Wisconsin win means there will be a new No. 1, again

Ohio State is one and done as No. 1.

John Clay ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns and James White darted in for the clinching score in the fourth quarter as No. 18 Wisconsin took down top-ranked Ohio State 31-18 Saturday night.

For the second week in a row, there will be a new No. 1 in college football, with the Buckeyes (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) falling the way Alabama was beaten last week — on the road and in conference.

Wisconsin hadn't beaten a No. 1 since 1981, when the Badgers knocked off Michigan 21-14.

This one felt like an upset right from the start.

David Gilreath returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and the Badgers (6-1, 2-1) proceeded to run over the Buckeyes in the first half, taking a 21-3 into the break behind Clay's powerful rushing.

Terrelle Pryor guided Ohio State on two long scoring drives in the second half and Dan Herron capped them both with touchdowns to cut the Wisconsin lead to 21-18 with 11:38 left in the fourth.

But the Badgers responded with another long touchdown drive then added a field goal and No. 1 is up for grabs again — just in time for the BCS standings to make their season debut on Sunday.

Next up at No. 1 in the AP Top 25? Maybe, No. 2 Oregon, which was idle this week and has never been No. 1 before. The Ducks must have enjoyed watching the show at rowdy Camp Randall. No. 3 Boise State and No. 4 TCU also must have been smiling as the scores rolled in from around the country.

Not only did Ohio State lose, so did previously unbeaten No. 5 Nebraska — and the those power conference outsiders from Boise State and TCU now have two fewer bluebloods to block to path to the national championship game.

Bielema had been 0-4 against top 10 teams. Now the Rose Bowl is in reach again for the Badgers.

No. 7 Auburn 65, No. 12 Arkansas 43: Cam Newton was unstoppable as always. Still, the Tigers (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) needed a couple of favorable calls from the replay booth and one big play on defense to hold off the Razorbacks (4-2, 1-2) and their backup quarterback.

Newton, leaving little doubt that he's a serious Heisman contender, ran for 188 yards, threw for 140 and accounted for four touchdowns, leading the No. 7 Tigers to a wild 65-43 victory over the No. 12 Razorbacks on Saturday in a game that went back and forth until host Auburn pulled away in the fourth quarter.

The teams set a Southeastern Conference record for most points in a non-overtime game. The previous mark was set in South Carolina's 65-39 victory over Mississippi State in 1995.

No. 11 Utah 30, Wyoming 6: Jordan Wynn passed for 230 yards and two touchdowns, Matt Asiata ran for 109 yards and the visiting Utes (6-0, 3-0 Mountain West) beat the Cowboys (2-5, 0-3).Utah's Shaky Smithson, a Baltimore native who entered the game third in the nation in punt return average, added to his sparkling stats by returning four punts for 111 yards, a 27.8-yard average.

NO. 13 MICHIGAN STATE 26, ILLINOIS 6: Kirk Cousins threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to B.J. Cunningham in the third quarter, helping the host Spartans (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) to a win over the Illini (3-3, 1-2) and their best start in more than four decades.

Michigan State started slowly a week after beating Michigan, but it outscored the Illini 23-0 in the second half. The Spartans are 7-0 for the first time since 1966, when they won their first nine games before famously tying Notre Dame 10-10.

After Michigan State had trouble running the ball the first two quarters, Cousins came out sharp in the third. His touchdown pass over the middle gave the Spartans a 13-6 lead, and Illinois couldn't overcome its four turnovers.

NO. 15 IOWA 38, MICHIGAN 28: Ricky Stanzi threw his third touchdown pass to Derrell Johnson-Koulianos early in the fourth quarter and Michael Meyer kicked a 30-yard field goal with 2:53 left, helping the Hawkeyes (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) beat the Wolverines (5-1, 1-2).

NOTRE DAME 44, WESTERN MICHIGAN 20: Michael Floyd caught three touchdown passes and had 157 yards receiving as the host Fighting Irish (4-3) pulled away in the third quarter to beat the Broncos (2-4) for their third straight victory.

Floyd took a pass from Dayne Crist and raced 80 yards for a score on the game's first play from scrimmage, caught a 32-yarder on an option pass from John Goodman for a touchdown and later grabbed a 2-yarder from Crist in the third.


NO. 16 FLORIDA STATE 24, BOSTON COLLEGE 19: Bert Reed's 42-yard touchdown run on a reverse lifted the host Seminoles (6-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) to a 24-19 win over the Eagles (2-4, 0-3). Florida State overcame four turnovers by quarterback Christian Ponder for its fifth straight win.

Boston College took a 19-17 lead early in the fourth quarter on Nate Freese's fourth field goal of the game. That followed a Ponder fumble at the Eagles' 44.

Ponder suffered through one of his poorest performances, completing 19 of 31 passes for 170 yards and three interceptions. But he also threw a pair of touchdown passes — 3 yards to fullback Lonnie Pryor and 10 yards to tight end Beau Reliford.

MIAMI 28, DUKE 13: Jacory Harris threw for one touchdown and ran for another, and the visiting Hurricanes (4-2, 2-1) forced seven turnovers to beat the Blue Devils (1-5, 0-3).

Harris was 17 of 34 for 224 yards for Miami. The Hurricanes bounced back from last week's lopsided loss to rival Florida State by rolling up 448 total yards and shutting down one of the league's top passing offenses.

Vaughn Telemaque picked off two passes, and defensive tackle Micanor Regis returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown for Miami, which intercepted five passes and forced two fumbles.

EAST CAROLINA 33, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 27, OT: Dominique Davis scored on a 1-yard keeper while Damon Magazu intercepted Russell Wilson's final pass to help the host Pirates (4-2) beat the Wolfpack (5-2) in overtime.

Davis threw for 376 yards and two touchdowns for East Carolina, which survived a thrilling finish with its in-state rival in front of a sellout and record home crowd. East Carolina ran out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead only to see N.C. State rally to take the lead late in the fourth quarter on a field goal from Josh Czajkowski before staging its own comeback.

Michael Barbour's field goal with 1:04 left sent the game into overtime, where Davis put the Pirates ahead for good by bouncing off a pile of tacklers on a sneak and falling across the goal line.

VIRGINIA 55, WAKE FOREST 21: Tyrod Taylor threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for a touchdown to lead the Hokies (5-2, 3-0) past the Demon Deacons (2-5, 1-3).

Virginia Tech won its fifth straight after opening the season with two losses, scored touchdowns on seven of its eight first-half possessions against Wake Forest. The Hokies' 49 first-half points tied for the second most (Rutgers, 1999) scored in a first half by a Virginia Tech team under Frank Beamer.

GEORGIA TECH 42, MIDDLE TENNESSEE 14: Anthony Allen ran for two touchdowns, quarterback Joshua Nesbitt rushed for 106 yards and the Yellow Jackets (5-2) recovered from a sluggish start to beat the Blue Raiders (2-4).

Georgia Tech scored touchdowns on three straight possessions in the third quarter, the last of which made it 35-7 on Allen's 5-yard run to the left side.

North Carolina 44, Virginia 10: T.J. Yates threw for three touchdowns and the Tar Hells (4-2, 2-1) won for the first time since 1981 at Scott Stadium, beating the Cavaliers (2-4, 0-3).

North Carolina lost 14 consecutive games on Virginia's home field but dominated throughout this one. Yates hit Dwight Jones with a short slant on the first play and Jones went 81 yards for a touchdown after breaking one tackle.

Jones had a huge day, catching six passes for 188 yards in the first half.

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