Texas gave Nebraska a send-off all right — knocking the wind from the Cornhuskers’ national championship hopes. Ohio State was one and done as No. 1, while Auburn’s title aspirations are still on the rise.
In Madison, Wis., John Clay ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns and James White darted in for the clinching score as No. 18 Wisconsin beat the Buckeyes 31-18 on Saturday night.
For the second week in a row, there will be a new No. 1, with Ohio State (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) falling the way Alabama was beaten last week — on the road and in its conference.
Wisconsin hadn’t beaten a No. 1 since 1981, when the Badgers knocked off Michigan.
David Gilreath returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and the Badgers (6-1, 2-1) proceeded to run over the Buckeyes in the first half, taking a 21-3 lead into the break.
Terrelle Pryor, who threw for 156 yards and ran for another 56, guided Ohio State on two long scoring drives in the second half and Dan Herron capped them both with touchdowns to cut the Wisconsin lead to 21-18 with 11:38 left in the fourth. But the Badgers responded with another long touchdown drive, then added a field goal to put No. 1 up for grabs again.
Just in time for the BCS standings to make their season debut Sunday.
No. 2 Oregon was idle this week and has never been No. 1 before. The Ducks must have enjoyed watching the show at rowdy Camp Randall, and No. 3 Boise State and No. 4 TCU also must have been smiling as the scores rolled in from around the country.
In Licoln, Neb., Garrett Gilbert ran for two touchdowns and Texas’ defense shut down Taylor Martinez to lead the Longhorns to a 20-13 upset of No. 5 Nebraska.
This was the most anticipated game in Lincoln this season, fans and players trying to avenge last year’s loss in the Big 12 title game and saying goodbye to the Longhorns before they head to the Big Ten next season.
Texas (4-2, 2-1 Big 12), which came in as a 9 1/2-point underdog, surprised Nebraska (5-1, 1-1) by turning Gilbert loose in the run game. The quarterback ran for 71 yards on 11 carries, scoring from 3 yards and 1 yard, and Cody Johnson had 58 of his 73 yards in the second half.
The Longhorns stymied a Nebraska offense that had been averaging 494 yards a game, holding it to just 202, but the Huskers were still within a touchdown late in the game.
Martinez, who came in averaging 147 yards a game and almost 11 yards a carry, was held to a season-low 21 yards on 13 carries before being pulled for Zac Lee in the third quarter.