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Mizzou returns to AP poll after win at South Carolina; K-State moves up to No. 23

Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk (7) throws a pass during the second half of an NCAA college football game against South Carolina on, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Columbia, S.C. Missouri beat South Carolina 21-20.
Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk (7) throws a pass during the second half of an NCAA college football game against South Carolina on, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Columbia, S.C. Missouri beat South Carolina 21-20. AP

Buoyed by an improbable fourth-quarter comeback for a 21-20 victory at South Carolina, Missouri moved back into The Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday.

The Tigers, 4-1 and 1-0 in the SEC, are ranked No. 24.

Missouri, who have a bye before hosting Georgia on Oct. 11, has won seven straight road games and is the only SEC East division team without a loss in conference play.

The Gamecocks, who had been ranked No. 13 before losing to the Tigers, plummeted out of the poll.

Meanwhile, Kansas State, which walloped UTEP 58-28 on Saturday in Manhattan, moved up two spots to No. 23.

Florida State, 4-0, remains No. 1 after rallying for the second straight week and beating North Carolina State.

The rest of the top seven — Oregon, Alabama, Oklahoma, Auburn, Texas A&M and Baylor — remained unchanged.

UCLA jumped three spots to No. 8 after pummeling Arizona State on Thursday, leapfrogging Notre Dame, Michigan State and Mississippi.

Three other SEC teams — Mississippi State (12), Georgia (13) and LSU (15) — also are ranked along with two other Big 12 schools — Oklahoma State (21) and newcomer TCU (25).

Missouri is the first team outside the top 25 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, while K-State jumped three spots to 22nd in that ranking.

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