The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 22, 2001 - 3B
Paterno matches the
Bear's wins record
EVANSTON (AP) - Joe Paterno
needed help from an unlikely hero - a
freshman backup quarterback - in the
final two minutes Saturday to finally tie
the major-college coaching record.
Called off the bench for the first time
with 1:39 remaining, Zack Mills threw
a 4-yard touchdown pass to Eric
McCoo with 22 seconds to go as previ-
ously winless Penn State rallied for a
38-35 upset of then No. 2 Northwest-
Paterno tied Bear Bryant for most
Division I-A victories with 323, and
can surpass Bryant next week against
Ohio State, although Saturday's dra-
matics will be hard to top.
Entering the game averaging just
eight points a game and with the
nation's worst rushing offense, Penn
State (1-3 Big Ten, 1-4 overall) enjoyed
a productive afternoon against North-
western's porous defense. In coming
from behind five times, the Nittany
Lions piled up 501 yards total offense,
including a season-high 213 on the
ground, and exceeded their previous
point total of 31 in one game.
Mills, a redshirt freshman, was sum-
moned early in the subsequent game-
winning, 69-yard drive after junior
Matt SennecA, enjoying a career game,
was knocked out on a jarring tackle.
Penn State had the ball on its own 48,
second and 10.
He promptly completed 5 of 8 passes
for 54 yards, including the game-win-
ner to McCoo near the goal line on the
left side on a first-down play.
Senneca had career-best totals of 20-
of-39 passes for 234 yards, threw a 16-
yard touchdown to McCoo and had the
first two rushing TDs of his college
career, each from a yard out.
NORTH CAROLINA 38, CLEMSON 3:
Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers
was tired of hearing about Clemson's
Woodrow Dantzler. So he and the Tar
Heels shut down the talk where it
counted most - on the field.
Peppers had a remarkable intercep-
tion and North Carolina held Clem-
son's Heisman hopeful to one of his
worst games with 118 yards in the Tar
Heels 38-3 victory over then 13th
ranked Tigers on Saturday.
"He had 900-something yards the
past two games but we're better than
that," said Peppers, the 6-foot-6, 285
pound end. "Our defense is better than
They proved it against Clemson (2-2
Atlantic Coast Conference, 4-2 ) to win
their fifth straight after opening 0-3.
Peppers tipped Dantzler's pass and
lunged for the interception, which led
to the first of Bosley Allen's two touch-
down catches. The rest of the time,
North Carolina (4-1 Atlantic Coast
Conference, 5-3) never gave Dantzler
the chance to dazzle them like he did
Georgia Tech and North Carolina the
past two games.
Both North Carolina quarterbacks,
A return to the Rose
Bowl? It could happen
T his week's BCS poll will like- much worse than it was last year.
ly rank Michigan sixth, right Purdue and Northwestern, the only
behind Oklahoma, Nebraska, two Big Ten teams that beat Michi-
UCLA, Miami (Fla.) and Virginia gan, are a shell of what they were
Tech. last year.
Next week Nebraska plays Okla- Ohio State looked good in pum-
homa. Nebraska still has Kansas meling Northwestern 38-20, but
State and a road match up with Col- then blew a 17-0 lead to Wisconsin.
orado on its schedule, Oklahoma This past week San Diego State gave
still plays Texas A&M. Even if the the Buckeyes all they could handle.
winner wins out, it will likely play Michigan State looked tough in
the loser again in the Big 12 title beating Notre Dame and outplaying
game so it's highly unlikely that Northwestern. But Michigan State is
Joe Paterno won his 323rd game on the road against then-No. 22 Northwestern.
freshman Darian Durant and senior
Ronald Curry, played more like Dant-
zler than Dantzler.
Durant was 11-for-11 for 97 yards.
He threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to
Allen following Pepper's interception
and rushed for scores of five and one
yard in the second half. Curry, before
leaving with a left hamstring strain in
the third quarter, ran for 82. yards and
passed for 109, including a 48-yard
touchdown to Bosley as the Tar Heels
North Carolina, led by Peppers, held
the ACC's top offense to 209 yards
less than half its 455-yard average.
Dantzler was held to 36 yards rush-
ing and 8-of-18 passing for 62 yards in
the opening half.
He was 2-of-7 for 13 yards and had
7 yards rushing in the third quarter
before Simmons came in.
"They did some things because of
their defensive ability," Bowden said.
"A lot of it was them, they made it
tough to execute."
either team wins out.
has looked very
impressive thus far,
but spends its next
month playing at No.
20 Stanford, at No. 14
No. 11 Oregon and its
rivalry game, South-
Michigan still has a legiti-
mate hope of playing in the
national title game.
Now before you reserve a
hotel, remember, Michigan
needs to win out.
The Spartans were
outplayed by Min-
Prior to Saturday,
Gophers' lone win
came against tradi-
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WEEK 6 SELECTIONS
ALL PICKS MADE AGAINST THE SPREAD.
HOME TEAMS IN CAPS.
Michigan State (-2.5) at MINNESQTA
NORTHWESTERN (-10.5) vs. Penn State
ILLINOIS (-5) vs. Wisconsin
IOWA (-10) vs. Indiana
OHIO STATE (.22) vs. San Diego State
Southern Cal (-1) AT NOTRE DAME
renestee (-12.5) at ALABAMIA
OREGON (-7.5) vs. Stanford
;TEXAS (410) v5. COlorado .:::
FRESNO STATE (-15) vs. Boise State
CLEMSON (-7) vs. North C rolina >
Florida State (-12.5) at VIRGINIA
Waslrti rN -4:.5) vs. ARIZOA .
