A fly on the wall of the Georgia Tech locker room probably would have been scorched by George O'Leary's postgame speech.
A third straight week of mistakes set the coach of the No. 8 Yellow Jackets off into a tirade following his team's 38-31 road victory over Duke yesterday.
"I'm annoyed that we don't line up and have a killer instinct to put people away when you have a chance to do it," O'Leary said. "It was 21-0, and that's when you need to bow up and get things done."
Georgia Tech (5-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) followed a six-turnover effort of a week ago with a near collapse in the second half against the Blue Devils, fumbling twice in key spots and taking 10 penalties for 91 yards.
"We just keep shooting ourselves in the foot and that has to stop," O'Leary said. "It has been going on now for three weeks. You can't keep doing that and get wins. We've been lucky to get some wins. It's not the way we want to be playing football now."
The Yellow Jackets took a three-touchdown lead and appeared to be cruising, only to be outscored 31-7 to fall behind by three in the fourth quarter.
However, a short field goal and Sean Gregory's 19-yard scoring run up the middle with 2 minutes 56 seconds left kept Georgia Tech on the heels of ACC-leading Florida State.
Joe Hamilton's 36-yard completion to Kelly Campbell, his career-high 11th catch of the day, set up Gregory's game-winning score and capped Hamilton's sixth fourth-quarter comeback in Georgia Tech's last 13 games.
"That was the big play, but there were just too many lulls between big plays," O'Leary said of Campbell's catch.
Georgia Tech players said they got O'Leary's message loud and clear.
"He was pretty upset," senior center Noah King said. "I don't blame him. I came off the field, and I felt like we lost."
King admitted the Yellow Jackets are not playing like a top 10 team. The Yellow Jackets needed Hamilton's six-yard run to beat five-game loser North Carolina, 31-24, last week.
"We've played well the first couple of games, but these last couple we've really stunk up the field," King said.
WISCONSIN 59, INDIANA 0: Ron Dayne jumped back into the thick of the Heisman race, and the No. 17 Badgers got in top form for the Big Ten Conference stretch run by steamrolling the Hoosiers in Madison, Wis.
Behind an overpowering performance from his mammoth, veteran offensive line, Dayne ran for 167 of Wisconsin's school-record 705 yards of total offense. The Big Ten's career rushing leader looked as dominant as ever, but he had plenty of help.
"That's our credo: Keep hammering on them, and good things will happen," said left tackle and Outland Trophy hopeful Chris McIntosh. "As long as we're blocking well up front, that's when Ronny can do what he does."
Dayne had just 17 carries and sat out the second half, but he still became the fourth player in Division I history to record four 1,000-yard rushing seasons. The offensive line led Wisconsin to 461 rushing yards.
Dayne aggravated a dislocated finger late in the first half, and Wisconsin held him out as a precautionary measure. Dayne ran for two touchdowns, including a 57-yard rumble late in the second quarter that put Wisconsin (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) up, 38-0, at halftime in its homecoming game.
"I think teams start to divide right now and take a step. You get better, or you get worse," said Wisconsin Coach Barry Alvarez, who watched the game from the press box. "I thought it was important for us to make that move right now and take a step forward."
FLORIDA ST. 33, WAKE FOREST 10: Chris Weinke threw two touchdown passes to Atrews Bell, and Sebastian Janikowski kicked four field goals as the top-ranked Seminoles shook off a lethargic first half at home.
It marked the 299th career coaching victory for Florida State's Bobby Bowden, who will try to become only the fifth Division IA coach to reach 300 victories next week at Clemson, which is coached by his son, Tommy.
Florida State (7-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) extended its unbeaten home-field streak to 45 games, including 28 straight victories.
The Seminoles, 104-13-1 in the 1990s, have won the most games in a decade in NCAA history.
ALABAMA 30, OLE MISS 24: Against one of the nation's best run defenses, Shaun Alexander ran for 214 yards and three touchdowns. It was his sixth straight game with at least 100 yards rushing and fifth with three touchdowns, as the visiting No. 11 Crimson Tide held off the No. 22 Rebels.
Alexander had two one-yard touchdown runs in the first half, the second capping a 99-yard drive. He added a two-yard score on Alabama's opening possession of the second half as the Crimson Tide (5-1, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) won its third straight game since a last-minute loss to Louisiana Tech.
"Right now, I don't think there's a better football player in the country than Shaun Alexander," said Alabama Coach Mike DuBose. "You can't put a value on what he means to a football team in a game like this."
TEXAS A&M 34, KANSAS 17: For the second straight year, the No. 13 Aggies had to charge from behind as quarterback Randy McCown rallied his team to 21 points over 1:50 of the second and third quarters in College Station, Tex.
"We knew if we could get a feel for the game, the momentum would carry us into the end zone," McCown said. "We wanted to establish the long ball, and we were able to do that."
GEORGIA 27, VANDERBILT 17: Quincy Carter threw two touchdowns, and Kendrell Bell intercepted two passes in the fourth quarter as the 14th-ranked Bulldogs rallied on the road.
The Commodores (4-3, 1-3 Southeastern Conference) scored 17 straight points in the first 18 minutes and looked ready to pull off their first upset of a ranked opponent since 1992.
But Georgia (5-2, 3-1), looking ragged after its loss at Tennessee last week and playing most of the game without leading rusher Jasper Sanks, finally got going thanks to a defense that came in as the SEC's worst.
FLORIDA 32, AUBURN 14: The No. 7 Gators, who seemed to shut down on offense and defense after taking a 25-point lead, needed a one-yard touchdown run by Robert Gillespie to seal a win in Auburn Ala.
It was Florida's 70th Southeastern Conference victory this decade for the Gators (6-1, 4-1) and their fifth straight win over Auburn (3-4, 1-3).
BYU 31, NEW MEXICO 7: Kevin Feterik, the nation's total offense leader, passed for a season-low 211 yards, but the No. 21 Cougars turned three early Lobos mistakes into touchdowns on the road.
A lightning storm, which delayed the start of the second half for 43 minutes, was the only thing that slowed down the Cougars. When play resumed, freshman Lucas Staley went 61 yards untouched on BYU's first play from scrimmage for a 31-0 lead.
KANSAS ST. 40, UTAH ST. 0: Joe Hall, a 300-pounder subbing for the injured David Allen, rushed for 195 yards and two touchdowns to lead the No. 9 Wildcats at home.
Hall, a junior college transfer with surprising quickness for his size, ran for 143 yards in the second half, including a 47-yard gallop after the Wildcats had taken a 26-0 lead.
SOUTHERN MISS 24, ARMY 0: Derrick Nix ran for two touchdowns, and the No. 25 Golden Eagles held the visiting Cadets to 202 yards.