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Purdue jumps five spots to fifth

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
loss.

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
22nd.

Missouri (4-1) and Southern Mississippi entered the poll at No.
24 and No. 25, respectively, as Maryland and North Carolina
State dropped out.