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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -
Brian Kuklick directed three second-
half touchdown drives that lifted Wake
Forest to a 27-20 victory over No. 21
Northwestern on Saturday, the Demon
Deacons' second upset of the Wildcats
in as many years.
Last September, the Wildcats came
F to Groves Stadium ranked 13th after
winning the Big Ten and going to the
Rose Bowl. Wake Forest, struggling for
* years near the Atlantic Coast
,"',a Conference cellar, scored two fourth-
quarter touchdowns for a 28-27 victo-
ry.
This time, the Demon Deacons
needed no late-game heroics, thanks in
large part to Kuklick's passing and
Wake Forest limiting the Wildcats to
three-and-out on three of their first four
t possessions in each half.
Kuklick finished with 273 yards on
23-of-33 passing in Wake Forest's
opener. He was nearly flawless on the
Demon Deacons' three TD drives in the
second half, completing 15-of-19 for
183 yards and two scores.
Northwestern cut a 17-point deficit
to seven on Tim Hughes' second touch-
down pass to Brian Musso, this a 5-
yarder with 73 seconds left, but the
Demon Deacons recovered the onsides
kick and ran out the clock.
-*' No. 7 NORTH CAROLINA 23,
INDIANA 6
Chris Keldorf's hectic offseason was
followed by an inauspicious opener for
No. 7 North Carolina.
.:...: The senior quarterback, coming off
/. back and ankle surgery and a weight
. .......} a loss of 30 pounds, threw three intercep-
AP POTC tions Saturday in the Tar Heels' 23-6
It was deja vu for Northwestern as the Wildcats once again lost to Wake Forest in Winston-Salem. Demon Deacon ideH victory over Indiana. r
receiver Thabiti Davis celebrates after his team defeated Northwestern for the second time in two seasonsv However, the team's struggling pass-
HNo. 1 Penn State gets by Panthers
anks runs for career-best 203 yards in 66-0 drubbing of Northern Iowa; Badgers
minus star running back Dayne scramble past Boise State in the final minute

ing game was bailed out by tailback
Jonathan Linton, who gained a career-
high 121 yards on 22 carries. The
North Carolina defense had five first-
half sacks and limited the Hoosiers to
two field goals in Cam Cameron's first
game as Indiana coach.
Keldorf, who had only five passes
intercepted in 338 attempts last season,
threw two in the first half and was
benched on the team's third series in
favor of Oscar Davenport.
North Carolina kept Indiana bottled
up most of the first half with five sacks
and limiting the Hoosiers to 49 yards.
Defensive end Greg Ellis had one of
those quarterback hits, breaking
Marcus Jones' career record with 24
1/2 sacks.
The Tar Heels didn't do much better
offensively in the opening 30 minutes
as Linton had 62 of the team's 94 yards.
SOUTHERN MississiPPi 24, ILLINOIs 7
Jamaal Alexander intercepted two
passes, returning one 21 yards for a
touchdown, as Southern Mississippi
defeated Illinois 24-7 Saturday to ruin
Ron Turner's coaching debut.
Southern Miss (1-1) also played
excellent defense last week but lost 21-
6 to No. 2 Florida. By comparison,
Florida, the 1996 national champion
and top point producer, beat Central
Michigan 82-6 Saturday.
The Golden Eagles had a much sim-
pler task this time - stop an Illinois
(0-1) team that has struggled offensive-
ly for years. The firing of Lou Tepper
and the hiring of former Chicago Bears
offensive coordinator Turner couldn't
keep the Illini from losing their opener
for the fifth consecutive year.
Six of the last seven Illinois coaches
have lost their debuts.

Harold Shaw had 127 rushing yards
for Southern Mississippi, which also
spoiled the coaching debuts of
Alabama's Gene Stallings in 1990 and
Georgia's Jim Donnan in 1996.
The Golden Eagles held Illinois to
133 yards and six first downs in the
first three quarters, built a 24-0 lead
and went on to post their first victory in
41 years against a team north of the
Ohio River.
Alexander helped limit Mark
Hoekstra to 165 passing yards and
broke open the game with 5:32 left
in the third quarter by picking off
Hoekstra's pass and going
untouched for the touchdown to
make it 17-0.
Alexander's second interception,
with 6:51 to play, set up Shaw's 1-yard
scoring run.
Hoekstra finally got the Illini on the
board with 2:53 left, connecting with
George McDonald-Ashford on a 22-
yard TD pass.
Illinois' Robert Holcombe ran for 91
yards, breaking the school's career
rushing record. He has 2,943 yards,
surpassing Thomas Rooks (2,887 yards
from 1982-85) and Jim Grabowski
(2,878 from 1963-65).
In the first half, Southern Miss had
an edge in almost every statistic but
managed only Tim Hardaway's 20-yard
field goal with 7:10 to play. Illinois
didn't get a first down until 6:20
remained and didn't crosshinto
Southern Miss territory until the final
play from scrimmage.
The Golden Eagles opened the sec-
ond half with an 80-yard drive, capped
by Lee Roberts' passes of 34 yards to
Sherrod Gideon and 26 yards to
Brandon Francis for the score.

