Hawkeyes, Cyclones celebrate big wins over ranked opponents

Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2002

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Iowa might be known as the ''Hawkeye State,'' but on Saturday it celebrated big victories by both its major-college teams.

Not long after Iowa defeated 12th-ranked Penn State 42-45 in overtime, No. 19 Iowa State stunned No. 20 Nebraska 36-14.

In State College, Penn., C.J. Jones caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Brad Banks to end Iowa's overtime possession, then the Hawkeyes stopped Penn State on its trip to secure their second OT victory over the Nittany Lions in three years.

''We were hoping our defense would hold Penn State, and they were able to come together and win it for us,'' Fred Russell said. ''It felt like it did two years ago, when we won it in overtime here.''

In Ames, Iowa, Seneca Wallace and the Cyclones pulled away to take a 26-7 lead and never looked back against the struggling Cornhuskers. The versatile Wallace ran for two touchdowns and passed for another to help Iowa State beat the 'Huskers for the first time in a decade.

Iowa 42, No. 12 Penn St. 35, OT

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Iowa blew a 22-point lead in the final 7 1/2 minutes of regulation, but the Hawkeyes settled down in overtime.

On second-and-8 from the 9-yard line, Penn State quarterback Zack Mills threw to Tony Johnson 2 yards out on the left sideline, but Johnson was ruled out of bounds. Two plays later, Mills' final pass attempt hit one of his offensive linemen and fell to the ground to end the game.

No. 19 Iowa St. 36, No. 20 Nebraska 14

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State won its fifth straight game, the first time that's happened in 22 years.

The Cyclones (5-1, 2-0 Big 12) did it by scoring 17 points off turnovers, and Nebraska (3-2, 0-1) had five in all. The Cornhuskers only had 81 yards rushing.

No. 2 Oklahoma 31, South Florida 14

NORMAN, Okla. -- Nate Hybl threw for 177 yards and two touchdowns, and Antonio Perkins returned a punt 82 yards for a score to lead Oklahoma.

The Sooners (4-0), who were idle last week, punted on their first four possessions before Perkins got them going with his punt return 4 minutes into the second quarter.

No. 3 Texas 49, Tulane 0

NEW ORLEANS -- Chris Simms passed for 176 yards and two short touchdowns, and Selvin Young had two short TD runs after returning a punt 71 yards for a score to lead Texas.

Cedric Benson added 88 yards and a 15-yard touchdown for the Longhorns (4-0), who handed Tulane (2-3) its first shutout since 1995, when the Green Wave lost to Southern Miss 45-0.

No. 5 Virginia Tech 30, Western Michigan 0

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Lee Suggs and Kevin Jones each ran for a touchdown, and Suggs added a touchdown receiving for the Hokies (5-0).

The Virginia Tech defense allowed just 35 yards rushing, and linebacker Alex Markogiannakis, a senior making his first start, returned a fumble recovery for a score.

No. 6 Ohio St. 45, Indiana 17

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- After missing a week to have a knee operation, Clarett ran for 104 yards and scored three times on short first-half runs to lead the Buckeyes (5-0).

Clarett had arthroscopic surgery Sept. 17 to repair torn cartilage in his right knee. There was some bleeding around the incision at halftime, but doctors stitched him back up before he went back onto the field.

No. 7 Florida 41, Kentucky 34

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- In a game full of big plays, big mistakes and huge momentum shifts, the Gators somehow came out with a victory over the revived Wildcats.

Keiwan Ratliff returned an interception for a touchdown and scored 2 points on a defensive conversion to help the Gators (4-1, 2-0 SEC) overcome their own mistakes and Derek Abney's two special-teams touchdowns.

No. 8 Georgia 41, New Mexico State 10

ATHENS, Ga. -- Damien Gary returned a punt 71 yards for a first-quarter touchdown, and the Bulldogs also blocked a punt for the second week in a row.

New Mexico State (1-3) was a 28-point underdog, but the Aggies went ahead 7-0 after intercepting a tipped pass deep in Georgia territory.

No. 11 Tennessee 35, Rutgers 14

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Kelley Washington had seven catches for 197 yards and a touchdown -- all in the second half -- as Tennessee stumbled but rallied to beat Rutgers.

Rutgers' Nathan Jones returned the opening kickoff 100 yards, and the Scarlet Knights (1-4) took a 14-7 halftime lead before Washington rescued the Volunteers (3-1).

No. 13 Washington 41, Idaho 27

SEATTLE -- Cody Pickett threw for 438 yards -- 17 short of his school-record total -- and three touchdowns as the Huskies went away from the option attack coach Rick Neuheisel said he wanted to improve.

Washington (3-1) sustained a setback when standout receiver Reggie Williams didn't return after spraining his left knee early in the second quarter, but he's expected to play against Cal next week.

No. 14 Michigan 45, Illinois 28

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- John Navarre threw for 264 yards and four touchdowns, and Michigan's defense forced five turnovers.

Michigan (4-1), second to last in scoring in the Big Ten, put up 31 straight points against Illinois in the conference opener for both teams.

No. 16 Washington St. 48, California 38

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Despite having a dislocated rib, Jason Gesser passed for 431 yards and four touchdowns as Washington State rallied from a 21-9 halftime deficit.

Jerome Riley had seven receptions for 139 yards and a touchdown, leading three 100-yard receivers for the Cougars (4-1).

No. 17 N.C. State 56, Massachusetts 24

RALEIGH, N.C. -- T.A. McLendon ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns for the Wolfpack, who didn't look impressive in moving to 6-0 but still got off to their best start since 1991.

N.C. State also got two touchdowns from Lamont Reid -- on a 97-yard kickoff return just before halftime and a 15-yard blocked punt return in the fourth quarter.

No. 18 USC 22, No. 23 Oregon St. 0

LOS ANGELES -- Carson Palmer threw a pair of touchdown passes to Mike Williams, and Southern California's defense handed Oregon State coach Dennis Erickson the first regular-season shutout of his career.

USC (3-1, 1-0 Pac-10) beat the Beavers (4-1, 0-1) for the 19th straight time at the Coliseum, dating to 1960.

No. 22 LSU 31, Mississippi State 13

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Domanick Davis had 295 all-purpose yards and scored two touchdowns to lead the Tigers.

The defending SEC champions (3-1, 1-0) have beaten Mississippi State (1-3, 0-2) in 10 of the last 11 games, including six straight at Tiger Stadium.

No. 24 Texas A&M 31, Louisiana Tech 3

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Dustin Long threw Texas A&M's first passing touchdown in seven regular-season games as the Aggies (3-1) routed Louisiana Tech (2-3).

Long hit Jamaar Taylor for a 25-yard touchdown in the first quarter. It was the Aggies' first TD pass in a non-bowl game since Oct. 20, 2001 against Kansas State.

No. 25 Colorado State 32, Nevada 28

After trailing 21-7 in the third quarter, Bradlee Van Pelt used the option to start Colorado State's rally, and his 34-yard touchdown to Joel Dreessen with 2:43 remaining gave the Rams the win.

Van Pelt also ran for 128 yards and a touchdown, and Cecil Sapp had 125 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Rams (4-1).

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