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TIGERS BLOW 30-7 LEAD, BUT HAVE ENOUGH IN TANK TO PULL UPSET ON COWBOYS

Missouri brought No. 12 Oklahoma State's remarkable run up the rankings to a stunning halt Saturday.

The Tigers, after blowing a 30-7 lead in the second half, rallied in the final two minutes of regulation to tie the score, then won in two overtimes, 51-50.

When Missouri stopped Tony Lindsay's scramble well short of the goal line on a two-point try in the second overtime, Oklahoma State had its first loss of the season and Missouri had one of its biggest victories in years.

"We have been involved in overtime games, but one that wild, I don't know if I have ever been involved in one of those," said Missouri coach Larry Smith. "All of the credit goes to our football team."

The game included brilliant play by each quarterback and by Oklahoma State tight end Alonzo Mayes. Missouri's Corby Jones threw four touchdown passes and ran for two scores, including a 15-yard keeper in the second overtime. Lindsay threw four TDs and ran for one, while Mayes had eight catches for 126 yards and two scores before separating a shoulder.

The Tigers (5-3 overall, 3-2 in the Big 12 Conference) appeared doomed when Lindsay threw a 9-yard scoring pass to Mayes with 1:57 left in regulation, giving Oklahoma State a 37-30 lead.

Missouri had been held to 29 yards on five possessions after going ahead, 30-7. But the Tigers drove 80 yards for the tying score -- a 38-yard pass from Jones to Ricky Ross with 18 seconds left.

Ross was tightly guarded by R.W. McQuarters, considered one of the best defensive backs in the conference.

"I'll take any of our receivers against any of their guys one-on-one any day," said Jones. He and Ross had kept the drive alive with an 18-yard completion on fourth-and-12 from the Missouri 18, and a 26-yard gain to Torey Coleman set up the TD pass.

In the first overtime, the Cowboys (6-1, 3-1) scored on a 21-yard swing pass to Jamaal Fobbs on a third-and-6 play. Missouri countered with a 1-yard run by Brock Olivo.

The Tigers got the ball first in the second overtime and Jones scored on his run around the left side. Lindsay then got into the corner of the end zone on a fourth-and-3 play from the 6-yard line, and coach Bob Simmons went for two.

West Virginia 30, Virginia Tech 17

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Marc Bulger threw for one touchdown and ran for one and Amos Zereoue rushed for 153 yards and a score to lead No. 21 West Virginia to a Big East Conference victory over No. 19 Virginia Tech (5-2, 4-1).

West Virginia (6-1, 3-1) took the inside track on a bowl alliance berth with three conference games remaining.

The Mountaineers used Zereoue's strong running and Bulger's accuracy in picking apart the conference's top-ranked defense, which had allowed just 11 points and 103 yards rushing per game.

Zereoue, the nation's No. 5 rusher at 149.3 yards a game, had 102 in the first half as the Mountaineers built a 27-7 lead. West Virginia is 11-0 when Zereoue, a sophomore, rushes for more than 100 yards. He has 1,045 yards this season.

"He's one of the better backs I've played against," said Virginia Tech defensive end Danny Wheel said of Zereoue. "He's got great speed, great strength and great balance. He breaks tackles like nobody I've ever seen."

West Virginia wasted little time on its five first-half scoring drives. Three took less than two minutes and none took longer than three minutes.

Virginia Tech's Ken Oxendine, the only player to rush for more than 100 yards last season against West Virginia, finished with only 31 yards on 14 carries.

Washington St. 35, Arizona 34 (OT)

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Ryan Leaf dove over from the 1 in overtime and No. 10 Washington State held off Arizona in the Pacific-10 Conference.

Leaf's TD gave Washington State (7-0, 5-0) a 35-28 lead, but Arizona (3-5, 1-4) still had a chance to match it. It almost did, thanks in part to a fourth-down pass interefernce penalty against LeJuan Gibbons that gave the Wildcats a first down at the 14. Freshman Ortege Jenkins threw a 6-yard TD pass to Rodney Williams to bring the Wildcats within a point.

