NO. 1? No. 2 Virginia shut out N.C. State in Charlottesville, 31-0, then watched as top-ranked Michigan failed to convert a two-point conversion in the closing seconds and lost to Michigan State, 28-27. Cavaliers quarterback Shawn Moore threw for 194 yards and three touchdowns, including a pair to Herman Moore. The Cavaliers had eight sacks, 4 1/2 by Chris Slade. The Cavaliers now wait for today's national poll to determine if they are the No. 1-ranked team in the nation for the first time in the school's history.
BOUNCING BACK: Maryland broke a two-game losing streak by routing Wake Forest, 41-13. Maryland scored touchdowns on its first four possessions. The Terrapins gained 280 yards on 66 rushes and tailback Troy Jackson accounted for 152 yards. In Annapolis, Dominic Flis's first collegiate touchdown, a 17-yard fourth-quarter run, enabled Navy to beat Akron, 17-13. The Midshipmen had lost two in a row. FULL SPEED AHEAD: Brian Brown surpassed the 100-yard mark in rushing for the third straight game, gaining a career-high 175 yards on 22 carries and scoring two touchdowns as UCLA outscored San Diego State, 45-31. ROAD BLOCK: Howard's nine-game winning streak, the longest in Division I-AA was snapped by Virginia State, 19-14, as Gregory Clark, a sophomore out of Theodore Roosevelt High School, threw for 197 yards and three touchdowns. Previously unbeaten No. 4 Oklahoma fell to Texas, 14-13, as Peter Gardere threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Kerry Cash on fourth and seven with two minutes to play. CLOSE CALLS: Chuck Weatherspoon scored his second touchdown on a one-yard dive with 20 seconds left to lift 12th-ranked Houston over No. 20 Texas A&M, 36-31. Jason Gillespie's fourth field goal, with 2:14 to play, gave Texas-El Paso a 12-10 victory over Hawaii. Texas Tech, leading, 49-20, with 13:33 to play, withstood a frantic Arkansas rally and held on to beat the Razorbacks, 49-44, for only their second win against Arkansas since 1976 and their sixth in 34 tries. Quarterback Derek Stott scored on a 14-yard run with 3:20 remaining to lift visiting Nevada-Las Vegas over New Mexico State, 24-20. BLOWOUTS: No. 5 Tennessee turned a 7-3 halftime lead over No. 9 Florida into a 45-3 rout. The Volunteers scored 28 points in the third quarter, which started on Dale Carter's 91-yard kickoff return. No. 6 Auburn got three touchdowns from its special teams in a 56-6 demolition of Vanderbilt. Mickey Joseph ran for four touchdowns in the first half and threw for another as No. 7 Nebraska rolled over Missouri, 69-21, assuring Nebraska of an NCAA-record 29th consecutive winning season.
Eighth-ranked Notre Dame dismantled Air Force, 57-27, as Rick Mirer passed for 253 yards and Raghib "Rocket" Ismail had a career-best 172 yards on six receptions. Jason Verduzco completed 21 of 34 passes for 329 yards and two touchdown as No. 11 Illinois shut out Purdue, 34-0.
Corey Ray scored two touchdowns in leading Northern Illinois to its first shutout in five years and its 12th straight win at home, 35-0, over Arkansas State. Ty Detmer threw four touchdown passes and set an NCAA record with his 13th consecutive game of at least 300 yards total offense as 13th-ranked Brigham Young handled Colorado State, 52-9. Detmer's feat broke the mark held by former BYU quarterback Jim McMahon. SHOCKED: Reggie Pitchford scored three touchdowns as Oregon State surprised No. 21 Arizona, 35-21. It was the most points scored by the Beavers in a Pac-10 game since 1974. SLOPPY: North Texas defeated Stephen F. Austin, 31-24, with the help of six turnovers, four interceptions and two fumbles. The losing Lumberjacks have committed 28 turnovers in four games. Connecticut fumbled 10 times in a storm-soaked loss to Massachusetts, 38-19. FINAL MEETING: Penn State's 27-21 victory over Syracuse was the 68th and final time the schools will meet. The decision to drop the Orangemen was made two years ago when Syracuse would not give Penn State an extra home game in a 10-year contract. The Nittany Lions finished with a 40-23-5 record against Syracuse. SAD SHOWING: Stanford, which upset Notre Dame last week, gained only four yards rushing in a 37-22 loss to Southern Cal. HOMEFRONT: Montgomery-Rockville, ranked fourth in the nation among junior colleges, got a five-yard touchdown pass from John Kaleo to Tyrone Fitch with 2:45 left and defeated previously unbeaten North Greenville, 33-32. Georgetown set several school records in a 33-31 loss to Swarthmore. Hoyas quarterback Bill Jenkinson's 384 yards passing broke the 25-year-old record of 295 yards set against Fordham. Jenkinson also tied the record with four touchdown passes in a game. Chris Murphy had 190 yards receiving, breaking Clayton Wagner's record of 167 yards against Catholic in 1976. The Hoyas also broke the single-season touchdown record of 12 (set in eight games in 1978 and 1988) with 13 touchdowns in their first six games.