to help the Badgers, 9-0 for the third time in school history, move into a first-place tie with idle Michigan atop the Big Ten at 6-0. They celebrated by rushing to the Golden Gophers' sideline to retrieve Paul Bunyan's Axe, the trophy that goes to the winner in Division I's most-played rivalry.

Wisconsin, which was averaging 21 points a game, had that by the end of the first quarter and scored on its first five possessions to take a 31-0 lead. The Gophers (6-4, 3-4) lost for the fourth time in five games.

No. 8 Georgia 62, Kentucky 17

LEXINGTON, Ky. David Greene passed for 259 yards and set an NCAA Division I-A record for victories by a quarterback.

Greene is 40-9 as a starting quarterback, breaking former Tennessee star Peyton Manning's I-A record for career victories.

Georgia (8-1, 6-1 SEC) prepped for its showdown with No. 3 Auburn by scoring on six consecutive possessions against the Wildcats (1-8, 0-6), who have lost seven straight.

Freshman tailback Thomas Brown ran for a career-high 130 yards and had three short TD runs for Georgia, which had a season-high 589 yards of total offense. The Bulldogs' point total was their highest since a 70-6 rout of Northeast Louisiana in 1994.

Clemson 24, No. 11 Miami 17, OT

MIAMI Reggie Merriweather ran for a career-high 114 yards and three touchdowns, including a 2-yard score in overtime for Clemson,

Clemson needed five plays to score in the extra session, with the Tigers benefiting from a pass-interference penalty against cornerback Kelly Jennings.

On its overtime possession, Miami moved to the Clemson 5, but three straight incompletions by Brock Berlin sealed the Hurricanes' second straight loss. Berlin's final attempt was intended for Lance Leggett in the corner of the end zone, but Clemson's Tye Hill had him well-covered and the ball bounced away.

The loss knocked the Hurricanes (6-2, 3-2) out of first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference, leaving them a game behind Virginia and Virginia Tech in the race for the league title and automatic Bowl Championship Series berth.

Clemson (5-4, 4-3) overcame a 17-3 halftime deficit.

No. 12 Virginia 16, Maryland 0

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Wali Lundy ran for two touchdowns, giving him 14 this season, and Virginia remained in a first-place tie in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

In a game that has grown into a bitter rivalry, the Cavaliers (7-1, 4-1 ACC) wore down the Terrapins (4-5, 2-4) on the ground, running for 295 yards. Alvin Pearman had 170 yards on 31 carries, and Lundy added 107 yards on 24 attempts.

Virginia's defense also played a huge role, not allowing quarterback Joel Statham to follow up his 333-yard performance in a 20-17 victory against Florida State last week, or Josh Allen to come anywhere near the career-best 257 yards he ran for against Virginia last year.

No. 13 Florida St. 29, Duke 7

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Backup quarterback Wyatt Sexton led three long scoring drives in the second half, and Gary Cismesia tied a school record with five field goals in his college debut.

Sexton completed 11 of 15 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown while taking the Seminoles (7-2, 5-2 ACC) on drives of 93, 80 and 70 yards to break open a tight game with 20 straight points. Sexton replaced Chris Rix, who failed to get the Seminoles into the end zone in the first half.

No. 15 West Virginia 42, Temple 21

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. Kay-Jay Harris caught two scoring passes and ran for two other touchdowns to lead West Virginia.

West Virginia's Chris Henry, benched for the first half after being ejected last week against Rutgers, caught a 40-yard TD pass from Rasheed Marshall late in the third quarter. Henry, who had two unsportsmanlike penalties last week, flipped the ball around his body after the scoring catch. The ball hit a Temple player, but Henry, motioning that it was meant for the referee, wasn't flagged.

No. 18 Virginia Tech 27, North Carolina 24

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Mike Imoh ran for 236 yards and two touchdowns and the Hokies survived a late North Carolina rally, which fell short when the Tar Heels missed a tying 54-yard field goal with about a minute left.

The Tar Heels, who upset Miami last week on a last-play field goal by freshman Connor Barth, seemed poised for more late-game heroics. North Carolina drove to the Tech 26 in the closing minutes, but an 11-yard sack of Darian Durant on third down made Barth's job much tougher. His 54-yard attempt fell short.

No. 20 Iowa 23, Purdue 21

IOWA CITY, Iowa Drew Tate threw two touchdown passes and Iowa 7-2, 5-1 Big Ten forced five turnovers and blocked two field goals to run its home winning streak to 17, the fourth-longest string in the nation.

Brandon Kirsch, starting in place of the injured Kyle Orton, threw three touchdown passes for Purdue. But his miscues in the fourth quarter, one fumble and two interceptions, scuttled Purdue's attempt to rally from a 17-point deficit.

Cincinnati 52, No. 21 Southern Miss 24

HATTIESBURG, Miss. Gino Guidugli threw three of his Cincinnati-record five touchdown passes to Hannibal Thomas.

Guidugli was 19-of-26 for 308 yards for Cincinnati (5-4, 4-2 Conference USA), which snapped the Golden Eagles' 13-game league winning streak and beat a ranked team for the first time in four years.

No. 23 Arizona St. 34, Stanford 31

TEMPE, Ariz. Andrew Walter threw 4 yards to Matt Miller his fourth touchdown pass of the night with 9 seconds to play to give Arizona State (7-2, 4-2 Pac-10) a wild victory over Stanford (2-4, 4-5).

Cardinal backup quarterback T.C. Ostrander had given his team a 31-26 lead with a 67-yard touchdown pass to Alex Smith with 2:02 remaining.

No. 24 Boston College 21, Rutgers 10

BOSTON Paul Peterson scored on a 1-yard run and threw for a touchdown to lead Boston College.

Peterson was 22-of-38 for 296 yards for BC (6-2, 2-1 Big East), but also fumbled once and threw two interceptions.



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