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"YOU WANT TO WIN THE GAME SO BADLY AND IT JUST KILLS YOU TO WALK OFF THE FIELD
WITH A LOSS. WE'RE NOT GOING TO LET IT RUIN OUR SEASON. "
- SENIOR TIGHT END AND CIAPTAIN BENNIE JOPPRU

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WEEKEND'S BEST

HAPPY TIMES IN HAPPY VALLEY: After
two straight losing seasons, Penn
State is starting to climb back
onto the national scene. Joe
Paterno's men not only beat
Nebraska in State College last
night, but manhandled the sev-
enth-ranked Cornhuskers 40-7.
In front of a school-record crowd
of 110,753, the Nittany Lions
came out of the break up 13-7
and Quarterback Zachk Mills led
them on a seven-minute drive
capped off by backup quarterback
Michael Johnson's 8-yard end

around run.
Then on the next Nebraska drive,
Penn State's Rich Gardner picked
off his first ever pass and returned
it 44 yards for a touchdown to put
the game out of reach.
Running backs Michael Robinson
and Larry Johnson each scored
two touchdowns and ran for 179
yards combined.
TROJAN GLORY: Maybe Jeremy
Bloom shouldn't have given up all
that endorsement money. After
losing to heated rival Colorado
State, Colorado got humiliated by
Southern Cal 40-3.
While Carson Palmer has had a
shaky career, the quarterback
came into his own as he threw for
244 yards and two touchdowns.
Malaefou Mackenzie had a pair of
first-quarter touchdowns and Sul-
tan McCullough ran for 110 yards
and a touchdown as the Trojans
handed the Buffaloes their worst
home loss since 1983.

HOW THE AP TOP 25 FARED
Associated Press Poll for week of September 9.
Games updated through September 15.

NEW AP
TOP 25

(first-place votes in parentheses)

Team:
1. Miami (Fla.)
2. Oklahoma
3. Texas
4. Tennessee
5. Florida State
6. Ohio State
7. Michigan
8. Nebraska
9. Georgia
10. Washington State
11. Virginia Tech
12. Florida
13. Oregon
14. Washington
15. Michigan State
16. Marshall
17. Southern Cal
18. Colorado
19. N.C. State
20. Notre Dame
21. Texas A&M
22. Wisconsin
23. UCLA
24. Colorado State
25. Louisiana State

Last week: This week:
beat Temple 44-21 Boston College
beat UTEP 68-0 South Florida
beat North Carolina 52-21 Houston
Bye No. 10 Florida
beat Maryland 37-10 Duke
beat No. 10 Washington State 25-7 at Cincinnati
lost to No. 20 Notre Dame 25-23 Utah
lost to Penn State 40-7 Bye
beat South Carolina 13-7 Northwestern State
lost to No. 6 Ohio State 25-7 Montana State
beat No. 16 Marshall 47-21 at Texas A&M
beat Ohio 34-6 at No. 4 Tennessee
beat Idaho 58-21 Portland State
Bye Wyoming
lost to California 46.22 No..12 Notre Dame
lost to No. 11 Virginia Tech 47-21 Central Florida
beat No. 18 Colorado 40-3 Kansas State
lost to No. 17 Southern Cal 40-3 at UCLA
beat Wake Forest 32-13 at Texas Tech
beat No. 7 Michigan 25-23 at Michigan State
beat Pittsburgh 14-12 Virginia Tech
beat Northern Illinois 24-21 Arizona
beat Oklahoma State 38-24 Colorado

TEAM
1. Miami (68)
2. Olahoma (3)
3. Texas (3)
4. Tennessee
5. Florida State
6. Ohio State
7. Virginia Tech
8. Georgia
9. Oregon
10. Florida;
11. Southern Cal ;
12. Notre Dame
13. Washington
14. Michigan;
15. Penn State
16. Washington State
17. N.C. State
18. Nebraska
19. Texas A&M
20. UCLA
21. Iowa State
22. Wisconsin
23. California
24. Louisiana State
25. Kansas State

3-0
3-0
2-0
2-0
3-0
3-0
3-0
2-0
3-0
2-1
2-0
3-0
1-1
2-1
2-0
2-1
4-0
3-1
2-0
2-0
3-1
4-0
3-0
2-1
3-0

PTS
1,844
1,697
1,668
1,631
1,612
1,489
1,358
1,264
1,211
1,094
1,051
984
884
839
829
621
583
476
434
407
301
294
260
247
224

