UNDATED (AP) — Oregon ripped off five touchdowns in the second half to overcome a slow start as the top-ranked Ducks flew past Washington 53-16. The Ducks were playing their first game since popping into the top spot of the BCS standings.
Darron Thomas threw for a touchdown and ran for two more. LaMichael James ran for 121 yards and three scores for the Ducks, who looked out of sorts in the first quarter when they were held scoreless for the first time this season. Their first points came on a 29-yard field goal early in the second quarter.
Oregon improved to 9-0 overall and 6-0 in the Pac-10.
In the rest of the AP Top-25:
— Boise State, the second-ranked team in the AP poll, has racked up another win. The Broncos beat Hawaii 42-to-7. Kellen Moore threw for 507 yards and three touchdowns and No. 2 Boise State rolled up a school-record 737 total yards Boise State is 8-and-0 and 4-and-0 in the WAC.
— Cam Newton passed for a career-high 317 yards and four touchdowns and ran for a fifth, all in the first half of No. 3 Auburn's 62-24 rout of Chattanooga. The Heisman Trophy contender enjoyed a relaxing afternoon and a warm reception from fans two days after allegations came out that a man tried to solicit payment from Mississippi State when that school was recruiting Newton.
— Fourth-ranked TCU had no trouble in its big Mountain West game against No. 6 Utah. The Horned Frogs walked all over the Utes, 47-7. TCU is unbeaten after ten games and is 6-and-0 in the conference, while Utah falls to 8-and-1 and 5-1. Andy Dalton passed for a career-high 355 yards and three touchdowns. That ends the Utes' 21-game home winning streak.
— LSU twice rallied from second-half deficits and the 12th-ranked Tigers beat fifth-ranked Alabama 24-21. Rueben Randle had 125 yards receiving to lead LSU, including a 75-yard score on a pass from Jordan Jefferson.
— Montee Ball ran for a career-high 127 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 7 Wisconsin rallied to beat Purdue 34-13. Ball, who got extra work because No. 2 running back James White was out with a knee injury, had scoring runs of 31 and 15 yards for the Badgers (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten). Leading rusher John Clay was held to 42 yards on 12 carries.
— Eric Hagg intercepted a pass by Iowa State holder Daniel Kuehl on a fake conversion kicked in overtime and No. 9 Nebraska held off Iowa State 31-30 in a thrilling final meeting between the two schools as Big 12 rivals. Rex Burkhead ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns for the 8-1 Huskers, who won without star quarterback Taylor Martinez.
— Tenth-ranked Stanford mauled 13th-ranked Arizona 42-17. Andrew Luck threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns. Stepfan Taylor added four short touchdown runs.
— Unranked Texas A&M spanked 11th-ranked Oklahoma 33-19. Ryan Tannehill threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns. Cyrus Gray added 122 yards rushing with another TD for the Aggies.
— Texas Tech upset 14th-ranked Missouri 24-17. Taylor Potts came off the bench and threw for 188 yards and three touchdowns for the Red Raiders.
— Ricky Stanzi threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Marvin McNutt with 2:50 left, rallying No. 15 Iowa to an 18-13 victory at Indiana.
— Edwin Baker ran for 179 yards and four touchdowns as No. 16 Michigan State bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 31-8 win over Minnesota.
— Ryan Mallett threw for 303 yards, Knile Davis tied a career high with three touchdowns and No. 17 Arkansas handed 18th-ranked South Carolina its worst home loss in five years, 41-20.
— The 19th ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys walked all over No. 22 Baylor 55-28. Justin Blackmon had 173 yards receiving and a touchdown and also scored on a 69-yard run in his return from a suspension for the Cowboys.
— In Clemson, S.C., the unranked Tigers knocked off No. 23 North Carolina State 14-13. Kyle Parker threw for 214 yards and a touchdown as the Tigers overcame several mistakes to secure the ACC win. Clemson,
— T.J. Yates threw for 439 yards and three touchdowns and Casey Barth kicked his third field goal of the game with 55 seconds left as North Carolina overcame a near disastrous fourth quarter turnover to surprise No. 24 Florida State 37-35.
