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College Football: Virginia Tech Defeats 2nd Ranked Miami - 2003-11-02


In U.S. college football, second-ranked Miami saw its 39-game regular-season winning streak end Saturday with a stunning 31-7 upset by Virginia Tech.

Miami trailed 31-0 before finally scoring a fourth-quarter touchdown. The big loss in Virginia seriously damaged the Hurricanes' chances of playing for the national championship this season.

In another upset, number-four Georgia fell to 23rd-ranked Florida, 16-13. The winning margin came from a 33-yard field goal by Matt Leach with 33 seconds left in the game. Florida has beaten Georgia in 13 of their last 14 meetings.

The nation's number-one team, Oklahoma, easily defeated cross-state rival Oklahoma State, 52-9. Quarterback Jason White threw two touchdown passes and rushed for another. The Sooners are on track to win their Big 12 conference title and advance to the national championship game in January.

Number-three Southern California crushed sixth-ranked Washington State, 43-16. Quarterback Matt Leinart threw three touchdown passes and LenDale White rushed for 149 yards at home.

In other top-10 match ups, number-five Florida State crushed Notre Dame, 37-0. Last year's college football champion, Ohio State, ranked seventh this year, edged Penn State, 21-20. Eighth-ranked Louisiana State routed Louisiana Tech, 49-10, and number-16 Texas upset number-nine Nebraska, 31-7. In another traditional rivalry, 10th-ranked Michigan State went down at home to number-12 Michigan, 27-20. The Wolverines now have sole possession of first place in the Big Ten conference.

One of the most unusual college football games ever took place in Lexington, Kentucky, where Arkansas beat the University of Kentucky, 71-63, after seven overtimes. It was longest college football game ever played - just four minutes short of five hours.

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