1. Archive


ASSOCIATED PRESS POLL: LSU fell out of the Top 10 Sunday while Auburn moved in, the result of a one-point game decided by a second-chance extra point. Defending BCS champion LSU dropped eight spots to No. 13 in Top 25 media poll after losing 10-9 at Auburn. Auburn moved five spots to No. 9.

"Is this a turning point? No, I think it's just a point that people will recognize that we've got a pretty decent team and things are going to just heat up on us," Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said. "We're going to see if we can handle it."

Tennessee, the winner of Saturday's other big SEC game, moved up a spot to No. 11 after edging Florida 30-28 on a late field goal. The Gators dropped five to No. 16.

"It's something to build on. It was not pretty a lot of the way, but it's a win," Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer said.

Auburn plays The Citadel on Saturday and Tennessee should get a break against Louisiana Tech. The following week, the Volunteers and Tigers meet in Knoxville.

Arizona State's surprising win over Iowa jumped the unbeaten Sun Devils (3-0) into the rankings at No. 22 and knocked the Hawkeyes out. Oklahoma State was the only other team to enter the rankings, taking the 25th spot and giving the Big 12 a third team in the poll with Oklahoma and Texas.

Sept. 12, the Big 12 had just two ranked teams, the fewest ever for the 8-year-old conference.

Memphis' first appearance in the poll lasted one week. The Tigers were No. 25, but needed a frantic 21-point comeback in the final four minutes to beat lowly Arkansas State on the road.

DIVISION II SKID ENDS: It was known simply as "The Streak" in northern New Mexico, a 25-game skid that began in November 2001. Now it's finally over. The New Mexico Highlands Cowboys snapped the division's longest active losing streak with a 41-24 victory over Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rival Mesa State, a team that started the season ranked No. 12 in the nation.

TENNESSEE: Junior linebacker Kevin Simon could miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Simon, a starting middle linebacker, hurt his left knee early in the first quarter against Florida. Simon started every game last season and led the team with 115 tackles.

Simon, a junior, redshirted his first season at Tennessee after tearing knee ligaments in a high school all-star game. He broke his right ankle in the fourth game of the 2002 season and missed the rest of the year. Coach Phil Fulmer said the Vols will appeal to the NCAA to give Simon another year of eligibility because of his injuries.

UCLA: Receiver Craig Bragg dislocated his left shoulder in the fourth quarter of a 37-31 win at Washington. Coach Karl Dorrell could not say how long Bragg might be out. Bragg, a fifth-year senior, had five catches for 57 yards. The only player in UCLA history with at least 50 receptions in two different seasons, he was trying to become the only player to lead the Bruins in receiving four straight years.