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Ohio St. run in rankings is over

Ohio State fell out of the Associated Press college football rankings for the first time in nearly seven years, ending the nation's longest streak of appearances in the Top 25, and FSU dropped from No. 5 to No. 11.

Coming off a 24-6 beating at Miami, the Buckeyes dropped from No. 17 Sunday. They had been in 103 straight Top 25s since being left out Nov. 20, 2004.

Oklahoma remained No. 1 after a 23-13 victory at FSU.

Florida rose one spot to No. 15. USF rose two spots to No. 18.

For the third consecutive week, LSU and Alabama flip-flopped at Nos. 2 and 3. The Tigers moved up to second after winning 19-6 at Mississippi State. The Crimson Tide slipped to third. Boise State stayed at No. 4 and Stanford moved up to fifth.

Others dropping from the rankings: Michigan State, Auburn, Mississippi State and Arizona State.

Moving in was No. 21 Clemson, which plays FSU on Saturday. It's the Tigers' first ranking since the end of the 2009 season.

With Ohio State's streak of Top 25 appearances over, Alabama has the longest streak with 53. Boise State is next with 49.

Injured against Gators, Vol out for season

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee receiver Justin Hunter has a torn anterior cruciate ligament and needs season-ending surgery.

School officials announced Hunter's injury in a statement Sunday night, saying the sophomore receiver will miss the rest of this season. He is expected to return for spring practice.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound wideout was hurt on Tennessee's first pass in Saturday's 33-23 loss to Florida. He landed awkwardly on his left knee making a 12-yard reception, fell and rolled in pain. He walked off but did not return.

Hunter came into Saturday's game leading the SEC in receiving and ranked 10th nationally with 17 catches for 314 yards and two touchdowns.

mascot update: Connecticut officials said no foul play was involved when an Iowa State student dressed as the school's mascot broke his arm during Friday's game in Hartford. Witnesses had said he might have been pushed when he went into the stands, though that was not confirmed and police said there was no physical altercation. The student was treated at a hospital and returned to Iowa.

virginia tech: Receiver Dyrell Roberts (broken arm) is likely out for the season.

Late Saturday

Oklahoma St. 59, Tulsa 33: Brandon Weeden threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns and the visiting Cowboys waited out a three-hour rain and lightning delay. The game started at 12:16 a.m. and ended at 3:35.

The NCAA doesn't keep records showing where the game ranks among latest to start or finish. More than half of the paid crowd of 24,563 stayed, and Tulsa's Bill Blankenship may have been the first coach to open a postgame news conference with, "Good morning, everybody."

Weeden has witnessed strange things in his 27-plus years. He is a late-comer to college after pursuing a professional baseball dream.

"I've played five years of minor-league baseball," he said. "I've had some late starts and 20-inning games, and still nothing really compares with this. This is a first."

Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon had 57 yards receiving, ending an NCAA-record run of 14 straight games in triple digits.

Cowboys linebackers coach Glenn Spencer left the team indefinitely after his wife, Angela, died during the game. Coach Mike Gundy said she had been struggling with her health and received a heart transplant.

Stanford 37, Arizona 10: Andrew Luck threw for 325 yards and had both of his touchdown passes in the second half, helping the visiting Cardinal pull away. Auburn's loss makes Stanford's 11 straight wins the most in major college football.

Ohio St. run in rankings is over 09/18/11 [Last modified: Sunday, September 18, 2011 10:40pm]
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