Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 27, 2002 · Page 21
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(gazette COLLEGE FOOTBALL Gamble pays off for Ohio St. Two-way starter sparks Buckeyes in 13-7 win over Penn State By RUSTY MILLER AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio — Chris Gamble began the game as Ohio State's first two-way starter in 39 years. He left with the record crowd chanting his name. On a day when freshman running back Maurice Clarett missed most of the game with a shoulder injury, Gamble's performance was some- tiling to shout about. The wide receiver made a stellar debut as a starting defensive back by returning an interception for a touchdown and preventing a score with a tackle in No. 4 Ohio State's 137 victory over No. 18 Penn State on Saturday. "It feels good to get my name chanted by the crowd," the soft-spoken Gamble said after he was hailed by 105,103 at Ohio Stadium. The victory helped the Buckeyes (9-0, 4-0) stay on course for the Big Ten titie. They don't play Iowa (8-1,50) this season, but they have the inside track to the Rose Bowl, since they have a better overall record. "They're the best team we've played. It'd be close between them and Iowa," said Penn State coach Joe Paterno, whose team lost in overtime to the Havvkeyes. "Do they pfayIowa? That would be a pretty good game." Indeed it would. And if Penn State could have knocked off the Buckeyes, Iowa would have a clear path to Pasadena. But the Nittany Lions (5-3, 2-3) managed just five first downs and 179 total yards. "We got licked," Paterno said. Clarett, who missed a game earlier this season with a knee injury, hurt his left shoulder six plays into the game arid did not return. He'd been averaging 140 yards a game and was off to another fast start Saturday, gaining 39 yards on four carries to give him 1,019 yards in just over seven games. Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said he was unsure of the nature or the severity of the injury. "I can't tell you if it's a one-day thing or a five-day thing," he said. Gamble picked up the slack by becoming the first Ohio State player since Paul Warfield in 1963 to start on both sides of the ball. Gamble entered the game as the Buckeyes' second-leading receiver, and lately he'd been called on more and more to help out the thin, inexperienced cor- nerbacks. Before Saturday, he had played just five snaps on defense, with two interceptions. With Ohio State trailing 7-3 early in the third quarter, Gamble picked off an underthrown floater by quarterback Zack Mills. Gamble raced down the right sideline, cut to the inside briefly and then sidestepped a tackier to slide into the end zone for a 40- yard score. "I saw Zack Mills rolling to the left, the one dude running the post and the other dude running the wheel (pass route)," Gamble said. "I saw him throw it to the wheel, and I just attacked it." Gamble's other huge play came during the turnover-plagued first half. On third-and-goal from the Penn State 5, Buckeyes quarterback Craig Krenzel fumbled while trying to get the ball across the goal line. Anwar Phillips scooped up the ball at the 1 and raced 58 yards before Gamble brought him down. "Chris Gamble's a great player, but he's a smart player," Tressel said. "There's a lot of talented players in the world, but they all don't have a feel for the game. "He's blessed with talent, and he pays close attention to what's going on the field." Ohio State's defense dominated for most of the second half. The Nittany Lions — who had been averaging 37 points a game — punted on their next four possessions after Gamble's interception return. Sunday, October 27, 2002 — C-3 Ohio State's Dustin Fox (37) knocked a pass away from Penn State's Tony Johnson. (AP photo) Penn State took over at its own 15 with 3:02 left after Andy Groom, who was averaging 49 yards a punt, boomed a 55-yarder. Mills completed a 7-yard pass to Tony Johnson but was then sacked by Kenny Peterson for a 10-yard loss. After another 7-yard pass to Tony Johnson, Mills' pass for Bryant Johnson in the left flat was incomplete. Bryant Johnson, Mills and Paterno — who has been very critical of Big Ten officiating — all protested that Johnson had been interfered with by .Gamble, but the play stood, and the Buckeyes ran out the clock. "I tapped him a little early and was relieved when there was no flag," Gamble said. Penn State's Larry Johnson said, "It shouldn't have come down to us hoping to have a pass interference called." Coming off a school-record 257 yards rushing a week ago in a rout of Northwestern, Johnson was limited