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Tennessee takes bite out of Bulldogs

Erik Ainge and Tennessee shredded the nation's stingiest defense, becoming just the second team to put up 50 points on Georgia between the hedges.

Ainge threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead the No. 13 Volunteers to a wild 51-33 victory last night in Athens, Ga., that defied the norm in the defensive-minded Southeastern Conference.

Arian Foster scored three times for Tennessee (5-1, 1-1), all on 1-yard runs. The Vols piled up 383 yards and 27 first downs, going 6 for 6 scoring TDs each time they got inside Georgia's 20.

The 10th-ranked Bulldogs (5-1, 2-1) hardly looked like a team that was allowing a nation-best 6.8 points per game -- only 34 all season.

Tennessee scored more points than that in the second half, finishing with the second-most ever by a visiting team at Sanford Stadium. Only Florida, which won, 52-17, in 1995 during the height of Steve Spurrier's Fun-n-Gun offense, scored more points on the Bulldogs in Athens.

The Vols couldn't afford another conference loss after falling to Florida in their SEC opener three weeks ago. They sure looked in trouble when Georgia raced to a 24-7 lead with less than five minutes to go in the first half.

But Ainge put Tennessee ahead to stay in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, hooking up with Robert Meachem on a 15-yard touchdown pass that made it 31-27. After Georgia was stuffed on its next possession, freshman Antonio Wardlow blocked Gordon Ely-Kelso's punt and fell on the ball in the corner of the end zone for another TD.

The crowd of more than 92,000 was still recovering from that blow when Thomas Brown found a seam up the middle and broke off a 99-yard return for a touchdown -- Georgia's second return for a TD in the game.

Mikey Henderson had an 86-yard punt return early in the second quarter, his second touchdown on a punt return this season.

It wasn't nearly enough to save Georgia. Foster scored on a 1-yard run with 8:15 remaining and did it again with 2:54 left to make it half a hundred.

Ohio St. 35, Bowling Green 7 -- Troy Smith threw three touchdown passes, Antonio Pittman ran for two scores, and the host Buckeyes (6-0) started their second month as the No. 1 team in the nation with an easy victory.

USC 26, Washington 20 -- John David Booty threw for 243 yards and a touchdown, Mario Danelo kicked four field goals, and the third-ranked Trojans (5-0, 3-0 Pac-10) outlasted the visiting Huskies (4-2, 2-1).

West Virginia 42, Mississippi St. 14 -- Steve Slaton ran for 185 yards, Pat White rushed for two touchdowns, and the defense made two interceptions deep in its territory to give the fourth-ranked Mountaineers (5-0) a victory over the host Bulldgos.

Florida 23, LSU 10 -- Backup quarterback Tim Tebow threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score to lift the fifth-ranked Gators (6-0, 4-0 SEC) to victory over the ninth-ranked Tigers (4-2, 1-2) in Gainesville, Fla.

Michigan 31, Michigan St. 13 -- Chad Henne threw three touchdown passes -- two to Mario Manningham -- as the sixth-ranked Wolverines (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) won in Ann Arbor, Mich., their fifth straight victory in the century-old series with the Spartans (3-3, 0-2).

California 45, Oregon 24 -- DeSean Jackson caught one of Nate Longshore's three touchdown passes and returned a punt 65 yards for another score, leading the 16th-ranked Bears (5-1, 3-0 Pac-10) past the 11th-ranked Ducks (4-1, 2-1) in Berkeley, Calif.

Notre Dame 31, Stanford 10 -- Brady Quinn threw for three touchdowns and Darius Walker ran for a season-high 153 yards and a touchdown as the 12th-ranked Fighting Irish (5-1) kept the Cardinal (0-6) winless.

Iowa 47, Purdue 17 -- Drew Tate threw two touchdown passes and Damian Sims ran for two more scores to help the 19th-ranked Hawkeyes (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten) roll past the visiting Boilermakers (4-2, 1-1).

Boise State 55, La. Tech 14 -- Jared Zabransky threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more, and Marty Tadman returned an interception 98 yards for a score as the host 20th-ranked Broncos (6-0, 2-0 Western Athletic Conference) rolled.

Nebraska 28, Iowa State 14 -- Cody Glenn rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns, and Brandon Jackson added 116 yards and a score for the visiting 22d-ranked Cornhuskers (5-1, 2-0 Big 12).

Missouri 38, Texas Tech 21 -- Chase Daniel threw for 171 yards and a touchdown, and the visiting 23d-ranked Tigers (6-0, 2-0 Big 12) returned two interceptions for scores.

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