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Chase shockers
Matt Kenseth and four-time winner Kyle Busch failed to qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The field:
1. Mark Martin 2. Tony Stewart 3. Jimmie Johnson 4. Denny Hamlin 5. Kasey Kahne 6. Jeff Gordon 7. Kurt Busch 8. Brian Vickers 9. Carl Edwards 10. Ryan Newman 11. Juan Montoya 12. Greg Biffle

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Brian Vickers makes his first Chase appearance.

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NFL: WEEK 1

Kid QBs grow up fast
Michigan’s Forcier, USC’s Barkley clutch in comeback wins
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American League Baltimore 7, N.Y. Yankees 3 Oakland 4, Minnesota 2
Chicago White Sox 4, L.A. Angels 3, 10 innings

Cleveland 13, Kansas City 6 Toronto 8, Detroit 6 Boston 9, Tampa Bay 1, 6 innings Seattle 8, Texas 3 National League Cincinnati 7, Chicago Cubs 5 Atlanta 7, St. Louis 6 N.Y. Mets 10, Philadelphia 9 Houston 4, Pittsburgh 2 Milwaukee 9, Arizona 2 Florida 11, Washington 3 L.A. Dodgers 9, San Francisco 1 San Diego 3, Colorado 2, 10 innings

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What in the name of Bo and Woody is going on here? Two true freshmen—at quarterback—leading the biggest, game-winning drives of the weekend. Welcome to the new age of college football, where true freshmen no longer redshirt. They play. They lead. They win on the biggest stage. Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier and USC quarterback Matt Barkley led their respective teams on last minute-drives and key victories Saturday night. “He’s not an 18-year-old kid anymore,” USC tailback Joe McKnight told reporters. While Barkley merely engineered the drive (McKnight did the work) in an 18-15 win over No. 8 Ohio State, Forcier did it all in a 38-34

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USC’s Matt Barkley, left, and Michigan’s Tate Forcier (5) led their teams on late winning drives. over No. 18 Notre Dame. The wild finishes overshadowed No. 5 Oklahoma State’s home loss to Houston. Where it goes from here: USC: Trojans still have big road games for Barkley to navigate, including California (Oct. 3) and Notre Dame (Oct. 17). Ohio State: Buckeyes proved they can play against nation’s elite, and won’t be tested again until the first week of November (at Penn State). Michigan: A year after the worst record in school history, UM looks like a Big Ten heavyweight. Notre Dame: Irish will score on any team in the nation, and now the season hangs on the Oct. 17 game against USC.
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Call it one last fling for the fractured marriage of Eric Mangini and Brett Favre. Mangini has been reborn as Browns coach. Favre has new life as the Vikings’ quarterback. And today, two guys whose reputations went cold during the Jets’ December collapse will start the rehab process against one another as Cleveland hosts Minnesota. “I really enjoyed coaching him,” Mangini said. “It’s not as much fun getting ready for him.” Favre: “I think very highly of Eric as a person and as a coach.” Not exactly the Hatfields and the McCoys. But it’s a headline matchup for Week 1. More for the marquee: New York’s matinee idol. Mark Sanchez will take center stage in Houston, as a win-now Jets roster will try to win—now—with a rookie QB. Mounting pressure? Nope, new coach Rex Ryan says. “He’s the same guy. And that’s a good thing. He’s going to do just fine.”

It doesn’t get much better than a rivalry game with a boffo storyline (Jay Cutler vs. Aaron Rodgers) to wrap up your first NFL Sunday. Week 1 viewers’ guide, Page 37

Sequels. The Falcons and Dolphins had renaissance seasons in 2008, making the playoffs after hitting rock bottom in 2007. Entering their season-opening matchup, both, too, are aware that sustaining success is the new challenge. “To the best of my knowledge, we left off with a loss,” Miami coach Tony Sparano said. “From my end, I would rather not relive that.”

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Bears at Packers
8:15 p.m., NBC
Chicago’s addition of Jay Cutler gives the Bears the franchise-type quarterback they’ve sought since Benjamin Franklin flew his kite in inclement weather. Meanwhile, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers appears primed to continue filling Brett Favre’s shoes quite well. Where the two QBs differ is that the Packers have great weapons in the passing game, while the Bears have unproven Devin Hester and a potentially emerging star in TE Greg Olsen. But Chicago sports the better defense, making this a game.

6 a.m. SPEED—GP2 Championship Series, at Monza, Italy (same-day tape) 7:30 a.m. SPEED— Formula One, Italian Grand Prix, at Monza, Italy
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Twitter causing trouble for Chargers’ Cromartie
San Diego Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who was fined $2,500 last month for complaining—on his Twitter page—about training camp food, is causing trouble with his thumbs again. Cromartie posted a picture on his Twitter account Tuesday showing a notebook with some diagrams and the caption, “Man I’m in here going hard wit film studying. It’s been an hr and I’m going abt another 30 min.” Coach Norv Turner had told the team that players weren’t allowed to tweet while they were inside the building. He told reporters Friday that the team had dealt with the situation, though Cromartie said there was no fine. Cromartie’s Twitter page has since been locked.

1 a.m. VERSUS—Tour of Missouri, final stage, at Kansas City, Mo. (delayed tape)
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8:30 a.m. TGC—European PGA Tour, Mercedes-Benz Championship, final round, at Cologne, Germany 1 p.m. TGC—LPGA, NW Arkansas Championship, final round, at Rogers, Ark. 2 p.m. NBC—PGA Tour, BMW Championship, final round, at Lemont, Ill. 4 p.m. TGC—USGA, Walker Cup, final round, at Merion, Pa. 7 p.m. TGC— Nationwide Tour, Utah Championship, final round, at Sandy, Utah (same-day tape)

Dodgers at Giants
4 p.m., TBS
As if righthander Brad Penny needed any more motivation as his Giants fight for a postseason berth. In the series finale against the first-place Dodgers this afternoon, Penny will have revenge on his mind. After a bitter offseason divorce— when Penny left the Dodgers as a free agent, third base coach Larry Bowa called him lazy and out of shape—he will get a chance to silence the Dodgers’ bats this afternoon. Penny is 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA since joining San Francisco.

