Nebraska win streak ends at 19

(AP) — On a streaky day in college football, UCLA, Tennessee and Kansas State came up winners, Nebraska was a rare loser and top-ranked Ohio State kept sailing along toward a trip to the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 4 for a shot at its first national title in 30 years.
Nebraska (5-1) was outplayed for the second week in a row, but this time No. 10 Texas A&M came away with the 28-21 upset Saturday at College Station, Texas.
The loss ended the Cornhuskers’ 19-game winning streak, 40-game conference winning streak and probably their chances for a fourth national title in five years. Nebraska fell from No. 2 to No. 8 in this week’s AP poll.
“We’re struggling and that doesn’t happen to Nebraska,” wide receiver Matt Davison said. “I really don’t understand what we’re doing.”
No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 Tennessee and No. 4 Kansas State, meanwhile, were happy to take advantage of the Huskers’ misfortune as the trio came out on the winning side in games matching unbeaten Top 25 teams.
At Tucson, Ariz., Cade McNown passed for two TDs and ran for another as UCLA (4-0, 2-0 Pac-10) pulled away from No. 16 Arizona 52-28 (5-1, 2-1) for its 14th consecutive victory — the longest winning streak among major colleges now that Nebraska’s has ended.
“They were guessing all night and for most of the first half, they were guessing right,” McNown said after the Bruins scored 28 consecutive points in a 6:10 span of the second half. “But you can’t guess right the whole game. Eventually we knew our offense would turn on.”
At Athens, Ga., Tee Martin threw two 3-yard TD passes in the third quarter as the Volunteers (5-0, 3-0 SEC) beat No. 13 Georgia 22-3 and extended their winning streak over the Bulldogs (4-1, 2-1) to eight games. Georgia has now lost nine straight at Sanford Stadium against Top 25 opponents.
At Boulder, Colo., Kansas State won its 13th straight game — tying the school record — but was less than impressive in a 16-9 win over No. 19 Colorado (5-1, 2-1). The Wildcats (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) entered the game averaging over 60 points, but 137 yards rushing from Eric Hickson and three field goals from Martin Grammatica was enough for the win.
“If there really is such a thing as an ugly win, then you’ve just witnessed one,” K-State coach Bill Snyder said even though his team won in Boulder for the first time since 1973. “This is not a joyous locker room.”
Next week, there’s one major matchup of unbeatens when No. 11 Oregon (5-0) plays at UCLA.
In other Top 25 games, it was: No. 1 Ohio State 41, Illinois 0; No. 5 Florida 22, No. 21 LSU 10; No. 6 Florida State 26, Miami 14; No. 9 Wisconsin 31, Purdue 24; No. 11 Oregon 51, Washington State 29; No. 12 Penn State 27, Minnesota 17; No. 15 West Virginia 37, Temple 7; No. 17 Arkansas 23, Memphis 9; No. 18 Notre Dame 28, Arizona State 9; No. 20 Missouri 35, Iowa State 19; No. 22 Texas Tech 24, Oklahoma 17; No. 23 Syracuse 63, Cincinnati 21; and No. 25 Georgia Tech 47, North Carolina State 24.

No. 2 UCLA 52, No. 16 Arizona 28
McNown had plenty of help against the Wildcats. Tailbacks DeShaun Foster and Keith Brown, who took turns subbing for the suspended Jermaine Lewis, ran for two TDs each and combined for 209 yards. Arizona’s nine-game winning streak ended.
No. 3 Tennessee 22, No. 13 Georgia 3
The Vols, playing their first game without injured tailback Jamal Lewis, relied on a stingy defense against the ‘Dawgs, holding them to 59 yards rushing.
“I think we were favored before Jamal was hurt, then all of a sudden we were a three-point underdog,” said Al Wilson, who led the swarming Vols defense. “That really motivated us. It was like people look at us as a one-man team.”
No. 5 Florida 22,No. 21 LSU 10
At Gainesville, Fla., receiver Travis McGriff took a lateral from Doug Johnson and threw a 49-yard TD pass to Travis Taylor for the clinching score.
The Gators (5-1, 3-1 SEC) suffered several key injuries. Jesse Palmer, who started against LSU, may be out for the season with a broken right clavicle; defensive lineman Ed Chester has a dislocated knee, running back Terry Jackson has an ankle injury and linebacker Johnny Rutledge has a concussion.

