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OKLAHOMA INCHES AHEAD OF AUBURN

Oklahoma is the only No. 2. After a week of sharing the No. 2 ranking with Auburn, Oklahoma edged ahead of the Tigers in the Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday.

No. 1 Southern California lost some support during a bye week, dropping three first-place votes to 48. Still, the Trojans have a comfortable lead in the rankings with 1,603 points.

Oklahoma has nine first-place votes, one more than last week, and 1,541 points. No. 3 Auburn got two more first-place votes than last week, increasing its total to eight, and 1,536 points.

The Sooners defeated Baylor, 35-0, on Saturday, and Auburn rallied in the second half to beat Alabama, 21-13.

Oklahoma decided to rest its starters once it got a big lead against the Bears, instead of piling it on to impress voters. Last week, Sooners coach Bob Stoops did the opposite against Nebraska.

"I'm comfortable in the fact that we chose to run the clock out," Stoops said. "Anyone that doesn't see the dilemma we're in is not being totally fair. We're in a bad, bad position right now."

In the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll, USC is still No. 1 and No. 2 Oklahoma added two points to its lead over No. 3 Auburn.

The Tigers (10-0) needed to pull way out in front of the Sooners in the polls to make up ground in the Bowl Championship Series standings, which will be released today.

The Sooners are second behind USC in the BCS standings because of strong computer ranking. To make up for Oklahoma's large advantage in the computers, Auburn needs to be a clear No. 2 in the polls.

Zook's dream comes true

It was supposed to have been Bobby Bowden's night, but Florida's Ron Zook stole the glory.

On an evening Florida State was naming its field after major college football's winningest coach, the underdog Gators presented their fired coach with the ride of his life.

Players hoisted Zook onto their shoulders and carried him onto the field after Florida's 20-13 win Saturday night. They put him down near midfield long enough to shake hands with Bowden and do a few quick interviews, then raised him up again and carried him into a tunnel.

Zook returned to the field a few minutes later for a curtain call, with Florida fans chanting: "We Want Zook! We Want Zook!"

The Gators (7-4) won in Tallahassee for the first time since 1986, something Steve Spurrier and Danny Wuerffel never did. The win also put Florida back in the AP poll at No. 25 and possibly a Peach Bowl berth with Southeastern Conference brethren South Carolina and Alabama losing Saturday. It was a fairy tale finale for a coach fired four weeks earlier.

Top performances

Troy Smith and Ted Ginn Jr., Ohio State. Smith, ran for 145 yards and completed 13 passes for 241 yards and two TDs without an interception to lead Ohio State to a 37-21 upset victory over No. 7 Michigan. Ginn tied an NCAA record with his fourth punt-return TD of the season, an 82-yarder.

Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma, tied the NCAA record for most 100-yard rushing games by a freshman with his 10th in the No. 2 Sooners' 35-0 win over Baylor.

Jon Helmandollar, Boise State, rushed for a school-record five TDs, and No. 13 Boise State clinched at least a share of its third straight Western Athletic Conference title with a 55-14 win over Louisiana Tech.

Alley Broussard, LSU, ran for a school-record 250 yards with three touchdowns to help No. 14 LSU rally to beat Mississippi, 27-24. Broussard broke the previous mark of 246 yards that Kevin Faulk set against Houston in 1996.

J.J. Arrington, California, ran for 169 yards to set California's single-season rushing record in the fourth-ranked Golden Bears' 41-6 win over Stanford, their biggest victory in the Big Game since 1930. Arrington has 1,584 yards and is the only running back in the NCAA to gain at least 100 yards in all of his games this season.

Clemson brawl under review

The Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference will review tapes of the fight that broke out in the fourth quarter of the Clemson-South Carolina game before deciding on penalties.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive and ACC Commissioner John Swofford both issued releases on Sunday. Slive said he expected to have a decision by today.

"There is no place in intercollegiate athletics for this kind of conduct and no excuse for it, rivalries not withstanding," Slive said.

The Tigers and Gamecocks had a brief confrontation before Saturday's game and throughout officials had to quell small skirmishes and separate players. The brawl broke out with 5:48 to go. Clemson went on the to win the game, 29-7.

Utes go unblemished

No. 5 Utah beat rival BYU, 52-21, completing its first unbeaten season since 1930. The Utes (11-0, 7-0 Mountain West) moved one step closer to the first appearance in the Bowl Championship Series for a team from a mid-major conference. Utah won't officially know if it's going to a BCS game until the final standings come out Dec. 5.

Ivy unbeaten

Harvard completed a perfect season by beating Yale, 35-3, in the 121st edition of The Game. Harvard (10-0, 7-0 Ivy League) finished unbeaten and untied for the second time in four years.

Speaking

"Have I ever said I wasn't (coming back)? Is that wishful thinking? I'm planning to be back next year." -- Joe Paterno, after the Nittany Lions beat Michigan State, 37-13, ending his 39th season at Penn State with a win.
Compiled from News and wire service reports.

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