BOSTON -- The last bounce went Miami's way, and the top-ranked Hurricanes are still in the chase for the national title.
Ed Reed completed a bizarre 80-yard interception return for a touchdown with 13 seconds left as Miami avoided the biggest upset of the season with an 18-7 victory over Boston College on Saturday.
The Eagles (6-3, 3-2 Big East) were poised to pull out their biggest win since upsetting then-No. 1 Notre Dame in 1993, but the Hurricanes (8-0, 5-0) survived four interceptions by Heisman Trophy contender Ken Dorsey.
With Miami clinging to a 12-7 lead in the final minute, BC quarterback Brian St. Pierre moved his team from its own 30 to the Hurricanes 9. With just over 20 seconds left in the game, St. Pierre tried to hit Ryan Read at about the Miami 2.
But the pass ricocheted off Miami cornerback Ed Rumph's left knee and into the hands of defensive tackle Matt Walters at the 10. The lineman ran 10 yards before teammate Reed grabbed the ball from him at the 20 and outraced a BC defender to the end zone.
Miami extended the nation's longest major college winning streak to 18 games and beat Boston College for the 12th straight time.
No. 2 Nebraska 31, Kansas St. 21
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Dahrran Diedrick ran for 108 yards and a touchdown and Nebraska got a pair of long TD returns as the Cornhuskers beat Kansas State.
Willie Amos ran an interception back 20 yards for a score and DeJuan Groce scored on a 60-yard punt return for the Cornhuskers (11-0, 7-0 Big 12), who will likely keep the top spot in the Bowl Championship Series for the third straight week.
Eric Crouch ran 23 times for 106 yards and a touchdown and completed 3 of 7 passes for 60 yards with two interceptions.
No. 3 Oklahoma 31, Texas A&M 10
NORMAN, Okla. -- Nate Hybl threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score, and Oklahoma overcame an early 10-0 deficit to stay in the hunt for a conference and national title.
Hybl threw scoring passes of 13 and 8 yards and scored on a 2-yard scramble. He was 25-of-38 for 195 yards with one interception.
Oklahoma's defense and special teams helped rescue the Sooners (9-1, 5-1 Big 12), who are third in the Bowl Championship Series ratings. In failing to score an offensive TD for the second straight game, the Aggies gained just 132 yards and had five first downs.
No. 4 Florida 54, No. 14 South Carolina 17
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Rex Grossman passed for three TDs and ran for a fourth as Florida won its 11th straight over South Carolina.
The Gators (8-1, 6-1 SEC), who scored on their first nine possessions, can reach the SEC championship game in Atlanta for the eighth time in 10 years by beating Tennessee on Dec. 1.
Grossman threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jabar Gaffney -- moving past coach Steve Spurrier's 4,848 yards on Florida's career pass yardage list in the process -- to tie the game at 10, then stretched the ball over the pile for a 1-yard scoring run on Florida's next series for a 17-10 lead.
It was the most points allowed by South Carolina (7-3, 5-3) in coach Lou Holtz's three seasons and the most given up since a 63-7 loss to the Gators in 1995.
No. 5 Texas 59, Kansas 0
AUSTIN, Texas -- Chris Simms passed for 284 yards and two touchdowns in just over a half, and Cedric Benson ran for 213 yards and scored three times as Texas won its fifth straight.
Simms' scoring passes to Roy Williams and Benson gave him 22 this season, breaking the Texas record of 21 set by Major Applewhite in 1999. Now a senior backup playing in his last home game, Applewhite took over in the third quarter with Texas (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) leading 38-0 and led the Longhorns to two TDs.
Benson scored on runs of 3 and 11 yards and turned a shuffle pass from Simms into a 60-yard TD. He has 895 yards rushing this season and has topped 100 yards in five consecutive games.
No. 6 Tennessee 49, Memphis 28
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Casey Clausen threw five touchdown passes, including three to Donte Stallworth, as Tennessee beat Memphis to improve to 7-1.
The Volunteers scored four times in the first half for the first time all season. But the Tigers made Tennessee sweat in the fourth quarter by scoring three touchdowns and cutting a 35-point lead to 14
So after an onside kick, Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer put Clausen back in, and Stallworth caught his third TD pass, a 35-yarder from Clausen with 2:24 remaining. Clausen finished 22-of-35 for 298 yards, and Stallworth had seven catches for 142 yards.
No. 7 Oregon 21, No. 17 UCLA 20
PASADENA, Calif. -- Joey Harrington brought his team back from a fourth-quarter deficit for the ninth time in his career as Oregon beat UCLA to remain atop the Pac-10 and in the national championship picture.
UCLA's Chris Griffith, who had made 33 of 43 field goals in his career including two in as many attempts earlier in the game, was short and wide right on what would have been a career-best 50-yarder as time expired.
Harrington, 23-3 as a starter, guided Oregon (9-1, 6-1) on an eight-play, 70-yard drive for the winning points -- a 1-yard touchdown pass to Josh Line on fourth-and-goal with 9:56 remaining.
The Bruins (6-3, 3-3) played without DeShaun Foster, the nation's third-leading rusher who was declared ineligible for the game after the NCAA made the university aware of an extra benefits violation.
Oregon St. 49, No. 8 Washington 24
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Jonathan Smith passed for 317 yards and two touchdowns, and freshman Steven Jackson ran for three scores as Oregon State ended a 13-game losing streak to Washington.
