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Saturday, September 4, 2004
Updated: September 6, 1:33 AM ET
Trackin' the Top 25

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No. 2 Oklahoma 40, Bowling Green 24
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OU ground out a 17-play, 73-yard FG drive that devoured 9 minutes in the 4th after BG had cut the lead to 37-24. OU's offensive line. The Sooners' five returning starters opened huge holes for the backs and protected Jason White.
STAT OF THE GAME: 100. Both Kejuan Jones and Adrian Peterson topped the century mark on the ground for the Sooners.
UP NEXT: Houston at No. 2 Oklahoma; SE Missouri State at Bowling Green

No. 3 LSU 22, Oregon State 21 - OT
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Oregon State's extra-point attempt in overtime slid to the right, allowing the co-defending champs to survive. Derek Anderson. The Beavers QB put in a gutsy effort in the loss, throwing for 232 yards and 3 touchdowns.
STAT OF THE GAME: 3. The Beavers' three missed extra points were the difference between a major upset and a heartbreaking loss.
UP NEXT: Arkansas State at No. 3 LSU; Oregon State at Boise State

No. 4 Georgia 48, Georgia Southern 28
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the Bulldogs broke open a close game in the third quarter with 28 points. Danny Ware. Georgia's freshman tailback debuted with 135 yards and three TDs.
STAT OF THE GAME: 100. After not having a back break 100 yards in 2003, Ware did it in his first game at Georgia
UP NEXT: No. 4 Georgia at South Carolina; Johnson C. Smith at Georgia Southern

No. 7 Michigan 43, Miami (Ohio) 10
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Michigan safety Ernest Shazor picked off Josh Betts and returned it 88 yards to snuff out the RedHawks' rally. surprise starter Chad Henne. The frosh QB was a steady 14-of-24 for 142 yards and 2 TDs with 1 INT.
STAT OF THE GAME: 7. You can't come into the Big House and keep turning over the ball. Just ask the RedHawks.
UP NEXT: No. 7 Michigan at Notre Dame; Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati

No. 8 Texas 65, North Texas 0
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Cedric Benson touched the ball for the first time. The senior raced 38 yards for a TD on his first carry and the rout was on. the Texas running game. The Horns piled up 513 yards on the ground, including 181 for Benson and 102 for Selvin Young.
STAT OF THE GAME: 673. The Longhorns stampeded to 673 yards of total offense.
UP NEXT: No. 8 Texas at Arkansas; Florida Atlantic at North Texas

No. 9 Ohio State 27, Cincinnati 6
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Troy Smith connected with Santonio Holmes on a 23-yard TD pass to make it 24-6 in the 4th quarter. Lydell Ross. The Buckeyes' tailback rushed for 141 yards on only 17 carries and scored a touchdown.
STAT OF THE GAME: 5-18. The Bearcats' third down effiency wasn't very efficient at all against the Buckeyes.
UP NEXT: Marshall at No. 9 Ohio State; Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati.

No. 11 West Virginia 56, East Carolina 23
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when the Mountaineers started handing the ball to running back Kay-Jay Harris, which was early and often. He had 223 yards by halftime. Harris. The senior rushed for a school-record 337 yards and scored four TDs, including a 76-yarder in the 4th. quarter.
STAT OF THE GAME: 50. Four of the Mountaineers' eight touchdowns were 50 yards or longer.
UP NEXT: No. 11 West Virginia at Central Florida; Wake Forest at East Carolina.

No. 12 Kansas State 27, Western Kentucky 13
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much later than expected. Allen Webb's 7-yard TD run midway through the 4th quarter finally sealed it. Darren Sproles. Kansas State's Heisman candidate started the year off right with 221 yards and one touchdown.
STAT OF THE GAME: 200. Sproles has rushed for over 200 yards in four of his last six games.
UP NEXT: Fresno State at No. 12 Kansas State; Concord at Western Kentucky.

No. 13 Iowa 39, Kent State 7
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QB Drew Tate hit Matt Malloy on a 9-yard touchdown pass to put Iowa up 10-0. With the way the Hawkeyes' rugged D was playing, that was definitely going to hold up. Iowa's defense. The Hawkeyes only allowed the Golden Flashes to cross midfield once, forced four turnovers and held them to 110 total yards.
STAT OF THE GAME: -13. The Golden Flashes couldn't break into positive numbers on the ground against the Hawkeyes.
UP NEXT: Iowa State at No. 13 Iowa; Liberty at Kent State

No. 14 California 56, Air Force 14
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the Bears found a way to shut down the Falcons' option attack. Air Force only gained 56 yards after halftime. Cal RB J.J. Arrington, who rushed for 181 yards and 3 TDs and QB Aaron Rogers, who threw for 208 yards and 1 TD.
STAT OF THE GAME: 342-182. Who would have figured that the Bears would outgain the Falcons by 160 on the ground?
UP NEXT: New Mexico State at No. 14 California; Eastern Washington at Air Force.

