Penn State continues to enjoy its inaugural season in the Big Ten Conference.
Ki-Jana Carter rushed for 144 yards and No. 14 Penn State scored after each of Iowa’s three turnovers in beating the Hawkeyes 31-0 Saturday at Iowa City, Iowa for Coach Joe Paterno’s 250th victory.
Paterno, in his 28th season at Penn State, is 250-67-3 and leads active NCAA Division I-A coaches in victories.
“We talked about wanting to win on the road and establishing ourselves as a good Big Ten team,” said Paterno, whose team improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten. “Obviously, a win like this has got to help you.
“But there’s such a thing as being foolish. You’re never as good as you think you are when you win and never as bad as you think you are when you lose.”
Penn State sacked quarterback Paul Burmeister nine times and intercepted three of his passes, the interceptions leading to a field goal and two touchdowns.
Iowa Coach Hayden Fry is fourth in victories with 196, but his team was no match for Paterno’s on this day. Iowa (2-1) managed only 32 yards rushing and was shut out for the first time since a 28-0 loss to Ohio State in the eighth game of 1989. Iowa had not been shut out at home since a 34-0 loss to Michigan in 1978--the year before Fry became coach.
“Our line had been coming along but then today, collectively, it was just terrible,” Fry said. “I felt sorry for our quarterbacks. Paul was hurt but stayed in there as long as he could. He really took some shots in there.”
Penn State took a 10-0 halftime lead on a 20-yard field goal by Craig Fayak and a one-yard touchdown run by Brian O’Neal. The Nittany Lions broke it open in the second half on a 23-yard touchdown run by Carter, who carried 19 times, and two short touchdown runs by Stephen Pitts.
No. 24 Wisconsin 28, Iowa State 7--Brent Moss gained 104 yards and scored three touchdowns, and Terrel Fletcher gained 124 yards as the Badgers won at Madison, Wis.
It was the first time in four years the Badgers have had two runners gain 100 yards.
Playing before a crowd of 77,745, the first Camp Randall Stadium sellout since 1985, Wisconsin (3-0) built a 21-0 halftime lead and then scored on its first possession of the third quarter.
The 3-0 start is Wisconsin’s second in three years. In 1991, after winning its three nonconference games, the Badgers finished 5-6.
Iowa State (1-2) crossed midfield only twice. Iowa State spoiled Wisconsin’s bid for its first shutout in 10 years when Jim Knott scored on a one-yard run on the final play.
Darrell Bevell completed 15 of 21 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown for Wisconsin.
Kansas State 30, Minnesota 25--Andre Coleman’s 72-yard kickoff return set up J.J. Smith’s seven-yard touchdown run with 3:11 left as Kansas State rallied at Minneapolis.
Kansas State is 3-0 for the third consecutive season. This, however, is the first time that one of the three victories came on the road. Since 1990, the Wildcats are 3-13 on the road and 17-2 at home.
Minnesota (1-2) erased a 24-13 fourth-quarter deficit, getting a nine-yard touchdown pass from Tim Schade to Aaron Osterman before going ahead, 25-24, when Craig Sauer recovered quarterback Chad May’s fumble in the end zone with 5:33 left.
But on the ensuing kickoff, Coleman returned the ball to Minnesota’s 24. May had an eight -yard run and Smith gained nine yards on three runs before Smith scored.
Indiana 24, Kentucky 8--Jermaine Chaney scored two touchdowns and Indiana’s defense produced eight sacks and two interceptions at Bloomington, Ind.
Indiana (3-0) sacked Pookie Jones for losses of 46 yards, but the Hoosiers lost their bid for a second shutout when backup Antonio O’Ferral connected with Michael Woodford on a 24-yard touchdown pass play with 1:24 left.
Kentucky (1-2) was stopped on fourth down in the fourth quarter after the Wildcats had a first-and-goal on the Indiana two.