Archive for Sunday, October 7, 2001

Top 25 roundup: Unranked Georgia nips No. 6 Vols

October 7, 2001


— With new coach Mark Richt calling the shots, Georgia found a way to win in Neyland Stadium.

The Bulldogs' 26-24 victory over sixth-ranked Tennessee on Saturday was their first here in six tries and first since 1980 when Herschel Walker was a freshman.

"It's a defining moment for our seniors and the whole team," Richt said. "I'm thankful we could pull it off."

Verron Haynes caught a 6-yard touchdown pass with 5 seconds left after freshman David Greene drove the Bulldogs 59 yards toward the win.

The Volunteers (3-1, 2-1 SEC) had come back to take the lead in dramatic fashion as Travis Stephens caught a screen pass and ran 62 yards for a touchdown with 44 seconds left for a 24-20 lead.

But the Bulldogs (3-1, 2-1), who have won two straight over the Vols, still had time. Greene drove Georgia to the Tennessee 6 with a 14-yard pass to Randy McMichael. Then he found Haynes open in the end zone.

"I kind of prepared myself for the moment. I kept telling myself to stay focused," Greene said.

Georgia, which had lost five straight in Knoxville, did not risk an extra-point try, and Tennessee didn't have time for a comeback.

Greene finished 21-of-34 for 303 yards, scorching a Vols' defense that was third in the country. Musa Smith had 49 yards on 17 carries, getting the best of the nation's best rush defense.

McMichael had six catches for 108 yards.

The Bulldogs had taken a 20-17 lead on Billy Bennett's 31-yard field goal with 5:44 remaining.

Then the Vols got the ball back, and it appeared all hope was lost when Jermaine Phillips intercepted Casey Clausen's pass in Georgia territory. But Georgia had to punt, and Tennessee got the ball back with 1:21 to go. On second-and-10, Stephens swung out to catch a screen pass and ran down the sideline 62 yards for the score.

"It's very frustrating to have a game won at the end and turn out losing," Stephens said. "It's a long season and we've got time to do good things by the end of the year."

Stephens rushed for 176 yards on 30 carries.

No. 1 Miami 38,

Troy State 7

Miami Ken Dorsey threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns as Miami overcame a slow defensive start.

Dorsey was 18-of-30 passing, missing open receivers and finding himself under steady pressure for the first time this season.

Clinton Portis ran for just 18 yards on seven carries, and Miami (4-0) finished with 101 yards rushing the first time the Hurricanes have been held under 200 yards rushing this season.

No. 2 Florida 44,

No. 18 LSU 15

Baton Rouge, La. Rex Grossman passed for a Florida-record 464 yards and five touchdowns.

Grossman broke the mark of 462 yards set by Danny Wuerffel against Arkansas in 1996.

Grossman passed for 319 yards and four TDs in the first half as he topped the 300-yard mark for a school-record fifth straight game. He was 22-of-32 when he left with 11:02 remaining.

Florida (5-0, 3-0 SEC), which has surpassed 500 yards in each of its first five games, averaged more than 10 yards a play in the first half and finished with 632 yards of total offense.

Florida has beaten LSU (2-2, 0-2) in 13 of the last 14 meetings and is 6-1 in its last seven trips to Baton Rouge.

No. 8 Virginia Tech 35, West Virginia 0

Morgantown, W.Va. Keith Burnell ran for 102 yards and two scores and Virginia Tech (5-0, 2-0 Big East) recorded its third shutout of the season.

Tech's defense scored a touchdown for the third straight game, with Jim Davis' 27-yard interception return capping the scoring in the third quarter.

It was the worst shutout loss at home for West Virginia (2-3, 0-2) since Oregon State posted the same score in 1963. The Mountaineers were held to just 11 first downs and 173 total yards.

