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Miami Sets Record for Being No. 1

October 14, 2002|From Associated Press

Miami has itself a record-setting streak -- most consecutive weeks ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll.

The Hurricanes, who extended the nation's longest winning streak to 28 games with a 28-27 victory over Florida State, remained in the top spot Sunday for a record 19th straight poll.

In voting by the 74 sports writers and broadcasters on the AP panel, Miami received 65 first-place votes and 1,841 points.

Miami took over at No. 1 on Oct. 14, 2001, and remained there for the final 10 polls and won the national title. The Hurricanes (6-0) have been first in all nine polls this season, starting out as the preseason No. 1 pick.

USC and Miami were tied for most consecutive polls at No. 1. The Trojans were No. 1 for 14 weeks in 1972 and the first four weeks in 1973.

There was a lot of movement in the rankings. The most significant was Iowa State moving into the top 10 for the first time at No. 9, and Florida dropping out after being in 209 consecutive polls.

Florida (4-3), 36-7 losers to Louisiana State, had taken over the longest-running poll streak from Nebraska, which dropped out three weeks ago after a record run of 348 in a row. The current leader is Michigan at 71 straight polls.

Oklahoma, with a 35-24 win over Texas, remained No. 2, while the Longhorns fell five places to No. 8. The Sooners received the remaining nine first-place votes and 1,776 points. Virginia Tech, which beat Boston College, 28-23, Thursday night, moved up to No. 3.

Auburn and Wisconsin also dropped out with Colorado, Alabama and Bowling Green the new additions, at Nos. 23-25, respectively.

Bowling Green (5-0) made the poll for the first time since Dec. 2, 1985.

The USA Today/ESPN coaches poll has the same first five as the AP.


Timmy Chang threw two quick touchdown passes to key a 42-point first quarter as Hawaii defeated Nevada, 59-34, Saturday night in a Western Athletic Conference game in Honolulu.

Chang guided the Warriors to touchdowns on their first six possessions. The 42 points fell seven short of the NCAA record for one quarter.

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