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SUNDAY, NOV. 2, 1997

SOUTH

Louisiana Tech 26, Alabama 20: At Tuscaloosa, Ala., Tim Rattay threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs (7-2) past the Crimson Tide (4-4).

Rattay completed 29 of 48 passes while leading the Bulldogs to 522 yards in total offense.

Louisiana Tech, ranked No. 2 in the nation in passing, became the first team to amass more than 500 yards against Alabama since Louisville had 571 in the 1991 Fiesta Bowl.

Miami 42, Arkansas St. 10: At Miami, Edgerrin James had touchdown runs of 39 and 41 yards for the Hurricanes (4-4).

Clemson 33, Wake Forest 16: At Winston-Salem, N.C., Nealon Greene threw touchdown passes of 52 and 41 yards in the third quarter, and the Tigers (5-3, 3-3 ACC) kept their bowl hopes alive by beating the Demon Deacons (4-5, 3-4).

Virginia 45, Maryland 0: At College Park, Md., Aaron Brooks ran and passed the Cavaliers (5-3, 4-2 ACC) to their sixth consecutive victory in the series with the Terrapins (2-7, 1-5).

Brooks threw a season-high three touchdown passes and ran for 77 yards and two scores before leaving midway through the third quarter.

E. Carolina 45, Louisville 31: At Louisville, Ky., the Pirates (3-5, 2-2 C-USA) had two third-quarter interception returns for touchdowns to erase a 17-point halftime deficit and defeat the Cardinals (1-8, 0-4).

Memphis 24, Houston 3: At Memphis, Tenn., Bernard Oden threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third as the Tigers (3-5, 1-2 C-USA) defeated the Cougars (3-5, 2-1).

NE Louisiana 45, Central Florida 41: At Monroe, La., Kond Allen scored on a 2-yard run with 33 seconds left as the Indians (4-6) beat the Golden Knights (4-6).

MIDWEST

Notre Dame 21, Navy 17: At South Bend, Ind., the Midshipmen (3-4), who have lost an NCAA-record 34 consecutive games to the Fighting Irish (4-5), finished 1 yard short of the upset.

Navy had a chance to win in the final seconds. Chris McCoy threw up a Hail Mary pass that Pat McGrew snagged after it was tipped for a 69-yard pass play, but Irish cornerback Allen Rossum pushed him out of bounds at the 1-yard line as time ran out.

Indiana 23, Illinois 6: At Bloomington, Ind., the Hoosiers (2-7, 1-4) had gone almost five games without a touchdown but broke the streak with a 1-yard run by freshman De’Wayne Hogan in the second quarter and beat the winless Illini (0-8, 0-5).

The Hoosiers had been shut out in three of their past four, getting only two field goals by Payne over that span.

Kansas 34, Iowa St. 24: At Lawrence, Kan., Jason Harris blocked two punts that were recovered for touchdowns and the Kansas offense scored its first TD in 28 days, leading the Jayhawks (5-4, 3-3 Big 12) past the Cyclones (1-7, 1-4).

Marshall 45, Cent. Michigan 17: At Mount Pleasant, Mich., Chad Pennington threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns and Randy Moss caught two TD passes, giving him 20 on the season, as the Thundering Herd (7-2, 5-1 MAC) defeated the Chippewas (2-8, 1-6).

In other MAC games, Kent (3-6, 3-4) defeated Bowling Green (3-7, 3-4) 29-20, Ohio (8-1, 5-0) defeated Northern Illinois (0-9, 0-6) 35-30, Ball State (4-6, 5-2) stopped Akron (1-8, 1-5) 31-14 and Western Michigan (6-3, 5-2) outgunned Eastern Michigan (3-6, 2-5) 41-38.

EAST

Temple 49, Rutgers 7: At Philadelphia, Stacey Mack rushed for 164 yards and three touchdowns as the Owls (3-6, 3-3 Big East) routed the Scarlet Knights (0-9, 0-6), giving Temple three wins in a season for the first time since 1990.

Boston College 22, Pittsburgh 21: At Boston, John Matich made up for missing two field goals and an extra point by kicking a 35-yard field goal with 1:31 left as the Eagles (3-6, 3-3 Big East) defeated the Panthers (4-4, 2-2).

SOUTHWEST

Baylor 23, Texas 21: At Waco, Texas, Jeff Watson’s second-half touchdown pass and three field goals by Matt Bryant overcame Ricky Williams’ 226 yards rushing and three scores, giving the Bears (2-6, 1-4) an upset over the Longhorns (3-5, 1-4).

SMU 24, Rice 6: At Dallas, Ramon Flanigan rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Mustangs (4-4, 3-2 WAC) past the Owls (5-3, 3-2) for Southern Methodist’s first victory in the series since 1986.

New Mexico 40, Texas Christian 10: At Fort Worth, Texas, Graham Leigh tossed three touchdown passes to Pascal Volz and scored once himself as the Lobos (7-2, 4-2 WAC) waltzed past the Horned Frogs (0-8, 0-5).

Tulsa 21, Utah 13: At Tulsa, Okla., Charlie Higgins ran for two touchdowns and 175 yards as the Golden Hurricane (2-6, 2-3 WAC) capitalized on four turnovers to defeat the Utes (4-5, 3-3).

Texas-El Paso 14, Brigham Young 3: At El Paso, Texas, linebacker Brent Henderson returned an interception for a touchdown and helped lead the Miners (3-5, 2-3) to an upset of the Cougars (4-3, 3-2).

WEST

Missouri 41, Colorado 31: At Boulder, Colo., Corby Jones ran for one TD and passed for one and the Tigers (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) had 517 yards to pound the Buffaloes (4-4, 2-3).

Fresno St. 53, San Jose St. 12: At San Jose, Calif., Michael Pittman ran for four first-half touchdowns and the Bulldogs (5-4, 4-1 WAC) took advantage of six turnovers by the Spartans (2-6, 2-3).

Colorado State 45, UNLV 19: At Las Vegas, Nev., Kevin McDougal and Damon Washington combined for 199 rushing yards and three touchdowns to lead the Rams (7-2, 5-1 WAC) past the Rebels (3-6, 2-4).

Wyoming 41, San Diego St. 17: At Laramie, Wyo., Mike Jenkins ran for two touchdowns to lead the Cowboys (6-4, 3-2 WAC) over the Aztecs (3-6, 2-3).



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