— Colin Kaepernick tossed five TD passes and threw for 320 yards in leading 25th-ranked Nevada past Idaho, 63-17. Nevada piled up a team-record 844 yards of offense.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-PATERNO's 400th
JoPa wins 400th game at Penn State
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Eighty-three years old and still going strong.
Joe Paterno has become the first major college coach to win 400 career games after Penn State rallied from a three-touchdown deficit to defeat Northwestern 35-21.
Backup quarterback Matt McGloin threw for four touchdowns and the Nittany Lions shut down dangerous Wildcats quarterback Dan Persa in the second half to get the 83-year-old Paterno his latest milestone. Paterno is in his 45th year as a head coach — all at Penn State.
Only two other coaches have more wins. Eddie Robinson had 408 with FCS school Grambling State. John Gagliardi got his 477th victory with Division III St. John's, Minn., on the same day Paterno notched No. 400 at Penn State.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-LOTS OF SCORING
You scored 65 points...and lost?
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — In the highest-scoring game in the history of Michigan football, the Wolverines' defense came up with the game-winning play as the Wolverines beat Illinois in triple-overtime 67-65. Mikel Leshoure ran for a touchdown to draw the Illini within two. On the conversion try, Michigan put a heavy rush on Nathan Scheelhaase, who flipped a desperation pass incomplete.
Michigan snapped a three-game losing streak and became bowl-eligible for the first time in Rich Rodriguez's three seasons. The Wolverines are 6-3.
Six straight for the Flyers, Canucks and Blues...Ex-Hab haunts the Canadiens
UNDATED (AP) — On NHL ice, the defending Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia Flyers are on a six-game winning streak following their 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders. The Flyers have beaten the Isles 17 of their last 18 meetings.
Andreas Nodl snapped a tie with 5:25 left. Playing at home for only the fifth time in 14 games this season, the Islanders lost their seventh straight.
In the rest of the NHL:
— Ottawa nipped Montreal 3-2 at the Bell Centre. Ex-Canadien Alex Kovalev notched two goals against his former team. The Senators have won three straight and six of eight.
— Ryan Smyth scored a goal in his 1,000 NHL regular-season game and the league-leading Los Angeles Kings beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 for their fourth straight victory.
— Peter Budaj (boo-DY') made 31 saves for his first shutout in nearly a year, Kevin Porter scored two goals and the Colorado Avalanche blanked the Dallas Stars 5-0.
— Mark Letestu scored the only goal of a shootout to help the Pittsburgh Penguins rally for a 4-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.
— Vancouver beat Detroit 6-4. Manny Malhotra (mal-HOH'-trah) scored twice. The Canucks have won six in a row.
— San Jose outscored Tampa Bay 5-2. Patrick Marleau scored a pair for the Sharks.
— Jaroslav Halak (YAR'-oh-slav HAH'-lak) made 33 saves through overtime and two more in the shootout to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins. Halak and the Blues have won six in a row.
— Cal Clutterbuck scored the decisive goal in the third period to lift the Minnesota Wild past the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2.
— Jonathan Toews (tayvz) and Patrick Kane both scored two goals and Viktor Stalberg added the winner in a shootout to help the Chicago Blackhawks snap a two-game slide with a 5-4 victory over Atlanta.
— Eric Staal scored twice and Jeff Skinner had a goal and an assist to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers.
— Tyler Ennis scored the shootout winner for the last-place Buffalo Sabres, who beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2.
Hornets still perfect...Miami cuts down the Nets
UNDATED (AP) — David West made 10-of-12 shots, scored a season-high 25 points and the New Orleans Hornets remained unbeaten with an 87-81 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Chris Paul and Marco Belinelli each added 14 for the Hornets, who at 6-0 are off to their best start in franchise history. The Hornets, Lakers and Hawks are the only three undefeated teams in the NBA.
In the rest of the NBA:
— Tony Parker had 21 points and 14 assists, including seven points in overtime, and the San Antonio Spurs kept the Houston Rockets winless, 124-121. The 0-5 Rockets are off to their worst start since 1999.
— Deron Williams scored 30 points, making the tiebreaking layup with 6.8 seconds left in the second overtime, and the Utah Jazz overcame an 18-point deficit to beat the L.A. Clippers 109-107.
— Denver outscored Dallas 103-92. Carmelo Anthony led the way with 27. Chauncey Billups added 18.
