Saturday, October 8, 2016

Oregon State beats California 47-44 in overtime

Quarterback Darrel Garretson ran 16 yards for a touchdown in overtime and Oregon State ended a 12-game Pac-12 Conference losing streak, beating California 47-44 on Saturday night.
Garretson's game-winning run came after Oregon State (2-3, 1-1) blew a 17-point, fourth-quarter lead and trailed briefly in overtime.
Ryan Nall ran for 221 yards and three touchdowns for Oregon State but left the game early in the fourth quarter with a leg injury. Garretson rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns and completed 13 of 24 passes for 85 yards.
Oregon State ran for 474 yards, a school record against a Pac-12 opponent. The Beavers had a season-high 559 yards.
Davis Webb threw for 113 yards, well under his season average of 428.6 passing yards, for California (3-3, 1-2). Khalfani Muhammad ran for 165 yards and a touchdown while Tre Watson had 134 yards and two touchdowns.
Nall ripped off runs of 80 and 62 yards during the third quarter as Oregon State increased its lead to 34-17.Artavis Pierce scored on a 2-yard run with 10:35 left in the game to put the Beavers in front 41-24 when it began to unravel.
California trimmed the deficit to 41-38 with 2:41 left and Matt Anderson's 29-yard field goal with five seconds remaining sent the game into overtime.
CALIFORNIA: The Bears lost their seventh consecutive road game, and it won't look pretty on video next week. The Pac-12's worst rushing defense continued to struggle, giving up an average run of 10.1 yards to Oregon State.
OREGON STATE: The Beavers rank No. 100 or lower in rushing, passing and total offense nationally, but didn't look the part in the first half when they scored on their first three drives. Led by the bruising runs of Nall, Oregon State also scored on its first four drives of the second half.
CALIFORNIA: The Bears get a bye next week as they prep for a Friday, Oct. 21 home game against Oregon, a wounded opponent on a four-game losing streak.
OREGON STATE: The Beavers remain in Corvallis and cap a two-game home stand against Utah next Saturday.

On a blocked PAT, No. 23 FSU beats No. 10 Miami 20-19

DeMarcus Walker blocked Miami kicker Michael Badgley's point-after attempt with 1:38 remaining, and No. 23 Florida State escaped with a 20-19 victory over the 10th-ranked Hurricanes on Saturday night.
The Hurricanes were in position to tie it after Brad Kaayaconnected with Stacy Coley on an 11-yard touchdown pass. Badgley had made 72 consecutive extra points, but the 6-foot-3 Walker got his arm outstretched just enough to knock away what would have been the tying point.
And just like that, in a series decided so many times over the years by Florida State field goals in critical moments sailing wide right and wide left, there's now a block to add to the lore.
"That's a Florida State-Miami game," Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said. "It's great competition. Heck of a game."
Dalvin Cook and Kermit Whitfield had touchdown catches in the third quarter to help the Seminoles beat Miami for the seventh straight time. Deondre Francois, who left in the first half after being shaken up, came back and ended up with 234 yards passing for Florida State (4-2, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).
"My team needed me," Francois said. "The trainers got me right."
Cook finished with 150 yards rushing and had a 59-yard scoring catch to spark the Seminoles' second-half surge, and Whitfield's 20-yard catch on his 23rd birthday put Florida State ahead for good.
Coley caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Kaaya to help Miami (4-1, 1-1) take an early 13-0 lead. But for the third straight year, the Hurricanes saw a second-half lead slip away.
Braxton Berrios set up Coley's second TD catch with a punt return inside the Florida State 20.
"That return by Berrios gave us a lot of life," Miami coach Mark Richt said.
It wasn't enough.
Kaaya lost a molar in the third quarter when he took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Florida State's Matthew Thomas, who was ejected for targeting - the second straight year a Seminoles player was tossed for targeting the Miami quarterback. And in the fourth quarter, Miami's Jamal Carter was thrown out for a targeting hit against Whitfield.
Some Miami fans showered the field with debris at that point.
But in the end, it was a kick that decided everything - and the break went Florida State's way.
"Guys fought their hearts out," Richt said.
Florida State: Cook has two career touchdown catches - both against Miami. ... The Seminoles lost safetyNate Andrews in the first quarter, who was hurt on a play where he tackled Miami's David Njoku. ... Florida State now has a pair of seven-game winning streaks against Miami, this other coming between 1963 and 1972. ... The Seminoles are now 13-2 under Fisher when playing in NFL stadiums.
Miami: The Hurricanes went 281 minutes, 28 seconds this season without trailing. They came into the night as one of only two FBS teams who hadn't faced a deficit this season, with Boise State now alone on that list. ... Miami's 1991 national championship team was honored at halftime. ... RT Sunny Odogwu got hurt in the fourth quarter, on a drive where the Hurricanes allowed back-to-back sacks of Kaaya at a critical time. Odogwu was taken off the field on a cart after time expired.
Miami had a 13-0 lead over Florida State at home in 2014, and lost by four - with a missed short field goal and an extra-point miss being the margin that night. And the Hurricanes led 13-0 at home again in this one, only to see a kick decide the final margin.
Florida State lost games to Miami with key field-goal tries going "wide right" in 1991, 1992, 2000 and 2004, along with a "wide left" in 2002.
The second-longest active streak of AP Top 25 poll appearances will live on - since Florida State surely will hold a spot for the 76th straight week after this comeback win. Miami likely would have climbed a spot or two with a victory, though now the Hurricanes will drop several spots when the next installment of the poll comes out Monday.
Florida State: The Seminoles host Wake Forest on Oct. 15, looking for their fifth straight win in that series. Score of the last four matchups: 178-22, though last year was 24-16.
Miami: The next two games will likely decide Miami's fate in the ACC Coastal race. North Carolina visits the Hurricanes on Oct. 15, five days before Miami goes to Virginia Tech.

