Sunday, November 10, 2002

College Football Today

By The Associated Press


- Reggie McNeal, Texas A&M, completed 8 of 13 passes for 191 yards and four TDs, and ran for 89 yards to lead the Aggies to a 30-26 upset of No. 1 Oklahoma.

- Omar Jenkins, Notre Dame, caught four passes for 166 yards, including a 67-yard TD with 2:08 remaining to give the ninth-ranked Fighting Irish a 30-23 win over Navy.

- Chris Brown, Colorado, ran for 211 yards and scored three TDs, including a 1-yard run in OT, as No. 18 Colorado beat Missouri 42-35. Brown, the nation's leading rusher, has 1,617 yards and 17 TDs this season.

- Devery Henderson, LSU, caught a deflected 75-yard TD pass from Marcus Randall as time expired to give No. 16 LSU a shocking 33-30 win over Kentucky. Henderson finished with five receptions and 201 yards receiving.

- Brad Banks, Iowa, threw for three TDs, ran for two more, and did not throw an incomplete pass as No. 6 Iowa beat Northwestern 62-10 in his last home game.

- J.R. Taylor, Eastern Illinois, ran for 208 yards and scored four TDs as Eastern Illinois clinched a share of the Ohio Valley Conference title by beating Tennessee-Martin 55-43.

- Jason Gesser, Washington State, threw four TD passes to lead the No. 5 Cougars to a 32-21 win over No. 15 Oregon.

- Brock Forsey, Boise State, had four rushing TDs for the fourth time in five games as the Broncos routed Rice 49-7. Forsey, the nation's leading scorer, set a school record with his 18th rushing TD of the season.

- Bobby Walker, Kansas State, returned two interceptions for TDs 23 seconds apart as No. 12 Kansas State beat No. 21 Iowa State 58-7.


Top-ranked Oklahoma (8-1) lost to Texas A&M 30-26. The Aggies beat a No. 1 team for the first time in school history behind freshman QB Reggie McNeal, who came off the bench to throw for 191 yards and four TDs. ... With Ohio State trailing Purdue late in the fourth quarter, Buckeyes quarterback Craig Krenzel threw a 37-yard TD pass to Michael Jenkins on fourth-and-1 with 1:36 left in the game. The third-ranked Buckeyes (11-0) beat the Boilermakers 10-6. Ohio State is off to its fourth 11-0 start in team history, joining the 1975, 1979 and 1995 teams. ... No. 2 Miami (9-0) beat Tennessee 26-3 behind 154 yards rushing and a TD from Willis McGahee. ... Michael Turner ran for 192 yards and Josh Haldi threw two TD passes as Northern Illinois handed No. 20 Bowling Green (8-1) its first defeat of the season, 26-17.


Iowa QB Brad Banks, who came in as the nation's most efficient passer with a 159.9 rating, threw for 197 yards and completed all 10 of his pass attempts before leaving in the third quarter of his final home game in the sixth-ranked Hawkeyes' 62-10 win over Northwestern. His backup, Nathan Chandler, completed both of his pass attempts, to round out a perfect day for Iowa's passing game.


Kliff Kingsbury passed for 425 yards and four TDs, becoming the No. 5 passer in NCAA Division I history as Texas Tech beat Oklahoma State 49-24. Kingsbury's 38-of-49 performance moved him past Eric Zeier of Georgia, Peyton Manning of Tennessee and Tim Lester of Western Michigan with 11,394 career yards passing.


Syracuse beat No. 8 Virginia Tech 50-42 in three overtimes. The teams combined for 1,163 yards on 160 plays. Orangemen QB Troy Nunes was 24-for-40 for a career-high 403 yards and one touchdown and WR David Tyree had nine catches for 229 yards. Virginia Tech QB Bryan Randall completed 23 of 35 passes for 504 yards and a school-record five TDs. Randall also rushed for a score in the second overtime. Ernest Wilford had eight catches for 279 yards and four TDs for the Hokies. Randall's yardage total was the second-best in school history, behind Don Strock's 527-yard performance against Houston in 1972.


Arkansas' defense posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 1974 with a 23-0 victory over South Carolina. Arkansas beat Troy State 23-0 last week.


Ian Smart set an NCAA Division II record for career rushing TDs when he scored three times, leading C.W. Post to a 21-18 win over previously unbeaten Bentley 21-18. Smart, who now has 90 TDs, broke the record of 88 TDs set by Brian Shay of Emporia State (1995-98). Smart scored on runs of 13, 1 and 50 yards. He needs two more touchdowns for the overall college record of 92 set by R.J. Bowers of Grove City (1997-2000). Smart gained 243 yards on 34 carries for the Pioneers. He now has 6,332 career rushing yards, good for fifth place in Division II and ninth overall in the NCAA. With the win, C.W. Post clinched the Northeast 10 Conference title.