No. 15 Tennessee 42, UNLV 17
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Brent Schaeffer completed a 35-yard pass to Robert Meachem for a 28-3 lead. Schaeffer and Erik Ainge. The freshmen QBs were as good as advertised.
STAT OF THE GAME: Three. The freshmen threw for three touchdowns, no interceptions and 240 yards.
UP NEXT: No. 10 Florida at No. 15 Tennessee (Sept. 18); UNLV at Wisconsin.

No. 16 Clemson 37, Wake Forest 30 - 2 OT
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Charlie Whitehurst hit Kyle Browning on a 11-yard TD pass and the Tigers held Wake Forest scoreless in the second overtime. Whitehurst. Clemson's signal caller rallied the Tigers to the tying score in the 4th and threw the game-winner in the second OT.
STAT OF THE GAME: 45-17. The Tigers got a little payback for their last loss, a four-TD trouncing at Wake Forest in 2003.
UP NEXT: Georgia Tech at No. 16 Clemson; Wake Forest at East Carolina

No. 17 Missouri 52, Arkansas State 20
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about 10 minutes into the game. The Tigers jumped to a 21-0 lead and cruised to a comfortable victory. Brad Smith. The Tigers' dual-threat QB passed for 233 yards and three TDs and ran for 63 yards and a score.
STAT OF THE GAME: 264-81. Missouri dominated the ground game, more than tripling the Indians output.
UP NEXT: No. 17 Missouri at Troy; Arkansas State at No. 3 LSU.

No. 18 Auburn 31, Louisiana Monroe 0
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The Indians decided to cash in on a big pay day and head on over to the Loveliest Village on the Plains. Cadillac Williams. Although it took him 23 tough carries, the Heisman candidate gained 103 yards.
STAT OF THE GAME: 35. The Tigers have won 35 straight games when scoring at least 30 points.
UP NEXT: No. 18 Auburn at Mississippi State; Louisiana Monroe at Arkansas (Sept. 18).

No. 19 Utah 41, Texas A&M 21
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Utah WR Steve Savoy snared a short pass and took it 78 yards for the game's first score. The Utes grabbed the momentum and never let it go. Alex Smith. Not only did the Utah signal caller throw for three TDs and 359 yards, he also ran for two TDs and posted 435 yards of total offense.
STAT OF THE GAME: 582. The Utes torched the unit formerly known as the Wrecking Crew for 582 yards of total offense.
UP NEXT: No. 19 Utah at Arizona; Wyoming at Texas A&M.

No. 20 Virginia 44, Temple 14
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the Owls fumbled on their first possession and UVa converted it into a field goal and the route was on. Wali Lundy. The junior running back pounded out 104 yards and three touchdowns for the Cavaliers.
STAT OF THE GAME: 18. The Owls have lost 18 straight against ranked opponents. No wonder the Big East asked Temple to leave.
UP NEXT: North Carolina at No. 20 Virginia; Temple at Maryland.

No. 21 Maryland 23, Northern Illinois 20
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NIU QB Phil Horvath's final pass attempt fell incomplete, allowing the Terrapins to survive the Huskies' upset bid. Nick Novak. Maryland's kicker nailed three field goals and in the process became the ACC's all-time scoring leader.
STAT OF THE GAME: 20-1. The Terps are 20-1 at home since the arrival of coach Ralph Friedgen.
UP NEXT: Temple at No. 21 Maryland; Southern Illinois at Northern Illinois.

No. 22 Wisconsin 34, Central Florida 6
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the Badgers scored 10 points in the final 1:35 of the first half to extend their lead to 20-3. a tie. John Stocco was solid in his firt start at QB and the Wisconsin D held the Golden Knights to 1.5 yards per carry.
STAT OF THE GAME: 100. With the win, Barry Alvarez became the 10th coach to win 100 games at a single Big Ten school.
UP NEXT: UNLV at No. 22 Wisconsin; No. 11 West Virginia at Central Florida.

No. 23 Minnesota 63, Toledo 21
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the Minnesota offense hit the field. The Golden Gophers raced to 42 points in the first half. Bryan Cupito. Minnesota's QB was 10-of-12 for 279 yards and a touchdown in his first start.
STAT OF THE GAME: 704. The Golden Gophers finished with 704 yards of total offense, the second most in school history.
UP NEXT: Illinois State at No. 23 Minnesota; Toledo at Kansas.

No. 25 Purdue 51, Syracuse 0
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Kyle Orton started feeling hot and hit Taylor Stubblefield in stride for a 33-yard TD pass to make the score 21-0. Who else? Orton. The Purdue senior QB was 16-of-30 for 288 yards and 4 TDs before leaving the game in the fourth quarter.
STAT OF THE GAME: 174: For all the talk about the Purdue offense, the defense limited the Orange to just 174 total yards and notched the shutout.
UP NEXT: Ball State at No. 25 Purdue; Syracuse at Buffalo.