Irish continue to rise: Despite its unblemished record, Notre Dame enters every week with a legion of doubters who expect them to finally slip up. This weekend’s game at Florida State was no exception, but once again the Irish came out on top.

The Golden Domers, a double-digit underdog coming into the game, once again relied on their big-play defense and opportunistic offense to come away with a convincing 34-24 win.

Tied 10-10 at halftime, the Irish came out in the third quarter and capitalized on three Florida State turnovers in a span of four minutes. The defense also held the Seminoles to 93 yards rushing on 32 carries.

Bobby Bowden best summed up the game, and Notre Dame’s season, when he said, “The biggest risk when you play Notre Dame is turnovers – they beat everybody the same way.”

Gamble pays off: In the absence of Maurice Clarett, injured in the first quarter, Ohio State’s two-way starter Chris Gamble stepped up in a 13-7 Buckeye victory over Penn State. Gamble returned an interception for a touchdown and single-handedly stopped another, leaving the record crowd chanting his name.

The sloppy game saw five turnovers, including three picks from Penn State’s Zack Mills, whose several errant passes could be blamed as much on a lack of judgement as his sore shoulder. The Ohio State defense also bottled up Larry Johnson, holding the tailback to a mere 66 yards.

How the AP top 25 fared

Associated Press Poll for week of October 22.

All games played October 26.

Team: Last week: This week:

1. Miami (Fla.) beat West Virginia 40-23 at Rutgers

2. Oklahoma bye Colorado

3. Virgina Tech beat Temple 20-10 Pittsburgh

4. Ohio State beat No. 18 Penn State 13-7 Minnesota

5. Georgia beat Kentucky 52-24 Florida

6. Notre Dame beat No. 11 Florida State 34-24 Boston College

7. Texas beat No. 17 Iowas State 21-10 at Nebraska

8. Michigan lost to No. 13 Iowa 34-9 Michigan State

9. Washington State beat Arizona 21-13 Arizona State

10. Louisiana State lost to Auburn 31-7 bye

11. Florida State lost to No. 6 Notre Dame 34-24 at Wake Forest

12. North Carolina State beat Clemson 38-6 Georgia Tech

13. Iowa State beat No. 8 Michigan 34-9 Wisconsin

14. Oregon lost to No. 15 Southern Cal. 44-33 Stanford

15. Southern Cal. beat No. 14 Oregon 44-33 bye

16. Tennessee lost to No. 19 Alabama 34-14 at South Carolina

17. Iowa State lost to No. 7 Texas 21-10 Missouri

18. Penn State lost to No. 4 Ohio State 13-7 Illinois

19. Alabama beat No. 16 Tennesse 34-14 at Vanderbilt

20. Kansas State beat Baylor 44-10 at Kansas

21. Colorado beat Texas Tech 37-13 at Oklahoma

22. Air Force lost to Wyoming 34-26 Colorado State

23. Arizona State beat Washington 27-16 at Washington State

24. Bowling Green beat Ball State 38-20 at Kent State

25. Minnesota bye at Ohio State

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