Originally created 09/09/01

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SEATTLE - Omare Lowe changed the game in less than a minute for No. 15 Washington, blocking a field goal that was returned for a touchdown, then running back an interception for another score in a 23-18 win over No. 11 Michigan on Saturday.

Lowe blocked Hayden Epstein's field-goal try with 9:11 left in the fourth quarter, and Roc Alexander scooped up the ball and sprinted 77 yards for the Huskies' first touchdown of the game that put them ahead 13-12.

Then, with 8:20 remaining, Lowe picked off a pass that deflected off Chris Perry's hands and ran 21 yards into the end zone.

It was quite a stretch for Lowe, who was beaten by Marquise Walker on Michigan's initial touchdown just before halftime.

Walker got by him again for a touchdown in the game's final minute, but it was too late for Michigan. Lowe then batted away a two-point conversion pass to Walker before Washington recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.

Lowe's late-game heroics overshadowed a brilliant day by Walker. The senior receiver had a hand in all of Michigan's first-half points and most of its third-down conversions in the second half.

Walker caught a school-record 15 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns. He also blocked a punt by Derek McLaughlin for a safety to give the Wolverines a 2-0 lead in the first quarter.

With a victory, Michigan (1-1) would have passed Yale to become college football's winningest team. Both teams have 806 wins, and Yale did not play Saturday.

In his first college start, Washington quarterback Cody Pickett was 13-for-22 for 199 yards. He didn't lead the Huskies to an offensive touchdown, but he also didn't throw an interception in his first start in place of Marques Tuiasosopo, now with the Oakland Raiders.

Michigan quarterback John Navarre, meanwhile, threw two interceptions and went 26-for-44 for 248 yards and two touchdowns. He's in a similar position to Pickett, replacing Drew Henson, who opted to forgo his senior season as quarterback to play baseball in the New York Yankees organization.

No. 7 Oregon 24, Utah10

EUGENE, Ore. - Joey Harrington threw two touchdown passes to Keenan Howry in Oregon's 22nd straight home victory.

Harrington completed 17 of 27 passes for 220 yards and did not throw an interception. Howry finished with five catches for 47 yards, including 25- and 14-yard touchdown receptions, and Jason Willis had nine receptions for 107 yards.

Maurice Morris ran for 59 yards and a TD for Oregon (2-0).

No. 9 Virginia Tech 31, Western Michigan 0

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Keith Burnell ran for 74 yards and a touchdown in his first career start and Virginia Tech rushed for 271 yards in its 14th straight home victory.

Grant Noel was 13-for-25 for 144 yards, hitting fullback Doug Easlick for a 22-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter for Easlick's first career reception and TD.

Virginia Tech (2-0) had little problem pushing the ball down the field despite losing star running back Lee Suggs for the season with a knee injury last week.

No. 14 UCLA 41, Kansas 17

LAWRENCE, Kan. - DeShaun Foster rushed for 179 yards and one touchdown and Cory Paus ran for a TD and passed for another for slow-starting UCLA.

The Bruins (2-0), who did not have a turnover or penalty in last week's 20-17 victory at Alabama, had one of each in the first seven minutes and handed Kansas (1-1) the early momentum.

Paus was 10-of-16 for 160 yards.