Hurricanes, Seminoles upset

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 30, 2004

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina might have kicked Miami right out of the national title race.

Conner Barth booted a 42-yard field goal on the final play of the game, giving North Carolina a shocking 31-28 upset of the fourth-ranked Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Darian Durant led the Tar Heels (4-4, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) on a 65-yard drive for the winning points, completing all four passes and getting the final 5 yards on a keeper up the middle. He finished 21-for-29 for 266 yards and two touchdowns, and Chad Scott overcame an injured hip to rush for a career-high 175 yards

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Miami (6-1, 3-1) trailed by seven points with 5:24 left, but Brock Berlin drove his team 89 yards to tie it. Devin Hester went in on a sweep from the 4, setting up the final possession for Durant and North Carolina.

Maryland 20,

No. 5 Florida State 17

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Florida State's dominance of Maryland ended with a highly improbable upset.

Joel Statham threw for 333 yards and ran for a score, and the Terrapins held on to beat the fifth-ranked Seminoles 20-17 Saturday.

Florida State (6-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) came in with a six-game winning streak and a perfect 14-0 record against Maryland (4-4, 2-3), which had scored a total of 17 points in losing three straight conference games.

But the Seminoles fell behind 20-10 before turning to former starting quarterback Chris Rix at the start of the fourth quarter

No. 2 Oklahoma 38,

No. 20 Oklahoma St. 35

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma barely escaped another season-spoiling upset by Oklahoma State.

Adrian Peterson rushed for 249 yards and Cowboys kicker Jason Ricks missed a 49-yard field goal with 11 seconds left, giving the second-ranked Sooners a 38-35 victory over their pesky rivals on Saturday.

Mark Bradley caught a career-high three TD passes for Oklahoma (8-0, 5-0, Big 12), which has won two straight over the Cowboys since losing two costly games in the Bedlam series in 2001 and 2002.

Peterson now has eight consecutive 100-yard games and 1,272 yards this year.

He won the running back battle over the Cowboys' Vernand Morency, who had 93 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns, including a 4-yard rush that pulled Oklahoma State within 38-35 with 10:34 left.

No. 8 Texas 31,

Colorado 7

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Vince Young got a couple bad throws out of his system early and No. 8 Texas rolled from there, getting 141 yards rushing from Cedric Benson in a 31-7 victory over Colorado on Saturday.

Benson and Young each ran for a pair of touchdowns, linebacker Aaron Harris and safety Michael Griffin combined on a pair of turnovers and the Longhorns stayed in the running for a BCS bowl by winning their third straight since lossing to Oklahoma.

No. 10 Georgia 31, Florida 24

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - David Greene's record-tying touchdown pass came when Georgia needed it most.

Greene threw three touchdowns, including a big one in the fourth quarter, and the 10th-ranked Bulldogs snapped a six-game losing streak against rival Florida with a 31-24 victory Saturday.

Greene tied Eric Zeier's school record with 67 touchdown passes and matched Peyton Manning for the most victories (39) by a starting quarterback in NCAA Division I-A history.

More importantly, Greene ended years of frustration for the Bulldogs at the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. Georgia had lost 13 of the last 14 in the series.

The Bulldogs (7-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) scored touchdowns on their first three possessions of the game - eliminating whatever emotional edge the Gators may have had from the firing of coach Ron Zook this week. Georgia controlled the first half and led 24-7 early in the third when Florida (4-4, 2-4) seized momentum with two huge plays.