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College Football: Michigan Wolverines Leads US Championships - 2003-11-23

In U.S. college football, the University of Michigan has ended arch-rival Ohio State University's chances to repeat as national champions.

In front of a collegiate record crowd of more than 112,000 fans in Ann Arbor, Michigan Saturday, the Wolverines beat the Buckeyes 35-21. Chris Perry ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns against an Ohio State defense that allows a nation-leading low, 50 yards rushing per game.

The Buckeyes lost for just the second time in 26 games. The loss will knock the Buckeyes from the number two position in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings, making the Southern California Trojans and top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners the favorites to meet for the national title on January 4.

Southern Cal is bound to replace Ohio State just behind Oklahoma when the new standings come out this week after the Trojans crushed cross-town arch-rival UCLA, 47-22.

The number three Louisiana State Tigers appear to be next in line with a chance to play for the championship after slipping by the number 15 ranked Mississippi Rebels 17-14.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma routed host Texas Tech 56-25. Sooners' quarterback Jason White threw for 394 yards and four touchdowns.

The other (BCS) top-10 teams with victories Saturday were the number six Georgia Bulldogs and number seven Tennessee Volunteers, along with number nine Michigan.

Georgia defeated Kentucky, 30-10, while Tennessee embarrassed Vanderbilt 48-0.

However the number 10 Washington State Cougars were upset when the arch-rival Washington Huskies scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, to earn a 27-19 victory.

Another upset of note saw number 17 Virginia Tech lose to Boston College 34-27.