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Sep 13, 2009 9:00 AM

Top-25 College Football Game Capsules

(Saturday, September 12th)

Final Score: (1) Florida 56, Troy 6

Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) - Tim Tebow threw for 237 yards and tied a career high with four touchdown passes on 15-of-24 efficiency and added 71 yards and a score on 13 carries, as No. 1 Florida routed Troy, 56-6, at the Swamp. Jeffery Demps added 87 yards and a touchdown on seven touches for the Gators (2-0), who were coming off a 62-3 trouncing of Charleston Southern in last week's opener and tied a school record with their 12th straight win. Chris Rainey finished with 85 yards and a score on 12 carries, while Riley Cooper totaled 82 yards and a TD on five grabs. Brandon James and Mike Gillislee both had a TD reception. Deonte Thompson had a pair of TD grabs in the triumph. Levi Brown tallied just 66 yards and an interception on 8-of-24 passing for the Trojans (0-2), who were coming off a 31-14 loss to Bowling Green. DuJuan Harris had 44 yards on 16 touches and Tebiarus Gill led the Troy receivers with a 24-yard catch.

Final Score: (2) Texas 41, Wyoming 10

Laramie, WY (Sports Network) - Colt McCoy tossed three touchdowns and second- ranked Texas overcame a sluggish first half to take a 41-10 win over Wyoming at War Memorial Stadium. McCoy went 30-for-47 with 337 yards and an interception and also ran for a score for the Longhorns (2-0), who have scored 100 points in their first two games. Tre' Newton had a rushing touchdown while James Kirkendoll had seven catches for 102 yards and a score. Robert Benjamin went 16-for-38 with 120 yards and added 53 yards on 12 carries for the Cowboys (1-1), who were coming off a win over Weber State in last Saturday's opener.

Final Score: (3) Southern California 18, (8) Ohio State 15

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Stafon Johnson ran two yards into the end zone with 1:05 left, as third-ranked Southern California upended eighth-ranked Ohio State, 18-15, in a clash between college football powerhouses at The Horseshoe. The Ohio State defense provided problems for USC (2-0) for most of the game, and scored a safety in the third quarter to give the Buckeyes the lead. But the Trojans took over at their own 14 about midway through the final quarter and sustained a long drive that was capped by Johnson's TD and a two-point conversion. Freshman quarterback Matt Barkley was central to USC's success on the final drive, as he completed two long passes for first downs and converted a fourth-down chance with a QB sneak. Johnson ran for 50 yards and two scores on 11 carries, while Barkley finished with 195 yards passing and an interception on 15-of-31 completions for the Trojans, who survived a record hostile crowd at The Horseshoe to pick up their seventh straight win over Ohio State. It was a much different contest from the teams' early season matchup last year, when USC won by a 35-3 score. Terrelle Pryor threw for 176 yards on 11-of-25 completions, and was intercepted once, for the Buckeyes (1-1). Daniel Herron ran for 44 yards and a score on 18 carries.

Final Score: (4) Alabama 40, FIU 14

Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) - Trent Richardson ran for 118 yards and two scores on 15 carries, leading the fourth-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide to a 40-14 win over the Florida International Golden Panthers. Greg McElroy threw for 241 yards and a touchdown on 18-of-24 efficiency for Alabama (2-0), which bested Virginia Tech in its season opener last week. Terry Grant and Mark Ingram each recorded a rushing touchdown, while Mike McCoy made five receptions for 100 yards and a score. FIU held a 14-13 lead in the second quarter, but the Crimson Tide responded with 27 unanswered points, outgaining their opponents, 516-214. The Panthers were held to just one yard rushing, while Alabama racked up 275 yards on the ground in the win. Paul McCall completed 16-of-32 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown for FIU (0-1), which had five victories last season after going 1-23 over the prior two campaigns. Greg Ellingson caught five balls for 92 yards and a touchdown in defeat, while T.Y. Hilton returned a kickoff for a score.

Final Score: Houston 45, (5) Oklahoma State 35

Stillwater, OK (Sports Network) - Case Keenum threw for three touchdowns and connected with Bryce Beall on a six-yard TD pass late in the fourth quarter, as Houston upset fifth-ranked Oklahoma State, 45-35, at Boone Pickens Stadium. Keenum connected on 32-of-46 passes for 366 yards and an interception for the Cougars (2-0), who blew out Northwestern State in the season-opener, 55-7. Beall also rushed for 78 yards and a score on 18 carries. Tyron Carrier caught seven passes for 111 yards and a TD. Zac Robinson went 18-of-31 for 240 yards, a touchdown, and an interception for the Cowboys (1-1), who won 24-10 over then 13th-ranked Georgia last week. Dez Bryant led the receiving corps with 85 yards on five catches and returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown. Beau Johnson rushed for 82 yards on nine carries with a touchdown.

