Freshman leads Michigan to victory

Posted: Sunday, September 05, 2004

ANN ARBOR, Mich. Freshman Chad Henne threw two touchdowns in a surprising start for Michigan, helping the eighth-ranked Wolverines to a 43-10 victory over Miami of Ohio on Saturday that ended the nation's longest winning streak.

Matt Gutierrez was supposed to start, but he was relegated to holding on kicks because of a sore arm, creating an opportunity for Henne. Rick Leach is the only other quarterback to start as a freshman for the Wolverines. Leach led Michigan to a victory on Sept. 13, 1975, at Wisconsin.

Henne was 14-of-24 for 142 yards with one interception. Braylon Edwards caught six passes for 91 yards and two TDs, and David Underwood gained 61 yards with two touchdowns on 22 carries.

No. 4 LSU 22, Oregon State 21, OT

BATON ROUGE, La. Oregon State kicker Alexis Serna missed three extra points, including one that would have forced a second overtime, and LSU escaped with a victory.

The defending BCS champion Tigers trailed throughout the game, were shut out in the first half, and behind 15-7 with 1:38 left.

The Tigers seemed sure to lose when they drove to the Oregon State 2 and failed to score with 3:39 left. But their defense gave them another shot.

No. 15 Clemson 37, Wake Forest 30, 2OT

CLEMSON, S.C. Charlie Whitehurst threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Browning in the second overtime that lifted Clemson to an Atlantic Coast Conference victory.

The Tigers led 19-3 early in the second quarter, but the Deacons rallied for 24 straight points and led 27-19 after Chris Barclay's 50-yard touchdown run with 12:20 to go in the game.

No. 2 Oklahoma 40, Bowling Green 24

NORMAN, Okla. Kejuan Jones rushed for a career-high 148 yards and a touchdown and Mark Clayton caught two of Jason White's three touchdown passes for the Sooners.

White, the returning Heisman Trophy winner, completed 21 of 31 passes for 238 yards, but also threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown.

Adrian Peterson, the Sooners' top-rated high-school recruit, flashed brilliance with a 35-yard touchdown run and finished with 100 yards on 16 carries.

No. 3 Georgia 48, Ga. Southern 28

ATHENS, Ga. Danny Ware rushed for 135 yards and three touchdown in his college debut for the Bulldogs.

Ware was the first freshman running back to start his first game at Georgia since 1943. He opened the scoring for Georgia with a 10-yard touchdown run. He added a 3-yard scoring run early in the third quarter, helping the Bulldogs pull away from a close game at halftime.

No. 7 Texas 65, North Texas 0

AUSTIN, Texas Cedric Benson ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Longhorns' punishing rushing attack.

Benson, who ranks third in career yards at Texas behind Heisman Trophy winners Ricky Williams and Earl Campbell, had 141 yards as Texas cruised to a 44-0 halftime lead.

No. 9 Ohio State 27, Cincinnati 6

COLUMBUS, Ohio Lydell Ross rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown, and Ohio State's swarming defense stymied Cincinnati.

Justin Zwick threw two interceptions and had four fumbles in his first start for the Buckeyes. He completed 14 of 26 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown.

No. 10 West Virginia 56, East Carolina 23

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. Kay-Jay Harris rushed for a school-record 337 yards and four touchdowns for the Mountaineers.

Harris broke the school record of 291 yards set by Kerry Marbury in 1971 against Temple. It also was a Big East record, eclipsing the mark of 299 set by Miami's Edgerrin James in 1998 against UCLA.

No. 12 Kansas St. 27, W. Kentucky 13

MANHATTAN, Kan. Darren Sproles ran for 221 yards and a touchdown on 42 carries, leading Kansas State past I-AA Western Kentucky.

Sproles, the nation's leading rusher with 1,986 yards last season, extended his school record with his 20th 100-yard game. He has gone over 200 yards in four of his last six games.

No. 13 California 56, Air Force 14

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. J.J. Arrington ran for 181 yards and three touchdowns, and Aaron Rodgers threw for 208 yards and a touchdown to help California pull away from Air Force in the second half.

Air Force knocked off Cal the last time the Bears were ranked in 2002 and another upset appeared to be brewing when the Falcons were within seven points at halftime.

No. 16 Virginia 44, Temple 14

PHILADELPHIA Wali Lundy ran for 104 yards and three touchdowns, and Alvin Pearman returned a punt 70 yards for a score to lead the Cavaliers to an easy opening win.

The Owls had more fumbles (four) than third-down conversions (two) and lost to a Top 25 team for the 18th straight time.

No. 17 Auburn 31, Louisiana-Monroe 0

AUBURN, Ala. Jason Campbell passed for two touchdowns and Carnell Williams ran for 103 yards as the Tigers unveiled a new West Coast offense.

Auburn's new system sputtered at times but still fared better than in last year's opening shutout defeat to Southern California that set the stage for a disappointing season.

No. 18 Missouri 52, Arkansas St. 20

COLUMBIA, Mo. Brad Smith threw for 233 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 63 yards and another score for Missouri.

Smith, a junior who ran for 1,406 yards and passed for 1,977 last season, averaged 10.5 yards on six carries and scored on a 34-yard second-quarter run. He completed 14 of 22 passes, with the three touchdowns and one interception.

No. 19 Iowa 39, Kent St. 7

IOWA CITY, Iowa Drew Tate threw two touchdowns in his first start and No. 19 Iowa turned in a dominating defensive performance.

The Hawkeyes held the Golden Flashes to 110 total yards and minus-13 yards rushing.

No. 21 Wisconsin 34, Central Florida 6

MADISON, Wis. John Stocco threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score in his first start for the Badgers.

Anthony Davis rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown for the Badgers but left late in the first half after taking a hard hit at the end of a 21-yard run.

No. 22 Maryland 23, Northern Illinois 20

COLLEGE PARK, Md. Nick Novak became the leading scorer in Atlantic Coast Conference history, kicking three field goals and two conversions to rescued the erratic Maryland offense.

Novak kicked field goals of 43, 34, and 44 yards. His 11-point night gave him a career total of 335, breaking the record of 326 set by Scott Bentley of Florida State.

No. 25 Minnesota 63, Toledo 21

MINNEAPOLIS Bryan Cupito was 10-of-12 for 279 yards and a touchdown in his first start, and Minnesota's running backs picked up where they left off last season.

Marion Barber III and Laurence Maroney, looking to become the first tandem in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards each in consecutive seasons, scored two TDs apiece before halftime.

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