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TOP 25 ROUNDUP | Saturday's games



Published: Sun, September 10, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



No. 4 (tie) Auburn 31, Mississippi St. 0

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Brad Lester rushed for two touchdowns and Brandon Cox passed for two more as Auburn overpowered the Bulldogs. The Tigers (2-0, 1-0 SEC) have won 18 of their last 19 Southeastern Conference games, dating back to the 2004 league title game, and are a conference-best 37-12 since 2000. Lester found plenty of running room as the Bulldogs (0-2, 0-2) focused on top runner Kenny Irons, who was held to 69 yards to end his streak of seven consecutive games with more than 100 yards rushing.

No. 7 Florida 42, UCF 0

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Chris Leak threw for a career-high 352 yards and four scores, freshman Percy Harvin provided more dazzling moments for the Gators. Although the victory came against the Golden Knights, whose defense allowed 322 yards against Division I-AA Villanova a week earlier, Meyer should feel much better about his Gators (2-0) as they prepare for an SEC showdown at No. 11 Tennessee.

No. 8 LSU 45, Arizona 3

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Jonathan Zenon returned an interception for a touchdown for the second consecutive week, highlighting a smothering defensive performance by LSU. Arizona had only 54 total yards through the first three quarters. The rest of the Wildcats' yardage came after replacements had begun to take over and a boisterous crowd of 92,218 was half gone. Although the Tigers (2-0) put up 45 points for a second-straight week, they could have scored more.

No. 9 Florida State 24, Troy 17

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Buster Davis' interception set up a 4-yard touchdown run by Joe Surratt with 1:56 left, and the Seminoles rallied late to escape against Troy. The Seminoles (2-0) scored two touchdowns in the final 6:12 to avoid what might have been the most embarrassing home loss in coach Bobby Bowden's 31 years coaching at the school. Davis, the 5-foot-10 linebacker, intercepted Omar Haugabook's third-down pass at the Troy 29 moments after Florida State had tied the game at 17-17.

No. 11 Tennessee 31, Air Force 30

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Erik Ainge threw for 333 yards, and the Vols (2-0) held off Air Force when Xavier Mitchell stuffed a late 2-point conversion try by the Falcons. Air Force (0-1) made it 31-24 with 2:41 left and then recovered the onside kick at its own 42. The Falcons scored on Ryan Williams' 1-yard run, coach Fisher DeBerry decided to go for the lead instead of the tying kick. Chad Hall took the pitch from quarterback Shaun Carney and was stopped for a loss by Mitchell.

No. 12 Georgia 18, South Carolina 0

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The "Junkyard Dawgs" struck again Saturday night. One day after the program's longtime defensive coordinator Erk Russell died, Georgia posted its first shutout in three years -- and only the second ever hung on South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier.

No. 13 Louisville 62, Temple 0

PHILADELPHIA -- George Stripling and Sergio Spencer each ran for two touchdowns, ably filling in for Michael Bush. Kurt Quarterman and Kolby Smith added touchdown runs for the Cardinals (2-0) and Brian Brohm threw for 307 yards and a score in their biggest win since beating Cincinnati 70-7 in 2004. Mario Urrutia had five catches for 110 yards and a touchdown, and the Cardinals finished with 671 yards of total offense -- the fifth-highest total in school history.

No. 15 Oklahoma 37, Washington 20

NORMAN, Okla. -- Paul Thompson threw two touchdown passes to Malcolm Kelly, and Adrian Peterson ran for 165 yards and two scores for Oklahoma (2-0). Thompson broke a 13-13 tie on Oklahoma's first possession of the second half when he found Kelly racing down the right side of the field for a 35-yard TD to put the Sooners ahead for the first time.

No. 16 Virginia Tech 35, North Carolina 10

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Two of Branden Ore's three touchdowns were set up by Virginia Tech's dominating defense and special teams. Ore finished with 111 yards and scoring runs of 1, 4 and 3 yards, and the Hokies (2-0, 1-0 ACC) went back to their Beamerball roots in improving to 9-0 in ACC road games since they joined the league in 2004. Xavier Adibi returned an interception 40 yards to set up Ore's first touchdown, Josh Morgan blocked a punt inside the North Carolina 10 to set up another and Brenden Hill scored on a 69-yard interception return.

No. 17 Miami 51, Florida A & amp;M 10

MIAMI -- Charlie Jones rushed for two touchdowns, Javarris James ran for one and caught another, and Tyrone Moss added a 20-yard scoring run in his first game back from a knee injury. Miami (1-1), which managed only two rushing yards in a season-opening loss to Florida State, dominated the line of scrimmage against the smaller Rattlers, gaining 339 yards on 47 carries. Derron Thomas had 109 yards on 11 carries, while James had 75 yards, Moss 64 yards and Jones 62 more for the Hurricanes. Kyle Wright completed 13 of 18 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown, a 21-yard catch-and-run play to James.

Boston College 34, No. 18 Clemson 33, 2OT

BOSTON -- Jolonn Dunbar blocked an extra point in the second overtime, then L.V. Whitworth scored on a 6-yard run to help Boston College beat Clemson -- the second consecutive year BC has beaten the Tigers in OT. Ryan Ohliger, who missed a 36-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, kicked a 35-yarder on BC's first possession of overtime. Then, after Jad Dean's point after try was blocked on Clemson's second possession, Ohliger split the uprights for the game-winning PAT and BC (2-0, 1-0 ACC) stormed the field to celebrate.

No. 21 Nebraska 56, Nicholls State 7

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Zac Taylor threw a career-high four touchdown passes, Marlon Lucky ran for 103 yards and Nebraska prepped for next week's game at Southern California with a rout. The Cornhuskers (2-0) scored on six of their first seven possessions while building a 42-0 lead.

No. 23 TCU 46, UC Davis 13

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Jeff Ballard threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score to remain undefeated as TCU's starting quarterback as the Horned Frogs won their 12th straight game. After replacing injured senior Tye Gunn last season, Ballard has been the starter in the last 10 TCU wins. He was 18-of-23 passing for 190 yards before freshman Marcus Jackson took over to start the fourth quarter for the Frogs (2-0).

Associated Press

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