Ken Simonton added three touchdowns -- two rushing and the first receiving score of his career -- as the Beavers (4-5, 3-4 Pac-10) stayed in the hunt for a third straight bowl appearance by beating Washington for the first time since 1985.
Oregon's victory over UCLA left Washington (7-2, 5-2) with no chance to win the Pac-10 title, and likely out of contention for BCS game. Washington's Cody Pickett had a miserable day, completing just 13 of 32 passes for 160 yards under heavy pressure.
No. 9 BYU 41, Wyoming 34
LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Levi Madarieta broke up a fourth-down pass at the goal line with 23 seconds left as BYU barely stayed unbeaten by holding off Wyoming.
Luke Staley's fourth touchdown, an 8-yard run with 2:08 left, provided the winning margin as the Cougars (10-0, 6-0) clinched a share of the Mountain West title.
NC State 34, No. 10 Florida St 28
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Ray Robinson ran for two touchdowns, including a decisive fourth-quarter score, as North Carolina State snapped Florida State's 39-game ACC home winning streak.
The game ended with Florida State's Chris Rix throwing into the end zone twice, the final pass intended for Talman Gardner.
No. 11 Washington St. 28, Arizona St. 16
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Raonall Smith returned a disputed fumble 27 yards for a touchdown and running back Dave Minnich threw for another score as Washington State beat Arizona State.
The Cougars (9-1 overall) remained tied with No. 7 Oregon for first place in the Pac-10 at 6-1. Oregon holds the tiebreaker because of its victory over the Cougars.
No. 12 Michigan 31, Minnesota 10
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- B.J. Askew and Chris Perry combined for 172 yards rushing and three touchdowns as Michigan beat Minnesota.
The Wolverines (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) led just 14-10 at halftime, but scored 10 points on their first two second-half possessions and held the Gophers scoreless over the final 30 minutes.
No. 13 Maryland 37, Clemson 20
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Shaun Hill passed for 189 yards and two touchdowns as Maryland ended an eight-game skid against Clemson and gained sole possession of first place in the ACC.
The Terrapins (9-1, 6-1) thrilled a rare sellout crowd by taking a 17-6 halftime lead and cruising behind a defense that had four second-half interceptions.
No. 15 Illinois 33, Penn St. 28
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Rocky Harvey scored on a 13-yard run with 1:19 remaining and No. 15 Illinois intercepted four passes.
Illinois (8-1, 5-1 Big Ten) won despite allowing two kickoff returns for touchdowns, the last a 97-yarder by Larry Johnson with 3:29 remaining that gave Penn State a 28-27 lead.
No. 16 Stanford 51, Arizona 37
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Chris Lewis passed for three first-half touchdowns, and Tank Williams figured in two fumble returns for scores as Stanford beat Arizona.
No. 18 Syracuse 24, West Virginia 13
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- James Mungro scored three times on short runs and the Syracuse defense forced three costly turnovers as the Orangemen rallied for their eighth straight victory.
Syracuse (8-2, 5-0) set up a showdown next week for the Big East title with top-ranked Miami, which beat Boston College 18-7.
No. 24 Auburn 24, No. 19 Georgia 17
ATHENS, Ga. -- Freshman Carnell Williams ran for 167 yards and two touchdowns in his first start for Auburn, which stopped 19th-ranked Georgia at the 1-yard line on the final play.
Williams scored the winning touchdown for Auburn (7-2, 5-1 SEC) on a 1-yard run with 6:47 remaining, setting up the play by taking a screen pass 61 yards.
Virginia 39, No. 20 Georgia Tech 38
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Alvin Pearman took a lateral from Billy McMullen and ran 27 yards for the winning score with 22 seconds left, completing a crazy 37-yard play that provided a fitting ending to Virginia's win over Georgia Tech.
The teams combined for seven TDs in the fourth quarter, trading the lead with each score, but none were as wild as the winner.
No. 21 Colorado 40, Iowa St. 27
AMES, Iowa -- Cortlen Johnson became the first Colorado player to gain 100 yards both rushing and receiving in a game and Jeremy Flores kicked four field goals.
With its third straight victory, Colorado (8-2, 6-1 Big 12) set up a showdown with Nebraska for the league's North Division title. Colorado will play the Cornhuskers at home Nov. 23, with the winner advancing to the conference championship game.
Indiana 37, No. 22 Michigan St. 28
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Levron Williams ran for 251 yards and three touchdowns as Indiana rolled up 489 yards on the ground against Michigan State.
Indian's Antwaan Randle El ran for 149 yards and a touchdown and became the NCAA Division I-A career rushing leader among quarterbacks. Fullback Jeremi Johnson added 96 yards and a touchdown for the Hoosiers (3-5, 3-3 Big Ten).
No. 23 Virginia Tech 35, Temple 0
PHILADELPHIA -- Former Philadelphia high school star Kevin Jones ran for 155 yards and two touchdowns as Virginia Tech beat to snap a two-game losing streak.
Jones, making his first college start, sprinted 87 yards for a TD to give the Hokies (7-2, 4-2 Big East) a 21-0 lead early in the second half. The run was the fourth longest in school history, and the longest since Roscoe Coles' 89-yarder against Auburn in 1975.
No. 25 Louisville 34, Houston 10
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Dave Ragone threw for 246 yards and two touchdowns to help Louisville to its second straight nine-win season.
Ragone completed 19 of 27 passes and avoided an interception for the fourth straight week as the Cardinals (9-1, 5-0 Conference USA) continued the best start in school history.
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