Proud Pirates pull off another upset
Skip Holtz followed his biggest coaching victory at East Carolina with an even more impressive one.
Jonathan Williams had two short touchdown runs, quarterback Patrick Pinkney was nearly perfect, and the host Pirates routed eighth-ranked West Virginia, 24-3, yesterday for their third straight win over a ranked team.
Pinkney was 22 of 28 for 236 yards and a touchdown for East Carolina (2-0), which opened the season with a last-minute upset of then-No. 17 Virginia Tech.
This one was decided much earlier. The Pirates never trailed, kept Pat White in check, outgained West Virginia, 386-251, and were in control throughout.
They cruised to their first upset of a top-10 team since the Steve Logan-led team stunned then-No. 9 Miami, 27-23, on Sept. 23, 1999, in a game played 90 miles west in Raleigh because of Hurricane Floyd-related damage.
These Pirates may have done something even more remarkable - they followed last season's Hawaii Bowl victory over then-No. 22 Boise State by taking care of the two toughest teams on this year's schedule. Those wins could propel them back into the Top 25 for the first time since '99 while keeping them in the conversation for an at-large BCS berth.
White rushed for 97 yards on 20 carries and finished 11 of 18 for 72 yards for the Mountaineers (1-1), who failed to score a TD for the first time since a 45-3 loss at Miami in 2001.
Georgia 56, Central Michigan 17 - Knowshon Moreno rushed for 168 yards and tied his career high with three TDs, and massive defensive end Demarcus Dobbs rumbled for a 78-yard score after picking off a deflected pass to lead the No. 2 Bulldogs (2-0) in Athens, Ga.
Oklahoma 52, Cincinnati 26 - Sam Bradford overcame two interceptions and threw for a career-best 395 yards and five TDs, and the fourth-ranked Sooners (2-0) stretched the nation's longest home winning streak to 20 games.
Missouri 52, SE Missouri 3 - Chase Daniel threw three TD passes in the first half and Derrick Washington scored three times, helping the No. 6 Tigers (2-0) run up a quick 42-point lead in Columbia, Mo.
Auburn 27, Southern Miss 13 - Chris Todd passed for 248 yards in his first start for Auburn (2-0) and smoothly operated the No. 9 Tigers' new spread offense in a home win over the Golden Eagles.
Texas 42, UTEP 13 - Colt McCoy fired four TD passes as the No. 10 Longhorns (2-0) throttled the Miners (0-2) in El Paso.
Wisconsin 51, Marshall 14 - After falling into an early 14-point hole, the No. 11 Badgers (2-0) buried the Thundering Herd with 51 straight points to roll to their 16th straight win at home.
Texas Tech 35, Nevada 19 - Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree hooked up for an 82-yard TD pass and Eric Morris returned a punt 86 yards for a score to lead the No. 12 Red Raiders (2-0) in Reno.
Alabama 20, Tulane 6 - Javier Arenas returned a punt 87 yards for a TD, the boost the No. 13 Crimson Tide (2-0) needed as they had just 172 yards in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Kansas 29, Louisiana Tech 0 - Todd Reesing threw for a career-high 412 yards and three scores as the No. 14 Jayhawks (2-0) pulled away in Lawrence, Kan.
BYU 28, Washington 27 - Jan Jorgensen busted through the line and blocked Ryan Perkins's 35-yard extra-point attempt with two seconds left in regulation, enabling the 15th-ranked Cougars (2-0) to slip past the Huskies in Seattle.
Jake Locker drove Washington (0-2) 76 yards in 17 plays, capped by his 2-yard plunge to pull the Huskies within 1. But Locker was called for unsportsmanlike conduct when he threw the ball in the air before jumping with his teammates in the end zone. Perkins approached the long PAT slowly and hit it low, giving Jorgensen a chance to get his paws on the kick.
Arizona St. 41, Stanford 17 - The No. 15 Sun Devils (2-0, 1-0 Pac-10) rolled at home behind Rudy Carpenter's 345 yards passing and three TDs.
South Florida 31, Central Florida 24 - Matt Grothe threw for 346 yards and three TDs, including a 25-yarder to Taurus Johnson in overtime that rescued the 17th-ranked Bulls (2-0) in Orlando, Fla.
Oregon 66, Utah State 24 - At Eugene, Ore., LaGarrette Blount ran for 132 yards and two TDs as the No. 18 Ducks (2-0) racked up a school-record 688 yards.
Penn St. 45, Oregon St. 14 - At State College, Pa., Evan Royster ran for three TDs and a career-high 141 yards and the No. 19 Nittany Lions (2-0) didn't miss a beat without two suspended defensive starters.
Utah 42, UNLV 21 - Brian Johnson threw for two TDs and scored on a 56-yard run as the No. 22 Utes (2-0) ran off 35 straight points in Salt Lake City.
Illinois 47, Eastern Illinois 21 - Juice Williams rushed for 174 yards (a