Originally created 11/12/06

Top 25 wrapup



TUCSON, Ariz. - Antoine Cason returned an interception 39 yards for a touchdown to lead Arizona to a 24-20 upset of No. 8 California on Saturday.

The Wildcats, who beat a Top 25 team for the second consecutive week, rallied from a 17-3 third quarter deficit to stun the Golden Bears. Arizona (5-5, 3-4 Pac-10) knocked off then-No. 25 Washington State in Pullman last week.

DeSean Jackson returned a punt 95 yards for a touchdown and caught a 62-yard touchdown pass for California (8-2, 6-1). Marshawn Lynch rushed for 102 yards for the Golden Bears, who face No. 7 Southern California next week in Los Angeles.

NO. 9 NOTRE DAME 39, AIR FORCE 17

In Air Force Academy, Colo., Notre Dame manhandled Air Force for its eighth consecutive road win.

The Irish (9-1), who secured back-to-back nine-win seasons for the first time in 13 years, struck early and dispatched the Falcons (4-5), who never could capitalize on their ball-control option offense that kept Brady Quinn & Co. on the sideline for much of the game.

Quinn threw for 207 yards and four touchdowns, Darius Walker rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and Jeff Samardzija caught six passes for 106 yards and a touchdown.

NO. 10 WEST VIRGINIA 42, CINCINNATI 24

In Morgantown, W.Va., Pat White ran for two touchdowns and threw for another and Steve Slaton added two scoring runs as West Virginia bounced back from its first loss.

Slaton ran for 148 yards on just 12 carries to help West Virginia (8-1, 3-1 Big East) overcame a sluggish start. The Mountaineers scored five of their TDs on drives of five plays or less.

West Virginia, the nation's second leading rushing offense, compiled 313 yards against one of the best rush defenses, which had surrendered five TDs entering the game.

NEBRASKA 28, NO. 24 TEXAS A&M 27

In College Station, Texas, Zac Taylor threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Maurice Purify with 21 seconds left as Nebraska clinched a berth in the Big 12 championship game with a wild win.

The Aggies (8-3, 4-3) trailed 21-10 at halftime, but Jorvorskie Lane's 1-yard touchdown run with 7:28 left capped an A&M comeback.

The Aggies got a two-point conversion to make it 27-21 and Mark Dodge intercepted Taylor with 2:50 remaining, seemingly sealing the biggest victory of coach Dennis Franchione's four-year tenure before Nebraska (8-3, 5-2) rallied.

PENN STATE 47, TEMPLE 0

In State College, Pa., Tony Hunt had a career day with 167 yards rushing and four touchdowns and Derrick Williams scored on a 75-yard punt return as Penn State routed Temple in its first game without head coach Joe Paterno in nearly three decades.

The 79-year-old Paterno, recovering from left leg surgery, was said to have watched the game on television from home, just a couple miles down the road from Beaver Stadium.

Hunt ran for three scores and caught an 11-yard TD pass. Two scoring runs came in the game's first six minutes, including a 26-yard scamper capped when the senior extended the ball over the goal line just before getting shoved out of bounds to give Penn State (7-4) a 14-0 lead.