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THE SALINA JOURNAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1997 D3 1 T BIG 12 ROUNDUP FLORIDA (4-0) def. Kentucky (2-2) 55-28: LEXINGTON, Ky. — Florida's Doug Johnson fired five touchdown passes, including three to Jacquez Green In the first quarter, as the top-ranked Gators jumped to a 28-0 lead. Next game: Oct. 4 vs. Arkansas 2 PENN STATE (3-0) idle Next game: Oct. 4 at Illinois 3 NEBRASKA (3-0) idle Next game: Oct. 4 vs: Kansas State 4 FLORIDA STATE (3-0) idle Next game: Oct. 4 vs. Miami, Fla. 5 NORTH CAROLINA (4-0) def. Virginia (1-2) 48-20: CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina got a bit of redemption for blowing a fourth-quarter lead at Virginia a season ago, scoring 45 unanswered points to stun the mistake-prone Cavaliers. Next game: Oct. 4 at TCU 6 MICHIGAN (3-0) def. Notre Dame (1-3) 21-14: ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Brian Griese's 41-yard touchdown pass .and Chris Floyd's 14-yard scoring run In the opening minutes of the second half lifted Michigan over Notre Dame. Next game: Oct. 4 at Indiana 7 OHIO STATE (4-0) def. Missouri (2-2) 31-10: COLUMBIA, Mo. — Backup quarterback Joe Germaine threw two touchdown passes to David Boston and directed a third scoring drive as Ohio State recovered from a sluggish start. Next game: Oct. 4 vs. Iowa 8 AUBURN (4-0) def. Central Florida (1 -4) 41 -14: AUBURN, Ala. — Dameyune Craig enjoyed the third-best passing night of his career, throwing for 360 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 8 Auburn. Next game: Oct. 4 at South Carolina 9 TENNESSEE (2-1) idle Next game: Oct. 4 vs. Mississippi 10 WASHINGTON (2-1) idle Next game: Oct. 4 vs. Arizona State 11 IOWA (4-0) def. Illinois (0-4) 38-10: IOWA CITY, Iowa — Tavian Banks got Iowa rolling with a weaving, juking 76-yard run and finished with 191 yards on 25 carries. Next game: Oct. 4 at Ohio State 12 MICHIGAN STATE (3-0) idle Next game: Oct. 4 vs. Minnesota 13 14 LSU (3-1) def. Akron (0-4) 56-0: BATON ROUGE, La. — Herb Tyler passed for four touchdowns and ran for another score in the first half and Cecil Collins ran for 179 yards and a touchdown. Next game: Oct. 4 at Vanderbilt VIRGINIA TECH (4-0) def. Arkansas St. (1-3) 50-0: BLACKSBURG, Va. — Al Clark passed for 177 yards and two touchdowns and Virginia Tech's defense held Arkansas State to minus-28 yards rushing. Next game: Oct. 4 vs. Miami, Ohio 15 16 17 WASHINGTON STATE (4-0) def. Boise State (1-4): 580 PULLMAN, Wash. — Ryan Leaf fired three touchdown passes and 289 yards and ran for another score for Washington State. Next game: Oct. 4 at Oregon COLORADO (2-1) def. Wyoming (3-2) 20-19: BOULDER, Colo. — Ben Kelly returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and Jeremy Aldrich hit a pressure 18-yard field goal with 3 seconds left as Colorado came from behind. Next game: Oct. 4 vs. Texas A&M CLEMSON (2-2) lost to Georgia Tech (2-1) 23-20: ATLANTA — Brad Chambers kicked two field goals for Georgia Tech after the regular kicker was injured, including a 20-yarder with 1:54 remaining for the Yellow Jackets. Next game: Oct. 4 at Boston College 18 KANSAS STATE (3-0) def. Bowling Green (2-3) 58-0: MANHATTAN — Eric Htokson, darting through huge holes, rushed for a career-high 163 yards for Kansas State, which held the undermanned Falcons to just 56 yards. Next game: Oct. 4 at Nebraska 19 GEORGIA (3-Q) idle Next game: Oct. 4 vs. Mississippi State 20 STANFORD (2-1) vs. Oregon (3-0) (night): Next game: Oct. 4 vs. Notre Dame £1 22 23 25 Buffs win on late field goal ^Colorado seoTerw!trr3" = seconds left in game; Texas rallies past Rice By The Associated Press BOULDER, Colo. — Ben Kelly returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and Jeremy Aldrlch hit a pressure 18-yard field goal with 3 seconds left as 16th-ranked Colorado came from behind to beat Wyoming 20-19 Saturday. Kelly's kickoff return came with 4:10 left in the game and Wyoming apparently headed to victory following an 18-yard touchdown run by Marques Brigham that put the Western Athletic Conference Cowboys ahead 19-10. An onside kick attempt failed following Kelly's dramatic return, but the ball went out of bounds, giving the ball to the Cowboys at their own 44 yard line and less than three minutes to go. But a minute later, the Buffaloes' Mike Phillips hit Brigham on a play up the middle and Ron Merkerson recovered the ball in the air, returning it 33 yards to the Wyoming 25. John Hessler hit Darrin Chiaverini on a clutch 21-yard completion to the Wyoming 