Vince Young threw a 24-yard go-ahead touchdown to Limas Sweed with 2:37 left and No. 2 Texas defeated No. 4 Ohio State 25-22 in the much-anticipated first meeting between two of US college football's most storied programs on Saturday.
Young's floating TD pass over a defender capped a 72-yard drive during which his biggest plays were through the air, including a third-and-6 completion of 9 yards to Jamaal Charles. His second TD pass of the game made the score 23-22 and the defense did the rest.
The Longhorns' defense, which time and time again toughened after turnovers and special teams gave Ohio State (1-1) good field position, had the biggest takeaway of the game when Drew Kelson stripped a scrambling Justin Zwick and Brian Robison recovered and returned it inside the 20.
Ohio State held the Longhorns (2-0) out of the end zone, but Larry Dibbles sacked Troy Smith for a safety and Texas coach Mack Brown had his second straight huge victory over a Big Ten team. The Longhorns defeated Michigan in the Rose Bowl, when Young launched his 2005 Heisman Trophy campaign with 192 yards rushing.
Young finished 18-for-29 for 270 yards and ran 20 times for 76 yards.
No. 20 Notre Dame 17,
No. 3 Michigan 10
At Ann Arbor, Michigan, Brady Quinn threw two touchdown passes in the first half and the 20th-ranked Notre Dame held on to beat No. 3 Michigan, making Charlie Weis the first Fighting Irish coach to win his first two games on the road since Knute Rockne in 1918.
Notre Dame (2-0), which won at then-No. 23 Pittsburgh last week, snapped the Wolverines' 16-game winning streak at Michigan Stadium and handed them their first loss against a nonconference team at home since 1998. The Irish -- two years removed from losing 38-0 in Ann Arbor -- also won at Michigan for the first time since 1993.
Michigan (1-1) squandered several chances in the fourth quarter to pull within a touchdown before finally capitalizing on their third opportunity. On a fourth-and-3, Chad Henne lofted a 25-yard pass to Mario Manningham with 3:47 left to make it 17-10.
The Wolverines then forced Notre Dame to punt, but four incomplete passes later, the Irish were celebrating on the sideline.
Iowa St. 23, No. 8 Iowa 3
At Ames, Iowa, LaMarcus Hicks returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown and Iowa State capitalized on turnovers for all its points to stun No. 8 Iowa.
Iowa State (2-0) came up with an inspired effort on defense a week after struggling to beat Division I-AA Illinois State, recovering three fumbles, intercepting two passes and getting three sacks.
Iowa (1-1) scored with ease in a 56-0 rout of Ball State in its opener, but the Hawkeyes were so inept offensively in this one that they never got closer to the end zone than the Iowa State 26.
The Hawkeyes got 140 yards rushing on 18 carries from Albert Young but had little else going. Their lone score was a field goal in the third quarter. Even worse, Iowa lost quarterback Drew Tate with an apparent concussion in the second quarter.
No. 16 California 56,
At Seattle, Joe Ayoob overcame a shaky start, picking apart Washington's secondary for four first-half touchdown passes and leading No. 16 California to a rout of the Huskies.
He finished 17-of-27 for 271 yards, and attempted just seven passes in the second half for the Bears (2-0, 1-0 Pac-10). Robert Jordan was his favorite target, catching eight passes in the first half, three for touchdowns.