No. 7 Virginia, despite giving up more points to William and Mary than it had allowed in its first four games, defeated the Tribe, 63-35, setting a record for an ACC team by scoring 50 points for the fourth time in a season. The Cavaliers, 5-0 for the first time since 1949, fell just two yards short of the school's total offense record, 691 yards set in 1969 against Davidson.
Howard set a school record with five interceptions, three in the first quarter, in defeating Morehouse, 44-7. Bison fullback Ryan Heathcock tied a school record, scoring four touchdowns.
Before leaving with a shoulder injury, quarterback Darian Hagan ran for two third-quarter touchdowns, rallying 20th-ranked Colorado past No. 12 Washington, 20-14.
Long Beach State, under Coach George Allen, won its second straight game, overcoming a 17-7 deficit to defeat Boise State, 21-20, as Kelly Studer threw for 318 yards and two touchdowns, the last with 1:52 remaining. Roman Anderson kicked a 32-yard field goal with 10 seconds remaining lifting No. 13 Houston past Rice, 24-22.
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Ricky Ervins rushed for a career-high 199 yards and No. 18 Southern California defeated No. 15 Ohio State, 35-26, in a game shortened two minutes by lightning. Todd Kinchen (10 receptions, 133 yards) set up a fourth-quarter touchdown with a 60-yard punt return to lead LSU to a 17-8 upset of No. 11 Texas A&M.
Alabama ended its five-game losing streak dating from last season -- its longest losing streak in more than three decades -- and Coach Gene Stallings got his first victory as Alabama beat Vanderbilt, 59-10.
Navy is at Air Force, Virginia Tech hosts West Virginia, Maryland hosts Georgia Tech, Howard hosts Bethune-Cookman, Bowie State hosts Norfolk State, Catholic hosts Frostburg State, Gallaudet hosts Thiel College, Georgetown hosts St. Peter's and Montgomery Rockville is at Army Prep. Virginia has an off week before taking on N.C. State Oct. 13 in Charlottesville.