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SEMINOLES PAY OFF OLD DEBT AGAINST CAVALIERS; HURRICANES PULL UPSET

Florida State waited a year for payback and it came Saturday.

Thad Busby passed for 316 yards and two touchdowns, and Warrick Dunn scored on a 65-yard run as the third-ranked Seminoles avenged their only Atlantic Coast Conference loss with a 31-24 victory over No. 14 Virginia.

"We underestimated those guys last year and today we knew it was going to be a tough football game," said Dunn, who ran for 131 yards. "Those guys played exceptionally well."

Last year, Virginia ended Florida State's 29-game conference winning streak with a 33-28 win in Charlottesville. But the Seminoles extended other streaks Saturday, keeping coach Bobby Bowden perfect on homecoming with 21 straight wins and running their unbeaten home string to 27 games.

"To avenge last year's loss we would have had to beat them 35-0," Bowden said. "We couldn't beat these guys, 35-0. They're too good."

Busby had his best day as a starter, completing 25 of 36 passes, including TD passes to Wayne Messam and E.G. Green. Another scoring pass was negated by a penalty.

"Their offense is better than it looks," said Virginia coach George Welsh. "I'm not sure Busby did anything different. He just did it better."

The Seminoles (6-0 overall, 5-0 in the ACC) had 533 yards and their defense kept pressure on Virginia's Tim Sherman, who completed only 9 of 28 passes.

"They put pressure on us all day," said Sherman, who left the field twice during the game after taking wicked hits from the Florida State defense.

"I give them all the credit," Sherman said. "They lived up to their ranking."

Welsh said Florida State's offense may not be quite as explosive as recent teams, but praised the Seminole defense.

"That may be the best four-man pass rush I've seen in a long time," Welsh said.

Virginia (5-2, 3-2) scored with 2:43 left on a 21-yard pass from Sherman to Germane Crowell. The Cavs got the ball back with 1:30 left, but their hopes of another upset vanished when Sherman's fourth-down pass was picked off at midfield by James Colzie.

Miami 10, West Virginia 7

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Miami, on the verge of slipping out of the Top 25 and losing three in a row for the first time since 1984, stunned previously unbeaten and 12th-ranked West Virginia (7-1, 3-1) with a late blocked punt returned for a touchdown.

Defensive back Tremaine Mack burst through to block Brian West's punt with 21 seconds left. Another defensive back, Jack Hallmon recovered and handed off to Nathaniel Brooks, who went 20 yards for a touchdown and the Big East win for No. 25 Miami (5-2, 3-0), a four-point underdog.

"I told the players in 25 years of coaching, that's the gutsiest team effort I've been around at any level," Miami coach Butch Davis said. "They played hard for 60 minutes. They have heart and determination and they just refused to lose."

West Virginia had gone up, 7-3, on Alvin Swoope's 1-yard run 6:20 into the third quarter. Andy Crosland kicked a 31-yard field goal earlier in the period for Miami.

The Hurricanes lost starting running back Danyell Ferguson with a dislocated hip in the first quarter. Quarterback Ryan Clement played despite a shoulder separation to his non-throwing arm.

"That Clement kid for them has to be the toughest kid in America if he has a third-degree separation," said West Virginia coach Don Nehlen. Clement was 9 of 26 for 104 yards.

Ohio State 38, Iowa 26

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Stanley Jackson threw two touchdown passes and Damon Moore intercepted three passes as No. 2 Ohio State built a big lead and hung on to defeat No. 20 Iowa in the Big Ten.

The Buckeyes (7-0, 4-0) spotted Iowa (5-2, 3-1) an early field goal, tied it with one of their own and then scored three touchdowns during an error-filled, five-minute span to grab a big lead for the second straight year.

"You never have a game in the Big Ten won or lost until the clock runs out," Moore said. "I was just out there flying around and having fun. I'm more excited about the win than the interceptions."

A year ago, the Buckeyes held a 56-0 halftime lead. On Saturday, it was 31-6 as the Hawkeyes, who shared the conference lead with Ohio State in turnover margin, had four passes intercepted, a punt blocked for a touchdown and a kickoff botched, all in the second quarter.

"We got real conservative in the second half. We did what we had to do to win the game," Buckeyes coach John Cooper said.

Sedrick Shaw also fumbled on Iowa's first possession of the second half and the Buckeyes took advantage, with Pepe Pearson bulling in from the 4 to expand Ohio State's lead to 38-6.

