Archive for Sunday, October 3, 2004

Auburn offense turning heads

No. 8 Tigers trample No. 10 Volunteers, 34-10

October 3, 2004


— Jason Campbell is running the West Coast offense like an old pro and turning Auburn into a national title contender in the process.

The often-criticized quarterback threw for 252 yards and two touchdowns, and the eighth-ranked Tigers overwhelmed No. 10 Tennessee, 34-10, Saturday night.

Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown each ran for a touchdown to complement Campbell, and the Tigers' swarming defense made Tennessee's two freshmen quarterbacks look like neophytes for the first time this season. Junior Rosegreen had four interceptions to set a record for Auburn (5-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) and tie the SEC mark.

"All day long I heard about how great their two quarterbacks are," Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said. "I wouldn't trade them for the one we've got. (Campbell) played a great football game."

Erick Ainge got his first start for the Volunteers (3-1, 1-1) after racking up the best passer rating in the SEC over the first three games. The promotion did no good. He went 17-for-35 for 173 yards with four interceptions and a fumble.

Fellow freshman Brent Schaeffer had little success in his first game as a reliever. He also threw an interception and went 1-for-5.

"They're freshmen, they're going to learn," Vols coach Phillip Fulmer said. "We played against a better football team tonight."

No. 4 Miami 27,

Georgia Tech 3

Atlanta -- Brock Berlin threw three touchdown passes, and Frank Gore ran for 115 yards in Miami's first Atlantic Coast Conference road game.

Northwestern 33,

No. 7 Ohio State 27, OT

Evanston, Ill. -- Noah Herron scored on a two-yard run in overtime and had two other touchdowns, and Northwestern (2-3) backed up its pregame trash talk.

The victory was Northwestern's first over Ohio State (3-1) since 1971, snapping the Buckeyes' 24-game winning streak in the series and handing them their first loss in Evanston since 1958. After Herron broke through the Buckeyes at the goal line, his teammates piled on him in the corner of the end zone and Northwestern students ran onto the field.

Ohio State rallied to score 10 points in the final nine minutes to force overtime, but kicker Mike Nugent's 40-yard field-goal attempt sailed wide right on the first OT possession.

No. 9 Florida State 38, North Carolina 16

Tallahassee, Fla. -- Wyatt Sexton threw three touchdown passes in his starting debut, and Leon Washington ran for 153 yards and a touchdown for Florida State (3-1, 2-1 ACC). North Carolina (2-3, 1-2 ACC) managed 363 yards against Florida State's tough defense, but had difficulty reaching the end zone.

No. 10 California 49, Oregon State 7

Corvallis, Ore. -- Chase Lyman had five catches for a career-high 176 yards and three touchdowns, and Aaron Rodgers completed 12 of 16 passes for 140 yards and three scores for California (3-0, 1-0 Pac-10). Cal had not played for 20 days. A game against Southern Mississippi, originally scheduled for Sept. 16, was postponed by Hurricane Ivan.

No. 15 Purdue 41,

Notre Dame 16

South Bend, Ind. -- Kyle Orton threw four touchdown passes, including a 97-yarder to Taylor Stubblefield, and Jerome Brooks returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown to help Purdue (4-0) end a 30-year drought at Notre Dame (3-2).

No. 16 Florida 45, Arkansas 30

Gainesville, Fla. -- Chris Leak threw for a career-high 322 yards and three touchdowns, and Florida (3-1, 2-1 SEC) held off another late rally. The Gators extended their winning streak against the Razorbacks (3-2, 1-1) to five games -- every matchup since Arkansas joined the SEC in 1992.

Louisiana Tech 28,

No. 17 Fresno St. 21

Ruston, La. -- Ryan Moats scored his fourth touchdown with less than 3:20 left and finished with 236 yards rushing for Louisiana Tech (3-2, 2-0 Western Athletic). Fresno State (3-1, 0-1) led 21-20 with four minutes left and was trying to run out the clock. But Byron Santiago intercepted Paul Pinegar's pass and returned it to the 16.

No. 18 Minnesota 16, Penn State 7

Minneapolis -- Laurence Maroney ran for 144 yards and a touchdown, and Minnesota overcame Penn State's scrappy defense. The Golden Gophers (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) recorded their second straight 5-0 start since 1940-41 and have won four in a row against Penn State. But Minnesota's offense, which entered the game averaging 44 points, stalled frequently against the Lions (2-3, 0-2).

No. 19 Michigan 35, Indiana 14

Bloomington, Ind. -- Chad Henne threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns, and Leon Hart returned a punt 76 yards for a score for Michigan. The Wolverines (4-1, 2-0) retained a share of the Big Ten lead by winning their third straight game and their 13th in a row against the Hoosiers (2-3, 0-2) since 1987.

No. 20 Wisconsin 24, Illinois 7

Madison, Wis. -- Anthony Davis ran for 213 yards and three touchdowns in his first action in a month, and Wisconsin (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) held its fifth straight opponent to a touchdown or less, a feat it last achieved in 1951.

No. 22 Louisville 59, East Carolina 7

Louisville, Ky. -- Eric Shelton tied a Louisville record with five rushing touchdowns and finished with 129 yards. Louisville (4-0, 2-0 Conference USA) piled up 549 yards overall on the nation's second-worst defense and reached 40 points for the seventh time in 17 games under second-year coach Bobby Petrino.

No. 23 Boise State 38, SMU 20

Boise, Idaho -- Jared Zabransky threw for 190 yards and two touchdowns to help Boise State extend the longest winning streak in the nation to 16 games.

Zabransky completed 20 of 31 passes before leaving after three quarters and the Broncos (5-0, 2-0 Western Athletic) won at home for the 22nd straight time. Chris Foster had six catches for 125 yards for SMU (1-4, 1-1).

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