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Archive for Sunday, November 16, 2008

Alabama remains perfect at 11-0

LSU erases Troy’s 28-point lead by scoring 30 points in fourth

November 16, 2008

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— Javier Arenas ran back a punt 80 yards for one touchdown and set up a score with another long return, helping No. 1 Alabama roll to a 32-7 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday night.

The Crimson Tide (11-0, 7-0 SEC) didn't need a dominant offensive performance to turn back a team that had given 'Bama fits the past two years.

Kareem Jackson blocked a punt in the end zone for a safety, and Leigh Tiffin kicked three field goals to help keep Alabama on track for a perfect regular season leading up to a showdown with No. 3 Florida in the SEC championship game.

No. 3 Florida 56, No. 24 South Carolina 6

Gainesville, Fla. - Percy Harvin ran for a career-high 167 yards and two touchdowns, Tim Tebow accounted for three scores, and Florida thrashed South Carolina, handing Steve Spurrier his worst loss in 90 games at The Swamp.

The Gators won their sixth in a row, finished unbeaten in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division and kept their national title hopes alive by beating the Gamecocks for the 16th time in the last 17 years. The 50-point drubbing was South Carolina's worst loss since falling, 63-7, to Spurrier's Gators in 1995.

No. 6 USC 45, Stanford 23

Stanford, Calif. - C.J. Gable made sure there wouldn't be a second Stanford stunner for Southern California. Gable returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown and ran for another score.

Mark Sanchez added two touchdown passes, and Stafon Johnson ran for two scores for the Trojans (9-1, 7-1 Pac-10).

No. 7 Penn State 34, Indiana 7

State College, Pa. - Penn State overcame a sluggish start to move a step closer to the Rose Bowl. Derrick Williams ran for one score and caught a touchdown pass, Daryll Clark threw for 240 yards and two scores in an uneven outing, and a stifling defense held Indiana to six first downs.

Heavy underdogs coming into Beaver Stadium, Indiana (3-8, 1-6 Big Ten) trailed just 10-7 at halftime in large part because of miscues by Penn State (10-1, 6-1). One drive ended after Clark fumbled at the Indiana one, while Kevin Kelly missed a 40-yard field goal to foil another effort.

Momentum swung after halftime in favor of the Nittany Lions and Joe Paterno, who once again coached from the press box because of a sore right leg and hip.

No. 8 Utah 63, San Diego State 14

San Diego - Brian Johnson kept Utah on a BCS-busting course by throwing a career-high five touchdown passes in a victory over San Diego State.

Utah (11-0, 7-0) clinched at least a share of the Mountain West Conference title. The Utes will play host to No. 16 BYU on Saturday.

No. 9 Boise State 45, Idaho 10

Moscow, Idaho - Jeremy Avery rushed for a career-high 156 yards and two touchdowns to help Boise State keep alive its hopes of returning to a BCS bowl.

Boise State (10-0, 6-0 WAC) won its 10th straight against the Vandals and also clinched at least a share of its sixth WAC title in the past seven seasons.

No. 10 Ohio State 30, Illinois 20

Champaign, Ill. - Beanie Wells ran for 143 yards and a touchdown, and Terrelle Pryor added another 110 yards, as the victory kept the Buckeyes (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) in the chase for the Big Ten title.

It was also revenge for last year's 28-21 loss to the Illini (5-6, 3-4), which ended Ohio State's perfect season.

No. 13 Georgia 17, Auburn 13

Auburn, Ala. - Georgia's Knowshon Moreno rushed for 131 yards and caught a pass for a touchdown.

The Bulldogs (9-2, 6-2 SEC) went ahead for good with 8:24 to play on a 17-yard pass from Matthew Stafford to A.J. Green and then stopped two late Auburn drives.

No. 16 BYU 38, Air Force 24

Air Force Academy, Colo. - BYU's Max Hall threw for 354 yards and two touchdowns.

Harvey Unga added two touchdowns in a 74-second span in the third quarter, helping the Cougars set up a clash with No. 8 Utah next weekend for a share of the Mountain West Conference title.

Maryland 17, No. 17 North Carolina 15

College Park, Md. - Chris Turner engineered a dramatic fourth-quarter drive that produced a 26-yard field goal by Obi Egekeze with 1:42 left in Maryland's school-record sixth consecutive victory over a ranked opponent.

Da'Rel Scott ran for 129 yards and a touchdown, and Davin Meggett had 86 rushing yards for Maryland (7-3, 4-2). The Terrapins can reach the Atlantic Coast Conference title game for the first time by winning their last two games.

No. 19 LSU 40, Troy 31

Baton Rouge, La. - LSU roared back from 28 points down to beat Troy, completing the biggest comeback in school history when Charles Scott scored with 4:50 left to put LSU ahead for good.

Troy went up, 31-3, midway through the third quarter, but LSU (7-3) answered with a touchdown and then ran off 30 points in the fourth quarter to avoid an embarrassing loss.

Boston College 27, No. 20 Florida State 17

Tallahassee, Fla. - Montel Harris ran for 121 yards and a touchdown, and Marcellus Bowman went 87 yards with an interception for another score to help Boston College beat Florida State a day after five Seminoles players were suspended for a midweek fight on campus with members of a fraternity.

No. 23 Oregon State 34, California 21

Corvallis, Ore. - Freshman Jacquizz Rodgers and his older brother James each ran for touchdowns for the Beavers (7-3, 6-1 Pac-10), who won their fifth straight.

Because Oregon State defeated then-No. 1 USC on Sept. 21, the Beavers, who haven't played in the Rose Bowl since 1965, hold the tiebreaker for the berth should both teams win out.

Houston 70, No. 25 Tulsa 30

Houston - Case Keenum threw a career-high six touchdowns and ran for another score to help Houston beat Tulsa.

Keenum threw five TD passes in the first half. Two were to Tyron Carrier, who added a third touchdown on a 93-yard punt return.

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