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Cornhuskers surge

Beating Oklahoma was not enough to lift Nebraska over No. 1 Miami in the AP media poll. The best the Cornhuskers could do after their 20-10 victory on Saturday was replace the Sooners at No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25. The Sooners (7-1) dropped to No. 3.

Miami (6-0) remained No. 1 for the third straight week after last Thursday night's 45-3 win over West Virginia. The Hurricanes received 55 first-place votes and 1,783 points Sunday from the 72 sports writers and broadcasters on the AP panel. The Huskers (9-0) had the remaining 17 first-place votes and 1,745 points in moving up from No. 3.


Onterrio Smith, Oregon, ran for a school-record 285 yards and scored three times in the Ducks' 24-17 victory over Washington State.

Chris Rix, Florida State, threw five touchdown passes in a 52-31 win over Maryland.

T.J. Duckett, Michigan State, ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-28 victory over Wisconsin.

ShanDerrick Charles, Southern Methodist, ran for 212 yards and four touchdowns in a 40-14 win over Texas-El Paso.

Ricky Williams, Texas Tech, ran for 153 yards, caught nine passes for 46 yards, and scored four touchdowns as the Red Raiders beat Baylor, 63-19.

Josh Scobey, Kansas State, ran for 204 yards and scored two touchdowns in the Wildcats' 40-6 victory over Kansas.

Maurice Hicks, North Carolina A&T, ran for 233 yards and a touchdown in a 16-14 win over Bethune-Cookman.

Chris Simms, Texas, passed for four touchdowns and ran for a fifth as the Longhorns beat Missouri, 35-16.

Navy sacks coach

Charlie Weatherbie was fired as coach of Navy on Sunday after leading the Midshipmen to a bowl victory five years ago but winning just once in the last 18 games. Defensive coordinator Rick Lantz, a former UB assistant in the 1960s, was appointed interim coach of the winless Midshipmen.

In six-plus seasons at the Naval Academy, Weatherbie had a record of 30-45. The team had lost 17 of its last 18 games and is 0-7 this season after Saturday's 21-20 loss at Toledo.

Alone on top

Joe Paterno passed Bear Bryant to become major college football's career victory leader, with his Nittany Lions rallying to beat Ohio State, 29-27. Paterno has 324 wins.

Movin' on up

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden passed Pop Warner for third place on the major-college coaching victories list, earning his 320th with a 52-31 victory over Maryland.

Giant killers

Stanford surged to a 31-7 lead over No. 4 UCLA, knocked its starting quarterback out of the game and weathered a 21-point rally by the backup to beat its second top-five team in a row with a 38-28 upset of UCLA.

Orange crush

Syracuse allowed No. 5 Virginia Tech just 90 yards rushing, well below its average of 234, recovered two fumbles and blocked a punt in a 22-14 win. The Hokies won their six games by a combined 248-44 margin.

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