Final Score: (7) Penn State 28, Syracuse 7

University Park, PA (Sports Network) - Evan Royster scored twice and Daryll Clark threw three touchdown passes, as seventh-ranked Penn State rolled past Syracuse, 28-7, at Beaver Stadium. Clark, one week after taking home Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors, was an efficient 20-of-31 for 240 yards. Royster ran for 41 yards and caught two passes for 61 yards in the win. Graham Zug hauled in six passes for 79 yards as the Nittany Lions (2-0) had eight receivers on the stat sheet. Greg Paulus, the former Duke basketball player turned Syracuse graduate student and starting quarterback, was 14-of-20 for 105 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. The Orange (0-2) dropped their second straight game to a Big Ten opponent. Mike Williams had five catches for 54 yards in defeat.

Final Score: (9) BYU 54, Tulane 3

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Max Hall threw a pair of touchdown passes, while J.J. Di Luigi and Bryan Kariya each scored twice, as ninth-ranked BYU stomped Tulane, 54-3, coming off its biggest win in nearly 20 years. The Cougars (2-0) upended third-ranked Oklahoma in a thrilling 14-13 win last Saturday to garner their first triumph over a top-10 team since 1990. For an encore, the boys from Provo posted a solid showing on both sides of the ball with a whopping 527 yards of total offense while limiting Tulane to 162. Hall led the way with 309 yards passing on 24-of-32 efficiency, while McKay Jacobson hauled in three passes for 79 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown. Di Luigi paced the ground game with 71 yards on 12 carries, rushing for two scores, while Kariya rushed 12 times for 63 yards and a score and caught a 12- yard touchdown. Tulane used three quarterbacks but came up with similar results, as starter Joe Kemp was the best of them with 101 yards passing on 14-of-19 throws. Jeremy Williams had five receptions for 56 yards for the Green Wave (0-2).

Final Score: (10) California 59, Eastern Washington 7

Berkeley, CA (Sports Network) - Running back Shane Vereen ran for three touchdowns and Jahvid Best carried the ball 17 times for 144 yards and accounted for two scores as the 10th-ranked California Golden Bears defeated the Eastern Washington Eagles, 59-7, at Memorial Stadium. In the first meeting ever between these two teams, California (2-0) took the resounding win after quarterback Kevin Riley completed 13 of 20 passes for 148 yards and one touchdown. Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson recorded 11 carries for 92 yards and a touchdown. Eastern Washington (1-1) quarterback Matt Nichols threw for 195 yards and a touchdown while completing 23-of-31 attempts. Eagles receiver Tony Davis had eight catches for 71 yards and Nathan Overbay finished with seven receptions and 62 yards.

Final Score: (11) LSU 23, Vanderbilt 9

Baton Rouge, LA (Sports Network) - Keiland Williams rushed for 72 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 10 carries to lead 11th-ranked LSU past Vanderbilt, 23-9, in a battle between two SEC foes. Jordan Jefferson completed 20-of-29 passes for 138 yards for the Tigers (2-0, 1-0 SEC), who won 31-23 over Washington last week. Charles Scott rushed for 49 yards on 13 carries, while R.J. Jackson caught six balls for 55 yards for the victors. Larry Smith completed 11-of-24 passes for 88 yards and an interception for the Commodores (1-1, 0-1 SEC), who won 45-0 over Western Carolina last week. Zac Stacy rushed for 89 yards on 20 carries, while Austin Monahan brought in three passes for 25 yards in defeat.

Final Score: (12) Boise State 48, Miami-Ohio 0

Boise, ID (Sports Network) - Kellen Moore threw four touchdown passes, as 12th-ranked Boise State rolled over Miami-Ohio, 48-0. Moore was 16-of-26 through the air and finished with 307 yards and an interception for the Broncos (2-0). Austin Pettis caught four passes for 115 yards and a touchdown, while Titus Young had 114 yards and two scores on six catches. D.J. Harper amassed 89 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Daniel Raudabaugh completed 21-of-35 passes for 155 yards and two interceptions for the RedHawks (0-2), who were limited to just 38 yards on the ground. Chris Givens registered 61 yards on seven receptions.

