MIAMI — Once Jacory Harris settled down and Miami's defense got rolling, the Hurricanes found the right combination for their biggest win in years.
And for Sam Bradford-less Oklahoma, it was just another frustrating trip to South Florida.
Harris survived a shaky start to throw three touchdown passes, Javarris James ran for a career-high 150 yards against the nation's top rush defense, and No. 17 Miami knocked off No. 8 Oklahoma 21-20 on Saturday night — in what will join some games from the 1980s as another Hurricanes-Sooners classic.
With Oklahoma's reigning Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback watching from the sideline, still out with a right shoulder injury, Miami (3-1) scored 21 straight points to take control.
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"It's our time," said linebacker Jordan Futch. "We are back. We are still The U."
Oklahoma led 10-0 early, significant because for nearly seven years, that's been automatic doom for Sooners foes. Oklahoma had won 40 straight when scoring at least the game's first 10 points, dating to Nov. 9, 2002.
Not this time.
Not against a Miami team that was desperate for a signature victory, and delivered.
And when Miami was able to run out the clock, its home building shook with joy.
Oklahoma's last trip to the Hurricanes' home field was last January, when it lost the BCS national championship game to Florida.
This one almost certainly ended any Sooners national title hopes, too. Landry Jones threw for 188 yards and DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown combined to rush for 151 more for Oklahoma (2-2).
The teams last met in September 2007, a 51-13 romp by Oklahoma. That game shaped today's Hurricanes in a number of ways: For the older players, it was humiliating, and for the ones like Harris who were in high school at the time, it reaffirmed that they wanted to be part of the group that brought Miami back to prominence.
But Saturday surely didn't start the way Miami wanted.
Harris threw interceptions on Miami's first two drives, the first so easy for Oklahoma's Dominique Franks to grab that it wasn't even clear who was the intended receiver. Oklahoma turned that one into a 16-yard touchdown pass from Jones to Cameron Kenney, and stretched the lead to 10-0 in the second quarter on Jimmy Stevens' 21-yard field goal.
Yet Oklahoma had to be disappointed at that point: A 95-yard drive mustered only three points.
Arkansas 47, Texas A&M 19 — Ryan Mallett shook off a slow start and threw four touchdown passes to lead Arkansas in the revival of their Southwest Conference rivalry at the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Mallett misfired on his first three passes, was sacked twice and hadn't gotten a first down when the Razorbacks were trailing 10-0. Then the big sophomore hit Joe Adams for a 67-yard gain to start the next series, and Arkansas (2-2) was on its way to scoring 30 points by halftime. The Aggies (3-1) were never able to get back into it, and the Razorbacks never let up.
This "Southwest Classic" was the first of at least a 10-year series held at Cowboys Stadium in hopes of cashing in on recruiting and alumni riches in the Dallas area. The game drew 71,872 fans, but it didn't hold their attention for long.
Time of Possession27:4732:13
Arkansas723710— 47 TexasA&M10036— 19
TAM—FG Bullock 32, 11:52.
TAM—B.Jackson 60 pass from J.Johnson (Bullock kick), 6:02.
Ark—Green 8 pass from Mallett (Tejada kick), 4:14.
Ark—Curtis 5 pass from Mallett (Tejada kick), 13:22.
Ark—Franklin 85 fumble return (Tejada kick), 6:25.
Ark—FG Tejada 38, 4:23.
Ark—J.Wright 31 pass from Mallett (kick failed), 1:39.
TAM—FG Bullock 47, 8:16.
Ark—M.Smith 29 pass from Mallett (Tejada kick), 4:28.
TAM—Tannehill 3 pass from J.Johnson (pass failed), 14:53.
Ark—FG Tejada 18, 9:35.
Ark—Wingo 62 run (Tejada kick), 5:37.
Rushing—Arkansas, Wingo 4-86, Green 11-28, M.Smith 8-17, Adams 1-15, Team 1-11, K.Davis 2-11, B.Barnett 1-7, Wilson 1-(minus 2), Mallett 2-(minus 10). Texas A&M, Gray 12-65, Michael 11-46, J.Johnson 10-3, Nwachukwu 2-(minus 1).
Passing—Arkansas, Mallett 17-27-1-271. Texas A&M, J.Johnson 30-58-0-345.
