- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 2, 2008

_Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree caught 10 passes, including the winning 28-yard touchdown pass with 1 second to play, as the seventh-ranked Red Raiders beat No. 1 Texas 39-33. Crabtree shook off a tackler at the Texas 5-yard line on the final play, and if he had been tackled inbounds the clock likely would have expired.

_Northwestern safety Brendan Smith picked off a pass and returned it 48 yards to score with 12 seconds remaining, lifting Northwestern past stunned Minnesota 24-17.

_Kansas tailback Jake Sharp had 257 total yards and tied a school record with four touchdowns as the Jayhawks ripped Kansas State 52-21.

_Dennis Johnson returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown for the decisive touchdown as Arkansas defeated No. 19 Tulsa 30-23 victory, handing the Golden Hurricane (8-1) its first defeat.

_Central Michigan backup quarterback Brian Brunner threw for a school-record 485 yards and four touchdowns, then ran 1 yard for the go-ahead score as the Chippewas upset Indiana 37-34.

_Iowa State’s Leonard Johnson broke the major college football single-game record with 319 kickoff return yards on 9 attempts. Johnson broke the mark on a 26-yard return midway through the third quarter at No. 9 Oklahoma State. Earlier in the game, Johnson had returns of 72, 73 and 48 yards. Johnson broke a record set by Justin Miller of Clemson, who had 282 kickoff return yards against Florida State on Sept. 25, 2004.


No. 6 Texas Tech’s heart-pounding 39-33 victory over top-rated Texas _ the Red Raiders’ first over a No. 1 team _ should make for an interesting Sunday in the polls. The Longhorns were the unanimous No. 1 in the last Associated Press Top 25, and their 65 first-place votes are up for grabs, with Alabama, Penn State and Texas Tech all presenting strong succession cases. Likewise, there will be a change atop the Bowl Championship Series standings for the first time. But the Red Raiders shouldn’t celebrate for too long. They face No. 9 Oklahoma State next week in Lubbock and then visit fourth-ranked Oklahoma on Nov. 22.


The last time Florida and Georgia met, the Bulldogs pulled a brazen end zone celebration on their way to a 42-30 victory. Payback was painful. The fifth-ranked Gators hammered No. 8 Georgia 49-10 as Tim Tebow accounted for five touchdowns and Percy Harvin scored twice in one of the most anticipated matchups in the history of the storied rivalry. Georgia didn’t score a touchdown until the final three minutes, and the celebration was a bit more muted this time. Ranked No. 1 in the preseason, the Bulldogs (7-2, 4-2 SEC) now need a miracle to win the SEC East.


Michigan‘s 48-42 loss at Purdue dropped the Wolverines to 2-7, which means Michigan’s string of 33 straight bowl appearances will end. Michigan also set a school record for losses and is assured of its first losing season since 1967. “I’m going to keep going back to work. What do you want me to say?” said first-year coach Rich Rodriguez, who will be paid $2.5 million this season alone to keep going back to work. Rodriguez is an offensive whiz, but his Wolverines were suckered on a short completion and a lateral for the decisive touchdown with 26 seconds remaining in regulation.


Pitt’s Conor Lee and Notre Dame’s Brandon Walker staged a memorable placekicking duel. Walker and Lee both hit field goals in the first period, and each of them added three PATs in regulation. Then Walker and Lee connected on field goals in each of the first three overtimes. But Walker missed a 38-yard in the fourth overtime and Lee was perfect from 22 yards out to give the Panthers a dramatic 36-33 victory. “It’s something I think every kicker wants to have happen,” Lee said. “I was like, ‘I guess I won the game. Time to celebrate.’ “


On Sept. 14, Wisconsin was 3-0 and ranked eighth and Auburn was 3-0 and ranked 10th. Both teams are 1-5 since then.


California maintained command of its own Rose Bowl destiny with a rainy 26-16 victory over No. 23 Oregon in Berkeley. The Golden Bears (6-2, 4-1 Pac-10) visit conference leader USC (7-1, 5-1) next week in a pivotal Pac-10 game.


It was a long day for the state of Washington. The Washington State Cougars took a 58-0 whipping at Stanford. A few hours later, the Washington Huskies absorbed a 56-0 loss at No. 7 USC. The Cougars fell to 1-8, with a victory over Portland State, while 0-8 Washington is the nation’s only winless major-college squad.


Notre Dame is 0-3 against teams that entered this week with a winning record. The Fighting Irish blew a two-touchdown halftime lead over Pitt at home on Saturday. … Auburn had as many punts as points in a 17-7 loss at Ole Miss. … Western Michigan’s Tim Hiller passed for 339 yards and three touchdowns as the Broncos beat Eastern Michigan 31-10. Hiller topped 300 passing yards for the fourth consecutive game and became the third Western Michigan quarterback to pass for more than 7,000 career yards (7,211). … Georgia’s three worst losses since 1969 have come against Florida. Saturday’s 49-10 drubbing was the second worst. The Bulldogs also lost to their border rivals by 38 in 1994 and 40 in 1996. … After Florida State’s Marcus Sims fumbled into the end zone in the final minute, Georgia Tech defeated to beat the 16th-ranked Seminoles 31-28. The Yellow Jackets beat Florida State for the first time since 1975, after going 0-12 against Bobby Bowden and the Seminoles in the ACC. … Western Carolina knocked off Chattanooga 27-7 in Cullowhee, N.C., to snap a 20-game Southern Conference losing streak. … Since losing at Oregon State on Sept. 25, USC has allowed a total of 20 points in 20 quarters. The Trojans notched their third shutout in that span with a 56-0 rout of Washington on Saturday.


“Everything is kind of in disarray right now.” _ Wisconsin safety Chris Maragos, after a last-second 25-24 loss to Michigan State, the Badgers’ fifth loss in six games.

“It’s a weight off our shoulders. All we heard about was Georgia, Georgia, Georgia.” _ Florida safety Ahmad Black after the Gators’ 49-10 rout of the Bulldogs.

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