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All picks made against
the spread.
Home teams in CAPS.
PENN STATE (-11.5) vs. Ohio State
Michigan State (-2) vs. PURDUE
WISCONSIN (-15) vs. Indiana
Minnesota (-2.5) vs. ILLINOIS
NORTHWESTERN (-4.5) vs. Iowa
NOTRE DAME (-7.5) vs. Southern Cal
RICE (-7.5) vs. San Jose State
VIRGINIA TECH (-11.5) vs. Syracuse
Alabama (-3.5) vs. MISSISSIPPI
FLORIDA STATE (-33) vs. Wake Forest
Florida (-17) vs. AUBURN
Georgia Tech (-17) vs. DUKE
TEXAS A&M (-31.5) vs. Kansas
ARIZONA (-22) vs. Texas-El Paso
Best Bet
Last week
Overall (Best'Bet)

T.J. Berka
Ohio State
Michigan State
Southern Cal
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest
Georgia Tech
Texas A&M
Georgia Tech
7-7 (0-1)
44-37-.3 (1-5)

Rick Freeman
Penn State
Michigan State
Notre Dame
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest
Georgia Tech
Texas A&M
5-9 (1-0)
41-40-3 (3-3)

Josh Kleinbaum Andy Latack
Penn State Ohio State

Michigan State
Notre Dame
San Jose State
Virginia Tech
Florida State
Georgia Tech
Texas-El Paso
Michigan State
37A4-3 (1-5)

Michigan State
Notre Dame
Florida State
Georgia Tech
Texas A&M

Wideout Chris
Daniels had 21
catches for 301
C yards to show up
Michigan State's
Plaxico Burress
and lift Purdue to
a 52-28 victory.

State jailbreak halted

Penn State shuts down Buckeyes

McCoo slipped enough tackles to
gain a career-best 211 yards and set
.up 10 points in leading No. 2 Penn
State to a 23-10 victory over No. 18
Ohio State on Saturday.
The Nittany Lions (3-0 Big Ten, 7-
0 overall) had two field goals blocked,
fumbled in the end zone for a
Buckeyes TD and had trouble scoring
from inside the Ohio State 5-yard
Ohio State (1-2, 4-3) was outplayed
as the Lions held the Buckeyes to just
143 yards while piling up 422 them-
Ohio State quarterback Steve
Bellisari was sacked eight times and
completed just seven of 21 passes for
78"yards with an interception.
Penn State linebacker Lavar
Arrington had 2 1/2 sacks against
Bellisari. Bellisari missed a play near
the end of the game after taking a
vicious hit to the upper chest from
Arrington with 2:23 left.
McCoo carried nine times for 121
yards in the first half as the Nittany
Lions took a 13-10 lead at intermis-
sion. He finished with 22 carries for
211 yards, and also caught four pass-
es for 47 yards.
Penn State starting quarterback
Kevin Thompson left the game in the
second quarter after being blind sided
in the end zone. He had a slight shoul-
der separation and his status for next
week's game against Purdue is uncer-
Ron Dayne ran for 167 of Wisconsin's
school-record 705 yards of total
offense as No. 17 Wisconsin steam-
rolled Indiana.
Dayne, who had just 17 carries and
sat out the entire second half, became
the fourth player in Division I history
to record four 1,000-yard rushing sea-
He ran for two touchdowns, includ-
ing a 57-yard rumble late in the sec-
and quarter that put Wisconsin (3-1,
5-2) up 38-0 at halftime in its home-
coming game.
Indiana's depleted defense was
"helpless 'against Wisconsin's strong
ground attack, and freshman quarter-

