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Top 25 roundup: Gator rout: No. 5 Florida flattens Georgia, 49-10

November 2, 2008

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Jacksonville, Fla. - Tim Tebow accounted for five touchdowns, Percy Harvin scored twice, and revenge-minded Florida thumped No. 8 Georgia, 49-10, Saturday in one of the most anticipated matchups in the history of this storied rivalry.

No. 5 Florida (7-1, 5-1) pretty much shut down Knowshon Moreno, took advantage of Georgia's numerous mistakes and avenged last year's 42-30 loss in which the brazen Bulldogs used a full-team, end-zone celebration to energize them.

No. 2 Alabama 35, Arkansas State 0

Tuscaloosa, Ala. - Mark Ingram rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries, and Rashad Johnson scored on a 32-yard interception return for Alabama.

No. 7 USC 56, Washington 0

Los Angeles - As expected, the Washington-USC game was a one-sided affair from the start. And now, the hapless Huskies stand alone as the nation's only winless major team. Mark Sanchez completed 15 of 19 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns to Patrick Turner before coming out early in the third quarter.

No. 10 Utah 13, New Mexico 10

Albuquerque, N.M. - Louie Sakoda kicked two field goals, and Utah kept its BCS bowl hopes intact with a victory over New Mexico.

No. 11 Boise St. 49, New Mexico St. 0

Las Cruces, N.M. - Kellen Moore threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns, and Boise State's defense allowed just 150 yards and logged six sacks.

Boise State (8-0, 4-0 Western Athletic Conference) beat the Aggies 58-0 last season in Idaho and, after generating 495 total yards this time, simply kept things going a year later.

No. 12 TCU 44, UNLV 14

Las Vegas - Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes to lead TCU past UNLV.

The Horned Frogs (9-1, 6-0) will take a five-game winning streak into their game at No. 10 Utah on Thursday night, a potential showdown for first place in Mountain West Conference.

Dalton completed 16 of 29 passes for 151 yards and rushed for 52 yards on nine carries.

UNLV (3-6, 0-5) lost its fifth consecutive game.

No. 15 LSU 35, Tulane 10

Baton Rouge, La. - Charles Scott rushed for 114 yards, and LSU scored two touchdowns in 27 seconds late in the second quarter.

Scott had 84 of his yards, including a 56-yard burst, to highlight an eight-play drive that put LSU (6-2) ahead 7-0 on its opening possession.

LSU won its 17th in a row against Tulane (2-6), which has lost 37 consecutive games to ranked teams dating back to 1982, the last time it beat LSU.

Georgia Tech 31, No. 16 Florida State 28

Atlanta - The Yellow Jackets (7-2 overall, 4-2 ACC) beat Florida State for the first time since 1975, after going 0-12 against Bobby Bowden and the Seminoles in the ACC.

Marcus Sims fumbled into the end zone to end Florida State's comeback hopes in the final minute.

No. 17 BYU 45, Colorado State 42

Fort Collins, Colo. - Dennis Pitta caught two fourth-quarter touchdowns from Max Hall, including a 17-yarder with 22 seconds remaining, lifting Brigham Young over Colorado State. BYU also needed a late rally to beat UNLV last week.

Arkansas 30, No. 19 Tulsa 23

Fayeteville, Ark. - Dennis Johnson returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown in the final minute of the third quarter, and Arkansas snapped Tulsa's unbeaten run.

The Golden Hurricane (8-1) had a chance to tie it in the final minute, but David Johnson threw incomplete on fourth down from the Arkansas seven.

The Golden Hurricane, averaging 56 points per game, were held to three in the second half and none in the fourth quarter.

The loss halted talk of Tulsa possibly reaching the Bowl Championship Series.

Northwestern 24, No. 20 Minnesota 17

Minneapolis - Brendan Smith grabbed a deflected ball and returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown with 12 seconds remaining, sending Northwestern past stunned Minnesota.

Mike Kafka replaced C.J. Bacher at quarterback for the Wildcats (7-2, 3-2) after a hamstring injury ended Bacher's streak of 25 straight starts. Kafka was unstoppable with the ball in his hands and his head pointed upfield, carrying 27 times for 217 yards - a school record for a quarterback - to make up for two costly interceptions.

No. 22 Michigan St. 25, Wisconsin 24

East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State avoided a major letdown, keeping its hopes alive to play for the Big Ten title.

Brett Swenson kicked a 44-yard field goal with seven seconds left for the Spartans. It was Michigan State's first lead of the game.

California 26, No. 23 Oregon 16

Berkeley, Calif. - Marcus Ezeff recovered Oregon's fumble on a punt return to set up Shane Vereen's two-yard touchdown run with 8:57 to play to lead California.

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