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Marcus Mariota throws for 230 yards and a score to help unbeaten Oregon beat UCLA 42-14.

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Marcus Mariota throws for 230 yards and a score to help unbeaten Oregon beat UCLA 42-14.

EUGENE, Ore. — Heading into halftime at 14-all with UCLA, No. 2 Oregon didn't panic. The Ducks knew they'd wear down the No. 14 Bruins. Because that's what they do.

"We understand that our tempo is one of our greatest allies," sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota said.

Oregon scored 28 unanswered points in the second half and beat UCLA 42-14 Saturday.

Byron Marshall ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns, Mariota threw for 230 yards and a score, and the Ducks racked up 555 yards of offense, compared with 283 for UCLA.

"We just had to keep chipping away," Mariota said. "We knew that if we kept getting 5- or 6-yard chunks, we were going to get into a rhythm."

UCLA QB Brett Hundley completed 13 of 19 passes for 64 yards and a touchdown but also threw two interceptions, including one early in the fourth quarter that led to an Oregon touchdown. He also ran for 64 yards and a score.

"That was a very disappointing loss," Bruins coach Jim Mora said. "We didn't come up here to play them close; we didn't come up here to give it the old college try. We came up here to win the game, and we didn't get it done."

Buckeyes rout Lions

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State was looking for a lopsided win to impress the voters and boost its BCS numbers. Penn State paid the price.

Braxton Miller passed for three touchdowns and ran for two, and Carlos Hyde rushed for 147 yards and two scores to lead the No. 4 Buckeyes to a 63-14 victory over Penn State.

It was the most points surrendered by Penn State and its worst beating in 114 years.

Ohio State stretched its nation-best winning streak to 20 in a row, two behind the school mark that included the 1968 national championship season.

Penn State hadn't given up so many points or been beaten so badly since losing 64-5 to the Duquesne Athletic Club on Nov. 25, 1899.

No. 6 Baylor 59, Kansas 14: Bryce Petty threw for 430 yards and three touchdowns in fewer than three quarters, Lache Seastrunk ran for 109 yards and a score, and the Bears won for a school-record 11th straight time. The visiting Bears piled up 500 yards of offense in taking a 38-0 lead by halftime. Division I-A's highest-scoring offense finished with 743 yards, and eight of its nine scoring drives took less than 2 minutes. Kansas has lost 25 consecutive Big 12 games.

No. 19 Okla. St. 58, Iowa St. 27: Desmond Roland ran for four touchdowns and a career-high 219 yards for the visiting Cowboys. Oklahoma State, which ran for a season-high 342 yards, scored 14 points in a 21/2-minute stretch late in the third to make it 45-20. "The offensive line just ran them down the field," Roland said. "Coach (Mike) Gundy said, 'Let's stop playing with them. Get them out of the way and make some big holes.' And they listened."

No. 23 N. Ill. 59, E. Mich. 20: Jordan Lynch threw four touchdown passes, ran for a score and caught a TD pass for the host Huskies, 8-0 for the first time since becoming an NCAA team in 1969. Lynch threw two TD passes and ran for a score as Northern Illinois recorded 229 of its 658 yards while taking a 21-3 first-quarter lead.

Minn. 34, No. 25 Nebraska 23: Philip Nelson rushed for two touchdowns and passed for one for the host Golden Gophers. On fourth and 10 from the Nebraska 33-yard line, Nelson hit Derrick Engel for a TD and a 14-10 lead. It was Minnesota's first lead against Nebraska in 11 matchups dating to 1969. "We just have this confidence we can compete with anyone," Nelson said.

Around the nation: Grambling loses in OT

GRAMBLING, La. — Quarterback Jamal Small's 2-yard touchdown run in overtime lifted Texas Southern past Grambling 23-17.

The Tigers' loss capped a 10-day stretch that included a player boycott and a game forfeit over poor conditions at the athletic facilities, long bus rides and the unexplained firing of coach Doug Williams.

"I surely would do it all again," senior linebacker Steve Orisakwe said. "Nothing was in vain. This brought our school and our family and our team together."

Grambling, which has lost 19 in a row against NCAA competition, blew a 17-7 first-half lead and missed a 30-yard field-goal try on its overtime possession.

Notre Dame 45, Air Force 10: A week after leaving early with a strained neck, Tommy Rees threw a career-high five TD passes for the visiting Irish. He passed Ron Powlus for third in school history and has 54, six behind Jimmy Clausen and 41 behind Brady Quinn.

Mich. St. 42, Illinois 3: Connor Cook threw three TD passes for the visiting Spartans. Michigan State entered first in Division I-A in total defense, allowing an average 228 yards per game, and allowed 128 to the Illini.

USC 19, Utah 3: Nelson Agholor, from Tampa's Berkeley Prep, scored the game's only touchdown and the host Trojans allowed 201 yards and forced four turnovers. Agholor's 30-yard catch made it 7-3 early.

K-State 35, W.Va. 12: The host Wildcats scored four unanswered touchdowns in the second half. It was the first Big 12 win of the year in four games for the defending conference champs.

Rushing record: Division III Western Connecticut's Octavias McKoy broke the NCAA all-division rushing record with 455 yards in a 55-35 win at Worcester State. McKoy, who had 43 carries and five TDs, broke the record of 441 set by Marietta's Dante Brown in 1996. The I-A record is 406 by TCU's LaDainian Tomlinson in 1999.

. Fast facts

The I-A unbeatens

ACC (2): Florida State, Miami

Big 12 (1): Baylor

Big Ten (1): Ohio State

MAC (1): Northern Illinois

Mountain West (1): * Fresno State

Pac-12 (1): Oregon

SEC (1): Alabama

* Played late Saturday

Ducks pull away to remain perfect 10/26/13 [Last modified: Sunday, October 27, 2013 12:37am]

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