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TAMPA, Fla. - Surprising South Florida is adjusting nicely to its new role as a national title contender.

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South Florida running back Mike Ford gets by Central Florida's Chance Henderson (left) to score during the first quarter. The No. 5 Bulls won their eighth game in a row dating to last year.  Associated Press
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South Florida running back Mike Ford gets by Central Florida's Chance Henderson (left) to score during the first quarter. The No. 5 Bulls won their eighth game in a row dating to last year.

Playing at home for the first time since climbing into the Top 10, the fifth-ranked Bulls dominated Central Florida 64-12 on Saturday for their school record-tying eighth consecutive victory dating to last season.

George Selvie, the nation's sack leader, led a swarming defense that corralled the nation's leading rusher, and Matt Grothe threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more to help the Bulls (6-0) extend the best start in the school's relatively brief football history.

Kevin Smith, who began the day averaging 172 yards per game rushing for Central Florida, was limited to 55 on 18 carries. The junior, who had gained at least 100 in a Central Florida-record five consecutive games, spent much of the second half on the bench after the score got out of hand.

NO. 3 OHIO STATE 48, KENT STATE 3

In Columbus, Ohio, Brian Hartline returned a punt a school-record 90 yards and Donald Washington brought back an interception 70 yards to lead the Buckeyes.

It was the second meeting between the teams. The Buckeyes rolled 51-17 in 2002 on the way to a 14-0 record and their first national title since the 1968 season.

The game was little more than a tuneup for the Buckeyes (7-0) for the Big Ten stretch drive. They play Michigan State, at Penn State, Wisconsin, Illinois and at Michigan in the final five games - all teams with winning records.

NO. 9 OREGON 53, WASHINGTON STATE 7

In Eugene, Ore., Dennis Dixon threw for 287 yards and three touchdowns and Oregon handed Washington State its fourth consecutive loss.

Dixon also ran for a touchdown for the Ducks (5-1, 2-1 Pacific-10), who had 551 yards in total offense.

Oregon's victory came at a cost.

Wide receiver Cameron Colvin was lost with a broken ankle early in the game, and running back Jeremiah Johnson went down with a right knee injury after he had scored two touchdowns.

NO. 11 MISSOURI 31, NO. 6 OKLAHOMA 41


NORMAN, Okla. - Chris Brown ran for three second-half touchdowns, Curtis Lofton returned a fumble for a touchdown and No. 6 Oklahoma knocked No. 11 Missouri from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 41-31 victory Saturday night.


Brown put the Sooners (6-1, 2-1 Big 12) ahead to stay with his 1-yard touchdown run with 12:26 remaining, and Lofton scooped up a botched handoff and returned it 15 yards for a score 46 seconds later as Oklahoma kept the Tigers from entering the national title picture.


Brown, who finished with 67 yards on 13 carries, sealed the win with a 23-yard touchdown run with 2:39 remaining.

LOUISVILLE 28, NO. 15 CINCINNATI 24


In Cincinnati, Brian Brohm threw three touchdown passes and made a gutsy, game-turning 51-yard completion, rallying Louisville to a victory over Cincinnati.

IOWA 10, NO. 18 ILLINOIS 6

In Iowa City, Iowa, Iowa's Brett Greenwood intercepted an Eddie McGee pass at the goal line with 1:12 left and the Hawkeyes snapped the Illini's five-game winning streak.

Jake Christensen threw for 182 yards and a touchdown and Albert Young added 99 yards rushing for the Hawkeyes (3-4, 1-3 Big Ten), who broke an eight-game losing streak in Big Ten play and knocked off a ranked opponent for the first time since 2005.

PENN STATE 38, NO. 19 WISCONSIN 7

In State College, Pa., Rodney Kinlaw for 115 yards and a touchdown, Anthony Morelli threw for 216 yards and another score and Penn State capitalized on mistake-prone Wisconsin.

Penn State (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten) moved the ball with ease in claiming its second straight conference win and scored on two of three Wisconsin first-half turnovers.

The Badgers (5-2, 2-2) lost their second in a row after having won 14 in a row.

NO. 20 KANSAS 58, BAYLOR 10

In Lawrence, Kan., Todd Reesing threw two touchdown passes and Jake Sharp rushed for 110 yards and another score in a game delayed more than two hours by lightning and heavy rain.

NO. 23 TEXAS 56, IOWA STATE 3

In Ames, Iowa, Colt McCoy threw four touchdown passes and ran for another as Texas ended its longest conference losing streak in 51 years.

McCoy followed up a strong performance in last week's loss to Oklahoma with an even sharper game, setting the tone for the Longhorns (5-2, 1-2 Big 12) by tossing a 58-yard touchdown pass on their first play.

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