TOP 25 ROUNDUP
No. 6 Michigan avenges '05 loss to Minnesota
Published: Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
MINNEAPOLIS - The Little Brown Jug is headed back to Ann Arbor.
Chad Henne got the sixth-ranked Wolverines off to a fast start with three touchdown passes in the first half and Michigan hung on for a 28-14 victory over Minnesota on Saturday night.
Henne was 17-for-24 for 284 yards and Mike Hart rushed for 195 yards - 54 on his final carry of the game - for the Wolverines (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten), who looked like they would blow the game open early but let the Gophers (2-3, 0-2) hang around with a sluggish performance in the second half.
Bryan Cupito threw for 215 yards and two touchdowns to Logan Payne for the Gophers, who came into the game with college football's oldest rivalry trophy for the first time in 20 years.
Still smarting from a stunning loss to the Gophers at home last season, Michigan's first loss to Minnesota since 1986, the Wolverines walked calmly to the Minnesota sideline and hoisted the jug for the 64th time in the 89 games that it's been on the line, dating to 1903.
It was a little payback for Michigan, which was still haunted by visions of the Gophers storming the sideline at the Big House last year, grabbing the coveted jug and defiantly planting their flag in The Big House turf.
Steve Smith responded to the loss of All-American Dwayne Jarrett with a career-high 11 catches for 186 yards and two second-half touchdowns and the visiting Trojans survived a scare.
Smith had just 12 catches through three games. But that was before Jarrett stayed home with a strained shoulder he injured in last week's win at Arizona.
The Trojans (4-0, 1-0 Pac-10) won for the 49th time in 51 games since their last loss outside California, an overtime loss to Washington State on Oct. 5, 2002 in Pullman. They also extended their school record for consecutive road wins to 18.
Alex Brink was 26-for-47 for 287 yards for the Cougars (3-2, 1-1) but he final heave into the end zone from the USC 38 was picked off as time expired.
Henry Melton ran for two touchdowns, Colt McCoy passed for two more and host Texas emptied its bench and still piled up the points on Division I-AA Sam Houston State.
Melton, a 270-pound tailback normally used in short-yardage and mop-up situations, got the start and ran for 63 yards as the Longhorns (4-1) sat Jamaal Charles and Selvin Young against the overmatched Bearkats (2-2).
The Longhorns' first game against a I-AA opponent since 1992 was every bit as one-sided as expected.
Texas scored more than 50 points for the third time this season in what amounted to little more than a scrimmage the week before the annual showdown with Big 12 rival Oklahoma. McCoy was 13-of-15 passing for 178 yards as Texas rolled up a 42-0 halftime lead.
The Ducks came to the desert aiming to prove their controversial victory over Oklahoma two weeks ago was no fluke. Mission accomplished.
Oregon (4-0, 2-0 Pac-10) used a balanced attack and a relentless defense to crush Arizona State (3-2, 0-2). Dennis Dixon threw for 215 yards and three TDs, Jonathan Stewart ran for 142 yards and Jaison Williams caught 10 passes for 137 yards and two TDs. The Ducks registered six sacks and limited Arizona State to 175 yards.
Nate Longshore threw for 341 yards and four touchdowns, including two to Marshawn Lynch, and California coasted on the road.
Lynch finished with three touchdowns for the Bears (4-1, 2-0 Pac-10), running 15 yards for another score.
For Oregon (2-2, 0-1), Alexis Serna hit field goals of 58 and 40 yards.
Longshore's 39-yard TD pass to Lavelle Hawkins gave Cal the early lead. Before the first quarter was over, Longshore found DeSean Jackson with a 27-yard scoring pass and Lynch's TD run made it 21-0.
Lynch had his second touchdown reception of the season, a 27-yard pass from Longshore, midway through the second quarter.
Cody Glenn scored from a yard out in the first overtime and No. 21 Nebraska, which blew a 17-point lead, held visiting Kansas out of the end zone for a victory.
It was Nebraska's 19th straight win over Kansas in Lincoln since 1968, and payback for last season's 40-15 Jayhawks' victory, which ended a 36-game Cornhuskers' winning streak in the series.
Zac Taylor completed 15-of-33 passes for 395 yards for Nebraska (4-1, 1-0 Big 12) .
Jared Zabransky passed for 210 yards and a touchdown and ran for a score in what turned into an easy win for visiting Boise State (5-0), which handed Utah (3-2) its worst home loss in 17 years.
The Broncos scored 33 straight points, gained 398 yards and shut down Utah, which had just 178 yards of offense.
Anthony Montgomery kicked three field goals, Colt Brooks returned an interception for a touchdown and Korey Hall set up two scores with two more picks on a miserable day for Utah's quarterbacks.
Brett Ratliff completed five of 21 passes with three interceptions and Tommy Grady didn't fare any better after spelling Ratliff in the third quarter. Grady was 3-for-6 with one interception.
Missouri is off to its best start in a quarter-century.
Chase Daniel threw four touchdown passes to lead the host Tigers, 5-0 for the first time since 1981.
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