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Volunteers blow the Hurricanes away

NCAA ACTION Derrick Tinsley scored on fourth down and No. 18 Tennessee upset sixth-ranked Miami 10-6, ending the nation's longest home-winning streak at 26


Texas Tech quarterback B.J. Symons, center, loses his helmet as he is stopped at the line of scrimmage by Baylor defenders, including Derrick Cash, left, and Stephen Sepulveda, right, during the second quarter in Waco, Texas, Saturday. Tech's Joey Hawkins is at bottom left.


Tennessee knocked Miami out of the national championship picture Saturday for the first time in four years.

The Hurricanes failed to score a touchdown at home for the first time since 1984. It also was the first time since a 47-0 drubbing at Florida State in 1997 that Miami (7-2) failed to scored a touchdown in any game. And they looked bad doing it.

"It was probably the prettiest, ugliest win I've ever had," said Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer, who posed for pictures with his family in the Orange Bowl after the game.

Brock Berlin threw two interceptions and fumbled once -- and probably lost his starting job for the rest of the season. The Hurricanes also had 12 penalties for 121 yards, including a key one that helped Tennessee (7-2) score its only touchdown.

"Nobody believed we could win, but in the end we did what we had to to win," said Casey Clausen, who was 11-of-18 passing for 81 yards and improved to 13-1 as a starter on the road.

No. 1 Oklahoma 77, Texas A&M 0

In Norman, Oklahoma, Jason White tied a school record with five touchdown passes and Oklahoma's defense didn't allow a touchdown for a second straight week.

The Sooners (10-0, 6-0 Big 12) exacted a brutal revenge against the team that derailed their national title hopes in a 30-26 upset last season. It was Oklahoma's most lopsided victory since a 77-0 win over Missouri in 1986 and was A&M's worst loss ever.

Oklahoma scored touchdowns on 10 of its first 11 possessions and got its final score of the day when cornerback Derrick Strait scooped up a fumble and returned it 17 yards to the end zone late in the third quarter. The 77 points and 636 yards of offense were both the most in coach Bob Stoops' five years in Norman.

Clemson 26, No. 3 Florida St. 10

In Clemson, South Carolina, Charlie Whitehurst threw for one TD and ran for another and Clemson likely ended Florida State's national title hopes with its first victory ever over a top-three team.

The Tigers (6-4, 4-3 ACC) snapped an 11-game losing streak to the third-ranked Seminoles and gave Tommy Bowden his first win in five tries over his father, Bobby. Fans tore down both goal posts after Clemson's biggest win in years.

Aaron Hunt added four field goals and the Tigers held the Seminoles (8-2, 6-1) to their fewest points of the season and just 11 yards rushing.

No. 25 Pittsburgh 31,

No. 5 Virginia Tech 28

In Pittsburgh, Lousaka Polite finished off a score-or-else 70-yard Pittsburgh drive with a 2-yard touchdown run with 47 seconds remaining, rallying the Panthers past Virginia Tech.

Pitt, beating the Hokies for the third straight season, led 24-14 late in the third quarter, only to fall behind 28-24 as Kevin Jones scored on runs of 80 and 13 yards barely two minutes apart. Jones scored four TDs and ran for a school-record 241 yards.

Pitt quarterback Rod Rutherford, who was 24-for-31 for 303 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a score, directed the winning drive that kept the Panthers (7-2, 4-0) as the only unbeaten team in Big East play.

Virginia Tech (7-2, 3-2) failed to follow up on last week's 31-7 rout of previously unbeaten Miami and dropped out of contention for the national championship.

No. 7 Ohio St. 33,

No. 14 Michigan St. 23

In Columbus, Ohio, Craig Krenzel threw three touchdown passes and Lydell Ross ran for 125 yards for Ohio State.

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