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US College Football Has Day of Upsets - 2003-10-12

It was a day of upsets for several top 10 teams in U.S. college football Saturday, including third-ranked Ohio State, the defending national champion, which saw its 19-game winning streak snapped by number 23 Wisconsin.

The Badgers' backup quarterback, Matte Schabert, threw a 79-yard touchdown pass with five minutes left in the fourth quarter to give Wisconsin a 17-10 win over the visiting Buckeyes.

Other top-10 losers on Saturday were number-six Louisiana State, seventh-ranked Nebraska, and eighth-ranked Arkansas.

Florida's freshman quarterback, Chris Leak, shrugged off six sacks to lead his team over LSU in Baton Rouge, 19-7. Missouri quarterback Brad Smith scored four touchdowns - tying a school record - in a 41-24 shellacking of Nebraska. The Cornhuskers' loss was their first to Missouri since 1978, and their first at the Tigers' home field since 1973. And Auburn got the best of the Arkansas Razorbacks, 10-3.

Meanwhile, it was business as usual for the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners, who crushed 11th-ranked Texas, 65-13. Third-ranked Miami forced five turnovers in a 22-14 victory over its cross-state rival, Florida State, ranked number five. And number 10 Georgia engineered a 41-14 thumping of 14th ranked Tennessee.

In another notable matchup, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame abandoned their passing game and rushed their way to a 20-14 win over the 15th-ranked Pittsburgh Panthers. Julius Jones led Notre Dame with two touchdowns and broke the school's single-game rushing record with 262 yards.