Gators get by MSU

Published 12:05 am Sunday, October 25, 2009

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Florida’s offense got just what it needed: Help from Mississippi State.

Chris Rainey scored from 8 yards out after the Bulldogs stumbled on a fake punt and Dustin Doe may have slipped a fumble on an interception return for a touchdown past the referees as the second-ranked Gators came away with a tough win, 29-19 over old friend Dan Mullen Saturday night.

The Bulldogs (3-5, 1-3 SEC) stymied the Gators (7-0, 5-0) near the goal line all night, but Rainey’s run and Doe’s 23-yard return helped Florida extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 17 games.

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Tim Tebow scored on a 26-yard run and picked up big chunks of yardage outside the Bulldogs 20. But the Gators offense is still struggling and doesn’t resemble the juggernaut that won last season’s national title.

No. 7 Iowa 15,

Michigan State 13

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Ricky Stanzi connected with Marvin McNutt for a 7-yard touchdown pass as time expired and No. 7 Iowa remained undefeated with a 15-13 victory against Michigan State on Saturday night.

The Hawkeyes are 8-0 for the first time in school history and have sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.

Iowa (4-0 Big Ten) has won 12 straight dating back to last season, the second-longest streak in the nation.

Michigan State (4-4, 3-2) had grabbed a 13-9 lead with 1:37 remaining when Kirk Cousins hit Blair White on a 30-yard touchdown. But the Hawkeyes stormed back with a sharp, game-winning drive led by Stanzi.