1 p.m. CBS—Regional coverage FOX—Regional coverage, doubleheader 4:15 p.m. FOX—Regional coverage, doubleheader game 8:15 p.m. NBC—Chicago at Green Bay
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After his latest tweet, Antonio Cromartie locked his Twitter page. Copenhagen, Denmark. — Tripp Mickle, SportsBusiness Journal

10:55 a.m. ESPN2—Spanish Primera Division, Sporting Gijon vs. Almeria, at Gijon, Spain
TENNIS

The cost of Olympic bidding
The price tag to bid for an Olympic Games continues to escalate. Chicago has spent $48.2 million on its bid to host the 2016 Olympics—37 percent more than the $35 million that The New York Times reported New York spent in 2005 on its bid for the 2012 Games. The cost of Chicago’s bid between July 2006 and June 30, 2009, was disclosed last week in a Stewardship Report released by bid organizers. Organizers raised $72.8 million to cover expenses through private contributions. Chicago expenses are expected to increase over the last month of the bid. The International Olympic Committee will select the host of the 2016 Games on Oct. 2 in

Quick hits
CBS’ Jim Nantz, in Houston to call the Texans game today, will stay an extra day in his adopted hometown to receive on Monday the President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush Community Impact Award, SportsBusiness Daily reported. Proceeds from the event benefit the Greater Houston Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Yes, it’s official: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has confirmed wife Gisele Bundchen is pregnant, and the baby is due in December. He revealed the news in an interview with ESPN that will air today. — Compiled by staff and wire reports

— Chris Bahr GOLF

BMW Championship
2 p.m., NBC
Tiger Woods didn’t win a major this year, but he sure is tracking toward the FedEx Cup title. Woods’ course-record 62 at Cog Hill on Saturday has him seven shots clear of the field and in great position for his sixth PGA Tour win of the season. With such a big lead, Woods figures to scale back his aggression today, knowing that an even par round is enough to get the job done. Then again, he hasn’t shot worse than 68, so you still will see some quality shots.

1 p.m. ESPN2—U.S. Open, at New York 4 p.m. CBS—U.S. Open, at New York
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3 p.m. ESPN2—Los Angeles at Phoenix

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One of nation’s top uncommitted QBs still looking
Jeffrey Godfrey is reminded constantly that he’s not 6-5, and his lack of height is the reason some colleges aren’t recruiting him as a quarterback. Yet here he is, playing in one of the toughest high school football areas in the country— Miami-Dade—and he’s dominating the competition at 5-11, 170 pounds. The Miami Central QB’s arm is surely not lacking, as he can whip a crisp spiral downfield or spray the ball to the flat as well as any quarterback in the national class of 2010. His documented speed—4.62 seconds in the 40-yard dash—also makes him pretty slippery in the backfield. He also outperformed Ohio State QB commitment Taylor Graham, Arizona State commitment Pete Thomas and uncommitted fourstar recruit Munchie Legaux at the prestigious Gridiron Kings Camp at Disney World’s Wide World of Sports in July—leading his Southeast regional team to the 7-on-7 championship. So the consensus four-star prospect has one thing to say to recruiters who like his athletic ability and thinks he’ll need to switch positions. “I’m interested in any school that will play me at quarterback and not try to move me to another position,” Godfrey told Sporting News Today. Godfrey went on to say that Florida State, West Virginia, South Florida and UCF are all schools he is considering. Miami (Fla.), Georgia, Tennessee and Michigan have also offered scholarships, he reports. He admits that his showing on
As a junior, Godfrey threw for 2,999 yards and 28 touchdowns for Miami Central. He traveled to Tallahassee, Fla., to check out the Miami-Florida State last Monday. H.L. Bourgeois (Houma, La.) DT Damien Jacobs has committed to Florida State, Rivals.com reported. The 6-3, 295-pound defensive tackle also reported scholarship offers from Arkansas, Ole Miss, Nebraska and Texas Tech, among others. Jacobs is rated a three-star prospect by two recruiting services. He made his decision after visiting Tallahassee, Fla., for the Miami game earlier this week. “I decided to commit after my visit because it just felt like the right school for me,” Jacobs told Rivals. com. “I came home from the visit and talked to everybody. We all thought it was a good idea.” North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.) OT Jawuan James has de-committed from Alabama and is now looking at a handful of other schools, Scout.com reported. The 6-6, 295-pound offensive tackle will now check out Tennessee and Georgia, as well as keeping the Crimson Tide in mind. Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon, USC, Auburn, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami, Maryland, Michigan State and South Carolina are just some of the other schools that have offered scholarships to James. James is rated a four-star prospect by two recruiting services. — Brian McLaughlin

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6-0/207, Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.)
Considering: North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Penn State, Auburn

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Marcus Lattimore, RB

8. 9.

Jackson Jeffcoat, DL

6-4/233, Plano West Senior (Plano, Texas)
Considering: USC, Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona State, Houston

6-5/245, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
Committed to: USC

14. 15.

Xavier Grimble, TE

Jake Heaps, QB
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5-10/183, Temple (Texas)
Considering: Auburn, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas, USC

2. 3.

Lache Seastrunk, RB

Demarco Cobbs, WR

6-2/195, Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.)
Committed to: BYU

6-2/200 Tulsa Central (Tulsa, Okla.)
Considering: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee, Oklahoma

Blake Bell 5-11/185, Booker T. Washington (Miami)
Considering: Miami, Georgia, Michigan

6-4/215, Lake Howell (Winter Park, Fla.)
Considering: Florida State, Alabama, Florida, USC

16. 17.

Christian Jones, LB

21.

Eduardo Clements, RB

Seantrel Henderson, OL

6-8/301, Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul, Minn.)
Considering: Florida, Ohio State, USC, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Minnesota

10. 11.

Trey Hopkins, OL

6-4/260, North Shore (Galena Park, Texas)
Committed to: Texas

Chris Martin, DL

6-4/222, The Hun School (Princeton, N.J.)
Committed to: Notre Dame

22.

Lamarcus Joyner, DB

5-9/162, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Considering: Florida State, Ohio State, Florida

Malcolm Jones, RB/LB

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Jeffrey Godfrey says he’s interested in a school that will keep him at QB despite his size. ESPN in that elite summer camp at Disney has helped get his name out even more. And with almost all of the nation’s elite quarterbacks already committed, he knows he may be in a nice position in the months before national signing day in February. “That camp was really big, and I was surprised I was nominated for it,” Godfrey told SN Today. “Getting to play with players like (SN100 members) Christian Jones and Jeff Luc on the Southeast team was great, and we won the whole camp.” Godfrey said he’ll check out several more schools before he begins to narrow his list down.

6-1/205, Dwyer (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
Committed to: Florida

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Matt Elam, DB

6-0/210, Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.)

