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EMOTIONALLY DRAINED WILDCATS
ARE CLAWED BY TOP-RANKED VOLUNTEERS

Tennessee did its part to stay ahead in the race for the national championship.

Tee Martin passed for one touchdown and ran for another, and Shawn Bryson ran for two scores as the top-ranked Volunteers overwhelmed emotionally drained Kentucky, 59-21, on Saturday at Neyland Stadium.

The Vols (10-0 overall, 7-0 in the Southeastern Conference) took a big step toward playing for the national title and can complete a perfect regular season.

"We said after the Florida game, it's not just the win but what we do after the win," Vols coach Phillip Fulmer said, referring to the 20-17 overtime win over the Gators on Sept. 19. "And we've gotten it done. Tennessee hasn't had an undefeated team since 1956, or a team that's this close to being in the national championship mix since 1951.

"And we're excited about being a part of all of that."

Kentucky (7-4, 4-4), meanwhile, played for the first time since last week's truck crash that killed two men, including one player, and severely injured another player.

"I didn't know whether we were going to be emotionally flat or emotionally charged," Kentucky coach Hal Mumme said. "I could tell you after the first few series -- we were flat.

"You could just see it in their eyes. The truth of the matter is you can't go play against great athletes as a basically emotionless team."

Playing without its injured defensive star, Al Wilson, the Vols sacked Tim Couch six times and kept him on the run most of the day. Couch was 35 of 56 for 337 yards and two touchdowns, but the Wildcats generated just 376 total yards -- nearly 200 under their average.

Kentucky finished its best season since 1984 and awaits its first bowl bid since 1993.

Martin, who also ran 33 yards for a third-quarter TD, was 13 of 20 for 189 yards. He carried eight times for 53 yards. Vols kicker Jeff Hall finished with 15 points and became the SEC's career leading scorer with 354 points.

UCLA 34, USC 17

PASADENA, Calif. -- Freshman DeShaun Foster rushed for 109 yards on 15 carries and scored four touchdowns to tie a school-record as third-ranked UCLA beat error-prone Southern California in the Pacific-10 Conference.

"I just wanted to come out here and contribute a little bit," Foster said. "I think I did that today."

The victory was UCLA's eighth straight over the Trojans. It extended the Bruins' school-record winning streak to 20 games, longest in the country.

UCLA (10-0, 8-0) completes its season at No. 22 Miami on Dec. 5. A victory would give the Bruins an excellent shot at a berth in the Fiesta Bowl for their first national championship on Jan. 4.

The Trojans (7-4, 5-3) hurt themselves by losing four fumbles in 22 1/2 minutes, severely damaging their momentum as well as directly leading to 13 UCLA points.

Giles Pellerin, USC's 91-year-old loyal fan, died during the game. Pellerin was attending his 797th consecutive Trojans game. A retired telephone company executive and long-time resident of Pasadena who had watched every USC game in person -- both home and away -- since the start of the 1926 season, Pellerin died of cardiac arrest.

Ohio St. 31, Michigan 16

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State finally erased some of its Michigan frustration.

Joe Germaine tossed three touchdown passes and No. 7 Ohio State (10-1, 7-1) turned a pair of punt mistakes into scores for a victory. The Buckeyes' seniors had run up a 40-7 record, but were 0-3 against the Wolverines (8-3, 7-1), who had won eight straight after an 0-2 start.

Ohio State's Michael Wiley finished with 120 yards on 12 carries. David Boston had 10 catches for 217 yards and two touchdowns for the Buckeyes.

Wisconsin 24, Penn State 3

MADISON, Wis. -- They didn't beat Michigan and they didn't play Ohio State, but the Wisconsin Badgers are making their travel plans for the Rose Bowl.

The 13th-ranked Badgers rode remarkable special teams play and a stout defense to a victory over No. 16 Penn State (7-3, 4-3), hours after Ohio State beat Michigan.

That left the Buckeyes, Wolverines and Badgers all at 7-1 in the Big Ten, and Wisconsin (10-1) won the tie-breaker, all but guaranteeing the Badgers another trip to Pasadena, where they beat UCLA in the 1994 Rose Bowl.

Defensive end Tom Burke's four sacks increased his Big Ten lead and Wisconsin record to 21.

Mississippi St. 22, Arkansas 21

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Brian Hazelwood kicked a 27-yard field goal with seven seconds left as Mississippi State upset No. 9 Arkansas to take control of the SEC's West Division.

