COLLEGE FOOTBALL : East Roundup : Freshman Quarterback Leads Penn State

From Times Wire Services

Tony Sacca, the first freshman to start at quarterback for Penn State in Coach Joe Paterno’s 23-year regime, threw 2 touchdown passes as the Nittany Lions beat Temple, 45-9, Saturday night at Philadelphia.

Sacca, who started because of a knee injury to Tom Bill, completed 7 of 14 passes for 121 yards as Penn State (3-1) beat its intra-state rival for the 14th straight time and boosted its series lead to 22-3-1.

Temple (1-3) tied Penn State in 1950, and last won in this series in 1941.

Penn State, rebounding from last week’s upset by Rutgers, limited Temple to 13 yards on the ground.


The Lions’ defense recovered 3 fumbles, scoring after two, and blocked a punt for another touchdown.

Boston College 34, Pitt 31--Mike Power threw 2 touchdown passes to Marcus Cherry in the final 5:46, rallying Boston College to a 34-31 victory over Pittsburgh Saturday at Chestnut Hill, Mass.

The Eagles (2-3) trailed Pittsburgh, 31-19, before Power and Cherry took over. Power, starting in place of the injured Mark Kamphaus, completed 17 of 30 passes for 238 yards and 2 touchdowns.

With 1:38 remaining, Cherry caught an 8-yard lob from Power in the right corner of the end zone for the winning score.


Power left the game after being hit on the play. But fullback Ed Toner bulled across for a 2-point conversion, and Boston College’s defense held off Pittsburgh (2-2) in the closing 1 1/2 minutes.

Curvin Richards ran for 202 yards after replacing Adam Walker, Pitt’s leading rusher who was injured in the first quarter.

Rutgers 38, Cincinnati 9--Scott Erney threw 3 touchdown passes and Ron Allen returned a kickoff 94 yards for a score late in the game as the Scarlet Knights won at Piscataway, N.J.

Erney, who completed 17 of 26 passes for 259 yards, combined with Brett Mersola on a 68-yard play 12 seconds before halftime to give Rutgers (3-1) a 24-3 lead.

Erney hit James Cann on a 4-yard swing pass for a touchdown in the first quarter, and he passed to fullback Mike Botti on a 26-yard scoring play in the fourth quarter.

Cincinnati is 2-2.

Penn 24, Columbia 10--Bryan Keys ran for 141 yards in 26 carries to lead the Quakers in a nationally televised game at Philadelphia and extend the Lions’ record losing streak to 44 games.

Columbia fumbled the opening kickoff and had three other turnovers, giving the Lions 14 this season. Columbia, winless in 47 games since Oct. 15, 1983, has been outscored, 114-20, in 3 games this year.


For a change, Columbia was in the game. With 10:28 remaining and trailing 24-10, the Lions had a first-and-goal at the 2, but Solomon Johnson fumbled and Penn’s Mike Begg recovered.

Penn, 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Ivy League, beat Columbia (0-3, 0-2) for the seventh consecutive time.

Columbia’s Greg Abbruzzese had 112 yards in 18 carries and scored on a 14-yard run.

Syracuse 20, Maryland 9--Running backs Robert Drummond and Michael Owens each scored on 1-yard runs and Kevin Greene added 2 field goals as the Orangemen won at Syracuse, N.Y.

The Orangemen (3-1) used a well-executed, ball-control offense and made several key third-down conversions throughout the game to keep drives going. The Terrapins are 2-2.

Army 58, Bucknell 10--Bryan McWilliams rushed for 116 yards and 2 touchdowns and John Barth scored 3 times as Army won at West Point, N.Y.

The Cadets (3-1) scored twice in a 16-second span late in the first quarter to take a 14-0 lead.

Army, which entered the game ranked fourth in the nation in rushing, kept the ball on the ground and took advantage of Bucknell’s inexperience in defending the wishbone.


Bucknell is 0-4.

Princeton 31, Brown 27--Quarterback Jason Garrett ran 6 yards for a touchdown with 3 minutes to play as the Tigers won an Ivy League game at Princeton, N.J.

Princeton (2-1, 2-0) drove 64 yards in 8 plays for the game-winning score after Brown (0-2-1, 0-1-1) had taken a 27-25 lead on a 22-yard field goal by Stephan Lins.

Navy 41, Yale 7--Gary McIntosh, one of Navy’s alternating sophomore quarterbacks, entered the game in the second period and scored on runs of 45 and 51 yards in his first 2 carries and then threw a 32-yard pass to Carl Jordan for another in leading the Midshipmen (3-2) at Annapolis, Md. Yale is 0-2-1.

Holy Cross 35, Harvard 20--At Worcester, Mass., Jeff Wiley completed 31 of 53 passes for 390 yards and 3 touchdowns and ran for another score as the Crusaders (3-2, 3-0) won their 12th straight Ivy League game. Harvard, the last Ivy League team to beat Holy Cross, dropped to 2-3 and 1-2.

Lafayette 42, Colgate 34--Frank Baur passed for 4 first-half touchdowns at Hamilton, N.Y., as the Leopards (4-0) scored their first victory over the Red Raiders (1-3) since 1968.

Lehigh 27, Cornell 14--Mark McGowan ran for a 67-yard touchdown and threw 2 fourth-quarter scoring passes as Lehigh (3-1) beat Cornell (1-2) at Bethlehem, Pa. McGowan had 151 rushing yards and 258 passing yards, with 62 coming on a pass play to John Gorman.