Considering: Stanford, UCLA

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Brennan Clay, RB

6-0/190, Scripps Ranch (San Diego)
Committed to: Oklahoma

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Devin Gardner, QB

6-4/196, Inkster (Mich.)
Committed to: Michigan

Justin McCay, WR

6-4/200, Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission, Kan.)
Committed to: Oklahoma

5-10/195, Little Rock Christian Academy (Little Rock, Ark.)
Considering: Arkansas, Auburn, Oklahoma, Notre Dame

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Michael Dyer, RB

Phillip Sims, QB

6-2/215, Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.)
Committed to: Alabama

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Jamel Turner, DE

6-2/205, Ursuline (Youngstown, Ohio)
Committed to: Ohio State

6-1/200, Skyline (Dallas)
Committed to: Texas A&M

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Corey Nelson, LB Zack McCray, DL
6-4/235, Brookville (Lynchburg, Va.)
Committed to: Virginia Tech

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Erik Kohler, OL

Blake Bell, QB

6-5/265, Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.)

6-6/215, Bishop Carroll (Wichita, Kan.)
Committed to: Oklahoma

Gabe King, DL/LB

Committed to: Washington

— Brian McLaughlin

6-5/260, Northern Guilford (Greensboro, N.C.)
Considering: Alabama, California, Oregon, Tennessee

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Padres 3, Rockies 2, 10 innings Colorado AB R H BI BB C.Gonzalez cf-rf 5 0 0 0 0 S.Smith lf 4 0 0 0 1 Helton 1b 4 0 0 0 1 2-Marquis pr 0 0 0 0 0 F.Morales p 0 0 0 0 0 Tulowitzki ss 4 1 2 1 1 Hawpe rf 3 0 1 0 1 1-Fowler pr-cf 1 1 0 0 0 Stewart 3b 3 0 0 0 1 Torrealba c 4 0 2 1 0 Barmes 2b 3 0 1 0 0 c-Giambi ph 1 0 0 0 0 Quintanilla 2b 0 0 0 0 0 Rogers p 1 0 0 0 0 a-McCoy ph 0 0 0 0 0 Belisle p 0 0 0 0 0 b-E.Young ph 1 0 0 0 0 R.Flores p 0 0 0 0 0 Daley p 0 0 0 0 0 Beimel p 0 0 0 0 0 d-Spilborghs ph 1 0 0 0 0 R.Betancourt p 0 0 0 0 0 G.Atkins 1b 0 0 0 0 0 Totals 35 2 6 2 5 San Diego E.Cabrera ss Eckstein 2b Ad.Gonzalez 1b Headley 3b Venable rf O.Salazar lf Thatcher p Gregerson p H.Bell p Gallagher p e-L.Rodriguez ph H.Blanco c Gwynn cf f-Ed.Gonzalez ph Stauffer p R.Webb p Macias lf g-Hundley ph Totals Colorado San Diego AB 4 3 4 3 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 0 29 R 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 H 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 BI 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 BB 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 5

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BB SO 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 8 8 BB SO 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 9 Avg. .257 .293 .314 .307 --.333 .000 .256 .305 .278 .000 .283 .258 .287 .250 .282 Avg. .270 .252 .322 .260 .279 .205 .000 .266 --.000 --.254 .263 .269 .057 .275

San Diego 3, Colorado 2, 10 innings

Teammates pick up Bell this time
SAN DIEGO—Heath Bell blew a save for the second straight night, and this time his teammates were able to pick him up. Pinch-hitter Nick Hundley drew a bases-loaded walk with one out in the 10th inning and the San Diego Padres beat N.L. wild-card leader Colorado 3-2 on Saturday night, snapping the Rockies’ eight-game winning streak. Colorado has a 5½-game lead in the wildcard race over San Francisco and Florida. The Rockies dropped three games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the N.L. West. Bell failed for the second straight night to protect a one-run lead, victimized once again by Yorvit Torrealba. Although he was upset about his fifth blown save, Bell was happy for his teammates. “It’s going to happen. It’s very unfortunate,” Bell said. “What can I say? They have a good lineup. I made some mistakes yesterday, today I had some bad luck. I’ve been very lucky all year. These guys are picking me up. I came in and they all said, ‘Keep your head up, let’s go. We’ve got you.’ “It’s a proven fact these guys are winners.” Will Venable opened the 10th against left-hander Franklin Morales (3-1) with a single that ricocheted off the outstretched glove of first baseman Todd Helton and was sacrificed by pinch-hitter Luis Rodriguez. Henry Blanco was intentionally walked and Edgar Gonzalez, pinch-hitting for left-hander Tony Gwynn Jr., walked to load the bases and bring up Hundley. Hundley pumped his right fist after drawing ball four, which brought in Venable. Hundley said he took some advice from teammate David Eckstein.

SO 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 SO 0 0 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 7

Avg. .283 .311 .323 .193 .400 .281 .292 .269 .233 .283 .243 .333 .173 .000 .000 .000 .314 ------.247 --.225 Avg. .264 .266 .275 .261 .274 .295 --.000 ----.210 .237 .254 .207 .158 --.167 .215

L.A. Dodgers 9, San Francisco 1

L.A.’s Padilla strong again
SAN FRANCISCO—No mention of magic numbers, not yet. Joe Torre doesn’t want to hear it. “Don’t even talk about that,” the Dodgers skipper interrupted when the topic came up. His club sure looks poised for the playoffs with three weeks left. Russell Martin hit a threerun homer, Vicente Padilla pitched six strong innings and singled in a run and Los Angeles topped its win total from 2008 with a 9-1 victory over the sinking San Francisco Giants on Saturday night. Padilla (3-0) struck out five and didn’t allow an earned run to remain unbeaten since signing a minor league deal with the Dodgers on Aug. 19 following his release by the Rangers. First-place Los Angeles moved three games ahead of Colorado, which lost in San Diego, in the N.L. West. The Giants remained 5½-games behind the Rockies in the wildcard race. “If we win games, nothing can happen to us,” Torre said. “That’s the way I look at it.” James Loney added a tworun homer in the ninth as Los Angeles (85-58) matched a season best by moving 27 games above .500 for the third time this year. — The Associated Press

Dodgers 9, Giants 1 Los Angeles AB Furcal ss 5 c-J.Castro ph-ss 1 Pierre cf-lf 4 M.Ramirez lf 4 Kuo p 0 b-Mientkiewicz ph 0 Belisario p 0 Belliard 3b 0 Kemp rf-cf 5 Blake 3b 3 Ja.McDonald p 0 Loney 1b 4 R.Martin c 3 O.Hudson 2b 4 V.Padilla p 3 Ethier rf 1 Totals 37 San Francisco Velez 2b Renteria ss Sandoval 1b B.Molina c Uribe 3b Bowker lf Medders p a-F.Lewis ph Joaquin p J.Miller p M.Valdez p d-Ishikawa ph Winn rf-lf Rowand cf J.Sanchez p Schierholtz rf Totals AB 4 4 4 4 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 3 0 2 30

