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Associated Press

Posted on September 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM


Upset in Norman...Ducks blitz Arizona...Trojans bounce back

UNDATED (AP) — The upset of the night in college football occurred in Norman where the 15th-ranked Kansas State Wildcats felled sixth-ranked Oklahoma 24-19. That avenged a lopsided 58-17 loss to the Sooners last year. K-State is 4-0 after dropping the Sooners to 2-1.

John Hubert ran for 130 yards and a touchdown and Jarell Childs scooped up a fumble and returned it for a score.

Collin Klein picked up 228 yards of total offense and ran for the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter in a solid performance that outshined an error-filled night by Sooners quarterback Landry Jones.

Jones threw for 298 yards and a late touchdown but also fumbled and threw an interception that put Kansas State in position to go ahead.

Also on the college gridiron:

__ AJ McCarron threw three touchdown passes, including an early 85-yarder to Kenny Bell, and No. 1 Alabama routed Florida Atlantic 40-7. Eddie Lacy rushed for 106 yards in the first half for the 4-0 Crimson Tide.

— LSU's defense delivered a first-quarter safety and shut out Auburn in the second half to give the second-ranked Tigers a 12-10 victory. Auburn led 10-9 at halftime but managed only 183 yards for the game.

__ Third-ranked Oregon looked very much like a national championship contender by blitzing 22nd-ranked Arizona 49-0. Besides the Ducks' explosive offense, defensive back Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (EE'-foh EHK'-pree OHL'-uh-moo) had two interceptions, one he returned 54 yards for a TD.

— EJ Manuel threw for a career-high 380 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another 102 yards as fourth-ranked Florida State rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to defeat No. 10 Clemson 49-37.

— Aaron Murray completed his first 12 passes and No. 5 Georgia finally got off to a good start, blowing out Vanderbilt before halftime on the way to a 48-3 victory.

__ Connor Shaw completed 20 straight passes and threw for two touchdowns, Marcus Lattimore ran for two scores and No. 7 South Carolina manhandled Missouri 31-10 in the Tigers first Southeastern Conference road game of the season. Shaw missed his first pass to Lattimore on the game's first series, then hit his final 20 passes.

— Eighth-ranked West Virginia beat Maryland 31-21 in a pass-happy game. Neither team ran for more than 46 yards. Both threw for more than 300 yards. Doug Riggs' 51-yard fumble return for a TD midway through the fourth quarter got things rolling for the Mountaineers. West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith threw three TD passes to Tavon Austin.

— Manti Te'o had two interceptions as No. 11 Notre Dame picked off five Michigan passes and backup quarterback Tommy Rees sparked the Fighting Irish offense in a 13-6 win over the 18th-ranked Wolverines.

— Matt Barkley passed for 192 yards and threw two touchdown passes to Marqise (mahr'-KEES') Lee, and No. 13 Southern California bounced back from its first defeat with a 27-9 victory over California. Lee had 11 catches for 94 yards. Silas Redd rushed for 158 yards.

— Florida's defense pitched a shutout against Kentucky, and after a slow start the 14th-ranked Gators hammered the visiting Wildcats 38-zip. It's Florida's 26th straight win over Kentucky and the Gators' first shutout in SEC play in 11 years.

— After trailing 6-0 at the end of one quarter following a blocked punt return for a TD, No. 16 Ohio State beat visiting UAB 29-15. Braxton Miller ran for two scores for the Buckeyes, who were playing the final tune-up for their Big Ten schedule.

— No. 17 TCU topped visiting Virginia 27-7 for its 11th straight win. That's the longest among FBS schools. Horned Frogs quarterback Casey Pachall passed for 305 yards and three touchdowns and linebacker Kenny Cain recovered a fumble and intercepted two passes.

__ Sean Mannion passed for a career-high 379 yards and two touchdowns and the unbeaten Oregon State Beavers opened their Pacific-12 Conference season by stunning the 19th-ranked UCLA Bruins 27-20.

— Teddy Bridgewater passed for two touchdowns and ran for another score in the return to his home city, and No. 20 Louisville remained unbeaten by holding off Florida International 28-21 in Miami.

— Le'Veon Bell rushed for a career-high 253 yards and a touchdown to help stagnant No. 21 Michigan State avoid a major upset with a 23-7 win over Eastern Michigan.

— Mississippi State started its season with four straight wins for the first time since 1999, beating South Alabama 30-10.

— Rex Burkhead ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns and No. 25 Nebraska made quick work of Idaho State in a 73-7 rout.


Ball out

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Heisman Trophy finalist Montee Ball left Wisconsin's 37-26 victory over UTEP (YOO'-tehp) early in the second quarter with a head injury.

Ball finished the day with nine carries for 40 yards. He also had the first fumble of his college career. He had carried the ball 654 times without turning it over before coughing up the ball on the Badgers' opening drive.


Reds and Giants clinch...Gio gets 20th

UNDATED (AP) — The Reds' Mr. Clinch got their championship party started at the Great American Ballpark.

Jay Bruce's 34th homer put the Reds ahead to stay, and they made good on their second chance to win the NL Central title by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-0 without Dusty Baker.

The 63-year-old manager spent another day in a Chicago hospital getting treated for an irregular heartbeat. The Reds brought him his fifth division title as a manager, including two during the last three years with Cincinnati.

In the rest of the National League:

— Madison Bumgarner pitched San Francisco to its second NL West title in three years and newcomer Marco Scutaro had three hits and three RBIs in the Giants' 8-4 win over the San Diego Padres. The Giants captured their eighth divisional crown — wrapping it up once again with a victory over the Padres in front of their home fans, just as they did on the season's final day in 2010 on the way to an improbable World Series championship.