Tim Dwight scored on a 19-yard reverse to cap a 92-yard drive that brought Iowa to 31-12 with 2:19 left in the third quarter.

The next time Iowa had the ball, Dwight broke an 86-yard punt return -- one week after scoring on an 83-yard return against Penn State -- and Matt Sherman hit Tavian Banks for a two-point conversion pass to give Iowa life at 38-20 with 14:43 to play.

Iowa again forced a punt and Dwight ripped of a 43-yard return to the Ohio State 27. Michael Burger plunged in from the 1 seven plays later to make it 38-26.

Dwight, the conference's leading punt returner, finished with 199 all-purpose yards.

Arizona St. 41, Stanford 9

STANFORD, Calif. -- Jake Plummer threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as No. 4 Arizona State finally had an easy game, scoring 21 first-quarter points and strolling to a Pacific-10 win over Stanford (2-5, 1-3).

The Sun Devils, who needed late rallies the previous two weeks to defeat UCLA and Southern California, took control early as Plummer -- backed by winds gusting up to 40 mph -- threw for 151 yards in the first quarter.

Plummer threw scoring passes of 31 yards to J.R. Redmond and 17 yards to Lenzie Jackson, and Terry Battle added a 5-yard scoring run in the first quarter for the Sun Devils (8-0, 5-0).

Nebraska 63, Kansas 7

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Scott Frost threw three touchdown passes and ran for two scores to lead No. 5 Nebraska (6-1, 3-0) over Kansas (3-4, 1-2) in the Big 12.

It was Nebraska's 34th consecutive home victory, breaking a school record that had stood for 90 years.

The Jayhawks were without star tailback June Henley, who was suspended earlier in the week after being charged with drunken driving.

Colorado 28, Texas 24

BOULDER, Colo. -- John Hessler replaced injured Koy Detmer and engineered two second-half scoring drives, and safety Steve Rosga made a key interception with 1:35 left, allowing No. 8 Colorado to hold off Texas (3-4, 2-2) in the Big 12.

The Buffaloes (6-1, 4-0) spotted Texas 10-0 and 17-7 first-half leads before rallying behind Hessler, who entered the game late in the first half when Detmer suffered a second-degree concussion as he was thrown to the turf on a sack by defensive end Gray Mosier.

Hessler, who played well in relief when Detmer was injured last season, sneaked the final yard for the clinching score with 3:10 left. Texas mounted one last threat, with two Hail Mary passes being tipped away in the end zone, the last as time expired.

North Carolina 42, Houston 14

HOUSTON -- Chris Keldorf completed 25 of 36 passes for 322 yards and four touchdowns and Leon Johnson set a career mark for all-purpose yardage as No. 9 North Carolina overwhelmed Houston (4-4).

The Tar Heels (6-1), allowing just 199 yards a game as the nation's stingiest defense, gave up 226 while taking their third straight victory.

Johnson, who finished with 74 yards rushing, 36 receiving and 121 on kickoff and punt returns, took over the No. 1 spot in all-purpose yardage for the Tar Heels, eclipsing the 5,014 yards gained by Dan McCauley from 1968-70.

Michigan 44, Minnesota 10

MINNEAPOLIS -- Chris Howard ran for two touchdowns, including an 86-yarder, as No. 10 Michigan beat Minnesota (3-4, 3-3) in the Big Ten, claiming the Little Brown Jug for the 10th straight year.

The Wolverines (6-1, 3-1), whose 10-game winning streak is the longest in the 103-year-old rivalry, also got three sacks from David Bowens as they won the "Jug" for the 27th time in 29 years.

Bowens has 11 sacks for the season, matching the school record set last year by Jason Horn.

Michigan's Scott Dreisbach threw only 11 passes. But he completed eight for 184 yards, a 23-yard average, including a 36-yard pass to Tai Streets for Michigan's first touchdown and a 63-yarder to Jerame Tuman to set up the final TD.

Northwestern 27, Illinois 24

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Adrian Autry, starting for injured Darnell Autry, capped a 48-yard drive with a 1-yard run with 1:02 left and No. 11 Northwestern continued its string of remarkable last-minute finishes, rallying past Illinois (2-5, 1-3) in the Big Ten.

The Wildcats (7-1, 5-0) won their 13th straight Big Ten game over two seasons, a come-from-behind victory that all but guaranteed a second straight bowl bid for the defending conference champions.

