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Murray helps Sooners hold off late charge by Air Force

Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray is wrapped up by Air Force’s Jon Davis in the second quarter. Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray is wrapped up by Air Force’s Jon Davis in the second quarter. (Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press)
Associated Press / September 19, 2010

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DeMarco Murray collected 148 total yards and scored three touchdowns to help No. 7 Oklahoma hold off a late charge from Air Force’s overpowering run game to beat the Falcons, 27-24, yesterday in Norman, Okla.

Murray ran for a 5-yard touchdown and scored on a 17-yard screen pass in the third quarter as the Sooners (3-0) reeled off 17 straight points to pull away after Air Force (2-1) had tied it early in the second half.

Jared Tew and Kyle Halderman had rushing TDs for the Falcons in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 3, but Oklahoma was able to pick up two first downs and run out the final 3:39.

The Sooners had lost two of their last three games against Mountain West members and were tested again before extending the nation’s longest home winning streak to 33.

Air Force came in leading the country with 423 yards rushing per game and piled up another 351 against the Sooners — the most by any opponent in Bob Stoops’s 12 years as head coach.

Murray finished with 110 yards rushing and 38 receiving, and Ryan Broyles added 116 yards receiving, his sixth straight game with at least 100 yards.

Ohio St. 43, Ohio 7 — Terrelle Pryor picked apart the Bobcats’ defense with a school-record 16 straight completions, and the No. 2 Buckeyes (3-0) scored early and often in Columbus, Ohio.

It was a walk in the park for Ohio State after last week’s bruising 36-24 win over then-No. 12 Miami. The victory over turnover-prone Ohio (1-2) improved the Buckeyes to 41-0-1 since they last lost to another Ohio college, a 7-6 setback to Oberlin in 1921.

Pryor, who also ran for a touchdown, completed 22 of 29 passes for 235 yards and two scores with two interceptions. Dan Herron ran for two TDs and Ohio State’s defense had five takeaways.

TCU 45, Baylor 10 — Ed Wesley ran 19 times for 165 yards and two touchdowns, Andy Dalton completed 21 of 23 passes for 267 yards with two scores, and the fourth-ranked Horned Frogs (3-0) stretched their home winning streak to 16 games with a rout of the Bears (2-1).

TCU scored TDs on its first five drives to build a 35-3 lead and had 335 of its 558 total yards by halftime. Dalton, whose 91 percent completion rate in the game was a TCU record, hit his first 11 passes on way to his 32d career victory, most among active BCS quarterbacks.

Oregon 69, Portland State 0 — LaMichael James ran for 227 yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns and the fifth-ranked Ducks (3-0) routed the visiting Vikings (2-1) in their final tuneup before the start of Pac-10 play.

Oregon set a school record with 528 yards rushing, surpassing the mark 465 set at Washington in 2007. Darron Thomas completed 9 of 18 passes for 140 yards and four scores in the victory, Oregon’s 11th straight at Autzen Stadium dating to 2008.

Nebraska 56, Washington 21 — Taylor Martinez ran for 137 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 150 yards and a score as No. 8 Nebraska (3-0) overwhelmed the Huskies (1-2) in Seattle.

Roy Helu Jr. added 110 yards and TD runs of 65 and 8 yards, and the Cornhuskers ran wild for 383 yards against Washington’s confused defense.

Florida 31, Tennessee 17 — Mike Gillislee ran for two touchdowns, and the No. 10 Gators (3-0, 1-0 SEC) won for the sixth straight year in their series with the Volunteers (1-2, 0-1).

Florida grabbed a third straight win in Knoxville for the first time in the 40-game series after failing to pull of the feat in 1990, 1998, and 2004.

Wisconsin 20, Arizona State 19 — Jay Valai blocked a game-tying extra point attempt and the No. 11 Badgers (3-0) held on against the Sun Devils (2-1) in Madison, Wis.

Arizona State’s Cameron Marshall scored on a 2-yard run to cut Wisconsin’s lead to 20-19 with 4:09 left in the game. But Valai, a senior safety, burst through the line to block the kick.

South Carolina 38, Furman 19 — Stephen Garcia threw two touchdown passes to lead the No. 13 Gamecocks (3-0) over the Paladins in Columbia, S.C.

Freshman tailback Marcus Lattimore added 97 yards rushing and a TD for South Carolina. Furman’s Adam Mims had 10 receptions for 202 yards.

LSU 29, Mississippi St. 7 — Josh Jasper set a school record with five field goals, and Patrick Peterson had two of the 15th-ranked Tigers’ five interceptions in Baton Rouge, La.

Stevan Ridley rushed for a 2-yard touchdown for LSU (3-0, 2-0 SEC). Vik Ballard scored on a 2-yard run for the Bulldogs (1-2, 0-2).

Southern Cal 32, Minnesota 21 — Robert Woods returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown to jump-start the 18th-ranked Trojans’ sluggish offense against the Golden Gophers in Minneapolis.

Allen Bradford rushed for 131 yards and a TD for USC (3-0), while quarterback Matt Barkley threw for 192 yards with two TDs and two interceptions.

Penn State 24, Kent State 0 — Tailback Evan Royster and freshman quarterback Rob Bolden each ran for their first touchdowns of the season, Stephfon Green settled a shaky offense with tough second-half runs, and the 22d-ranked Nittany Lions (2-1) picked off the Golden Flashes (1-2) twice in State College, Pa.

Oregon St. 35, Louisville 28 — Jacquizz Rodgers ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns and James Dockery sealed the game with an interception as the No. 25 Beavers (1-1) held off the visiting Cardinals (1-2).