No. 1 Penn State Does a Number on Louisville
Top-ranked Penn State didn’t let up on Louisville until the outcome was no longer in doubt, coasting to a 57-21 victory Saturday at Louisville, Ky.
“I think things just piled up on Louisville,” Penn State quarterback Mike McQueary said. “They just didn’t know what to do. We took advantage of our opportunities.”
Curtis Enis rushed for three touchdowns and Joe Jurevicius caught three touchdown passes as Penn State (3-0) ran its winning streak over Big Ten foes to 19.
“There’s not much to say,” Louisville Coach Ron Cooper said. “They’re a first-class bunch that plays hard. That is where we want to get.”
While Penn State was clearly the dominant team, the Nittany Lions removed any aspirations Louisville (1-3) may have had about pulling a major upset by scoring the last 22 points of the first half in the final 3:47 to go ahead, 50-14.
“You’re never as good as you think you are after a win, or never as bad as you think after a loss,” Penn State Coach Joe Paterno said. “If it wasn’t for those quick scores to end the first half, it would have been a different ball game.”
McQueary completed 10 of 18 passes for 219 yards, Enis rushed 14 times for 80 yards and Jurevicius had four receptions for 150 yards as Penn State won its eighth consecutive game, the longest winning streak in Division I-A.
The game was played in front of 39,826, the second-largest crowd in Cardinal Stadium history.
NO. 8 MICHIGAN 38, BAYLOR 3
The Wolverines didn’t allow a touchdown for the second straight week and the offense gained 532 yards en route to routing Baylor at Ann Arbor, Mich.
It was the second week in a row that Michigan (2-0) manhandled a Big 12 team. The Wolverines beat Colorado, 27-3, a week earlier.
Baylor (1-2) didn’t have a first down in the second half until getting one against reserves with 2:10 remaining. The Bears went three and out on their first four possessions of the half and quarterback Jeff Watson had a pass intercepted on the fifth. Baylor had only nine first downs overall and 154 yards total offense.
Jerod Douglas, Baylor’s second all-time leading rusher, was held to 12 yards in 12 carries.
Brian Griese completed 13 of 22 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown for the Wolverines. He completed nine of 11 passes for 109 yards in the first half. During Michigan’s three scoring drives in the first half, Griese was eight of eight for 99 yards.
NO. 13 IOWA 63, IOWA STATE 20
Tim Dwight re-emerged as a force in Iowa’s offense and the Hawkeyes once again had their way with Iowa State. Dwight, overshadowed in the Hawkeyes’ first two games by running back Tavian Banks, caught three touchdown passes and made five other catches at Ames.
Banks still made his presence known, sprinting 82 yards for a touchdown on the second play of the game and scoring three more times as Iowa (3-0) beat the Cyclones (0-4) for the 15th consecutive time.
Iowa scored the most points by either team in the 45-game series, topping the 59 it rang up in 1984. The Hawkeyes are averaging 61 points a game this season.
Banks was held below his 258.5-yards-per-game rushing average, which led the nation, finishing early in the fourth quarter with 127 yards in 20 carries.
Quarterback Todd Bandhauer was all the offense Iowa State had. He threw a school-record 51 passes, completing 26 for 375 yards and three touchdowns.
RICE 40, NORTHWESTERN 34
Michael Perry scored three touchdowns, the last with 1:24 to play, and quarterback Chad Nelson rushed for 178 yards in 26 carries in Rice’s option offense as the Owls (2-1) recorded a nonconference victory over over the Wildcats (2-2) at Evanston, Ill.
Perry finished with 19 carries for 104 yards and two touchdowns and also scored on a 44-yard pass play.
The extra-point attempt after Perry’s late touchdown was blocked, giving Northwestern a chance to win with a touchdown. The Wildcats drove to the Rice 36 with 37 seconds left but were stopped.
Ron Dayne’s four touchdown runs and shoddy special teams play by San Diego State (1-2) helped revitalized Wisconsin (3-1) rout the Aztecs, 36-10, at Madison, Wis. The Aztecs (1-2) hurt themselves with two bungled punts, a missed field-goal attempt and an illegal block that wiped out a nice return by Eric Lewis, all in the first half. San Diego State trailed, 22-0, at halftime. . . . Billy Dicken completed 27 of 42 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns and also scored on a quarterback sneak as Purdue (2-1) recorded a 28-14 victory over Ball State (1-3) at West Lafayette, Ind. . . . Minnesota (2-1) escaped with a 20-17 victory over host Memphis (1-3) when Memphis receiver Richie Floyd bobbled a pass in the end zone with 10 seconds left and then Minnesota cornerback Jimmy Wyrick made an interception on the game’s final play.