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DEFENSE OF THE DAY - TEXAS TECH

"Second half, the offense slumped but the defense picked up our slack. Thank God for the defense." Believe it or not, that's Texas Tech quarterback Steven Sheffield talking about the Texas Tech defense after Saturday's 31-10 win at No. 15 Nebraska. Texas Tech ... the school known for putting up huge offensive numbers. Against the Cornhuskers, the defense allowed only 285 yards of offense and scored on Daniel Howard's 82-yard fumble return. Oh, the offense did put up numbers. Sheffield, in his second start for the injured Taylor Potts, completed 14 of his first 16 passes and finished with 234 passing yards. Still, it was the defense that carried the day. Here's coach Mike Leach: "We tested them in about every way that we could. Bad field position. The offense goes three-and-out and then three-and-out. It was like, 'What are you going to do about this, defense?' They just kept stepping up."

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Players of the day

Montel Harris, RB Boston College

The sophomore ran for 264 yards and five TDs in a 52-20 win over N.C. State.

Dwayne Harris, WR East Carolina

The junior returned a kickoff 92 yards for a TD and caught nine passes for 128 yards and two TDs in a 49-13 win over Rice. Harris has seven touchdowns in his past four games.

Brian Hendricks, LB Wyoming

The sophomore made 23 tackles in a 10-0 loss to Air Force.

C.J. Spiller, RB Clemson

In a 38-3 win over Wake Forest, the senior scored on runs of 66 and 14 yards and became the first ACC player to surpass 6,000 all-purpose yards.

Blair White, WR Michigan State

The senior caught 12 passes for 186 yards and two TDs in a 24-14 win over Northwestern. Both touchdowns came in the third quarter, which the Spartans entered trailing 7-0.

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The Unbeatens

Alabama*

Florida

Texas

Boise State

Iowa

TCU

Cincinnati

Kansas*

*Played late Saturday

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Conference of the day

MAC

Six I-A teams remain winless, and half come from one conference. The winless with their record and scoring margin (MAC teams in bold):

Ball State................0-7........213-139

Eastern Michigan......0-6........207-81

Miami (Ohio)............0-7.......248-71

New Mexico.............0-6........227-87

Rice........................0-7........315-112

Western Kentucky....0-6........231-91

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Injury of the day

Donsay Hardeman, S Illinois

The senior was placed on a backboard, carted off the field and taken to a hospital after being hurt while trying to make a tackle at Indiana. The school said Hardeman was moving his arms and legs but was hospitalized as a precautionary measure because he had surgery to repair cracked vertebrae last year.

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Obscure game of the day

Sioux Falls 28, North Dakota 13

Lorenzo Brown threw for three touchdowns and ran for one as the visiting Cougars, an NAIA team, beat the I-AA Sioux. However, Sioux Falls is no ordinary NAIA team. The defending NAIA champs have won 21 in a row and now have outscored this season's seven opponents 375-46. Good news for their opponents, though: The Baptist-affiliated 1,600-student school in South Dakota moves up to Division II in 2011.

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Winner of the day

Idaho

By beating Hawaii 35-23 at home, the Vandals are 6-1. It's their most wins since going 7-4 in 1999. That also was their last winning season. Idaho has gone to only one bowl game, beating Southern Miss 42-35 in the 1998 Humanitarian Bowl in Boise. Speaking of Boise, the Vandals go there on Nov. 14 to take on the No. 5 Broncos.

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Number of the day

4 Consecutive wins for Temple after beating Army 27-13, its most since 1985. "There's a confidence right now even as there's ebb and flow in the game," coach Al Golden said. "There's a confidence on the sideline that we hadn't had before. To not lose in a month is a big deal."

Information from Times wires contributed to this report.

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