Gators stay in national title hunt...South Florida stuns Mountaineers


Saturday, November 25th 2006, 8:00 pm
By: News On 6


Gators stay in national title hunt...South Florida stuns Mountaineers

UNDATED (AP) Chris Leak threw for 283 yards and 2 touchdowns and Percy Harvin ran for a score as 4th-ranked Florida held off Florida State 21-14.

Leak completed 21-34 passes for the Gators who improved to 11-1 and keep their national title hopes alive.

The Gators have won three straight in the series and have won back to back games in Tallahassee for the first time since 1986.

Florida State falls to 6-6.

Checking other final scores:

-- In the biggest upset of the day, the Bulls of South Florida rumbled into Morgantown and shocked 7th-ranked West Virginia 24-19. USF was led by redshirt freshman quarterback Matt Grothe, who ran for one score and passed for another. The loss could wind up costing the 9-2 Mountaineers a BCS bowl bid.

-- Brian Brohm threw 4 touchdown passes and 8th-ranked Louisville trounced the Pittsburgh Panthers 48-24 to take another step toward a Big East title. If 10-1 Louisville beats Connecticut next Saturday and Rutgers loses at West Virginia, the Cardinals will represent the Big East in a BCS bowl. Rutgers gets the bid if it wins, since the Scarlet Knights beat Louisville head to head.

-- Boise State is BCS bound. Ian Johnson ran for 147 yards and 3 touchdowns and Jared Zabransky passed for 299 yards to lead 12th-ranked Boise State over Nevada, 38-7. That all but wraps up a spot in the Bowl Championship Series for the unbeaten Broncos. Boise State and Ohio State are the only unbeatens in Division IA college football.

-- #13 Oklahoma clinched a spot in the Big 12 title game by holding off Oklahoma State 27-21 in the annual Bedlam game. Allen Patrick ran for 159 yards for the Sooners, including a 65-yard touchdown.

-- Brian Leonard rushed for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns as 15th-ranked Rutgers routed Syracuse 38-7. The 10-1 Scarlet Knights move within one win of earning their first Big East championship.

-- Georgia still has its hex on archrival Georgia Tech. Georgia's Matthew Stafford threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Mohamed Massaquoi with 1:45 left as the Bulldogs stunned 16th-ranked Georgia Tech, 15-12. It's the Dawgs' sixth straight win against the Yellow Jackets.

-- #17 Virginia Tech spoiled Virginia's hopes for a bowl bid by shutting out the Cavaliers 17-0. Sean Glennon threw a touchdown pass and George Bell ran for a score as the Hokies ran their winning streak to six games.

-- LaMarcus Coker scored the go ahead touchdown on a 4th-quarter, 1-yard plunge and 19th-ranked Tennessee hung on for its 22nd straight win over Kentucky 17-12. Kentucky blew its chance to get eight wins for the first time since 1984.

-- John Beck threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jonny Harline with no time remaining to rally 21st-ranked Brigham Young past Utah, 33-31. That ends the Utes' four-year run in the state rivalry with a dramatic finish. The Cougars are 10-2.

-- #24 Clemson's Jad Dean missed a 39-yard field goal with 13 seconds left and South Carolina hung on for a 31-28 win over their Palmetto State rivals. The Gamecocks got a pair of 2nd-half TD runs from Mike Davis.