Final Score: (13) Oklahoma 64, Idaho State 0

Norman, OK (Sports Network) - Redshirt freshman Landry Jones threw three touchdown passes to Ryan Broyles, as 13th-ranked Oklahoma bounced back from a shocking loss on college football's opening weekend with a resounding 64-0 thrashing of overmatched FCS foe Idaho State. Not only did the Sooners (1-1) drop a 14-13 decision to then-No. 20 BYU last Saturday, the program lost the services of Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Sam Bradford to a shoulder injury. Bradford will be sidelined 2-to-4 weeks, handing the starting duties over to Jones, who completed 18-of-32 passes for 286 yards and one interception. DeMarco Murray rushed 12 times for 101 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Sooners, who matched a school record by winning their 25th straight home game, the longest current streak in the nation. Broyles finished with a career-high 155 yards on seven receptions. Kyle Blum connected on 11-of-26 passes for just 66 yards for the Bengals (0-2), who are a member of the Big Sky Conference. Idaho State registered only six first downs and mustered only 44 yards on offense. The ground attack totaled minus-22 yards on 32 attempts.

Final Score: (14) Virginia Tech 52, Marshall 10

Blacksburg, VA (Sports Network) - Tyrod Taylor threw for 161 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, and also added 58 yards on the ground to lead No. 14 Virginia Tech past Marshall, 52-10. Ryan Williams totaled 164 yards and three scores on 16 carries for the Hokies (1-1), who were coming off a 34-24 setback to Alabama last weekend. David Wilson finished with 165 yards and a TD on 12 touches, while Danny Coale had a 43-yard catch in the win. Dyrell Roberts and Xavier Boyce had a TD reception each. Brian Anderson threw for 116 yards on 15-of-31 efficiency for the Thundering Herd (1-1), who were coming off a nailbiting 31-28 victory against Southern Illinois last weekend. Darius Marshall tallied 109 yards and a score on 17 carries in the setback.

Final Score: (16) TCU 30, Virginia 14

Charlottesville, VA (Sports Network) - Andy Dalton completed 15-of-21 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown, as 16th-ranked Texas Christian downed Virginia, 30-14. Joseph Turner added 63 yards and a score on nine carries for the Horned Frogs (1-0), who host Texas State next Saturday. Jimmy Young racked up 61 receiving yards on a pair of catches including one for a TD. Jameel Sewell threw for 120 yards and two touchdowns but completed just 8-of-18 passes, was intercepted once and sacked six times for the Cavaliers (0-2), who look for their first win of the year at Southern Miss seven days from now. Javaris Brown and Tim Smith each recorded late TD receptions for Virginia, which opened its season last Saturday with a loss to William and Mary.

Final Score: (17) Utah 24, San Jose State 14

San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Jereme Brooks and Eddie Wide both scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter, as the 17th-ranked Utah Utes extended the nation's longest win streak with a 24-14 triumph over San Jose State. Terrance Cain completed 18-of-31 passes for 248 yards and one touchdown for the Utes (2-0), who have found the win column in 16 consecutive games. Matt Asiata rushed 20 times for 94 yards and scored from a yard out on the game's opening drive. Jordan La Secla was 22-of-34 passing with 269 yards, a touchdown and an interception for the Spartans (0-2).

Final Score: Michigan 38, (18) Notre Dame 34

Ann Arbor, MI (Sports Network) - Tate Forcier's five-yard touchdown pass to Greg Mathews with 11 seconds to play capped Michigan's comeback drive and lifted the Wolverines to a thrilling 38-34 win over 18th-ranked Notre Dame. The Irish had overcome an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter and took a 34-31 lead with 5:13 left after Armando Allen ran for a touchdown and two- point conversion. But Michigan (2-0) got the ball back with a little more than two minutes to play and drove for the winning score thanks to the freshman Forcier, who finished with 240 total yards passing, two touchdowns and an interception on 23-of-33 completions. Forcier also ran 13 times for 70 yards and score for the Wolverines, who were coming off a 31-7 defeat of Western Michigan in the season's first week. Brandon Minor added 106 yards and a score on the ground on 16 carries. Michigan snagged the win after withstanding a potent air attack from Notre Dame (1-1), as quarterback Jimmy Clausen completed 25-of-42 passes for 336 yards and three scores, with no interceptions. Michael Floyd caught seven passes for 131 yards and a score before leaving with an apparent injury midway through the fourth quarter, while Golden Tate made nine grabs for 115 yards and two scores.

Final Score: (19) North Carolina 12, Connecticut 10

East Hartford, CT (Sports Network) - Dan Ryan was called for holding in the end zone on a third-down play late in the fourth quarter, resulting in a safety that completed 19th-ranked North Carolina's rally in a 12-10 victory over Connecticut. Cody Endres completed a 16-yard pass on 3rd-and-22, throwing the pass from the end zone. A flag was thrown on Ryan for holding a rusher, resulting in a safety for a 12-10 North Carolina lead. Endres didn't start the game at quarterback, but Zach Fraser left the game with a knee injury after finishing 11-of-19 for 94 yards and an interception. After the safety, Connecticut (1-1) kicked and recovered an onsides kick, giving it one last chance for victory. It moved the football to midfield, but three straight incompletions and a sack ended the game. Tyler Yates threw for 233 yards on 23-of-32 passing with one touchdown and two interceptions for the Tar Heels (2-0). The touchdown was a game-tying two-yard toss to Zach Pianalto, who caught seven passes for 87 yards on the game.