PVS
1
2
3
4
5
6
11
9
13
12
17
20
14
7
10
19
8
21
23
22
25

GAME PROGRESSION
First Quarter:
The Irish take the opening kick and
drive 80 yards down the field on a
drive topped off by Ryan Grant's
one-yard run for Notre Dame's first
offensive touchdown of the sea-
son.
Nick Setta makes the PAT.
Notre Dame 7, Michigan O
The Wolverines tie the game when
Marlin Jackson intercepts a Carlyle
Holiday pass deep in Irish territory
and runs 19 yards for a touch-
down.
Nienberg makes the PAT.
Notre Dame 7, Michigan 7
Second Quarter:
Notre Dame get awarded a safety
when Michigan is called for a
holding penalty in the end zone.
Notre Dame 9, Michigan 7
After the Irish recover a Tyrece But-
ler fumble at the Michigan 28-yard
line with 1:35 to go before halftime,
Holiday runs the ball in from three
yards out to extend the lead going
into the locker room.
Setta makes the PAT.
Notre Dame 16, Michigan 7

beat Louisville 36-33
beat Miami (Ohio) 33-7

at Nevada
Mississippi State

Southern Cal's Malaefou MacKenzie

Dropped Out: No. 15 Michigan State, No. 16
Marshall, No. 18 Colorado and No. 24 Col-
orado State

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Third Quarter:

SCOUTING
THE
NATION
NEWS AND NOTES
S EIf you ask Utah coach Ron McBride, he would tell you
that his team did not lose to Arizona on Saturday night.
As the fans cleared out, the scoreboard read "Arizona 23,
Utah 17," but McBride is confident that his team scored
the game-winning touchdown.
"It was a touchdown. Game's over. Period," McBride
said. "It's an impossible call to miss. Everybody in the
stadium saw it. Everybody on TV saw it. That's
embarrassing."
The Utes (2-1) trailed throughout the game, but after
Bryan Barreson kicked a career-long 53-yard field goal
with 4:11 to play, Arizona's lead was cut to six.
Utah's final drive began from its own 28. With their star
running back Marty Johnson sidelined with a knee injury,
quarterback Lance Rice's passing moved Utah down the
field.
On second-and-10 from the Arizona 12-yard line, wide
receiver Josh Lyman broke open over the middle and
made a diving catch in the back of the end zone. The.
official immediately ruled the catch was no-good, but
television replays clearly showed that Lyman's knee
came down at least a foot inside the end line.
McBride said the call was "the worst one I've had in 40
years" of coaching.
Michigan will welcome the Utes to the Big House this
Saturday.
Tropical Storm Hanna hit the Gulf Coast, creating
heavy rain and lightning that delayed the Georgia-South
Carolina game in Columbia, S.C., by 52 minutes and the
Ohio-Florida contest in Gainesville, Fla., by 46 minutes.
Elsewhere, the UTEP-Oklahoma, Indiana-Kentucky, and
Army-Rutgers games were all delayed by lightning and
rain.
Kliff Kingsbury passed for 270 yards and two touch-
downs to become the Big 12's career passing leader as
Texas Tech beat Mississippi 42-28. Kingsbury's 8,392
yards tops the record of 8,353, set by Texas signal caller
Major Applewhite.
The University of Oklahoma is considering renaming its
stadium after Edward Gaylord, who denoted $50 million to
the school. "The Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium" would
not exactly be the most intimidating in college football.
Brigham Young defensive tackle Daniel Marquardt is
facing an unusual problem. Marquardt suffered a torn
MCL, but he won't be able to take the field as quickly as
most because team trainers can't find a brace large
enough for his big fat legs. CollegeFootballNews.com
claims that Marquardt's left thigh is 36 inches around,
which makes him more of an elephant than a human
being.
Purdue wide receiver Taylor Stubblefield may miss the
rest of the season because of a pool of blood on his brain.
In July, Stubblefield tried to scale a fence to go swimming
in an apartment complex pool late at night. Unfortunately,
the fence broke under his weight. Stubblefield fell on his
head, fracturing his skull.
"I've gone from optimistic to pessimistic," Purdue coach
Joe Tiller said. "I don't know if he'll be back in two weeks
or two months from now, if at all, this season."
Stubblefield already used a redshirt season as a freshman
and would likely not be eligible for one this season. The
NCAA usually grants a sixth season only if education has
been interrupted, Tiller said.
Stubblefield has vowed to return this season, despite the
concerns of his coaches and doctors. Two weeks ago he
failed a neurological evaluation, but he will have another
chance to prove that he can play when he takes the test
on Sept. 19.

