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UK in AP poll for first time since 2007

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After a season-high seven ranked teams lost, the back half of the AP college football poll got a makeover on Sunday. Five teams entered the Top 25, including No. 17 Kentucky for the first time since 2007.

At the top it was mostly status quo, with Alabama, Georgia, Clemson and Ohio State staying Nos. 1-4. LSU moved up to No. 5, swapping places with Oklahoma after the Sooners needed overtime to get by Army. Alabama received a season-high 60 first-place votes . Clemson had one.

Kentucky is unbeaten and 2-0 in the Southeastern Conference for the first time since 1977. The last time the Wildcats were ranked was Nov. 11, 2007. Kentucky reached No. 8 under coach Rich Brooks that season and upset No. 1 and eventual national champion LSU, but finished unranked.


Virginia Tech dismisses DE Hill

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Virginia Tech has dismissed junior defensive end Trevon Hill from the football team.

Coach Justin Fuente made the announcement Sunday, saying Hill has failed to uphold "the high standards that we have for our student-athletes."


Vols' Sapp says he never refused to play

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee linebacker Quart'e Sapp says he never refused to enter the game Saturday during the Volunteers' 47-21 loss to Florida, contradicting what his coach had said after the game.

Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt said after the loss that Sapp declined a request to enter the game. Pruitt said he then asked Sapp to leave the sideline.


0-3 UCLA dealing with depth at QB

LOS ANGELES (AP) UCLA returned to practice on Sunday following its bye week but coach Chip Kelly though still faces questions about his quarterbacks.

The Bruins (0-3) are lacking depth and experience at their most important position after Devon Modster announced on Twitter on Friday that he is leaving the program. Kelly said Sunday the sophomore intends to transfer to a junior college so he can be immediately eligible at a Football Bowl Subdivision program next season.


Old Dominion shocks No. 13 Virginia Tech

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) This was supposed to be a relatively easy road trip for Virginia Tech. Cross the state, connect with some its fans and maybe a few recruits there, and pick up a routine victory against Old Dominion.

The Monarchs and their backup quarterback turned the Hokies first visit to their stadium into maybe the most notable victory in school history - in any sport.


No. 7 Stanford rallies by Oregon in OT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello watched as his overtime pass tumble in midair for an agonizing moment after it was tipped by tight end Colby Parkinson.

"I saw the ball go in the air, held my breath, and then for Colby to come down with it was pretty awesome," said Costello, who threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns.


No. 5 Oklahoma escapes Army in OT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma's College Football Playoff hopes were dangerously close to becoming bleak less than a month into the season.

Kyler Murray threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to CeeDee Lamb in overtime, and Parnell Motley intercepted Kelvin Hopkins' fourth-down pass to help the fifth-ranked Sooners escape with a 28-21 victory over Army on Saturday night.


Texas Tech ends skid to No. 15 Okla. St.

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury admitted he didn't know how good Alan Bowman was when he put the freshman into the season opener after an injury to starter McLane Carter.

Kingsbury and the rest of the Red Raiders have a pretty good idea what Bowman is capable of these days.


Kentucky stifles No. 14 Mississippi St.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Short touchdown runs that put Kentucky ahead turned out being just the start for Benny Snell Jr. The junior running back took his game up a notch with a pair of longer TDs that not only earned a couple Wildcats records, but put the exclamation point on a thorough upset of No. 14 Mississippi State.

Snell rushed for four touchdowns to break a Kentucky career record, including two in the fourth quarter, and the Wildcats held the Bulldogs to 56 yards rushing for a 28-7 upset Saturday night.


Texas snaps losing streak to No. 17 TCU

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas ended four years of humiliation at the hands of TCU and put the rest of the Big 12 on notice: Yes, these Longhorns may indeed be back among the conference title contenders.

With two straight wins over ranked opponents - including Saturday's emphatic 31-16 victory over the No. 17 Horned Frogs - it's probably OK to say that now.

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