Will the real Miami stand up, please?
On Saturday, the Miami RedHawks pulled the biggest upset of the day against No. 14 Virginia Tech (4-1) and the Miami Hurricanes were put in their place by No. 4 Florida State.
At Blacksburg, Va., Travis Prentice ran for two touchdowns and Miami of Ohio sacked Al Clark six times as the RedHawks (4-1) stunned Virginia Tech, 24-17, -- ending the Hokies' 12-game home winning streak.
At Tallahassee, Fla., Thad Busby threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns and Travis Minor added two TD runs as the Seminoles (4-0) rolled, 47-0, over the Hurricanes (1-4), Miami's worst loss in 53 years.
"If we don't begin to play better our last six games are going to be a struggle," said Hurricanes coach Butch Davis.
The RedHawks, 20-point underdogs, trailed, 10-0, in the second quarter, but scored on a blocked punt and took the lead on a trick play. After Sam Ricketts (13 of 24 for 190 yards) ran 46 yards to the Tech 31, the RedHawks faked a field goal. Holder, Mike Bath took the snap and handed off to Prentice, lined up as a blocker, and he ran 32 yards to put Miami ahead 14-10.
Tech went ahead, 17-14, on Ken Oxendine's 3-yard score before Miami took the lead for good on Prentice's 8-yard run late in the third period.
It was Miami of Ohio's biggest upset since 1995, when they beat Rose Bowl-bound Northwestern in a season when the RedHawks beat Penn State, Michigan and Notre Dame.
The Hokies, who played in bowl alliance games the past two years as Big East champs, had high hopes of an unbeaten season as the rest of their opponents were unranked.
They had won their last 11 regular-season games and every homecoming game since 1988.
"That was a classic example of what happens when guys spend all week talking about too many other teams and forget the game that is at hand," Tech coach Frank Beamer said.
Virginia Tech's offensive line coach, J.B. Grimes, was taken to a hospital during the game after he complained of chest and arm pains. But he was in good condition late Saturday, and tests showed his heart was operating normally, school spokesman Jack Williams said.
While the RedHawks of the Mid-American Conference have a three-game winning streak, the Hurricanes, who won four national titles between 1983-91, have dropped four straight for the first time since 1977.
Florida State held Miami's Ryan Clement to 52 yards passing and Samari Rolle had two interceptions, the second coming inside the Seminoles 10 in the final two minutes. Miami had just eight first downs and 131 yards.
Busby, 14-0 as a regular-season starter, completed 20 of 31 passes, connecting with Peter Warrick on a 37-yard scoring pass and E.G. Green on a 5-yard TD. Busby left midway through the third period.
Minor scored on runs from the 1 and 5, while Dee Feaster started the scoring with a 2-yard TD. The Seminoles led, 23-0, by halftime.
"Miami is down right now," Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said. "They just do not have the maturity and depth they usually have. We had a lot of advantages."
Stanford 33, Notre Dame 15
STANFORD, Calif. -- Notre Dame couldn't stop Mike Mitchell or Anthony Bookman and therefore couldn't stop its slide.
Bookman ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns and Mitchell rushed for 135 yards and two scores as No. 19 Stanford overpowered Notre Dame, sending the Irish to their fourth straight loss. It's the first time since 1963 that Notre Dame has lost four in a row in a season.
Stanford (4-1) snapped a three-game home losing streak to Notre Dame. Struggling under first-year coach Bob Davie, Notre Dame fell to 1-4.
"We're all going to leave here with a bad taste, with a feeling we've hit rock bottom," Davie said. "Stanford really ran the ball against us in the second half. They got stronger. We wore down and just caved in."
Kentucky 40, Alabama 34 (OT)
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Tim Couch completed a 26-yard touchdown pass to Craig Yeast in overtime and Kentucky defeated Alabama for the first time in 75 years, stunning 20th-ranked Crimson Tide in the Southeastern Conference.
On third-and-11 at the 26, Yeast caught a pass at the 10 and dashed to the end zone. Fans charged onto the Commonwealth Stadium field to congratulate the players and then pulled down both goal posts.
Kentucky (3-2, 1-2) recorded just its second victory over Alabama (3-2, 1-2) in the 34-game series. The Wildcats won, 6-0, in 1922, battled to a 7-7 tie in 1939, and then lost the next 14 meetings to trail, 31-1-1, in the series going into Saturday night's game.
Kentucky took a 34-31 lead when Anwar Stewart returned a blocked field goal 68 yards with 6:54 remaining in the fourth quarter. David Ginn blocked Brian Cunningham's 44-yard attempt, Stewart grabbed it in the air and raced untouched for the touchdown. Alabama then had a 15-play, 67-yard drive that ended with Cunningham's 37-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.
