It took more than two decades for Vanderbilt to finally beat Steve Spurrier. But boy, this one was worth the wait for the Commodores.
Mackenzi Adams threw two touchdown passes and D.J. Moore had two key interceptions as Vanderbilt upset No. 6 South Carolina, 17-6, yesterday in Columbia, S.C., ending Spurrier's unblemished record against the school since 1987.
Spurrier came into the game 14-0 vs. the Commodores (4-3, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) and, with the Gamecocks (6-2, 3-2) ranked as high as they'd been since 1984, seemed a strong bet to keep that streak alive.
Instead, Vanderbilt took a 17-0 lead in the first quarter and held off Spurrier's club.
The Commodores hadn't beaten a team ranked this highly since topping No. 6 LSU, 7-6, in 1937.
Chris Smelly drove the Gamecocks 63 yards to the Vanderbilt 13, but Moore stepped in front of a pass in the end zone to stop the series.
Backup quarterback Blake Mitchell bounced a throw short on fourth and 5. A series later, Mitchell's pass was picked off by linebacker Jonathan Goof with 11:05 remaining. South Carolina had another chance to close in with eight minutes left, but Mitchell was sacked on consecutive downs to end the threat.
Ohio St. 24, Michigan St. 17 - Chris Wells ran for 221 yards and a score and the top-ranked Buckeyes (8-0, 4-0 Big Ten) built a 24-0 lead over the visiting Spartans, but Michigan State (5-3, 1-3) made it close with a second-half rally that included two turnovers returned for TDs.
Oklahoma 17, Iowa St. 7 - Chris Brown ran for two second-half TDs and the fourth-ranked Sooners (7-1, 3-1 Big 12) survived a major scare from the Cyclones (1-7, 0-4) to win for the 20th straight time in Ames, Iowa.
Oregon 55, Washington 34 - At Seattle, Jonathan Stewart had a career-high 251 yards and two scores on the ground, and the No. 7 Ducks (6-1, 3-1 Pac-10) rushed for a school-record 465 yards to put away the Huskies (2-5, 0-4).
Florida 45, Kentucky 37 - The No. 14 Gators (5-2, 3-2 SEC) rebounded from back-to-back losses by knocking off the eighth-ranked Wildcats (6-2, 2-2) in Lexington, Ky. Tim Tebow threw for 256 yards and a career-high four TD passes, and added a late rushing score.
West Virginia 38, Mississippi St. 13 - Pat White (two TD passes, TD rush) and the No. 9 Mountaineers (6-1) scored on their first five possessions against the visiting Bulldogs (4-4).
UCLA 30, California 21 - Kahlil Bell ran for 142 yards and Alterraun Verner returned a Nate Longshore interception 76 yards for a clinching TD with 1:33 left as the host Bruins (5-2, 4-0 Pac-10) tipped the No. 10 Bears (5-2, 2-2).
Southern Cal 38, Notre Dame 0 - With Mark Sanchez throwing for four TDs - two on short drives after Notre Dame miscues - the 13th-ranked Trojans (6-1) earned their most lopsided victory ever over the Fighting Irish (1-7).
Missouri 41, Texas Tech 10 - Chase Daniel threw for 210 yards and a TD, and the No. 15 Tigers (6-1, 2-1 Big 12) intercepted Graham Harrell four times, returning one for a score while throttling the Red Raiders (6-2, 2-2) in Columbia, Mo.
Kansas 19, Colorado 14 - The No. 15 Jayhawks (7-0, 3-0 Big 12) forced three turnovers, stopped the Buffaloes (4-4, 2-2) on downs twice in the fourth quarter, and Todd Reesing threw for a fourth-quarter TD as Kansas won in Boulder, Colo., for the first time since 1995.
Texas, 31, Baylor 10 - Colt McCoy overcame two interceptions by throwing for 293 yards and a TD, and the No. 19 Longhorns (6-2, 2-2 Big 12) beat the visiting Bears (3-5, 0-4) for the 10th consecutive time.
Alabama 41, Tennessee 17 - John Parker Wilson passed for a career-high 363 yards and three TDs, and the Crimson Tide (6-2, 4-1 SEC) rolled over the No. 20 Volunteers (4-3, 2-2) with surprising ease in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Pittsburgh 24, Cincinnati 17 - LaRod Stephens-Howling ran for the go-ahead TD late, and the host Panthers (3-4, 1-1 Big East) broke a four-game skid by forcing three late fumbles by the No. 23 Bearcats (6-2, 1-2).
Michigan 27, Illinois 17 - The 24th-ranked Wolverines (6-2, 4-0 Big Ten) got by without the injured Mike Hart, as Carlos Brown ran for 113 yards and Mario Manningham caught two TD passes in a road win over the
Oklahoma St. 41, Kansas St. 39 - Jason Ricks kicked a 26-yard field goal with two seconds remaining, and the host Cowboys (5-3, 3-1 Big 12) outlasted the No. 25 Wildcats (4-3, 2-2).