Mississippi State (7-3, 5-2) wins the SEC West title if it can win at Mississippi on Thursday night, or if Arkansas (8-2, 5-2) losses at LSU the following day.

Arkansas' Clint Stoerner threw three touchdown passes.

Notre Dame 39, LSU 36

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Jarious Jackson passed for 276 yards, ran for 80 more and engineered the winning fourth-quarter touchdown drive as Notre Dame beat LSU to keep its hopes for a BCS appearance alive.

Jackson threw touchdown passes of 8 and 10 yards as the Irish (9-1) scored 19 unanswered points to go undefeated at home for the first time since 1989.

Coming off the bench for an injured Herb Tyler, LSU freshman Craig Nall had two chances to pull out a win in the final 90 seconds for the Tigers (4-6). His first shot ended at the Notre Dame 31 with 21 seconds left as his pass in the flat fell incomplete on fourth-and-eight.

The Tigers then got the ball back with one second left after Notre Dame coach Bob Davie elected to have Jackson take a safety in the back of the end zone rather than punt the ball on fourth-and-16 from the Notre Dame 10.

Jackson was injured as he was tackled in the end zone and stayed down on the grass for a few minutes before getting up on his own power and trotting off the field. Davie said Jackson injured his knee and will probably miss the season finale next week against Southern California.

Syracuse 38, Temple 7

PHILADELPHIA -- Syracuse is headed for a showdown with Miami for the Big East championship.

The 24th-ranked Orangeman beat Temple (2-9, 2-5) despite a generally sloppy performance with Donovan McNabb being intercepted twice. Next up is No. 22 Miami at the Carrier Dome for the Big East title and a trip to the Orange or Sugar Bowl.

The Orangemen (7-3, 5-1) tied Miami for the Big East lead, just as they did two years ago with a victory over Temple. Syracuse is hoping not to repeat what happened next -- a loss to the Hurricanes that bounced it out of contention for a major bowl.

Syracuse won its 13th straight against Temple since a 17-6 loss at Veterans Stadium in 1983. Dee Brown ran for two touchdowns, Quentin Harris had a 47-yard interception return for another score and Rob Konrad added a 2-yard TD run. McNabb was only 6 for 12 for 54 yards.

Tulane 48, Houston 20

NEW ORLEANS -- Shaun King threw five touchdown passes as No. 12 Tulane remained unbeaten and won the Conference USA championship by drubbing Houston (3-8, 2-4).

The Green Wave (10-0, 6-0) accepted CUSA's automatic bid to the Liberty Bowl.

Georgia 24, Mississippi 17

ATHENS, Ga. -- Olandis Gary had 132 yards and two TDs to lift No. 14 Georgia (8-2, 6-2) over Ole Miss (6-4, 3-4) in the SEC.

The Rebels were stopped twice at the Bulldogs' 1, had a pass intercepted at the Georgia 2 and missed a field goal.

Air Force 22, Rice 16

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Linebacker Mike Tyler returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown with 8:23 remaining and No. 20 Air Force rallied to beat Rice (5-6, 5-3) and claim a berth in the Western Athletic Conference championship game.

The Falcons (10-1, 7-1) clinched the WAC's Mountain Division title and will meet Pacific champion Brigham Young for the league title on Dec. 5 in Las Vegas. The Falcons also accepted an invitation to play in either the Aloha Bowl or Oahu Bowl, back-to-back games which will be played in Honolulu on Dec. 25.

Georgia Tech 63, Wake Forest 35

ATLANTA -- No. 21 Georgia Tech (8-2, 7-1) grabbed a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference title and a Gator Bowl bid by routing Wake Forest (3-8, 2-6) behind three touchdowns by Charlie Rogers.

Georgia Tech's Joe Hamilton threw for two other scores.

Virginia Tech 47, Rutgers 7

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Al Clark threw two long touchdown passes to Ricky Hall in the first half, and No. 23 Virginia Tech (8-2, 5-2) returned two of its six interceptions for touchdowns in a Big East victory over Rutgers (5-6, 2-5).

Jacki Crooks had 118 yards on 26 carries for Rutgers, his fourth straight game with more than 100 yards.

Oregon St. 44, Oregon 41 (2 OT)

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Ken Simonton ran for a 16-yard touchdown in the second overtime to allow Oregon State (5-6, 2-6) to upset No. 15 Oregon (8-3, 5-3)) in the Pac-10.

Simonton had 157 yards rushing and three touchdowns for the Beavers.

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