Buckeyes make last stand to hold off Wolfpack

Posted: Sunday, September 14, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio Craig Krenzel hit Michael Jenkins on a 7-yard scoring pass in the third overtime and No. 3 Ohio State made a goal-line stand to beat North Carolina State 44-38 on Saturday.

Will Allen barreled into Wolfpack tailback T.A. McLendon on fourth-and-goal, lowering his left shoulder to stop McLendon just inches from the end zone as the defending national champion Buckeyes (3-0) won their 17th consecutive game.

Last Jan. 3, Ohio State needed double-overtime to beat top-ranked Miami 31-24 in the Fiesta Bowl, capturing its first national championship in 34 years. The Buckeyes also beat Illinois in overtime a year ago to remain unbeaten.

No. 24 North Carolina State (1-2) trailed 24-7 with just over 8 minutes remaining in regulation, but scored on its next three possessions to force overtime.

Philip Rivers, who completed 36 of 52 passes for 315 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions, led the charge. He found Jerricho Cotchery on a 9-yard score, then after A.J. Davis picked off Krenzel's pass, Adam Kiker kicked a 24-yard field goal with 5:51 left to cut the lead to 24-17.

No. 1 Oklahoma 52, Fresno St. 28

NORMAN, Okla. Jason White threw for 338 yards and four touchdowns and Renaldo Works ran for two more scores for Oklahoma.

The Sooners (3-0) seized control early, scoring on their first six possessions en route to a 38-0 halftime lead.

Fresno State (1-2) had nearly twice as many penalty yards (80) than offensive yards (43) in the first half. By then, the Bulldogs had only two first downs, one by penalty.

In the first half, Oklahoma scored on drives of 57, 65, 71, 82, 87 and 32 yards, with Jason White going 18-of-25 for 256 yards and three touchdowns. The Sooners had 370 yards of offense by halftime.

No. 2 Miami 38, East Carolina 3

MIAMI Frank Gore ran for 134 yards and a touchdown to help Miami extend the nation's longest home winning streak to 24.

Miami (3-0) opened the game with a touchdown on its third play, then stalled against the nation's worst rushing defense.

Gore averaged 5.6 yards on 24 carries and became the first player in school history to run for more than 100 yards in each of the first three games.

No. 4 Southern Cal 61, Hawaii 32

LOS ANGELES Matt Leinart threw two touchdown passes and Southern California's defense held Hawaii's Timmy Chang in check until late in the game.

Freshmen tailbacks Reggie Bush and Lendale White each ran for a pair of touchdowns as the Trojans won their 11th consecutive game stretching to last October. Leinart completed 15 of 21 passes for 200 yards and didn't play after the third quarter.

No. 5 Michigan 38, No. 15 Notre Dame 0

ANN ARBOR, Mich. Chris Perry ran for three touchdowns and caught another as Michigan dominated both lines and posted the most lopsided win in their storied rivalry with Notre Dame.

In a rivalry known for its nailbiters nine of the last 11 meetings have been decided by seven points or fewer Michigan posted the first shutout in the series since its 23-0 win in 1902. The biggest margin of victory in the previous 30 meetings between the two winningest teams in college football history was 23.

After a fumble on its opening drive, Michigan controlled every aspect of the game. The Wolverines, 3-0 for the first time since 1999, have outscored their opponents 133-10 this season.

Arkansas 38, No. 6 Texas 28

AUSTIN, Texas Matt Jones kept Arkansas rolling through the air and on the ground, making the Razorbacks' return to Texas a huge success with a victory over the Longhorns.

Arkansas (2-0) beat its highest-ranked foe since 1999 and ended Texas' 20-game home winning streak.

Jones threw for one touchdown and ran for another early, then set up the game-sealing score by running a bootleg keeper 60 yards to the 1 midway through the fourth quarter.

The Longhorns (1-1) got to 28-21 when Dakarai Pearson returned a fumble by Jones 77 yards for a touchdown on the opening play of the fourth quarter. Jones answered by leading a 36-yard drive capped by a 1-yard run by De'Arrius Howard.

No. 7 Kansas St. 38, Massachusetts 7

MANHATTAN, Kan. Darren Sproles ran for 152 yards and three touchdowns and backup quarterback Jeff Schwinn passed for 228 yards as Kansas State beat Massachusetts.

Sproles had 115 yards at halftime and sparked a 21-0 burst in the second quarter after the Division I-AA Minutemen surprised the Wildcats (4-0) by taking a 7-3 lead.

Schwinn, a former walk-on stepping in for the injured Ell Roberson, was intercepted twice, including on his first possession. But the little-used senior eventually found his range and went 17-of-26 with one touchdown pass.

No. 8 Georgia 31, No. 25 South Carolina 7

ATEHNS, Ga. Reggie Brown helped Georgia end its three-year touchdown drought against South Carolina, catching two short scoring passes and setting up another TD with a longer reception.

Sean Jones led another dominating defensive performance by Georgia (3-0, 1-0 SEC), which just missed its second shutout of the season. The junior safety made two interceptions and a bone-rattling hit that stuffed a South Carolina drive.