McGough throws for 3 TDs, FIU runs past UTEP 35-21

 Alex McGough threw for three touchdowns and Alex Gardner ran for another as Florida International picked up its second straight win, running past UTEP 35-21 on Saturday night.
McGough threw for 241 yards, Gardner rushed for 141, andAnthony Jones ran for 117 yards as the Golden Panthers (2-4, 2-0 Conference USA) amassed 488 yards while limiting UTEP (1-5, 0-3) to 276 total yards.
Aaron Jones, who finished with 73 yards, broke for a 49-yard scoring run to give UTEP a 7-3 lead in the first quarter. The Golden Panthers responded with 13 straight points to hold a 20-7 advantage in the third. Jones scored from the 1 with 5:40 left in the third as the Miners closed to 20-14.
McGough responded on the next series, hitting Thomas Owens on a 23-yard scoring strike for a 28-14 lead late in the third. Owens finished with 125 yards on seven catches.

Washington beats Oregon 70-21 to snap 12-game losing streak

 Jake Browning threw for 304 yards and a school-record six touchdowns and ran for two more scores and No. 5 Washington snapped a 12-game losing streak against Oregon with a 70-21 victory on Saturday night.
Myles Gaskin ran for 197 yards and a touchdown for the undefeated Huskies, who have won nine straight games going back to last season. Dante Pettis caught eight passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns, while John Ross had nine catches for 94 yards and three scores.
"Everybody is going to talk about the yards and touchdowns, but I was just doing my job, going through my reads," Browning said. "I don't think there was anything outside of what I was supposed to do."
Freshman Justin Herbert made his first college start and threw for 179 yards and two touchdowns for the Ducks, who continued their dramatic slide with a fourth straight loss. Oregon (2-4, 0-3 Pac-12) hadn't lost four straight since the 2006 season.
"I wish we could have kept the streak (against Washington) alive because I know how much that means to everyone here," Herbert said.
Herbert was intercepted on his first pass of the game, and Washington went on to score on the ensuing series on Browning's 1-yard touchdown run.
Washington (6-0, 3-0) upped the lead on Browning's 3-yard TD pass to Ross. Rose also scored on a 15-yard pass from Browning as the Huskies built a 28-0 lead. Browning scored on a 7-yard keeper to put Washington ahead 35-7 at the end of the first half.
Pettis caught touchdown passes of 10 and 28 yards as the Huskies built a 63-21 lead in the opening minutes of the final quarter.
"We don't really focus on the past, we try to focus on the present, but there's a lot of people back home who really, really wanted this so it feels good," Pettis said.
A local prospect out of Eugene's Sheldon High School, Herbert is the first true freshman to start for the Ducks since Chris Miller in 1983. Graduate transfer Dakota Prukop started at quarterback in the Ducks' first five games.
"It's like a broken record but we just have to keep getting after it," said Oregon defensive coordinator Brady Hoke. "That's the only way to fix it."
The decisive victory in a hostile setting - and the end of that 12-game losing streak - should reassure any doubters of Washington's place in the top 10, although Oregon is clearly struggling this season. The most points scored against Oregon ever was 71 by Texas on Dec. 6, 1941 (71-7 loss).
Oregon: Despite his obvious inexperience and that initial interception, Herbert showed potential. At one point in the first half he followed up a pump fake with a flip pass to tight end Pharaoh Brown. The issue for the Ducks continues to be the defense, which allowed the Huskies 682 yards in total offense.
Washington: The Huskies with Browning continue to be an offensive force, completely dominating Oregon's re-tooled D under Hoke. Washington had already led the Pac-12 with an average of 45.4 points per game, and they went up 21-0 in the first quarter alone at Autzen Stadium.
KEY INJURY: Oregon was without senior receiver Dwayne Stanford with an undisclosed injury. He was third on the team with 13 catches for 175 yards and a touchdown. In his honor, Brown wore his No. 88 jersey against the Huskies. When Brown was injured in 2014, Stanford wore his No. 85 jersey.
Washington: The Huskies return home for a bye next week before hosting Oregon State on Oct. 22
Oregon: The Ducks also get a bye next weekend before a Friday night game on Oct. 21 in Berkeley.

