Tennessee lost the second member of its heralded freshman quarterback duo and Notre Dame capitalized with an interception return for a touchdown, then held on to beat the No. 9 Volunteers, 17-13, yesterday in Knoxville, Tenn.
Erik Ainge separated his right shoulder on the final play of the first half when he recovered his own fumble and was sacked. He did not return. His injury came a week after Brent Schaeffer broke his collarbone.
"You don't just hit people to tackle them. You tackle them so they won't get back up. I say that respectfully," said Brandon Hoyte, who made the tackle on Ainge.
Junior Rick Clausen, the younger brother of former Tennessee quarterback Casey Clausen, replaced Ainge in the second half and almost immediately made a big mistake.
Clausen was being sacked by Derek Landri when he let the ball go. Notre Dame's Mike Goolsby caught it and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown and a 14-10 lead. The Fighting Irish (6-3) never trailed again.
The Vols dropped to 7-2.
Notre Dame padded its lead in the fourth quarter with D.J. Fitzpatrick's 39-yard field goal. The Vols punted on their next possession, but got the ball back for a last chance with 2 minutes 12 seconds left.
Tennessee had a bad snap that Clausen had to recover 15 yards behind the line of scrimmage. The Vols' last gasp came on fourth and 18 when Clausen's pass was incomplete.
"Losing Erik was a real disappointment," Tennessee Coach Phillip Fulmer said. "I thought Rick came in and competed. Whether it's Rick, Brent or Erik, people around him have to play well."
Brady Quinn went 12 of 23 for 118 yards and a touchdown for Notre Dame, which only had 216 yards of total offense.
* WISCONSIN 38, MINNESOTA 14: Anthony Davis ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback John Stocco threw for a career-high 297 yards and a touchdown to lead the fifth-ranked Badgers at home.
Stocco also ran for two touchdowns as Wisconsin, 9-0 for the third time in school history, moved into a first-place tie with idle Michigan atop the Big Ten at 6-0.
The Badgers celebrated by rushing to the Golden Gophers' sideline to retrieve Paul Bunyan's Axe, the trophy that goes to the winner in Division I's most-played rivalry. Minnesota (6-4, 3-4) has lost four of its last five games.
* GEORGIA 62, KENTUCKY 17: David Greene passed for 259 yards and set an NCAA Division I-A record for most wins by a quarterback as the No. 8 Bulldogs drubbed the host Wildcats.
Georgia (8-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) prepped for its upcoming showdown with No. 3 Auburn by scoring on six consecutive possessions against Kentucky (1-8, 0-6), which has lost seven straight.
Freshman Thomas Brown rushed for 130 yards and had three short touchdown runs for Georgia, which gained a season-high 589 yards of total offense.
Greene is 40-9 as a starting quarterback, breaking Peyton Manning's Division I-A record for career wins.
* CINCINNATI 52, SOUTHERN MISS. 24: Gino Guidugli threw three of his school-record five touchdown passes to Hannibal Thomas, sparking the Bearcats to a rout of the No. 21 Golden Eagles in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Guidugli went 19 of 26 for 308 yards for Cincinnati (5-4, 4-2 Conference USA), which snapped Southern Mississippi's 13-game league winning streak. His 80-yard touchdown pass to Thomas on the second play of the second half broke the game open. The two also connected on touchdown passes covering 15 and 47 yards. The Golden Eagles fell to 5-2, 4-1.
* CALIFORNIA 28, OREGON 27: Geoff McArthur caught eight passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns, and the fourth-ranked Golden Bears stopped the Ducks near midfield with just over a minute left when Keith Allen couldn't hold onto an easy pass on fourth down.
Aaron Rodgers passed for 275 yards and three touchdowns and J.J. Arrington ran for 188 yards and a score for California (7-1, 5-1 Pac-10), which fell behind 27-14 in the second quarter.
Kellen Clemens threw four touchdown passes in the first half for Oregon (5-4, 4-2).
* FLORIDA STATE 29, DUKE 7: Backup quarterback Wyatt Sexton led three long scoring drives in the second half, and Gary Cismesia tied a school record with five field goals in his college debut for the host No. 13 Seminoles.
Sexton completed 11 of 15 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown while taking Florida State (7-2, 5-2 ACC) on drives of 93, 80 and 70 yards to break open a tight game. Duke fell to 1-8, 0-6.
* WEST VIRGINIA 42, TEMPLE 21: In Morgantown, W. Va., Kay-Jay Harris caught two scoring passes and ran for two touchdowns to lead the No. 15 Mountaineers.
Rasheed Marshall had first-half scoring throws of five and 29 yards to Harris, who also had two short scoring runs.
West Virginia's Chris Henry caught a 40-yard scoring pass from Marshall late in the third quarter for a 35-14 lead. Henry's catch tied Reggie Rembert's single-season school record of 11 touchdown receptions.
West Virginia improved to 8-1 overall and 4-0 in the Big East.
* IOWA 23, PURDUE 21: Drew Tate threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns and the 20th-ranked Hawkeyes forced five turnovers and blocked two field goals to win in Iowa City.
Iowa (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) ran its home winning streak to 17, the fourth-longest string in the nation.
Brandon Kirsch, starting in place of the injured Kyle Orton, threw three touchdown pass for the Boilermakers (5-4, 2-4), but his miscues in the fourth quarter -- one fumble and two interceptions -- scuttled Purdue's attempt to rally from a 17-point deficit.
* BOSTON COLLEGE 21, RUTGERS 10: Paul Peterson scored on a one-yard run and threw for a touchdown to lead the No. 24 Eagles at home.
Peterson was 22 of 38 for 296 yards for Boston College (6-2, 2-1 Big East), but also fumbled once and threw two interceptions.
Ryan Hart was 29 of 43 for 302 yards for the Scarlet Knights (4-5, 1-4), but also had three interceptions.
* ARIZONA STATE 34, STANFORD 31: Andrew Walter threw four yards to Matt Miller -- his fourth touchdown pass of the night -- with nine seconds to play to lift the No. 23 Sun Devils (7-2, 4-2 Pac-10) in Tempe, Ariz.
T.C. Ostrander had given the Cardinal (2-4, 4-5) a 31-26 lead with a 67-yard touchdown pass to Alex Smith with 2:02 remaining. But Walter, who was 28 for 43 for 415 yards and broke John Elway's Pac-10 record for career touchdown passes, directed a 13-play, 80-yard drive for the winning score.