Montana matched the NCAA Division I-AA record with its 24th straight victory, rallying to beat Sacramento State 31-24. John Edwards passed for 282 yards and three TDs as the defending national champion Grizzlies tied the record set by Penn from 1992-95.


Clemson beat North Carolina 42-12, handing the Tar Heels their first winless home record in 50 years. North Carolina finished 0-6 at Kenan Stadium in 2002. The last time the Tar Heels were winless at home was in 1952 when they went 0-4.


Baylor, which fired coach Kevin Steele after a 62-11 loss to Texas Tech last week, was blanked by No. 4 Texas 41-0. It was the fourth time the Bears have been shut out this season. Baylor has lost 29 of its last 30 conference games. Despite being fired, Steele will stay on through the final three games of the season.


Jacksonville University blocked three punts, two by freshman Marshall Trace, in a 44-31 win over Edward Waters College. Dolphins DB Jeremy Kearson returned two of the blocked punts for TDs to lead Jacksonville to a win over the NAIA school. ... James Davis blocked two field goal attempts to lead West Virginia to a 24-14 victory over Boston College. ... Sam Houston State's Dejuan Davis blocked a field goal and returned it 52 yards for a score in the Bearkats' 34-16 loss to Nicholls State. It was his fifth blocked kick of the season.


Texas WR Roy Williams had eight catches for 172 yards, extending his streak of consecutive games with at least one catch to 32, as the fourth-ranked Longhorns shut out Baylor 41-0. ... With a 30-23 win on Saturday, Notre Dame has beaten Navy 39 consecutive times. ... With a 45-7 win, Nebraska beat Kansas for the 34th straight time. ... No. 17 Florida State beat Georgia Tech 21-13. The Seminoles have won 11 straight in the series and haven't lost to the Yellow Jackets since joining the ACC in 1992.


Michigan State made Morris Watts' head coaching debut a success by defeating Indiana 56-21. Watts was promoted from offensive coordinator to interim coach after Bobby Williams was fired on Monday - two days after the Spartans endured their worst defeat since 1947 in a 49-3 loss to Michigan. Spartan WR Charles Rogers set a school record with his 24th and 25th career touchdown receptions in the win.


Marist rushed 80 times for 509 yards in a 49-23 romp over La Salle. La Salle carried the ball 18 times and gained only eight yards. Chris Price rushed for 199 yards and three TDs and Angelo Riullano ran for 165 yards and three scores for the Red Foxes. Marist attempted only seven passes in the game.


Air Force earned the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the sixth straight season with a 49-30 win over Army.


Carson Palmer threw four TD passes to break a school career record and lead No. 10 Southern California to a 49-17 rout of Stanford. Palmer has 61 TD passes, breaking the mark of 58 set by Rob Johnson. Palmer has thrown 13 TD passes in his past three games.


Gardner-Webb won the inaugural Big South championship, beating Charleston Southern 57-15. Jeremy Martin was 20-for-30 for 286 yards and three touchdowns and Chris Foster ran for 117 yards and a score for the Bulldogs. The four-team Big South also includes Elon and Liberty.


Houston's Joffrey Reynolds ran for a school-record 300 yards and scored four TDs, but the Cougars lost to East Carolina 54-48 in triple overtime. Art Brown scored his fourth TD on a 25-yard run in the third overtime to give the Pirates the win.


In his last home game as coach of Eastern Kentucky, Roy Kidd's squad lost to Southeast Missouri State 35-21. Kidd is retiring at the end of the year following a 39-year stint at the school, where he has won 314 games.


Quarterback Mike Warker figured in seven of Widener's 10 TDs - throwing for three, running for three and catching one - as Widener beat Juniata 68-33. Warker completed 18 of 28 passes for 301 yards, caught a 34-yard pass, and had 1 net yard rushing, but managed three 1-yard scoring runs in the game.


The only score in Monmouth's 7-0 win over St. Francis, Pa., came on Joe Sentipal's 16-yard interception return in the third quarter. Monmouth held St. Francis to 41 yards rushing and 160 total yards.


"Coach Saban just told me to throw it as far as I could. ... I've never thrown a ball that far." - LSU QB Marcus Randall, referring to the instructions given to him by coach Nick Saban, before Randall heaved the ball more than 60 yards on a desperation pass on the last play of the game against Kentucky. The ball was deflected and WR Devery Henderson caught it and ran into the end zone completing a 75-yard TD play as time expired to lift the No. 16 Tigers to a stunning 33-30 victory.

"It was our game to have. We could have won. We should have won. You can't be proud after a loss." - Navy QB Aaron Polanco after the Midshipmen blew a fourth-quarter lead in a 30-23 loss to No. 9 Notre Dame.

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