1-yard line with 1:06 left to set up Aldrich's field goal. Wyoming's line had held off three plunges before the deciding field goal. Ohio State 31, Missouri 10 COLUMBIA, Mo. — Backup quarterback Joe Germaine threw two touchdown passes to David Boston and directed a third scoring drive as No. 7-ranked Ohio State recovered from a sluggish start. Germaine was the Rose Bowl MVP last year in relief of Stanley Jackson, who is 15-0 as the starter. He entered for Jackson in the second quarter and hit a 43-yard completion on his first snap. His second snap was a 5-yard touchdown pass to Boston that gave Ohio State (4-0) a T STATE COLLEGES ALABAMA (3-1) def. So. Mississippi (2-2) 21-13: BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Freddie Kitchens broke out of an offensive slump with two touchdown passes as Alabama notched its sixth consecutive win over Southern Mississippi. Next game: Oct. 4 at Kentucky TEXAS A*M (3-Q) def. North Texas (2-3) 36-10: IRVING, Texas—Dante Hall rushed for 156 yards and set up two touchdowns and Slrr Parker rushed for 124 yards and scored a touchdown as Texas A&M remained unbeaten. Next game: Oct. 4 at Colorado / BYU (2-1) def. SMU (1-3) 19-16; OT: DALLAS — Brian McKenzle's 15-yard touchdown run on Brigham Young's third overtime play;gave the Cougars a 19-16 victory over pesky Southern Methodist. Next game: Oct. 3 vs. Utah State I UCLA (2-2) def. Arizona (1-3) 40-27: PASADENA, Calif. — Skip Hicks scored four touchdowns to tie a school record and become UCLA's career TD leader and rushed for 118 yards to lead the Bruins. Next gam*: Opt. 4 vs. Houston ARIZONA STATE (3-1) def. Oregon State (1-2): 13-10 CORVALLIS, Ore. — Robert Nycz Kicked two second-half field goals and Arizona State survived 14 penalties, three interceptions and a late fumble for a come-from-behind victory. Next game: Oct. 4 at Washington 44=HHead-with 8:09 left= in the first half. Germaine and Boston also hooked up on a 28-yard touchdown with 11:22 to go in the third quarter. Germaine, who also was at the controls when Michael Wiley scored on a 1-yard run late in the third, was 8- of-12 for 186 yards. A crowd of 58,882, largest at Missouri in 12 years, watched the Tigers lose for the 18th straight time to a top 25 team. Brock Olivo became the. career rushing leader at Missouri (2-2) with 44 yards on 10 carries and has 2,616 for his career. Olivo, a starter since midway through his freshman season, passed Darrell Wallace, who had 2,572 from 1984-87. Texas 38, Rice 31 HOUSTON—Ricky Williams ran for 249 yards and a school-record five touchdowns y as Texas bounced back from a sluggish start to hold off Rice. Williams, who carried 28 times, scored on runs of 9, 48, 4, 25 and 15 yards as the Longhorns (2-1) tried to put behind them the humiliating 663 loss to UCLA in their last outing two weeks ago. It wasn't easy. Rice (2-2), which surprised Northwestern 40-34 last weekend, got two touchdowns from Michael Perry on runs of 40 and 66 yards. The Owls' spread-option offense piled up 452 rushing yards and baffled Texas much of the afternoon. Texas A&M 36, N. Texas 10 IRVING, Texas — Dante Hall rushed for 156 yards and set up two touchdowns and Sirr Parker rushed for 124 yards and scored a touchdown for No.'22 Texas A&M. A 27-yard punt return by Hall and his 49-yard run helped the Aggies (30) overwhelm the Eagles (2-3) of the Big West Conference in the second half before 42,224 fans hi Texas Stadium. ' North Texas, which upset Texas The Associated Press Wyoming linebacker Brian Brown (13) chases Colorado quarterback John Hessler (7) out of the pocket during the second quarter of their game Saturday In Boulder, Colo. Tech 30-27 last week, came back from a 10-0 deficit to tie the Aggies at halftime 10-10. ' The 31-point favorite Aggies struck quickly in the third quarter after Mike Jameson recovered a fumble. Parker ran for 13 yards and D'Andre Hardeman scored on a 2- yardrun. Linebacker Dat Nguyen recovered a fumble to position A&M for Bryant's 27-yard field goal. Hall's 27-yard punt return set up Bryant's 51-yard field goal and then Hall dashed 49 yards to the 1, from where Randy McCown scored on a sneak. Hardeman scored again late in the game from nine yards out to make it a 26-point second half for the Aggies. Oklahoma 35, Louisville 14 NORMAN, Okla. — De'Mond Parker and Jermaine Fazande took advantage of Louisville's leaky defense Saturday night, each rushing for more than 150 yards as Oklahoma beat the Cardinals 35-14. Parker had 191 yards on 25 car- ries, while Fazande had a career- best 151 on 18 carries