R H BI 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 9 10 8 R 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 H BI 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 0

Los Angeles 010 311 102 — 9 10 1 San Francisco 001 000 000 — 1 4 1 a-grounded out for Medders in the 6th. b-was hit by a pitch for Kuo in the 8th. c-grounded out for Furcal in the 9th. d-struck out for M.Valdez in the 9th. E: V.Padilla (1), Velez (8). LOB: Los Angeles 10, San Francisco 6. 2B: Furcal (24), Kemp (24), Schierholtz (18). 3B: M.Ramirez (2). HR: R.Martin (5), off J.Sanchez; Loney (12), off J.Miller. RBIs: Furcal (39), Kemp (91), Loney 2 (85), R.Martin 3 (46), V.Padilla (2). SB: Pierre (26), Kemp (32). S: J.Sanchez. Runners left in scoring position: Los Angeles 5 (Loney, Pierre, O.Hudson 2, Kemp); San Francisco 3 (Renteria 3). DP: Los Angeles 1 (Furcal, Loney). Los Angeles IP V.Padilla W, 3-0 6 Kuo 1 Belisario 1 Ja.McDonald 1 San Francisco IP J.Sanchez L, 6-12 4 1⁄3 Medders 1 2⁄3 Joaquin 1 2⁄3 J.Miller 2⁄3 M.Valdez 2⁄3 H 3 1 0 0 H 5 2 2 1 0 R ER BB SO NP ERA 1 0 3 5 85 2.01 0 0 0 1 13 2.66 0 0 0 1 10 2.00 0 0 0 2 11 4.07 R ER BB SO NP ERA 5 4 3 4 92 4.16 1 1 1 3 29 3.26 1 1 2 1 41 5.06 2 2 2 0 21 3.18 0 0 0 0 12 5.63

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Nick Hundley, right, and Chase Headley celebrate after Hundley’s winning walk. “It was really important to kind of slow it down and not expand the zone— get a pitch in that situation that I can handle,” Hundley said. “He’s got really good stuff, and I think expanding it would help him out so it’s going to be really tough on you.” Earlier this season, Hundley had a game-winning home run against Cincinnati in the 16th inning. “They’re both nice in their own way,” he said. “Obviously a walkoff home run is going to be a little bit more exciting, but when you get the win against a contending team, a team that’s hot and playing as well and as talented as the Rockies, you can’t ever take that for granted.” — The Associated Press

One out when winning run scored. a-sacrificed for Rogers in the 5th. b-flied out for Belisle in the 7th. c-flied out for Barmes in the 9th. d-grounded into a fielder’s choice for Beimel in the 9th. e-sacrificed for Gallagher in the 10th. f-walked for Gwynn in the 10th. g-walked for Macias in the 10th. 1-ran for Hawpe in the 9th. 2-ran for Helton in the 10th. LOB: Colorado 9, San Diego 5. HR: Tulowitzki (25), off Stauffer. RBIs: Tulowitzki (76), Torrealba (22), Ad.Gonzalez (86), Headley (53), Hundley (22). SB: Fowler (27). S: McCoy, L.Rodriguez. SF: Headley. Runners left in scoring position: Colorado 4 (Stewart, S.Smith 2, Fowler). GIDP: Headley, Gwynn. DP: Colorado 2 (Barmes, Tulowitzki, Helton), (Belisle, Tulowitzki, Helton). Colorado IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Rogers 4 3 2 2 2 3 80 4.50 Belisle 2 1 0 0 0 1 16 6.85 R.Flores 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 4 4.50 Daley 2⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 6 3.74 Beimel 1 0 0 0 0 1 13 3.48 R.Betancourt 1 0 0 0 0 1 12 1.47 F.Morales L, 3-1 1⁄3 1 1 1 3 0 17 2.75 San Diego IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Stauffer 6 3 1 1 4 3 86 3.31 R.Webb H, 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 10 4.00 Thatcher H, 5 2⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 11 2.63 Gregerson H, 25 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 1 2.89 H.Bell BS, 5-42 1 2 1 1 0 1 20 2.66 Gallagher W, 1-0 1 1 0 0 1 2 24 0.00 IBB: off F.Morales (H.Blanco). Umpires: Home, Jerry Crawford; First, Tom Hallion; Second, Phil Cuzzi; Third, Jim Wolf. T: 2:59. A: 19,897 (42,691).

National League wild card standings
Colorado Florida San Francisco Atlanta Chicago W 82 76 76 74 72 L 61 66 66 68 68 Pct. .573 .535 .535 .521 .514 GB — 5½ 5½ 7½ 8½

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Inherited runners-scored: Medders 1-1, J.Miller 2-0, M.Valdez 1-0. HBP: by Joaquin (Mientkiewicz). WP: Joaquin. Umpires: Home, Dan Iassogna; First, Larry Vanover; Second, Sam Holbrook; Third, Brian Gorman. T: 3:09. A: 41,710 (41,915).

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POSTGAME REPORT: WEEK 2

PLAYERS/PERFORMANCES
Sporting News Today’s Derek Samson covers the best and worst performances of the week.

Hayes’ Heisman watch
Sporting News Today college football columnist Matt Hayes sizes up the Heisman Trophy race after Week 2.

What’s next
Tennessee visits Florida, and the Gators will welcome new coach Lane Kiffin to the SEC. If you know (TIM) what (TE) I (BOW) mean.

Game balls
1. Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan QB. He completed 33 of 46 passes for 328 yards in the upset at Michigan State, and was at his best in the fourth quarter. He also became the MAC’s all-time leader in total offense, now with 12,166 yards. 2. Case Keenum, Houston QB. He threw for 366 yards and three touchdowns in the upset of No. 5 Oklahoma State, and severely outplayed Oklahoma State QB Zac Robinson. 3. Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh RB. Why was everyone sweating LeSean McCoy leaving school early for the NFL? Lewis rushed for 190 yards and two TDs, giving him 319 rushing yards in two games. Oh yeah, he’s also just a true freshman. Wasn’t a bad day for true frosh, huh? 4. John Clay, Wisconsin RB. He wouldn’t allow the Badgers to lose to Fresno State, carrying half the defense on his back en route to 143 rushing yards and a double-OT win.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

QB Tim Tebow, Sr., Florida: Threw for 237 yards and four touchdowns, and rushed for 71 yards and another score in the Gators’ 56-6 victory over Troy. QB Colt McCoy, Sr., Texas: Threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns, rushed for 44 yards and another score in the Longhorns’ 41-10 win at Wyoming. RB Jahvid Best, Jr., California: Rushed for 144 yards and a touchdown in the Bears’ 59-7 victory over Eastern Washington. QB Max Hall, Sr., BYU: Threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns in the Cougars’ 54-3 victory at Tulane. Case Keenum, Jr., Houston: Threw for 366 yards and three touchdowns, and had a rushing TD in the Cougars’ 45-35 victory at No. 5 Oklahoma State.

