Sunday, November 10, 2002

Big Ten roundup

Hawkeyes crush NU with Banks; Michigan cruises

The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Brad Banks is the main reason Iowa is hanging around the cluttered race for those coveted Bowl Championship Series spots.

Banks threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more, leading the sixth-ranked Hawkeyes (10-1, 7-0) to their eighth consecutive victory Saturday, 62-10 over Northwestern.

Banks made the most of his chances during his final home game for the Hawkeyes (10-1, 7-0).

The nation's leader in pass efficiency completed all 10 of his passes for 197 yards and for the third consecutive game didn't throw an interception.

Banks left the game midway through the third quarter to a standing ovation at Kinnick Stadium.

"It was almost ridiculous, the way they were cheering," Banks said. "But there is still one game to go."

That would be next Saturday at Minnesota.

The Hawkeyes hold a slim lead over Ohio State in the Big Ten race, but the Buckeyes will clinch the title if they win out, based on a better overall record. Yet with top-ranked Oklahoma losing, Ohio State suddenly is in line for the Fiesta Bowl.

That means Iowa - whose only loss this season is to Iowa State - could have the inside track to a trip to its first Rose Bowl since the 1990 season.

No. 13 Michigan 41, Minnesota 24

MINNEAPOLIS - John Navarre passed for 225 yards and two touchdowns, and Colerain High graduate B.J. Askew ran for 126 yards on just 11 carries as the Wolverines defeated the Golden Gophers.

Michigan (8-2, 5-1) gained 478 total yards and took control by scoring 24 consecutive points in a seven-minute span in the second half.

The Wolverines haven't lost to Minnesota (7-3, 3-3) since 1986 and hung on to the Little Brown Jug for another year.

The Gophers were in the Top 25 for a week until a 34-3 defeat to third-ranked Ohio State last Saturday dropped them from the rankings.

They've been bowl-eligible for two weeks thanks to a soft start to their schedule, but they'll have a tough time winning another one, with Iowa visiting next week, followed by a road game against Wisconsin.

Michigan linebacker Zach Kaufman will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury sustained in the third quarter. Kaufman, who made three tackles against the Gophers, will miss the Wolverines' last two regular-season games and their bowl game.

No. 19 Penn St. 35, Virginia 14

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Zack Mills completed 19 of 30 passes for 227 yards, his first 200-yard game since Oct.12, as the Nittany Lions (7-3) rolled past the Cavaliers (6-4) in a nonconference game.

Penn State's Larry Johnson carried 31 times for 188 yards and one touchdown.

On the second play of the fourth quarter, the Nittany Lions (7-3) faked a field goal and third-string quarterback Chris Ganter swept around the left side for a 30-yard touchdown run.

Mills ran in the two-point conversion for a 28-7 lead.

Illinois 37, Wisconsin 20

MADISON, Wis. - Jon Beutjer returned at quarterback and threw four touchdown passes, helping the Illini (4-6, 3-3) overcame five turnovers and beat the staggering Badgers (6-5, 1-5).

Antoineo Harris rushed 40 times for 158 yards as Illinois kept its bowl hopes alive while delivering a blow to the hopes of Wisconsin, which lost for the fifth time in six games.

Michigan St. 56, Indiana 21

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Damon Dowdell and the rest of the Spartans' beleaguered team made Morris Watts' head coaching debut a success by defeating the Hoosiers (3-7, 1-5).

Starting for the third consecutive game in place of suspended quarterback Jeff Smoker, Dowdell passed for four touchdowns and ran for another as Michigan State (4-6, 2-4) snapped a four-game losing streak.

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Elder 31, Wayne 3
Colerain 28, Lebanon 7
Ohio scores | Ohio pairings
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Kings 36, Edgewood 19
Reading 41, Coldwater 38

Kentucky scores | Kentucky pairings
CovCath 54, Harrison Co. 6
Beechwood 55, Fairview 7
Boone Co. 34, Oldham Co. 28
Dixie Heights 43, Lou. Ballard 41
Eastern 22, Conner 7
Highlands 56, Anderson Co. 0
Holy Cross 35, Nicholas Co. 14
Lex. Catholic 52, Holmes 20
Lloyd 51, East Carter 20
Louisville Trinity 48, Ryle 9
NewCath 57, Paris 14
Russell 31, Newport 14
Scott 53, Bourbon Co. 22

East Central 38, Whiteland 30

Ursuline unseats St. Ursula as Div. I champs
GGCL players rule all-state team

St. Ursula loses soccer final
Wyoming girls denied soccer title
Madeira boys win state title

St. Henry boys take cross country title
Highlands girls run to state title

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Bowen corners market at Miami
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Mount St. Joseph thumped by undefeated Hanover 49-14
Miami crushes Vols
Texas shows Baylor some attitude
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Irish escape Navy
Syracuse topples No. 8 Virginia Tech in 3OT
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Top 25 roundup
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