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Bulldogs batter Florida

October 1, 2000


— Steve Spurrier couldn't understand all the fuss about Mississippi State beating his third-ranked Florida Gators.

"Mississippi State ought to be embarrassed tearing down the goal posts after beating this team," the Florida coach said.

But down they both went after Mississippi State beat the Gators, 47-35, on Saturday.

Spurrier questioned his defense's effort after last week's poor performance against Kentucky, and saw no improvement against the Bulldogs (3-1, 1-1 SEC).

Dicenzo Miller ran for 172 yards and Dontae Walker had 156 for Mississippi State. Mississippi State gained 517 yards, 351 on the ground. Miller and Walker each had a touchdown run, and Wayne Madkin ran for two scores and threw for one.

It was the most yards rushing and points allowed by Florida since a 62-24 loss to Nebraska in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl. The Gators (4-1, 2-1) had minus-78 yards rushing, the lowest ever under Spurrier. The Gators turned the ball over three times, allowed seven sacks and missed three fourth-and-1 attempts in the first half.

Florida suffered its first loss to an unranked foe under Spurrier ending a 72-game streak.

No. 4 Virginia Tech 48, Boston College 34

Boston Michael Vick set a Tech record for quarterbacks with 210 rushing yards and three TDs. Lee Suggs also had a big day for the Hokies (4-0, 2-0 Big East), with 145 yards and two TDs.

No. 20 Oregon 23, No. 6 Washington 16

Eugene, Ore. Joey Harrington threw for one touchdown and ran for another as Oregon (4-1, 2-0 Pac-10) extended its home winning streak to 18 games. Marques Tuiasosopo threw a TD pass and ran for another score for Washington (3-1, 0-1).

No. 7 Clemson 52, Duke 22

Durham, N.C. Woodrow Dantzler ran for three Tds and threw for another score. Dantzler ran for 134 yards and passed for 174 more. Clemson (5-0, 3-0 ACC) scored four TDs in a 7:18 span in the second quarter.

Oregon St. 31, No. 8 Southern Cal 21

Corvallis, Ore. Ken Simonton ran for a career-high 234 yards and three touchdowns as Oregon State (4-0, 1-0 Pac-10) ended its 26-game losing streak against Southern Cal (3-1, 0-1).

No. 9 Michigan 13, No. 17 Wisconsin 10

Ann Arbor, Mich. Drew Henson threw a 15-yard TD pass to David Terrell with 6:42 left. Henson, who fumbled twice in the first quarter, was 15-of-27 for 257 yards and a TD for Michigan (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten). Marquise Walker caught seven passes for 130 yards. Michael Bennett ran for 123 yards for Wisconsin (3-2, 0-2).

No. 10 Miami 64, Rutgers 6

Piscataway, N.J. James Jackson ran for 118 yards and two TDs and caught one of Ken Dorsey's three TD passes as Miami (3-1, 2-0 Big East) handed Rutgers its worst home loss in 112 years.

LSU 38, No. 11 Tennessee 31, OT

Baton Rouge, La. Rohan Davey threw a 25-yard TD pass to Robert Royal on the first play of overtime. Tennessee (2-2, 0-2 SEC) then drove to the 3, but third- and fourth-down passes to the end zone were broken up by Bradie James. LSU's John Corbello missed a 46-yard field goal on the final play of regulation. LSU (3-2, 1-1) was was coming off a loss to UAB.

No. 16 TCU 24, Navy 0

Annapolis, Md. LaDainian Tomlinson ran for 121 yards and a touchdown for TCU (4-0). Tomlinson broke TCU's career rushing record with 3,784 yards.

Northwestern 37, No. 18 Michigan St. 17

East Lansing, Mich. Danien Anderson ran for 219 yards and two TDs, helping Northwestern (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) to its second win over a ranked team.

No. 19 Auburn 33, Vanderbilt 0

Auburn, Ala. Ben Leard threw two TD passes and Rudi Johnson ran for 128 yards for the Tigers (5-0, 3-0 SEC).

No. 21 Southern Miss 24, Memphis 3

Hattiesburg, Miss. Dewayne Woods scored on a 52-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter, and Brant Hanna kicked three field goals as Southern Miss (2-1, 1-0 Conference USA) beat Memphis for the seventh straight time.

Penn St. 22, No. 22 Purdue 20

State College, Pa. Penn State (2-4, 1-1 Big Ten), off to its worst start in 36 years, took advantage of three special teams errors by Purdue. Travis Dorsch missed a 46-yard field goal attempt that would have given Purdue (3-2, 1-1) the lead with 2:32 left in the game. Purdue's Drew Brees tied the Big Ten record with his 74th touchdown pass and also caught a TD pass.

Alabama 27, No. 23 South Carolina 17

Tuscaloosa, Ala. Milo Lewis intercepted two fourth-quarter passes as Alabama (2-3, 2-1 SEC) handed the Gamecocks (4-1, 2-1) their first loss of the season.

No. 25 Georgia 38, Arkansas 7

Fayetteville, Ark. Georgia's Jamie Henderson scored on a 35-yard interception return on Arkansas' first play of the game. The Bulldogs (3-1, 1-1 SEC) held Arkansas to one first down during the first 28 minutes.

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