Closing in
USC TB Joe McKnight carried USC vs. Ohio State.

Get these digits
Buffalo QB Zach Maynard by the numbers:

400: 16.6: 4: 27:

Passing yards Saturday vs. Pittsburgh Yards per completion

yards set by Lindsay Scott in 1978 and equaled by Thomas Brown in 2006. The Bulldogs held on for a 41-37 win. 5. Florida QB Tim Tebow needs five more rushing TDs to break Herschel Walker’s SEC record of 49. He tied Carnell Williams for third place on Saturday.

touchdowns and minus-8 yards rushing. Somewhere, Phil Fulmer must be thinking, “Have fun with that, Lane.”

This game is easy
Duke QB Sean Renfree connected for a 17-yard touchdown on the first pass of his college career as the Blue Devils beat Army 35-19.

touchdown passes Points by which his team lost

Potts shots
Texas Tech QB Taylor Potts threw seven TD passes—5, 7, 8, 11, 27, 34 and 30 yards—in a rout of Rice. He completed 36 of 57 passes for 456 yards and threw to 13 different receivers. Yet his seven TDs didn’t set a record (this is, after all, Texas Tech). Potts fell one short of B.J. Symons, who had eight touchdowns against Texas A&M in 2003.

Quote of the day
“I don’t get nervous. I’ve been preparing for this my whole life. It’s like nothing new to me.” — Michigan freshman QB Tate Forcier, after throwing the winning touchdown pass with 11 seconds left to beat No. 18 Notre Dame 38-34.

Making history
1. South Florida senior QB Matt Grothe became the Big East’s all-time leader in total offense during the Bulls’ 35-13 win over Western Kentucky. Grothe threw for 208 yards and rushed for 53, increasing his career total to 10,702. That broke the record of
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Dan LeFevour, right, became the MAC’s all-time leader in total offense with 12,166 yards. 10,529 held by former West Virginia star Pat White. 2. Tyler Sash tied a school record by making three of Iowa’s five interceptions in the rout of rival Iowa State. 3. Minnesota opened its new $300 million TCF Bank Stadium

(we’ll see how much fans like this outdoor business in Minneapolis come Nov. 14 against South Dakota State) and Nate Triplett turned in a night to remember. The senior linebacker had a career-high 17 tackles and a 52-yard fumble return for a TD in the 20-13 win over Air Force. 4. Brandon Boykin set a school record by returning a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, giving No. 21 Georgia a quick boost after South Carolina jumped ahead 7-0. He broke the previous record of 99

Quote of the day II
“I’m like, ‘Where is everybody?’” — Texas freshman RB Tre’ Newton on Wyoming’s standing-room-only crowd of 31,017 after playing last week in front of 101,096 fans in Austin.

Worst line of the week
Lane Kiffin, welcome to the befuddling case of Jonathan Crompton. The Vols’ senior QB, who was benched last year for a tendency to throw to the wrong team, had an appalling day in the loss to UCLA: 13 of 26, 93 yards, three interceptions, no

Quote of the day III
“We’re Trojans. That’s what we do.” — USC QB Matt Barkley, after driving 86 yards in 14 plays to rally for an 18-15 victory over eighth-ranked Ohio State.

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TEAMS/LEAGUES
Sporting News Today’s Derek Samson covers the best and worst performances of Week 2 in college football.

Curtis’ Poll Vault
RISING
Curtis’ top 5
1. Florida 2. USC 3. Alabama 4. Texas 5. California

Sporting News Today’s college football columnist Dave Curtis gives his view of how Week 2’s results should impact today’s Top 25 voting.

FALLING
No. 5 Oklahoma State: Time for a re-calculation. These guys jumped too high after beating Georgia; they’ll fall too far after a letdown versus Houston. No. 7 Penn State: Despite easy wins over Akron and Syracuse, Nittany Lions don’t look like a top-10 team. How about shutting out Temple next week, fellas? No. 18 Notre Dame: Another consequence of Charlie Weis’ fourth-quarter brain freeze—Irish’s return to poll lasted just two sets of rankings.

Finding a way
UCLA by the numbers:

Making history
Fortunately for Washington, the Huskies will only share the distinction of the longest losing streak in Pac-10 history (15 games). A loss to Idaho on Saturday would have given the Huskies the record all to themselves. But after U-Dub’s first win since Nov. 17, 2007, the Huskies simply share the mark with Oregon State (1990-91 and 1995-96). N.C. State’s 65 points were the most ever by a Tom O’Brien-coached team. The Wolfpack, held to three points in a season-opening snooze, took out their offensive frustrations on poor Murray State by scoring on their first 10 possessions before finally punting midway through the fourth quarter. Texas’ win at Wyoming gave it a 15th straight nonconference victory, tying a school record established in the 1940s. Missouri was held scoreless in the first quarter for the first time at home since a 31-14 loss to Kansas on Nov. 20, 2004. The Tigers woke up in time to beat Bowling Green 27-20.

9: 70: 186: 6: 1: 2:

Penalties Penalty yards Total yards

No. 9 BYU: The Cougars shake a bad start in New Orleans to rout Tulane. Has any team in America looked as impressive through two weeks? No. 21 Georgia: The Dawgs are a shaky squad bound to lose a couple more. But SEC wins are gold in the eyes of voters. No. 23 Cincinnati: Each time out, Brian Kelly’s selfdescribed Cadillac offense will gain more believers. Watch out, Big East.

1. 2. 3.

1. 2. 3.

Fumbles (lost just one)

Quarterback who was not named Jonathan Crompton Wins over Tennessee in consecutive seasons

previous week, they held Virginia Tech to 91 rushing yards (note above that the Hokies busted out for 444 this week).

Coach quote of the day
“Everybody’s been telling them how good they’ve been and how good they are, and now they get to see the other side of it.” — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy after the loss to Houston

New Hampshire beat the Cardinals 23-16. The Ball State offense produced nine first downs, 26 rushing yards, three turnovers, 114 passing yards and 11,000 nauseous fans.

