Sunday, September 7, 2003

Top 25 roundup: Southern Cal fends off BYU

No. 5 Michigan coasts; No. 15 Virginia, No. 17 Auburn upset

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - Matt Leinart threw three touchdown passes as fourth-ranked Southern California built an early lead, then scored two late touchdowns to hold off Brigham Young 35-18 Saturday night.

USC (2-0) went up 21-0 in the first quarter, then BYU slowly fought its way back into the game, the first between the schools.

Leinart's third touchdown pass - and second to Mike Williams - with 4:11 remaining gave the Trojans some breathing room after BYU (1-1) had closed within 21-18.

Williams was wide open in the seam of the defense when Leinart connected with him for the 18-yard score to help the Trojans win their 10th in a row dating back to last year.

No. 5 Michigan 50, Houston 3

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Chris Perry ran for 184 yards and two touchdowns for Michigan.

The Wolverines (2-0) host No. 19 Notre Dame next week following two wins by a combined score of 95-10.

No. 7 Kansas State 55, McNeese State 14

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Rashad Washington had two interceptions, returning one 45 yards for a touchdown, and blocked a punt to set up another score for Kansas State.

Darren Sproles made a strong return to form a week after being injured, running for 101 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries for the Wildcats.

No. 8 Georgia 29, Middle Tennessee 10

ATHENS, Ga. - Michael Cooper ran for the first two touchdowns of his career and David Greene threw for 267 yards as Georgia struggled early before beating Middle Tennessee.

Billy Bennett added three field goals for the Bulldogs (2-0), who were 29 1/2-point favorites against a team that lost its opener to Division I-AA Florida Atlantic.

No. 9 Virginia Tech 43, James Madison 0

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Cedric Humes ran for three touchdowns after Kevin Jones left the game with an injury to lead Virginia Tech.

The Hokies (2-0) held the Dukes (1-1) to 143 total yards and forced three turnovers.

Humes finished with 75 yards and took over in the second quarter for Jones, who was slammed into a concrete wall by Demetrius Shambley. Jones injured both hands on the play and did not return. X-rays showed he did not break any bones.

No. 10 Pittsburgh 43, Kent State 3

PITTSBURGH - Rod Rutherford, benched at the start for disciplinary reasons, threw four touchdown passes in the second quarter and Pittsburgh breezed.

Larry Fitzgerald, too quick to be contained by Kent State's undersized secondary, caught scoring passes of 7, 11 and 54 yards in less than 10 minutes as Pitt turned a 3-0 deficit into a 28-3 halftime lead.

Brandon Miree (Winton Woods) added a 2-yard scoring run in the third quarter during a 113-yard night.

No. 11 Florida State 35, Maryland 10

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Greg Jones ran for two touchdowns and Chris Rix passed for two more as Florida State wiped out an early 10-point deficit.

The 35 points were the fewest Florida State has scored in seven home wins over Maryland.

No. 12 Tennessee 34, Marshall 24

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Casey Clausen threw three touchdown passes and James Wilhoit kicked two field goals in the fourth quarter for Tennessee.

Clausen started slowly but finished 21-of-33 for 235 yards and one interception.

Cedric Houston had 26 carries for 160 yards.

Wake Forest 38, No. 14 N.C. State 24

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Nick Burney ran for two touchdowns to lead an early Wake Forest ground game as the Demon Deacons beat North Carolina State.

Wake Forest (2-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) pounced on the Wolfpack (1-1, 0-1) early, building a 25-point first half lead, and had North Carolina State on its heels from the opening drive.

South Carolina 31, No. 15 Virginia 7

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Dondrial Pinkins threw a 99-yard touchdown pass to Troy Williamson - the longest in South Carolina history - to lead the Gamecocks past Virginia.

Pinkins added a 5-yard touchdown run and Daccus Turman had 123 yards rushing and a touchdown for South Carolina (2-0).

With senior quarterback Matt Schaub on the sideline with a separated right shoulder, the Cavaliers (1-1) were out of sync on offense.

Overall, the Cavaliers were outgained 423-170.

Georgia Tech 17, No. 17 Auburn 3

ATLANTA - Freshman Reggie Ball threw for one touchdown and set up two other scores as Georgia Tech handed Auburn another stunning loss in the first meeting between the schools in 16 years.

Auburn (0-2) began the season ranked sixth in The Associated Press rankings, and at least one magazine picked the Tigers as the best team in the country. That goal already has gone by the wayside, the victim of an inept offense that seemed totally confused against the undersized Georgia Tech defense.

No. 18 Wisconsin 48, Akron 31

MADISON, Wis. - Lee Evans had 214 yards receiving and Anthony Davis had 247 yards rushing for Wisconsin. It was the first time in the program's 114-year history that the Badgers (2-0) had a wideout and running back both top 200 yards in the same game.

Evans caught a school-record 99-yard touchdown pass from Jim Sorgi moments after Jeff Mack and Ryan Aiello stuffed Bobby Hendry inches from the goal line on fourth down with 6 1/2 minutes remaining.

No. 23 Nebraska 31, Utah State 7

LINCOLN, Neb. - Jammal Lord ran for 72 yards and a touchdown as Nebraska overcame a slow start to beat Utah State.

Lord also completed eight of 12 passes for 85 yards before giving way to Joe Dailey late in the third quarter.

David Dyches kicked field goals of 23, 20, 29 and 26 yards in his first game for Nebraska (2-0).

No. 24 Colorado 16, UCLA 14

BOULDER, Colo. - Joel Klatt threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Joe Klopfenstein with 2:15 left, rallying Colorado to victory.

The Buffaloes (2-0) trailed 14-10 with five minutes remaining before marching 63 yards in 11 plays for the winning score.

No. 25 TCU 17, Navy 3

FORT WORTH, Texas - Corey Connally and Lonta Hobbs had second-half touchdown runs as TCU overcame a sluggish start.

The Horned Frogs (2-0), playing just five days after a win at Tulane, scored on their first two drives of the second half. Nick Browne's 23-yard field goal tied the game and Connally ran 2 yards for the go-ahead score on his only carry of the game.

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