FINISHING TOUCH: Second-ranked Miami and No. 6 Notre Dame ended their long rivalry Saturday, with the Irish virtually ending the Hurricanes' hopes for a national championship, 29-20, in South Bend, Ind. It's the first time since 1984 that Miami has lost two regular season games.
Raghib "Rocket" Ishmail totaled a career-best 268 yards, including a 94-yard kickoff return for a score. Miami quarterback Craig Erickson threw for 355 yards, but his second interception led to Notre Dame's final score -- a 21-yard pass from Rick Mirer to Rodney Culver with 6:16 left.
RECORD-BREAKER: Houston quarterback David Klingler broke NCAA records with 76 pass attempts and 48 completions in the ninth-ranked Cougars' 44-17 victory over Southern Methodist.
The old records were 45 completions by Northwestern's Sandy Schwab against Michigan in 1982 and 73 attempts by N.C. State's Shane Montgomery against Duke in 1989.
LATE HERO REDUX: Maryland kicker Dan DeArmas kicked a 20-yard field goal with 50 seconds left, enabling the Terrapins to upend Duke, 23-20.
Sound familiar? Earlier this season DeArmas converted a 25-yarder with 11 seconds left as Maryland defeated N.C. State, 13-12.
MORE KICKS: Jim Von Wyl's 38-yard field goal with two seconds left helped No. 5 Auburn edge No. 7 Florida State, 20-17. Doug Higgins kicked five field goals for No. 8 Illinois, including a 48-yarder with 42 seconds left, as the Illini beat No. 24 Michigan State, 15-13. Third-ranked Tennessee had its national title hopes deflated when Alabama's Philip Doyle kicked a 48-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Tide, 9-6.
REINSTATED: Tennessee Coach Johnny Majors yesterday reinstated defensive end Kacy Rodgers, linebacker Dewayne Dotson and tailback Keith Jeter, who had been suspended two weeks ago after a university coed filed a complaint alleging sexual assault. The woman later told university officials she did not want to pursue it.
Rodgers, Dotson and Jeter missed games against Florida and Alabama. Majors said that, in keeping with team policy, the three players would be put on disciplinary restriction for the rest of the semester.
ANOTHER LOSS: Howard lost its second consecutive game after a nine-game winning streak, 33-12, to North Carolina A&T. The Aggies' Chad Armstrong recovered a blocked extra-point attempt for a two-point conversion. Later, he scored on a lateral after a blocked field goal.
BIG UPSETS: No. 22 Iowa stunned 10th-ranked Michigan, 24-23, in Ann Arbor, Mich., as quarterback Matt Rodgers engineered a winning drive in the fourth quarter. Trailing 23-17 with 4:22 left, the Hawkeyes marched 85 yards in nine plays, capped by Paul Kujawa's one-yard touchdown run. The Wolverines have lost consecutive home games for the first time since 1967. Iowa State's 33-31 upset over No. 16 Oklahoma was the Cyclones' first victory over the Sooners since 1961.
California ended a 19-game losing streak to UCLA. Mike Davis forced a fumble on the final drive as the Golden Bears beat the Bruins, 38-31. Arizona won its first game over No. 15 USC in seven meetings, 35-26 in Los Angeles.
NEXT WEEK: Virginia is idle, Maryland travels to North Carolina, Navy hosts James Madison, Howard goes to Towson State, Virginia Tech hosts Southern Mississippi, Catholic hosts Georgetown, Bowie State entertains Central State, Gallaudet visits Siena and Montgomery-Rockville travels to Lees-McRae (N.C.).