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Rice blows out Tulsa; Air Force still unbeaten

Benji Wood scored three touchdowns and rushed for 85 yards Saturday as Rice ran away with a 42-24 Western Athletic Conference win over Tulsa.

Michael Perry led Rice (3-2 overall, 1-1 WAC) with 95 yards rushing, and quarterback Chad Nelson added another 60 yards and a touchdown.Tulsa (0-4, 0-1) opened conference play and continued to have trouble holding onto the ball. Quarterback John Fitzgerald fumbled twice and threw three interceptions, two that led to Rice touchdowns.

Charlie Higgins gained on 175 yards rushing for Tulsa and scored on two touchdowns. Fitzgerald completed 22 of 36 passes for 319 yards.

Kevin Brabham's interception and 30-yard return midway through the first quarter helped put Wood in position for a 2-yard touchdown run.

Colorado State 63, Hawaii 0

At Fort Collins, Colo., Moses Moreno passed for two touchdowns, Jaime Blake ran for two more and Geoff Turner and Darran Hall each scored on punt returns as Colorado State routed Hawaii.

Wyoming 28, Montana 13

At Laramie, Wyo., J.P. Williams returned an interception for a touchdown and Brian Lee picked off three passes as Wyoming rode its defense to a victory over Montana.

Oregon St 26, San Jose St 12

At Corvallis, Ore., the Oregon State defense did all the scoring in the first half as Basheer Elahee started off the Beavers with a 29-yard interception return in a ragged win over San Jose State.

No. 23 Air Force 17, Citadel 3

At Air Force Academy, Colo., Steve Pipes set up a touchdown with a 45-yard interception return and forced a fumble to prevent another score as No. 23 Air Force remained unbeaten with a victory over The Citadel.

Clemson 39, Texas-El Paso 7

At Clemson, S.C., Nealon Greene snapped Clemson out of its doldrums with three second-half touchdown passes as the Tigers romped over Texas-El Paso.

No. 5 North Carolina 31, TCU 10

At Fort Worth, Texas, Chris Keldorf's two fourth-quarter touchdown passes crushed a Texas Christian rally and fifth-ranked North Carolina escaped with a win.

New Mexico 22, SMU 15

At Albuquerque, Colby Cason tied a school record with five field goals to secure unbeaten New Mexico's best start in 52 years.

USC 35, UNLV 21

At Los Angeles, John Fox and R. Jay Soward hooked up on a pair of long touchdown passes in the fourth quarter as heavily favored USC survived a scare.

Arizona 31, San Diego St. 28

At Tucson, Ariz., Ortege Jenkins threw three touchdown passes and led Arizona into range for Mark McDonald's 28-yard field goal with 1:12 to play as the Wildcats defeated San Diego State.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

WAC standings

Mountain Division Pacific Division

Conf. Overall Conf. Overall

W L W L W L W L

N. Mexico 2 0 5 0 Air Force 4 0 6 0

BYU 1 0 3 1 Wyoming 2 0 4 2

Utah 2 1 3 2 Fresno St. 1 0 2 3

Rice 1 1 3 2 Colo. St. 1 1 3 2

Tulsa 0 1 0 4 UNLV 1 1 2 3

TCU 0 1 0 4 SDSU 0 1 1 4

UTEP 0 2 1 4 San Jose St. 0 1 0 4

SMU 0 2 1 4 Hawaii 0 3 0 4

Thursday's game Friday's game

Fresno State 27, Utah 13 BYU 42, Utah St. 35

Saturday's games

New Mexico 22, SMU 15 Air Force 17, Citadel 3

Rice 42, Tulsa 24 Clemson 39, UTEP 7

Colorado St. 63, Hawaii 0 North Carolina 31, TCU 10

Wyoming 28, Montana 13 USC 35, UNLV 21

Ore. St. 26, San Jose St. 12 Arizona 31, San Diego St. 28