Hurts, Alabama defense lead way to 49-30 win over Arkansas

Jalen Hurts accounted for four touchdowns and Minkah Fitzpatrick had three interceptions as No. 1 Alabama extended its nation-best winning streak to 18 games with a 49-30 victory over No. 16 Arkansas on Saturday night.
The win is the 10th straight for the Crimson Tide (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) over the Razorbacks, and Fitzpatrick's 100-yard interception return for a touchdown was Alabama's 10th non-offensive score of the season.
"When we score a non-offensive touchdown, it kind of helps the offense and it helps boost the morale of the team," Fitzpatrick said. "We get really excited and have fun out there."
Hurts finished 13-of-17 passing for 253 yards with two touchdowns. He ran for two more TDs.
Damien Harris added 122 yards rushing on 13 carries for the Crimson Tide, which finished with 517 yards of total offense and averaged 10.1 yards per play.
Austin Allen completed 25 of 48 passes for 400 yards and three touchdowns for Arkansas (4-2, 0-2), also throwing three interceptions as the Razorbacks finished with five turnovers overall. Arkansas finished with 473 yards of total offense, but it gained only 73 yards on the ground on 36 carries.
"I'm disappointed for the fans to not get them a win today," Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said. "I thought there was enough things out there the No. 1 team in the country, but we spotted them two to three touchdowns. ... It's just too much to give up to the No. 1 team in the country."
Alabama's winning streak is now one off coach Nick Saban's best at the school. The Crimson Tide won 19 straight games over the 2009-10 seasons.
Alabama: The three turnovers on offense weren't vintage Crimson Tide, but the defensive effort - five forced turnovers - was. Alabama has already matched last season's total of 10 non-offensive touchdowns. "We're certainly not where we want to be, not in all facets of the game," Saban said. "Sometimes we play great on offense, but we've just got to be more consistent when we play really good teams."
Arkansas: The Razorbacks have a mess on their hands on the offensive line. There's no other way to put it. Arkansas began the season with three first-year starters up front, and they once again struggled in both pass protection (six sacks, numerous other hits on Allen) and running the ball - averaging two yards per rush.
Not that anyone needed more reasons to keep Alabama at the top of their ballots , but the Crimson Tide aren't going anywhere after yet another convincing victory. Arkansas, meanwhile, is at the mercy of the voters after its second loss of the season - hoping to remain ranked with No. 14 Mississippi coming to Fayetteville next week.
Alabama: The Crimson Tide continue their most difficult four-game stretch of the season by traveling to No. 9 Tennessee, which lost to No. 8 Texas A&M on Saturday. That's followed by a date with the undefeated Aggies and then LSU on Nov. 5.
Arkansas: The Razorbacks remain at home to face the Rebels, whom they have defeated in each of the last two seasons.