By Rick Freeman
Daily Sports Editor
time Plaxico Burress got a step on
Michael Hawthorne the Purdue corner-
back paused to leapt up and batted away
a sure touchdown pass as easily as the
20th-ranked Boilermakers shooed off
the Spartans' talk of a national title and
an undefeated season with a 52-28 vic-
tory on Saturday.
Purdue's secondary - often over-
shadowed on the offense-first
Boilermakers - wanted to silence
another kind of talk, too.
"The Michigan State Spartans are a
team that does a lot of trash talking,"
said junior quarterback Drew Brees,
who threw for five touchdowns and 509
Actually, Brees completed eight pass-
es that went for touchdowns. One, a
bomb to Vinny Sutherland, was called
back on a chop-block penalty. Three
plays later, Brees was'hit by safety
Richard newsome as he threw, and the
ball ended up in the hands of linebacker
T.J. Turner. No Boilermaker was any-
where near him ta negligible drawback
of the spread defense). Some time later,
Turner scored, and freshman T.J.
Duckett scored the two-point conversion
to make the score 28-14.
The Spartans looked unstoppable on
their first drive - a 10-play, 91-yard
masterpiece, capped by an 19-yard

touchdown pass to Burress. Michigan
State quarterback was 21-of-33, and
threw four interceptions.
The Spartans were penalized for more
yards (101) than they gained on the
ground (44).
"It was a definite lack of concentra-
tion and focus on our part" said Burke,
who threw four interceptions.
After the first play of that drive -
Burke's only touchdown Burress left the
game hurt. replays showed a Purdue
player scraping his cleat down the
sophomore wide receiver's side.
Hawthorne, who expressed disdain
for Burress' talk after the game, said he
was unaware of what happened.
"I don't know. I turned my back and
he ended up hurt," Hawthorne said.
The Boilermakers answered with four
scoring drives of their own - two of
which were the result of turnovers in the
Spartans' territory.
Chris Daniels, who may have had the
worst game of his career two weeks ago
at Michigan Stadium, had his best one
Saturday. He caught 21 passes for 301
yards and three touchdowns, including a
51-yarder where he beat Spartans' sixth-
year senior cornerback Amp Campbell,
who came up limping after the play.
"Yeah, and all I'll probably remember
will be that one drop," a beaming-
Daniels said afterward. The 301 yards
was a new Purdue record, as was the 21
catch mark, which came two receptions

short of the NCAA record.
The Spartans lost to Purdue for the
third straight time, but this game meant
the most to Michigan State by far. Eager
before the game to prove these were not
a old, inconsistent Spartans, Nick Saban
lamented the possibility that his players
may have gotten big heads after the
"People started talking about the
Heisman Trophy, and about an undefeat-
ed season and the Big Ten champi-
onship'" said the Spartans' fifth-year
coach, who has yet to coach in a January
bowl game. "We'll see how they respond
to this, and that will say a lot about their
Hawthorne already has plenty to say
on that subject. Specifically about
"Every time he gets up after a big
play, he slaps his chest like no one else
has any heart, like he's the greatest thing
to ever happen to football."
Hawthorne, too, noticed that the
Spartans were bubbling with "chitter-
Fine by him.
"I love it. If you don't talk trash, I
don't like you," he said. "I'm like, 'can
we get a new receiver here?"'
He'll get his wish next week, when
Penn State, the only remaining undefeat-
ed team in the Big Ten comes to Ross-
Ade Stadium, where the Boilermakers
are 15-1 since Joe Tiller became their

Ohio State quarterback Steve Bellisari was on the run all day against Penn State.
His offense could barely move the ball in the Buckeyes' 23-10 loss.

back Brooks Bollinger was 9-of-10
for 162 yards and a touchdown before
leaving the game with a minor hip
bruise in the second quarter.
The Hoosiers (2-2, 3-4) lost star
defensive end Adewale Ogunleye for
the season last week with a knee
Thomas Hamner rushed for 184 yards
and a touchdown and quarterback
Billy Cockerham added another 100
yards rushing.
Illinois (0-3, 3-3) lost its third game
in a row and its sixth straight home-
coming game before a crowd that
started to leave in the third quarter
after the weather became rainy and
the game appeared decided.
Minnesota (2-1, 5-1) scored on
three straight possessions within eight
minutes in the first half - separated
only by three Illinois three-and-outs
- to go up 17-0 early in the second
The Gopher defense, ranked fourth
in the nation entering the game, kept
the Illini from closing the gap by
breaking up passes, stopping the run,
grabbing an interception to halt a
lengthy Illinois drive in the second

