David Greene's record-tying touchdown pass came when Georgia needed it most.
Greene threw three touchdowns, including a big one in the fourth quarter, and the 10th-ranked Bulldogs snapped a six-game losing streak against rival Florida with a 31-24 victory yesterday in Gainesville, Fla.
The last time the Bulldogs beat Florida was in 1997. Georgia had lost 13 of the last 14 in the series.
"It's been a long time coming," Georgia Coach Mark Richt said. "A lot of people have been through a lot of pain and suffering, and they finally get to enjoy it."
Greene tied Eric Zeier's school record with 67 touchdown passes and matched Peyton Manning for the most victories (39) by a starting quarterback in NCAA Division I-A history.
The Bulldogs (7-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) scored touchdowns on their first three possessions -- eliminating whatever emotional edge the Gators may have had from the firing of Coach Ron Zook this week. Georgia led 24-7 early in the third quarter when Florida (4-4, 2-4) threatened.
Chris Leak hooked up with Andre Caldwell for a 57-yard score. Then Ciatrick Fason ran 38 yards to set up Billy Latsko's three-yard touchdown reception, which cut it to 24-21 with 12 minutes left.
But Greene scrambled around on Georgia's next play and threw a perfect pass to Reggie Brown for a 51-yard gain. Five plays later, he found Fred Gibson for his record-tying touchdown.
Greene finished 15 of 23 for 255 yards and no interceptions. Danny Ware and Thomas Brown combined for 162 yards on 31 carries, and Leonard Pope caught two touchdown passes.
"It hurt not to get the victory for Coach Zook," said Fason, who ran 17 times for 139 yards.
* USC 42, WASHINGTON STATE 12: Reggie Bush and LenDale White each scored two touchdowns, Dwayne Jarrett caught two more scores on passes from Matt Leinart and the top-ranked Trojans cavorted to victory in Pullman, Wash.
In rolling up 426 yards of offense, Southern California (8-0, 5-0) extended its winning streak to 17 games and 12 straight in the Pacific-10.
The Trojans defense held the Cougars to 156 yards, sacking Alex Brink five times, forcing seven fumbles and limiting Washington State (3-5, 1-4) to minus-nine yards rushing.
Leinart completed 23 of 28 passes for 235 yards and helped build a 42-0 lead. Jarrett hauled in touchdowns of 42 and four yards.
Bush's 57-yard punt return gave USC a 21-0 lead midway through the first quarter. He finished with 143 all-purpose yards. White gained 77 yards on 16 carries for the Trojans.
* AUBURN 35, MISSISSIPPI 14: Jason Campbell rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another, and the No. 3 Tigers clinched a spot in the SEC championship game with a win in Oxford, Miss.
Campbell went 11 of 22 for 234 yards and had a pair of one-yard touchdown runs for Auburn (9-0, 6-0), which scored 28 points after halftime to lock up the Western Division title.
The Tigers are off next week before hosting Georgia and visiting Alabama.
Ronnie Brown ran for 100 yards and a touchdown, and Carnell Williams had 96 yards rushing and a 29-yard touchdown run.
Ethan Flatt was 12 of 20 for 225 yards and two touchdowns for the Rebels (3-5, 2-3).
* INDIANA 30, MINNESOTA 21: Will Lumpkin returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown and Matt LoVecchio threw for two scores as the Hoosiers scored 23 unanswered points and upset the visiting No. 24 Golden Gophers.
The victory ended a five-game losing streak for Indiana (3-5, 1-4 Big Ten). Minnesota (6-3, 3-3) lost for the third time in four weeks.
LoVecchio was 13 of 26 for 161 yards with two touchdowns. BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.
The Hoosiers held the nation's No. 3 rushing team to 169 yards, more than 100 yards below its season average of 278. Laurence Maroney led the Gophers with 16 carries for 89 yards.
* TEXAS 31, COLORADO 7: Cedric Benson rushed for 141 yards and the No. 8 Longhorns overcame two early interceptions -- one returned for a touchdown -- to win in Boulder, Colo.
Benson and quarterback Vince Young each ran for a pair of touchdowns, and linebacker Aaron Harris and safety Michael Griffin combined on a pair of turnovers for Texas (7-1, 4-1 Big 12).
Benson became the 10th player to rush for 5,000 career yards. Texas is 22-0 when he runs for 100 yards or more.
The Buffaloes (4-4, 1-4) managed only one first down in the first half and didn't make it past the 50 until the fourth quarter.
* IOWA 23, ILLINOIS 13: In Champaign, Ill., Drew Tate threw a pair of 19-yard touchdown passes to Ed Hinkel and added a five-yard run for a score as the No. 23 Hawkeyes handed the Illini their 14th straight Big Ten loss. Tate's run capped a 16-point third quarter that helped break open a 7-7 game for Iowa (6-2, 4-1). He finished 24 of 34 for 243 yards with one interception.
* WEST VIRGINIA 35, RUTGERS 30: Chris Henry caught a 39-yard scoring pass and set up another touchdown with a long catch, leading the visiting No. 15 Mountaineers.
Rasheed Marshall threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as West Virginia (7-1, 3-0 Big East) beat the Scarlet Knights (4-4, 1-3) for the 10th straight time.
Ryan Hart threw for 324 yards and three touchdowns for Rutgers.
* NORTHWESTERN 13, PURDUE 10: Noah Herron ran three yards for a touchdown with 38 seconds left to lift the Wildcats (4-4, 3-2 Big Ten) to an upset over the 17th-ranked Boilermakers in Evanston, Ill.
Purdue (5-3, 2-3) had a final chance, but Taylor Stubblefield couldn't hold on to a 40-yard pass in the end zone as time expired.
Purdue quarterback Kyle Orton, hampered by a hip injury, was 15 of 33 for 143 yards and a touchdown and was pulled late in the third quarter after an interception.
* LSU 24, VANDERBILT 7: Alley Broussard ran for 80 yards and a touchdown to spark the No. 19 Tigers at home. Louisiana State (6-2, 3-2 SEC) rushed for 273 yards, with Joseph Addai adding 77 and quarterback Marcus Randall 68.
The Tigers, second in the SEC in passing at 249 yards a game, threw only 11 times for 102 yards against the Commodores (2-6, 1-4).
* TENNESSEE 43, S. CAROLINA 29: In Columbia, S.C., Erik Ainge threw three touchdown passes as the No. 11 Volunteers overcame early offensive woes to win their 12th straight over the Gamecocks.
Cedric Houston added 190 yards rushing and a touchdown for Tennessee (7-1, 5-1 SEC). Dondrial Pinkins was 30 of 42 for 306 yards for South Carolina (5-3, 3-3).
* UTAH 51, SAN DIEGO ST. 28: In San Diego, Alex Smith threw a career-high five touchdown passes to keep the ninth-ranked Utes unbeaten.
Utah (8-0, 4-0 Mountain West) piled up 548 total yards. Smith was 22 of 33 for 298 yards, with no interceptions. Paris Warren had 10 catches for 113 yards and two score. The Aztecs fell to 2-6, 0-4.