- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 21, 2008

From combined dispatches

AP TOP 25

No. 4 FLORIDA 30, TENNESSEE 6: Tim Tebow threw two touchdown passes and helped Urban Meyer improve to 4-0 against Tennessee with a victory Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn., the second consecutive lopsided victory for the Gators (3-0, 1-0 SEC) over the self-destructive Volunteers (1-2, 0-1).

Florida took control on the first play of the game with a 52-yard kickoff return by Brandon James.

The Gators were soon in the end zone, with Tebow flipping 2-yard pass over the top of the line of scrimmage to Aaron Hernandez for a 7-0 lead five minutes into the game.

Tennessee responded with nothing but mistakes.

No. 3 GEORGIA 27, ARIZONA ST. 10: Knowshon Moreno rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns, A.J. Green caught eight passes for 159 yards and a score, and the Bulldogs (4-0) scored a decisive victory over the Sun Devils (2-2) in Tempe, Ariz.

Making a rare regular-season trip out of the Southeast, Georgia came to the desert with an attitude. It had opened the season atop the Associated Press Top 25 but twice slipped a spot after victories.

No. 5 MISSOURI 42, BUFFALO 21: Chase Daniel passed for a career-high 439 yards and set a Big 12 record with 20 consecutive completions, helping the Tigers (4-0) overcome a rash of errors in a victory over the Bulls (2-2) in Columbia, Mo.

The Tigers lost three fumbles in Buffalo territory and special teams mistakes led to two of the Bulls’ touchdowns, keeping the game close well into the second half against a 33 1/2-point underdog.

No. 7 TEXAS 52, RICE 10: Colt McCoy threw four touchdown passes, setting the Texas career record, and the Longhorns (3-0) romped to a win over the Owls (2-2) in Austin.

No. 9 ALABAMA 49, ARKANSAS 14: Javier Arenas and Justin Woodall scored on long interception returns for touchdowns, and the Crimson Tide (4-0) opened SEC play with a rout of the Razorbacks (2-1) in Fayetteville, Ark.

No. 11 TEXAS TECH 56, UMASS 14: Graham Harrell threw for 322 yards and four touchdowns and Shannon Woods ran for three scores to help the Red Raiders (4-0) rout the Minutemen (2-2) in Lubbock, Texas.

No. 12 S. FLORIDA 17, FLA. INTERNATIONAL 9: Mike Ford ran for two short touchdowns and the Bulls (4-0) spoiled the debut of the Golden Panthers (0-3) in their new on-campus stadium in Miami.

No. 13 OHIO STATE 28, TROY 10: Acclaimed freshman Terrelle Pryor tossed four touchdown passes in Columbus, Ohio, to lead the sluggish Buckeyes (3-1 to a victory over the Trojans.

No. 14 BYU 44, WYOMING 0: Max Hall threw three touchdown passes, and the Cougars (4-0, 1-0 Mountain West) extended the nation’s longest winning streak with a second straight shutout, beating the Cowboys (2-2, 0-2) in Provo, Utah.

N.C. STATE 30, No. 15 E. CAROLINA 24 (OT): Andre Brown’s 10-yard touchdown run in overtime lifted the Wolfpack (2-2) to an upset of the Pirates (3-1) in Raleigh.

No. 16 PENN STATE 45, TEMPLE 3: Daryll Clark threw two touchdown passes and ran for an 11-yard score, and the Nittany Lions (4-0) rolled to a win over the Owls (1-3) in State College, Pa.

BOISE STATE 37, No. 17 OREGON 32: Kellen Moore threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns in his first road start and the Broncos (3-0) upset the Ducks (3-1) in Eugene, Ore.

No. 18 WAKE FOREST 12, No. 24 FLORIDA STATE 3: Sam Swank kicked four field goals and the Demon Deacons (3-0, 1-0 ACC) forced seven turnovers in Tallahassee, Fla., to run their winning streak over the Seminoles (2-1, 0-1) to three games.

No. 19 KANSAS 38, SAM HOUSTON ST. 14: Todd Reesing threw for 356 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for another score to lead the Jayhawks (3-1) to a victory over the Bearkats (1-1) in Lawrence, Kan.

No. 20 UTAH 30, AIR FORCE 23: Darrell Mack scored three second-half touchdowns, including a 9-yard run up the middle with 58 seconds remaining, to help the Utes (4-0, 2-0 Mountain West) rally in Colorado Springs for a win over the Falcons (3-1, 1-1).