Couch completed 32 of 49 passes for 355 yards, including touchdown passes of 62 yards to Derek Homer in the first quarter and 6 yards to Anthony White and 14 yards to Kevin Coleman in the third period. He had three passes intercepted.
Ohio State 23, Iowa 7
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Andy Katzenmoyer intercepted a fourth-quarter pass and No. 7 Ohio State shut down Tavian Banks and No. 11 Iowa's high-powered offense for a Big Ten Conference victory.
Katzenmoyer even switched from linebacker to fullback to throw a big block on Michael Wiley's 1-yard TD run. Wiley scored twice for the Buckeyes (5-0) in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
Iowa (4-1) came into the game averaging 568 yards, 310 rushing, and 55.3 points. But with Katzenmoyer piling up nine solo tackles, the Hawkeyes mustered just 106 yards rushing and 308 overall.
Banks, leading the nation in rushing (209 yards a game) and scoring with 13 touchdowns in four games, never got untracked. He came in averaging 9.1 yards a carry but finished with 84 on 22 carries.
Texas A&M 16, Colorado 10
BOULDER, Colo. -- Sirr Parker scored Texas A&M's lone touchdown, Kyle Bryant kicked three field goals and the No. 21 Aggies withstood a fourth-quarter rally to beat No. 16 Colorado (2-2).
Texas A&M (4-0) opened the Big 12 season for both teams with a dominating running game that generated 260 yards and produced a 16-3 lead late in the third quarter.
The Aggies overcame seven fumbles, two of which they lost, and an interception to avenge losses to Colorado the last two years. Dante Hall rushed for 123 yards and Parker for 89.
Nebraska 56, Kansas State 26
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Ahman Green ran for 193 yards and four touchdowns in just three quarters and No. 3 Nebraska swamped No. 17 Kansas State in the Big 12 Conference.
Quarterback Scott Frost added 98 yards rushing and a touchdown as Nebraska (4-0) beat Kansas State (3-1) for the 29th straight time and jolted the Wildcats with a big dose of reality in the Big 12 opener for both.
Green, who carried 20 times, sprinted 25 yards for Nebraska's first touchdown and scored three times within six minutes in the third quarter, going 7, 59 and 50 yards. The Cornhuskers needed only eight plays to get those touchdowns.
Washington 26, Arizona St. 14
SEATTLE -- Rashaan Shehee ran for 146 yards and a touchdown and Brock Huard passed for two touchdowns to lead No. 10 Washington (3-1, 1-0) over No. 25 Arizona State in the Pacific-10 Conference.
The defending champion Sun Devils (3-2, 1-1) had an 11-game Pac-10 winning streak broken. Arizona State beat Washington in the season opener in Tempe last year and went to the Rose Bowl with a perfect conference record, while the Huskies were second with one defeat.
Shehee was a workhorse with 29 carries. He also caught three passes for 70 yards. He scored on a 1-yard run at the end of the first half.
Florida 56, Arkansas 7
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- No. 1 Florida finally got a complete defensive performance, and Doug Johnson threw for three touchdowns in an SEC victory over Arkansas (3-2, 1-1).
The Gators (5-0, 3-0) had this one wrapped up when Bo Carroll returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown and the defense held Arkansas to only one first down until its final possesion of the first half.
Florida got a scare when Johnson took a late hit from linebacker Delancey Kent in the third quarter with a 35-0 lead. The preliminary report on Johnson, who was helped from the field, was a bruised right shin.
Penn State 41, Illinois 6
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Mike McQueary passed for three touchdowns and Curtis Enis had his first 100-yard rushing game this year as No. 2 Penn State (4-0) opened its Big Ten season by beating winless Illinois.
Penn State ran its winning streak to nine games, longest in Division I-A.
Illinois (0-5, 0-2) suffered its 11th consecutive defeat, matching its second-longest losing streak since it started playing football in 1890. The Illini, who last won on Oct. 5, 1996, have been outscored, 370-154, during their streak. Illinois also lost its eighth straight conference game.
North Carolina 31, TCU 10
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Chris Keldorf threw three touchdown passes as No. 5 North Carolina (5-0) defeated Texas Christian University (0-4).
Keldorf, who got the start only because Oscar Davenport was nursing a knee injury, completed 25 of 41 passes for a school-record 415 yards. That broke the school record of 406 yards set by Mark Maye against Georgia Tech in 1987.
Michigan 37, Indiana 0
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Brian Griese passed for 204 yards and one touchdown, before leaving early in the second half as No. 6 Michigan (4-0, 1-0) beat Indiana (1-4, 0-2) in the Big Ten.
