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Top 25 roundup: Dixon, Stewart lead Oregon past Southern Cal

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon can start seriously thinking about a national title run. As for Southern California, just winning the Pac-10 could be a long shot at this point.

Jonathan Stewart ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns and the fifth-ranked Ducks knocked off No. 9 USC 24-17 on Saturday.

Dennis Dixon completed 16 of 25 passes for 157 yards. He also ran for 76 yards and a touchdown for Oregon (7-1, 4-1). The Ducks, who came into the game ranked second nationally in total offense, had 339 yards against the Trojans' third-ranked defense. But it was turnovers - including a fumble recovery and a pair of interceptions - that gave Oregon the advantage over the Trojans (6-2, 3-2).

USC, which came into the season ranked No. 1 and a heavy favorite to play for a national title, now will need lot of help to defend the Pac-10 crown it's owned at least a share of for five straight seasons.

No. 6 West Virginia 31, No. 25 Rutgers 3

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Steve Slaton ran for three touchdowns and Pat White rushed for 156 yards and a score as the Mountaineers beat the Scarlet Knights for the 13th straight time.

Slaton went from sideline to sideline on a spectacular 38-yard run that gave West Virginia (7-1, 2-1 Big East) the early lead, and he scored on second-half runs of 1 and 6 yards to bury Rutgers (5-3, 2-2).

Connecticut 22, No. 11 South Florida 15

STORRS, Conn. - Andre Dixon ran for a career-high 189 yards and Connecticut used a late goal-line stand to upset South Florida 22-15 and get its first win over a ranked opponent.

The victory keeps UConn (7-1, 3-0 Big East) in sole possession of first place in the Big East, and all but assures them of the first Top-25 ranking the program's history.

No. 13 Missouri 42, Iowa State 28

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Lorenzo Williams recovered a fumble in the end zone at the start of the second half and Missouri pulled away from stubborn Iowa State.

Jimmy Jackson, Tony Temple, Martin Rucker and Jeremy Maclin each scored for the Tigers (7-1, 3-1 Big 12), who had been four-touchdown favorites against the downtrodden Cyclones (1-8, 0-5). Missouri was held to a season-low 366 yards.

Mississippi State 31, No. 14 Kentucky 14

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Wesley Carroll threw for two touchdowns and Mississippi State forced six turnovers in the second half to upset Kentucky.

Kentucky (6-3, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) has lost two straight since knocking off No. 1 LSU in triple overtime. Heisman Trophy hopeful Andre Woodson threw for 230 yards, but was sacked three times and threw three interceptions.

No. 17 Texas 28, Nebraska 25

AUSTIN, Texas - Jamaal Charles ran for fourth-quarter touchdowns of 25, 86 and 40 yards to send the Cornhuskers to their fourth straight loss.

Nebraska has lost four in a row for the first time since 1961, another black mark for beleaguered coach Bill Callahan, whose future with the Huskers beyond this season is in the hands of former Huskers coach and interim athletic director Tom Osborne.

For Texas coach Mack Brown, the win was a milestone - No. 100 with the Longhorns.

No. 19 Michigan 34, Minnesota 10

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Mario Manningham had five receptions for a career-high 162 yards and a victory-sealing touchdown early in the fourth quarter to help Michigan pull away.

The Wolverines (7-2, 5-0 Big Ten) have won seven straight since opening the season being stunned by second-tier Appalachian State and getting routed by Oregon.

The Golden Gophers (1-8, 0-5) have lost eight of their first nine games for the first time in 15 years. They are in danger of winning only one game for the first time since 1983.