to 66 yards on 16 carries. Krenzel, who completed 13 of 20 passes for 112 yards, was intercepted twice. He added 39 yards rushing on 15 carries. Mills, who had a school-record 418 yards of total offense a year ago in a 29-27 comeback win over Ohio State, struggled all day. He completed 14 of 28 passes for 98 yards and was picked off three times — equaling his total in 199 pass attempts in the Lions' first seven games. The 'Eyes have it in Big Ten football By The Associated Press Ohio State and Iowa both are having incredible seasons. It's just a shame that they won't face each other. After the 13th-ranked Hawkeyes improved to 5-0 in the Big Ten with a 34-9 rout of No. 8 Michigan, the fourth-ranked Buckeyes moved to 40 by holding off No. 18 Penn State 137. Because T!•».«•» TV*. «•* OC of the ro- The Top 25 tating Big Ten schedule, Iowa and Ohio State didn't face each other last year or this year. They resume their series, which began in 1922, next season. Although the Hawkeyes have one more conference victory, they actually are behind Ohio State in the race for the Rose Bowl. If the Buckeyes (90) win the rest of their games, they'll go to Pasadena based on a better overall record. The only loss for Iowa (8-1) came against fowa State, 36-31 on Sept. 14. People around the country are beginning to ponder who would win between the Hawkeyes and Buckeyes. "That would be a pretty good game," said Penn State coach Joe Paterno, whose Nittany Lions have lost to both teams. Ohio State is trying to get to its first Rose Bowl since after die 1996 season, when it beat Arizona State 2017. Iowa hasn't been since the 1990 season, when the Hawkeyes lost to Washington 46-34. No. 1 Miami 40, West Virginia 23 Ken Dorsey threw for a career-high 422 yards and two touchdowns, and Willis McGahee ran for 112 yards and three short scores as the Hurricanes beat stubborn West Virginia. The 'Canes (7-0, 3-0 Big East) pulled away from a 17-all third-quarter tie to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 29 games, which equaled the school record set from 1990-92. The current streak started in Morgan town two years ago. Avon Cobourne ran for 175 yards to lead the Mountaineers (5-3, 2-1), who fell to 0-9 against No. 1 teams. Dorsey overcame a sluggish first half to finish 22-of-36. He set school career records for completions (564), yards passing (8,024) and total offense (7,981), all previously set by GinoTorretta from 1989-92. No. 3 Virginia Tech 2O, Temple 10 Bryan Randall threw a 32-yard touchdown pass on the last play of the third quarter to lift Virginia Tech. The Hokies (8-0, 3-0 Big East), whose offense has been dominated by tailbacks Lee Suggs and Kevin Jones, led 10-3 when Randall hit Doug Easlick over the middle as he crossed into the end zone. Jones gained 72 yards and Suggs had 47; Easlick, the fullback, had the Iowa players celebrated their victory over Michigan in Ann Arbor on Saturday in a Big Ten showdown. (AP photo) Carnell Williams. longest run of the day for the Hokies —10 yards. Mike McGann led the Owls (3-5,12) with 230 yards passing and a TD, but he threw three interceptions. No. 5 Georgia 52, Kentucky 24 David Greene and D.J. Shockley combined to throw a school-record six touchdown passes as No. 5 Georgia remained unbeaten. Without leading rusher Musa Smith, the Bulldogs (8-0, 5-0 SEC) produced 529 total yards and scored 31 unanswered points in the second half. Greene finished 16-of-32 for 251 yards and four touchdowns, and Shockley went 10-of-14 for 102 yards and two more scores. Jared Lorenzen started quickly but completed just 7 of his last 20 passes for the Wildcats (5-3,1-3), who have lost 40 straight to top-10 opponents. No. 7Texas21, No. 17 Iowa State 10 Cedric Benson ran for 199 yards and two touchdowns, and Texas contained versatile Iowa State quarterback Seneca Wallace. Benson shook off a lingering turf- toe injury, and the Longhoms (7-1, 3-1 Big 12) revived their punishing ground game to win at home for the 17th straight time. Benson's 59-yard TD run gave Texas a 14-10 lead in the third quarter. Iowa State (5-3, 3-2) has lost two straight since cracking the top 10 for the first time. Wallace, who had just 43 yards passing in a loss to Okla- homa last week, came back with 226, but he didn't make the big plays the Cyclones needed to pull the upset. No. 13 Iowa 34, No. 8 Michigan 9 Brad Banks threw three touchdown passes as Iowa handed the Wolverines their worst home loss since 1967. The Hawkeyes (8-1, 5-0 Big Ten) have won six straight and beat Michigan for the first lime since 1990, the last time they won a Big Ten title. Michigan (6-2, 