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College Football - Top 25 Roundup

Georgia Tech knocks of Clemson

October 29, 2000


— Clemson coach Tommy Bowden thought his team was on its way to Florida State undefeated after Rod Garnder's diving catch in the end zone put the Tigers ahead 28-24 with 1:52 left.

But Georgia Tech (6-2, 4-2 ACC) drove 80 yards on 11 plays, and Kerry Watkins' one-handed, 16-yard touchdown catch gave the Yellow Jackets a 31-28 victory over fifth-ranked Clemson on Saturday.

Watkins' catch marked the third lead change in the last seven minutes.

"We just happened to have the ball last," Georgia Tech coach George O'Leary said.

George Godsey set a Georgia Tech record with 454 yards passing. He went 35-for-57 and had three touchdowns as Clemson gave up its most yardage ever through the air. The Yellow Jackets finished with 550 total yards.

Clemson (8-1, 6-1) likely fell out of the national title picture, but can still win a share of the conference title if the Tigers beat Florida State next week.

Clemson star Woody Dantzler left the game at halftime after reinjuring his left ankle. He passed for 76 yards and ran for 18 more. Backup Willie Simmons passed for 131 yards.

No. 2 Virginia Tech 37, Pittsburgh 34

Blacksburg, Va. Pittsburgh knocked out Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick, but Lee Suggs and Dave Meyer kept the Hokies in the national title picture. Meyer replaced Vick, who sprained an ankle, and completed three passes for first downs on the final drive that led to Carter Warley's 27-yard field goal with 16 seconds left. Suggs rushed for 164 yards and three TDs for Virginia Tech (8-0, 6-0 Big East).

No. 4 Miami 42, Louisiana Tech 31

Miami James Jackson ran for 179 yards and two TDs and Santana Moss added 158 all-purpose yards and two scores for Miami. The Hurricanes (6-1) kept their national title hopes alive with their fifth straight win. Miami plays host to Virginia Tech next Saturday.

No. 6 Florida St. 58, No. 21 N.C. State 14

Raleigh, N.C. Travis Minor had 92 of his season-high 129 yards in the first half and scored on two 2-yard runs as Florida State (8-1, 6-0 ACC) overpowered N.C. State (5-2, 2-2).

No. 7 Oregon 56, Arizona St. 55, 2OT

Tempe, Ariz. Joey Harrington threw for 434 yards and tied a school record with six touchdown passes as Oregon staged an amazing fourth-quarter comeback. The Ducks (7-1, 5-0 Pac-10) never led in regulation, but Harrington threw a pair of touchdown passes in the final 3:21 of the fourth quarter.

No. 8 Florida 34, No. 13 Georgia 23

Jacksonville, Fla. Alex Brown forced a late Georgia fumble, and Rex Grossman completed a 27-yard pass to Reche Caldwell that set up the final touchdown. The victory put Florida (7-1, 5-1 SEC) in command for its eighth trip to the SEC title game and kept the Gators alive in the national-title picture. Georgia is 6-2 overall and 4-2 in the SEC.

No. 9 Washington 31, Stanford 28

Stanford, Calif. Justin Robbins caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Marques Tuiasosopo with 17 seconds left as Washington drove 80 yards in the closing seconds to beat Stanford.

No. 11 TCU 37, Rice 0

Fort Worth, Texas LaDainian Tomlinson ran for 200 yards and two touchdowns as TCU extended its winning streak to 12 games, the longest among major colleges. TCU (7-0, 4-0 WAC) limited Rice to just 186 yards and posted its second shutout in four games.

No. 16 Purdue 31, No. 12 Ohio St. 27

West Lafayette, Ind. Drew Brees passed for 455 yards and three fourth-quarter touchdowns to help Purdue close in on its first Rose Bowl berth in 34 years. Brees passed 64 yards to Seth Morales for the winning touchdown with 1:55 to go. The Buckeyes (6-2, 3-2) had not lost to Purdue (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) since 1988.

No. 14 Southern Miss 6, Houston 3

Houston Brant Hanna's two field goals, including a 27-yarder early in the fourth quarter, were all the offense Southern Mississippi could muster in a brisk wind. Hanna, who missed three field-goal attempts, kicked the game-winner with 9:27 remaining to top Southern Mississippi (6-1, 4-0 Conference USA) .

Tennessee 17, No. 17 South Carolina 14

Columbis, S.C. Travis Henry's 1-yard touchdown with 26 seconds left lifted Tennessee (4-3, 2-3 SEC) to its eighth straight victory over South Carolina (7-2, 5-2).

Henry carried 10 times for 35 yards on the winning drive, and Casey Clausen converted third-down passes of 4 and 23 yards to keep things rolling. Henry finished with two touchdowns and 115 yards. Clausen was 19-of-31 for 152 yards in his second career start.

Ryan Brewer had a 78-yard touchdown catch for the Gamecocks.

No. 19 Notre Dame 34, Air Force 31, OT

South Bend, Ind. Glenn Earl blocked a field goal as time expired, and Joey Getherall scored his third TD of the game in overtime as Notre Dame beat Air Force.

Air Force scored 18 points in the fourth quarter to force the overtime, outgaining the Irish (5-3) 265 yards to 30 yards.

Getherall had four catches for 116 yards. Matt LoVecchio passed for three touchdowns, the fourth straight game the freshman has passed for at least two touchdowns.

No. 20 Mississippi St. 61, Mid Tennessee 35

Starkville, Miss. Dicenzo Miller ran for 114 yards and Dontae Walker had 104 as Mississippi State (5-2) extended its home winning streak to 15 games. Miller surpassed 100 yards rushing for the fourth straight game and scored twice. Walker also scored two touchdowns, as Mississippi State gained 530 yards.

UCLA 27, No. 24 Arizona 24

Tucson, Ariz. Cory Paus scrambled 13 yards for a TD with 48 seconds left as UCLA rallied to beat Arizona. After falling behind 21-14, the Bruins (5-3, 2-3 Pac-10) held Arizona (5-3, 3-2) to one field goal in the second half to snap their eight-game road losing streak. Arizona's Ortege Jenkins had a career-high 104 yards rushing but threw four interceptions.

No. 25 Auburn 21, Arkansas 19

Auburn, Ala. Ben Leard passed for 240 yards, and Rudi Johnson ran for 114 yards and a TD. The Tigers (7-2, 4-2 SEC) scored on a 13-yard lateral to Clifton Robinson late in the third quarter.

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