TOUGH ON TOP:
For the first time since Nov. 17, 1984, the nation's top two teams lost on the same weekend of the regular season. Stanford defeated No. 1 Notre Dame, 36-31, in South Bend, Ind. In Miami, the No. 9 Hurricanes were 31-22 winners over No. 2 Florida State.
The last time the top two teams lost in the regular season was when No. 1 Nebraska and No. 2 South Carolina were beaten. On Jan. 1, 1986, then No. 1 Penn State and No. 2 Miami each lost bowl games.
Florida State defenders Kirk Carruthers and Terrell Buckley last week said that Miami quarterback Craig Erickson was "average" and overrated.
The disparaging words helped inspire the Hurricanes when they snapped Florida State's 14-game winning streak.
"How can they call us average when they've never even won a national championship?" said Miami's Stephen McGuire, who rushed for a career-high 176 yards and one touchdown. "We kind of took that personally. We wanted to show them we weren't just an average team."
The ill will between the intrastate rivals was evident in the closing seconds, when both benches emptied during a brief scuffle.
The path to the top of the college football rankings has been cleared for Michigan's Wolverines, who bounced back from an opening-game loss to Notre Dame to rout three straight opponents. "This is my 20th year in the Big Ten and this is the best Michigan team I've ever seen," said Wisconsin defensive line coach Dan McCarney.
Michigan made Wisconsin its latest victim Saturday, crushing the Badgers, 41-3. Combined with the losses by Notre Dame and Florida State, the third-ranked Wolverines will probably move up. "If that's where they put you, that's where they put you," said first-year Michigan Coach Gary Moeller.
Sophomore tailback Mazio Royster had a sensational performance in place of the injured Ricky Ervins, rushing for a career-best 203 yards and three touchdowns as No. 15 Southern California beat Washington State, 30-17, Saturday night.
Royster had 138 career yards entering Saturday's game.
Texas Christian University was in front by 11 when Arkansas quarterback Quinn Grovey hurried the Razorbacks to a touchdown. Then, the Horned Frogs' Anthony Hickman mishandled the kickoff and TCU started from its 12.
In years past, that would be the beginning of the end for TCU against Arkansas. After all, the Horned Frogs had only won twice in the past 31 years.
Not this time.
Quarterback Leon Clay faked inside and found Kyle McPherson running free behind Kirk Collins. Eighty-eight yards later, the Horned Frogs led, 21-10, and went on for a 54-26 victory.
"Without a doubt, it was the greatest win for me at TCU," said Jim Wacker, who is in his seventh year as coach of the Horned Frogs. "That was a fun one on the sidelines. I don't think I got any gray hair today.
DOING THAT DANCE:
Just call them the Dancing Hawkeyes.
With Matt Rodgers throwing for 236 yards into a howling wind and with Melvin Foster leading a resurgent defense, Iowa upset No. 18 Michigan State, 12-7, in a Big Ten opener Saturday.
And that unleashed one of the biggest dressing room celebrations in Hayden Fry's 12 years as coach.
"It's been a long, long time since we've done the hokey-pokey in the dressing room," Fry said. "We don't do it after every win, only after special ones. This was a nationally-ranked team that deserved to be undefeated coming into this game."
Maine took to the road, more than 5,000 miles, and the Black Bears will surely not return happy.
Jeff Sydner of Hawaii (2-2) scored four touchdowns and broke a school record for all-purpose yardage as the Rainbows romped, 44-3, in Honolulu Saturday night.
Maine fell to 0-5.