GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Tim Tebow kept Florida's perfect season intact.
Tebow directed a 69-yard drive in the final minutes, setting up Caleb Sturgis' 27-yard field goal with 9 seconds remaining that gave the top-ranked Gators a 23-20 win against Arkansas on Saturday.
Was it Tebow's Heisman moment?
Regardless, it kept Florida unbeaten and likely No. 1 in the country. And maybe even the Gators' chances to repeat as national champions.
On a day when little went right for the Gators, Tebow took over down the stretch. He threw for 255 yards and a touchdown, ran for 69 more and saved his best plays for when Florida needed him most.
He threw for 30 yards and ran for 22 on the final drive. Three plays stood out: His 12-yard pass to Riley Cooper on third down and consecutive runs that gained 16 yards and got Sturgis well within his comfort zone.
No. 6 USC 34,
No. 25 Notre Dame 27
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Jimmy Clausen threw three incomplete passes into the end zone in the closing seconds as Southern California held on for a victory and its eighth straight win against Notre Dame.
Notre Dame's streak of last-minute victories ended at three, but the Fighting Irish at least showed they could compete with their longtime rivals this season.
The Irish rallied back from a 34-14 deficit, but couldn't score into the same end zone where the Trojans famously scored four years ago on the Bush Push. On Clausen's first pass into the end zone, Kyle Rudolph made juggling catch but was out of bounds. The second was knocked down by Josh Pinkard and the Trojans started celebrating thinking the game was over.
But the officials ruled there was 1 second left. Clausen fired to Duval Kamara, who slipped and couldn't get a hand on it.
No. 7 Ohio State 18
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Joey Elliott and Purdue shocked mistake-prone Ohio State.
Elliott threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns, and the Boilermakers snapped a five-game losing streak by beating No. 7 Ohio State to effectively end what national-title chances remained for the Buckeyes.
Purdue dominated the first three quarters, then held on as Ohio State tried to mount a comeback behind Terrelle Pryor, who threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles.
The Boilermakers (2-5, 1-2) had lost five in a row since beating Toledo to start Danny Hope's first season as coach, and fans were starting to get uneasy. But when the clock ran out, joyous students poured onto the field to celebrate a major upset.
It was Purdue's first win over a ranked team since 2003 and its first win over the Buckeyes since 2004. Ohio State (5-2, 3-1) failed to tie the Big Ten record of 17 straight conference road wins.
The Buckeyes lost to an unranked team for the first time since Illinois upset Ohio State at home in 2007. But that Illinois team went on to play in the Rose Bowl. Purdue will have to scramble to become bowl eligible.
No. 11 Iowa 20,
MADISON, Wis. - No. 11 Iowa needed a second-half road rally to keep its perfect season alive.
Trailing by a touchdown at halftime, the Hawkeyes (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) began the third quarter by turning an interception into a tying touchdown pass from quarterback Ricky Stanzi to tight end Tony Moeaki.
Iowa took the lead on a 10-yard touchdown run by Adam Robinson early in the fourth quarter, and the Hawkeyes' defense kept the Badgers scoreless in the second half.
After appearing vulnerable to the run early on, Iowa's defense clamped down on Wisconsin (5-2, 2-2) and running back John Clay, who might have been slowed by a second-quarter leg injury after a big first quarter. Clay finished with 75 yards rushing and Scott Tolzien threw three interceptions.
No. 12 TCU 44,
Colorado State 6
FORT WORTH, Texas - Jeremy Kerley tiptoed the sideline, then came to a near stop before finding an open lane to the end zone for his second punt return for a touchdown in three games and TCU remained undefeated with a victory over Colorado State.
Kerley's electrifying 69-yard return just before halftime made it 17-6, and came less than 21/2 minutes after TCU (6-0, 2-0 Mountain West) had finally taken the lead on Joseph Turner's 2-yard touchdown run.
The BCS buster hopeful Horned Frogs carried the momentum after halftime, scoring touchdowns on their first four drives after the break. That included two TD passes by Andy Dalton.
No. 14 Penn State 20,
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Navorro Bowman led a stifling defense, Evan Royster ran for 137 yards and Derek Moye had a disputed touchdown catch in Penn State's easy win over Minnesota.
Moye's 12-yard reception in the end zone was initially ruled incomplete, then overturned after an official review for a TD on a drive that gave the Nittany Lions (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) a 13-0 lead late in the first half.
The offense moved the ball well despite being mired by penalties. Royster and Moye still gave the defense more than enough cushion over the struggling Gophers (4-3, 2-2) on a chilly homecoming game at Beaver Stadium.
Texas Tech 31,
No. 15 Nebraska 10
LINCOLN, Neb. - Steven Sheffield passed for a touchdown and ran for another in his first road start, and Texas Tech jumped out fast to upset Nebraska.
Sheffield, who passed for 490 yards passing and seven touchdowns in his debut as the starter against Kansas State last week, was nearly perfect early, completing 14 of his first 16 passes against the Cornhuskers. Playing for the injured Taylor Potts, Sheffield went 9-for-16 in the second half and finished with 234 yards.
Texas Tech (5-2, 2-1) won for the first time in four road games since last October. Nebraska (4-2, 1-1) held the Raiders to 259 yards - 263 under their average.
No. 23 Houston 44,
NEW ORLEANS - Case Keenum's lowest passing total of the season was still pretty good, and more than enough to help Houston win its first conference game of the season.
Keenum was 30 of 43 for 334 yards and two touchdowns, and the Cougars defeated Tulane.
Bryce Beall and Justin Johnson each ran for two touchdowns for Houston (5-1, 1-1 Conference USA), which pulled away after leading only 9-6 at halftime.
Boston College 52, North Carolina State 20
BOSTON - Boston College's Montel Harris set two school records with 264 yards rushing and five touchdowns to lead the Eagles to a 52-20 win over North Carolina State on Saturday.
Ten players previously had four touchdown runs for Boston College, the last was Darnell Campbell in 1993.
Harris set the yardage record with a 9-yarder early in the final quarter, surpassing the previous mark of 253, set by Phil Bennett in 1972. He had one more run before leaving for good.
The Eagles (5-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) improved to 5-0 at home this season. NC State (3-4, 2-3) dropped its third straight game following conference losses to Wake Forest and Duke.
Wake Forest 3
CLEMSON, S.C. - C.J. Spiller ran for two touchdowns and Clemson put aside two weeks of turmoil to get back in the ACC's Atlantic Division race with a 38-3 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday.
Spiller had scoring runs of 66 and 14 yards for the Tigers (3-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who seemed ready to implode after an unexpected 24-21 loss to Maryland on Oct. 3.
Mississippi St. 27,
Middle Tennessee St. 6
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Anthony Dixon rushed for 135 yards and spectacular two touchdowns to become Mississippi State's career rushing leader, and the Bulldogs used a stifling defense to beat Middle Tennessee State 27-6 on Saturday.
Dixon's 57-yard touchdown run in the second quarter pushed him past Jerious Norwood on the career list and broke open a close game. His fifth straight 100-yard game also gave him another school record with 14 in his career.