BOSTON COLLEGE (-10) vs. Pittsburgh
Record last week (Best bets)
Record to date (Best bets)
Miehigan State Minnesota
San Diego State
San Diego State
San Diego State
SX Inana State
San Diego State
ern Cal. Somewhere during this
stretch the Bruins will fall.
This leaves only Miami (Fla:) and
Virginia Tech ahead of Michigan.
The Hokies and Hurricanes play
each other Dec. 1, in Blacksburg,
Michigan still has a legitimate
hope of playing in the national title
game, the Rose Bowl.
Now before you reserve a hotel in
the Paradise City, remember, Michi-
gan needs to win out.
Two years ago, a one-loss Michi-
gan team was in a similar position of
needing to win out to have a chance
at the national title game. Michigan
blew a 20-point lead to Illinois and
settled for the Orange Bowl.
In 1992, Michigan had national
title dreams dashed in the second-to-
last week of the season, when it tied
an inferior Illinois team.
1985 was more of the same. The
top-ranked Wolverines blew a game
late in the season to Chip Lohmiller
But this Michigan team just might
First and foremost, there's no
pressure to win the national title.
Many fans looked at last year's
team, with all the talent it had, and
realizedthat it still finished with
three losses. So how could this team
be so much better?
Michigan's schedule is a lot easier
than it was last year.
Top-to-bottom, the Big Ten is
Iowa, the Wolverines' opponent
this week, is 5-2 but hasn't beaten a
legitimate Division I team in the last
Now, some of you are probably
thinking "why on Earth would I
write this column? I'm probably just
jinxing the team."
I'm sure Coach Carr is thinking
I used to think like this, until
Champions aren't jinxed by
columns. If this team has what it
takes to win it all, columns won't
get in its way.
Then again, Michigan has only
played one team ranked in the top
20, and lost that game, so this team
just might be pulling a Virginia Tech
- fooling fans into thinking it's
good by beating bad teams.
The Hokies seem to do this every
year, most notably two years ago,
when they went undefeated until
playing Florida State in the national
title game where they were humiliat-
If this is the case, Michigan will
get what it deserves on Jan. 4.
But until then, I'm going to enjoy
watching good teams play each
other - and watching Michigan
climb the polls.
Raphael Goodstein can be reached at
PAUS THE MAN FOR BRUINS: Cory Paus
is someone who hasn't really gotten
much publicity as UCLA's quarter-
back this year. That's probably
because they have this guy named
But Paus was the one, not Foster,
who lit up California this past week-
end. Paus was 13-of-16 for 270
yards and three touchdowns.
Paus hasn't thrown an interception
in 189 attempts.
GIBSON BREAKS 59-YEAR OLD RECORD:
Georgia Freshman wide receiver
Fred Gibson caught nine passes for
201 yards in the Bulldogs 43-29 vic-
tory against Kentucky.
Gibson broke Georgia's 59-year-old
record for receiving yards in a
THE DOMANATOR: Brigham Young quar-
terback Brandon Doman has always
been known to his teammates as a
fiery, loud, and sometimes obnox-
ious team leader. Some may say
he's annoying, but one can't deny
that he's led BYU to an unbeaten
season thus far.
Doman completed 20-of-32 for 338
yards and four touchdowns in
Brigham Young's 63-33 rout of Air
HARRINGTON GOOD, BUT NOT GOOD
ENOUGH: Joey Harrington, the "Cap-
tain Comeback" of college football,
couldn't do much to stop Stanford's
49-42 upset of No. 5 Oregon.
The Oregon quarterback completed
22 of 41 passes for three
1. Miami (Fla.) (47) 5-0
2. Oklahoma (22) 7-0
3. Nebraska (2) 8-0
4. UCLA (1) 6-0
5. Virginia Tech 6-0
6. Florida 5-1
7. Texas 6-1
8. Michigan 5-1
9. Tennessee 4-1
10. Maryland 7-0
11. Oregon 6-1
12. South Carolina 6-1
13. Washington 5-1
14. Washington State 7-0
15. Georgia 5-1
16. Brigham Young 7-0
17. Auburn 6-1
18. Fresno State 6-1
19. Florida State 4-2
20. Stanford 4-1
21. Georgia Tech 5-2
22. Illinois 6-1
23. North Carolina 5-3
24. Purdue 4-1
25. Colorado 5-2
(first place votes in
The University of Michigan
Department of Recreational Sports
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Miami and Ken Dorsey are No. 1.
Dropped Out: No. 13 Clemson, No. 22 Northwestern No. 25 Toledo
HOW THE AP TOP 25 FARED
Associated Press Poll for week of October 16.
Games updated through October 23.
Team: Last week:
1. Miami (Fla.) Bye
2. Oklahoma beat Baylor 33-17
3. Nebraska beat Texas Tech 41-31
4. UCLA beat California 56-17
5. Oregon lost to Stanford 49-42
6. Virginia Tech Bye
7. Florida Bye
8. Fresno State lost to Boise State 35-30
9. Texas beat No. 14 Colorado 41-7
10. Michigan Bye
11. Tennessee beat Alabama 35-24
12. Maryland beat Duke 59-17
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at No. 3 Nebraska
No. 2 Oklahoma
at No. 20 Stanford
at No. 14 Washington St.
at No. 15 Georgia
No. 12 South Carolina
at No. 19 Florida State
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