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Cincy upsets Wisconsin; Stanford shocks Arizona; Texas battles Rice

NCAA/Top 25 Notebook
By Sharif Talukder

Texas ran into some problems in its fourth game against former Southwestern Conference member Rice.

Kicker Chris Stockton kicked four field goals and running back Hodges Mitchell had a career day by rushing for 188 yards in the 18-13 win.

The Longhorns controlled the first half with Stockton converting on all three of his field goal attempts, and quarterback Major Applewhite threw for another to make it 15-0 at the half.

One huge mistake by the Owls was when their blocked first field goal attempt was spoiled by a face-mask penalty and Stockton was allowed a second chance, and made it.

In the final minute of the first half, the Longhorns scored their only touchdown when Applewhite threw to Kwame Cavil, but the two-point attempt was no good. Rice then got the ball back, but it was forced to punt with 20 seconds. The Longhorns drove down to the 35-yard line and Stockton put in his third field goal of the day.

Rice, who hasn't scored a touchdown in its first two games, finally got the triple-option working. Quarterback Chad Richardson scored the first touchdown for the Owls in the third quarter with a one-yard run that finished off a 14-play, 88-yard drive and cut the deficit to 15-6.

After the Owls recovered a blocked field attempt, they again drove down the field and shocked everyone when Richardson threw his first and only completion of the day for a touchdown to Rapheal Tillman, to make the score 15-13 with only five minutes left in the game.

But Texas controlled the clock and the ball by using a 66-yard drive with 14 plays for Stockton's fourth field goal and ended the game 18-13.

Applewhite finished the day with 246 passing yards. That raises his streak of 200-yard games to 14.

The Longhorns are at Baylor on Sept. 25.

The Texas A&M Aggies had very few problems in their home opener against Western Athletic Conference opponent Tulsa, winning 62-13 in front of a sellout crowd of 67,647 in Kyle Stadium.

It was an offensive explosion for the Aggies who set a record for passing yards with 389, breaking the 385 yards passing mark against Colorado in 1996. Also, the Aggies gained 606 total yards, the most since a game against Louisiana Tech, also in 1996.

Quarterback Randy McCown went 13-for-30 and 320 yards against the overmatched Golden Hurricanes. Junior wide receiver Chris Taylor had a career night by catching six receptions for 177 yards. Also, they both connected on the longest play in Aggie history when McCown threw a 96-yard pass to Taylor in the beginning of the fourth quarter.

"All the credit goes up front," Taylor said. "The offensive line did a great job of protecting and Randy McCown put the ball right on the money. My job was easy."

Other Texas schools' scores

Oklahoma 41, Baylor 10; North Texas 21, Texas Tech 14; Stephen F. Austin 28, Southwest Texas 17; Texas Southern 38, Lane 15; (16) Kansas State 40, UTEP 7

Upset Saturday

It was a great day for college football with some shockers Saturday.

Florida beating Tennessee was a mild surprise, especially since Florida was committing turnover after turnover, giving the Vols a chance to win. But Tennessee failed on a fourth and three with about a minute left.

Arizona State, once considered a power in the Pac-10, lost against New Mexico State, one of the worst teams in Division I-A football. Not only did the Sun Devils lose, but they were just plain embarrassed.

New Mexico State did not have its starting quarterback, but it was no trouble because the rushing attack opened up. Three backs for New Mexico State had a total of 295 yards on the ground.

The New Mexico State Aggies also held Heisman hopeful running back J.R. Redmond to only 64 yards for the game on 24-carries.

Louisiana Tech did what the Houston Cougars could not do. It went into Legion Field and upset Alabama 29-28. The last pass attempt was caught in the end zone for a touchdown on the last play of the game.

Tech quarterback Tim Rattay was forced to leave only two plays before the miracle. Backup Brian Stallworth came in and was sacked in his first play, but he overcame that mistake by hitting wide receiver Sean Cangelosi in between two defenders for the huge upset.

It was not a good day for the Arizona schools. Arizona State was shocked at home while Arizona also fell at home against Stanford 50-22.

Arizona was ranked third in the nation before the season and was coming off the Holiday Bowl victory over Nebraska last year. But after being thrashed at Penn State and squeaking by Texas Christian University, they were humiliated by Stanford.

"We were a poorly coached team out there," Arizona coach Dick Tomey said. "Nobody can hold up their head thinking they played well. It's one thing to get beat by Penn State when you're thousands of miles away from home, but it was just terrible getting beat like that at home."

Finally, the biggest shock of the day was Cincinnati upsetting ninth-ranked Wisconsin 17-12.

Running back Ron Dayne had a big day for the Heisman voters. Dayne rushed on 28 carries for 228 yards to pass Ohio State's Archie Griffin and become the Big Ten's career rushing leader with 5,615 yards, including bowl games.

But the Wisconsin defense struggled to stop Cincinnati. A late fumble by Dayne and a touchdown which was called back because of a penalty led to the downfall for the Badgers' chances for a national championship.

A Heisman update

Florida State's wide receiver Peter Warrick had an ordinary day against N.C. State with nine catches for only 75 yards and no touchdowns. But he is still the leader of the pack in most eyes because he did not lose and because of his past performances.

Quarterbacks Drew Brees from Purdue and Georgia Tech's Joe Hamliton are currently the best two quarterbacks in the nation and are competing for the No. 1 quarterback award.

Ricky Williams' advantage in winning last year's Heisman trophy was the fact that he was the only running-back candidate while all of the others were quarterbacks.

This year, there are lot more running backs and fewer quarterbacks in the hunt. Jamel Lewis from Tennessee, Travis Prentice from Miami of Ohio, Shaun Alexander from Alabama and Dayne are in the top 10.

Dayne has a total of 524 yards in three game and is now only 1,193 yards from breaking the record. He has a total of 5,037 yards and is now only 1,193 yards from breaking the record. He needs to average 149.1 yards a game for the next eight games to break the record.
 

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