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Texas No. 1 in AP football poll; Gators No. 5

NEW YORK — Texas leapfrogged No. 2 Alabama on Sunday and sits atop the Associated Press Top 25 in the regular season for the first time in 24 years after beating Oklahoma 45-35.

Texas, moving up from No. 5, received 39 first-place votes and 1,599 points from the media panel. Alabama received the other 36 first-place votes and 1,582 points. Florida jumped six spots to No. 5 after pounding LSU 51-21 Saturday night. USF, which was off, was No. 19.

"Nobody really knows who is No. 1 at this point," Texas coach Mack Brown said Sunday.

The Longhorns are the fourth No. 1, following Georgia, Southern California and Oklahoma.

For the second time this season, three of the top four teams lost on the same weekend.

Unbeaten Penn State moved up three spots to No. 3. The Sooners dropped three to No. 4.

No. 6 Southern California is followed by Big 12 rivals Texas Tech and Oklahoma State, which upset Missouri and has its highest ranking since November 1985 when the Cowboys were seventh.

Missouri dropped eight spots to No. 11 but could vault back up when it visits Texas on Saturday.

Cal, at No. 25, was the only team moving into the rankings.

LATE SATURDAY: Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli ran for 170 yards and a touchdown in a 31-24 victory over visiting UCLA. Bruins receiver Terrence Austin was carted off late in the game with an apparent head injury.

TD PASS RECORD: Central Washington's Mike Reilly set an NCAA record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass at 41, throwing for four scores and 371 yards in a 50-28 victory over Western Washington on Saturday night. He surpassed Mount Union's Bill Borchert (1994-97).

AUBURN: Coach Tommy Tuberville will consider a quarterback change, looking at freshman Barrett Trotter and little-used reserve Neil Caudle during an open date. Kodi Burns and Chris Todd struggled in a 25-22 loss at home to Arkansas.

Georgia: Junior starting left tackle Vince Vance will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Vance needs reconstructive knee surgery and should recover for next season, coach Mark Richt said. Georgia could start three freshmen on the line against Vanderbilt: center Ben Jones, guard Cordy Glenn and right tackle Justin Anderson.

NORTH CAROLINA: Receiver Brandon Tate is being evaluated by doctors to determine the extent of the right knee sprain he suffered in Saturday's win against Notre Dame.

Texas No. 1 in AP football poll; Gators No. 5 10/12/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 3:35pm]
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