against a defense that ranked 104th nationally. It was only the third time in school history two Oklahoma backs had topped 150 yards in a game. The Sooners (2-2) probably should have won more handily. They gained 551 yards but committed five turnovers, including three straight in the first half, and had a first-half drive end at the Louisville 1-yard line. Okla. St. 38, NE Louisiana 7 . STILLWATER, Okla. — Nathan Simmons rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown as Oklahoma State defeated Northeastern Louisiana. With the victory, Oklahoma State improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1988 when the Cowboys finished 10-2 and Barry Sanders won the Heisman Trophy. Oklahoma State led 28-0 at the half, as quarterback Tony Lindsay and three running backs — Simmons, Brian Aikins and Jamaal Fobbs — all scored on touchdown runs. Ottawa stuns No. 11 Bethany Unbeaten Braves use ground game, defense in posting KCAC upset By ARNE GREEN The Saltna Journal LINDSBORG — The Ottawa Braves were best known for their Bethany-like passing game, but Saturday night at Anderson Field it was their defense and rushing attack that made the difference. The Braves scored five touchdowns on the ground and the defense came up Ottawa 43 tions to thwart Bethany rallies on the way to a 43-35 JCansas Conference victory over the No. 11-ranked Swedes. "It all conies down to our offensive line setting the tone," said Ot- ,tawa quarterback Ryan Ficken, who threw for 245 yards and scored on a 1-yard run to give the Braves the lead for good with 3:14 left in the third quarter. "We have one of the best offensive lines in the conference and it showed tonight. "We were able to equally balance our offense and we did what we needed to do. We have an offensive system now and that makes a big difference." The Braves, 3-0 and 2-0 in the league, led 34-14 after Ficken hit Tom Starck on a 15-yard touchdown pass with 1:36 left in the first half, but Bethany stormed back. The Swedes, 1-1 and 0-1 in the KCAC, drove 45 yards in less than a minute for a touchdown before halftime on Jason Hooper's 9-yard pass to Matthew Casper, then struck for two scores in the first nine minutes of the third quarter to go in front. Hooper hit Casper for a 56-yard score to open the half and ran 11 yards to tie it with 5:59 left in the period. Steve Fikac's extra points put the Swedes in front 35-34. But Ottawa struck back with 3:14 left in the third on Ficken's touchdown run after Kendal Gunlock had intercepted Hooper at the Bethany 40-yard line and returned it to the Swede 12. Another interception Ronnie Mc- Keeferey, set up a final Ottawa field goal with 3:35 left. The Braves started at the Bethany 5-yard line and were unable to punch it in, but Jacob Basnight kicked a 22-yard field goal for an eight-point advantage. Bethany twice converted fourth- down plays on the ensuing drive, but stalled on fourth down at the Ottawa 23-yard line with 29 seconds left. "A lot of credit goes to their staff," Bethany coach Ted Kessinger said. "They did an exceptionally good job offensively. They were very balanced. "I'm disappointed in not being able to hold them to less points, for' sure, but I'm really proud of our players. We battled right to the end. I can't ask any more from our players." Bethany finished with 355 yards total offense, but had only 24 on the ground. Ottawa had 219 yards rushing and 245 through the air for 464 yards. Freshman running back Tyler Griffin led the ground attack for the Braves with 162 yards on 20 carries, inlcuing touchdowns of 32, 2 and 68 yards in the first half. "That's part of our philosophy, to be a multi-formation offense," Ottawa coach Chris Chreighton said. "Our offensive line is doing a fan-, tastic job for us. And we have the skill people to be able to do both. "(The turnovers) started with the line, too. We started getting some pressure on the quarterback and our guys broke to the ball and made' big plays.." "We've been in this situation before," Kessinger said. "We're not concerned that we can't overcome this difficulty." Fort Hays destroys Wayne State, 62-12 By LARRY MORITZ The Salina loumal HAYS — Fort Hays State place- kicker Weston Simoneau was the busiest man on the field Saturday night during the Tigers' non-conference football game with Wayne State College. ^^^^^^^™ Simoneau had liMHHHH six kickoffs and Waym 8t«te 12 five successful fgnMMtMtilMt. extra-point at- ™™"SBWHUBa tempts — all in the game's first 17 minutes — as Fort Hays built a 356 lead early in the second quarter and rolled to a 62-12 victory