Stick to hoops
It would have been an outstanding Final Four matchup, but North Carolina-UConn on the football field really didn’t muster one shining moment. UConn rushed for 72 yards, which more than doubled the output from UNC’s ground game. There were more combined turnovers than touchdowns and the game, fittingly, was won when the Huskies were flagged for holding in their own end zone, resulting in a safety with 1:32 remaining.

board. “They won the darned game for 58 minutes,” Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said. “I feel lucky to have won.”

Unit Watch
Notre Dame wide receivers. The Irish defense might be suspect— extremely suspect—but their receivers are second-to-none. Michael Floyd, Golden Tate and tight end Kyle Rudolph comprise the best trio in the country with a combined 30 catches for 561 yards in the first two weeks. Virginia Tech running backs. Against Alabama last week, the Hokies missed Darren Evans, the starting running back who suffered a season-ending knee injury in preseason camp. But against Marshall on Saturday, Virginia Tech rebounded for 444 rushing yards. Ryan Williams rushed for 164 yards on 16 carries, while fellow

Bawl State
Hopefully Ball State fans enjoyed last year’s unbeaten regular season. Because this year already looks repulsive. It began with a mindnumbing 20-10 loss to North Texas and somehow managed to spiral from there. On Saturday, I-AA

BCS standings
Nonconference standings after two weeks for the six BCS leagues:
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Number and letters of the day
35 and I-AA Florida State scored twice in the final 35 seconds to avoid its first loss to a I-AA school since 1969. The Seminoles edged Jacksonville State 19-9, but trailed 9-7 until a touchdown with 35 ticks left on the

RB Johri Fogerson (23) celebrates his second TD that helped the Huskies put away Idaho. freshman David Wilson had 165 yards on 12 carries. And don’t forget QB Tyrod Taylor (58 rushing yards Saturday), who is always a threat on the ground.

Alabama defensive front seven. The Crimson Tide held Florida International to 1 yard rushing. The

League Pac-10 Big 12 SEC Big Ten ACC Big East

vs. BCS 5-1 3-1 3-2 4-3 2-5 0-3

Overall nonconference 12-4 16-6 13-2 18-4 12-7 10-3

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1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25.
Florida (2-0) def. Troy 56-6 Next: vs. Tennessee (1-1) Texas (2-0) def. Wyoming 41-10 Next: vs. Texas Tech (2-0) USC (2-0) def. to Ohio State 18-15 Next: at Washington (1-1) Alabama (2-0) def. to Florida International 40-14 Next: vs. North Texas (1-1) Oklahoma State (1-1) lost to Houston 45-35 Next: vs. Rice (0-2) Mississippi (1-0) was idle Next: vs. Southeastern Louisiana (2-0) Penn State (2-0) def. Syracuse 28-7 Next: vs. Temple (0-1) Ohio State (1-1) lost to USC 18-15 Next: at Toledo (1-1) BYU (2-0) def. Tulane 54-3 Next: vs. Florida State (1-1) California (2-0) def. Eastern Washington 59-7 Next: at Minnesota (2-0) LSU (2-0) def. Vanderbilt 23-9 Next: vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (2-0) Boise State (2-0) def. Miami Ohio 48-0 Next: at Fresno State (1-1), Friday Oklahoma (1-1) def. Idaho State 64-0 Next: vs. Tulsa (2-0) Virginia Tech (1-1) def. Marshall 52-10 Next: vs. No. 22 Nebraska (2-0) Georgia Tech (2-0) def. Clemson 30-27 (Thursday) Next: at No. 20 Miami (1-0), Thursday TCU (1-0) def. Virginia 30-14 Next: vs. Texas State (1-0) Utah (2-0) def. San Jose State 24-14 Next: at Oregon (1-1) Notre Dame (1-1) lost to Michigan 38-34 Next: vs. Michigan State (1-1) North Carolina (2-0) def. Connecticut 12-10 Next: vs. East Carolina (1-1) Miami (1-0) was idle Next: vs. No. 15 Georgia Tech (2-0), Thursday Georgia (1-1) def. South Carolina 41-37 Next: at Arkansas (1-0) Nebraska (2-0) def. Arkansas State 38-9 Next: at No. 14 Virginia Tech (1-1) Cincinnati (2-0) def. Southeast Missouri State 70-3 Next: at Oregon State (2-0) Kansas (2-0) def. UTEP 34-7 Next: vs. Duke (1-1) Missouri (2-0) def. Bowling Green 27-20 Next: vs. Furman (2-0)

