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Nebraska is new No. 1 after Lions' narrow win

Now it's Nebraska's turn to step up to No. 1.

For the second time this season, Penn State won a game and dropped out of the top spot in The Associated Press' Top 25 college football poll Sunday.But this time it's the Cornhuskers, not defending national champion Florida, replacing the Nittany Lions.

Penn State (6-0) needed two fourth-quarter touchdowns to edge Minnesota 16-15 Saturday at State College, Pa., while Nebraska (6-0) beat Texas Tech 29-0 for its first shutout of the season.

It's the third week in a row there has been a different No. 1 team.

The Cornhuskers received 33 first-place votes and 1,698 points from the panel of 70 sportswriters and broadcasters. Last week, the Huskers moved up a spot to No. 2 with 14 first-place votes.

The Nittany Lions were No. 2 this week with 26 first-place votes and 1,668 points. Last week, the Lions had a firm grip on No. 1 with 51 first-place votes.

"It's nice to be No. 1, but it's usually a mixed blessing because most of the people up there are a target," Nebraska coach Tom Osborne said. "We've been there before. There's still so much football to be played."

Florida State (6-0) remained No. 3 with nine first-place votes and 1,629 points after a 38-0 win over Georgia Tech.

North Carolina (7-0), a 20-7 winner over North Carolina State, was No. 4 with two first-place votes and 1,524 points. Florida State is at North Carolina Nov. 8.

Michigan, which beat Iowa 28-24, was No. 5, followed by No. 6 Florida, No. 7 Washington, No. 8 Tennessee, No. 9 Ohio State and No. 10 Washington State.

Washington, a 58-28 winner over Arizona, moved up three spots, while Washington State, which beat California 63-37, moved into the top 10 for the first time since Sept. 22, 1958.

Auburn, which lost to Florida 24-10, fell five places to No. 11, followed by Oklahoma State, UCLA, Kansas State, Michigan State, Georgia, LSU, Iowa, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, West Virginia, Purdue, Arizona State, Toledo and Mississippi.

In the USA Today-ESPN poll, the top five were Nebraska, Penn State, Florida State, North Carolina and Michigan.

Nebraska, national champion in 1994 and 1995, started last season as the preseason No. 1 pick in the AP poll but was knocked out after a 19-0 loss to Arizona State in its second game.

Penn State was the preseason No. 1 pick this season, fell to No. 2 when Florida took over Sept. 21, and regained the top spot last week after the Gators lost to LSU 28-21.

On Sept. 20, the Nittany Lions beat Louisville 57-21, while Florida beat Tennessee 33-20.

The last time a one-point win cost a team the No. 1 ranking occurred five years ago when Washington replaced Miami at the top after the Hurricanes beat Arizona 8-7 on Sept. 26, 1992.