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College Football Top 25

Posted: October 18, 2012 - 11:04pm
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) scrambles for yardage as he is pursued by Arizona State defenders during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in Tempe, Ariz.  (AP Photo/Matt York)  Matt York
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Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) scrambles for yardage as he is pursued by Arizona State defenders during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

No. 2 Oregon runs over Arizona State 43-21

TEMPE, Ariz. — Kenjon Barner ran for 143 yards and three touchdowns, Marcus Mariota added 135 yards, and No. 2 Oregon manhandled Arizona State in a 43-21 victory Thursday night.

Facing its first true road test, Oregon (7-0, 4-0 Pac-12) turned what was supposed to be a duel in the desert into another we’ve-seen-this-before rout by running over the Sun Devils in the first half.

The Ducks had their way against what had been the Pac-12’s best defense, racing to a 36-point halftime lead and rushing for 406 yards to win their nation-leading 12th straight road game.

Arizona State (5-2, 3-1) got the start it wanted, forcing a fumble on Oregon’s second play and scoring a touchdown on its first.

The Sun Devils wilted after that, unable to make up for the early loss of star defensive tackle Will Sutton or find a way to slow down the Ducks as they raced past.

SMU 72, Houston 42. With AP Photos.

Gilbert leads SMU past Houston, 72-42

DALLAS — Garrett Gilbert threw four scoring passes, and SMU returned three of its six interceptions for touchdowns and scored on a fumble return in a 72-42 victory over Houston on Thursday night.

Gilbert was 23 of 38 for 265 yards with two interceptions for the Mustangs (3-4, 2-1 Conference USA), and Zach Line ran for 113 yards and two scores.

Darius Johnson led SMU in receiving with nine catches for 110 yards, Jeremy Johnson had nine receptions for 94 yards and a score, and Keenan Holman caught a 43-yard TD pass.

Taylor Reed, Darrian Wright and Stephon Sanders returned interceptions for touchdowns, and Kevin Pope scored on the fumble return.

Crawford Jones, David Piland and Bram Kohlhausen each threw two interceptions for Houston (3-4, 2-1). Jones also threw three touchdown passes.

Charles Sims had seven catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for 54 yards and two more scores. D.J. Hayden scored on a 75-yard interception return.

SMU had 384 yards of total offense and Houston finished with 560.

Both schools are headed to the Big East next season.

Top 25 Results:

No. 1 Alabama (6-0) did not play. Next: at Tennessee, Saturday.

No. 2 Oregon (7-0) beat Arizona State 43-21. Next: vs. Colorado, Saturday, Oct. 27.

No. 3 Florida (6-0) did not play. Next: vs. No. 9 South Carolina, Saturday.

No. 4 Kansas State (6-0) did not play. Next: at No. 17 West Virginia, Saturday.

No. 5 Notre Dame (6-0) did not play. Next: vs. BYU, Saturday.

No. 6 LSU (6-1) did not play. Next: at No. 20 Texas A&M, Saturday.

No. 7 Ohio State (7-0) did not play. Next: vs. Purdue, Saturday.

No. 8 Oregon State (5-0) did not play. Next: vs. Utah, Saturday.

No. 9 South Carolina (6-1) did not play. Next: at No. 3 Florida, Saturday.

No. 10 Oklahoma (4-1) did not play. Next: vs. Kansas, Saturday.

No. 11 Southern Cal (5-1) did not play. Next: vs. Colorado, Saturday.

No. 12 Florida State (6-1) did not play. Next: at Miami, Saturday.

No. 13 Georgia (5-1) did not play. Next: at Kentucky, Saturday.

No. 14 Clemson (5-1) did not play. Next: vs. Virginia Tech, Saturday.

No. 15 Mississippi State (6-0) did not play. Next: vs. Middle Tennessee, Saturday.

No. 16 Louisville (6-0) did not play. Next: vs. USF, Saturday.

No. 17 West Virginia (5-1) did not play. Next: vs. No. 4 Kansas State, Saturday.

No. 18 Texas Tech (5-1) did not play. Next: at TCU, Saturday.

No. 19 Rutgers (6-0) did not play. Next: at Temple, Saturday.

No. 20 Texas A&M (5-1) did not play. Next: vs. No. 6 LSU, Saturday.

No. 21 Cincinnati (5-0) did not play. Next: at Toledo, Saturday.

No. 22 Stanford (4-2) did not play. Next: at California, Saturday.

No. 23 Michigan (4-2) did not play. Next: vs. Michigan State, Saturday.

No. 24 Boise State (5-1) did not play. Next: vs. UNLV, Saturday.

No. 25 Ohio (7-0) did not play. Next: at Miami (Ohio), Saturday.

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