Oklahoma, USC still on collision course

Posted: Sunday, November 16, 2003

NORMAN, Okla. Jason White threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns, and Oklahoma's defense didn't allow a touchdown for the third straight week, lifting the No. 1 Sooners to a 41-3 victory over Baylor on Saturday.

The Sooners (11-0, 7-0 Big 12) clinched the Big 12 South Division title, earning a spot in the Dec. 6 conference championship game for the third time in four years. The win also keeps Oklahoma on track for a berth in the Sugar Bowl, the site of the national title game.

Oklahoma cruised after jumping out to a 24-0 lead in the first quarter, not a surprise after coach Bob Stoops was criticized for running up the score in a 77-0 rout of Texas A&M the week before.

White, the nation's leader in passing efficiency, had all of his touchdown passes in the first half as the Sooners rolled up 260 yards of offense and took a 34-3 lead.

White set the school single-season record for touchdown passes with 36, breaking Josh Heupel's mark of 33 in 1999.

Mark Clayton caught two touchdown passes from White, finishing with six receptions for 112 yards. Clayton broke Antwone Savage's school record for career receiving yards with 2,094 and extended his own marks for TD receptions in a season (14) and a career (22).

Baylor is 3-8 overall and 1-6 in the Big 12.

No. 2 Southern California 45, Arizona 0

TUCSON, Ariz. Mike Williams caught three touchdown passes to break Southern California's career record for scoring receptions with two games left in his sophomore season.

Williams caught 11 passes for 157 yards, including scoring plays of 15, 22 and 26 yards, and didn't play the last 1 1/2 quarters.

His three TD catches tied a school record, and gave him 26 in his 23-game college career, breaking the USC career record of 25 touchdown receptions by Kevin Williams from 1977-80.

It was one of several records broken as the Trojans (9-1, 5-1 Pac-10) took another step toward an appearance in the Sugar Bowl for the national championship.

Arizona (2-9, 1-6) was shut out for the first time in 146 games, dating to a 54-0 loss at Washington on Oct. 5, 1991.

Matt Leinart completed 22 of 30 passes for 296 yards and four touchdowns before sitting down with 6 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter. He ran his streak of consecutive passes without an interception to 165, breaking the school record of 147 set last season by Carson Palmer.

LenDale White ran 43 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the third quarter, his 11th TD of the season, breaking Charles White's freshman record set in 1976.

No. 3 LSU 27, Alabama 3

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Matt Mauck threw for 251 yards and two TDs, and LSU held Alabama scoreless until the fourth quarter.

The Tigers (9-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) moved within a game of Mississippi in the SEC West heading into next week's showdown in Oxford and kept pace with Southern California and Ohio State in the BCS standings.

Mauck took advantage of soft coverage by Alabama to connect 12 times with Michael Clayton for 130 yards, including a 23-yarder for a TD in the first quarter. Mauck finished 24-for-36.

The loss assured Alabama (4-7, 2-5) of its third losing season in seven years after having just one in the previous 40 years.

No. 4 Ohio St. 16, No. 11 Purdue 13, OT

COLUMBUS, Ohio Mike Nugent kicked a 36-yard field goal in overtime and No. 4 Ohio State survived its third game this season without scoring an offensive touchdown.

Nugent could have won the game on the last play of regulation, but Purdue's Bobby Iwuchukwu leaped high to block a 41-yard try.

After Nugent converted on the Buckeyes' opening possession of overtime, Ben Jones missed a 36-yarder of his own that would have kept the game going. Jones also shanked a 28-yard attempt in the third quarter with the game tied at 6.

The victory keeps the Buckeyes (10-1, 6-1) tied with No. 5 Michigan for the Big Ten lead heading into their showdown Saturday in Ann Arbor. Purdue (8-3, 5-2) lost its sixth in a row to the Buckeyes in Columbus.

No. 5 Michigan 41, Northwestern 10

EVANSTON, Ill. John Navarre passed for 288 yards and two touchdowns, and Michigan forced three turnovers.

Michigan (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) is one victory from its league-record 41st conference championship and a likely trip to the Rose Bowl. Michigan hosts No. 4 Ohio State next Saturday.