3-1) had won four straight. The last time the Wolverines lost this badly at home was a 34-0 setback to Michigan State on Oct. 14, 1967. Iowa scored 21 straight points after Markus Curry fumbled a punt return in the third quarter, just after the Wolverines had cut the deficit to 109. Auburn 31, No. 10 LSU 7 Ronnie Brown ran for two touchdowns as Aubum took advantage of five turnovers to upset LSU. The host Tigers (5-3, 3-2 SEC) intercepted four passes by Marcus Randall and held LSU (6-2, 3-1) to 242 yards. Aubum had given up 68 combined points in their last two games, both losses. Jason Campbell, starting his first game of the season, completed 7 of 11 passes for 105 yards and ran for 37 more against the nation's top-ranked defense. Brown rushed 18 times for 95 yards in place of injured tailback No. 15 USC 44, No. 14 Oregon 33 Carson Palmer threw for 448 yards and matched a school record with five touchdown passes as Southern California handed the Ducks their second straight loss. After falling to Arizona State the previous week, any aspirations Oregon (6-2, 2-2 Pac-10) had for the Rose BowJ arc dashed. Last week the Ducks allowed Andrew Walter to throw for a Pac-10- record 536 yards and four touchdowns. Freshman receiver Mike Williams caught 13 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns for USC (6-2, 4-1). Oregon's Jason Fife, who came in completing 60.9 percent of his passes to rank No. 2 nationally in passing efficiency, went 20-of-45 for 336 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted twice. No. 19 Alabama 34, No. IGTennessee 14 Samonio Beard ran for two touchdowns, and Alabama took advantage of six turnovers to end its seven- game losing streak to Tennessee. The Crimson Tide (6-2, 3-1 SEC) hadn't beaten Tennessee (4-3, 1-3) since 1994, when former Volunteers quarterback Peyton Manning was a freshman. It was the Vols' worst home loss since 1994, when they were beaten 31-0 by Florida. Not even the return of quarterback Casey Clausen, who missed the last game with a shoulder injury, could help Tennessee. Clausen was hurt Oct. 5 against Arkansas and returned to practice this week No. 20 Kansas St. 44, Baylor 10 Darren Sproles ran for 124 yards and a touchdown to make up for his two fumbles. Randy Jordan returned a blocked field goal 93 yards for a touchdown, and Sproles ran for a 12-yard score in the second half for the Wildcats (6-2, 2-2 Big 12), Baylor (3-5, 1-3) lost its third straight game but scored for the first time in that stretch. The Bears were outscored 75-0 in their last two games after scoring 11 points in the final two minutes Oct. 5 to beat Kansas 35-32 and end their 29-game Big 12 losing streak. No. 21 Colorado 37, Texas Tech 13 Chris Brown ran for 149 yards and a touchdown, Robert Hodge passed for two scores and safety Medford Moorer returned an interception 51 yards for another to lead Colorado. Overcoming key penalties, Colorado (6-2, 4-0 Big 12) posted its fifth straight victory and held one of the nation's most potent offenses to 359 total yards — 125 yards below the Red Raiders' season average. Texas Tech (5-4, 2-2) crossed midfield only once in the second half. Red Raiders quarterback Kliff Kingsbury, the nation's leader in completions, attempts, yards passing and touchdown passes, was 36- for-65 for 268 yards and no TDs. Wyoming 34, No. 22 Air Force 26 Casey Bramlet passed for 387 yards and two touchdowns as Wyoming pulled off its biggest victory in years. The Cowboys (2-6, 1-2 Mountain West Conference) had lost 14 of their last 15 games, with the only victory coming against The Citadel. Wyoming also had dropped 17 straight conference games over four seasons. After winning its first six games, Air Force (6-2, 3-1) lost their second straight. No. 24 Bowling Green 38, Ball St. 20 Joe Alls ran for 109 yards, and P.J. Pope added 81 and two touchdowns to help Bowling Green improve to 70. The Falcons (4-0 MAC) hardly missed a beat on offense, even with quarterback Josh Harris slowed by a sore right knee. They had 256 of their 451 yards on the ground. Ball State (3-5,1-3) tried to make a game of it in the third quarter, cutting the deficit to 11 points on a 13- yard pass from Andy Roesch to Sean Schembra. But Harris responded five seconds into the fourth with a 25-yard TD pass to Charles Sharon. Abdul kicks Pitt to victory By ALAN ROBINSON AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH — Heinz Field is fast gaining a reputation for being one of the most difficult stadiums for kickers, pro or college. Except, it seems, for Pittsburgh freshman David Abdul. Abdul kicked a 42-yard field goal in overtime