Schedule and results
Saturday’s results EAST Albright 48, W. Connecticut 7 Alfred 33, FDU-Florham 28 Allegheny 27, Westminster, Pa. 14 Ashland 34, Michigan Tech 28 Boston College 34, Kent St. 7 Bucknell 26, Robert Morris 23 California, Pa. 30, West Chester 23 Case Reserve 45, Rochester 14 Chicago 37, Kenyon 36, 2OT Colgate 23, Stony Brook 13 Cortland St. 26, Morrisville St. 17 Dickinson 26, Hobart 3 Drake 34, Marist 6 Duke 35, Army 19 East Stroudsburg 45, Clarion 31 Edinboro 31, C.W. Post 23 Franklin & Marshall 42, Catholic 21 Gallaudet 34, Hiram 7 Hofstra 40, Bryant 24 Holy Cross 52, Sacred Heart 21 Indiana, Pa. 17, Millersville 3 Lafayette 28, Georgetown, D.C. 3 Maine 17, Northeastern 7 Massachusetts 44, Albany, N.Y. 7 Moravian 21, McDaniel 16 Mount St. Joseph 42, Lakeland 19 Navy 32, Louisiana Tech 14 North Carolina 12, Connecticut 10 Penn St. 28, Syracuse 7 Pittsburgh 54, Buffalo 27 RPI 28, Endicott 0 Richmond 16, Delaware 15 Rowan 29, Lycoming 7 Rutgers 45, Howard 7 Shippensburg 49, Lock Haven 7 Springfield 57, King’s, Pa. 30 St. Ambrose 34, Malone 14 St. Francis, Pa. 31, Morehead St. 0 St. John Fisher 55, Buffalo St. 7 Susquehanna 43, Juniata 13 Utica 62, Castleton St. 10 Villanova 38, Lehigh 17 Waynesburg 49, Hanover 21 West Virginia 35, East Carolina 20 Widener 22, Curry 17 SOUTH Alabama 40, Fla. International 14 Alabama A&M 31, Hampton 24 Alabama St. 20, Savannah St. 17 Auburn 49, Mississippi St. 24 BYU 54, Tulane 3 Benedict 40, Miles 31 Bethany, W.Va. 41, Kentucky Christian 33 Birmingham-Southern 35, Campbell 28, OT Centre 25, Mayville St. 17 Charleston, W.Va. 35, W. Virginia St. 0 St. Norbert 14, Grinnell 11 St. Olaf 46, Pacific Lutheran 7 St. Scholastica 33, Maranatha Baptist 8 Thiel 20, Albion 10 Upper Iowa 42, Northern St., S.D. 35, OT Urbana 13, Dayton 10 Valdosta St. 32, S. Arkansas 7 Valparaiso 20, Concordia, Wis. 17 Wartburg 34, Augsburg 21 Washington, Mo. 41, Westminster, Mo. 35 Wayne, Mich. 27, Indianapolis 23 Wheaton, Ill. 29, Bethel, Minn. 26 William Penn 42, Taylor 16 Wis.-Platteville 28, Dubuque 20 Wis.-Stout 24, Jamestown 14 Wis.-Whitewater 58, Midland Lutheran 0 Wisconsin 34, Fresno St. 31, 2OT Youngstown St. 38, Austin Peay 21 SOUTHWEST Ark.-Pine Bluff 45, Langston 30 Austin 30, McMurry 27 Houston 45, Oklahoma St. 35 Howard Payne 23, SW Assemblies of God 17 Kansas 34, UTEP 7 Mary Hardin-Baylor 42, S. Nazarene 7 Ohio 31, North Texas 30, OT Oklahoma 64, Idaho St. 0 Sam Houston St. 48, N. Dakota St. 45 Stephen F.Austin 92, Texas College 0 Texas Tech 55, Rice 10 Trinity, Texas 21, Texas Lutheran 20 Whittier 31, Sul Ross St. 28 FAR WEST Arizona 34, N. Arizona 17 Boise St. 48, Miami (Ohio) 0 Cal Poly 38, Sacramento St. 19 California 59, E. Washington 7 Colorado St. 24, Weber St. 23 Hawaii 38, Washington St. 20 Linfield 37, Hardin-Simmons 22 Mesa, Colo. 51, N.M Highlands 7 Montana 17, UC Davis 10 Montana St. 23, Dixie St. 20 Montana St.-Northern 38, Rocky Mountain 37 N. Colorado 31, San Diego 12 New Mexico St. 21, Prairie View 18 Oregon 38, Purdue 36 Oregon St. 23, UNLV 21 Pomona-Pitzer 20, Puget Sound 14 Portland St. 34, S. Oregon 10 Redlands 36, E. Texas Baptist 3 San Diego St. 35, S. Utah 19 Texas 41, Wyoming 10 Tulsa 44, New Mexico 10 Utah 24, San Jose St. 14 Washington 42, Idaho 23

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For the first time in 28 years, outdoor football returned to Minnesota with the opening of the $300 million TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday.
Coastal Carolina 24, Monmouth, N.J. 17 Cumberland, Tenn. 31, Georgetown, Ky. 21 Cumberlands 55, Mississippi College 26 Elon 41, Presbyterian 7 Florida 56, Troy 6 Florida St. 19, Jacksonville St. 9 Furman 38, Chattanooga 20 Gardner-Webb 27, W. Carolina 20 Georgia 41, South Carolina 37 Grambling St. 38, Northwestern St. 17 Hampden-Sydney 46, Gettysburg 43, OT Johns Hopkins 35, Randolph-Macon 31 LSU 23, Vanderbilt 9 Lenoir-Rhyne 42, Davidson 0 Liberty 35, N.C. Central 10 Louisiana-Lafayette 17, Kansas St. 15 Louisiana-Monroe 58, Texas Southern 0 Mars Hill 20, St. Augustine’s 14 Maryland 38, James Madison 35, OT McNeese St. 40, Appalachian St. 35 Methodist 20, Guilford 19 Middle Tennessee 31, Memphis 14 N. Carolina A&T 17, Norfolk St. 13 N.C. State 65, Murray St. 7 Nicholls St. 14, Duquesne 7 Old Dominion 49, Virginia Union 17 S. Carolina St. 24, Bethune-Cookman 3 SMU 35, UAB 33 Samford 27, Jacksonville 0 South Florida 35, W. Kentucky 13 Southern Miss. 26, UCF 19 Southern U. 68, Central St., Ohio 0 TCU 30, Virginia 14 Tennessee St. 14, Jackson St. 7 Tuskegee 22, Fort Valley St. 15 UCLA 19, Tennessee 15 UNC-Pembroke 24, Wingate 13 Virginia Tech 52, Marshall 10 Wake Forest 24, Stanford 17 Washington & Lee 31, Sewanee 13 William & Mary 33, Cent. Connecticut St. 14 Wofford 42, Charleston Southern 14 MIDWEST Adrian 31, Defiance 16 Akron 41, Morgan St. 0 Augustana, S.D. 49, Minn.-Crookston 0 Aurora 32, Mac Murray 28 Beloit 25, Carroll, Wis. 7 Bemidji St. 24, Winona St. 19 Black Hills St. 21, NW Oklahoma 7 Buena Vista 16, Peru St. 14 Butler 49, Franklin 19 Carleton 27, Cornell, Iowa 21 Carthage 26, Hope 19 Cent. Michigan 29, Michigan St. 27 Central 22, Wis.-Stevens Pt. 21 Chadron St. 24, Adams St. 21 Cincinnati 70, SE Missouri 3 Coe 27, Gustavus 24 Concordia, Ill. 34, Eureka 21 Concordia, Moor. 43, Valley City St. 28 Concordia, St.P. 45, Minn. St., Moorhead 35 Crown, Minn. 27, Macalester 17 E. Illinois 31, Indiana St. 0 Elmhurst 17, Olivet 9 Findlay 43, Ferris St. 7 Grand Valley St. 38, Saginaw Valley St. 7 Hamline 34, Martin Luther 0 Hastings 31, Briar Cliff 20 Illinois 45, Illinois St. 17 Illinois Wesleyan 43, Alma 7 Indiana 23, W. Michigan 19 Iowa 35, Iowa St. 3 Kalamazoo 44, Rockford 9 Lake Forest 35, Ripon 7 Luther 43, Wis. Lutheran 21 Michigan 38, Notre Dame 34 Millikin 42, Loras 7 Minn. Duluth 34, SW Minnesota St. 27 Minn. St., Mankato 35, Mary 14 Minn.-Morris 21, Dakota St. 20 Minnesota 20, Air Force 13 Missouri 27, Bowling Green 20 Missouri St. 24, Tenn.-Martin 14 Monmouth, Ill. 50, Lawrence 3 N. Illinois 41, W. Illinois 7 N. Iowa 66, South Dakota 7 N. Michigan 62, Tiffin 0 Nebraska 38, Arkansas St. 9 Nebraska-Kearney 45, Western St.,Colo. 13 New Hampshire 23, Ball St. 16 North Central 55, Benedictine, Ill. 0 Northwestern 27, E. Michigan 24 Northwood, Mich. 38, Hillsdale 37 Rose-Hulman 48, North Park 17 S. Dakota St. 44, Georgia Southern 6 Simpson, Iowa 48, Northwestern, Minn. 20 St. Francis, Ind. 55, Iowa Wesleyan 0 St. John’s, Minn. 35, Wis.-Eau Claire 27

