Virginia Tech's 31-7 defeat of Virginia moved the Hokies from No. 8 to No. 5 in the Associated Press top 25. It is the highest ranking ever for Virginia Tech (4-0).
Florida State (5-0) and Penn State (5-0) remained at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Michigan (5-0), which beat then-No. 11 Purdue, 38-12, advanced to No. 3 and Nebraska jumped two spots to No. 4 with its 38-14 victory over Oklahoma State.
Florida (4-1) and Texas A&M (3-1) fell from the top five after losing for the first time.
Jones's Rainbows Rolling
Hawaii's June Jones has wasted no time reversing the direction of his team. The first-year coach, who left the NFL to take over an 0-12 squad, guided the Rainbows to their fourth straight win, 33-3, over Texas-El Paso in a Western Athletic Conference game Saturday night in Honolulu.
Dan Robinson completed 29 of 45 passes for 344 yards and two touchdowns, Dwight Carter had eight receptions for 152 yards and Channon Harris added six catches for 111 yards to boost Hawaii to 4-1, 2-0. The Miners were held to 173 yards and dropped to 2-3, 0-1.
The Rainbows are off to their best start since 1992, when they began 7-1 and won their only conference title.
Huskies Are Hot
Marques Tuiasosopo (17 of 21, 211 yards) threw three touchdown passes as Washington opened its Pacific-10 schedule with a 34-20 victory over then-No. 25 Oregon in Seattle.
"My job is easy," said Tuiasosopo, who is the son of former NFL defensive lineman Manu Tuiasosopo. "The offensive line does all the dirty work. They're in control of the offense."
Willie Hurst had 161 rushing yards, including a four-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, and Pat Conniff added a nine-yard scoring run in the third as the Huskies (2-2) beat the Ducks (3-2, 1-1) for the second time in six seasons. A.J. Feeley completed 24 of 32 passes for Oregon, which fell out of the Associated Press top 25.
USC Does It With Defense
Linebacker Zeke Moreno ran back a fumble 17 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and returned an interception 71 yards for a score in the third as Southern California held off Oregon State, 37-29, in Los Angeles.
Moreno added 11 tackles, 2 assists and 1 sack for the No. 22 Trojans (3-1, 1-1 Pac-10), who beat the Beavers (3-1, 0-1) for the 26th straight time.
Reserve quarterback Mike Thiessen rushed for a career-high 134 yards and two touchdowns to lead visiting Air Force (3-1, 1-1 Mountain West Conference) to a 23-22 victory over San Diego State (2-2, 0-1).
Thiessen, who replaced injured starter Cale Bonds in the second quarter, ran three yards for the game-winning touchdown to culminate a 15-play, 75-yard drive with 4 minutes 9 seconds remaining.
The Falcons play Navy at Redskins Stadium on Saturday. . . .
Billy Volek guided Fresno State, down nine points with six minutes remaining, to a 26-19 overtime win over visiting Texas Christian.
Volek tied the game with a 16-yard pass to Rodney Wright with 1:08 remaining in regulation and found Charles Smith for a seven-yard touchdown in the extra quarter. The Bulldogs are 3-2, 1-0 in the WAC. The Horned Frogs are 1-3, 0-1. . . .
Derek Lagway and Melvin Barnett ran for second-half touchdowns as Baylor defeated North Texas, 23-10, to snap a 10-game losing streak and give first-year coach Kevin Steele his first victory. Darrell Bush added 164 rushing yards as the Bears improved to 1-4. The Mean Green Eagles slipped to 1-3. . . .
Deon Grant returned an interception for a touchdown on the game's first play to help lead Tennessee to a 24-0 victory over visiting Auburn (3-2, 1-2) in a Southeastern Conference game. The No. 6 Volunteers are 3-1, 1-1.