Wolford scores 2 TDS, leads Wake Forest over Syracuse 28-9

 John Wolford ran for two touchdowns and threw for 140 yards to lead Wake Forest to a 28-9 victory over Syracuse on Saturday night.
Wolford was 13 of 22 and scored from the 7 and 37-yard line in the second quarter. Cade Carney added 104 yards rushing on 29 carries, including a fourth-quarter touchdown for the Demon Deacons (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).Cameron Glenn returned a fumble 83 yards for a TD with 1:30 remaining to seal it for Wake Forest.
Dontae Strickland carried 13 times for 74 yards and a score to lead the Orange (2-4, 0-2). Eric Dungey was 16 of 25 for 156 yards passing.
The game was played through the outer bands of Hurricane Matthew, with a steady rain through the first half.
Syracuse forced a safety on the Deacons' opening drive. Dungey's pass from the Wake Forest 12 was picked off by Amari Henderson in the end zone with a second left in the first half and the Deacons leading 14-9.
SYRACUSE: The Orange had their four-game win streak snapped against the Demon Deacons, and has lost four of its last five games. Syracuse could not move the ball consistently, picking up just two first downs in the first quarter and none in the third.
WAKE FOREST: The Demon Deacons are 5-1 for just the eighth time in the program, their first since 2006. The 1944 team started 7-0. Wolford managed a solid game despite indicating pain in his right throwing hand for most of the second half.
SYRACUSE: The Orange host No. 25 Virginia Tech on Saturday.
WAKE FOREST: The Deacons travel next Saturday to No. 23 Florida State.

North Texas pulls away from Marshall 38-21

Mason Fine passed for one touchdown and ran for another, Jeffrey Wilson had the go-ahead score and North Texas pulled away from Marshall 38-21 on Saturday night.
Fine's 11-yard TD strike to Tyler Wilson put the Mean Green (3-3, 2-1 Conference USA) up 21-14 in the third quarter. Fine also scored on an 8-yard run in the first quarter.
Chase Litton replied with a 1-yard scoring pass to Ryan Yurachek on Marshall's next possession to tie it at 21.
Jeffrey Wilson's 72-yard TD run in the third quarter iced it for North Texas. He gained 188 yards on 26 carries and also scored on a 4-yard run in the first quarter. Eric Jenkins intercepted a pass by Litton and returned it 52 yards for a score.
Litton ran six yards for a touchdown for Marshall (1-4, 0-1). Keion Davis returned the second half's opening kickoff 99 yards for a score, the third-longest kickoff return in school history.

Demps 3 TD catches get Nevada past Fresno State, 27-22

 Wyatt Demps caught three touchdown passes and Nevada held off a late Fresno State rally to earn a 27-22 win on Saturday night.
The victory evened the Wolfpack's overall record at 3-3 and their Mountain West Conference mark at 1-1.
Demps' first TD came on some razzle-dazzle and it gave the Wolfpack a lead they never relinquished. Tyler Stewart hitAndrew Celis on a swing pass coming out of the backfield, but the wide out pulled up and found a wide-open Demps with a 36-yard strike. Demps, who finished with nine catches for 124 yards, caught a 3-yard toss from Stewart just before intermission and pulled in an 8-yard toss to make it 27-16.
Fresno State (1-5, 0-2) got within five when Dontel James scored from 5-yards out with 5:08 left, but a two-point conversion attempt failed.
James Butler finished with 175 yards rushing on 35 carries for Fresno State.

Wildcats shut down Texas Tech in second half for 44-38 win

 Kansas State scored touchdowns on defense and special teams, shut down high-flying Texas Tech in the second half and held on for a 44-38 victory over the Red Raiders on Saturday night.
Jesse Ertz scored on the ground and through the air, Charles Jones ran for 128 yards and another touchdown, and Matt McCrane hit three field goals as the Wildcats (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) beat the Red Raiders (3-2, 1-1) for the fifth time in their last six meetings.
Patrick Mahomes, despite an ailing shoulder, still threw for 504 yards and two touchdowns while running for three more scores. But the Red Raiders' junior quarterback also threw a pick that was returned for seven and failed to convert three fourth downs in the second half.
The Wildcats' Byron Pringle returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score with 1:31 remaining in the half, giving Kansas State a 31-28 advantage.
Two questionable decisions by Texas Tech to go for it on fourth down proved to be pivotal.
The first came inside the Kansas State 5 on the first possession of the second half, when a field goal would have tied the game. The second came later in the third quarter, when a sack gave the Wildcats the ball at the Texas Tech 47 - and set them up for a touchdown that made it 38-31.
Texas Tech: The Red Raiders can score with anybody, but they also can allow anybody to score with them. Kansas State barely sniffed the end zone in a 17-16 loss to West Virginia last week, but managed to go toe-to-toe with the high-powered Red Raiders most of the night.
Kansas State: The Wildcats' entered the game fourth nationally in total defense, and certainly looked like it in the second half. They gave up 363 yards and 28 points in the first half, but just 229 yards over the final 30 minutes.
Texas Tech: West Virginia visits Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday.
Kansas State: No. 20 Oklahoma awaits the Wildcats on Saturday.

