— Cam Newton, Auburn, ran for 188 yards, passed for 140 and had a hand in four touchdowns as No. 7 Auburn pulled away from 12th-ranked Arkansas 65-43.
— John Clay, Wisconsin, ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns to help the Badgers knock off No. 1 Ohio State 31-18.
— Randall Cobb, Kentucky, caught a 24-yard touchdown pass with 1:15 remaining then added the two-point conversion to give the Wildcats a stunning 31-28 victory over No. 10 South Carolina.
— Andy Dalton, TCU, threw four touchdown passes, including two barely a minute apart late in the first half, to lift the No. 4 Horned Frogs to a 31-3 victory.
— Ricky Stanzi, Iowa, threw for 248 yards and tossed his third touchdown pass to Derrell Johnson-Koulianos early in the fourth quarter to help the No. 15 Hawkeyes hold off Michigan 38-28.
— DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma, scored three times to set Oklahoma's career record for touchdowns in the Sooners' 52-0 victory over Iowa State.
— Cam Newton, Auburn, ran for 188 yards, passed for 140 and accounted for four touchdowns as the No. 7 Tigers beat No. 12 Arkansas 65-43.
— Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State, had a career-high 207 yards receiving with a touchdown to lead the 20th-ranked Cowboys to a 34-17 win over Texas Tech.
— Garrett Gilbert, Texas, ran for two touchdowns in the Longhorns' 20-13 upset of No. 5 Nebraska.
— Matt Barkley, USC, passed for 352 yards and a school record-tying five touchdowns to lift the Trojans to a 48-14 victory over California that ended their first losing streak in nine years.
— Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech, threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for a touchdown to lead the Hokies past Wake Forest 52-21.
— Michael Floyd, Notre Dame, caught three touchdown passes and had 157 yards receiving to help the Irish pull away to beat Western Michigan 44-20.
— Nate Eachus, Cornell ran for a school-record 291 yards and scored three touchdowns to help the Raiders rout Cornell 44-3.
— Dominique Davis, East Carolina, threw for 376 yards and two touchdowns, and scored on a 1-yard keeper to help the Pirates beat North Carolina State 33-27.
— Blaine Gabbert, Missouri, threw for a 361 yards and three touchdowns, and the No. 21 Tigers remained undefeated with a 30-9 win over struggling Texas A&M.
— Jordan Wynn, Utah, passed for 230 yards and two touchdowns to help No. 11 Utah remain unbeaten with a 30-6 win over Wyoming.
THINKING ABOUT NO. 1
Boise State posted a lopsided win on the eve of the release of the first Bowl Championship Series standings, beating San Jose State 48-0 on Saturday night. The Broncos were projected to be in the top spot last week and could be there officially when the standings make their debut Sunday. They were No. 3 in the human polls headed into Saturday's action, before No. 1 Ohio State lost to Wisconsin.
Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett's Heisman Trophy hopes may have taken a hit after he took a blow to the head. The junior quarterback took a shot to the head in the first quarter against No. 7 Auburn and didn't return. The Tigers went on to beat the 12th-ranked Razorbacks 65-43.
Eastern Michigan ended an 18-game losing streak with a 41-38 victory over Ball State. ... Northern Colorado has lost six straight to Eastern Washington, dating to 1984, after a 35-28 setback. ... No. 20 Oklahoma State's 34-17 win over Texas Tech was its first in Lubbock since 1944. ... Southern Methodist has lost 20 consecutive non-conference road games, a streak that began after a win against Navy in 1998, after losing 28-21 to the Midshipmen. ... Cal has lost seven straight to USC after a 48-14 setback. ... Savannah State has lost nine straight over two seasons after being beat 31-0 by Florida A&M. ... Tim Flanders became the first Sam Houston State player in school history to run for 100 yards in five straight games after notching 141 in a 57-7 win over Southeastern Louisiana. ... Colorado State ended a 10-game conference losing streak with a 43-10 victory over UNLV.
Jacksonville had its highest-scoring game ever in cruising past Valparaiso 86-7. The Dolphins had 658 yards of total offense to beat their previous record of 55 points against UNC-Pembroke in 2007. ... No. 7 Auburn and No. 12 Arkansas combined to score the most points in a non-overtime game in SEC history after the Tigers beat the Razorbacks 65-43. The previous mark was set in South Carolina's 65-39 victory over Mississippi State in 1995. ... How's this for an odd score: Richmond beat Massachusetts 11-10 on true freshman Montel White's TD pass with 9 seconds left.
Mississippi State controlled the clock, dictated the tempo and kept Florida's mostly inept offense on the sideline in 10-7 win that sent the Gators to their third straight loss. Yep, coach Urban Meyer has accomplished something that even former coach Ron Zook never did. The Bulldogs, whose victory over Florida in 2004 led to Zook's firing, won in Gainesville for the first time since 1965. They snapped a 16-game losing streak at the Swamp and left 90,000-plus wondering what happened to a program that won two of the last four national championships.
Denard Robinson's Heisman Trophy chances have taken big hit after the past two weeks. The dynamic Michigan quarterback was 13 of 18 for 96 yards with an interception on an ill-advised heave into coverage and a TD in the Wolverines' loss to Iowa. He ran 18 times for 105 yards, but left during the third quarter after he was hit hard on a run. The week before, Robinson had three costly turnovers and ran for a season-low 86 yards on 21 carries in a loss to rival Michigan State.
No. 5 Nebraska and its fans had been pointing to its game with Texas for 10 months, the stakes becoming even higher after announcing that the school was moving to the Big Ten next year. Instead of redemption, the Cornhuskers were disappointed with another loss in their final Big 12 game against the Longhorns. Nearly a 10-point underdog, Texas got two rushing TDs from Garrett Gilbert and shut down Taylor Martinez to pull off the 20-13 upset. Martinez, who came in averaging 147 yards a game and almost 11 yards a carry, was held to a season-low 21 yards on 13 carries before being pulled for Zac Lee in the third quarter.
TAR HEELS RETURN
North Carolina junior defensive end Linwan Euwell was cleared to play at Virginia. Euwell missed the first five games while the school worked to determine his status amid an NCAA investigation into agent-related benefits and possible academic misconduct. In addition, the school said junior safety Brian Gupton won't play this season, though the school didn't specify why. The school also said that senior cornerback Kendric Burney, who will serve the last of his six-game suspension against Virginia, still is in question for next week's game at Miami due to what the school called "an unresolved issue" connected to the NCAA probe. Tailback Ryan Houston was previously cleared to play against Virginia after sitting out the first five games.
No. 13 Michigan State rallied from a sluggish start for the second straight game. The Spartans outscored Illinois 23-0 in the second half to win 26-6 for their best start in more than four decades. Michigan State is 7-0 for the first time since 1966, when it won its first nine games before famously tying Notre Dame 10-10.
"It's all tough stuff, yes. When you coach these kids, they're your kids. That is the thing I don't know if everybody gets. It's not pro football. Those are your kids. You're raising them. You're finishing the job for their parents, so it's tough." — Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said after defensive tackle Eric LeGrand was hospitalized for a neck injury suffered against Army.