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The top-ranked Crimson Tide turned the latest edition of the Southeastern Conference’s super heavyweight rivalry into an overwhelming display of power.
Mark Ingram scored two touchdowns, C.J. Mosley returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown, and Alabama overwhelmed No. 7 Florida, 31-6, last night in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Round 2 this season between the last two national champions could come in Atlanta at the SEC title game. Alabama (5-0, 2-0) certainly looked like a team on its way to another championship season.
In front of 101,821, coach Nick Saban’s Tide rolled to a 24-0 lead in the second quarter behind Ingram’s two short TD runs and a defense that was buzzing around the ball.
After the Gators (4-1, 2-1) chipped it down to 24-6, Mosley picked off a short pass in the middle of the field by a hurried John Brantley, racing to the end zone for a score that all but wrapped up Alabama’s 19th straight victory with 6:10 left in the third quarter.
“I was very, very pleased with the way we played in the first half,’’ Saban said. “I thought we played physical, played with toughness, played strong. I was really encouraged.’’
Michigan St. 34, Wisconsin 24 — Kirk Cousins lofted a 1-yard TD pass to B.J. Cunningham on fourth down with 2:43 remaining, icing the No. 24 Spartans’ second straight win without coach Mark Dantonio, an upset of the 11th-ranked Badgers in East Lansing, Mich.
Dantonio, who suffered a mild heart attack Sept. 19, planned to return for this game, but the Spartans (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) announced hours before kickoff that he had been hospitalized again Thursday because of a blood clot in his leg. The school said his prognosis was excellent.
With the Spartans leading, 27-24, late in the fourth quarter, Wisconsin (4-1, 0-1) couldn’t stop them when they decided to go for the touchdown on fourth down near the goal line. Cunningham’s touchdown catch capped a 15-play, 84-yard drive that used up 7:57.
LSU 16, Tennessee 14 — The 12th-ranked Tigers remained unbeaten after a penalty by the visiting Vols for too many players on the field rescued LSU from a botched final play.
LSU (5-0, 3-0 SEC) was confused on third and goal from the 1 and allowed the clock to run nearly to zero before a mishandled snap seemingly ended the game and sent Tennessee players streaming onto the field in jubilation.
The celebration was cut short when officials ruled the Vols (2-3, 0-2) had 13 defensive players on the field when the ball was snapped. Stevan Ridley then bulled into the end zone from a yard out for the wild win.
Ohio St. 24, Illinois 13 — Terrelle Pryor returned after a leg injury briefly knocked him from the game, then led the No. 2 Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) on a clinching touchdown drive in the closing minutes in Champaign, Ill.
Pryor ran for 104 yards and was 9 of 16 for 76 yards and two touchdowns through the air, but had to be helped off the field early in the third quarter. He went to the locker room for a few minutes before returning.
Illinois (2-2, 0-1) marched downfield with five minutes left, but coach Ron Zook elected to kick a field goal on fourth down that made it 17-13. Pryor and the Buckeyes responded by going the length of the field to seal the win.
Boise St. 59, New Mexico St. 0 — Kellen Moore was 13 of 18 for 196 yards and three touchdowns, including two to tight end Kyle Efaw, and the No. 3 Broncos (4-0, 1-0 Western Athletic) beat the host Aggies (0-4, 0-1) to extend their winning streak to 18 games.
TCU 27, Colorado St. 0 — Ed Wesley scored twice, a swarming defense forced two fumbles, and the fifth-ranked Frogs (5-0, 1-0 Mountain West) overcame a lethargic start to beat the Rams (1-4, 0-1) in Fort Collins, Colo.
Oklahoma 28, Texas 20 — In Dallas, Landry Jones threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns, DeMarco Murray ran for two scores, and the No. 8 Sooners (5-0, 1-0 Big 12) handed the No. 21 Longhorns their second straight loss.
The Longhorns (3-2, 1-1) lost back-to-back games for the first time since 2007 and could fall out of the AP Top 25 for the first time in 10 years.
Auburn 52, La.-Monroe 3 — Cam Newton (14 of 19, 245 yards) connected with Emory Blake on a school-record 94-yard TD pass on his first throw as the No. 10 Tigers (5-0) beat the visiting Warhawks.
Iowa 24, Penn St. 3 — Ricky Stanzi threw for 227 yards and a touchdown and ran for a score, and the No. 17 Hawkeyes (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) overwhelmed the 22d-ranked Nittany Lions (3-2, 0-1) in Iowa City.
Washington 32, USC 31 — Jake Locker engineered a long drive to set up Erik Folk’s 32-yard field goal as time expired, lifting the visiting Huskies past the No. 18 Trojans. Locker passed for 310 yards and rushed for 111 as Washington (2-2, 1-0 Pac-10) racked up 537 yards of offense in its second straight win over USC (4-1, 1-1).
Michigan 42, Indiana 35 — Denard Robinson ran 4 yards for a TD with 17 seconds left to complete another spectacular performance and get the No. 19 Wolverines (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) past the host Hoosiers (3-1, 0-1). Robinson ran 19 times for 217 yards and two scores, and completed 10 of 16 passes for 277 yards and three scores. His counterpart did pretty well, too: Ben Chappell went 45 of 64 for 480 yards, all school records, and three TDs.
Nevada 44, UNLV 26 — Vai Taua rushed for three touchdowns and caught a scoring pass as the 25th-ranked Wolf Pack (5-0) rolled past the Rebels (1-4) in Las Vegas.