The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - September 30, 2002 - 5B
"WE BEAT OURSELVES. MICHIGAN DIDN'T DO ANYTHING."
ILLINOIS WIDE RECEIVER BRANDON LLOYD
HOW THE AP TOP 25 FARED
A NEW 'BIG RED' IN TOWN?: After get-
ting crushed 31-13 by No. 19 Iowa
State on Saturday, Nebraska has
found itself somewhere it hasn't
been in two decades: Out of the
Iowa State quarterback Seneca
Wallace ran for two touchdowns
and threw for another as the
Cyclones controlled the game
throughout and have some people
thinking about a power shift in the
come together," said Nebraska
coach Frank Solich. "There's no
The loss marked the first time
since 1976 that Nebraska lost
games. And the Cornhuskers' run
of 348 straight appearances in
the top 25 came to a close.
TIDE ROLLIN' ALONG: While Alabama
can't play in the postseason
because of its probation, that has-
n't stopped the Crimson Tide from
making an early claim to best in
the SEC West.
The Tide knocked off Arkansas in
Fayetteville, 30-12, handing
Arkansas coach Houston Nutt just
his fourth home loss in his tenure.
Without running back Ahmaad Gal-
loway, who is out for the season
with a knee injury, Santonio Beard
and Shaud Williams both rushed for
more than 100 yards. Williams
broke an 80-yard touchdown run on
the first play from scrimmage.
Associated Press Poll for week of September 21.
Games updated through September 28.
Team: Last week:
1. Miami (Fla.) Bye
2. Oklahoma beat South Florida 31-14
3. Texas beat Tulane 49-0
4. Florida State lost to Louisville 26-20
5. Virginia Tech beat Western Michigan 30-0
6. Ohio State beat Indiana 45-17
7. Florida beat Kentucky 39-34
8. Georgia beat New Mexico State 41-10
9. Oregon Bye
10. Notre Dame Bye
11. Tennessee beat Rutgers 35-14
12. Penn State lost to Iowa 40-35
13. Washington beat Idaho 41-27
14. Michigan beat Illinois 45-28
15. Kansas State Bye
16. Washington State beat California 48-38
17. N.C. State beat Massachusetts 56-24
18. Southern Cal beat No. 23 Oregon State 22-0
19. Iowa State beat No. 20 Nebraska 36-14
20. Nebraska lost to No. 19 Iowa State 36-14
21. Wisconsin Bye
22. Louisiana State beat Mississippi State 31-13
23. Oregon State lost to No. 18 Southern Cal 2-0
24. Texas A&M beat Louisiana Tech 31-3
25. Colorado State beat Nevada 32-28
(first-place votes in parentheses)
at Boston College
at No. 22 Alabama
at No. 19 Wisconsin
No. 18 Southern California
at North Carolina
at No. 17 Washington State
No. 20 Penn State
at Fresno State
1. Miami (Fla.) (71)
2. Texas (2)
3. Oklahoma (1)
4. Virginia Tech
5. Ohio State
9. Notre Dame
11. Florida State
13. Kansas State
15. Iowa State
16. N.C. State
17. Washington State 4-1
18. Southern Cal. 3-1
19. Wisconsin 5-0
20. Penn State 3-1
21. Louisiana State 3-1
22. Alabama 4-1
23. Texas A&M 3-1
24. Iowa 4-1
25. Colorado State 4-1
Iowa State's Michael Wagner
Dropped Out: No. 20 Nebraska,
No. 23 Oregon State
Texas Tech quarterback Kliff Kingsbury, right, chats with teammmate Vincent Meeks. Kingsbury threw for six touchdowns,
setting a Big 12 and Texas Tech school record for most touchdown passes in a game as Tech beat New Mexico, 49-0.
SCOUTI NG THE NATION
THE DAILY'S PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
This week, the Daily shows some love to the Hawkeye state as it names Iowa
quarterback Brad Banks and Iowa State quarterback Seneca Wallace along
with Kentucky wide receiver Derek Abney as its Players of the Week. While
Iowa and Iowa State pulled off upsets against ranked teams, Kentucky battled
Florida in the swamp, but lost despite Abney's best efforts. Each of these play-
ers had at least three touchdowns this weekend.
Why Banks?: After Penn State's upset
over Nebraska, the Nittany Lions had
some calling them the best team in
the Big Ten. But Banks shattered that
notion as he passed for four touch-
downs on Saturday, including the
game winner in overtime on a 6-yard
pass to C.J. Jones. After blowing a 22-
point lead in the fourth quarter,
Banks and the Hawkeyes held on in
overtime. Iowa joined Michigan and
Alabama as just the third team to
beat a Joe Paterno coached team
three years in a row. Banks finished
the day 18-of-30 with 261 yards pass-
ing. The Iowa quarterback also rushed
eight times for 41 yards.
