Florida freshman Emmitt Smith erased a 57-year school record, bumped Bobby Humphrey from the spotlight and knocked Alabama from the unbeaten ranks Saturday.
Smith rushed for 224 yards on 39 carries -- both school records - and scored two touchdowns to lift Florida to a 23-14 upset over the 10th-ranked Crimson Tide at Birmingham, Ala.
'This was the third game and we did it without any mistakes,' said Smith, who played sparingly against Miami in the season opener. 'I played a lot looser today than I did in Miami. I was just ready to play. As long as the job gets done, I don't care who gets the record. The record I set today was due to the blocking up front.'
Humphrey, who set a Tide rushing record with 1,471 yards last year and gained 220 a week ago against Penn State, ran for 73 yards in 19 carries against a grudging defense that registered six sacks.
Smith, 5-foot-10 and 201 pounds, topped Florida's single-game rushing record of 218 yards set by Red Bethea against Chicago in 1930. Neal Anderson, currently playing for the Chicago Bears, held the previous school mark for carries with 33 against Kentucky in 1982.
'It's obvious we did not concentrate on what we were doing and they did,' Humphrey said. 'Florida wanted it more than we did and it's a shame. It's embarrassing. They did a great job of taking away the sweep. The strong safety came up to take it away.'
The loss was the first for new Alabama coach Bill Curry after two season-opening victories.
In other games involving Top 20 teams, No. 4 Ohio State clubbed Oregon 24-14, No. 8 Clemson edged No. 17 Georgia 21-20, No. 11 Arkansas slammed Tulsa 30-15, Southern California dumped No. 19 Boston College 23-17 and No. 20 Penn State slammed Cincinnati 41-0. Nos. 1 Oklahoma, 2 Nebraska, 3 Auburn, 6 Miami and 13 Tennesse were idle.
In later games, No. 5 Louisiana State whipped Rice 49-16, No. 7 Florida State beat Florida State 41-24, No. 9 Notre Dame clubbed No. 18 Michigan State 31-8, Texas A&M upset No. 12 Washington 29-12, co-No. 14 UCLA downed Fresno State 17-0, co-No. 14 Arizona State toppled Pacific 31-12, and Temple upended No. 16 Pittsburgh 24-21.
At Columbus, Ohio, Vince Workman rushed for 162 yards and Tom Tupa threw two third-quarter touchdown passes to lift Ohio State. Tupa hit freshman tight end Jay Koch with a 4-yard scoring pass with 4:29 left in the period and added a 19-yard TD pass to fullback George Cooper 74 seconds later.
At Clemson, S.C., David Treadwell kicked four field goals, including the game-winner from 21 yards with two seconds left, to lift Clemson. Treadwell's final field goal, his 10th in three games, was set up after the Tigers, 3-0, had cut the Georgia lead to 20-18 on a safety with 5:38 to play.
At Fayetteville, Ark., freshman Quinn Grovey, a surprise starter at quarterback, ran for 81 yards to spark Arkansas to its 11th consecutive victory. Grovey, who started for injured senior Greg Thomas, scrambled for first downs three times on third-and-long situations as the Razorbacks built a 20-0 halftime lead.
At Los Angeles, Rodney Peete threw touchdown passes of 53 yards to Ken Henry and 51 yards to John Jackson, helping Southern Cal end Boston College's 10-game winning streak. Steve Webster ran 24 times for 119 yards and linebacker Delmar Chesley tackled Boston College quarterback Mike Power on fourth-and-2 with three minutes left. The Trojans improved to 1-1 as Larry Smith recorded his first victory as USC coach.
At University Park, Pa., John Greene, making his debut at fullback, ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns and Blair Thomas gained 154 yards and scored once for Penn State. Greene, a senior who moved from backup tailback to starting fullback this week, scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter and a 2-yard run in the third quarter. Thomas, whose 154 yards was a career high, scored on a 1-yard dive into the end zone in the first quarter.
At Baton, Rouge, La., Harvey Williams rushed for 196 yards and three touchdowns, and Eddie Fuller added two TDs to lead LSU. Williams scored on the first play from scrimmage on an 80-yard touchdown, on a 3-yard scamper in the first quarter and a 23-yard burst in the third.
At Tallahassee, Fla., Dexter Carter rushed for 135 yards and scored three touchdowns, and Dayne Williams added two short scoring runs in Florida State's victory over Memphis State.
At South Bend, Ind., Tim Brown ran back two punts for touchdowns and totaled 275 yards in offense to help Notre Dame crush Michigan State.
At College Station, Texas, Matt Gurley ran for two touchdowns and Lafayette Turner returned a blocked punt 2 yards for a touchdown, enabling Texas A&M to upset Washington. Gurley scored on a pair of 2-yard runs.
At Pasadena, Calif., Gaston Green rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown to lift UCLA past Fresno State.
At Tempe, Ariz., Channing Williams rushed for 93 yards and three touchdowns to lead Arizona State over Pacific. Williams scored on runs of 3, 34 and 9 yards as the Sun Devils ran up 357 yards of total offense.
At Pittsburgh, Todd McNair rushed for 213 yards and quarterback James Thompson passed for one touchdown and raced 2 yards for the go-ahead score to help Temple upset Pitt.