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Top performances

Jamario Thomas, North Texas, ran for 291 yards, tying an NCAA mark with his fifth straight 200-yard game, and scored four touchdowns to help North Texas beat Idaho 51-29. The freshman has 1,709 yards this season.

Vince Young, Texas, had 409 combined yards, including a 22-yard scramble on a fourth-and-18, and threw the winning TD pass with 11 seconds remaining in No. 6 Texas' 27-23 victory over Kansas.

Alex Smith, Utah, passed for 244 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a game-high 105 yards and another TD in the No. 7 Utes' 45-28 victory over Wyoming.

Michael Hart, Michigan, ran for 151 yards and a season-high three touchdowns to help No. 9 Wolverines beat Northwestern, 42-20.

Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown, Auburn, combined for 260 yards of total offense and each scored a touchdown in the third-ranked Tigers' 24-6 victory over No. 8 Georgia.

Jon Helmandollar, Boise State, scored his third touchdown in the second overtime, giving No. 14 Boise State a 56-49 victory over San Jose State.

Marshawn Lynch, California, finished with 121 yards, running for two touchdowns and catching another as the fifth-ranked Golden Bears beat Washington, 42-12.

Tyler Palko, Pittsburgh, became the first quarterback to throw five touchdown passes against Notre Dame, four in the first half alone, to help the Panthers to a 41-38 victory over the 24th-ranked Irish.

Jason White, Oklahoma, went 29 for 35 -- including a school-record 18 in a row -- for 383 yards and three touchdowns to help No. 2 Oklahoma rout Nebraska, 30-3.

Rush hour

Laurence Maroney ran 19 times for 156 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, and Marion Barber III carried 29 times for 167 yards in Minnesota's 29-27 loss to Iowa. Barber surpassed 1,000 yards for the second straight season, joining Maroney as the first pair of teammates to accomplish that in NCAA history. Iowa, which entered with a conference-best average of 68.2 yards rushing allowed, gave up 337 yards on the ground to the Gophers.


Arizona State retired the late Pat Tillman's No. 42 jersey at halftime of its 45-28 win over Washington State. Tillman, a star linebacker and honor student at Arizona State, was killed in combat in Afghanistan in April.


No. 4 Wisconsin had been allowing 9.1 points a game -- lowest in the nation -- before the Badgers' 49-14 loss to Michigan State on Saturday. The Spartans rolled up 551 yards of total offense, including 430 on the ground.

Ivy leak

Penn's Ivy League-record winning streak was snapped at 20 with a 31-10 loss to Harvard. The Quakers also had won 17 straight at home. Harvard, the only unbeaten team in I-AA, won at Penn for the first time since 1980.


Seymore Shaw was a solid replacement for the injured Vernand Morency, rushing for 172 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries to lead No. 25 Oklahoma State to a 49-21 victory over Baylor. Morency, the nation's sixth-leading rusher, did not play after fluid was drained from a knee.

Rushing records

J.J. Arrington, who ran for 121 yards in California's 42-12 win over Washington, has posted 100-yard efforts in all nine games this season, a school record. The Pac-10 record is 11 by Southern California's Marcus Allen in 1981, when he won the Heisman Trophy.

Walter Washington ran for three touchdowns and threw another in Temple's 34-24 win over Syracuse. Washington's 15 touchdowns this season also tied the school record set by running back Paul Palmer in 1986, when he finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting.

Cedric Benson had 161 yards in Texas' 27-23 win over Kansas and set an NCAA record with his 36th game with a touchdown.

Safety dance

Rice recorded two safeties in the last six minutes of regulation to force overtime against UTEP. Trailing by 21-17, Rice blocked Bryce Benekos' punt for a safety with 5:20 left to pull within two. With 17 seconds left, Benekos lost a rain-soaked ball out of the end zone to tie the game. Both teams scored in the first overtime. In the second, Jordan Palmer threw a 25-yard TD pass to Johnnie Lee for UTEP and Rice's Ed Bailey fumbled to give the Miners a 35-28 victory.


Pittsburgh won at Notre Dame Stadium for the first time since 1986, ending an 0-6 streak with a 41-24 win. It was just Pitt's second win in its last 13 games against the Irish.

Penn State ended a six-game losing streak with a 22-18 victory over Indiana. The Nittany Lions have not lost seven straight since 1931. The victory also ended a 10-game skid outside State College, Pa.

Playoff time

Chad Friehauf threw five touchdown passes and finished with over 550 yards of total offense to lead Colorado Mines to a 52-33 win over Midwestern State in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs. Friehauf extended his single-season Division II record for total offense to 4,878 yards.


"What a deal for our seniors, something they'll remember the rest of their lives." -- Michigan State coach John L. Smith, whose team routed Wisconsin, 49-14.
Compiled from News and wire service reports.

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