Arizona decided to go for a two-point conversion and victory, but the plan misfired when Jenkins, rolling out, was hit by Gibbons and Duane Stewart and fumbled into the end zone.

Leaf, the nation's top-rated passer, completed 23 of 46 for a career-high 384 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception. His previous career high was 381 yards against UCLA this season.

Jenkins completed 20 of 44 for 246 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for a score.

"This obviously was history-making," Washington State coach Mike Price said as the Cougars improved to 7-0 for the first time since the 1930 team that went to the Rose Bowl.

Nebraska 35, Kansas 0

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Scott Frost rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns and No. 1 Nebraska, overcoming a brief power failure and a cold, driving rain, beat Kansas (4-4, 2-3) for the 29th straight year in the Big 12.

Rain began drenching the artificial turf in the third quarter, when the teams totaled just 32 yards without scoring. In the second quarter, the Huskers (7-0, 4-0) led, 21-0, when play was halted after a bank of lights went out in a corner of the stadium.

Play resumed seven minutes later, and full power was restored about 10 minutes after that.

Ahman Green had 123 yards and one score for Nebraska.

Florida St. 47, Virginia 21

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Florida State scored touchdowns on three of its first five plays from scrimmage and avenged its only Atlantic Coast Conference loss with a victory against Virginia (4-3, 3-2).

The No. 3 Seminoles (7-0, 5-0), who suffered their lone ACC loss in 45 games here two years ago, didn't let anything of the sort happen this time, dominating early and throughout.

Thad Busby was 18 of 39 for 285 yards and three touchdowns for the Seminoles; Germane Crowell caught five passes for a 163 yards for Virginia.

Washington 45, Oregon State 17

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Rashaan Shehee rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns, his fourth consecutive 100-yard game, as No. 7 Washington (6-1, 4-0) scored 35 unanswered points in the second half of its Pac-10 victory over Oregon State.

Oregon State (3-4, 0-4) lost to Washington for the 10th consecutive time and 20th time in 21 games.

Ohio State 49, Northwestern 6

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Joe Germaine threw three touchdown passes, two to Dee Miller, in No. 9 Ohio State's (7-1, 3-1) Big Ten Conference victory over Northwestern (3-6, 1-4).

Pepe Pearson also scored twice for the Buckeyes, who put the game away by dominating the third quarter.

Ohio State scored on each of its three possessions in the quarter, covering a combined 176 yards in 23 plays. Northwestern had the ball for nine plays in the period, gaining 5 yards.

Auburn 26, Arkansas 21

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Dameyune Craig burned an Arkansas blitz for a 70-yard touchdown pass and Jaret Holmes kicked four field goals as No. 11 Auburn (7-1, 4-1) built a 19-point lead and hung on for a Southeastern Conference victory over Arkansas (3-4, 1-3).

The Tigers led, 26-7, after Holmes' 27-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter. But Clint Stoerner completed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Eubanks on fourth down and then hooked up with Anthony Lucas on a 43-yard scoring pass moments later as Arkansas cut it to 26-21 with 7:03 to play.

UCLA 35, California 17

PASADENA, Calif. -- Jim McElroy caught two touchdown passes from Cade McNown and ran for another score Saturday as No. 13 UCLA (6-2, 4-1) beat California (2-5, 0-4) in the Pac-10 for its sixth straight victory.

McElroy scored on pass plays of 56 and 58 yards in the third quarter. The senior wide receiver also tallied on a 23-yard run in the second period -- his only rushing attempt of the game.

McNown became UCLA's career passing leader on the second scoring throw to McElroy, surpassing Tom Ramsey's 6,168 yards.

McNown, a junior who entered the game ranked fourth in the country in passing efficiency, completed 11 of 20 for 259 yards, increasing his career total to 6,261 yards.

McElroy had three catches 127 yards for the Bruins, who came into the game as the nation's No. 1 scoring team with a 43.3-point average.