The Gamecocks (2-1, 0-1) stumbled badly after a 31-7 upset of Virginia the previous week. The only consolation: Demetris Summers scored on a 37-yard screen pass from third-string quarterback Bennett Swygert with just 52 seconds remaining to avoid a shutout.

No. 10 Florida St 14, Georgia Tech 13

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Chris Rix shook off two interceptions to run for one touchdown and pass for another in the final 7:09 as Florida State rallied to beat Georgia Tech.

Rix's 5-yard touchdown pass to P.K. Sam, and Xavier Beitia's extra point put Florida State ahead with 2:57 left.

The Seminoles (3-0, 3-0 ACC) averted their first home shutout in coach Bobby Bowden's 28 seasons when Rix scored on a 3-yard run with 7:09 left to pull to within 13-7.

No. 11 Pittsburgh 42, Ball St. 21

PITTSBURGH Brandon Miree ran for three touchdowns and Rod Rutherford threw for three, helping Pittsburgh withstand a sloppy, sluggish start and overwhelm Ball State.

Larry Fitzgerald, making a series of tough catches in double coverage, caught scoring passes of 37 and 26 yards, giving him five touchdowns as Pitt (2-0) has outscored a pair of Mid-American Conference opponents by a combined 85-24.

No. 12 LSU 35, W. Illinois 7

BATON ROUGE, La. Matt Mauck set career highs with 305 yards passing and four touchdowns for LSU.

Mauck, 8-1 as a starter, also had a career-high 23 completions in 33 attempts to help the Tigers to their first 3-0 start since 1998. Since taking over as the starter, Mauck has rushed or passed for 20 of LSU's 37 offensive touchdowns.

Western Illinois (2-1) is ranked No. 1 in I-AA.

UNLV 23, No. 14 Wisconsin 5

MADISON, Wis. Jamaal Brimmer returned a fumble for a score, set up two touchdowns with his first two career interceptions and had two sacks as UNLV stunned Wisconsin.

The Badgers (2-1) lost Heisman hopeful running back Anthony Davis to a sprained ankle on their second series and fell apart behind quarterback Jim Sorgi's shaky performance.

Sorgi was sacked eight times, overthrew eight receivers and had two of the Badgers' five turnovers. Dwayne Smith, who replaced Davis, also fumbled twice.

UNLV (2-1) won despite having just 187 yards of total offense thanks to Brimmer's two interceptions, which set up touchdown throws of 6 and 8 yards from Kurt Nantkes to Earvin Johnson.

No. 16 Arizona St. 26, Utah St. 16

TEMPE, Ariz. Andrew Walter threw for 277 yards and Riccardo Stewart returned an interception 18 yards for a decisive score for Arizona State (3-0).

Utah State (0-3) made it interesting in the fourth quarter, when Travis Cox passed for 153 of his 308 yards and threw an 11-yard scoring pass to David Fiefia.

But the Sun Devils (2-0) got untracked when it counted, driving 46 yards late in the game to keep the Aggies at bay.

Washington St. 47, No. 17 Colorado 26

BOULDER, Colo. Sammy Moore caught a 74-yard touchdown pass and returned a kickoff 97 yards for another score as Washington State used big plays to beat Colorado.

The Cougars (2-1) scored 24 straight points in the first 6:39 of the third quarter to take a 47-13 lead. Two of those scores came off turnovers by Colorado (2-1).

Matt Kegel threw three touchdown passes for Washington State, including a 77-yarder to Scott Lunde, and cornerback Jason David returned an interception 41 yards for another TD.

No. 18 Nebraska 18, Penn St. 10

LINCOLN, Neb. Josh Davis ran for a career-high 179 yards and Jammal Lord added 100 for Nebraska.

The Cornhuskers (3-0) ran on all but six of their plays from scrimmage, piling up 337 yards on the ground. David Dyches kicked four field goals for the second straight game.

Nebraska, which struggled to finish drives in the first half, ran the ball on 16 straight plays while moving 80 yards for the go-ahead touchdown on the opening series of the third quarter.

No. 19 Florida 63, Florida A&M 3

GAINESVILLE, Fla. DeShawn Wynn tied a school record with four touchdowns in Florida's last tuneup before the Southeastern Conference opener next week against Tennessee.

Ingle Martin threw for 139 yards and one touchdown. Chris Leak threw for 79 yards and another score. Wynn, a redshirt freshman, ran for 95 yards and joined Jesse Palmer, Fred Taylor and four others with the single-game TD record.

Purdue 16, No. 20 Wake Forest 10

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Ben Jones kicked three field goals and Purdue held Wake Forest to 244 yards, spoiling the Demon Deacons' first game as a ranked team in more than a decade.

Kyle Orton threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Taylor Stubblefield for Purdue (1-1), which fumbled five times, but got four of them back to avoid its first 0-2 start since 1996. Wake Forest is 2-1.

No. 23 Iowa 40, Iowa St. 21

AMES, Iowa Iowa scored 10 points off two blocks by Sean Considine and converted two turnovers into field goals.

Nate Kaeding had four field goals in all to help Iowa (3-0) end a five-game losing streak to Iowa State (2-1) and become the Hawkeyes' career scoring leader with 291 points.

When it was over, 321-pound offensive tackle Robert Gallery led a sprint to the ISU sideline to grab the Cy-Hawk Trophy, which goes to the winner.

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