College Football Roundup | Penn State seizes control
A late turnover and a second-team quarterback made the difference for Penn State. For a change, everything went right for Joe Paterno and...
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A late turnover and a second-team quarterback made the difference for Penn State. For a change, everything went right for Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium.
Pat Devlin came off the bench for injured starting quarterback Daryll Clark in the fourth quarter and led two scoring drives, sneaking in for the go-ahead touchdown to give No. 3 Penn State a 13-6 victory over No. 10 Ohio State on Saturday night.
"How many times have I told you Pat Devlin is a heck of a quarterback?" coach Joe Paterno said after his 381st career victory. "We're lucky to have two quarterbacks."
The win put the Nittany Lions (9-0, 5-0) in command in the Big Ten and severely crimped the chances of the Buckeyes (7-2, 4-1) grabbing an unprecedented third consecutive outright league title and a piece of their fourth conference championship in a row.
No. 9 Georgia 52, at No. 11 Louisiana State 38
Georgia coach Mark Richt once called the Tiger Stadium crowd the loudest he'd ever heard.
Knowshon Moreno may remember Death Valley more for the hush he caused with his tackle-breaking 68-yard touchdown run.
Moreno's long scoring run late in the third quarter gave ninth-ranked Georgia a three-touchdown lead, and the Bulldogs went on for a victory over Louisiana State that sent many Tigers fans to the exits early. Georgia (7-1, 4-1) next faces No. 5 Florida.
No. 2 Alabama 29, at Tennessee 9
John Parker Wilson passed for 188 yards and ran for a touchdown as Alabama cruised to a win over Tennessee. The win gives the Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) its first back-to-back wins over the Volunteers (3-5, 1-4).
No. 4 Oklahoma 58, at Kansas State 35
DeMarco Murray racked up 167 total yards and four touchdowns, and Oklahoma sustained a 21-point Kansas State rally in the highest-scoring first half in school history.
Sam Bradford had three touchdown passes in a wild first half in which the Sooners (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) gave up a 28-7 lead before taking control with 27 consecutive points.
The capper was a 68-yard punt return touchdown by redshirt freshman Ryan Broyles that gave the Sooners a 55-28 halftime lead.
At No. 5 Florida 63, Kentucky 5
Tim Tebow threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores to help the Gators (6-1, 4-1 SEC) extend their winning streak in the series to 22 games.
No. 8 Texas Tech 63, at No. 19 Kansas 21
Graham Harrell passed for 386 yards and five touchdowns and Texas Tech (8-0, 4-0 Big 12) scored on eight of its first nine possessions.
At Louisville 24, No. 14 South Florida 20
Hunter Cantwell threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Scott Long with 7:07 left to play to help Louisville (5-2, 1-1) down penalty-plagued South Florida (6-2, 1-2 Big East).
At No. 15 TCU 54, Wyoming 7
Jimmy Young had a school-record 226 yards receiving and caught three touchdown passes to help TCU (8-1, 5-0 Mountain West) defeat Wyoming.
At No. 16 Missouri 58, Colorado 0
Chase Daniel matched his school record with five touchdown passes and No. 16 Missouri's beleaguered defense handed Colorado its first shutout since 1988.
Jeremy Maclin caught two touchdown passes and Chase Coffman set a career record for receptions by a Division I tight end for Missouri (6-2, 2-2 Big 12).
Rutgers 54, at No. 17 Pitt. 34
Mike Teel, booed at times by his own fans this season, threw five of his school-record six touchdown passes in the first half and Rutgers came out throwing to confound Pittsburgh (5-2, 2-1).
At No. 18 BYU 42, UNLV 35
Max Hall threw for four touchdowns and the Cougars avoided a second straight loss. Austin Collie had his sixth straight 100-yard receiving game for the Cougars (7-1, 3-1 Mountain West), who were matched nearly score-for-score by the Rebels until the final drive.
At No. 20 Ball St. 38, Eastern Michigan 16
With Ball State's most inspiring player, Dante Love, on hand, the Cardinals had no real problem getting to 8-0.
Love, who was leading the nation in receiving before a career-ending spinal injury at Indiana last month, returned to Scheumann Stadium for the first time and watched from the coaches box.
Virginia 24, at No. 21 Georgia Tech 17
Cedric Peerman rushed for 118 bruising yards, including the winning touchdown with 3 ½ minutes left, and Virginia (5-3, 3-1 ACC) won its fourth straight. Georgia Tech dropped to 6-2, 3-2
The Cavaliers rallied from an early 14-3 deficit in their comeback of a season, improbably taking over first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division after losing three of their first four games — by an average of 36 points.
At North Carolina 45, No. 23 Boston College 24
Hakeem Nicks had three second-quarter touchdown catches and ran for a score in the fourth quarter.
Trimane Goddard had an interception return for a touchdown for the Tar Heels (6-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).
At No. 24 Florida State 30, Virginia Tech 20
Greg Carr made two fingertip catches on long pass plays to set up touchdowns in the third quarter and Florida State rallied from an early 10-point deficit.
The win leaves Florida State (6-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) tied with Maryland for first place in the ACC's Atlantic Division and in control of its own destiny for a shot at the league's Dec. 6 championship game.
No. 25 Minnesota 17, at Purdue 6
For Minnesota (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten), Adam Weber passed for a touchdown and ran for another against Purdue (2-6, 0-4), which lost star quarterback Curtis Painter to injury in the first half. Painter hurt his throwing shoulder.
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