Andre Brown ran for 179 yards and a 65-yard touchdown and North Carolina State intercepted Drew Weatherford three times Saturday to beat...

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Andre Brown ran for 179 yards and a 65-yard touchdown and North Carolina State intercepted Drew Weatherford three times Saturday to beat Florida State, 20-15, for its third time in five years.


Florida State (7-2, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) backed into the league’s first championship game scheduled next month in Jacksonville because Boston College lost at North Carolina.


Without injured tailback Leon Washington, Florida State’s offense managed 43 yards rushing.


Other games


No. 2 Texas 62, Baylor 0


WACO, Texas — Receiver-turned-starting tailback Ramonce Taylor showed he can run the ball for Texas (9-0). He can still catch it, too.


Taylor ran for 102 yards and three touchdowns and had a 42-yard catch from Vince Young for another score in the Longhorns’ 16th straight victory.


Young, the Heisman Trophy contender who is 26-2 as the Longhorns’ starter, had 351 total yards in just more than three quarters — 16-of-27 passing for 298 yards and two TDs, and 53 yards rushing on eight carries.


No. 4 Alabama 17, Mississippi State 0


STARKVILLE, Miss. — Kenneth Darby ran for 122 yards and Alabama returned two turnovers for touchdowns. Brodie Croyle was 14 of 22 for 116 yards for Alabama (9-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference), which forced four takeaways and held the Bulldogs to 26 yards rushing in beating Sylvester Croom, Mississippi State coach and former Alabama player.


No. 8 Notre Dame 41, Tennessee 21


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Brady Quinn threw three touchdown passes and Tom Zbikowski had a punt return and interception return for scores to lead Notre Dame (6-2).


Quinn was 20 of 33 for 295 yards and threw two touchdown passes in the span of a minute to give the Irish a 14-0 lead. The Irish went ahead 21-3 on a Zbikowski’s 78-yard punt return for a score. After the Volunteers rallied to tie the score on a 3-yard touchdown run by Arian Foster, Quinn threw a 4-yard TD pass to Jeff Samardzija to give the Irish the lead again.


No. 6 LSU 24, Appalachian State 0


BATON ROUGE, La. — JaMarcus Russell passed for 208 yards and two touchdowns and LSU beat Appalachian State in a nonconference game. The Tigers (7-1) extended their winning streak to six heading into their SEC West showdown at No. 4 Alabama next Saturday.


No. 12 Ohio St. 40, Illinois 2


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Troy Smith threw three touchdown passes and Antonio Pittman ran for two scores for Ohio State.


Ohio State’s fourth win in a row allowed the Buckeyes (7-2, 5-1) to keep pace with first-place Penn State in the Big Ten.


No. 13 Florida 49, Vanderbilt 42 (2OT)


GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Backup cornerback Reggie Lewis, beaten all game by Vanderbilt’s bigger receivers, intercepted Jay Cutler’s first pass in the second overtime to give Florida (7-2, 5-2) a victory over the pesky Commodores (4-5, 2-4). Cutler threw for 361 yards and four touchdowns, including two in the final 2:17 of regulation to send the game into overtime.


Jemalle Cornelius made a leaping, 16-yard touchdown catch in the back of the end zone that put the Gators ahead in the second overtime.


North Carolina 16, No. 19 Boston College


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Connor Barth broke out of a season-long slump with three field goals and Wallace Wright ran back the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown against the Eagles (6-3).


No. 17 Auburn 49, Kentucky 27


LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kenny Irons, Tristan Davis and Tre Smith combined for 364 yards rushing and five touchdowns as the Tigers (7-2, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) prepped for a showdown next Saturday at No. 11 Georgia.


No. 16 Texas Tech 56, Texas A&M 17


LUBBOCK, Texas — Taurean Henderson ran for 109 yards and four touchdowns and Texas Tech (8-1) beat Texas A&M for its sixth straight home win over the Aggies.


No. 20 TCU 33, Colorado St. 6


FORT WORTH, Texas — TCU wrapped up its first outright conference title in nearly 50 years by beating Colorado State to clinch the Mountain West. TCU (9-1, 7-0), playing its first season in the MWC, last won an outright league title in 1958 when it was in the Southwest Conference.


No. 21 Fresno State 45, San Jose State 7


FRESNO, Calif. — Paul Pinegar passed for 368 yards and three touchdowns for Fresno State (7-1, 5-0 WAC), tying David Carr’s school record with his 70th career touchdown pass.


No. 25 Colorado 41, Missouri 12


BOULDER, Colo. — Lawrence Vickers scored on four touchdown runs and Mason Crosby kicked a 56-yard field goal to help Colorado (7-2, 5-1 Big 12) move closer to another division title.