No. 6 Florida St. 26,Miami 14
At Miami, Peter Warrick caught a 62-yard scoring pass and set up another TD with a 50-yard catch as the Semioles (5-1) beat the Hurricanes (3-2) for the fourth consecutive year. Chris Weinke passed for 316 yards and two TDs; Warrick finished with 190 yards on seven catches.

No. 10 Texas A&M 28,No. 8 Nebraska, 21
The Aggies built a 28-7 lead but needed Sedrick Curry’s interception with 59 seconds left to secure the school’s first win over a top 5 team since 1975. The loss was just the fourth in 69 games and the first since a 37-27 setback against Texas in the Big 12 title game in 1996.
“We’re down and hurt right now,” Huskers coach Frank Solich said after his first loss since replacing Tom Osborne. “We’re not accustomed to taking a loss.”

No. 11 Oregon 51,Washington St. 29
At Pullman, Wash., the Ducks (5-0, 2-0 Pac-10) kept their 50-point average intact as Reuben Droughns ran for 217 yards and scored four TDs to get ready for next week’s game at UCLA.
Akili Smith, the nation’s leading passer, was 15-of-22 for 280 yards and three TDs. The Cougars (3-3, 0-3) had an eight-game home winning streak broken.

ù At Philadelphia, backup Alvin Swoope filled in for an injured Amos Zereoue and had 141 yards and two TDs for WVU (4-1, 1-0 Big East). Zereoue missed the game with a bruised thigh. Temple is 0-6, 0-2.
ù At Los Angeles, Marcus Fields scored on a 3-yard run with 3:30 left as California (4-1, 2-0 Pac-10) overcame a 21-point, second-half deficit. USC (4-2, 2-1 Pac-10) led 31-10 in the third quarter, but Cal came back for only its second win in the Coliseum since 1970. The loss knocked USC out of the Top 25.
ù At Memphis, Clint Stoerner’s 52-yard TD pass to Michael Williams in the third quarter helped Arkansas (5-0) pull away for a 23-9 win over Memphis (0-5).
ù Devin West ran for 252 yards and Corby Jones accounted for three scores despite a sore toe in Missouri’s 35-19 win over Iowa State in Ames, Iowa.
ù At Tempe, Ariz., Autry Denson scored twice on 1-yard runs and A’Jani Sanders returned an interception 25 yards for another score as Notre Dame (4-1) beat Arizona State (2-4) 28-9.
ù Jason Bostic scored on a blocked punt and fumble return and Joe Hamilton added three TDs as Georgia Tech (4-1, 3-0 ACC) cruised past N.C. State (3-2, 1-1) 47-24 at Raleigh, N.C.
ù At Syracuse, N.Y., Donovan McNabb threw four TD passes in the first half as Syracuse (3-2) beat Cincinnati (0-6).

Ricky Williams moved into third place on the NCAA’s career rushing list (5,380 yards) with 139 yards and two TDs in Texas’ 34-3 victory over Oklahoma. … Daunte Culpepper completed 28 of 33 passes for 327 yards and a TD as Central Florida (5-1) beat Northern Illinois 38-17 and extended the Huskies’ losing streak to 23 games, longest among major colleges. … In a 48-45 loss to New Mexico State, Nevada freshman David Neill threw for a Big West-record 611 yards and five TDs. Geoff Noisy caught 14 passes for 283 yards and a TD, but the Aggies won it on Ty Houghtaling’s 8-yard TD pass with 46 seconds left. … Anthony White had more than 100 yards rushing and receiving and Tim Couch was 29-of-42 for 315 yards and three TDs as Kentucky (4-2, 1-2) beat South Carolina (1-5, 0-4) 33-28. … Auburn (1-4) is off to its worst start since 1952 after a 38-21 loss at Mississippi State. … Washington set a school record with 13 sacks in a 53-12 win over Utah State. … TCU, 1-10 a year ago, moved to 4-1 with under new coach Dennis Franchione with a a 21-10 win over Fresno State. … Oregon State (4-2) ended a 14-game, Pac-10 losing streak with a 30-23 win at Stanford.