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FLORIDA FIRES ZOOK, WHO WILL FINISH SEASON

Florida coach Ron Zook was fired today but will finish the season, a university source told the AP.

The move comes after Florida (4-3, 2-3 SEC) lost 38-31 on Saturday to Mississippi State, which was 1-5 entering that game.

It was Florida's 13th loss in three seasons under Zook, hired in 2002 to replace Steve Spurrier, who led Florida to a national title in 1996.

Top teams unchanged

No. 1 Southern California and No. 2 Oklahoma have been the top two teams in the Associated Press Top 25 since the preseason, a nine-poll run that is the longest to start a season in nine years.

There were few changes in the media poll Sunday with no movement among the first 11 teams.

The last time the preseason top two went deeper into a season unchanged was 1995, when Florida State was No. 1 and Nebraska was No. 2 for the first 10 polls.

Top performances

Rushing
Jerious Norwood, Mississippi State, rushed for 174 yards on 29 carries and two TDs, including a 37-yard touchdown run with 32 seconds remaining to lead the Bulldogs to a 38-31 upset of No. 20 Florida.

Vince Young, Texas, had a career-high 300 yards of total offense, ran for four touchdowns and threw for another to lead No. 8 Texas over Texas Tech, 51-21, Saturday night.

Allen Webb, Kansas State, ran for 147 yards and scored four TDs after starting at quarterback in place of injured Dylan Meier, leading the Wildcats past Nebraska, 45-21.

Michael Hart, Michigan, ran for 206 yards as the No. 13 Wolverines beat No. 12 Purdue, 16-14.

Passing
Andrew Walter, Arizona State, threw for 415 yards and six touchdown passes, two in a fourth-quarter rally, to lead No. 21 Arizona State to a 48-42 victory over UCLA.

Timmy Chang threw for 318 yards and two touchdowns while moving closer to becoming the NCAA's career passing leader as Hawaii defeated San Jose State, 46-28. Chang, a fifth-year senior, needs 241 yards to surpass the NCAA record of 15,031 yards set by Brigham Young's Ty Detmer from 1988 to '91. Hawaii will play at No. 19 Boise State on Friday.

Jason White, Oklahoma, threw for 389 yards and four touchdowns, and the second-ranked Sooners defeated Kansas, 41-10.

Josh Haldi, Northern Illinois, threw for a career-high 333 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Huskies to a 59-38 win over Western Michigan.

Fourth thousand

Texas' Cedric Benson became the sixth player in NCAA Division I history to rush for 1,000 yards in four consecutive seasons. Benson, who led the nation in rushing coming into the game against Texas Tech, surpassed 1,000 yards in the first quarter with an 8-yard run. Benson joined Ron Dayne, Wisconsin (1996 to '99); Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh (1973 to '76); Avon Cobourne, West Virginia (1999 to 2002); Denvis Manns, New Mexico State (1995 to '98); and Amos Lawrence, North Carolina (1977 to '80) as four-time 1,000-yard rushers.

Quick thousand

Oklahoma freshman running back Adrian Peterson, needing 99 yards to tie Emmitt Smith and Marshall Faulk as the quickest freshmen to gain 1,000 yards, gained 126 yards on 22 carries in the second-ranked Sooners' 41-10 rout of Kansas. Peterson has 1,027 yards in just seven games.

Swing

Boston College quarterback Paul Peterson struggled in the first half against No. 24 Notre Dame, completing just 8 of 18 passes for 96 yards. In the second half, he completed 19 of 23 for 297 yards, leading the Eagles to a 24-23 win. The Eagles outgained the Irish, 319-122, in the second half.

Blanked

Top-ranked Southern California held Washington to 113 total yards and only six first downs in a 38-0 rout. The Huskies were shut out for the first time since Nov. 7, 1981, when they lost to UCLA, 31-0. They had scored in 271 straight games -- the longest active streak among Division I-A schools.

A mean streak

The University at Buffalo is 0-24 in Mid-American Conference road games since joining the conference in 1999 after losing to Marshall, 48-14.

Clutch kicks

Todd Pegram kicked a 19-yard field goal in overtime and Lee Foliaki recovered a fumble on the next possession, giving No. 17 Texas A&M a 29-26 victory over Colorado. Pegram made four field goals in the game. . . . Jason Ricks kicked a 28-yard field goal with 55 seconds left to complete a rally as No. 22 Oklahoma State beat Missouri, 20-17.

Speaking

"This is embarrassing for us. We thought we were ready to play." -- Florida coach Ron Zook after the No. 20 Gators' 38-31 loss to unranked Mississippi State.

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