— Gio Gonzalez became the first major league pitcher to reach the 20-win plateau this season. The left-hander improves to 20-8 following the Nationals' 10-4 pounding of visiting Milwaukee, snapping the Brewers' season-high six-game winning streak. Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond blasted three-run homers off former Nats pitcher Livan Hernandez in the fourth inning. Milwaukee drops two and a-half games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild card.

— John Jay's RBI double in the top of the 10th inning lifted the Cardinals past the Chicago Cubs 5-4. Carlos Beltran sent the game into extra innings with a solo blast in the top of the ninth, his 30th homer of the season. Jason Mote struck out the side in the 10th for his 39th save.

— Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer to back Mike Minor and the Atlanta Braves roughed up Roy Halladay to move closer to clinching a postseason berth with an 8-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. The Braves' magic number for clinching a playoff berth is three.

— Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey allowed two runs over eight innings of the New York Mets' 4-3 victory over Miami, picking up his 19th win of the season. Jason Bay and Scott Hairston homered in support.

— Jason Castro hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Houston Astros beat fading Pittsburgh 4-1, handing the Pirates their fifth straight loss. Pittsburgh has lost 17 of 21.

— Aaron Hill tripled and drove in four runs, Jason Kubel (KOO'-bul) had two hits and two RBIs and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 8-7.

In the AL:

— The Orioles ran their streak of extra-inning victories to 16 in a row by outlasting the Red Sox 9-6 in 12 innings. It's the longest such streak in the majors since the Cleveland Indians won 17 straight in 1949. Playing his first game in nearly two months, Jim Thome (TOH'-mee) belted a go-ahead RBI double in the top of the final frame, helping Baltimore notch its sixth straight victory overall. The O's remained one game behind New York in the AL East.

— Raul Ibanez (rah-OOL'ih-BAHN'-yehz) hit his second home run of the game during a dramatic rally in the 13th inning, then the New York Yankees won a thriller when Ichiro Suzuki (EE'-cheer-oh soo-ZOO'-kee) scored on first baseman Brandon Moss' two-out error in the 14th to beat the Oakland Athletics 10-9.

— B.J. Upton and Jose Molina homered during a six-run fifth inning and the surging Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-5 for their fourth consecutive victory. The Rays are three and a-half games out of the final wild card spot.

— Michael Saunders hit a solo home run in the second inning, former Texas prospect Blake Beavan threw seven shutout innings against his former club, and the Seattle Mariners blanked the Rangers 1-0.

— Dan Haren earned his first win at home in more than a month, Mark Trumbo capped a four-run first inning with a two-run single and the Los Angeles Angels beat the White Sox 4-2. That cuts Chicago's AL Central lead to a half-game over Detroit. The Angels have won six of nine and are 2 1/2 games behind Oakland for the second AL wild card.

__Miguel Cabrera hit his 42nd homer, improving his Triple Crown chances, and Doug Fister pitched his first career shutout to help the Detroit Tigers beat Minnesota 8-0.

— Billy Butler hit a run-scoring single in the first inning to reach 100 RBIs for the first time and the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 5-3.


Bad news for the Redbirds

UNDATED (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook was shut down just a few pitches into his bullpen session on Saturday.

Reedbirds manager Mike Matheny (muh-THEE'-nee) says it was "not a good day" for the right-hander, who will be re-evaluated Sunday.

Westbrook suffered a strained right oblique Sept. 8 and postponed his bullpen session Friday. He is 13-11 with a 3.97 ERA in 28 starts this season.

In other baseball doings:

__ Kevin McClatchy, the former owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates and now the board chairman at the McClatchy Company newspaper chain, has told The New York Times he is gay. The interview in the Times on Sunday is the 49-year-old McClatchy's first public acknowledgement of his sexual orientation.


Should be an interesting final round at East Lake

ATLANTA (AP) — Brandt Snedeker leapfrogged up the leaderboard with a 6-under-par 64 and is tied for the lead with Justin Rose heading into the final round of the Tour Championship in Atlanta. Rose got to minus-8 for the tournament with a 68.

Ryan Moore carded a 65 and is two strokes back in third place.

Second-round leader Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk) stumbled to a 2-over 72 and at 5-under for the tournament is tied with Rory McIlroy, who shot a 68, and Bubba Watson, who matched par.

Tiger Woods finished with a 67 and heads up a quartet of golfers at minus-4.


Lewis grabs the lead in Alabama

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Third-ranked Stacy Lewis is the leader by two strokes after three rounds of the Navistar LPGA Classic in Alabama. She's 15-under-par after signing for a bogey-free 7-under 65.

Angela Stafford is alone in second place following a 68.

Second-round leader and defending champion Lexi Thompson fell five strokes off the pace after carding a 74.

Lewis is chasing her third title of the season.


NHL fines Red Wings executive

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has fined the Detroit Red Wings for comments made by senior vice president Jim Devellano in an interview about the lockout.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says in a statement that the league and team agree Devellano's comments were not appropriate, authorized or permitted under NHL bylaws.

Devellano was quoted by the Island Sports News, saying his solution to end the lockout would be to have the players take 43 percent and the owners get 57 percent of hockey-related revenues.

The players had been getting 57 percent.

The Hockey Hall of Famer also cautions NHL players going overseas not to get injured because the league has pulled medical benefits from the players and won't pay them "one dime" until they're cleared by league doctors.


Rookie Dillon wins in Kentucky

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Rookie Austin Dillon took advantage of misfortune by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Elliott Sadler to win the Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway yesterday.

Sam Hornish Jr. was second, followed by Brendan Gaughan, Drew Herring and Sadler, who reclaimed the season points lead from Stenhouse.