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Top 25 college football roundup

BCS-hopeful TCU tramples Utah, 55-28

November 15, 2009

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No. 4 TCU 55, No. 16 Utah 28

TCU tailback Ryan Christian (18) tiptoes his way into the end zone as Utah defensive back Robert Johnson (17) tries to make the tackle. TCU ripped Utah, 55-28, on Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas.

TCU tailback Ryan Christian (18) tiptoes his way into the end zone as Utah defensive back Robert Johnson (17) tries to make the tackle. TCU ripped Utah, 55-28, on Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas.

Fort Worth, Texas — Now that the hometown fans are finally taking notice of TCU, maybe the rest of the nation will also realize that the BCS-hopeful Horned Frogs are for real.

Utah certainly can’t disagree.

In likely its last significant hurdle to an undefeated regular season, TCU scored three touchdowns in a 21⁄2-minute span early in the second quarter and beat Utah on Saturday night.

The Horned Frogs (10-0, 6-0 Mountain West) stretched their winning streak to 12 games since a last-minute loss last November at Utah (8-2, 5-1), which had won 22 of 23.

No. 1 Florida 24, South Carolina 14

Columbia, S.C. — Tim Tebow tied the SEC touchdown record, and Florida gained its first perfect league season in 13 years with a victory over South Carolina.

The Gators (10-0, 8-0) remained on track for a third national title in four years. Tebow scored the 53rd touchdown of his career, matching former LSU running back Kevin Faulk.

No. 3 Alabama 31, Mississippi State 3

Starkville, Miss. — Mark Ingram rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns, Greg McElroy threw two long scoring passes, and Alabama improved to 10-0 for the second straight year.

No. 6 Boise St. 63, Idaho 25

Boise, Idaho — Kellen Moore threw four touchdown passes to Austin Pettis and tied a career high with five overall, leading Boise State to the victory.

No. 7 Georgia Tech 49, Duke 10

Durham, N.C. — Jonathan Dwyer rushed for 110 yards and two TDs, and Georgia Tech clinched a spot in the ACC championship game.

No. 8 Pittsburgh 27, Notre Dame 22

Pittsburgh — Jonathan Baldwin made two exceptional catches that allowed Pittsburgh to open up an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter before Notre Dame rallied behind two touchdowns by Golden Tate, but the Panthers held on for a victory that might raise more cries for Fighting Irish coach Charlie Weis’ ouster.

No. 9 LSU 24, Louisiana Tech 16

Baton Rouge, La. — Keiland Williams ran for 116 yards and two second-half touchdowns, helping LSU fend off upset-minded Louisiana Tech.

No. 10 Ohio St. 27, No. 15 Iowa 24, OT

Columbus, Ohio — Backup Devin Barclay kicked a 39-yard field goal in overtime to send Ohio State to the Rose Bowl for the first time in 13 years.

The Buckeyes (9-2, 6-1) clinched at least a share of their fifth consecutive Big Ten title and the conference’s automatic BCS bid.

North Carolina 33, No. 12 Miami 24

Chapel Hill, N.C. — Kendric Burney returned one of his three interceptions for a 77-yard touchdown, and his third pick resulted in a bizarre fourth-quarter score that helped North Carolina beat Miami.

Burney fumbled his third interception on what looked to be a forward lateral, but Melvin Williams picked up the loose ball and ran the last 44 yards for a score.

Central Florida 37, No. 13 Houston 32

Orlando, Fla. — Central Florida slowed down Case Keenum and stopped the nation’s most prolific passer from pulling off another improbable comeback.

Brett Hodges outplayed the Cougars quarterback, and Brynn Harvey rushed for 139 yards and three touchdowns, helping Central Florida stop Houston’s five-game winning streak.

California 24, No. 18 Arizona 16

Berkeley, Calif. — Shane Vereen scored on a 61-yard run, and Giorgio Tavecchio kicked four field goals, giving Cal an 18-16 lead with a 22-yarder with 4:46 remaining.

No. 19 Penn State 31, Indiana 20

State College, Pa. — Linebacker Navorro Bowman had a 73-yard interception return for a touchdown, and Evan Royster scored twice to help Penn State overcame four first-half turnovers.

Senior quarterback Daryll Clark threw for one score and ran for another in his last game at Beaver Stadium, but also threw two interceptions.

No. 20 Virginia Tech 36, Maryland 9

College Park, Md. — Tyrod Taylor threw for 268 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, and Virginia Tech built an early 24-point lead before coasting to the victory.

Taylor threw each of his TD passes in the opening 23 minutes to help Virginia Tech (7-3, 4-2 ACC) go up, 27-3.

No. 21 Wisconsin 45, Michigan 24

Madison, Wis. — Scott Tolzien tied a career high with four touchdown passes and scored on a sneak to lead Wisconsin to the victory.

Nick Toon caught two of Tolzien’s touchdown throws for the Badgers (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten), who went to the air after putting together monster rushing performances in their previous two games.

No. 22 BYU 24, New Mexico 19

Albuquerque, N.M. — Max Hall passed for two touchdowns and got his 29th win at BYU to match Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer’s school record.

No. 24 Clemson 43, NC State 23

Raleigh, N.C. — C.J. Spiller became the first player in Clemson history to record a touchdown passing, rushing and receiving in the same game.

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