COLUMBIA, S.C. No. 2 Georgia and Knowshon Moreno made sure South Carolina didn't ruin a second straight shot at a championship season.
Moreno's sliding 4-yard touchdown run in the third quarter lifted the Bulldogs to a 14-7 victory over the Gamecocks on Saturday.
Reshad Jones sealed the victory for the Bulldogs (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference), intercepting South Carolina's Chris Smelley's pass with 13 seconds left inside the Georgia 10.
The Bulldogs had all offseason to remember how last September's 16-12 loss to South Carolina (1-2, 0-2) likely kept them from playing for the SEC and national titles.
For much of this one, it looked like the Gamecocks would do it again as the Bulldogs trailed 7-6 midway through the third quarter.
Georgia had already muffed a scoring chance near the goal line, settling for Blair Walsh's 23-yard field goal after having a third-and-goal at the South Carolina 1.
Moreno, who finished with 79 yards on 20 carries, didn't squander the Bulldogs' next opportunity.
He ran left, then took a hard cut up the middle with his feet sliding out from under him. He steadied himself with his right hand, then slipped through for his seventh touchdown of the year.
Stafford converted the 2-point try on a pass to Kris Durham and Georgia led 14-7.
No. 6 Missouri 69, Nevada 17
COLUMBIA, Mo. Chase Daniel threw for 405 yards and four touchdowns and Missouri scored on its first 10 possessions in routing Nevada.
Daniel was 23-for-28 and led Missouri (3-0) to seven touchdowns and a field goal before exiting in the third quarter.
The Tigers gained 651 total yards and averaged 10 yards per play. The 69 points tied a team record set against Kansas in 1969, and they've scored 173 points in three games.
Nevada (1-2) lost a second straight game to a Big 12 opponent after falling to Texas Tech a week ago.
No. 14 E. Carolina 28, Tulane 24
NEW ORLEANS East Carolina rallied for the victory over Tulane when Patrick Pinkney threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Jamar Bryant with 1:41 left to play.
The Pirates (3-0, 1-0 Conference USA) vaulted into the national rankings and national spotlight by upsetting Virginia Tech and West Virginia in consecutive weeks, and almost had Tulane (0-2) pull the same trick on them.
Pinkney completed 22 of 32 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns, and the Pirates improved to 3-0 for the first time since 1999. ECU secured the victory when Pierre Bell intercepted Kevin Moore's pass at the Green Wave 45 with 28 seconds left.
Moore was 21-for-37 for 236 yards and a 47-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Williams in the third quarter that tied it at 14.
No. 16 Oregon 32, Purdue 26, 2OT
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. LaGarrette Blount ran 3 yards for a touchdown in the second overtime to give Oregon the come-from-behind win over Purdue.
Oregon (3-0) trailed 20-3 early in the second quarter, but tied the game late in the third, and Purdue's Chris Summers missed a 44-yard field goal as time expired in regulation.
Oregon got back in the game when Jairus Byrd returned a punt 87 yards to make it 20-13 with 4:41 left in the third quarter.
Oregon broke another big play, with Blount rumbling 74 yards up the middle. to get into scoring range. Roper kept on a fourth-and-1 at the Purdue 16 and went 11 yards, and Blount, who ran for 132 yards on 12 carries, finished the drive with a 5-yard run that tied the score at 20 with 11 seconds left in the third quarter.
Kory Sheets ran 29 times for 180 yards and two touchdowns for Purdue (1-1).
No. 17 Penn State 55, Syracuse 13
SYRACUSE, N.Y. Jordan Norwood and Deon Butler each caught a pair of touchdown passes in the first half and the Nittany Lions humbled the Orange in the first game between the old rivals in 18 years.
The victory was the 375th for Penn State coach Joe Paterno, keeping pace with Florida State's Bobby Bowden, whose Seminoles beat Chattanooga. Fourth-year Syracuse coach Greg Robinson, his job on the line, had his record drop to 7-31.
Penn State (3-0) outgained Syracuse 191-5 in the first quarter, and the Orange (0-3) did not get a first down until Cam Dantley hit Grant Mayes for a 26-yard gain early in the second with Syracuse already trailing 28-0.
No. 18 BYU 59, UCLA 0
PROVO Max Hall tied a BYU record with seven touchdown passes against UCLA and the Cougars extended the nation's longest winning streak to 13 games.
BYU improved to 3-0 for the first time in seven seasons and grabbed control of this one with four touchdowns in the first 5:18 of the second quarter.
The Cougars forced four turnovers and blocked a field goal attempt while stunning UCLA (1-1) in Rick Neuheisel's second game coaching his alma mater.
BYU outgained UCLA 521-239 and came up with a demonstrative victory one week after edging Washington 28-27 on a blocked extra point attempt.
Hall finished 27-for-35 for 271 yards with one interception. He had six touchdown passes in the first half as the Cougars took a 42-0 lead, then got his seventh on a 6-yard pass to Harvey Unga with 7:43 left in the third quarter to tie the BYU record shared by Marc Wilson and Jim McMahon.
Maryland 35, No. 23 California 27
COLLEGE PARK, Md. Maryland outplayed California, holding the Golden Bears without a touchdown until the closing minutes.
Coming off a 10-point loss to unheralded Middle Tennessee State, the Terrapins (2-1) were given little chance against a California juggernaut that totaled 104 points in disposing of Michigan State and Pac-10 foe Washington State.
But Da'Rel Scott ran for 87 yards and two touchdowns before leaving with a shoulder injury, Chris Turner threw for scores and the Terps used a relentless defense to harass the Golden Bears (2-1) from the outset.
California scored three touchdowns in the final seven minutes.
No. 24 Illinois 20, Louisiana-Lafayette 17
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Daniel Dufrene had a career-high 126 yards rushing and Matt Eller's late field goal helped Illinois hold off Louisiana-Lafayette.
Illinois (2-1) took a 20-10 lead on Eller's 27-yard kick with 1:40 left, but didn't put the game away until Garrett Edwards recovered an onside kick attempt by Louisiana-Lafayette (0-2) with less than 20 seconds left.
Quarterback Michael Desormeaux brought the Ragin' Cajuns to life in the last six minutes, running for a 34-yard touchdown that made it 17-10 and hitting tight end Erik Jones for an 11-yard touchdown that set up the onside kick.
Illinois quarterback Juice Williams, who entered the game averaging 92 yards rushing and 287 yards passing, completed 13 of 25 passes for 147 yards, one touchdown and an interception. He rushed 11 times for 35 yards.