College Football Roundup
Undated (AP) _ Maybe next week, Syracuse will keep quiet until after the game.
One week after pregame cockiness provoked unranked Texas to play the Orangemen to a tie, Syracuse said it would make an example out of Cincinnati. Wide receiver Shelby Hill projected a score in the neighborhood of 73-0.
Instead, Cincinnati outplayed Syracuse for three quarters. The Orangemen needed to score 18 points in the fourth quarter to win 24-21.
″It should have been ours,″ said Cincinnati defensive back Jocelyn Borgella. ″But we gave them the momentum.″
Syracuse (3-0-1), which went from No. 6 to No. 12 following the Texas tie, dropped another notch to No. 13. Cincinnati, a four-touchdown underdog, fell to 2-2.
″We simply made a lot of plays that are going to embarrass us as we look at the film,″ said Syracuse offensive coordinator George DeLeone. ″I don’t know what the problem was. I think their defensive line did a good job early on in the run game and was fouling us up.″
Cincinnati’s Craedel Kimbrough rushed for 80 yards before leaving in the second quarter with a sprained right knee, and backup David Small scored on runs of 6, 1 and 1 yards.
Small’s second touchdown 3:41 into the second half put Cincinnati ahead 14-6. The score followed Marvin Graves’ fumble at the Syracuse 40, where his pitch hit fullback Marcus Lee in the back.
With 12:01 to play, quarterback Lance Harp led Cincinnati on a 62-yard drive capped by Small’s TD plunge to put the Bearcats ahead 21-6. Then Graves took over, leading the Orangemen to three touchdowns in the final 9:46. Syracuse twice held Cincinnati without a first down during the rally.
″I huddled the defense up and I just told them, ’By all means necessary, let’s just go out and win the game,‴ said Syracuse defensive back Dwayne Joseph, whose interception of Lance Harp’s pass at the Syracuse 10 with 55 seconds to play ended Cincinnati’s last hope.
Elsewhere, No. 2 Alabama (4-0) routed Louisiana Tech 56-3; No. 3 Miami beat No. 19 Colorado 35-29; No. 4 Notre Dame (4-0) blanked Purdue 17-0; No. 6 Nebraska (4-0) defeated Colorado State 48-13; No. 8 Michigan (2-1) downed Houston 42-21; No. 9 Penn State (4-0) topped Rutgers 31-7; No. 10 Oklahoma (3-0) took Tulsa 41-20; No. 11 Tennessee (3-1) stopped LSU 42-20; No. 12 Arizona (4-0) belted Oregon State 33-0.
Also: No. 15 Washington (2-1) 35, East Carolina 0; No. 16 North Carolina (4-1) 35, No. 24 North Carolina State 14; No. 17 California (4-0) 46, San Jose State 13; No. 18 Louisville (4-0) 41, Texas 10; No. 20 Brigham Young (4-0) 30, Air Force 3; No. 21 Virginia (4-0) 35, Duke 0; No. 22 Wisconsin (4-0) 27, Indiana 15; No. 23 Auburn (4-0) 35, Southern Mississippi 24; No. 25 West Virginia 35, Missouri 3.
No. 2 Alabama 56, La Tech 3
At Birmingham, Ala., Sherman Williams ran for three TDs, and the Crimson Tide extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 27 games. Reserve QB Brian Burgdorf also had two TD passes to David Palmer.
No. 3 Miami 35, No. 19 Colorado 29
At Boulder, Colo., Frank Costa threw two TD passes and Donnell Bennett rushed for 123 yards and two scores as Miami (3-0) won its 30th consecutive regular-season game. Colorado (2-2) lost its second straight. A bench-clearing brawl resulted in the ejection of 12 players.
No. 4 Notre Dame 17, Purdue 0
At West Lafayette, Ind., Brian Hamilton returned a fumble 28 yards for a TD to snap a scoreless game in the third quarter. The Irish scored 10 more in the final four minutes - on Kevin Pendergast’s 34-yard field goal and a 1-yard run by freshman Marc Edwards.
No. 6 Nebraska 48, Colorado St. 13
At Lincoln, Neb., Tommie Frazier passed for two TDs and ran for another. Toby Wright returned an interception 32 yards for a score before the game was a minute old. The Cornhuskers led 28-3 at halftime.
No. 8 Michigan 42, Houston 21
At Ann Arbor, Mich., Tyrone Wheatley rushed for 171 yards and three TDs. In two years, Michigan has beaten Houston a combined 103-28. Wheatley scored on first-half runs of 25, 5 and 9 yards.
No. 9 Penn St. 31, Rutgers 7
At State College, Pa., Kerry Collins threw four TD passes. Collins, who took over for John Sacca last week, was 18-of-25 for 222 yards.
No. 10 Oklahoma 41, Tulsa 20
At Norman, Okla., Cale Gundy threw three TD passes and the Sooners scored on a blocked punt and fumble recovery late in the game. The score was 20-20 before Gundy’s third TD pass, a 2-yarder to fullback Terry Collier with 4:26 left in the third quarter.
No. 11 Tennessee 42, LSU 20
At Knoxville, Tenn., Heath Shuler threw three TD passes and built a big lead for Tennessee. His brother Benji later caught a touchdown pass from reserve Jerry Colquitt.
No. 12 Arizona 33, Oregon St. 0
At Corvallis, Ore., Ontiwaun Carter rushed for a career-high 165 yards, and Arizona’s defense dominated. Dan White threw for two touchdowns. The Wildcats began their runaway with two touchdowns in the first 3 1/2 minutes of the second half.
No. 15 Washington 35, E. Carolina 0
At Seattle, Napoleon Kaufman ran for 142 yards and two TDs. The Huskies forced East Carolina freshman quarterback Chris Hester into five turnovers.
No. 16 N. Carolina 35, No. 24 N.C. State 14
At Raleigh, N.C., North Carolina ended a five-game losing streak to its rival with the help of two Wolfpack turnovers in the second half. Curtis Johnson put the Tar Heels ahead for good with a 50-yard scoring run.
No. 17 California 46, San Jose St. 13
At Berkeley, Calif., Lindsey Chapman scored twice and led a Cal running attack that accounted for 288 yards. Cal QB Dave Barr was 23-of-28 for 242 yards.
No. 18 Louisville 41, Texas 10
At Louisville, Ky., Jeff Brohm hit Ralph Dawkins with an 80-yard scoring pass on the second play of the game to trigger the rout. Dawkins had 117 rushing yards and 95 receiving.
No. 20 BYU 30, Air Force 3
At Provo, Utah, John Walsh threw three scoring passes, two to Eric Drage. Drage has 27 career TD receptions, erasing Phil Odle’s school record of 25 set in 1967.
No. 21 Virginia 35, Duke 0
At Charlottesville, Va., the Cavaliers gained their 500th victory when Symmion Willis threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns.
No. 22 Wisconsin 27, Indiana 15
At Bloomington, Ind., Brent Moss rushed for 198 yards and Darrell Bevell ran for one TD and passed for another as Wisconsin (4-0) got off to its best start since 1978.
No. 23 Auburn 35, S. Mississippi 24
At Auburn, Ala., the Tigers survived a run of 17 straight Southern Miss points in the first nine minutes of the third quarter on Stan White’s 40-yard TD pass to Thomas Bailey.
No. 25 W. Virginia 35, Missouri 3
At Morgantown, W.Va., Jake Kelchner threw for three TDs, including an 83- yarder, and West Virginia scored 28 points in the second half. Kelchner also scrambled for 61 yards to set up a score.