No. 11 Washington 27, Southern Cal 24

Seattle John Anderson kicked a 32-yard field goal as time expired, and Washington rallied behind backup quarterback Taylor Barton to beat USC. The Huskies (4-0, 2-0 Pac-10) have come from behind to win in the final quarter three times this season.

Barton, 11-for-20 for 197 yards and two touchdowns, directed the offense in all but four plays in the second half after starter Cody Pickett separated his right shoulder.

Southern Cal (1-4, 0-3 Pac-10) has lost four straight and is off to its worst start since 1958 when it also began 1-4.

No. 13 South Carolina 42, Kentucky 6

Columbia, S.C. Derek Watson ran for 135 yards and fullback Andrew Pinnock scored twice as South Carolina beat Kentucky for its first 5-0 start since 1988.

The Gamecocks (5-0, 4-0 SEC) also got another mistake-free game from quarterback Phil Petty and scored their most points in six years. Kentucky has lost 12 straight SEC games.

South Carolina scored three first-quarter touchdowns on the way to its biggest scoring day since a 52-14 win over Vanderbilt in 1995.

Ohio State 38,

No. 14 Northwestern 20

Columbus, Ohio Jonathan Wells ran for 179 yards and three touchdowns including a 71-yard sprint on the second play of the game as Ohio State beat Northwestern.

The Buckeyes (3-1, 2-0 Big Ten) won for the 22nd consecutive time against the Wildcats (3-1, 1-1). The Buckeyes completed just four passes while piling up 287 rushing yards. A crowd of 104,042 was on hand for the first night Big Ten game ever in Ohio Stadium.

No. 15 Michigan 20, Penn State 0

State College, Pa. John Navarre threw two touchdown passes as Michigan (4-1, 20- Big Ten) saddled Penn State with its worst start in 115 years of playing football. It was the first time a Joe Paterno-coached team was shut out at home, dating to his first season in 1966.

Penn State (0-4, 0-3) still needs one more win for Paterno to equal Bear Bryant's major college record of 323 career victories. Michigan (4-1, 2-0) has beaten Penn State five straight times.

No. 17 Georgia Tech 37, Duke 10

Durham, N.C. George Godsey was 24-for-40 for 295 yards and two touchdowns as Georgia Tech beat Duke.

Georgia Tech (4-1, 1-1 ACC) led by just seven at halftime but pulled away in the third quarter to beat Duke for the seventh straight time.

Duke (0-5, 0-3) extended a school record with its 17th loss in a row, the longest streak in the nation.

Joe Burns ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns.

No. 21 Purdue 23,

Iowa 14

West Lafayette, Ind. Ashante Woodyard returned an interception 86 yards for a score and Travis Dorsch kicked three field goals as Purdue beat Iowa.

Boilermakers quarterback Brandon Hance scored on a 4-yard run with 12:07 left to give Purdue (4-0, 2-0 Big Ten) the lead.

Hance, who passed for 308 yards last weekend against Minnesota, was 17-for-34 for 147 yards with one interception.

No. 23 Toledo 48,

Ohio 41

Athens, Ohio Tavares Bolden was 31-of-39 for 387 yards and two touchdowns as Toledo beat Ohio.

Antwon McCray scored his third touchdown to cap a 12-play, 66-yard drive with 1:32 left. McCray had 72 yards on 23 carries.

Bolden was 18-of-20 for 258 yards and two TDs in the first half as the Rockets (5-0, 3-0 Mid-American) took a 31-17 halftime lead.

No. 25 Maryland 41, Virginia 21

College Park, Md. Shaun Hill threw for two touchdowns and Bruce Perry ran for 143 yards and a score as Maryland snapped a nine-game losing streak against Virginia.

Off to its best start in 23 years under first-year coach Ralph Friedgen, Maryland (5-0, 3-0 ACC) has already matched its victory total of last season. Friedgen is the first Maryland football coach to begin his first full season with five straight wins.

Billy McMullen had 11 catches for 175 yards and a TD for Virginia.

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