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Top 25 Roundup: Stanford upends UCLA, 38-28

October 28, 2001

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— Chris Lewis just doesn't understand goosebumps.

After a thrilling win over UCLA, his Stanford teammates know all about them.

In his fourth career start, Lewis threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns as No. 20 Stanford held on for a 38-28 victory over No. 4 UCLA on Saturday, ending the Bruins' unbeaten season and thoroughly muddling the Pac-10 race.

The backup quarterback sparked the Cardinal (5-1, 4-1) to 31 straight points against a team that hadn't allowed more than 17 in any game this season. He threw three interceptions, but got his teammates to believe they could drive and score against the Bruins.

The Cardinal's defense also came up big with a late defensive stop, but Lewis' teammates gave much of the credit to Lewis, who stepped in for injured starter Randy Fasani last week in Stanford's 49-42 win at Oregon.

"The guys in this room have a lot of confidence in him, and sometimes that's the only difference between great teams and good teams," said Teyo Johnson, who caught a 3-yard TD pass from Lewis.

Lewis completed 13 straight passes in the first half as Stanford beat a top-five team for the second straight week.

UCLA (6-1, 3-1) fell despite an impressive day from backup Scott McEwan, who replaced injured starter Cory Paus after halftime and rallied the Bruins to 21 straight points while passing for 221 yards.

Syracuse 22,

No. 5 Virginia Tech 14

Blacksburg, Va. Jamel Riddle scored a 51-yard punt return in the first quarter as Syracuse ended Virginia Tech's 16-game home winning streak. Virginia Tech (6-1, 3-1 Big East), which had beaten Syracuse by a combined 124-10 in the last three meetings at Lane Stadium, fell behind 14-0 in the first 7:25. It was the seventh straight win for the Orangemen (7-2, 4-0). The Orangemen recovered two fumbles and blocked a punt.

No. 6 Florida 24,

No. 15 Georgia 10

Jacksonville, Fla. Rex Grossman passed for 407 yards and two touchdowns as Florida beat Georgia. The Gators (6-1, 4-1 SEC) gained 584 yards, their most ever in the 78-game history of the rivalry, but had to sweat this game out because of four turnovers and 106 yards in penalties. Not until Marquand Manuel forced a David Greene fumble with 5 minutes left did Florida have a firm grasp on its 11th victory in the last 12 meetings against Georgia (5-2, 4-2).

No. 8 Michigan 32,

Iowa 26

Iowa City, Iowa Marquise Walker made a stunning one-handed catch of John Navarre's pass for a touchdown, and Navarre threw a 13-yard TD pass to Shawn Thompson in the fourth quarter for the winning score as Michigan (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten) beat Iowa.

No. 9 Tennessee 17,

No. 12 S. Carolina 10

Knoxville, Tenn. Travis Stephens ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns to help Tennessee remain in the hunt for a trip to the SEC title game. The Gamecocks (6-2, 5-2), who are 0-11 in Neyland Stadium, have lost nine straight to the Vols (5-1, 4-1).

No. 19 Florida St. 52, No. 10 Maryland 31

Tallahassee, Fla. Chris Rix threw five TD passes three in the fourth quarter to lead Florida State past previously unbeaten Maryland (7-1, 5-1 ACC). Florida State (5-2, 4-1) climbed back into the thick of the ACC title race and kept its league home record a perfect 39-0 since joining in 1992.

No. 11 Oregon 24,

No. 14 Washington St. 17

Pullman, Wash. Onterrio Smith ran for a school-record 285 yards and scored three times for Oregon. Smith, who had 26 carries, broke the 1971 Oregon record of 249 yards set by Bobby Moore now known as Ahmad Rashad. Smith combined with Maurice Morris for 423 yards rushing and the Ducks had 446 overall, breaking the team record of 403 yards against Cal in 1960. Smith also had 342 all-purpose yards to break another school record. Smith scored on runs of 8, 41 and 73 yards as the Ducks (7-1, 4-1 Pac-10) rolled up 565 yards of offense against the Cougars (7-1, 4-1).

No. 16 BYU 59,

San Diego St. 21

San Diego Defensive end Ryan Denney returned a blocked field goal 82 yards for a touchdown to start a run of big scoring plays as Brigham Young remained undefeated. The Cougars (8-0, 4-0 Mountain West) also got touchdowns on Luke Staley's 63-yard run, the first of his three scores; linebacker Isaac Kelley's 60-yard interception return; and a 68-yard pass from backup quarterback Charlie Peterson to Toby Christensen late in the game. Staley has 17 touchdowns, a BYU single-season record.

Arkansas 42,

No. 17 Auburn 17

Fayetteville, Ark. Zak Clark threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Richard Smith, and backup quarterback Matt Jones made big plays running and throwing for Arkansas. Smith's second touchdown of the first half gave Arkansas (4-3, 2-3 SEC) a 21-10 lead late in the first half after Tony Bua intercepted Daniel Cobb's pass and returned it to the 16. Auburn dropped to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the SEC.

No. 24 Purdue 32, Northwestern 27

West Lafayette, Ind. Brandon Hance ran and passed for a touchdown and Montrell Lowe ran for 101 yards and a score as Purdue beat Northwestern. Hance threw for 190 yards on 14-of-31 passing.

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