THE DAILY'S PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
In a weekend when the Big Ten put its good name on the line and walked away
with little of it intact, our Players of the Week section recognizes two out-
standing Big Ten running backs - Ohio State's Maurice Clarett and Penn
State's Larry Johnson - and a Pac-10 quarterback. California's Kyle Boller
made Michigan State look the way Big Ten critics would like the conference to
look: Disheveled and outperformed.

MAURICE CLARETf,
OHIO STATE
Why Clarett?: Two hundred-thirty
yards and two touchdowns won't
always earn you a spot here. But
Clarett's ability to make big plays in
this big game, according to the old
adage, makes him a big player. Clarett
knew it, and after getting shut down
by Washington State in the first half
he took control, making two 44-yard
runs to lead the Buckeyes to a 25-7
victory over the Cougars after trailing
7-6 at halftime. Clarett's 230-yard day
left him just nine yards shy of the
Buckeye rookie rushing record for a
single game, held by former Heisman
Trophy winner Archie Griffin.

The Wolverines drive 72 yards in
10 plays to get down to the Notre
Dame two-yard line, but they are
unable put the ball in the end zone.
Instead, Brabbs makes a 19-yard
field goal to trim the Irish lead.
Notre Dame 16, Michigan 10
While returning the kick, former
Irish quarterback Arnaz Battle fum-
bles the ball as Brabbs recovers on
the Notre Dame 32.
Chris Perry then runs the ball five
times on the ensuing drive, capped
off by a two-yarder to put Michigan
in front.
Brabbs converts the PAT.
Michigan 17, Notre Dame 16
Fourth Quarter:
On the next drive Holiday connects
with Omar Jenkins on 29 and 47-
yard strikes to set up a three-yard
Ryan Grant touchdown run to
retake the lead.
Holiday's rush attempt failed on the
two-point conversion try.
Notre Dame 22, Michigan 17
The Irish then get the ball right back.
Perry fumbles the ball after a 13-yard
run at the Michigan 43.
Notre Dame then moves down to
the 29-yard line before Nick Setta
boots a 46-yard field goal to extend
the Irish lead.
Notre Dame 25, Michigan 17
With 7:03 remaining, John Navarre
drives the Wolverines from the
Michigan 19-yard line and took
advantage when Notre Dame only
had 10 men on the field, hitting Ben-
nie Joppru for an eight-yard touch-
down pass.
However, that's as close as Michi-
gan would come. On the two-point
conversion, Navarre's pass was bro-
ken up leaving the Wolverines two
points short.
Notre Dame 25, Michigan 23

Ohio State's Maurice Clarett

AP PHOTO
The rain poured down on the SEC this weekend, as seen
here in Gainsville, Fla. for the Florida-Ohio game.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Michigan State coach Bobby Williams might have been
looking ahead to next week's game against Notre Dame.
Apparently, he didn't do much to prepare its team for its
46-22 loss to California.
"We didn't coach. We didn't play. We didn't do anything ...
I'm mostly disappointed in myself. I'll take the hit. Put it
all on me," he said.
Marshall quarterback and former Heisman Trophy candi-
date Byron Leftwich had one chance to make a statement
that he and his team were for real. He didn't, and the
Herd lost 47-21. Leftwich summed it all up.
"If we ain't winning, we've failed," he said.
Colorado coach Gary Barnett's "return to dominance"
campaign has hit a few bumps in the road in 2002. One,
in the form of in-state rival Colorado State, and another, in
the form of Pete Carroll's Southern Cal team. Barnett did-
n't have good things to say about the Buffs' performance.
"We were just awful. I don't know what else to say. We
were doubly awful on offense and just awful on defense,"
he said.
Northwestern finally won a game this season, knock-
ing off Duke after being pummeled by Air Force and
Texas Christian in the first two weeks of the season. It
doesn't look like coach Randy Walker is expecting
much more.
"Let's savor it," he said.
Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez isn't a believer about his
team just yet. The Badgers (4-0) inched past Northern
Illinois, 24-21, Saturday.
"I wouldn't say we're a good team, I just know we have
four wins right now," he said.