Terrell helps lead W. Michigan past N. Illinois 45-30

 Zach Terrell guided Western Michigan to four scores after halftime, including the dagger touchdown from the 2, to defeat six-time defending Mid-American West champion Northern Illinois 45-30 on Saturday night.
Justin Ferguson and Robert Spillane ended Northern Illinois' last two drives with interceptions.
Terrell threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns as the Broncos (6-0, 2-0 MAC) are 6-0 for the first time since 1941. They are bowl eligible and have a chance to crack The Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time after receiving 76 votes last week.
Corey Davis (6 catches, 122 yards) and Jarvion Franklin (3-80) made spectacular grabs on the winning TD drive - Davis a one-hander as he fell out the back of the end zone (making it 31-23). Two plays earlier, Franklin was clobbered as the ball arrived, but the defender went sprawling and Franklin spun and ran another 17 yards for a 39-yard gainer.
The Huskies (1-5, 1-1) tried to win its second-straight game, making up a 14-0 gap and coming as close as 24-23 after halftime.

Peppers runs No. 4 Michigan past Rutgers in 78-0 rout

 Jabrill Peppers ran for a career-high two touchdowns and set up another score with a 63-yard scamper in his return to his native New Jersey and No. 4 Michigan routed Rutgers 78-0 Saturday night in a game in which the Scarlet Knights were limited to 22 yards total yards and two first downs.
Peppers had scoring runs of 7 and 4 yards after taking direct snaps, and his career-long run midway through the first quarter paved the way to a 4-yard touchdown run by Ty Isaacfor the first score of the game.
It could have been a better day for the junior who has played 12 positions for Michigan (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) this season. He had a 44-yard punt return for a first-quarter touchdown nullified by an illegal block.
Wolverines are 6-0 for the first time since 2011 That team finished 11-2.
Rutgers (2-4, 0-3) now lost three straight, with the last two being embarrassing for new coach Chris Ash. No. 2 Ohio State beat the Scarlet Knights 58-0 last weekend, holding them to 116 yards in total offense.
This was worse, and seeing Peppers come home and put up a highlight reel added to the woe for the crowd of 53,292.
Rutgers did not get a first down until Trey Sneed had a 12-yard run with 9:06 left in the fourth quarter.
The 78-0 loss was Rutgers worst since an 82-0 setback against Princeton in 1888.
Michigan: If Michigan wanted to make a statement to New Jersey recruits of where to play, coach Jim Harbaugh is going to get a ton of players from the Garden State. He has nine already. Peppers also made a statement for the Heisman rushing for a career high 74 yards on three carries and finishing with two tackles and a quarterback pressure.
Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights are making a run for the worst team in the Power Five. Instead of getting better as the season progresses, the offense has gone downhill since Janarion Grant was hurt against Iowa. This was so bad Michael Cintron punted 16 times.
Michigan: has a bye before playing at home against Illinois on Oct. 22.
Rutgers: The competition level dips as Illinois comes to the birthplace of college football on Oct. 15.

Rehknow's FG as time expires lifts Idaho past ULM 34-31

Austin Rehkow's fourth field goal, a 27-yarder as time expired, lifted Idaho to a 34-31 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday night.
Rehkow scored the first nine points of the game as the Vandals (3-3, 1-1 Sun Belt) raced to a 16-0 lead after one quarter before the Warhawks (1-4, 0-2) rallied.
Louisiana-Monroe tied the game at 31 with 2:28 to play asGarrett Smith took advantage of an Idaho blitz and broken coverage for a 30-yard touchdown pass to Ajalen Holley. However the Vandals replied with a six-play drive, highlighted by Aaron Duckworth's 40-yard run. Duckworth finished with 121 yards and a touchdown, which made it 24-7 early in the second quarter, on 16 carries.
Smith scored on a 6-yard run and hooked up with Xavier Brown on a 44-yard score to cut the deficit to 24-21 at the half.
After a field goal tied it in the third quarter, Matt Linehan and Jordan Frysinger hooked up on a 71-yard score to make it 31-24.
Smith threw for 302 yards but was intercepted three times.