Receiving—Arkansas, M.Smith 5-65, Adams 3-110, Childs 3-10, J.Wright 2-36, Curtis 2-34, Green 1-8, Miller 1-8. Texas A&M, Tannehill 6-66, Morrow 6-51, Gray 5-46, J.McCoy 5-40, B.Jackson 4-118, Michael 2-2, McNeal 1-14, Swope 1-8.
Baylor 31, Kent State 15 — Third-string quarterback Nick Florence rushed for two touchdowns in his first career start and host Baylor won its first game without standout Robert Griffin.
Blake Szymanski, who was expected to start at quarterback, did not play after missing significant practice time this week because of a bruised shoulder. He got hurt last week in relief of Griffin, who is expected to miss most of the season with an isolated tear to the ACL of his right knee.
Time of Possession29:2130:39
Kent St. 7062— 15 Baylor71473— 31
Kent—Konz 35 pass from Muldrow (Cortez kick), 11:32.
Bay—Monk 1 run (Parks kick), 9:08.
Bay—Florence 6 run (Parks kick), 13:02.
Bay—Salubi 45 run (Parks kick), 6:48.
Bay—Florence 29 run (Parks kick), 10:52.
Kent—Terry 61 run (kick blocked), 10:34.
Kent—Hull Safety, 9:17.
Bay—FG Parks 26, 2:39.
Rushing—Kent St., Terry 12-109, Archer 6-37, Morgan 2-10, Rinehart 1-9, Magazu 1-1, Keith 3-(minus 1). Baylor, Salubi 17-64, Florence 11-60, Ganaway 11-24, Wright 4-8, Monk 2-2.
Passing—Kent St., Keith 21-39-1-206, Morgan 3-6-1-18, Muldrow 1-1-0-35. Baylor, Florence 20-27-0-216.
Receiving—Kent St., Konz 4-53, Garner 4-41, Pressley 3-40, Simpson 3-32, Goode 3-25, Muldrow 2-33, Kirkland 2-14, Terry 2-14, McBryde 1-7, Archer 1-0. Baylor, Wright 9-125, E.Smith 4-30, Gettis 3-14, Sampson 2-23, Salubi 1-21, Akers 1-3.
Texas Tech 48, New Mexico 28 — Backup quarterback Steven Sheffield threw for 238 yards and three touchdowns to help Texas Tech.
Tech's Taylor Potts, the nation's leading passer, left the game before halftime after two hard sacks appeared to affect his balance. Officials from Texas Tech (3-2) declined to comment on his injury.
Time of Possession36:1523:45
New Mexico07021— 28 Texas Tech772113— 48
TT—Jeffers 1 run (Mat.Williams kick), 14:22.
NM—Fussell 7 pass from Porterie (J.Aho kick), 12:05.
TT—Torres 25 pass from Sheffield (Mat.Williams kick), :00.
TT—Batch 5 run (Mat.Williams kick), 9:53.
TT—Lewis 20 pass from Sheffield (Mat.Williams kick), 5:23.
TT—Jeffers 62 pass from Sheffield (Mat.Williams kick), 1:28.
NM—F.Solomon 29 interception return (J.Aho kick), 11:55.
NM—Butler 1 run (J.Aho kick), 3:36.
TT—Jeffers 2 run (Mat.Williams kick), 1:28.
NM—B.Williams 61 pass from Porterie (J.Aho kick), :46.
TT—Jeffers 2 run (run failed), :00.
Rushing—New Mexico, Butler 26-102, Porterie 7-10, Q.Solomon 1-2, Dennis 1-1. Texas Tech, Batch 8-47, Jeffers 8-29, Sheffield 4-(minus 4), Potts 3-(minus 38).
Passing—New Mexico, Porterie 30-56-0-316. Texas Tech, Sheffield 16-23-1-238, Potts 13-23-2-215.
Receiving—New Mexico, Butler 9-39, James 4-49, Reed 4-49, Dary.Jones 4-26, C.Hernandez 3-42, B.Williams 2-75, Kirk 1-14, Bruno 1-10, Fussell 1-7, Dennis 1-5. Texas Tech, Torres 7-61, Swindall 5-139, Jeffers 5-90, Batch 3-32, Lewis 2-43, Britton 2-30, Franks 2-16, Leong 1-18, James 1-12, Zouzalik 1-12.