STATE COLLEGE (AP) - Mike
McQueary threw for a school-record
366 yards and two touchdowns as
No. 1 Penn State won its season
opener, 34-17, over Pittsburgh on
Saturday.
McQueary, a fifth-year senior, also
Ca school record for total offense
with 370 yards.
McQueary completed 21 of 36
passes before he was pulled with
12:38 left in the game. Joe Jurevicius
was his favorite receiver, catching
seven tosses for 108 yards and a
touchdown. Chafie Fields had three
receptions for 80 yards.
Penn State started slowly, leading
40-3 after one quarter, but put the
ame away in the second and third
with 24 straight points. Pittsburgh
had two late touchdowns.
Curtis Enis gained 85 yards on 20
carries and scored two touchdowns
for Penn State.
No. 20 Iowa 66, Northern Iowa 0
Iowa coach Hayden Fry hopes the
$300,000 Northern Iowa earned to
play the Hawkeyes on Saturday was
worth it.
"I imagine that they're happy for
e money, but can you imagine how
those players feel, 66-0?" Fry said.
Tavian Banks ran for a career-best
203 yards and two long touchdowns
and caught one of Matt Sherman's
three scoring passes to lead No. 20
Iowa to its most lopsided win since
1914.
"'We've got the numbers on them
and obviously we get better people in
Spa

recruiting," Fry said. "We wore them
down with our numbers and with the
heat and humidity."
Although the two teams aren't
scheduled to play again in the near
future, Northern Iowa defensive back
Ty Talton said he hopes the series
will resume.
"We didn't show how good we
were today, and a lot of people will
probably say Iowa shouldn't be play-
ing a small school like (Division) I-
AA Northern Iowa, but I think it's
good for our program and their pro-
gram," he said.
"We just didn't execute the way we
should have executed. We made them
look a lot better than they were,"
Talton said.
The Hawkeyes stunned Northern
Iowa on the first play of the game
with a fake reverse that resulted in
Banks zipping untouched 63 yards
down the left sideline just 20 seconds
into the season opener.
"I don't know how I do it. I just do
it," Banks said. "There's 10 other
guys out there to block for me and to
help me run like that."
It only got worse for Mike Dunbar,
making his debut as Panthers coach
after Terry Allen left to become
coach at Kansas. Iowa scored on six
of its first eight possessions in the
first half.
Northern Iowa mistakes made
Iowa's job easier.
"We can't beat ourselves," Dunbar
said. "The game is hard enough as it
is. We're going to play other tough

opponents. We can't contribute to it.
"I think we'll learn from those mis-
takes and be able to regroup and
improve from that. And we needed to
play somebody - it just didn't have
to be somebody so good."
It was the Hawkeyes' biggest vic-
tory margin and the Panthers' worst
loss since Iowa's 95-0 drubbing of
Northern Iowa, then known as Iowa
Teachers College, in 1914.
It was the most points scored by
Iowa since a 69-7 defeat of Texas-El
Paso in 1986.
Iowa's 658 yards was the fifth-
highest in school history.
Iowa led 38-0 and was at the
Northern Iowa 1 when the half
ended.
The Hawkeyes scored three touch-
downs on the first play of a quarter,
including Banks' TD run to open the
game, his 40-yard scoring jaunt to
start the second quarter and Randy
Reiners' 26-yard touchdown pass to
Richard Willock on the first play of
the fourth quarter.
Banks' performance was the sev-
enth-best in school history and
eclipsed his previous best of 182
yards last year against Iowa State.
Banks' 40-yard scoring run was set
up by Plez Atkins' end zone intercep-
tion of Shane Fortney's pass with
2:29 left in the first quarter.
Fortney, a transfer from
Washington, had four passes inter-
cepted..
Banks' score staked Iowa to a 17-0
lead with 14:53 left in the half.