Brown takes over, Hawaii gets past San Jose State 34-17

 Dru Brown threw for two touchdowns and ran for another - all in the second quarter - and Hawaii defeated San Jose State 34-17 on Saturday.
After Kenny Potter threw an 8-yard TD pass to Justin Holmes for a 10-3 Spartans lead, Brown connected with Dylan Collie on a 24-yard score to tie it. Brown scored on a 62-yard score and threw a 39-yard TD strike to Ammon Baker with 26 seconds left before halftime.
SJSU's Frank Ginda returned a fumble 19 yards to score in the third but early in the fourth, Steve Lakalaka ran for a 30-yard score to put Hawaii up 31-17.
Brown was 24 of 33 passing for 287 yards and carried it six times for 54 yards for Hawaii (3-2, 2-0 Mountain West).
Malik Roberson had 19 carries for 91 yards for San Jose St. (1-5, 0-2). Potter was intercepted three times.
It was Hawaii's first win in its last 10 games away from Aloha Stadium.

USC overcomes turnovers, finishes off No. 21 Colorado 21-17

 Tyler Petite caught his second touchdown pass from Sam Darnold with 8:28 to play, and Southern California overcame four turnovers to earn a 21-17 victory over No. 21 Colorado on Saturday.
Daniel Imatorbhebhe also caught a TD pass from Darnold, who passed for 358 yards and three scores along with two fumbles and an interception. USC (3-3, 2-2 Pac-12) shredded one of the nation's top defenses for 539 yards, but Colorado's takeaways kept an otherwise one-sided game close.
In the Buffaloes' first game as a ranked team since Nov. 7, 2005, receiver Bryce Bobo threw a 67-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter and caught a tying TD pass with 10:20 to play.
Colorado (4-2, 2-1) kicked a field goal with 4:49 left after Petite's tiebreaking score , but the Trojans coolly ran out the clock.
"All Pac-12 wins are tough, especially when you turn the ball over like we did," USC coach Clay Helton said. "We really had a ton of yards, but just a bunch of turnovers."
Justin Davis rushed for 83 yards before leaving with an ankle injury early in the second half for USC, which improved to 11-0 against Colorado in the schools' history.
The Trojans' offense picked up right where it left off last week in a 41-point performance against Arizona State, while the defense held Colorado's potent offense to 371 yards - just 127 in the first half.
Steven Montez passed for 197 yards in the freshman's third straight start. Colorado career passing leaderSefo Liufau also played briefly, but neither quarterback had sustained success against USC's improving defense.
"Today was just a testament to how much work we have left," Montez said. "It's a humbling experience to show that we weren't what we thought we are, and have so much work to do. I think it will help us in the long run. It will keep us hungry and get us focused."
Bobo threw the 67-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Lindsay on a trick play for Colorado's first points in the third quarter, and he caught a 10-yard throw from Montez to cap an 84-yard tying drive.
Darnold fumbled twice in Colorado territory, including a goal-line fumble on the opening drive. Davis also fumbled deep in Buffs territory in the second half.
Bobo shushed the USC crowd after his tying TD catch, but the Trojans got rolling on their tiebreaking drive when Darreus Rogers reached over Colorado cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon and wrestled an interception away from him for a 46-yard gain.
Colorado: The Buffaloes' return to the AP Top 25 after an 11-year absence could be over after one week after losing to a .500 opponent, but they'll have a chance to return quickly.
Colorado: The Buffaloes have plenty of work to do if they want to stay on top of the Pac-12 South standings. USC exposed deficiencies on both sides of the ball, but the Buffs' opportunistic defense kept it close and suggested that this long-downtrodden program can hang with anybody.
USC: After going 1-3 in a brutal September schedule, USC has been largely outstanding against two Pac-12 opponents in October. Coach Clay Helton surely will emphasize ball security in the upcoming week, because it's the only thing that kept this win from being a second straight blowout of a division foe.
Colorado: The Buffs are back in Boulder to host Arizona State in another key Pac-12 South showdown. The Trojans routed the Sun Devils last week.
USC: The Trojans head out for their only road game of October, traveling to Arizona. USC rallied from a big early deficit to beat the Wildcats 38-30 last season.

