TOP 25 ROUNDUP Trojans trounce Arizona St. 45-7; Auburn cruises



Unranked Alabama routed No. 24 Southern Mississippi 27-3.
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LOS ANGELES -- Top-ranked USC took command early against Arizona State Saturday and routed the 15th-ranked Sun Devils, 45-7.
ASU (5-1, 2-1 Pac-10) was the third straight unbeaten opponent to challenge USC (6-0, 3-0). Stanford and Cal extended the Trojans, losing by a combined nine points. But the Sun Devils presented no such challenge, trailing 42-7 at halftime.
In the first half, Matt Leinart completed 11 of 16 passes for 193 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another TD. He finished 13-of-24 for 224 yards with no interceptions and was sacked once, before sitting out the fourth quarter.
Freshman Dwayne Jarrett, filling in for the injured Steve Smith, made four receptions for 121 yards and three TDs in the first half and five catches for 139 yards overall. LenDale White gained 68 yards on 16 carries to lead USC's ground game.
No. 4 Auburn 38, Arkansas 20
AUBURN, Ala. -- Jason Campbell passed for a career-high 297 yards and three touchdowns to lead Auburn.
With Campbell completing 17 of 19 passes -- all in the first three quarters -- the Tigers (7-0, 4-0 SEC) won their ninth straight game and lived up to their highest ranking in 10 years.
The Razorbacks (3-3, 1-2) all but fell out of contention in the SEC West. Quarterback Matt Jones was 12-of-27 passing for 189 yards with two TDs.
No. 7 Florida St. 36,No. 6 Virginia 3
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Wyatt Sexton completed 20 of 26 passes for 275 yards and a touchdown to help Florida State rout Virginia.
Sexton has completed 66.1 percent of his passes for 846 yards and five touchdowns since replacing Chris Rix as the starter last month.
Lorenzo Booker added 123 yards rushing and a pair of touchdown runs, and his defensive teammates limited Virginia to 20 yards rushing.
Florida State (5-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) snapped a string of six straight losses against top-10 opponents, while Virginia (5-1, 2-1) missed an opportunity for a road win against a top-10 team for the first time.
No. 8 California 45, UCLA 28
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Geoff McArthur caught two of Aaron Rodgers' career-high four touchdown passes, and California racked up 550 total yards.
J.J. Arrington ran for a career-best 205 yards and two scores to help the Golden Bears (4-1, 2-1 Pac-10) rebound from last week's heartbreaking loss to top-ranked Southern California. Arrington became the first running back in Cal history with five straight 100-yard games, breaking Chuck Muncie's record.
In Cal's first home game in five weeks, Rodgers was 19-of-29 for 260 yards -- and McArthur finished with nine receptions for 163 yards, including an early 20-yard TD catch and an 80-yard scoring romp down the UCLA sideline in the fourth quarter.
Drew Olson also threw four touchdown passes, but the Bruins (4-2, 2-1) couldn't catch up after Cal took a 35-14 lead on McArthur's long scoring run. Olson finished 20-of-36 for a career-best 299 yards for UCLA.
No. 12 Georgia 33, Vanderbilt 3
ATHENS, Ga. -- David Greene passed for two touchdowns in the third quarter and ran for another in a rout of Vanderbilt. He finished 14 of 21 for 191 yards.
Georgia's freshmen running backs Danny Ware (127 yards) and Thomas Brown (122) became the first Bulldog pair to rush for more than 100 yards in 12 years. Brown also added a touchdown for Georgia (5-1, 3-1 SEC).
No. 23 Texas A & amp;M 36,No. 16 Oklahoma St. 20
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Reggie McNeal threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores for Texas A & amp;M.
McNeal was 19-of-25 for 288 yards and ran for 98 yards for the Aggies (5-1, 3-0 Big 12), who have their first five-game winning streak since opening the 2001 season 5-0. They're tied for the Big 12 South lead with Oklahoma.
Vernand Morency , who entered the game as the nation's leading rusher with 173.8 yards per game, had 111 yards on 28 carries for Oklahoma State (5-1, 2-1), but also lost his first two fumbles of the season on consecutive possessions in the first half.
No. 21 Boise State 45, Tulsa 42
TULSA, Okla. -- Antwaun Carter scored on a 2-yard run with less than two minutes remaining, and Tyler Jones kicked a 46-yard field goal with three seconds to go, rallying Boise State.
Carter scored with 1:24 remaining to tie the score at 42 as the Broncos (6-0, 3-0 Western Athletic Conference) won their 17th straight, the longest winning streak in the nation.
No. 22 Florida 52,Middle Tennessee 16
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Chris Leak threw three touchdown passes and DeShawn Wynn scored three times for Florida.
Leak completed 17-of-22 passes for 316 yards against the Blue Raiders (2-4).
Wynn ran for 81 yards, and Ciatrick Fason added 48 yards and a touchdown on the ground for the Gators (4-2).
Florida scored on its first four possessions and led 24-3 early in the second quarter. The Gators also scored touchdowns on all three drives in the third quarter, opening up a 36-point lead.
Alabama 27,No. 24 Southern Mississippi 3
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Kenneth Darby rushed for 197 yards and scored two touchdowns to lift Alabama to its first win against a ranked opponent in nearly two years.
Southern Miss (4-1) had been averaging nearly 29 points per game, but the Golden Eagles never got untracked against Alabama (5-2). The Crimson Tide limited Southern Miss to 148 yards rushing and only 23 yards passing.
Alabama last beat a ranked team on Nov. 16, 2002, a 31-0 victory at then-No. 11 LSU under former coach Dennis Franchione. Alabama still needs one more win to be eligible for its first bowl trip since 2001.

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