Iowa's Brad Banks
Why Wallace?: While the game could
have been an opportunity for Nebraska
to prove it was still among the national
powerhouses, instead it turned into a
coming-out party for Wallace and thee
Cyclones. Wallace ran for two touch-
downs and passed for another in thee
36-14 rout of the Cornhuskers. Wallace
efficiently led his team up and down4
the field against Nebraska as he con-
nected on 19-of-32 passes for 220 F'
yards. But it was not only his arm that
hurt the Cornhuskers; Wallace ran ram-'
pant against the Nebraska defense
gained 50 yards on seven attempts.
Wallace capped an 80-yard drive with
a 1-yard scamper to make the score
26-7 and put the game away. Iowa State's Seneca Wallace
Why Abney?: It takes a special player
to earn the Player of the Week award
when his team loses, but Abney did
just that. In the 41-34 loss to SEC
rival Florida, Abney became just the
seventh player in NCAA history to
return a kickoff and a punt return for
j qa touchdown in a single game.
Standing on his own goaline, Abney
returned a kickoff 100 yards for Ken-
tucky's second score of the game.
Then, Abney returned a Florida punt
49 yards for his third touchdown of
the afternoon. Abney also received a
15-yard touchdown pass from the
"Hefty Lefty" Jared Lorenzen for the
Wildcats' first score of the game.
-Abney finished the day with 168 all-
Kentucky's Derek Abney purpose yards. At 4-1, the Wildcats
AP PHOTOS look to be a surprise in the SEC.
After an Illinois field goal by Peter
Christofilakos, cornerback Marlin
Jackson intercepts a pass from
Illinois quarterback John Beutjer
and returns it 19 yards to the Illi-
nois 15-yard line. Michigan capi-
talizes with a 1 -yard pitch to
Chris Perry, who goes into the
end zone untouched.
Troy Nienberg makes the point
Michigan 7, Illinois 3
Illinois answers the Michigan
touchdown with an 80-yard scor-
ing drive on just four plays. The
77-second series is capped by a
52-yard touchdown pass from
Beutjer to receiver Walter Young.
Christofilakos makes the PAT.
Illinois 10, Michigan 7
Michigan quickly regains the lead
with an eight-play touchdown
drive. Quarterback John Navarre
connects on a six-yard fade pass
to Ronald Bellamy in the back
corner of the endzone.
Nienberg makes the PAT.
Michigan 14, Illinois 10
The Fighting Illini answer right
back, moving the ball 58 yards in
1:26. Christofilakos connects on
a 39-yard field goal with just a lit-
tle over a minute remaining in the
Michigan 14, Illinois 13
The Wolverines' defense again
sets up the offense with a short
field. Safety Charles Drake inter-
cepts a deflected Beutjer pass
and returns it 46 yards to the Illi-
nois 24-yard line. After four con-
secutive runs by PerryNavarre
finds Braylon Edwards on a slant
for a Michigan touchdown.
Nienberg makes the PAT.
Michigan 21, Illinois 13
The Wolverines' offense contin-
ues to dominate the Fighting Illini
with a 10-play, 69-yard drive.
Tight end Bennie Jopru catches
his first touchdown of the day, an
acrobatic 27-yard strike from
Navarre over the middle.
Nienberg makes the PAT.
Michigan 28, Illinois 13
After a defensive stop to open
the second half, Michigan contin-
ues its assault with the team's
longest drive of the season. The
12-play series spans 88 yards and
6:07 - all season highs for the
Wolverines. Joppru catches his
second score of the game on a 6-
yard pass from Navarre,.
Nienberg makes the PAT.
Michigan 35, Illinois 13
Marlin Jackson again gives Michi-
gan good field position when he
deflects and intercepts his sec-
ond pass of the game. The pick
gives the Wolverines the ball
deep in Illinois territory. Perry fin-
ishes off the 10-yard scoring
drive with a two-yard touchdown
Nienberg makes the PAT.
Michigan 42, Illinois 13
After a 46-yard touchdown pass
from Beutjer to receiver Brandon
Lloyd, Illinois adds another mean-
ingless score on a 1-yard keeper
by the Beutjer with 11 seconds
Michigan 45, Illinois 28
NEWS AND NOTES
Michigan State's Charles Rogers set an NCAA record by
catching a touchdown pass in his 13th straight regular-
season game. Rogers broke the record shared by
Marshall's Randy Moss, Michigan's Desmond Howard and
Pacific's Aaron Turner. Rogers set the mark midway
through the second quarter on a 21-yard catch from Jeff
Smoker, leaping over two defenders to get the ball. The
Spartans beat Northwestern 39-24 in East Lansing.