Navarre led the Wolverines to a 24-point second quarter with TD passes to Braylon Edwards and Jason Avant, who made a spectacular, one-handed grab to give Michigan a 31-3 lead at halftime.

Navarre completed 22 of 31 passes before leaving with the rest of the Michigan starters in the third quarter.

Northwestern (5-6, 3-4) was held to 261 yards on offense and needed more than a quarter to get its second first down.

No. 6 Texas 43, Texas Tech 40

AUSTIN, Texas Chance Mock hit B.J. Johnson with a 9-yard touchdown pass with 46 seconds left, sending Texas to a wild win and keeping the Longhorns in the hunt for a BCS bowl.

Mock, who began the season as the starter for Texas (9-2, 6-1 Big 12), relieved Vince Young after Texas Tech (7-4, 4-3) took a 40-35 lead on Taurean Henderson's third touchdown run of the night.

Faced with 86 yards to cover with 1:57 on the clock and no timeouts, Mock ran Texas' two-minute offense to perfection.

His 54-yard pass to Roy Williams got Texas out from deep in its own territory, and he scrambled for a first down. The touchdown came when Mock floated a pass into the corner of the end zone and Johnson made a sliding, over-the-shoulder catch.

Texas Tech's Keith Toogood, who had two extra points blocked, missed wide left on a 48-yard field-goal attempt to tie as time expired. Red Raiders star B.J. Symons passed for 365 yards and three touchdowns, two to Mickey Peters.

No. 7 Georgia 26, Auburn 7

ATHENS, Ga. Michael Johnson caught a 19-yard touchdown pass, and Georgia finished off Auburn on Odell Thurman's 99-yard interception return.

The Bulldogs (8-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) beat Auburn (6-5, 4-3) at Sanford Stadium for the first time since 1991 and only the third time in the past 14 meetings at Georgia's home field.

Georgia can clinch a tie for the East championship with a victory over Kentucky next week.

No. 8 Washington St. 34, Arizona St. 19

PULLMAN, Wash. Freshman Josh Swogger threw his first college touchdown pass to help Washington State beat Arizona State.

Swogger replaced starter Matt Kegel in the second quarter with the game tied at 10 and led two long scoring drives, keeping the Cougars ahead of No. 2 Southern California atop the Pacific-10.

No. 9 Tennessee 59, Mississippi St. 21

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Casey Clausen threw five touchdown passes, three to Chris Hannon, and Jabari Davis ran for two scores for Tennessee.

The Volunteers (8-2, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) remained in contention for a trip to the SEC championship game in their most productive offensive showing this season.

No. 10 TCU 43, Cincinnati 10

FORT WORTH, Texas Kenny Boyd returned a blocked punt for a touchdown, linebacker Marvin Patterson pounced on a fumble in the end zone and TCU remained undefeated.

TCU (10-0, 7-0 Conference USA) won its 12th straight game. The Horned Frogs and Oklahoma, the No. 1 team in every poll, are the only unbeaten teams in major college football.

No. 12 Virginia Tech 24, Temple 23, OT

PHILADELPHIA Virginia Tech quarterback Bryan Randall ran 23 yards for a touchdown in overtime, and Temple missed an extra point on its matching TD.

Walter Washington helped Temple (1-9, 0-5 Big East) overcome a 17-0 deficit in the fourth quarter, with the Owls tying it on Jared Davis' 37-yard field goal with 40 seconds left in regulation.

Two plays in, Randall, who appears to have won the Hokies' quarterback duel with Marcus Vick, ran 23 yards for a score.

No. 13 Florida St. 50, North Carolina St. 44, 2OT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Leon Washington's 12-yard touchdown run gave lifted Florida State past North Carolina State, wrapping up the Seminoles' 11th Atlantic Coast Conference title in 12 years.

Florida State (9-2, 7-1) also locked up its fourth BCS game in five years after surviving a brilliant performance by North Carolina State's Philip Rivers.

The ACC's career passing leader, Rivers completed 28 of 38 passes for 422 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another score.

