NCAA Roundup: Oregon rises, Fla. State, LSU sink
Quarterback Marcus Mariota of the Oregon Ducks rushes against the Washington State Cougars on September 29, 2012 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. / Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
That next edition of LSU-Alabama most likely won't be a 1 vs. 2 matchup. Florida made sure of that.
The 10th-ranked Gators got their biggest victory yet under second-year coach Will Muschamp, beating the No. 4 Tigers 14-6 in Gainesville, Fla.
For the third time this season, Florida trailed at half against a Southeastern Conference rival and came back to win.
The Gators trailed 6-0 at half, but scored on consecutive drives by running on 17 of 18 plays. Mike Gillislee ended both of them with 12-yard touchdown runs, one in the third quarter and another early in the fourth.
LSU and Alabama played twice last season as the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the nation. It wouldn't have been shocking to see another 1 vs. 2, or a matchup of unbeaten on Nov. 3 in Baton Rouge, when the Tigers and Tide meet again. Now, you can forget that.
LSU was one of seven undefeated teams to fall Saturday.
No. 11 Texas lost to No. 8 West Virginia, No. 5 Georgia lost at No. 6 South Carolina, and No. 3 Florida State was upset at North Carolina State.
Iowa State handed No. 15 TCU its first loss, 37-23, to stop the Horned Frogs' 12-game winning streak, which had been the longest in major college football.
Penn State made it four straight victories by beating No. 24 Northwestern 39-28. The Wildcats were trying to go to 6-0.
No. 2 OREGON 52, WASHINGTON 21
EUGENE, Ore. Marcus Mariota threw for 198 yards and four touchdowns, including two TD strikes to tight end Colt Lyerla, for Oregon.
Mariota rebounded from an interception on the Ducks' opening series to complete 15 of 24 passes and Oregon (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) won its ninth straight overall dating back to last season, as well as its ninth straight in the series against the rival Huskies (3-2, 1-1).
Lyerla caught three passes for 71 yards, including touchdowns of 10 and 13 yards.
Kenjon Barner, who went into the game ranked 10th in the nation with an average of 121 yards rushing per game, ran for 122 yards and the Ducks built a 35-7 lead at halftime.
Bishop Sankey ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns for Washington.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE 17, No. 3 FLORIDA STATE 16
RALEIGH, N.C. Mike Glennon found Bryan Underwood for a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 16 seconds left, helping North Carolina State rally to upset Florida State.
The Seminoles (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) appeared poised to strengthen their grip on their division, leading 16-0 at halftime behind a dominating defensive performance. But the Wolfpack (4-2, 1-1) inched closer after halftime before coming up with a game-turning blocked punt by Mike Rose with 2:27 left, giving the ball back to Glennon at the FSU 43 with a chance to complete a stunning comeback.
Glennon marched the Wolfpack down the field and completed a pair of fourth-down passes inside the 15, the second when he found Underwood alone over the middle to tie the game and take the lead on the ensuing point-after kick.
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