LaVar Arrington, a former All-American linebacker at
Penn State, was ejected from the game between his alma
mater and Iowa for yelling at the officials. His ejection
from the Nittany Lions' sideline took place just moments
after he was featured on the ESPN broadcast.
Penn State quarterback Zack Mills set a school record
with 399 yards passing, but Iowa won 42-35 in overtime.
Utah coach Ron McBride has voiced his displeasure
with officials earlier this season, but Saturday the zebras
were fed up with his team. The Utes amassed 148 yards
on 13 penalties, including four unsportsmanlike-conduct
calls. Air Force beat Utah 30-26 on a touchdown pass
with just 17 seconds remaining.
West Virginia running back Avon Cobourne ran for a
career-high 260 yards and broke the school's career
rushing record as the Mountaineers beat East Carolina 37-
Washington State quarterback Jason Gesser overcame
a dislocated rib to pass for 431 yards and four
touchdowns in the Cougars' 48-38 comeback win over
Lee Suggs set a Big East record with 40 career
touchdowns, scoring twice for No. 5 Virginia Tech in a 30-
0 win over Western Michigan. The game was played in
Kalamazoo because the Hokies' athletic director held the
same post at Western Michigan until 1997.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Texas Tech quarterback Kliff Kingsbury had a record-
setting day against New Mexico State on Friday night. He
threw for more than 400 yards and six touchdowns in a 49-0
But New Mexico coach Rocky Long felt that Texas Tech was
trying to improve Kingsbury's Heisman resume at the
expense of his team.
"They're into stats, they're into how many yards he can throw
for," Long said. "They're trying to win him the Heisman Tro-
phy. They'll never win it, but they're trying."
Navy coach Paul Johnson was more than a little dismayed
after his Midshipmen turned the ball over four times in a 43-
17 loss to Duke.
"We are not very good right now," Johnson said. "I Iknow they
want to win. Do they know how? No. Our guys are trying hard,
but they just can't do some things."
Kentucky turned in an impressive showing against Florida
Saturday. But the Wildcats' 300-pound starting quarterback,
Jared Lorenzen, got as much enjoyment from a Big Mac as he
did from his team's 39-34 loss.
Washington running back Rich Alexis was impressed with
the generous play of his quarterback, Cody Pickett, Saturday.
"He's dropping diamonds to everyone right now," said Alexis,
who caught six passes for 87 yards.
s Nevada couldn't stop Bradlee Van Pelt and the Colorado
State offense. Quarterback Van Pelt ran for 128 yards and a
touchdown as the Rams' option was enough to win 32-28.
"The going got tough and we got going," Van Pelt said.
The Associated Press contributed to the report.
Penn State's Larry Johnson,
After playing their most complete game
of the season, the Wolverines will have
two weeks to prepare for the Nittany
Lions. Penn State, coming off its
heart-breaking, 42-35 overtime loss to
Iowa at home Saturday, visits the Big
House on Oct. 12.
BIG TEN STANDINGS
With Phillips and McCollough
in control for most of the day,
it was Horn who triumphed by
one game with a late push.
Horn's faith in the Wolverines
and the Trojans proved to be
the difference, as he took a
one-game lead for the season
McCollough hung around,
despite questionable selec-
tions in MississippitState aid
Minnesota, thanks to his
prowess in picking the state of
Iowa. McCollough lost his best
bets streak as he put too much
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WEEK 4 SELECTIONS
ALL PICKS MADE AGAINST THE SPREAD.
CORRECT PICKS IN BOLD.
Michigan (-7.5) at IluNois
PENN STATE (-8) vs. Iowa
OHIo STATE (-27.5} vs. Indiana
MICHIGAN STATE (-23.5) vs. Northwestern
PURmUE (-3) vs. Minnesota
LoUISIANA STATE (-13) vs. Mississippi State
Virginia Tech (-23) at WESTERN MICHIGAN
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Horn McCollough Phillips Smith
Michigan Illnos IItois - linoiS
Penn State Iowa Penn State Penn State
Ohio State Ohio State Ohio Statd
Michigan State Northwestern Northwestern Northwestern
Purdue Minnesota Purdc - M nneoa
Louisiana State Mississippi State Louisiana State Louisiana State
Virginia Tech Virginle TeCh YkginIf T0Oh Vfgiit TeOh,
Sm.+her al- reoonn State OregonnState Oregon State
THIS WEEKEND'S RESULTS
Michigan 45, ILLINOIS 28
Iowa 42, PENN STATE 35 (OT)
OHIo STATE 45, Indiana 17
PURDUE 28, Minnesota 15
MICHIGAN STATE 39, Northwestern 24