KYLE BOLLER, CALIFORNIA
Why Boler?: In helping California
embarrass Michigan State 46-22 in
East Lansing, quarterback Kyle Boller
did it all. He threw for 232 yards and
two touchdowns, ran for a touchdown
and caught a 14-yard touchdown pass.
Boller and his Golden Bears have been
impressive this season, and not just
against Michigan State.
First-year coach Mike Tedford has Cali-
fornia and Boller playing their best foot-
ball in years. This is especially
important for 6-foot-4 senior Boller,
who came in with high expectations as
the prototypical professional quarter-
back.
The way California is playing, and the
way its Pac-10 foes are faltering, the
Golden Bears are a darkhorse favorite
to compete for the Rose Bowl berth.

California's Kyle Boller

LARRY JOHNSON,
PENN STATE
Why Johnson?: In a game that may
or may not be labeled an upset,
Penn State running back Larry John-
son rushed for 123 yards on 19 car-
ries and scored two touchdowns as
the Nittany Lions trounced Nebras-
ka under the lights in State College,
40-7. After holding the Cornhuskers
on their first series, Penn State
quarterback Zack Mills handed off
to Johnson, who took it 35 yards up
the gut. It was a promising begin-
ning to what proved to be a career
day for the running back.
He complimented his rushing per-
formance with four receptions for
35 yards, including a 21-yard catch
out of the flat that set up Penn
State's first touchdown. Johnson is
a key reason why there is once
again a hype surrounding Penn
State.

AP PHOTO

Utah's J.R. Peroulls.

WHO'S NEXT:
UTAH
After Michigan took Oregon off the
schedule because a nonconference
slate of Washington, Notre Dame and
the Ducks seemed daunting, Utah was
added. The Utes come in after beating
up on Utah State and Indiana and los-
ing by six to Arizona, in a controversial
finish. The two teams will face off Sat-
urday at 12:05 p.m.
BIG TEN STANDINGS

Penn State's Larry Johnson
AP PHOTOS

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A long
trip home
Driving back from South Bend
was an excruciating experi-
ence, as score after score
coming over the radio further
proved that we knew nothing
about week two college foot-
ball matchups.
If there were strong perform-
ances (which there weren't),
they would be from Phillips and
McCollough, who posted iden-
tical marks for the second
straight week, pulling them-
selves within two games of
last week's champ Horn.
Olnceagain. we all paid the

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STAFF PICKS
WEEK 2 SELECTIONS
ALL PICKS MADE AGAINST THE SPREAD.
HOME TEAMS IN SMALL CAPS.

David J. Brady Jeff Joe
Horn McCollough Phillips Smith
M chigaags Michgarr.M-ch-MM -
Michigan State Michigan State Michigan State Michigan State
Northwestern Northwestern Dk.k ...,.
Ohio State Washington State Ohio State Ohio State
Iowa owaState -oWaStte -.w-
Indiana Kentucky Kentucky Kentucky
Nebraska.NbaskNebraskb k
Ne~raskaC i N A rlyneneI Aa rha-ncg, tate-rknsasStat

Team
Wisconsin
Minnesota
Ohio State
Penn State
Michigan State
Michigan
Iowa
Purdue
Northwestern
Indiana
Illinois

Big Ten
0 0
0 0
0 0
0 0
0 0
0 0
0 0
0 0
0 0
0 0
0 0

Overall
4 0
3 0
3 0
2 0
2 1
2 1-
2 1
2 1
1 2
1 2
1 2

MiCiga(-4.5) at NOTRE DAME,
MICHIGAN STATE (-13.5) vs. California
No RTHWESTERN (6) vs. Duke
OHIO STATE (-7.5) vs. Washington State
owA (-3.5) vs. Iowa State,
KENTUCKY (-18) vs. Indiana
Nebraska ({5.5) vs. PENN STATE:

THIS WEEKEND'S RESULTS
NOTRE DAME 25, MICHIGAN 23
OHIO STATE 25, Washington State 7
California 46, MICHIGAN STATE 22
PENN STATE 40, Nebraska 7
WISCoNSIN 24, Northern Illinois 21
MINNESOTA 31, Toledo 21
Iowa State 36, IowA 31
PURDUE 28, Western Michigan 24
NORTHWESTERN 26, Duke 21
Kentucky 27, INDIANA 17
ILLINOIS 59, Arkansas State 7

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