Mark Brunell threw for 197 yards and a touchdown and Greg Lewis ran for 126 yards Saturday, helping No. 21 Washington hand No. 5 its worst loss in five years with a 31-0 triumph over the Trojans.
The Huskies, 3-0, snapped a four-game losing streak to the Trojans in winning the Pacific-10 opener for both teams. It was Washington's second-largest margin of victory over the Trojans in 63 games, surpassed only by a 34-0 romp in Los Angeles in 1960.The Trojans, 2-1, suffered their first conference defeat since a 34-27 loss to Oregon in 1987. The shutout was their first since Arizona State's 24-0 victory in 1985 and their worst loss since a 37-3 beating by Notre Dame the same year.
Southern Cal amassed only 7 first downs and 163 total net yards, compared to 410 yards for the Huskies.
USC quarterback Todd Marinovich had the worst game of his career, hitting only 7 of 16 attempts for 80 yards, with two interceptions. He was benched in the fourth quarter.
No. 2 Florida St. 31, Tulane 13
At New Orleans, Brad Johnson threw a 44-yard touchdown pass and went 18 inches on a quarterback sneak for another score to lead second-ranked Florida State to victory over Tulane.
Tulane scored in its 143rd consecutive game after Branton Hamilton intercepted a pass by Weldon with just under five minutes left in the game. Hamilton returned to the Seminole 20-yard line. Seven plays later, Smith hit Terrance Strickland with a 4-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal.
No. 7 Michigan 38, UCLA 15
At Ann Arbor, Mich., Jon Vaughn, the nation's rushing leader, ran for 288 yards and three touchdowns as No. 7 Michigan ran over UCLA.
Vaughn, a sophomore, became the first back in run-happy Michigan history to rush for more than 200 yards in consecutive games. He had 201 yards in the Wolverines' 28-24 loss to No. 1 Notre Dame last week.
No. 8 Nebraska 56, Minnesota 0
At Lincoln, Neb., Mickey Joseph ran for two touchdowns and passed for three others Saturday, leading No. 8 Nebraska to a victory over Minnesota.
Nebraska, 3-0, scored on six of its first seven possessions and outgained Minnesota, 379 yards to 66, in taking a 42-0 halftime lead and coasted from there.
No. 10 Virginia 59, Duke 0
At Durham, N.C., Virginia Coach George Welsh said Saturday his team's victory over Duke would have been much closer if the Blue Devils would have stopped giving away the ball.
Duke lost four fumbles and the Virginia defense intercepted three passes as the ninth-ranked Cavaliers posted a 59-0 victory, the most lopsided result in Atlantic Coast Conference history.
No. 11 Oklahoma 52, Tulsa 10
At Norman, Okla., Steve Collins hit Arthur Guess with touchdown throws of 8 and 19 yards for Oklahoma's first two scores and the Sooners went on to easily whip cross-state rival Tulsa.
The traditionally run-oriented Sooners scored their final five touchdowns on the ground, but Oklahoma had more passing yards than rushing yards until Dewell Brewer ran 7 yards for a score early in the fourth quarter.
No. 12 Texas A&M 40, N. Texas 8
At College Station, Texas, Lance Pavlas threw for three first-half touchdowns for the second week in a row and Darren Lewis became Texas A&M's career rushing leader, leading the 12th-ranked Aggies to victory over North Texas.
The Aggies, 3-0 for the first time since 1984, rolled to a 63-14 victory over Southwestern Louisiana a week ago, and North Texas (2-1) got a taste of the same from Pavlas on Saturday.
Mississippi 21, No. 13 Arkansas 17
At Little Rock, Ark., Chauncey Godwin and Chris Mitchell combined on a game-saving tackle as time expired, making Jim Earl Thomas' fourth-quarter scoring run stand up as Mississippi beat No. 13 Arkansas.
Arkansas moved from its 36 to the Ole Miss five in 47 seconds. With Arkansas out of timeouts and 12 seconds left, quarterback Quinn Grovey started left and pitched the ball to Ron Dickerson. Godwin and Mitchell downed Dickerson at the 1-yard line and time expired on the Razorbacks (1-1).
No. 15 Illinois 56, S.Illinois 21
At Champaign, Ill., Howard Griffith, breaking decades-old records set by Arnold "Showboat" Boykin and Jim Brown, ran for all eight Illinois touchdowns as 15th-ranked Illini crushed Southern Illinois.
The eight touchdowns broke the NCAA record of seven set by Mississippi's Arnold "Showboat" Boykin against Mississippi State in 1951.
No. 17 Clemson 48,
Appalachian St. 0
At Clemson, S.C., freshman Ronald Williams rushed for 183 yards and three touchdowns in his first start as 17th-ranked Clemson defeated Appalachian State.
Williams, playing in place of injured Rodney Blunt, scored on runs of 4, 7 and 38 yards for Clemson (3-1).
No. 18 Arizona 22, Oregon 17
At Tucson, Ariz., Darryl Lewis returned an interception 52 yards for the go-ahead touchdown, then made a game-saving tackle of Oregon quarterback Bill Musgrave at the 1-yard line with nine seconds to play to spark No. 18 Arizona's victory over the Ducks.
Arizona (3-0) was trying to run out the clock when it came up short on a fourth-down play at the Oregon 30 with about four minutes left.
No. 19 Florida 27, Furman 3
At Gainesville, Fla., Shane Matthews fired three touchdown passes and No. 15 Florida shrugged off a listless first half in a victory against punchless Furman.
The Paladins, top-rated in Division I-AA by the NCAA, were worn down by Florida's bulk and on-field temperatures topping 120 degrees.
No. 20 Colorado 29, No. 22 Texas 22
At Austin, Texas, Eric Bieniemy scored three touchdowns, two on short-yardage runs in the fourth quarter that helped No. 20 Colorado overcome an eight-point deficit and beat No. 22 Texas.
The 5-foot-7, 195-pound senior accounted for 70 yards in a 75-yard drive that put Colorado ahead 14-10.
Syracuse 20, No. 25 Pitt 20
At Syracuse, N.Y., Alex Van Pelt hit Olanda Truitt with a 25-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 1:30 left, then connected with Ronald Redmon for the 2-point conversion as Pitt rallied to tie Syracuse 20-20.
Syracuse (1-1-2) led 20-12 with 3:41 left when David Walker fumbled the ball away at his own 36 and Prentiss Wright recovered for Pitt.