Louisville jumps to No. 3 in AP Top 25

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Louisville surged to No. 3 in The As­so­ci­ated Press col­lege foot­ball poll Sun­day, match­ing the best rank­ing in school his­tory, and Ohio State moved up to No. 2 be­hind Alabama.

The Crim­son Tide re­ceived 50 first-place votes af­ter com­ing from 21 points down to win, 48-43, at Mis­sis­sippi on Satur­day. The Buck­eyes moved up one spot af­ter a 45-24 vic­tory at Oklahoma.

No team made a big­ger move than Louisville, which jumped seven spots and re­ceived six-first place votes af­ter La­mar Jack­son and the Car­di­nals beat Florida State, 63-20. The Semi­noles slid 10 spots to No. 13.

Louisville was No. 3 on Nov. 5, 2006, dur­ing coach Bobby Petrino’s first stint with the Car­di­nals.

North Dakota State didn’t make the rank­ings, but re­ceived 74 points af­ter up­set­ting Iowa, 23-21 — the most points ever for a Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship Sub­di­vi­sion team. Iowa dropped out.

Here are some other take­aways from the poll.

No. 23 Mis­sis­sippi and No. 25 Oklahoma both man­aged to stay in the rank­ings af­ter drop­ping to 1-2 on the sea­son. The Rebels, who opened the sea­son with a loss to Florida State, dropped four spots. The Soon­ers, who lost their open- er to Hous­ton, fell 11 spots. Since the poll ex­panded to 25 in 1989, teams with 1-2 records have been ranked only six pre­vi­ous times. The last 1-2 team to be ranked was Notre Dame on Sept. 12, 1999.

No. 20 Ne­braska is back in the rank­ings for the first time since Dec. 7, 2014.

No. 22 San Diego State is ranked for the first time since 1995. Terps re­ceive votes: Mary­land re­ceived three votes in the AP poll and four in the Amway Coaches Top-25 poll, mean­ing they’re tied for 41st and alone in 36th na­tion­ally, re­spec­tively.

Mary­land last re­ceived votes in the AP poll in 2014, af­ter beat­ing Penn State to im­prove to 6-3, and in the coaches poll in 2013, when it was No. 25 in the AP poll and took a 63-0 loss to Florida State and didn’t get a vote the next week. Satur­day night’s games: Davis Webb threw his fourth touch­down pass of the game to break a tie with 3:41 to play and host Cal­i­for­nia got its first win over a ranked team in nearly four years, beat­ing No. 11 Texas, 50-43.

Webb threw for 397 yards, ran for a score and con­nected on a 12-yard pass to Chad Hansen that broke a tie at 43 and gave coach Sonny Dykes his big­gest win in four sea­sons with the Golden Bears (2-1).

D’Onta Fore­man ran for 157 yards and two touch­downs, while Chris War­ren added 118 yards on the ground and two scores for the Longhorns ( 2-1), who were look­ing for their first 3-0 start since 2012.

Texas had a chance to match Cal’s last touch­down, but Shane Buechele was sacked on third down deep in his own ter­ri­tory.

Josh Rosen threw for 307 yards and two touch­downs as vis­it­ing UCLA de­feated Brigham Young, 17-14.

The Bru­ins (2-1) held the Cougars (1-2) to 273 yards, in­clud­ing 23 on the ground. BYU had neg­a­tive rush­ing yards un­til late in the third quar­ter and 91 of those of­fen­sive yards came on their fi­nal pos­ses­sion.

BYU quar­ter­back Taysom Hill fin­ished with 250 pass­ing yards, one touch­down one in­ter­cep­tion and was sacked four times.

Clay­ton Thor­son threw for 320 yards and three touch­downs, Justin Jack­son rushed for 94 yards, and host North­west­ern de­feated Duke, 24-13.

Af­ter be­ing held to 7 points by Illi­nois State last week, the Wild­cats (1-2) scored on the game’s open­ing drive. Thor­son con­nected with Gar­rett Dick­er­son for a 26-yard touch­down re­cep­tion, cap­ping a10-play, 75-yard drive.

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