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TOP 25 ROUNDUP



Published: Sat, September 2, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



TOP 25 ROUNDUP

Saturday's games

No. 3 Texas 56, North Texas 7

AUSTIN, Texas -- In his first start at quarterback for the defending national champions, Colt McCoy hit Limas Sweed for a 60-yard touchdown on his second pass and Texas cruised. McCoy, a redshirt freshman who won the preseason battle with freshman Jevan Snead to start, was 12-of-19 for 178 yards and three touchdowns in a tuneup for next weekend's showdown with top-ranked Ohio State. Sweed finished with five catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns. McCoy's numbers would have been even better if not for a few dropped passes. While seldom pressured, he looked comfortable checking through his receivers and even showed some of Vince Young's pizazz with his feet, scrambling 27 yards to set up a second-quarter touchdown. Texas (1-0) has won 21 straight games.

No. 7 Florida 34, Southern Miss 7

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Chris Leak threw three touchdown passes, highly touted freshman Tim Tebow ran for a score and Florida overcame a sluggish start. Leak completed 21 of 30 passes for 248 yards. His third pass of the game was intercepted, and Southern Miss turned it into points when Jeremy Young connected with Damion Carter three plays later. But Leak bounced back in a big way. He evened the game on the final play of the first quarter, rolling left and finding Dallas Baker wide open in the end zone for a 21-yard score. Baker finished with nine catches for 123 yards. Another receiver, freshman Percy Harvin, had a memorable debut. He ran four times for a team-high 58 yards and had three receptions for 33 yards.

No. 23 Tennessee 35,No. 9 California 18

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Rocky Top returned to normal Saturday as Erik Ainge threw four passes for touchdowns and the Volunteers put last year's losing season behind them. Robert Meachem caught two of the touchdowns for Tennessee, including an 80-yarder at the start of the third quarter. Marshawn Lynch, who the Bears are pushing for the Heisman Trophy, had 35 yards on five carries at halftime and finished with 74 yards on 12 carries.

No. 15 Georgia 48, Western Kentucky 12

ATHENS, Ga. -- Joe Tereshinski threw for 90 yards and a touchdown and two other Georgia quarterbacks saw playing time as Georgia won easily. Tereshinski, who won a four-way battle for the starter's job, finished 7-of-17, including a 17-yard touchdown pass to Mario Raley for a 14-0 lead. Joe Cox entered the game in the second quarter with Georgia (1-0) leading 24-0 and completed 2-of-3 passes for 29 yards with an interception. Tereshinski returned in the third quarter before Matthew Stafford, the Bulldogs' top recruit, directed two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter. Georgia's Mikey Henderson started the scoring for the Bulldogs with a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown.

No. 17 Virginia Tech 38, Northeastern 0

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Sean Glennon threw three touchdown passes in his first career start as Virginia Tech beat Northeastern. Glennon, a sophomore who won the job vacated when Marcus Vick was dismissed from the team after last season, completed 15 of 18 for 222 yards in less than three quarters.

No. 18 Clemson 54, Florida Atlantic 6

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Will Proctor got off to a solid start for Clemson, throwing for 166 yards and three touchdowns. Proctor waited four seasons behind Charlie Whitehurst for his chance to be Clemson's starter. And while Proctor stumbled at first, he and the Tigers settled down to put up their highest point total since a 63-17 win over South Carolina in 2003.

No. 20 Nebraska 49, Louisiana Tech 10

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Zac Taylor matched his career high with three touchdown passes and No. 20 Nebraska won its 21st consecutive season opener. The Cornhuskers effectively mixed the run and pass against their overmatched opponent and amassed 584 total yards.

No. 21 Oregon 48, Stanford 10

EUGENE, Ore. -- Jonathan Stewart rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns for Oregon before hurting his ankle. Dennis Dixon threw for a score and ran for another for the Ducks in the rare conference matchup to open the season.

Associated Press

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