—Cincinnati's Mardy Gilyard caught nine passes for a career-best 177 yards and two touchdowns as the 14th-ranked Bearcats held off Fresno State 28-20.
—Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli threw for 253 yards and three touchdowns in Oregon's 42-3 upset of sixth-ranked California.
—Richmond quarterback Eric Ward threw for a career-high 394 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Spiders to a 38-28 win over Virginia Military Institute.
—Georgia kicker Blair Walsh hit a 37-yard field goal on the final play as No. 21 Georgia beat Arizona State 20-17. Walsh is 9-for-9 on field goals this season.
Look for quite a bit of shuffling when the new Associated Press Top 25 comes out on Sunday. Four Top 10 teams lost this week — No. 4 Ole Miss, No. 5 Penn State, No. 6 California and No. 9 Miami.
Don't look now, but No. 17 Houston is building a case to contend for a BCS berth. Houston rallied to beat Texas Tech 29-28 on quarterback Case Keenum's 4-yard run in the final minute. If nothing else, the Cougars, pride of Conference USA, are 2-0 in the Big 12 South after back-to-back victories over Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.
Tim Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, was taken to the hospital by ambulance after getting hit in the head in the third quarter of No. 1 Florida's 41-7 victory over Kentucky. Tebow lay motionless for several minutes before sitting up. Tebow had rushed for 123 yards and two scores and added another 103 yards passing and a touchdown before the injury. He started despite having respiratory issues that forced him and several teammates to take a separate plane to Lexington on Friday. After the game, Florida coach Urban Meyer said he thought Tebow had suffered a concussion. "I think he'll be all right," Meyer said. The Gators are off next week before visiting No. 7 Louisiana State on Oct. 10.
What a month it's been for Oregon. In a 23-day span, the Ducks lost to No. 14 Boise State, then suspended tailback LeGarrette Blount for the rest of the season after he punched a Bronco. Oregon barely survived against Purdue, then beat 18th-ranked Utah. The Ducks capped a memorable September with a smashing 42-3 rout of No. 6 California in Eugene on Saturday.
All week, the pundits talked about how No. 9 Miami was "back" after opening the season with impressive wins over Florida State and Georgia Tech. Someone forgot to tell 11th-ranked Virginia Tech, which established itself as the team to beat in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a dominating 31-7 victory over the Hurricanes in Blacksburg. It was over by halftime, when VaTech led 21-0 and Miami had more punts (4) than first downs (3). Next up for the 'Canes: No. 10 Oklahoma, which wraps up a season-opening stretch of four straight Top 25 opponents.
HOLD THAT BULLDOG
No. 7 LSU stopped Mississippi State after a first-and-goal at the LSU 2 in the final two minutes to preserve a 30-26 victory in Starkville. On the final play, the Tigers stacked up quarterback Tyson Lee on a keeper less than a foot short of a go-ahead score with 1:08 left. "We were right there 6 inches from the goal line. That just comes down to who wants it more," Mississippi State center J.C. Brignone said.
South Florida upset No. 18 Florida State 17-7 in Tallahassee, and afterward the Seminoles had to explain how they let USF quarterback B.J. Daniels leave town. Daniels, a redshirt freshman who grew up in Tallahassee, ran for 126 yards, threw two touchdown passes and accounted for 341 of USF's 368 yards of offense. "He killed us," FSU coach Bobby Bowden said. The 6-foot-1 Daniels, who moonlights as a point guard, said he chose USF because it would let him play hoops and football.
IT'S STILL A HOOPS SCHOOL
Kansas football and basketball players fought each other on campus last week, bringing embarrassment to the normally placid Lawrence campus. On Saturday, the 20th-ranked football team took out its aggressions on Southern Mississippi, pulling out a 35-28 victory behind Todd Reesing's 331 passing yards and three touchdown passes.
"It changes history. You have to beat them to get talked about. Now I can say we should be talked about." South Florida coach Jim Leavitt after his school's first victory over one of the Sunshine State's Big Three — Miami, Florida and Florida State.
FOURTH AND INCHES
Alabama star linebacker Dont'a Hightower left with a knee injury late in the first quarter of the third-ranked Crimson Tide's 35-7 victory over Arkansas, and coach Nick Saban said "the initial prognosis is not good." ... No. 21 Georgia's 20-17 victory over Arizona State left the Sun Devils 3-27 against the Top 25 since 2000 — and 1-6 under Dennis Erickson. ... Michigan avoided its first home loss to Indiana since 1967 with another fourth-quarter comeback. Two weeks after rallying to beat Notre Dame, the Wolverines edged the Hoosiers 36-33 on Tate Forcier's touchdown pass to Martavious Odoms with 2:29 left. Keep an eye on Forcier, who said he has a bruised shoulder but wouldn't say which one. ... In the last three weeks, No. 18 Florida State has scored 19 points against lower-division Jacksonville State at home, 54 points against No. 7 Brigham Young in Provo and 7 points against unranked South Florida at home. ... Fresno State has to wonder how it could rush for 290 yards, control the ball for 43 minutes and still lose 28-20 at No. 14 Cincinnati. ... How bad is Maryland? The Terrapins (1-3) turned the ball over five times in a 34-13 loss to Rutgers in College Park. Maryland has more turnovers (13) than touchdowns (11).