in front of a 2,491 fans at Lewis Field Stadium. The victory was the first of the season for the Tigers in four games, while the Wildcats fell to 04. Fort Hays State equaled the school record for most points in a game, tying the 62 points the Tigers scored in 1995 against Mesa State. "It felt really good to get a win," Fort Hays coach Bob Cortese said. "We've been practicing a long time since our last win and this was a long time coming. The kids deserved it and the coaches deserved it. The defensive coaches just did a great job tonight." Wayne State turned the ball over three times in the first quarter on three fumbles, and the Tigers capitalized on each occasion. Andy Pfannenstiel scored on a pair of 1-yard runs, while tailbacks Donald Gregory and Terry Blassingame each had a touchdown as the Tigers built a 41-12 halftime lead. Blassingame and Gregory had combined for 189 yards rushing in Fort Hays' first three games, but both had topped the 100-yard mark before halftime. Gregory finished with 234 yards rushing on 38 carries and three touchdowns. Blassingame picked up his 147 yards on only 11 carries. Sophomore quarterback J.J. Selmon, making his first career start after last week's injury to Joel McReynolds, had a 71-yard scoring pass to Patrick Mintner and scored himself on a 1-yard keeper in the Tigers big first half. Selmon and Mintner hooked up for another touchdown in the third quarter, this time from 24 yards out, as Selmon finished the game with 141 yards through the air. Wayne State came into the game with one of the top passing attacks in. NCAA Division II, averaging 271 yards passing per game. Receiver Shon King, the Division II leader in catches (31) and receiving yards (160.3) per game, had only one catch for two yards, while quarterback Jaime Jones completed 13 of 31 passes for 114 yards and no touchdowns. "They had some pretty good receivers," senior defensive back Rodney Mitchell said. "We practiced on everything this week — one-on-one coverage, everything — and we came to play so everything worked out fine," If the Wildcats had any plans of a comeback in the second half, that ended when Fort Hays put together a 16-play scoring drive that chewed more than eight minutes off the clock to start the half. Gregory's 5-yard scoring run with 2:15 remaining in the third made it 5512, and he added a 55-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Offensive guard Clint Albers, a junior starter from Chapman, went down with what a leg injury late in the second quarter and had to be carried from the field. Albers did not return in the second half. The Tigers return to conference play next week when they travel to Grand Junction, Colo, to face Mesa State College. T MICHIGAN-NOTRE DAME Michigan wins; Irish fall to 1-3 By The Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Even in victory, No. 6 Michigan didn't look so hot. And Notre Dame? Well, the Irish played their most inspiring game under new coach Bob Davie, but the Wolverines still won 21-14 on Saturday, sending Notre Dame (1-3) to its first three- game losing streak in 12 years. Michigan (3-0), outplayed in the first half, struck for two touchdowns in the first 5:39 of the second half and survived three fourth-quarter fumbles for the narrow escape. "I thought Notre Dame played their hearts out," said Michigan quarterback Brian Griese, who threw a 41-yard TD pass to Tai Streets 24 seconds into the third quarter that tied the score at 14. "We prepared like they were going to come in and play their best game, and that's exactly what they did. They were not going to give up." But the Wolverines, who took the lead on Chris Floyd's 14-yard TD run a few minutes later, weren't prepared for fumbles by Aaron Shea, Russell Shaw and Griese that nearly cost them the game. Griese, 16-of-22 for 177 yards, fumbled while handing off to Floyd, and linebacker Jimmy Friday recovered at the Michigan 28 with 5:08 to go. Ron Powlus, 20-of- 27 for 205 yards with a TD and an interception, handed off to Autry Denson three times for nine yards and, on fourth-and-1, Denson got the call again. With the crowd of 106,508 at Michigan Stadium on its feet, Denson hit the line and was stacked up by end Glen Steele and linebacker James Hall. No gain, Michigan ball, 3:26 left. The Wolverines managed a few first downs and rw out the clock. "Give Michigan credit. They dug in and stopped us on that fourth-down play," Davie said. "I think you have to be able to make a yard and a half to win a football game."

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