Three years after upsetting Tennessee, Memphis almost did it again.
In their first meeting since that game, the seventh-ranked Volunteers pulled out a victory when Tee Martin hit Cedrick Wilson with a 15-yard touchdown pass with a minute left for a 17-16 victory yesterday in Knoxville, Tenn.
"I told them I would take one point or 50 points, whatever we could get done," Tennessee Coach Phillip Fulmer said. "I didn't know they would take me literally."
The Volunteers (2-1), coming off last week's loss at Florida, mounted a 78-yard drive in the closing minutes to avenge their 21-17 loss to Memphis (1-3) in 1996.
"We came into one of the most hostile environments in college football and played like this," Memphis Coach Rip Scherer said. "We gave them fits."
Jamal Lewis, who rushed for only 45 yards on 16 carries, fought for a first down to get the winning drive started. Then Martin hit Wilson for an eight-yard strike, followed by a 53-yard pass to Bobby Graham, who raced to the Memphis 6-yard line.
Two plays later Martin found Wilson, a Memphis native, in the end zone to tie the game. Alex Walls, in his first start, kicked the extra point to put Tennessee ahead.
Memphis then moved the ball from its 10 to the Tigers 38 before quarterback Neil Suber failed to connect on four straight passes.
STANFORD 42, UCLA 32: Joe Borchard came off the bench to throw five touchdown passes, including a Pac-10 record 98-yarder to Troy Walters, as the host Cardinal held off the No. 18 Bruins. Walters, who also caught scoring passes of 30 and 18 yards, had nine receptions for 278 yards -- a Stanford record for receiving yardage in one game, and the third-highest total in Pac-10 history.
Borchard, who was 15 of 19 for 324 yards after relieving the injured Todd Husak in the second quarter, also threw scoring passes of 13 and eight yards to DeRonnie Pitts and had a key 56-yard scramble that helped interrupt a late UCLA rally. Kerry Carter added a five-yard scoring run for the Cardinal (3-1). Lovell Houston returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown for UCLA (2-2), the first kick returned for a score by the Bruins in 19 years.
ALABAMA 35, ARKANSAS 28: Freddie Milons caught one touchdown pass and threw one and the host Crimson Tide overcame six turnovers to upset the No. 14 Razorbacks.
Alabama (3-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) snapped a two-game losing streak against Arkansas (2-1, 0-1). It also at least temporarily saved Alabama Coach Mike DuBose's job. DuBose's future has been in jeopardy since before the season started, and grew even cloudier this week when AD Bob Bockrath resigned.
WAKE FOREST 31, N.C. STATE 7: In Winston-Salem, N.C., Morgan Kane rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns and the Demon Deacons added to the No. 25 Wolfpack's turnover woes.
The Demon Deacons (2-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) forced two turnovers and converted them into 14 points. Defensive end Kelvin Jones led Wake Forest's defensive effort by recovering two fumbles, both of which produced touchdowns, and getting one of the Demon Deacons' three sacks.
Kane, who came in averaging an ACC-best 138 rushing yards, carried 31 times and scored on runs of three, one and six yards as Wake Forest defeated the Wolfpack (3-2, 0-2) for just the second time in 12 games.
WYOMING 10, AIR FORCE 7: Jay Stoner threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Kofi Shuck early in the second quarter, and the visiting Cowboys held on to upset the No. 24 Falcons.
The loss snapped Air Force's 11-game winning streak, the longest in Division I-A.
Wyoming (2-1, 1-0 Mountain West) avenged frustrating losses to Air Force (2-1, 0-1) the past two seasons, including last year's late-season 10-3 defeat that foiled the Cowboys' bid for a conference title and bowl berth.
FLORIDA ST. 42, N. CAROLINA 10: Just two years ago, Florida State-North Carolina was a top five matchup. Yesterday, it amounted to just another blowout for the No. 1 Seminoles in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Florida State (4-0, 3-0 ACC) put this one away early, scoring four touchdowns before the first quarter was half over. The Seminoles ran their record to 32-4 as the nation's top-ranked team and Coach Bobby Bowden moved within four victories of 300.
The Tar Heels (1-2) are off to their first 0-2 ACC start in a decade, with games at Clemson and No. 10 Georgia Tech next on the schedule. Sophomore quarterback Ronald Curry had three passes intercepted, fumbled once and was sacked five times.