Kentucky survives Vanderbilt 20-13 behind strong ground game

 Stephen Johnson rushed for a touchdown and converted a big fourth-and-1 play late in the game leading to Austin MacGinnis' 28-yard field goal, while the Wildcats' defense stifled Vanderbilt late to survive with a 20-13 victory on Saturday.
Needing a spark to slow Vanderbilt's momentum after scoring 10 straight points, the Wildcats turned to their ground game led by Benny Snell Jr. (20 carries, 94 yards) and Jojo Kempwith just under 8 minutes remaining. The duo positioned Kentucky to cash in a third and final time on fourth down as Johnson stretched for 1 yard to the Commodores' 19.
Kentucky didn't take a chance on a final fourth-and-1 at the 10, and MacGinnis' kick with 1:38 left provided a cushion that proved huge as Vanderbilt, with no timeouts, quickly drove 59 yards to the 8 seeking at least a tie. But several passes by Vandy's Kyle Shurmur were incomplete, including a fourth-down attempt that went off Kalija Lipscomb's hands with 2 seconds left.
Kentucky (3-3, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) is now halfway toward its goal of a postseason berth. Vanderbilt (2-4, 0-3 SEC) fell short in its quest to give coach Derek Mason his first conference road win.
Kemp added a 4-yard TD run for the Wildcats. Kemp, Johnson and Stanley "Boom" Williams each ran for at least 54 yards as Kentucky gained 258 on 52 attempts.
Most importantly, the Wildcats made huge, timely plays when needed on both sides of the ball to protect a lead that seemed in doubt as the Commodores tried to rally from a 17-3 halftime deficit.
"I told them that there was no way in heck that this wasn't going to come down to being a close game," Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. "I knew they'd hang in there somehow and make a play, get a turnover, make something happen. And that's what happened."
Vanderbilt's only TD came on Taurean Ferguson's 22-yard fumble return early in the third quarter.
Commodores running back and SEC rushing leader Ralph Webb had 100 yards on 18 carries and Shurmur completed 17 of 29 passes for 141 yards, but he couldn't get the completion he needed late in the game.
Vanderbilt: The Commodores seemed poised to overcome Kentucky behind Webb but stalled on the next drive after getting within 17-13 on Tommy Openshaw's second field goal early in the fourth quarter. They converted just 3 of 12 third-down opportunities and couldn't slow the Wildcats' ground game.
Kentucky: The Wildcats wobbled in the third period with two turnovers but outgained Vanderbilt 307-282. More importantly, they were 3-for-3 on fourth-and-1 and stopped the Commodores on their own fourth-and-1. Johnson offset a tough day throwing the ball (10 of 24, 49 yards, one interception) by running well and getting plenty of help from Kemp and Williams.
Vanderbilt: The Commodores hit the road for the fourth time in five games as they visit Georgia on Saturday.
Kentucky: The Wildcats have a bye before hosting Mississippi State on Oct. 22.

Knight's TD run in double OT gives No. 8 A&M 45-38 win

 Trevor Knight had a 1-yard touchdown run in the second overtime and No. 8 Texas A&M withstood another late Tennessee rally to beat the No. 9 Volunteers 45-38 on Saturday.
After Knight bulled in for the touchdown, Armani Wattsintercepted Joshua Dobbs' pass on the next play for Tennessee's seventh turnover to end the game.
The teams exchanged field goals in the first overtime.
Knight threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 110 yards and three more scores.
The Volunteers (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) had rallied from double-digit deficits to win four of their last five games, including last week's last-play victory over Georgia. They trailed by 21 points in the third quarter Saturday thanks to six turnovers before tying it on Alvin Kamara's 18-yard touchdown reception with 41 seconds left.
Texas A&M (6-0, 4-0) had a chance to win it in regulation, but Daniel LaCamera's 38-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left.
The Aggies could have put this one away with less than 2 minutes remaining, but freshman Trayveon Williamshad the ball knocked from his hands and out of the back of the end zone just before he crossed the goal line on a 71-yard run.
Texas A&M was facing third-and-2 when Knight dashed 62 yards for a touchdown that pushed the lead to 35-21 with about three minutes left. Kamara's 4-yard run about a minute later made it a one-score game.
The Aggies built a 21-7 lead in the first quarter after three fumbles by Tennessee. Knight threw touchdown passes of 13 and 2 yards and had a 7-yard TD run in the opening frame.
Saturday continued a trend of bad starts for the Volunteers, who have been outscored 62-17 in the first quarter this season.
TENNESSEE: The Volunteers finally learned that they can't give good teams such a big cushion and expect to come back again and again. They'll have to find a way to get off to a better start and cure their turnover woes if they expect to compete with No. 1 Alabama next week.
TEXAS A&M: Texas A&M's defense again showed it is the strength of this team by forcing the flurry of turnovers and pressuring Dobbs all day long. The offense needs to be more consistent for the Aggies to have a chance to topple Alabama in two weeks.
TENNESSEE: The Volunteers host Alabama next Saturday.
TEXAS A&M: Texas A&M has a week off before traveling to face the top-ranked Crimson Tide on Oct. 22.

