Place kicker Kris Stockton booted an 18-yard field goal as time expired to push No. 12 Texas past Iowa State, 44-41, yesterday in Ames, Iowa.
One week after upsetting Nebraska, Texas (7-2, 4-1) had to battle to the end to beat a feisty Iowa State team that rallied from a 41-27 deficit with 9 1/2 minutes left.
Iowa State (4-4, 1-4) tied it at 41 on Darren Davis's one-yard touchdown run and Mike McKnight's extra-point kick with 3 minutes 20 seconds left. But Major Applewhite, who passed for 345 yards and two touchdowns, drove the Longhorns down the field to get Stockton in range.
Starting at the Texas 28, Applewhite hit Ryan Nunez for 38 yards to the Iowa State 34. Hodges Mitchell, who carried 33 times for 158 yards, then ran the ball seven straight times to get to the Iowa State 1-yard line, and the Longhorns called time with four seconds remaining.
Stockton, who had kicked field goals of 27 and 35 yards earlier, calmly split the uprights from the right hash mark to give Texas the victory in its first game in the state of Iowa.
"That's my job," Stockton said. "That's why I'm here, to make kicks like that."
MICHIGAN 34, INDIANA 31: Hayden Epstein kicked a 20-yard field goal with 18 seconds to play as the No. 15 Wolverines withstood the upset bid of the Hoosiers in Bloomington, Ind.
Michigan (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) had to bat down a desperation pass in the end zone on the game's final play to avoid losing a third consecutive regular season game for the first time since 1967.
"I'm very proud of the character we showed in the fourth quarter," Michigan Coach Lloyd Carr said after his Wolverines improved their record against Indiana to 8-0 this decade with their 10th consecutive triumph over the Hoosiers.
TENNESSEE 30, S. CAROLINA 7: Jamal Lewis ran for 146 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown, as the No. 4 Volunteers extended the visiting Gamecocks' losing streak to 19.
The Vols drove 63 yards for a touchdown with the opening possession and never were threatened by the punchless Gamecocks. South Carolina's only points came on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Mikal Goodman to Ben Fleming with 36 seconds left in the game.
Lewis, a junior from Atlanta, hurt his shoulder with five minutes left in the third quarter and did not return. Also injured was wide receiver Cedrick Wilson, who left after the first play of the Vols' second possession and did not return. The status for both players for this week's game against Notre Dame is uncertain.
PENN STATE 27, ILLINOIS 7: Rashard Casey, the second half of Joe Paterno's quarterback tandem, bailed out the No. 2 Nittany Lions, throwing for one touchdown and running for one in Champaign, Ill.
It was the 11th straight victory for Penn State (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten), the second-longest winning streak in the country.
But it was a much tougher--and much sloppier--victory than a No. 2 team can afford at this time of the year. Despite repeatedly getting good field position from kick returner Bruce Branch, the Nittany Lions' offense was pitiful through the first 2 1/2 quarters. Kevin Thompson threw three interceptions, and Penn State advanced to the Illinois 36 or closer four times without scoring.
WISCONSIN 35, NORTHWESTERN 19: Ron Dayne rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns, and Jamar Fletcher returned an interception 93 yards for a score as the No. 11 Badgers struggled on the road.
"We've just been playing so very well," said Wisconsin Coach Barry Alvarez, who watched another game from the press box because of his sore knee. "I don't know how long you can sustain that level of play. We were due for a game like this, just from the law of averages."
KANSAS ST. 48, BAYLOR 7: After coaching the No. 6 Wildcats to a rout at home, Coach Bill Snyder asked to speak to the defeated players.
It's something he's done only a couple of times since taking Kansas State from a 1-10 record his first year in 1989 and building them into a national power.
"He told them that he had been there before and he knew how they felt," Baylor Coach Kevin Steele said. "He told us to keep working to get better every day. He's a class act."
PURDUE 33, MINNESOTA 28: The 18th-ranked Boilermakers needed every bit of Drew Brees's efficient production--both passing and running--to stave off the Gophers at the Metrodome.
Brees completed 28 of 41 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns and gained 51 yards on seven rushes, a total diminished when he fell to one knee twice in the waning seconds of the game.
MIAMI 28, WEST VIRGINIA 20: Kenny Kelly completed 21 of 34 passes for 268 yards and two second-half touchdowns as the No. 23 Hurricanes earned their second come-from-behind victory in as many weeks.
Miami trailed 13-0 at halftime, the first time it had been scoreless at home at halftime in 15 years. But the deficit wasn't insurmountable to a team that overcame a 28-point hole in beating Boston College 31-28 last Saturday.
OHIO ST. 41, IOWA 11: The Buckeyes (6-3, 3-2 Big Ten) won by the biggest margin this year and piled up their most yards in coasting past the visiting Hawkeyes (1-7, 0-5). That progress will be tested this week at Michigan State, which ruined the Buckeyes' national championship hopes with a stunning 28-24 upset last year.
"I'm sure our team was embarrassed by what happened last year," Coach John Cooper said. "We'll have another good week of practice, go up there and see what happens."
GA. TECH 48, N.C. STATE 21: With Joe Hamilton passing for 212 yards and three touchdowns and adding 83 yards rushing before sitting out the final quarter, the host No. 7 Yellow Jackets (6-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their fifth in a row.
Hamilton's scoring passes covered 11 and 39 yards to Kelly Campbell and three yards to Kerry Watkins. Campbell also scored on a 17-yard run.
ALABAMA 35, SO. MISS. 14: Shaun Bohanon ran for two touchdowns, Reggie Myles returned one of his two interceptions for a score, and Freddie Milons had a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown to lead the No. 14 Crimson Tide past the visiting No. 20 Golden Eagles.
It was the eighth consecutive victory for the Crimson Tide (6-2) over Southern Miss (5-3).
The concern all week was how Alabama would fare without Shaun Alexander, its tailback, and Andrew Zow, its quarterback, both out with sprained right ankles. Both were in uniform but weren't needed.
COLORADO 38, OKLAHOMA 24: Mike Moschetti passed for four touchdowns and ran for one, and the Buffaloes' defense had four interceptions in an upset of the No. 24 Sooners in Boulder, Colo.
Moschetti, who missed last week's game against Iowa State because of post-concussion headaches, completed 22 of 31 for 382 yards, including 49- and 88-yard scoring tosses to Javon Green.
NEBRASKA 24, KANSAS 17: Eric Crouch's 49-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Newcombe with 3:24 left lifted the No. 8 Cornhuskers to their 31st consecutive victory over the Jayhawks.
MARSHALL 41, N. ILLINOIS 9: Chad Pennington threw four touchdown passes, and reserve running back Llow Turner ran for two scores for the No. 13 Thundering Herd at home.
TEXAS A&M 21, OKLAHOMA ST. 3: Randy McCown, playing with a separated shoulder to his nonthrowing arm, threw touchdown passes of 11 and 14 yards to Matt Bumgardner for the No. 22 Aggies at home.
BYU 27, AIR FORCE 20: In Provo, Utah, Kevin Feterik had a near-perfect first half, and the No. 16 Cougars survived a late rally to give Coach LaVell Edwards his 250th career victory.
E. CAROLINA 19, HOUSTON 3: Anthony Adams returned a fourth-quarter interception 55 yards for a touchdown, providing a boost for the No. 17 Pirates in Houston.
OLE MISS 42, LSU 23: Deuce McAllister had 229 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, and Joe Gunn ran for 135 yards and two scores for the No. 25 Rebels in Baton Rouge, La.