Virginia Tech, which was idle last weekend, was active in the Associated Press top 25 rankings. The Hokies (6-0) moved from No. 4 to No. 3, their highest ranking ever, and replaced Nebraska (6-1), which lost to then-No. 18 Texas, 24-20.
The Cornhuskers dropped to No. 8; the Longhorns (6-2) are No. 12. Florida State (8-0) and Penn State (8-0) remain in the top two spots.
The Fire Inside
San Jose State's stadium was evacuated Saturday night and the Western Athletic Conference game between the Spartans and Southern Methodist was called off after a bank of electrical transformers exploded.
The game was rescheduled for Dec. 4 at an undetermined Bay Area site, but only if it would affect the league championship or if one of the teams needs a sixth victory to be eligible for a bowl game. Spartan Stadium is unavailable Dec. 4 because it is the venue for the NCAA women's soccer Final Four.
Most likely, the game has been canceled. SMU is 1-5, 1-2 in the WAC; the Spartans are 3-4 and 1-2, with three games remaining.
The Son Also Falls
His son put a scare into his top-ranked team, but Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden earned his 300th career victory.
The Seminoles (8-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) rallied for a 17-14 road victory over Tommy Bowden's Clemson team in Division I football's first father-vs.-son coaching matchup.
Sebastian Janikowski's third field goal--a 39-yarder with 5 minutes 26 seconds remaining--broke a 14-14 tie.
Teammate Peter Warrick returned to the lineup after his legal case was resolved Friday and caught 11 passes for 121 yards.
Bobby Bowden joins Bear Bryant, Pop Warner, Amos Alonzo Stagg and Joe Paterno as the only major-college coaches to reach 300 victories.
Owen Pochman's steady foot made up for Kevin Feterik's faltering arm. Pochman set a school record for points in a game (17) and tied another with five field goals as Brigham Young shut out host Nevada-Las Vegas, 29-0, in a Mountain West Conference game.
Pochman kicked field goals of 47, 26, 28, 31 and 30 yards for the Cougars (6-1, 3-0), who moved from No. 19 to No. 16. Feterik struggled, completing 22 of 42 passes for 257 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. . . .
Josh Frankel kicked a 32-yarder, his fourth field goal of the game, with 1:04 remaining to give Oregon (4-3, 2-2) a wild 44-41 Pac-10 victory over Arizona (4-3, 2-2).
Reuben Droughns rushed for 202 yards on a school record 45 carries for Oregon, which had lost seven straight on the road.
THIS WEEK'S AREA SCHEDULE
Bowie State (4-3) vs. Fayetteville State, Sat., 1
Catholic (6-1) vs. Emory & Henry, Sat., 1
Georgetown (6-1) vs. Fairfield, Sat., noon
Howard (2-5) at Norfolk State, Sat., 1:30
Maryland (5-2) vs. Duke, Sat., 1
Montgomery-Rockville (7-1)at Hargrave Prep, Sat., 2
Navy (2-5) at Notre Dame, Sat., 2:30
Virginia (4-3)vs. Florida State, Sat., 7
Virginia Tech (6-0) at Pittsburgh, Sat., 7