quarter and sacking quarterback Kurt
Kittner three times at crucial junc-
Kustok scored on a keeper on fourth-
and-2 with four seconds left.
It was the first Big Ten victory for
Northwestern (1-3, 3-4) since Nov.
15, 1997, when they beat Iowa (0-3,
1-5). But it wasn't a pretty win, as the
Wildcats blew a 16-0 halftime lead
and barely moved the ball in the sec-
ond half.
The win also was marred by the
loss of receiver Sam Simmons, who
broke his collarbone in the first half
and will miss the rest of the seasop.
The Wildcats trailed 21-16 when
they got the ball back with 2:37 left.
Kustok, playing in just his third game
after suing the NCAA to regain some
of his eligibility, moved Northwestern
to the Iowa 10 with completions of
18, 16 and 11 yards. Damien
Anderson then rushed for nine yards.
The Hawkeyes then stuffed
Anderson twice, once for a 1-yard
loss, and Kustok's pass to Ian Miller
was incomplete. That brought up
fourth down, and Kustok optioned to
the right side and ran in untouched.



SEPT. 11
SEPT. 18
SEPT. 25
Oct. 2
OcT. 9
Oc. 23
Oc. 30
Nov. 6
Nov. 13
Nov. 20

AT RICE W, 37-3
AT Wisc. W, 21-16
PURDUE W, 38-12
AT MICH. ST. L, 31-34

Penn State
Michigan State
Ohio State

Big Ten
3 0
3 1
3~ 1
2 1
2 1
2 2
1 2
1 3
0 3
0 3

7 0
6 1
5 2
5 1
5 1
5 2
3 4
4 3
3 4
3 3
1 5

Purdue 52, Michigan State 28
Penn State 23, Ohio State 10
Wisconsin 59, Indiana 0
Minnesota 37, Illinois 7
Northwestern 23, Iowa 21
Illinois at Michigan
Indiana at Iowa
Michigan State at Wisconsin
Ohio State at Minnesota
Penn State at Purdue

With a limited number of New Year's
Day bowl spots for Big Ten teams, the
last month of the season should provide
for some entertaining, down-to-the-
wire competition. Here's who each of
the contenders still have to play:
Penn State (3-0 Big Ten, 7-0
overall): at Purdue, at Illinois,
Minnesota, Michigan, at Michigan State
Michigan State (3-1, 6-1): at
Wisconsin, Ohio State, at Northwestern,
Penn State
Wisconsin (3-1, 5-2): Michigan
State, at Northwestern, at Purdue, liowa
Michigan (2-1, 5-1): Illinois, at
Indiana, Northwestern, at Penn State,
Ohio State
Minnesota (2-1, 5-1): Ohio State,
Purdue, at Penn State, Indiana, at Iowa
Purdue (2-2, 5-2): Penn State, at
Minnesota, Wisconsin, at Indiana

Top 25
rFlorida State prevails after slow start; Hokies make statement

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Chris
Weinke threw two touchdown passes to
Atrews Bell and Sebastian Janikowski
kicked four field goals Saturday night as top-
ranked Florida State shook off a lethargic
first half to defeat Wake Forest 33-10.
Florida State led 9-3 at halftime as
Janikowski kicked field goals from 31, 34,
and 52 yards. He added a 32-yarder in the
fourth quarter.
Florida State scored the game's first
touchdown 4:17 into the third quarter when
Bell caught a 16-yard pass from Weinke to
give the Seminoles a 16-3 lead. The duo
hooked up again on a 9-yard touchdown pass
in the final minute of the third period as
Florida State built its lead to 23-3.
Following a fumble recovery by Florida
State's Tommy Polley, the Seminoles took a
30-3 lead in the first minute of the fourth
quarter when Anquan Boldin ran in from two
yards out of the quarterback position.
No. 4 VIRGINIA TECH 62, No. 16
SYRACUSE 0: Any thought of another
Virginia Tech homecoming horror was
emphatically dismissed well before halftime.
The Hokies allowed No. 16 Syracuse just

