Virginia Tech continues its climb. A week after breaking the Associated Press top five for the first time, the Hokies (5-0, 1-0) inched to No. 4 after defeating Rutgers (0-5, 0-2), 58-20, Saturday in a Big East Conference game in Piscataway, N.J.
Florida State (6-0) and Penn State (6-0) retained the top two spots, but Nebraska (6-0) moved up one spot to No. 3 by virtue of then-No. 3 Michigan's 34-31 loss to Michigan State (6-0), which jumped from No. 11 to No. 5.
Sooner or Later
Mount Union matched Oklahoma's record 47-game winning streak with a 66-0 victory over Heidelberg in Tiffin, Ohio. But Coach Larry Kehres isn't too impressed.
"We talked about not letting the streak overshadow the goals our team has set for the season," he said. "Right now we have a win streak of five. That's this year."
With a victory over Otterbein on Saturday, the Purple Raiders (5-0, 3-0 Ohio Conference) will set the all-division record for consecutive wins. The Sooners went 47-0 from 1953 to 1957 and no team came within 10 games of the record until Mount Union's surge.
The Purple Raiders, 111-6-1 during the 1990s, have won three straight Division III national titles and four this decade. Kehres is 143-16-3 in 13 seasons. His 91.0 winning percentage is the best ever in college football.
In the Zone
William & Mary quarterback David Corley has little trouble finding the end zone. The redshirt freshman has thrown four touchdown passes in each of his first two starts, including Saturday's 45-10 win over Villanova, and has revived the Tribe (2-3, 2-1 Atlantic 10 Conference) with consecutive wins.
"He has a knack for making plays," William & Mary Coach Jimmye Laycock said.
Cory Paus passed for a career-high 332 yards and two touchdowns--both to Danny Farmer--as UCLA defeated Oregon, 34-29, in a Pacific-10 Conference game in Pasadena, Calif.
Farmer caught seven passes for a career-high 196 yards as the Bruins (3-3, 1-2) extended their regular season winning streak at the Rose Bowl to 13 games. The Ducks (3-3, 1-2) lost their seventh straight road game but scored three touchdowns in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter to cut UCLA's lead from 34-10 to 34-29.
Oregon's Marshaun Tucker made a 20-yard reception on the game's final play, but he was stopped at the Bruins 1-yard line.
"We have to play more quarters like that," Ducks Coach Mike Bellotti said. "We need to play more consistently. We made too many mistakes early on and UCLA took advantage of them." . . .
In Honolulu, Chad Richardson ran for three touchdowns and passed for a fourth as Rice won its third in a row with a 38-19 victory over Hawaii. The Owls are 3-3, 2-0 in the Western Athletic Conference. Dan Robinson passed for 400 yards but threw two interceptions for the Rainbows, who fell to 4-2, 2-1 after winning four straight. . . . Kevin Feterik threw four touchdown passes for the second straight week as Brigham Young (4-1) beat California (2-3), 28-24, spoiling Bears Coach Tom Holmoe's return to Provo, Utah. Holmoe was a player and graduate assistant for the Cougars, who moved from No. 24 to No. 21.
Quite a Run
Eric Flowers rushed for 219 yards and four touchdowns as visiting Central Michigan (2-4, 1-2 Mid-American Conference) beat winless Buffalo, 38-19, to snap a four-game losing streak. The Bulls are 0-5, 0-4. . . . Keith Brooks recovered two blocked punts for touchdowns as Colgate beat host Lafayette, 56-14, in a Patriot League game. The Red Raiders are 5-1, 2-1. The Leopards are 1-4, 0-3.
THIS WEEK'S AREA SCHEDULE
Bowie State (2-3) at Elizabeth City State, Sat., 1:30
Catholic (4-1) vs. Methodist, Sat., 1
Georgetown (5-0) vs. Davidson, Sat., noon
Howard (2-3) vs. Towson, Sat., 1
Maryland (4-1) vs. Clemson, Sat., 1
Montgomery-Rockville (5-1)vs. Fork Union Prep, Fri., 1:30
Navy (2-4) idle
Virginia (3-3)at North Carolina State, Sat., 3:30
Virginia Tech (5-0) vs. Syracuse, Sat., 6