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COWBOYS DO IT TO SOONERS AGAIN; MOUNTAINEERS PREVAIL
WOODS' THREE TD CATCHES FUEL OKLAHOMA ST. UPSET

Rashaun Woods and Josh Fields did it to Oklahoma again.

One year after ruining the Sooners' postseason plans with a late touchdown in Norman, Fields and Woods connected for three scores as Oklahoma State upset No. 3 Oklahoma, 38-28, on Saturday.

Woods had 12 catches for a school-record 226 yards, while Fields completed 18 of 27 passes for 357 yards and four touchdowns against the nation's ninth-ranked defense.

"We played our best opponent; we played our best football," Cowboys coach Les Miles said. "Considering all of our big wins this year, this was undoubtedly our best one."

The Cowboys (7-5 overall, 5-3 in the Big 12 Conference) beat Nebraska and Oklahoma in the same season for the first time. As the last seconds ticked off the clock, orange-clad Oklahoma State students and fans ran onto the field and tore down the goal posts.

In beating the Sooners for the fifth time in eight years, Oklahoma State enhanced its chances of going to its first bowl game since 1997. The Cowboys also never let Oklahoma take the lead, something no team had done against Bob Stoops in his first 49 games as Oklahoma's coach.

"We just wanted to prove that last year wasn't a fluke," said tight end Billy Bajema, who had a 58-yard catch on a second-quarter scoring drive. "It will improve our bowl destination, but that's not what we were thinking coming in. Playing Oklahoma was enough motivation."

Last year's 16-13 stunner by Oklahoma State cost Oklahoma a trip to the Big 12 title game, where a victory would have sent the Sooners to the national title game. Oklahoma (10-2, 6-2) came into this game with the South Division title sewn up, but the Sooners have no shot of playing for a national title.

"There are no excuses," Stoops said. "They did an excellent job all around -- their coaches and players -- and just beat us."

Oklahoma, which will play No. 13 Colorado for the Big 12 title next week in Houston, had no answer for Woods.

"We are on the rise," Woods said. "It's obvious now that we are a program on the rise."

He caught TD passes of 41, 60 and 13 yards in the first half and had three catches on the Cowboys' first drive of the third quarter, when they took a 35-6 lead. Woods then had two more receptions on a clinching fourth-quarter drive that led to a field goal and a 38-21 lead.

"Their defensive backs are known for sitting on short passes," Woods said. "When they do that, they're susceptible to the double move."

Mountaineers best in Backyard

PITTSBURGH -- West Virginia quarterback Rasheed Marshall didn't beat Pitt's Rod Rutherford in three high school matchups. Never came close. So he saved his best performance back home for a much-bigger game.

West Virginia turned two Rutherford turnovers into touchdowns and the No. 24 Mountaineers, likely headed to the Gator Bowl, held off No. 17 Pittsburgh, 24-17, in the Big East with another late defensive stand.

Led by Marshall's playmaking and Avon Cobourne's running, the Mountaineers (9-3, 6-1) completed a remarkable turnaround from a 3-8 season, secured at least second place in the Big East and beat their Backyard Brawl rival for the first time in three years.

Marshall, whose Pittsburgh high school team was outscored 138-0 in the three prep games against Rutherford's, ran for a touchdown, threw for another and set up a score with a 25-yard reception as West Virginia beat Pitt for the eighth time in 11 years.

"We kept telling Rasheed to settle down, that he was at home and to just settle down and make plays," running back Quincy Wilson said. "We kept running the ball and running it and running it, and that made the (other) plays work."

Afterward, the two quarterbacks hugged at midfield.

"It wasn't me vs. Rod, just like it wasn't in high school," Marshall said. "I told him to keep his head up, because I know this was a tough game to lose."

The Mountaineers are expected to play North Carolina State in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1, with Pitt (8-4, 5-2) now ticketed for the Continental Tire Bowl in Charlotte.

Seminoles overpower Gators

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Chris Rix used his second chance to make a bad week much better for Florida State.

Rix threw two touchdown passes to Anquan Boldin and ran for 83 yards to help No. 23 Florida State (9-4) defeat No. 15 Florida, 31-14. Seminoles freshman tailback Leon Washington ran for 134 yards.

Ron Zook had no more luck in his first year than Steve Spurrier did in 12 seasons when it comes to winning at Doak Campbell Stadium. The Gators (8-4) still haven't won in Tallahassee since 1986.

Rix won the starting job by default when Adrian McPherson was kicked off the team last week after a police investigation led to his arrest on a charge of felony grand theft.

Florida quarterback Rex Grossman threw for 303 yards and tailback Earnest Graham rushed for 82 yards.

Bulldogs tops in Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia will play for the Southeastern Conference championship next weekend. And who knows, the Bulldogs might just get a shot at the biggest game of all.

The fifth-ranked Bulldogs sure played like champions, building a 34-0 halftime lead against Georgia Tech (7-5) and cruising to a 51-7 victory -- Georgia's most lopsided win in the series, which began in 1893.

Musa Smith ran for 121 yards and became the first Georgia back since Garrison Hearst in 1992 to reach 1,000 yards in a season.

The Bulldogs (11-1) must hope No. 1 Miami loses to Virginia Tech next Saturday.

"We'll be rooting for the Hokies, that's for sure," quarterback David Greene said. "But we've got to take care of our business or it doesn't matter."

For Georgia, the next order of business is the SEC Championship Game against Arkansas. The Bulldogs will be trying to win their first conference title since 1982.

"We all know we haven't won a championship in 20 years," said coach Mark Richt, whose team ensured its first 11-win season since 1982. "That's enough motivation right there."

Around the nation

Shaud Williams ran for 160 yards and a touchdown as No. 14 Alabama (10-3) extended its NCAA record of 10-win seasons to 27 with a 21-16 victory at Hawaii (9-3). Alabama grounded the nation's top passing team in Hawaii, forcing Rainbows quarterback Timmy Chang into four interceptions. The victory snapped the Hawaii Bowl-bound Warriors' six-game winning streak and improved Crimson Tide coach Dennis Franchione to 6-0 against Hawaii. Alabama is ineligible for postseason play.

Larry Croom ran for 222 yards and a touchdown and DeJhown Mandley caught a 29-yard touchdown pass with 46 seconds left as Nevada-Las Vegas (5-7, 3-4) took a 36-33 win over No. 16 Colorado State (10-3, 6-1) in the Mountain West Conference. Croom had 146 yards in the second half and scored on a 3-yard run in the first. The Rebels had 390 yards rushing to beat Colorado State for the first time since 1982, a span of seven games.

Lee Suggs ran for two touchdowns and No. 22 Virginia Tech (9-3) found its defense, shutting down Matt Schaub and beating rival Virginia (8-5) for the fourth consecutive year, 21-9. The Hokies ended a three-game losing streak -- their longest in a decade -- by holding the Cavaliers to 203 yards and getting a touchdown from their special teams to go with Suggs' 51st and 52nd career TDs. Virginia was seeking its third consecutive victory against a Top 25 team.

Scott McBrien threw for 257 yards and two touchdowns in the first half alone, helping No. 25 Maryland (10-3, 6-2) take a 32-14 victory over Wake Forest (6-6, 3-5) in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The victory gave Maryland a second straight 10-win season for the first time in school history and earned the Terrapins a trip to Atlanta for the Peach Bowl on Dec. 31.

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