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Air Force claims 17th Commander's trophy

Associated Press
Sunday, November 7, 2010; D08

When Air Force quarterback Tim Jefferson was knocked to the Michie Stadium turf in West Point, N.Y., and out of the game against Army in the second quarter, he wasn't about to remain on the sideline.

Not with the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy within his grasp.

Jefferson scored twice and hit Jonathan Warzeka on touchdown passes of 53 and 63 yards, and the Air Force defense forced two turnovers the Falcons converted into touchdowns in a 42-22 victory to win that elusive piece of hardware - emblematic of supremacy among the three service academies - outright for the 17th time.

Navy had won the past seven CICs, but the Falcons beat the Middies 14-6 in October behind Jefferson's two touchdowns.

Saturday's victory gave Air Force (6-4) its first CIC trophy since 2002.

l MICHIGAN 67, ILLINOIS 65: In the highest scoring game in the history of Michigan football, the Wolverines' defense came up with the game-winning play.

Michael Shaw scored on a one-yard run, Tate Forcier threw a two-point conversion to Junior Hemingway and Michigan stopped the potential tying two-point try in a triple-overtime win over the Illini.

Mikel Leshoure ran for a touchdown to draw the Illini within two. On the conversion try, Michigan put a heavy rush on Nathan Scheelhaase, who flipped a desperation pass incomplete.

Michigan snapped a three-game losing streak and became bowl-eligible for the first time in Rich Rodriguez's three seasons.

l BYU 55, UNLV 7: Freshman Joshua Quezada scored the first three rushing touchdowns of his career and the Cougars' defense throttled the Rebels.

Quezada carried 13 times for 65 yards and scored in each of the first three quarters on runs of 13, 13 and 4 yards as BYU (4-5, 3-2 Mountain West) kept its bowl hopes alive.

UNLV (1-8, 1-4) managed only 144 yards of offense, 70 of them on the Rebels' final drive of the game.

l CALIFORNIA 20, WASHINGTON STATE 13: Shane Vereen ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns, and the up-and-down Bears snapped a six-game road losing streak that dated from last season with a win over the Cougars.

California (5-4, 3-3 Pacific-10) was playing without quarterback Kevin Riley, who injured his knee in a game against Oregon State last week.

Brock Mansion started in his place, completing 12 of 24 passes for 174 yards while throwing two interceptions against a WSU (1-9, 0-7) defense that ranked at or near the bottom of the conference in nearly every defensive statistic.

l FLORIDA 55, VANDERBILT 14: In Nashville, Chris Rainey blocked two punts and caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from John Brantley as the Gators routed the Commodores, setting up a showdown with South Carolina for the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title next week.

The Gators (6-3, 4-3) will host the Gamecocks with the winner advancing to the SEC championship in Atlanta.

Florida is trying to get back for a third straight year.

l LOUISVILLE 28, SYRACUSE 20: Justin Burke completed 13 of 25 passes for 143 yards and Jeremy Wright ran for 98 yards as the Cardinals defeated the Orange to keep Syracuse from becoming eligible for a bowl.

Just one win away from getting to the postseason for the first time since 2004, Syracuse (6-3, 3-2 Big East) wasn't able to defeat the Cardinals (5-4, 2-2) on its own turf.

l KANSAS 52, COLORADO 45: James Sims scored four touchdowns, including the game-winner of 28 yards with 52 seconds left, as the Jayhawks scored 35 unanswered points in the final 11:05 to beat the visiting Buffaloes.

The 35 points were also the most Kansas has scored in a quarter in school history.

Colorado led 45-17 after Rodney Stewart scored his third touchdown on an eight-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter.

l TEMPLE 28, KENT STATE 10: Mike Gerardi passed for 368 yards and two touchdowns as the Owls handed the Golden Flashes their first home loss of the season.

Gerardi also rushed for a score, and Bernard Pierce rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown for the Owls (8-2, 5-1 Mid-American Conference).

l UCLA 17, OREGON STATE 14: Kai Forbath, making the most of a second opportunity and a favorable instant replay call, kicked a 51-yard field goal on the game's final play, giving the host Bruins a victory over the Beavers.

l KANSAS STATE 39, TEXAS 14: Collin Klein and Daniel Thomas ran for two touchdowns apiece and the Wildcats intercepted Garrett Gilbert five times en route to a home victory over the struggling, mistake-prone Longhorns.

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