in the third quarter. There were two aborted
punts, a lost fumble on a kickoff and a gen-
eral lack of effort by the defense as they let
Shyrone Stith ramble for long gains up the
No. 7 FLORIDA 32, AUBURN 14: No. 7
Florida, who seemed to shut down on both
sides of the ball after taking a 25-point lead,
needed a lone-yard touchdown run by Robert
Gillespie to seal a the win over Auburn.
It was Florida's 70th Southeastern
Conference victory this decade for the
Gators (4-1 SEC, 6-1 overall) and their fifth
straight win over Auburn (1-3, 3-4).
The Gators were able to move the ball at
will through the first half, rolling up 319
yards total offense.
But five trips into the red zone ended in
four field goals by Jeff Chandler and Doug
Johnson was intercepted in the end zone as
Florida led just 19-0 at halftime.
Florida opened the second half by scoring
on its first possession - a 62-yard touch-
down run by Bo Carroll that extended the
lead to 25-0.
The Gators had just 80 total yards in the
third quarter - 62 on Carroll's run. And

threw for one.
Hamilton, who was 23-of-34 for 324
yards, had 256 yards of offense in the first
He completed 15 of 18 passes for 2 and
two touchdowns as Georgia Tech led 28-14
at halftime.
A five-yard quarterback run by Romine, a
32-yard field goal by Sims Lenhardt and an
11-yard scramble by Romine gave Duke a
31-28 lead with 13:11 left.
A 22-yard field goal by Luke Manget six
minutes later tied the score and set up
Hamilton and Gregory.
Joe Hall, a 300-pounder subbing for the
injured David Allen, rushed for 195 yards
and two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats
past Utah State.
Hall ran for 143 yards in the second half,
including a 47-yard gallop after the Wildcats
had taken a 26-0 lead.
His six-yard run with 4:08 left in the third
period put Kansas State (6-0) on top 19-0.
He capped his day with a 10-yard scoring
burst with 4:08 left.
Allen was iniured late in the first quarter

No. 13 TEXAS A&M 34, KANSAS 17
Kansas does a pretty good job of scaring
No. 13 Texas A&M.
For the second straight year, the Aggies
had to charge from behind as quarterback
Randy McCown rallied the Aggies to 21
points over a 1:50 span of the second and
third quarters.
"We knew if we could get a feel for the
game, the momentum would carry us into the
end zone," McCown said. "We wanted to
establish the long ball and we were able to do
McCown took advantage of two Jayhawks
mistakes, a roughing-the-kicker penalty and
a fumble, to complete two touchdown passes
and run for a third score in the 21-point
McCown was 21-of-30 for 362 yards, with
one interception.
McCown also led the Aggies on a late 75-
yard drive that rallied the Aggies to a 24-21
victory over the Jayhawks last season.
The Aggies (2-1 Big 12, 5-1 overall) need-
ed another charge to beat the 31-point under-
dog Jayhawks.
Kansa tO-3 .-5 hand a 10- 3l a th left

DuBose. "You can't put a value on what he
means to a football team in a game like
There certainly was no argument from Ole
Miss (2-2, 5-2), which entered the game
ranked second nationally in rushing defense
(45 yards a game). Alexander needed just six
carries and a half-quarter to surpass that fig-
Alexander had two one-yard touchdown
runs in the first half, the second capping a
99-yard drive. He added a two-yard score on
Alabama's opening possession of the second
half as the Crimson Tide won their third
straight game since a last-minute loss to
Louisiana Tech.
Ole Miss trimmed a 20-point deficit with
17 straight points in the second half, but
couldn't get closer and fell to Alabama for
the ninth straight year.
Fourteenth-ranked Georgia nearly let a hang-
over turn into a loss Saturday until the
Southeastern Conference's worst defense
bailed out the Bulldogs.
Kendrell Bell had two of Georgia's four
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