The Iowa Hawkeyes beat Michigan so badly that they were able to celebrate and sing with their fans at a mostly empty Michigan Stadium.
"I enjoyed that," Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz said after Iowa's 34-9 victory yesterday. "I'd be lying if I said I didn't."
Brad Banks threw three touchdown passes, and the 13th-ranked Hawkeyes handed the eighth-ranked Wolverines their worst home loss since 1967.
"Wow, that's a long time," Banks said when told of the fact. "It was real fun being in the Big House and doing some big things."
The Hawkeyes (8-1, 5-0 Big Ten) won their sixth straight game and beat Michigan for the first time since 1990, the last time Iowa won a Big Ten title.
Michigan (6-2, 3-1) had won four straight. The last time the Wolverines lost this badly at home was 34-0 to Michigan State on Oct. 14, 1967, two years before Bo Schembechler became head coach.
"It was embarrassing," said running back Chris Perry, who was held to 14 yards on nine carries.
Iowa scored 21 straight points after Markus Curry fumbled a punt return in the third quarter, just after the Wolverines had cut the deficit to 10-9. Michigan Coach Lloyd Carr said the play was the game's turning point.
"After that, it was tough sledding," he said.
The Hawkeyes are in good position to at least earn a share of the conference championship, with home games remaining against Wisconsin and Northwestern before the regular season finale at Minnesota. Ohio State is not on their schedule.
To earn a spot in the Rose Bowl, the Hawkeyes must win their final three games, and Ohio State must lose at least once, because the Buckeyes would win the tiebreaker with a better overall record.
"I'm smelling the roses," said C.J. Jones, who caught two touchdown passes. "Right now, it's smelling real good, and it's looking real good. I just hope we get there."
The last three times Iowa went to the Rose Bowl -- after the 1990, 1985 and 1981 seasons -- it had to beat the Wolverines.
* AUBURN 31, LSU 7: Ronnie Brown ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns in place of injured tailback Carnell Williams in the victory over the visiting No. 10 Tigers.
Auburn's performance featured everything the Tigers (5-3, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) had failed to do in their previous two games, when they gave up 68 combined points in losses to Arkansas and Florida.
"Today was just a tremendous effort by the whole team," Coach Tommy Tuberville said. "We played great all four quarters, made the big plays and got some key turnovers. It was the best effort since I've been here, on both sides of the ball."
* WYOMING 34, AIR FORCE 26: Casey Bramlet passed for 387 yards and two touchdowns, and the Cowboys pulled off their biggest victory in years by defeating the visiting No. 22 Falcons.
The Cowboys (2-6, 1-2 Mountain West Conference) had lost 14 of their last 15 games, with the only victory coming against The Citadel, a Division I-AA team.
Wyoming also had dropped 17 straight conference games over four seasons. Its last Mountain West victory was Nov. 20, 1999, when the Cowboys beat New Mexico, 42-28. Wyoming's last win over a ranked team came the week before that, over No. 15 Brigham Young.
After winning its first six games, Air Force (6-2, 3-1) lost its second straight. The Falcons lost at home to Notre Dame, 21-14, last week.
* ALABAMA 34, TENNESSEE 14: In Knoxville, Tenn., Santonio Beard ran for two touchdowns and the No. 19 Crimson Tide took advantage of six turnovers to beat the No. 16 Volunteers, ending a seven-game losing streak to Tennessee.
The Crimson Tide (6-2, 3-1 SEC) had not defeated Tennessee (4-3, 1-3) since 1994, when former Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning was a freshman.
It was the Vols' worst home loss since 1994, when they were beaten 31-0 by Florida.
* MIAMI 40, WEST VIRGINIA 23: Ken Dorsey threw for a career-high 422 yards and two touchdowns, and the top-ranked Hurricanes triumphed on the road.
Dorsey set school career records for completions (564), yards passing (8,024) and total offense (7,981), all previously held by Gino Torretta from 1989 to '92.
Except for two career categories, Dorsey has surpassed Heisman Trophy winners Torretta and Vinny Testaverde, along with Bernie Kosar, Craig Erickson and Steve Walsh.
The Hurricanes (7-0, 3-0 Big East) pulled away from a 17-all third-quarter tie to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 29 games, which equaled the school record set from 1990 to '92.
* TEXAS 21, IOWA STATE 10: Cedric Benson ran for 199 yards and two touchdowns, and the No. 7 Longhorns contained Seneca Wallace and the No. 17 Cyclones in Austin.
Benson shook off a lingering turf toe injury, and the Longhorns (7-1, 3-1 Big 12) revived their punishing ground game in their 17th straight win at home.
Benson had 30 carries, and his 59-yard touchdown gave Texas a 14-10 lead in the third quarter.
Selvin Young's two-yard scoring run in the fourth capped an 80-yard Texas drive that saw the Longhorns convert a fourth and one at the Iowa State 21 and used more than nine minutes.
Iowa State (6-3, 3-2) has lost two straight since cracking the top 10 for the first time.
* GEORGIA 52, KENTUCKY 24: David Greene and D.J. Shockley combined to throw a school-record six touchdown passes, and the visiting No. 5 Bulldogs remained unbeaten.
Georgia (8-0, 5-0 SEC) won easily despite playing without leading rusher Musa Smith, second-leading receiver Fred Gibson and senior offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb, all of whom were injured last week against Vanderbilt.
* COLORADO 37, TEXAS TECH 13: Chris Brown ran for 149 yards and a touchdown, Robert Hodge passed for two scores, and safety Medford Moorer returned an interception 51 yards for another for the No. 21 Buffaloes at home.
* USC 44, OREGON 33: Carson Palmer threw for 448 yards and matched a school record with five touchdown passes to help the visiting No. 15 Trojans hand the No. 14 Ducks their second straight loss.
After an upset loss to Arizona State last Saturday, any aspirations Oregon (6-2, 2-2 Pac-10) had for the Rose Bowl are likely dashed.
* KANSAS STATE 44, BAYLOR 10: Darren Sproles ran for 124 yards and a touchdown to lead the No. 20 Wildcats in Waco, Tex.
* BOWLING GREEN 38, BALL ST. 20: Joe Alls ran for 109 yards, and P.J. Pope added 81 and two touchdowns to lead the No. 24 Falcons at home.