No. 25 Virginia Tech beats No. 17 North Carolina 34-3

 Jerod Evans threw for two scores and ran for another to help No. 25 Virginia Tech beat No. 17 North Carolina 34-3 on Saturday in heavy rain and wind from Hurricane Matthew.
Sam Rogers and Chris Cunningham had scoring catches and the Hokies (4-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) dominated the reigning Coastal Division champion Tar Heels (4-2, 2-1) in a surprising romp.
"We're tired of hearing about everybody else," Evans said. "We're tired of hearing about UNC, Miami, Clemson, Louisville, etc. Those are great teams, don't get me wrong. ... But at the same time, we feel like we should be mentioned in those categories with those guys. So every week we have a statement we want to make."
The Hokies had their share of weather-related troubles, including seven fumbles, multiple bobbled snaps and a season-low 264 yards.
But Bud Foster's defense locked down on the Tar Heels andMitch Trubisky, who entered as one of the nation's top passers. UNC finished with 131 yards, with Trubisky throwing his first two interceptions of the year, while the Hokies scored 20 points off four turnovers.
UNC, playing without injured top tailback Elijah Hood, failed to score a touchdown for the first time under fifth-year coach Larry Fedora.
"I'm not going to blame it on the weather," Fedora said. "They played in it, too. They seemed to handle the weather. We did a poor job all the way around."
VIRGINIA TECH: The Hokies have a new head coach in Justin Fuente, but there's a familiar edge to this group. Virginia Tech's nationally ranked defense won battles up front, while its offense did a much better job fighting through difficult weather conditions.
NORTH CAROLINA: The heavy rain and wind gusts don't fully explain why the Tar Heels' high-flying offense looked so, well, waterlogged. After two straight comeback wins against Pittsburgh and Florida State, they never got in rhythm, never regrouped and never responded as the Hokies pushed through them - a curious all-around clunker for a team that entered with a lot of momentum.
VIRGINIA TECH: The Hokies play a cross-division game at Syracuse in their first meeting since 2003.
NORTH CAROLINA: The Tar Heels travel to No. 10 Miami in another critical Coastal matchup, with the home teams winning the past two seasons by a combined 55 points.

Allen leads Wyoming past Air Force 35-26

 Josh Allen threw for three touchdowns and the Wyoming defense put the brakes on Air Force's triple option offense as the Cowboys beat the Falcons 35-26 Saturday.
Allen completed 15 of 27 passes for 173 yards for Wyoming (4-2, 2-0 Mountain West). He had TD passes of 17 yards toTanner Gentry, 20 yards to Jake Maulhardt and 32 yards toJacob Hollister.
After the game, Allen lamented a couple of missed throws to wide-open receivers that would have resulted in big gains.
"We played good enough to win even with those few mistakes that I made," he said.
Allen also rushed for 74 yards, including a 34-yard run to set up a TD that iced the win in the final two minutes.
Falcons safety Weston Steelhammer said Allen is a "very dynamic quarterback both on the ground and through the air."
"He made something out of nothing more than once," he said.
Brian Hill contributed 92 yards and a touchdown on the ground for the Cowboys.
Air Force (4-1, 1-1) was led by quarterback Nate Romine, who passed for 188 yards and two touchdowns. Romine was also intercepted three times after entering the game without having thrown an interception on the season.
"I just don't think we were locked in, especially me," Romine said. "That was probably my worst football I've ever played since I've been here."
Wyoming's defense held the Falcons to 149 yards rushing. The Falcons had been averaging 312.8 rushing yards a game.
AIR FORCE: The Falcons saw their hopes for starting the season 5-0 for the first time since 2003 dashed.
WYOMING: The Cowboys have won four of the last six meetings between the two teams.
The defense has scored in three consecutive games. On Saturday, linebacker D.J. May picked up a fumble by Jacobi Owens on Air Force's 15-yard line and jogged into the end zone. The Cowboys defense has scored four touchdowns off turnovers this season.
Wyoming coach Craig Bohl attributed the opportunistic defense to better speed and athleticism in the unit this year.
"We're ahead of the curve there, and we just got to keep it coming. I know it helps a lot," he said.
Air Force received votes in last week's AP poll after winning its first four games of the season, but the loss to Wyoming likely will result in voters losing interest in the Falcons.
AIR FORCE: The Falcons will host New Mexico on Saturday, but the game will be played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas as one of the college games during the annual Texas State Fair.
WYOMING: The Cowboys have a bye week before heading to Nevada on Oct. 22.