Skip Hicks gained 113 yards on 23 carries for UCLA.

Kansas St. 26, Oklahoma 7

NORMAN, Okla. -- Michael Bishop ran for one touchdown and passed for one as No. 14 Kansas State (6-1, 3-1) beat Oklahoma (3-5, 1-3) in the Big 12 for its fifth consecutive victory in the series.

Bishop was 8 of 16 for 158 yards and had key third-down completions on all three touchdown drives. His 1-yard sneak made it 10-0 in the second quarter and he also had a 1-yard toss to Darnell McDonald with 7:20 remaining.

Kansas State had lost 22 straight to the Sooners before winning in 1993. The five-game winning streak against Oklahoma is the program's longest in the series that dates to 1908.

The Sooners played much of the game without leading rusher De'Mond Parker, who carried four times for minus-3 yards. Parker, the nation's No. 3 rusher at 160.9 yards a game, aggravated a strained abdominal muscle.

Georgia 23, Kentucky 13

ATHENS, Ga. -- Robert Edwards rushed for a career-high 186 yards, Ronald Bailey scored a defensive touchdown for the second week in a row and No. 16 Georgia (6-1, 4-1) shut down Tim Couch and Kentucky (4-4, 1-4) in its Southeastern Conference victory.

The Wildcats, averaging 36.4 points per game, were held to a season low for points, eclipsing their output two weeks earlier in a 38-24 loss to South Carolina.

Georgia was outgained by Kentucky, 436 yards to 275, and was on the defensive much of the day as the Wildcats ran 90 plays to only 45 for the Bulldogs.

But Georgia struck with lightning quickness on all three of its touchdowns. Edwards scored on runs of 80 and 44 yards, while Bailey returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown.

Iowa 62, Indiana 0

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Randy Reiners ran for a touchdown and threw for two in his first start and Tim Dwight scored on a 92-yard punt return to lead No. 18 Iowa (5-2, 2-2) to a Big Ten rout of Indiana (1-7, 0-5).

The Hawkeyes broke a two-game losing streak while keeping Indiana scoreless in October. The Hoosiers, who have lost 20 of their last 21 Big Ten games, haven't scored a point in 10 quarters and have gone without a touchdown in the last 18.

Texas Tech 16, Texas A&M 13

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Tony Rogers banked a 47-yard field goal off the left upright with 19 seconds left to give Texas Tech (4-3, 3-1) a Big 12 victory over No. 20 Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2).

The Aggies tied the game at 13-13 with 5:51 left on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Branndon Stewart to Leroy Hodge.

Rogers, a one-time starter who regained his job when Jaret Greaser broke a leg against Nebraska last week, used a tail wind and the friendly upright to give Tech its third straight fourth-quarter victory over the Aggies.

Purdue 48, Illinois 3

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Billy Dicken threw for two touchdowns and ran for one as No. 22 Purdue won its sixth straight game and extended Illinois' losing streak to 13 in the Big Ten.

The win guaranteed the Boilermakers (6-1, 4-0) their first six-win season since 1984, when they finished 7-5 and went to the Peach Bowl. That was also the last time the team was nationally ranked.

The Fighting Illini (0-7, 0-3), meanwhile, are still searching for their first win under new coach Ron Turner.

Alabama 29, Mississippi 20

OXFORD, Miss. -- Mississippi's first ranking in five years didn't last long.

Curtis Alexander rushed for 141 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown in the third quarter, as Alabama (4-3, 2-3) rallied to beat No. 25 Ole Miss (4-3, 2-3) in the SEC.

Alabama snapped a three-game conference losing streak.

Toledo 35, Bowling Green 20

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Chris Wallace set a school record with five touchdown passes as No. 24 Toledo (6-0, 5-0) remained undefeated with a Mid-American Conference victory over Bowling Green (3-6, 3-2).

Dwayne Harris rushed 29 times for 153 yards for the Rockets; Bowling Green's Bob Niemet passed for 238 yards.

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