College Football Today
- Patrick Nix threw for 319 yards and three touchdowns, (AP) _ Patrick Nix threw for 319 yards and three touchdowns, including the game- winner to Frank Sanders with 30 seconds remaining, as Auburn defeated Florida 36-33.
- Kerry Collins threw his third touchdown pass with 2:53 remaining to give Penn State a 31-24 win over Michigan.
- Steve McNair passed for 387 yards and five touchdowns and ran for 107 yards and three touchdowns as Alcorn State beat Prairie View A&M 69-14.
- Ohio State’s Eddie George had 219 yards rushing, including a 76-yard touchdown run, the Buckeyes downed Michigan State 23-7. The 76-yarder was Ohio State’s longest run in 13 years.
- Dennis Lundy carried 34 times for a career-best 213 yards as Northwestern beat Minnesota 37-31,
- Solomon White ran for 265 yards, second-best in school history, and scored on runs of 93, 7 and 8 yards as Tulsa defeated Nevada-Las Vegas 44-22. White
- Pittsburgh’s Dietrich Jells caught five passes for 225 yards, including touchdowns of 80 and 63 yards in the Panthers’ 47-41 loss to West Virginia.
- Ronnie Gordon of Vanderbilt ran for a career-high 126 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another score as the Commodores beat Georgia 43-30.
- Deland McCullough rushed for a career-high 206 yards as Miami of Ohio defeated Ohio University 31-10.
- Damon Huard passed for a career-best 268 yards and three touchdowns to lead Washington to a 35-14 victory over Arizona State.
- Terrance Rivers ran for 217 on 14 carries and four touchdowns as the Citadel beat Furman 52-44.
- Mike Maxwell threw for 435 yards and four touchdown passes, three to Alex Van Dyke, as Nevada beat New Mexico State 45-24. Van Dyke had 11 catches for 191 yards.
- Brian Pruitt scored three touchdowns and ran for 143 yards to lead Central Michigan to a 47-0 win over Akron. STREAKS
Auburn ran its winning streak to 18 games, the longest in Division I-A, with a 36-33 upset of No. 1 Florida at the Swamp in Gainesville. ... Penn State won its 11th consecutive game, 31-24 over Michigan, the second longest streak in the nation. ... Alabama ran its record against Tennessee to 8-0-1 over the last nine years, with a 17-13 win. ... Nebraska ran its winning streak over Kansas State to 26 straight games with a 17-6 victory. The Wildcats are winless at home against Nebraska since 1959. ... Texas A&M extended two winning streaks with its 41-21 win over Baylor. The Aggies home winning streak is now 24, longest in nation. They have also won 25 straight in the Southwest Conference. ... Iowa State lost its eighth straight game dating back to last season, 41-23 to Kansas. ... Prairie View A&M lost 69-14 to Alcorn State, extending their NCAA-record losing streak to 41 games. SETTING RECORDS
Georgia’s Eric Zeier completed 23-of-54 passes for 441 yards and broke the SEC record for career pass completions. He has 744, breaking the mark of 721 set by Shane Matthews of Florida from 1989-92. The Bulldogs, however, were upset by Vanderbilt 43-30. ... Stanford’s Steve Stenstrom completed 27 of 44 for 344 yards to surpass John Elway as Stanford’s all-time passing yardage leader. He increased his career passing yardage to 9,626 to move past Elway’s 9,349, but the Cardinal lost 27-20 to Southern Cal. STRANGE PLAY
Texas-El Paso’s Sam Rogers was tackled in the end zone for a safety on the opening kickoff of the Miners’ 47-9 loss to Colorado State. SUPER DUOS
West Virginia wide receiver Rahsaan Vanterpool had nine catches for 205 yards and walk-on receiver Zach Abraham had six for 180 as the Mountanineers beat Pittsburgh 47-41. ... Rutgers running backs Terrell Willis and Bruce Presley rushed for 119 and 115 yards, respectively, as the Scarlet Knights beat Cincinnati 14-9. ... Oregon tailbacks Ricky Whittle and Dino Philyaw each rushed for over 100 yards the Ducks beat California 23-7. Whittle had 177 yards and Philyaw ran for 130. STARTS
Penn State beat Michigan 31-24 to move to 6-0, its best start since 1986 when the Nittany Lions went 12-0 and won the national championship. STELLAR D
The game which featured Washington State’s top-ranked scoring defense and Arizona’s fifth-ranked scoring defense predictably ended in a 10-7 win by the Wildcats. The two teams combined for just 425 total yards, including 50 yards rushing on 80 attempts, and 10 sacks. SNAPPED