Northern Iowa's Mike Furrey fum-
bled the ensuing kickoff and Ryan
Hansen recovered for Iowa on the
Panthers 27.
The Hawkeyes again struck quick-
ly, with Sherman hitting wide-open
Tim Dwight over the middle to push
the lead to 24-0 with 14:29 left in the
half.
The Panthers, ranked No. 4 in
Division I-AA, were ineffective all
day behind Fortney, a fifth-year
senior.
Wisconsin 28, Boise State 24
The Wisconsin Badgers struggled
without star running back Ron Dayne
on Saturday before shaking off heavy
underdog Boise State 28-24 on quar-
terback Mike Samuel's 12-yard
touchdown scramble with just 49 sec-
onds left.
Samuel was benched for 2 1/2
quarters after throwing two intercep-
tions - and he lost a fumble upon
his return late in the fourth quarter
before an indignant crowd of 72,209
at Camp Randall Stadium.
But he came back to set up the
winning score with a 28-yard scram-
ble on third-and-12 to the Boise State
25 after somehow slipping the grasp
of blitzing cornerback Ross Farris in
the backfield.
Boise State was a 36-point under-
dog. But with Dayne watching from
the sideline with a shoulder injury,
the Broncos (0-2), who lost by 40
points to Division I-AA Cal State-
Northridge last week, nearly pulled
off the biggest upset in their history.

AP PHOTO
Penn State quarterback Mike McQueary completed 21 of 36 passes for a
school record 366 yards as the top-ranked Nittany Lions held off Pittsburgh.

rtans turn over Broncos in rout

Broncos commit seven turnovers as State jumps out to 42-0 lead in first half; reserves take care of rest

Mig Ten Standings
Team Cot - Overall
Iowa 0-0 1-0
Michigan State 0-0 1-0
Penn State 0-0, 1-0
Ohio State 0-0 1-0,
Northwestern 0-0 14.
Wisconsin 0-0 1
Michigan 0-0' 0-0
llinois 0-0 0-1
Indiana 0-0 0-1
Minnesota 0-0 0-1
Purdue 0-0 0-1

EAST LANSING (AP) -
ichigan State's defense teased the
Woffense: Which would score more
points?
The Spartans, ranked 25th, got
three touchdowns from the offense
and three from the defense and spe-
cial teams Saturday in routing
Western Michigan 42-10.
The Broncos (1-1) committed
seven turnovers and the Spartans (I-
0) turned four into touchdowns.
*Ahead 42-0, Michigan State sent in
the reserves before halftime.
"The second quarter just wasn't
our day," Western Michigan coach
Gary Darnell said.
"You can't turn the ball over that
much and expect to beat a bad team,
much less a superior team like
Michigan State."

turnovers last season, grabbed four
interceptions and three fumbles
Saturday.
Some of those Broncos blunders
helped Michigan State double a 21-
point lead in less than two minutes.
Cornerback Amp Campbell
returned an interception 43 yards for
a score in the second quarter. On the
next possession, quarterback Tim
Lester's fumble was returned 37
yards for a touchdown by Michigan
State's Robaire Smith.
Two plays later, the kickoff
bounced off Jesse
Turner's shoulder
pads, and Scott
recovered the
ball during an
end zone scram-

eyes got so big," he confessed. "I
was trying to switch the ball to the
outside hand like they teach running
backs.
"I'm just a linebacker."
Michigan State quarterback Todd
Schultz completed 8-of-I8 passes
for 92 yards in his first test since
reconstructive surgery on his left
knee.
He didn't play at all in the second
half.
"It's tight but it doesn't hurt,"
Schultz said.
Western Michigan's points came
on a 3-yard TD pass to Frank
Bosworth in the third quarter after a
blocked punt. Brad Selent added a
34-yard field goal.
The sold-out Spartan Stadium
crowd became silent on the second

classroom."
TOLEDO 36, PURDUE 22
Dwayne Harris ran for 159 yards
and a touchdown, Chris Wallace
passed for two scores and Toledo ran
off 27 straight points to overcome an
early deficit and beat Purdue 36-22
Saturday night.
The loss spoiled the Purdue debut
of coach Joe Tiller.
Toledo, a member of the Mid-
American Conference, came into the
game having lost eight of its nine
encounters with Big Ten teams.
The Rockets ran off three touch-
downs in less than seven minutes of
the first quarter after Purdue had
pounded to a touchdown on its first
possession.
Ed Watson scored on a 45-yard
run to put the Boilermakers up 7-0

Harris carried 32 times in his first
collegiate start.
Purdue was forced to punt again
after running three plays and this
time Toledo went 69 yards in eight
plays, with quarterback Chris
Wallace finding Freeman on a 29-
yard pass for the touchdown and a
21-7 lead.
Chris Merrick added field goals
of 25 and 37 yards to push the
advantage to 27-7 before Purdue
ended the half with Brian Alford
scoring on a 73-yard pass from Billy
Dicken.
Toledo put the game out of reach
by scoring the only points of the
third quarter on a 21-yard field goal
by Merrick.
They opened the scoring in the
fourth quarter on a 6-yard pass from

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