after tying it with a 30- yarder with five seconds left in regulation as Pittsburgh defeated Boston College 19-16 Saturday. Boston College (4-3, 0-3 in Big East) had a chance to tie or win the game in overtime, but the Eagles gained only four yards on three plays, and Sandro Sciortino's 39-yard field goal attempt was wide left. Sciortino hit from 39,42 and 24 yards earlier, but also missed from 46. Last month. Browns kicker Phil Dawson missed a potential game- winning overtime field goal at Heinz Field, then said the stadium's sandy surface and thin grass made it the NFL's worst for kickers. Former Steelr ers kicker Kris Brown so disliked kicking there, he signed with Houston after missing an NFL-high 14 attempts last season, 10 at Heinz. Abdul, a highly recruited kicker from Massillon, Ohio, ignored ali such talk to go 4-for-4 Saturday. He has made his last nine attempts, and is 11-for-16 overall despite a shaky start to his first college season. "When your team plays as hard as they did, you want to come through for them," said Abdul, who kicked a 57-yarder in a high school all-star game this summer. "I've been building up more confidence, and I was happy it came down to this. It helps out my confidence a lot." Sciortino was warned about Heinz Field, and he watched kickers Mike Vanderjagt of Indianapolis andTodd Peterson of Pittsburgh miss badly in Monday night's NFL game. "I didn't hit the last one well," Sciortino said. "I must have hit it off the outside of my foot. You want it tii come down to that situation, and you've got to keep mentally sharp.-I thought I was up for the challenge." About an hour after the game ended, the grounds crew began digging up the much-criticized turf. With no games there until Pitt and the Steelers play on the weekend oif Nov. 9-10, the field is being resodded for the second straight season. Pitt improved to 6-2 for the First time since 1983, despite wasting -a 10-point lead and being unable to move the ball in the second half until its last-minute field-goal drive. Of Pitt's 343 total yards, only 133 came after half time. ; Pitt is 3-0 and Boston College is 0-3 in the Big East, the first time that has happened for either in conference play. "It's very devastating, but everybody knows we played well," said the Eagles' Derrick Knight, who ran for 136 yards. "We thought we had it." Pittsburgh led 13-3 in the first half, but the Panthers were shut out in the second half until Abdul nudged his 30-yarder through to tie it. Abdul's four field goals tied a Pitt record previously set by Carson Long in 1975 and matched by Nick Lotz last year. Pitt didn't move inside the Boston College 35 in the second half until the field-goal drive, in which Rod Rutherford hit Lamar Sladc for 27 yards and Larry Fitzgerald for 13 yards. Rutherford then scrambled 12 yards to get the ball to the B.C. 13 and set up Abdul's tying kick. "I think it was a mistake for them to start playing soft in their coverage," Rutherford said. "But we had a long field to drive and not a lot of lime, and they didn't expect us to drive it. But we made a lot of big plays at the end." Boston College had gone ahead 1613 on Brian St. Pierre's 15-yard TD pass to Sean Ryan midway through the fourth quarter, one play after Knight's 44-yard run. Until then, the Eagles had repeatedly moved the bal! between the 20s, only 10 stall. The overtime loss — Boston College's second in three OT games since overtime play began in 1996 — proved a difficult start to a tough three-game road trip. The Eagles,' whose earlier Big East tosses were to; No. 1 Miami and No. 3 Virginia Tech; play next week at No. 6 Notre Dame.' then at West Virginia. The Eagles beat Pitt 45-7 last season and were 4-1 against the Panthers under coach Tom O'Brien. Pitt is now 3-2 in overtime games. Boston College got to 13-9 on' Sciortino's third field goal, settling for the 24-yarder early in the fourth quarter. The Eagles were first-and-' goal at the Pitt 3, only to lose four" yards on three plays. ' • After the Eagles got the ball back following a Pitt punt, St. Pierre then found Keith Hemmings for comple'-' tions of 11 and 10 yards ahead rJf Knight's 44-yard run to the Pitt 15. — Rutherford repeatedly hurt Boston; College with his running and throwing in the first half, scrambling for 29T yards to the Eagles 7, just ahead at his scoring pass to Fitzgerald. "» But Rutherford never got anything going in the second half, until the' final drive, finishing 20-of-38 for 201' yards and running for a team-high 73 yards. Si. Pierre was If) of 34 foc< 179 yards. ,.,

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