Navy ended its 10-game losing streak, tied for the longest in Division I-A, with a 7-0 win over Division I-AA Lafayette. Its last win was against Division I-AA Colgate last season. ... Houston broke its 10-game losing streak with a 39-33 win over Southern Methodist. The Cougars’ 498 yards and 39 points was their most since gaining 776 in a 61-34 victory against Rice in 1992. ... Robert Morris had its six-game winning streak broken by Wagner 38-21 for its first loss in its inaugural season of football. SUB
Florida’s Danny Wuerffel threw three second-half touchdowns in relief of starter Terry Dean, who was intercepted four times by Auburn, but it was not enough as the Gators were upset 36-33. SEASONS
Brigham Young defeated Notre Dame 21-14 for its first non-conference road win since 1989. SIMILAR SITUATION
For the second straight year Auburn has handed a 5-0 Florida team its first loss of the season. Last year, the Tigers won 38-35 at Auburn. This year, Auburn upset the No. 1 Gators 36-33 in Gainesville. SECURING SUCCESS
Duke’s 19-13 win over Clemson ran the Blue Devils record to 6-0 and assured them of their first winning season in five years. Duke is 6-0 for first time since 1952. SCARE
Boston College saw a 35-0 halftime cut to 10 by Temple before the Eagles finally won 45-28. SPEEDY SCORES
Ohio State scored two touchdowns in a span of 29 seconds in its 23-7 victory over Michigan State. After quarterback Bobby Hoying’s touchdown run, linebacker Greg Bellisari returned an interception 35 yards for a score. SPECIAL TEAMS
Duke’s Ray Farmer blocked a Clemson punt and recovered it in the end zone for the game clinching touchdown in the Blue Devils’ 19-13 win. For Farmer, it was his second blocked kick of the day - he blocked a field goal earlier - and his eighth of his career. ... Donnie Ashley returned two punts for touchdowns of 58 and 55 yards to lead Mississippi College to a 20-12 victory over Samford. SWINGS
Purdue tied Wisconsin on a field goal with 47 seconds left to improve its record to 4-1-1 overall and 2-0-1 in the Big Ten after going 1-10 and 0-8 last year. SWITCHING SCHOOLS
Former Penn State quarterback John Sacca, who transferred to Eastern Kentucky last year, threw for 107 yards and ran for a score as the Colonels defeated Murray State 49-13. SETTING STANDARDS
North Carolina State’s Eddie Goines caught five passes for 67 yards, in the Wolfpack’s 34-3 win over Wake Forest, becoming the school’s career reception and yardage leader with 136 for 2,204, passing Naz Worthen in both categories. ... Missouri’s Jeff Handy threw three touchdown passes in the Tigers’ 24-15 win to become the school’s career leader with 34. The old mark of 32 held by Phil Bradley and Marlon Adler. ... Kelvin Anderson rushed for 132 yards to become the career rusher in SW Missouri history with 3,027. The old mark was 3,006 by Walter Smallwood (1965-68). ... Sherriden May of Idaho ran for 194 yards and broke the Vandals career rushing record with 3,192 yards. The previous Idaho record was 3,029 yards by Willis Smith (1929-32). SWIPES
Mississippi State had its fifth interception return touchdown this season when linebacker Mike James went 26 yards for a score in the Bulldogs’ 41-36 win over South Carolina.
Safety Brian Robinson had three of Auburn’s five interceptions in the Tigers’ 36-33 win over Florida.
Alabama cornerback Tommy Johnson had two interceptions and forced a fumble in the Crimson Tides 17-13 win over Tennessee. STRONG LEGS
Virginia punter Will Bice had a 78-yard punt, with help from a stiff wind, in the Cavaliers 24-7 win over Georgia Tech. ... Chris Richardson kicked a career-long 52-yard field goal to become the No. 2 scorer in Illinois history as the Illini beat Iowa 47-7. ... Kurt Heiss kicked the first three field goals of his career as Army beat Louisville 30-29. SPEAKING
″Maybe everybody will stop talking about us being lucky and admit this is a good football team.″ - Frank Sanders, who leaped between two defenders to make the winning catch in Auburn’s 36-33 win over Florida.
″Please don’t ask me for any answers. I don’t have any.″ - Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz after his Irish lost their second straight game, 21-14 to Brigham Young.