PENN STATE 45, INDIANA 24: With clutch passing and sensational running, the Nittany Lions' Rashard Casey stole the show from Hoosiers phenom Antwaan Randle El.
Casey completed 13 of 15 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for 66 yards and a spectacular, scrambling touchdown as No. 2 Penn State beat visiting Indiana. Casey dashed to his left and dodged two tacklers, reversed field and sprinted up the right sideline, then tiptoed the sideline and dove into the end zone for the 31-yard score.
The No. 2 man in Penn State's quarterback platoon was on the field for all five of the team's offensive scores as the Nittany Lions (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) beat Indiana (1-3, 0-1) for the fifth straight time.
FLORIDA 38, KENTUCKY 10: In Lexington, Ky., Doug Johnson threw for 241 yards and two touchdowns and Robert Gillespie ran for 108 yards and a pair of scores for the No. 3 Gators. Despite losing tailback Earnest Graham to a severe thigh bruise on the second play of the game, the Gators (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) had little difficulty extending their winning streak over the Wildcats (2-2, 0-1) to 13 games.
TEXAS A&M 23, SOUTHERN MISS. 6: In College Station, Tex., Jay Brooks and Michael Jameson each returned interceptions for scores in the second half and Terence Kitchens had three field goals, including a 62-yarder, for the No. 5 Aggies (3-0).
NEBRASKA 40, MISSOURI 10: The No. 6 Cornhuskers (4-0) capitalized on two high punt snaps and an interception to take a 16-point first-quarter lead in Columbia, Mo. Missouri, which has lost 36 straight to top 10 opponents since 1981, had two punts blocked for touchdowns in its opener against Alabama-Birmingham Sept. 4. Eric Crouch threw for two touchdowns and ran for one as Nebraska (4-0) won its 100th game of the 1990s -- one fewer than the decade's top team, Florida State.
GEORGIA 24, CENTRAL FLORIDA 23: The No. 11 Bulldogs (3-0) remained undefeated, but only because of a missed extra point by the winless Golden Knights. Javier Beorlegui's errant kick came after an apparent game-tying touchdown pass from Vic Penn to Page Sessoms with 5 minutes 21 seconds remaining.
PURDUE 31, NORTHWESTERN 23: The longest play in Purdue's 112 years of football, Drew Brees's 99-yard touchdown pass to Vinny Sutherland with six minutes to play, sparked the 13th-ranked Boilermakers at home. Purdue (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) was backed up to its goal line protecting a 24-23 lead when the game turned. Sutherland got behind the defense on a third-down play, caught the ball around the Purdue 40 and outraced two defenders.
OHIO STATE 34, CINCINNATI 20: In Columbus, Ohio, Ken-Yon Rambo caught two long passes from Steve Bellisari -- one for a 59-yard touchdown and another to set up a score -- as the 12th-ranked Buckeyes (3-1) overcame a 17-3 deficit against the Bearcats (2-2).
KANSAS STATE 35, IOWA STATE 28: David Allen returned a punt 94 yards for a touchdown and quarterback Adam Helm scored on a one-yard run with 2:34 left to lift the No. 15 Wildcats in Ames, Iowa. Kansas State (3-0) rallied from a 28-7 halftime deficit for its biggest comeback in Coach Bill Snyder's 11 seasons.
MICHIGAN ST. 27, ILLINOIS 10: Lloyd Clemons rushed for 141 yards, T.J. Duckett ran for 29 yards and two touchdowns and Ivory McCoy had a 22-yard touchdown catch as the 19th-ranked Spartans (4-0) won their Big Ten opener in Champaign, Ill.
MARSHALL 34, TEMPLE 0: Chad Pennington threw for 406 yards and three touchdowns as the No. 21 Thundering Herd (4-0), in its first game as a ranked major-college team, rolled to its 27th straight win.
TEXAS 62, BAYLOR 0: Major Applewhite passed for 333 yards and three scores and Hodges Mitchell scored three times to spark the No. 22 Longhorns (4-1, 1-0 Big 12) on the road.
MISSISSIPPI ST. 17, S. CAROLINA 0: Ashley Cooper returned an interception 52 yards for a score and Wayne Madkin had to scramble out of trouble for the 23rd-ranked Bulldogs' only offensive touchdown at home. Mississippi State is 4-0 for the first time since 1965.