BCS Roundup

Two teams in top 10 lost Saturday and other top teams flirted with defeat

The beauty contest aspect of college football will garner close inspection Monday.

Two of the top 10 team's in the most recent Bowl Championship Series Standings—No. 8 Tennessee and No. 10 Miami—lost Saturday. More importantly, No. 1 USC, No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 4 California all overcame close calls to narrowly pull out wins.

A win is a win in most sporting ventures and USC and Oklahoma—the top two teams in the national rankings practically from start to finish this season—are still undefeated. But do they lose some luster, perhaps, in light of the drubbing No. 5 Wisconsin laid on its opponent or the incredible second-half rout No. 7 Texas provided? How about one-loss Cal, which won by a mere point? Do the Golden Bears stay ahead of the Badgers?

No. 6 Utah also won in a rout, but it goes without saying that the Utes' latest performance will be written off as a byproduct of their schedule. They will likely be on the outside of the BCS top six Monday, as Texas' convincing win over a good Oklahoma State squad propels them into that cherished territory.

Call it complication Saturday. A reminder that winning is not the only thing in college football. Winning pretty matters, especially when six undefeated teams and a handful in the one-loss crowd are vying for a shot at the national title.

A quick glance at the BCS top ten:

No. 1 USC 28, Oregon State 20

The Trojans fell behind 13-0 in the fog in Corvallis, Ore., but stormed back, scoring 28 unanswered points before the Beavers got back on the scoreboard.

Matt Leinart completed 17 of 31 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns and Reggie Bush returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown to give USC a 21-13 lead.

The Trojans (9-0) have won 18 straight games.

No. 2 Oklahoma 42, No. 22 Texas A&M 35

The Sooners (9-0) fought back from a 28-14 deficit on the road, with Jason White throwing for 292 yards and five touchdowns in the come-from-behind win.

The Aggies (6-3) took the 28-14 lead on a 71-yard fake punt touchdown and later tied the game at 35-35 on a fake field goal for another touchdown.

White, though, found Mark Bradley four a 40-yard score with 6:43 left in the fourth quarter. The Aggies drove to the Oklahoma 33 with nine seconds left and no timeouts remaining but a pair of Hail Mary tosses fell incomplete.

No. 3 Auburn was idle

No. 4 California 28, Oregon 27

Kellen Clemens threw four touchdown passes as Oregon built a 27-14 first-half lead but the Golden Bears shut out the Ducks in the second half, in part due to a dropped pass in the games waning moments that could have put Oregon in position for a decisive field goal at the very least.

Aaron Rodgers completed 21 of 32 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns, the last two to George McArthur. Rodgers' 19-yard strike to McArthur provided the margin of victory.

J.J. Arrington ran 26 times for 188 yards and a touchdown for Cal (7-1).

Oregon (5-4) missed an extra point in the first half.

No. 5 Wisconsin 38, Minnesota 14

The Badgers thrashed their rivals behind quarterback John Stocco's 297 yards and one touchdown passing. Stocco also ran for two scores and tailback Anthony Davis contributed 124 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

The Badgers (9-0) scored touchdowns on their first four possessions and a field goal on their fifth in building a 31-0 lead.

No. 6 Utah 63, Colorado State 31

The Utes improved to 9-0 with another dominant offensive performance.

Alex Smith completed 21 of 26 passes for 291 yards and four touchdowns, three to Paris Warren. Marty Johnson added three touchdown runs as the Utes built leads of 42-3 and 56-10.

The Utes have now outscored their opponents 412-178 this season, with only two wins coming by fewer than 20 points. Utah's smallest margin of victory this season? A 49-35 win over Air Force Sept. 25.

No. 7 Texas 56, No. 19 Oklahoma State 35

Trailing 35-7 in the first half, the Longhorns scored 49 uncontested points, led by four of Cedric Benson's five touchdown runs, for an emphatic come-from-behind win.

Benson finished with 141 yards on 23 carries, while Texas quarterback Vince Young contributed 278 yards and one touchdown passing and 123 yards and a touchdown rushing.

The Longhorns improve to 8-1 with the victory.

Notre Dame 17, No. 8 Tennessee 13

Leading 10-7, Tennessee lost freshman quarterback Erik Ainge to a separated shoulder late in the first half.

The Fighting Irish picked off a pass from Ainge's replacement, Rick Clausen, and returned it for a touchdown to take a 14-10 lead in the third quarter.

No. 9 Georgia 62, Kentucky 17

The Bulldogs took care of business in impressive fashion, setting up a showdown with No. 3 Auburn next week.

Georgia quarterback David Greene set an NCAA Division I record with his 40th career win. He also broke the SEC record for consecutive passes without an interception, pushing his streak to 206, and broke the school record for career touchdown passes with his 68th connection.

Greene completed 14 of 19 passes for 259 yards Saturday and Thomas Brown ran 22 times for 130 yards and three scores. Greene's backup, D.J. Shockley, completed 5 of 9 passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns in the blowout win.

Clemson 24, No. 10 Miami 17 (OT)

For the second consecutive week the Hurricanes lost a tight game to a team flirting with a .500 season. The Hurricanes led 17-3 at halftime, but Clemson's Reggie Merriweather ran for 117 yards and spread three touchdowns across the third and fourth quarters and overtime to propel the Tigers (5-4) to the upset.

Knocking on the door

The Tennessee and Miami losses will likely thrust No. 11 Michigan and No. 12 Boise State into the BCS top 10. Both the Wolverines and the Broncos had byes Saturday.

No. 13 Florida State, a 29-7 winner over Duke, and No. 14 Virginia, who topped Maryland 16-0, could also potentially find themselves among the top 10.

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