Final Score: (21) Georgia 41, South Carolina 37

Athens, GA (Sports Network) - Joe Cox threw two touchdowns as 21st-ranked Georgia outslugged and outlasted South Carolina with a 41-37 win at Sanford Stadium. Cox went 17-for-24 with 201 yards and a pick while Richard Samuel and Branden Smith each had a rushing touchdown for the Bulldogs (1-1, 1-0 SEC), who bounced back from last week's 24-10 loss to Oklahoma State. A.J. Green had six catches for 86 yards and a score in the win. Georgia's kickoff return team was effective as the squad set a record with 252 return yards. Brandon Boykin had four returns for 187 yards and a score. Stephen Garcia went 31-for-53 with 313 yards, two scores and an interception and added 42 yards on 10 carries for the Gamecocks (1-1, 0-1), who opened their season with a 7-3 win against North Carolina State last Saturday. Wesley Saunders had eight catches for 96 yards while Tori Gurley and Brian Maddox each caught a score.

Final Score: (22) Nebraska 38, Arkansas State 9

Lincoln, NE (Sports Network) - Zac Lee threw four touchdown passes and Nebraska's offense racked up nearly 500 yards in a 38-9 rout of Arkansas State in the first ever meeting between the two schools. Lee was 27-of-35 for 340 yards with a pair of TD strikes to Mike McNeill. Niles Paul ran for a score and caught another while Roy Helu, Jr. racked up 104 yards of total offense for the 22nd-ranked Cornhuskers (2-0), who scored a 49-3 home win over Florida Atlantic in their season opener. Reggie Arnold ran for 83 yards on 14 carries and scored the lone touchdown for Arkansas State (1-1), which posted a rout of its own last weekend by whipping Mississippi Valley State 61-0. Corey Leonard threw for only 131 yards on 11-of-20 efficiency and ran for 22 yards. Jahbari McLennan caught seven passes for 69 yards in defeat.

Final Score: (23) Cincinnati 70, Southeast Missouri State 3

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Mardy Gilyard caught two touchdown passes, ran for a score and returned a punt to the end zone, as the 23rd-ranked Cincinnati Bearcats opened the home portion of their schedule with a 70-3 shellacking of FCS foe Southeast Missouri State. Tony Pike completed 17-of-23 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns for the Bearcats (2-0), who were coming off a lopsided victory over fellow Big East opponent Rutgers. Pike also ran for a score. Gilyard finished with 111 yards on six receptions, while Armon Binns caught four balls for 77 yards. Matt Scheible connected on 15-of-27 attempts through the air and was intercepted three times, while Henry Harris gained 41 yards on 10 carries for the Redhawks (1-1), who have dropped nine straight games to FBS teams.

Final Score: (24) Kansas 34, UTEP 7

El Paso, TX (Sports Network) - Jake Sharp ran for 104 yards, caught six passes for 29 yards and scored three total touchdowns, leading the 24th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks to a convincing 34-7 win over UTEP. Sharp was part of a vaunted Jayhawks (2-0) rushing attack that garnered 255 yards in the victory, their second this season after crushing Northern Colorado, 49-3, last week. Kansas also limited UTEP to four total yards on the ground. Todd Reesing completed 25-of-41 passes for 260 yards and a touchdown and also threw an interception. Kale Pick added 87 yards rushing on two carries, while Toben Opurum had 62 yards on the ground with a score on 16 touches. Dezmon Briscoe made eight receptions for 154 yards in the win. Trevor Vittatoe threw for 187 yards and a touchdown on 14-of-25 efficiency for UTEP (0-2), which lost to Buffalo last week. Donavon Kemp caught three passes for 85 yards and a score, while Donald Buckram led an anemic rushing attack with 31 yards.

Final Score: (25) Missouri 27, Bowling Green 20

Columbia, MO (Sports Network) - Derrick Washington's one-yard fourth quarter touchdown run gave Missouri its first and only lead of the game as the 25th- ranked Tigers completed a 27-20 comeback win versus the Bowling Green Falcons Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Missouri (2-0) trailed by as many as 13 points against the Falcons, but the Tigers scored the final 21 points of the game. Bowling Green (1-1) had built a 20-6 lead early in the third quarter.

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