But North Carolina State (7-4, 4-3) gambled and lost in the second overtime. Instead of trying a field goal, the Wolfpack went on fourth-and-1 at the Florida State 16 and Rivers' pass for Jerricho Cotchery was broken up by Allen Augustin at the 5.

No. 14 Miami 17, Syracuse 10

MIAMI Tyrone Moss ran for 91 yards in the second half, and No. 14 Miami rebounded from its first two-game losing streak in more than four years to beat Syracuse.

Moss, a freshman, was one of several players coach Larry Coker inserted into the game to spark the Hurricanes after losses to Virginia Tech and Tennessee.

Miami (8-2, 4-1 Big East) trailed 10-7 in the fourth quarter before scoring 10 straight points to stay in the hunt for the conference title and a berth in a Bowl Championship Series game.

Derrick Crudup, starting in place of Brock Berlin, was 5-of-13 for 80 yards with a touchdown, an interception and a fumble.

Berlin played one series Saturday, receiving a spattering of boos when he entered early in the second quarter. He misfired on his only pass, was sacked once and never returned.

No. 15 Florida 24, South Carolina 22

COLUMBIA, S.C. Ciatrick Fason ran for a career-high 190 yards, and Florida beat South Carolina for a share of the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title.

Chris Leak scored on a 9-yard run and threw a 7-yard TD pass to Ben Troupe to help the Gators (8-3, 6-2) rally from a 16-7 halftime deficit for their 13th straight win over the Gamecocks (5-6, 2-6).

West Virginia 52, No. 16 Pittsburgh 31

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. Rasheed Marshall threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score for West Virginia.

Quincy Wilson became the latest running back to put up big numbers against the Panthers' leaky defense, rolling for 208 yards and four touchdowns to help the Mountaineers to their fifth straight victory and a tie atop the Big East standings.

Kansas St. 38, No. 18 Nebraska 9

LINCOLN, Neb. Ell Roberson passed for 313 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 90 yards and a touchdown for Kansas State.

It was the Wildcats' first victory in Lincoln since 1968, and the Cornhuskers' worst loss at Memorial Stadium since a 31-0 setback against Missouri in 1958.

The victory clinched a share of the Big 12 North title and gave the Wildcats the inside track to a meeting with South champion Oklahoma in the Dec. 6 conference championship game.

No. 20 Iowa 40, No. 19 Minnesota 22

IOWA CITY, Iowa Iowa forced five turnovers and Nate Kaeding tied his own school record with four field goals.

Thanks to the turnovers, Iowa (8-3, 4-3 Big Ten) won easily despite giving up 563 yards. Minnesota (9-3, 5-3), playing its regular-season finale, lost three fumbles after driving deep into Iowa territory one when Laurence Maroney was about to score.

Wisconsin 56, No. 21 Michigan St. 21

MADISON, Wis. Lee Evans tied the Big Ten record with five touchdown catches in Wisconsin blowout victory.

Evans, who missed all of last season following two knee surgeries, caught 10 passes for a school-record 258 yards. He teamed with Jim Sorgi on TD plays of 9, 75, 18, 70 and 18 yards to match the Big Ten mark set in 1993 by Minnesota's Omar Douglas,

Sorgi, 16-of-24 for 380 yards, became the first Wisconsin quarterback to throw for four or more TDs in consecutive weeks.

Toledo 49, No. 21 N. Illinois 30

TOLEDO, Ohio Bruce Gradkowski threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns, leading Toledo and damaging Northern Illinois' hopes for a bowl bid.

Gradkowski flawlessly directed the spread offense, completing 24 of 27 passes for Toledo (7-3, 5-1 Mid-American Conference).

No. 24 Boise St. 51, UTEP 21

BOISE, Idaho Ryan Dinwiddie threw two TD passes and ran for another score, leading Boise State to its seventh straight win.

No. 25 Bowling Green 42, Kent St. 33

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio Josh Harris threw for 324 yards and three touchdowns for Bowling Green.

The Falcons (8-2, 5-1 Mid-American Conference) have a chance to play in their first conference title game since the MAC split into two divisions in 1997. But they still must win at Ball State next week and against Toledo. Bowling Green then would host the MAC championship game and get another shot at No. 23 Miami of Ohio, which already has secured its spot.

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