Northwestern has won seven straight and the last four have all been decided in the final minutes -- victories over Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and now the Illini. The Wildcats have won those four games by a total of 10 points.

Adrian Autry finished with 128 yards on 30 carries, starting for Darnell Autry, the school's career rushing leader who injured his shoulder last week against Wisconsin. The two are not related.

LSU 28, Mississippi St. 20

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Kevin Faulk ran for 170 yards and two touchdowns and passed for another score as No. 13 LSU beat Mississippi State in the Southeastern Conference.

LSU, which leads the SEC in rushing, gained 246 yards on the ground. The Tigers have scored 24 rushing touchdowns this season, six more than they had all last season.

LSU (6-1, 4-1) led, 28-14, at halftime but Mississippi State (2-4, 1-3) pulled to 28-17 on Brian Hazelwood's 23-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, which was set up by Faulk's second fumble of the game.

Another turnover led to another Hazelwood field goal with 5:30 left.

After recovering a fumble by LSU quarterback Herb Tyler, State capitalized with a 22-yard field goal that made it 28-20.

Brigham Young 45, TCU 21

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Steve Sarkisian riddled Texas Christian for 313 passing yards and three touchdowns as No. 15 Brigham Young coasted to a Western Athletic Conference win.

Sarkisian threw scoring passes of 12 yards to Ben Cahoon and 13 yards to K.O. Kealaluhi, staking the Cougars (8-1, 4-0) to a 31-7 halftime lead that doomed TCU's homecoming.

The Frogs (2-5, 1-3) had two passes intercepted, surrendered two fumbles and botched a punt attempt that gave BYU an easy touchdown in a disastrous third quarter.

Sarkisian, who entered the game ranked No. 2 in the nation in passing efficiency, hit 20 of 26 passes with one interception.

Kansas State 42, Oklahoma 35

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Brian Kavanagh threw four touchdown passes to tie a Kansas State record and the 16th-ranked Wildcats held off fast-closing Oklahoma in the Big 12.

Backup Eric Moore threw three of his four touchdown passes in the fourth quarter as the Sooners (2-5, 2-2) came up just short against Kansas State (7-1, 4-1). Chris Canty's pass interception with 1:35 to play finished the Oklahoma rally.

Moore, who replaced starter Justin Fuente in the second quarter, threw two touchdown passes to Michael McDaniel in the fourth quarter, and then hit Mo Little with a 4-yard scoring pass to get the Sooners within a touchdown with 4:13 left to play. Kevin Lockett caught a career-high 12 passes for 157 yards and one touchdown.

Penn St. 48, Indiana 26

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Joe Jurevicius scored a touchdown on a 57-yard reception as No. 17 Penn State beat Indiana in the Big Ten.

The scoring pass was thrown by backup Mike McQueary, who also had a 55-yard TD pass to Jurevicius against the Hoosiers last year.

Indiana (2-6, 0-5) dominated the first half on the ground and led, 20-10, at the break. But the Nittany Lions (7-2, 3-2) stopped the Hoosiers cold the rest of the way and scored more than twice as many points in the second half as in their first four conference games combined.

Penn State starting quarterback Wally Richardson was pulled early in the second quarter by head coach Joe Paterno.

Utah 45, Tulsa 19

SALT LAKE CITY -- Juan Johnson ran for three touchdowns and caught a TD pass as No. 21 Utah rolled over Tulsa in the WAC.

Utah (7-1, 5-0) played without star running back Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala, who was sidelined by a knee injury. But Johnson alone proved too much for the Golden Hurricane (3-4, 1-3), rushing for a career-best 197 yards on 34 carries.

Washington 33, Oregon 14

EUGENE, Ore. -- Corey Dillon gained 259 yards on 32 carries, the second-best rushing performance in Washington history, and scored three touchdowns as the 23rd-ranked Huskies routed Oregon in the Pac-10.

Washington (5-2, 4-1) took an early 21-0 lead, then blew the game open in the third quarter as the Ducks (3-5 overall) lost their fifth straight to fall to 0-5 in the Pac-10.

Southern Miss 31, Tulane 28

NEW ORLEANS -- Kendrick Lee's 29-yard punt return set up Eric Booth's 1-yard TD run with 6:04 left and No. 24 Southern Mississippi beat Tulane in Conference USA.

The Golden Eagles (7-1, 3-0) won their sixth straight game while Tulane (2-5, 1-2) dropped its third straight.

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