College football roundup

Sunday, September 17th 2006, 7:16 am
By: News On 6

SOUTH BEND, Indiana (AP) _ No. 11 Michigan hammered second-ranked Notre Dame 47-21 on Saturday in U.S. college football _ the most points scored against the Fighting Irish at home in 46 years.

Chad Henne threw three touchdown passes to Mario Manningham, and the Wolverines intercepted Brady Quinn three times and shut down the rest of the Irish offense.

Prescott Burgess intercepted Quinn on the second play of the game to set the tone. The Wolverines were ahead 26-7 before the Irish had their initial first down.

The Wolverines (3-0) ended a two-game losing streak to Notre Dame (2-1) as well as a three-game slide at Notre Dame Stadium. The 47 points were second only to the 51 scored at Notre Dame by Purdue in 1960.

Henne finished 12-of 22 for 220 yards; Quinn, who has never had a big game against Michigan, was 24-of-28 for 234 yards with three interceptions and a lost fumble.

No. 3 Auburn 7, No. 6 LSU 3

At Auburn, Alabama, the Auburn Tigers survived another bruising showdown with LSU thanks to a stingy defense that wouldn't budge and a reversed call that went their way late in the game.

Eric Brock deflected a pass near the goal line to stop one late drive and then made a game-saving tackle on the final play to preserve the win for Auburn (3-0, 2-0).

With LSU (2-1, 0-1 SEC) facing fourth-and-8 from Auburn's 31 and 2:43 left, JaMarcus Russell fired the ball to Early Doucet near the goal line. A diving Brock deflected the pass, but Zach Gilbert was called for pass interference that would have kept the drive alive.

The officials overturned the call, although replays showed the contact came before the ball was tipped by Brock. LSU got the ball back at its 20 for another try with 1:11 left, drove to the Auburn 24 but a final pass completion fell 6 yards short of the goal line on the final play.

No. USC 28, No. 19 Nebraska 10

At Los Angeles, USC declared itself a national title contender for a fourth straight season with a victory over Nebraska.

USC (2-0) won for the 36th time in 37 games, the lone defeat coming to Texas in the final seconds of last January's Rose Bowl. The Trojans' home winning streak is now 28 straight games.

Making his second career start, John David Booty was 25-for-36 for 257 with no interceptions and three touchdown passes for USC in a Leinart-esque performance.

All-American receiver Dwayne Jarrett, the one holdover star from last year's record-breaking offense, caught 11 passes for 126 yards, including two touchdowns. He became USC's career touchdown receptions leader with 31, breaking Mike Williams' record of 30.

Freshman Emmanuel Moody ran for 70 yards on nine carries.

No. 7 Florida 21, No. 13 Tennessee

At Knoxville, Tennessee, Dallas Baker caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Chris Leak that gave Florida the lead in the fourth quarter and the Gators held on to beat Tennessee.

Florida's Urban Meyer's first trip to Neyland Stadium as a head coach was a success as he made it two straight against the Vols.

The No. 7 Gators (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) preserved the victory when Reggie Nelson got his second interception of the game after Tennessee went for it on fourth down at the Florida 45.

Leak finished 15-of-25 for 199 yards with one interception and freshman QB Tim Tebow provided a spark with his running.

No. 1 Ohio State 37, Cincinnati 7

At Columbus, Ohio, Ohio State took awhile to get on track before Troy Smith and Ted Ginn Jr. hooked up on two touchdown passes to start the Buckeyes on their way to victory.

The defense held the Bearcats (1-2) to minus-4 yards on 22 attempts. The Buckeyes (3-0) had eight sacks for minus 59 yards.

Still, they didn't have a firm grip on the game until tailback Antonio Pittman raced 48 yards around left end for a score with 10 minutes remaining to push the lead to 27-7. Pittman finished with 155 yards on 16 carries.

Smith completed 21-of-30 passes for 203 yards before taking most of the fourth quarter off. Ginn was limited to five catches for 33 yards, including touchdowns of 12 and 9 yards.

No. 8 Texas 52, Rice 7

At Houston, Texas had no trouble rebounding from last week's loss to Ohio State as Colt McCoy and the Longhorns defeated overmatched Rice.

Texas (2-1) easily avoided losing two straight games for the first time since 1999 while Rice (0-3) has lost 19 of its last 20.

