Although quarterback Kyle Orton was less than perfect Saturday, he did enough to help Purdue defeat Penn State and climb five more spots to No. 5 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll released Sunday.
The Boilermakers (5-0), who had moved up five spots to No. 10
last week, held on for a 20-13 victory over the Nittany Lions.
Orton, a Heisman Trophy candidate, threw his first two
interceptions of the season but passed for 275 yards, including
a 40-yard touchdown to Taylor Stubblefield.
Southern California (5-0) maintained its top ranking following a
23-17 triumph over Pac-10 Conference rival California (3-1).
The Trojans received 45 of a possible 61 first-place votes for
1,509 points. California dropped from seventh to ninth with the
Led by 225 rushing yards from true freshman Adrian Peterson, No.
2 Oklahoma posted a 12-0 victory over Texas, which entered the
game ranked fifth. The Sooners (5-0) closed to within 24 points
of USC in the poll on the strength of 15 first-place votes. The
Longhorns fell six spots to No. 11 with the loss.
Idle Miami (4-0), which claimed the final first-place vote,
moved up a spot to No. 3, a position formerly occupied by
Georgia, which suffered a 19-14 loss to Tennessee on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (4-1) slipped five spots to eighth while the
Volunteers climbed three spots to No. 14.
Auburn (6-0) moved up three places to No. 4 after a 52-7 rout of
Louisiana Tech, and Virginia (5-0) climbed three spots to No. 6
following a 30-10 triumph over Clemson.
Florida State (4-1) and Utah (5-0) ascended one spot each to
seventh and 10th, respectively. Michigan (5-1) also climbed one
place to 13th with a 27-24 triumph over Minnesota (5-1), which
fell seven spots to 20th.
Wisconsin (6-0) beat Ohio State, 24-13, on its home turf and
moved into the 12th spot. The Buckeyes (3-2), meanwhile, fell
eight spots to No. 23.
Oklahoma State (5-0) climbed six spots to No. 15, followed by
West Virginia (4-1), Louisville (4-0), Boise State (5-0) and
Arizona State (5-0).
Louisiana State (4-2) rebounded from a 45-16 loss to Georgia
last week with a 24-21 victory over Florida (3-2), climbing
three spots to No. 21. The Gators fell a whopping 10 spots to
Missouri (4-1) and Southern Mississippi entered the poll at No.
24 and No. 25, respectively, as Maryland and North Carolina
State dropped out.