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Irish shock Wolverines

September 12, 2004

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— Freshman Darius Walker had two fourth-quarter touchdowns, and Notre Dame renewed hope for a turnaround season by upending No. 8 Michigan, 28-20, Saturday.

Walker, who did not play in Notre Dame's opening game, ran for 115 yards on 31 carries -- the first Irish freshman to rush for more than 100 yards since Julius Jones had 146 yards against Navy in 1999.

Notre Dame (1-1) earned its first win over a top-10 team since beating fifth-ranked Michigan, 25-23, two years ago. Since that game, the Irish were 0-4 against top-10 teams, losing by a combined 164-27 -- including the 38-0 loss to Michigan last season.

The Wolverines (1-1) lost their opening road game for a fifth straight year.

No. 1 Southern California 49, Colorado State 0

Los Angeles -- LenDale White ran for 123 yards on 14 carries and scored a career-high three touchdowns to lead Southern California to an overpowering victory. The win was USC's 22nd in 23 games and 11th straight -- the second-longest active winning streak among Division I-A schools behind Boise State's 13.

No. 3 Georgia 20,

South Carolina 16

Columbia, S.C. -- David Greene struggled early but finished with 213 yards passing and two touchdown passes to lead Georgia (2-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference). The Bulldogs looked flat against South Carolina (1-1, 1-1) 16-0 before finding their rhythm late in the second quarter.

No. 6 LSU 53, Ark. State 3

Baton Rouge, La. -- JaMarcus Russell threw two touchdown pass, and Marcuas Randall had another to lead LSU (2-0) to an easy victory.

No. 9 Ohio State 24, Marshall 21

Columbus, Ohio -- Mike Nugent's 55-yard field goal as time expired gave the Buckeyes a victory over Marshall. The Buckeyes (2-0) have won 13 of their last 14 games decided by a touchdown or less over the last two-plus seasons, including a 7-0 record while winning the national championship in 2002.

No 10 West Virginia 34, Central Florida 20

Orlando, Fla. -- Rasheed Marshall completed 14 of 18 passes for 225 yards and four touchdowns, and ran for another score for the Mountaineers. The Mountaineers (2-0) lost running back Kay-Jay Harris early to a leg injury. Harris set the school and Big East record with 337 yards rushing in the opener last week.

No. 11 Florida 49,

Eastern Michigan 10

Gainesville, Fla. -- Chris Leak threw for 244 yards and three touchdowns in the rain, leading the Gators to a rout in their hurricane-delayed season opener.

No. 12 California 41,

New Mexico State 14

Berkeley, Calif. -- J.J. Arrington ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns, and Aaron Rodgers completed 19 of 26 passes for 260 yards and two scores for Cal.

No. 15 Virginia 56,

North Carolina 24

Charlottesville, Va. -- Wali Lundy scored three touchdowns, and Marquis Weeks returned a kickoff 100 yards against North Carolina for the second time in three years.

No. 18 Auburn 43, Mississippi State 14

Starkville, Miss. -- Carnell Williams ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns, and Ronnie Brown added 147 yards rushing to lead Auburn.

Georgia Tech 28,

No. 20 Clemson 24

Clemson, S.C. -- Reggie Ball threw an 11-yard pass to Calvin Johnson with 11 seconds left to give Georgia Tech a victory. The wild game saw five touchdowns in the final 81/2 minutes, including three scores by Georgia Tech (2-0, 1-0) in the final 4:36.

No. 21 Wisconsin 18, UNLV 3

Madison, Wis. -- Jim Leonhard returned a blocked field goal 86 yards for a score, and the Badgers came up with two safeties. The Badgers (2-0) hadn't recorded two safeties in a game since 1951 and they're the first Big Ten team to do it in 23 years, since Minnesota had two at Indiana in 1981.

No. 22 Minnesota 37,

Illinois State 21

Minneapolis -- Marion Barber III and Laurence Maroney each surpassed 100 yards rushing for the fifth time in 15 games together, and Minnesota fought off Division I-AA Illinois State. Barber rushed 18 times for 149 yards and two touchdowns, and Maroney ran 18 times for 141 yards and a score for the Gophers (2-0). Minnesota broke the game open with a pair of 80-yard TDs in a 2:08 span midway through the third quarter.

No. 23 Maryland 45,

Temple 22

College Park, Md. -- Joel Statham completed 18 of 25 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns, and Maryland (2-0) won its 12th straight game at Byrd Stadium and improve to 5-0 against the Owls.

Indiana 30, No. 24 Oregon 24

Eugene, Ore. -- Matt LoVechhio threw for a touchdown, and BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 91 yards and another score, to lead Indiana to its first 2-0 start since 1996.

No. 25 Purdue 59,

Ball State 7

West Lafayette, Ind. -- Kyle Orton threw for a career-high five touchdowns and ran for another to lead No. 25 Purdue to a second straight dominating performance to open the season. Orton completed his first 15 passes and threw for 329 yards in just over two quarters.

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