McCoy threw for 124 yards and two touchdowns and Selvin Young and Jamaal Charles both ran for more than 100 yards and scored a touchdown each.

The Longhorns scored on their first three possessions and then tacked on touchdowns on defense and special teams to take a 31-0 lead.

The Longhorns committed a school-record 19 penalties for 148 yards.

No. 10 Georgia 34, UAB 0

At Athens, Georgia, Matthew Stafford scored his first touchdown in a winning debut as Georgia's starting quarterback and the Bulldogs put up their second straight shutout.

C.J. Byrd scooped up a blocked punt and returned it 12 yards to the end zone midway through the third quarter, which gave Georgia (3-0) a 20-point lead and essentially finished off a team that couldn't muster anything offensively.

UAB (1-2) managed only 163 yards against a defense that shut out South Carolina 18-0 the previous week.

No. 12 Louisville 31, No. 17 Miami 7

At Louisville, Kentucky, Heisman Trophy hopeful Brian Brohm threw for 181 yards and touchdown for the Cardinals (3-0) before tearing ligaments in his right (throwing) hand. He's expected to have surgery on Sunday and miss three to six weeks. Miami fell to 1-2 for the first time since 1997.

No. 14 Virginia Tech 36, Duke 0

At Blacksburg, Virginia, Sean Glennon and Virginia Tech's (3-0) offense started slow, but the Hokies' fly-to-the-ball defense was again more than capable of shouldering the load, holding Duke (0-3) to 139 total yards.

No. 18 Oregon 34, No. 15 Oklahoma 33

At Eugene, Oregon, Dennis Dixon rallied Oregon for two touchdowns in the final 72 seconds _ with help from a disputed onside kick _ and the Ducks blocked a field goal on the final play in the wild win.

No. 16 Iowa 27, Iowa State 17

At Iowa City, Iowa, Drew Tate threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns as Iowa won against in-state rival Iowa State. The Cyclones (2-1) had taken six of the last eight from Iowa _ including a 23-3 thumping last season _ and looked poised to win again. But Tate led Iowa (3-0) back by throwing a pair of touchdown passes in the second half.

No 20 TCU 12, Texas Tech 3

At Fort Worth, Texas, TCU held Texas Tech's pass-happy offense without a touchdown _ two years after the Red Raiders' 10-TD assault in the last meeting between the former Southwest Conference rivals.

Chris Manfredini kicked four field goals for TCU (3-0), which won its 13th straight game. His longest kick was 34 yards, and the last was a 23-yarder with 4:19 left.

No. 21 Cal 42, Portland State 16

At Berkeley, California, Marshawn Lynch ran for 112 yards and a touchdown on just six carries, and California tuned up for its Pac-10 schedule with a victory.

Nate Longshore passed for 225 yards and two scores in the first half for the Golden Bears (2-1), who substituted liberally after rolling to a 32-point lead midway through the second quarter.

Cal's defense knocked two of the Division I-AA Vikings' quarterbacks out of the game with injuries on crushing hits in the first quarter.

No. 22 Arizona State 21, Colorado 3

At Boulder, Colorado, Rudy Carpenter was often off-target but still threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns in Arizona State's bumbling victory over Colorado.

Carpenter, whose career TD-to-interception ratio was a sparkling 24-4 entering the game, was picked off twice and finished 21-of-37 passing, but the Sun Devils (3-0) left Boulder unbeaten because again Colorado's inept offense couldn't do enough to reward a stellar defensive effort.

For the third straight game, the Buffs (0-3) failed to score after halftime.

No. 23 Boston College 30 , BYU 23 2OT

At Boston, Matt Ryan threw a touchdown pass to Tony Gonzalez on the first play of the second overtime, then Boston (3-0) waited for a replay review to confirm a game-ending interception and the Eagles' second consecutive double-overtime victory. The victory was the 69th for coach Tom O'Brien at BC, a school record.

No. 25 Penn State 37, Youngstown State 3

At State College, Pennsylvania, Tony Hunt ran for 143 yards and a touchdown, and A.J. Wallace scored on a 76-yard reverse for Penn State (2-1), which had 568 yards of total offense, including 389 on the ground, and held Youngstown State to 184 total yards.