— Brandon Roy scored 26 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers cruised to a 97-84 victory over Toronto.
— Memphis beat Sacramento 100-91. Rudy Gay led the Grizzles with 32. Tyreke (ty-REEK') Evans had 30 for the Kings.
— Dwyane Wade had 29 points and 10 rebounds, LeBron James scored 14 of his 23 points in the third quarter and the Miami Heat pulled away in the second half to beat the New Jersey Nets 101-89. Chris Bosh added 21 points for the Heat.
— Dwight Howard had 22 points and eight rebounds, Rashard Lewis scored 22 points and the Orlando Magic withstood Charlotte's furious comeback attempt to beat the Bobcats 91-88.
— Mo Williams scored 10 of his 28 points in the final four minutes to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 107-102 victory over Washington.
Allen has big day
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Michael Allen shot a course-record 10-under 61 to take a one-stroke lead over defending champion John Cook in the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
The 51-year-old Allen had 10 birdies, the last on the par-4 18th, in his bogey-free round at Harding Park for the lowest round of his career.
Franceso Molinari stays in front of Westwood
SHANGHAI (AP) — Francesco Molinari took a one-shot lead over Lee Westwood into Sunday's final round at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai. Molinari stands 14-under par.
Shin takes two-stroke lead in Mizuno Classic
SHIMA, Japan (AP) — South Korea's Jiyai Shin took into a two-stroke lead over American Stacy Lewis into the final round of the Mizuno Classic on the LPGA Tour.
HORSE RACING-BREEDERS' CUP
Put the blame on Blame
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Zenyatta came within a head of finishing a perfect career.
Horse racing's biggest star closed from dead last, but Blame to held off the 6-year-old mare and win the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic under the lights Churchill Downs.
Blame went to the front in the middle of the stretch, then fought off another spectacular bid from the unbeaten Zenyatta to win by a head.
Blame answered the challenge, winning at 5-to-1 odds. Fly Down held on for third.
Zenyatta was trying to defend her title against the boys in the Classic and retire with a perfect 20-0 record.
In results from earlier races:
— Pluck rallied to win the $1 million Juvenile Turf at the Breeders' Cup after another horse fell early in the race. Pluck ran one mile in 1:36.98 under Garrett Gomez and paid $14.80 to win at Churchill Downs. Soldat was second, followed by Willcox Inn and Madman Diaries.
— Big Drama sapped the drama out of the $2 million Breeders' Cup Sprint, taking charge early and rolling to victory at Churchill Downs.
— Chamberlain Bridge won the $1 million Turf Sprint at the Breeders' Cup, giving jockey Jamie Theriot and trainer Bret Calhoun their second wins of the weekend.
— Uncle Mo has stamped himself as the early favorite for next May's Kentucky Derby, dominating the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs. The 2-year-old colt went off as the heavy 7-5 favorite.
— Goldikova won the $2 million Mile at the Breeders' Cup for the third consecutive year, giving Europe its first win of the two-day championships. It was Goldikova's eighth victory in 11 races against the boys. She has 15 wins in 21 career starts.
— Dakota Phone edged out Morning Line in a photo finish to win the $1 million Dirt Mile at the Breeders' Cup. Ridden by Joel Rosario, Dakota Phone was a 37-1 longshot paid $77.40 to win.
— Dangerous Midge chased down front-running Champ Pegasus in the final yards to win the $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf. The 4-year-old horse, trained by Brian Meehan, covered 1 1/2 miles in 2:29.40 and paid $19.
Qualifying on tap
SAO PAULO (AP) — Nico Hulkenberg of Williams has the pole for the Brazilian Grand Prix, beating Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Lewis Hamilton of McLaren was fourth and championship leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari fifth.
Five drivers are still in contention with two races to go, but only Alonso can clinch the championship in Brazil. Webber, Hamilton, Vettel and Jenson Button are trying to extend the title race into the season finale Nov. 14 in Abu Dhabi.
Keselowski wins season title
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Brad Keselowski has clinched the Nationwide season title by finishing third in Texas, giving owner Roger Penske his first championship in one of NASCAR's national series. Keselowski, who had to finish only 21st or better to wrap up the driver's championship with two races left, crossed the line behind winner Carl Edwards and runner-up Kyle Busch on Saturday.
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