No. 23 CLEMSON 54, S.C. STATE 0: James Davis rushed for three touchdowns to lead the Tigers (3-1) past the Bulldogs (2-2) in Clemson, S.C.

NATIONAL

GA. TECH 38, MISSISSIPPI ST. 7: Jonathan Dwyer set a school record with an 88-yard touchdown run, Georgia Tech’s defense shut out Mississippi State for three quarters and the Yellow Jackets (3-1) beat the Bulldogs (1-3) in Atlanta.

BOSTON COLLEGE 34, CENT. FLORIDA 7: Chris Crane ran for a pair of third-quarter scores and threw a touchdown pass early in the fourth to lead the Eagles (2-1) to a win over the Golden Knights (1-2) in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

MIAMI 41, TEXAS A&M; 23: Robert Marve threw two touchdown passes and Graig Cooper ran for a career-high 128 yards and two scores as the Hurricanes (2-1) picked apart the defense of the Aggies (1-2) in College Station, Texas.

MICHIGAN ST. 23, NOTRE DAME 7: Javon Ringer ran for 201 yards and two touchdowns on 39 carries, carrying the Spartans (3-1) to a win over the Fighting Irish (2-1) in East Lansing, Mich.

PITTSBURGH 21, IOWA 20: LeSean McCoy ran 27 yards for a go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter despite being outrushed by Iowa’s Shonn Greene in a matchup of top running backs, and the Panthers (2-1) rallied after losing a double-digit lead to beat the Hawkeyes (3-1) in Pittsburgh.

MINNESOTA 37, FLA. ATLANTIC 3: Four interceptions by a vastly improved defense, including a 50-yard return for a touchdown by Simoni Lawrence, helped the Gophers (4-0) top the Owls (1-3) in Minneapolis and take an unbeaten record into the Big Ten season.

PURDUE 32, CENT. MICHIGAN 25: Kory Sheets broke loose for a 46-yard touchdown run with a minute left in the game to lift the Boilermakers (2-1) to a victory over the Chippewas (2-2) in West Lafayette, Ind.

NORTHWESTERN 16, OHIO 8: The Wildcats got off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1962 by blocking two field goals, recovering two fumbles and holding the pesky Bobcats (0-4) to 4 yards rushing in a win in Evanston, Ill.

BALL STATE 42, INDIANA 20: MiQuale Lewis ran for 166 yards and four touchdowns, helping the Cardinals (4-0) overcome the loss of receiver Dante Love to beat the Hoosiers (2-1) in Bloomington, Ind.

VANDERBILT 23, OLE MISS 17: Ryan Hamilton tied a school record with three interceptions, scored a touchdown on an interception return and saved a score with a goal-line tackle to help the Commodores (4-0, 2-0 SEC) beat the Rebels (2-2, 0-1) in Oxford, Miss.

S. CAROLINA 23, WOFFORD 13: Quarterback Chris Smelley had 204 yards passing as the Gamecocks (2-2) struggled before putting away the Terriers (2-1) in Columbia, S.C.

ARIZONA 31, UCLA 10: Willie Tuitama threw for 222 yards and connected with tight end Ron Gronkowski for a pair of touchdowns to lead the Wildcats (3-1) to a victory over the Bruins (1-2) in the Pac-10 opener for both teams in Pasadena, Calif.

REGION

YALE 47, GEORGETOWN 7: The quarterback tandem of Brook Hart and Ryan Fodor combined for four touchdown passes as the Bulldogs (1-0) routed the Hoyas (1-2).

FLORIDA A&M; 51, HOWARD 24: Eddie Battle threw for 154 yards and accounted for two touchdowns to lead the Rattlers (2-1, 1-1 MEAC) to a rout of the Bison (0-3, 0-2) at Greene Stadium.

CATHOLIC 31, McDANIEL 7: Keith Ricca went 21-for-30 for 321 yards with two touchdowns to lead the Cardinals (3-0) to a victory over the Green Terror (1-2) at Cardinal Stadium.

BOWIE ST. 15, LIVINGSTONE 10: Tariq Jones rushed for a season-high 147 yards and a touchdown, helping the Bulldogs (2-1, 1-0 CIAA) edge the Blue Bears (0-4, 0-1) in Salisbury, N.C.

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