Rashaan Salaam ran for four touchdowns and Colorado converted four first-half interceptions into 17 points, leading seventh-ranked Colorado to a 55-17 stomping of No. 10 Wisconsin Saturday night.
Kordell Stewart threw two TD passes and accounted for 301 yards as Colorado (2-0) posted its sixth straight victory. Wisconsin (1-1) couldn't overcome the early giveaways or Colorado's big-play offense, trailing 27-10 at the half and 48-17 after three quarters.Salaam, who has seven touchdowns in two games, finished with 85 yards on 26 carries.
The 55 points were the most Colorado has scored against a ranked opponent and the most allowed by Wisconsin since 1988.
The Buffs scored on five of their first six possessions in the first half.
Chris Hudson's 29-yard punt return set up the first TD. Stewart ran 16 yards, then passed 13 yards to Michael Westbrook, and Salaam's second-effort run from 1 yard out made it 7-0.
Two plays later, safety Steve Rosga made the first interception off Darrell Bevell at the Colorado 43. Illegal-motion and holding penalties stymied that drive, and Colorado settled for Neil Voskeritchian's 48-yard field goal.
The Badgers responded with a career-best 51-yard field goal by John Hall moments later.
Early in the second quarter, safety Donnell Leomiti stepped in front of intended receiver Brent Moss, picked off Bevell's pass and returned it 43 yards to the Wisconsin 7. Salaam scored from the 3 to make it 17-3.
Wisconsin's next possession also ended in an interception, as cornerback Chris Hudson darted in front of J.C. Dawkins and returned the theft 6 yards to midfield. Voskeritchian converted a 35-yard field goal.
With 2:22 left in the half, Bevell threw 3 yards to tight end Michael Roan for the Badgers' first TD, culminating a 67-yard drive kept alive when Colorado was whistled for defensive holding when Bevell threw incomplete on third down at the 7.
The Buffs countered by marching 80 yards in six plays. Stewart passed 32 yards to Westbrook on a streak pattern down the right side for a 27-10 lead with 57 seconds left in the half.
Wisconsin crossed midfield in the waning seconds, but linebacker Matt Russell's picked off Bevell's overthrown pass.
Sophomore Koy Detmer passed 5 yards to tight end Christian Fauria for the final score with 8:24 left.
No. 1 Florida 31, No. 15 Tenn. 0
At Knoxville, Tenn., the Gators (3-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) didn't equal their previous two 70-point performances, but Terry Dean still passed for 303 yards and two touchdowns.
Florida beat a ranked opponent on the road for the first time in eight tries since Steve Spurrier became coach.
No. 3 Fla. St. 56, Wake Forest 14
At Winston-Salem, N.C., linebacker Derrick Brooks, returning from a two-game suspension, caused a fumble and blocked a punt for the Seminoles (3-0, 3-0 ACC).
Brooks, suspended for taking part in a sporting goods shopping spree with a sports agent, didn't start the game. FSU's Danny Kannell hit 10 receivers in the first half, completing 18-of-24 for 177 yards, and Wake Forest (1-2, 0-1) trailed 42-0 at halftime.
No. 6 Penn State 61, Iowa 21
At State College, Pa., backup tailback Mike Archie scored three touchdowns, and Penn State (3-0) led 35-0 after the first quarter.
Archie scored Penn State's sixth TD 37 seconds into the second quarter on a 4-yard run for a 42-0 lead, and coach Joe Paterno pulled his starters soon after. Ki-Jana Carter had two TDs against the Hawkeyes (2-1).
No. 8 Notre Dame 21, Mich. St. 20
At East Lansing, Mich., Powlus brought the Irish back from a 20-7 halftime deficit. The redshirt freshman was 10-of-30 for 161 yards, but he led two second-half scoring drives, capped by a 15-yard TD pass to Robert Farmer for the go-ahead score with 12:12 left.
Michigan State (0-2) came up with two more interceptions after that, but the Irish (2-1) held on. Notre Dame's 16th consecutive road win broke a 63-year-old record.
No. 12 Alabama 13, Arkansas 6
At Fayetteville, Ark., Jay Barker connected with Sherman Williams on a 73-yard scoring play late in the third quarter to make it 10-6. The Tide (3-0, 2-0 SEC) capitalized on a bad punt to set up Michael Proctor's 34-yard field goal in the fourth quarter that wrapped up the scoring. Arkansas (1-2, 0-2) managed only 267 yards of offense.
No. 16 North Carolina 49, Tulane 0
At Chapel Hill, N.C., Jason Stanicek became the Tar Heels' career passing leader and ran for two touchdowns.
Stanicek completed 7-of-15 for 161 yards and two touchdowns. His career passing yardage of 3,852 surpassed Matt Kupec's 3,840 from 1976 through 1979.
No. 18 Virginia Tech 12, B.C. 7
At Boston, Gray's interception return gave the Hokies a 9-0 lead in the third quarter.
Boston College didn't score until the last 6 seconds of the game. The Eagles (0-2) managed just four first downs through three quarters while Virginia Tech (3-0) built a 12-0 lead.
The Hokies, who allowed the Eagles 244 yards, began the game as the nation's second stingiest defense, allowing 160.5 yards per game.
No. 21 Okla. 17, Texas Tech 11
At Norman, Okla., Jerald Moore scored both touchdowns for the Sooners (2-1) and finished with 106 yards on 23 carries, while defensive end Cedric Jones had five sacks and was in on 10 tackles.
Scott Blanton kicked a 41-yard field goal with 7:42 to play after the Red Raiders (1-2) closed to 14-11. The Sooners then stopped the ensuing Tech drive with an interception by linebacker Mario Freeman.
No. 24 Ohio State 27, Pittsburgh 3
At Columbus, Ohio, Bob Hoying completed 14 of 21 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns for the Buckeyes.
Eddie George chipped in with 126 yards on 17 carries and also scored a touchdown for Ohio State (2-1), which had 512 yards but committed five turnovers. The visiting Panthers (1-2) were limited to 242 yards.
Tommie Frazier, QB, Nebraska: Completed 5 of 11 passes for 59 yards, 2 TDs, no INTs; rushed 7 times for 29 yards, 1 TD in win over UCLA.
Tyrone Wheatley, RB, Michigan: Did not play Saturday.
Napoleon Kaufmann, RB, Washington: Did not play Saturday.
J.J. Stokes, WR, UCLA: Did not play in Bruins' loss to Nebraska because of injury.
Eric Zeier, QB, Georgia: Completed 8 of 10 passes for 164 yards, 3 TDs, no INTs in win over NE Louisiana.