Michigan, second in the nation in scoring defense with only 20 points allowed all season, let Indiana inside the 20 only once, when passes of 24 yards to De'Wayne Hogan and 23 yards to Chris Gall put Indiana at the 19 midway through the first period.
Quarterback Jay Rodgers tripped and fumbled the snap on the next play, and Glen Steele recovered for the Wolverines. The demoralized Hoosiers never recovered.
Auburn 23, South Carolina 6
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Dameyune Craig threw for two touchdowns and 321 yards to keep No. 8 Auburn (5-0, 3-0) undefeated and his own Heisman Trophy hopes rising in a Southeastern Conference victory over South Carolina (2-3, 0-3).
After a languid opening half, Craig took the air, hitting 8 of 10 throws on Auburn's first drive, which ended with Tyrone Goodson's 8-yard TD catch to put the Tigers up, 14-6.
In the fourth quarter, Craig sealed Auburn's best start in three years with a 37-yard strike to Kevin McLeod down to South Carolina's 1. Fullback Fred Beasley pounded it in on the next play.
Tennessee 31, Mississippi 17
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Peyton Manning passed for two touchdowns and 324 yards and freshman tailback Jamal Lewis ran for 155 yards and scored once as No. 9 Tennessee defeated Mississippi (3-2, 1-2) in the Southeastern Conference.
Manning was 25 of 44 with one interception in his fourth consecutive 300-yard game and Lewis, with 22 carries, gave the Volunteers (3-1, 1-1) their first 100-yard performance by a back this season.
Lewis, a 6-foot-1, 220-pounder from Atlanta, was the first freshman to start for Tennessee since James "Little Man" Stewart in 1991. The first TD of Lewis' career came on a 42-yard run with three minutes to play.
Michigan St. 31, Minnesota 10
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Todd Schultz matched a career high with three touchdown passes as No. 12 Michigan State beat Minnesota in the Big Ten.
Schultz, who completed 19 of 31 passes for 304 yards with one interception, threw TD passes to Octavis Long, Sedrick Irvin and Brad Rainko as the Spartans (4-0) built a 28-0 halftime lead in the conference opener for both teams.
The defense held Minnesota (2-3) to minus-3 yards on its first two possessions. The Golden Gophers trailed, 14-0, before they were on the plus side of the yardage chart.
LSU 7, Vanderbilt 6
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- No. 13 LSU captured an emotional win and suffered a devastating loss, all in the same day.
Kenny Mixon blocked John Markham's 30-yard extra point kick with 12 seconds to play and LSU, which lost league rushing leader Cecil Collins to a broken leg, escaped with a Southeastern Conference victory over Vanderbilt.
Damian Allen hit Tavarus Hogans with a 12-yard touchdown pass with 12 seconds left and Vanderbilt (2-3, 0-3) elected to gamble on victory by going for a two-point conversion. Consecutive delay-of-game penalties ended that idea and the Commodores finally lined up for Markham's ill-fated extra-point try. Vanderbilt had one last chance, but Christopher Green recovered Markham's onside kick and LSU (4-1, 2-1) ran out the clock.
Washington St. 24, Oregon 13
EUGENE, Ore. -- Michael Black scored two touchdowns and Rian Lindell kicked a game-clinching 28-yard field goal with 3 1/2 minutes left as 15th-ranked Washington State (5-0, 3-0) beat Oregon (3-2, 1-2) in the Pac-10.
Black rushed for 114 yards on 24 carries.
Georgia 47, Mississippi St. 0
ATHENS, Ga. -- Robert Edwards, recovered from a severely sprained ankle, slipped back into Georgia's offense with style, catching the first of Mike Bobo's three touchdown passes and running for two more scores as the No. 18 Bulldogs (4-0, 2-0) rolled over Mississippi State (3-2, 2-2) in the SEC.
Edwards finished with 102 yards on 14 carries and 64 yards on five receptions.
UCLA 66, Houston 10
PASADENA, Calif. -- Cade McNown passed for 297 yards and four touchdowns and Skip Hicks ran for two scores in the first half as No. 22 UCLA (3-2) flattened Houston (1-4).
UCLA scored two touchdowns in the opening two minutes and six TDs and a field goal on its nine first-half possessions to take a 45-3 lead in the final non-conference game of the season for both teams. The Bruins have scored 172 points in winning their last three games.
Air Force 17, Citadel 3
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Steve Pipes set up a touchdown with a 45-yard interception return and forced a fumble to prevent another score as No. 23 Air Force (6-0) tripped The Citadel (2-3).
Air Force overcame a career day by Citadel tailback Antonio Smith, who ran for 185 yards.