BYU jumps to 9th

Brigham Young University barged into the top 10 of The Associated Press college football poll, making the biggest jump of any team from the preseason rankings after scoring the biggest upset of the opening weekend of the regular season.


The Cougars jumped 11 spots to No. 9 in the Top 25 released Tuesday, three days after they stunned Oklahoma 14-13 as three-touchdown underdogs.

Cougars quarterback Max Hall said the victory has energized Provo, Utah, and the BYU campus.

"For the first time there were people at the airport to greet the team. About 2,000 people were out there when we got back," he said.

Florida was still an overwhelming No. 1, receiving 56 of 60 first-place votes, two less than last week.

No. 5 Oklahoma State moved up four spots after an impressive 24-10 victory against Georgia. The loss dropped the Bulldogs eight spots to No. 21.

Georgia Tech remained 15th.

GEORGIA: Safety Makiri Pugh expects to play against South Carolina on Saturday after recovering from swine flu.

Pugh tested positive for the H1N1 virus last week and didn't play in the season opener against Oklahoma State. But he got over the illness in a couple of days and was back at practice Tuesday.

FLORIDA: The top-ranked Gators will have to wait a year to see highly touted freshman Andre Debose on the field.

Debose, coach Urban Meyer 's prized recruit in February, will have season-ending surgery to repair a torn hamstring.

Meyer had tabbed the 5-foot-11, 185-pound speedster as Percy Harvin 's replacement this fall.

OKLAHOMA: Tight end Jermaine Gresham will miss the rest of the season after having surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee.

Coach Bob Stoops said doctors determined during an arthroscopic surgery that they needed to stitch together the cartilage in Gresham's knee. Stoops said he will need five months to recover.

ACC HONORS: Clemson's Brandon Maye was named defensive lineman of the week and running back C.J. Spiller was named specialist of the week in the weekly Atlantic Coast Conference football honors.

OREGON: Suspended running back LeGarrette Blount made a brief appearance at practice, but did not suit up.

Blount was suspended by the Ducks for the season for punching Boise State's Byron Hout after the season opener last Thursday.

Blount was allowed to remain at Oregon on scholarship. He can practice with the team, although he cannot play in games.



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