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No. 3 USC 18, No. 8 Ohio State 15

First Bush Push, now Matt’s March ‘I wanted to finish this off’
COLUMBUS, OHIO—His throwing shoulder numb, his team’s national championship hopes at the brink, Matt Barkley jogged into the USC offensive huddle and explained the moment. S e v e n minutes left, he told his teammates. Five points down to the host Buckeyes. EightyDave Curtis six yards of COLLEGE FOOTBALL field separating them and an enormous sigh of relief. And then, the true freshman quarterback, college football’s newest Johnny Bravo, did something remarkable. “He just smiled,” receiver Damian Williams said. In 53 minutes of pre-smile football, No. 3 USC had gained 229 yards, and its offense had scored one touchdown. In the night’s final seven, the Trojans slapped together an 86-yard drive and tallied a second touchdown, the difference in an 18-15 victory over No. 8 Ohio State. What changed? Nothing in the scheme, Barkley and his teammates said. Nothing about his poise and composure and maturity, the stuff about which they’ve raved since the kid got to Troy. Ohio State’s defense, a stalwart so far, didn’t shake up much “Hurt every throw,” he said. “But it didn’t limit me.” The boy wonder started his fateful drive by taking a sack to set up second-and-14. Then a false start made it secondand-19 at the USC 5. But, as his coaches and teammates predicted, he never panicked. He got help from Joe McKnight, who finally strung together a big game at a big time (105 total yards), and from a defense that kept the Buckeyes to 265 yards. When it was done, as an assistant trainer wrapped an ice bag on his shoulder, it dawned on him that his work wasn’t done. USC had games like this before, seen heroes like this before. And then the Trojans have slipped—Oregon State last year, Stanford before that—and made the September magic moot. “This is the best thing that could have happened to Washington,” Carroll said of his team’s next opponent. “That maybe we’ll get all caught up in the glow of this win. I’ve already addressed the guys about it.” But maybe, some Trojans said, this group will be different. It’s already got a different quarterback, they say. A different finish, an undefeated finish, might be ahead, too. And if that’s the case, Barkley can smile all the way to a national championship game.
dcurtis@sportingnews.com After two mostly rough years at USC, RB Joe McKnight played Saturday night with a drive and flair Trojans coaches and fans have anticipated since his arrival. The junior, once one of the nation’s top recruits, had 105 total yards (60 rushing, 45 receiving), including 53 on the Trojans’ game-winning drive. After his team’s 18-15 victory, McKnight spoke with reporters, including Sporting News Today’s Dave Curtis, about his play and his team:

What was it like for the coaches to stick with you down the stretch? It felt very good. They’ve got about six other running backs they could have put in, but they stayed with me. I’ll have to thank Coach (Pete) Carroll for that.
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Is this the kind of game you’ve been waiting for since you got to

Joe McKnight had 105 total yards for the Trojans. about? It was one play. Cramps. After the screen I caught, I just had to get it stretched out. I didn’t want to stay off the field. I worked so hard during the summer. I wanted to finish this off.

USC? Yeah, I’ve been waiting for this for two years. I messed up my first two years. Now, I’m just making up for it. Why did you guys stick with the run game on that final drive? We just had to keep pushing. We had to stay with our O-line. It’s the best offensive line in the country. And we had to stay patient. That’s what we did, I think, and it worked out good for us. What was Matt Barkley like in the huddle at the end? Matt was like, he was scared. (Laughs) Really. (More laughing) He came with the same composure he had all game. He came in calm, collected and called the plays how you’re supposed to call them. And he made plays. You came off the field during that last drive. What was that

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For the second straight week, Matt Barkley belied his status as a true freshman. either. No, all that changed is that Barkley began to emerge as a great one. He completed a pair of third-down passes, converted a pair of quarterback sneaks, and led the most important USC rally this side of the Bush Push. Afterward, the raving continued. Said offensive lineman Jeff Byers: “The kid’s incredible. I can’t think of anything more incredible to do than, you’re a freshman, and you lead a winning drive in the Horseshoe.” Said linebacker Chris Galippo: “He played so not like a freshman. I don’t know if anyone—(Mark) Sanchez, (Matt) Leinart, Carson (Palmer)—I don’t know if anyone could have done it better.” Said USC coach Pete Carroll: “Let the games begin as far as talking about his career.” For a while, Saturday seemed like it would be a forgettable part of that career. Barkley was 12-for-26 for 140 yards before taking the ball with 7:15 remaining. He banged his shoulder taking a late-third quarter hit and said it bothered him the rest of the way.

You were having some conversations with their defensive backs for a lot of the game. Were you running harder on that last drive? Nah. But with the work I did in the offseason, I wanted to get physical. The first couple of years, I wasn’t physical. I wanted to score every time. The last drive, I stayed with the stuff I know. Just pound it down the field and follow the offensive line.

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What did you learn about Matt in this game? He’s not an 18-year-old kid anymore. He stepped up to be a man. He made plays at big times. He’s going to take us all the way to the promised land.

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No. 3 USC 18, No. 8 Ohio State 15

Trojans march 86 yards for game-winning touchdown
COLUMBUS, OHIO—Backed up to their own goal line, Matt Barkley and Joe McKnight drove into Southern California lore. Barkley, the freshman quarterback, and McKnight, the shifty tailback, made big play after big play, and Stafon Johnson capped one of the great drives in USC’s storied history with a 2-yard touchdown run with 1:05 left to give the thirdranked Trojans an 18-15 victory against No. 8 Ohio State on Saturday night. “We’re Trojans. That’s what we do,” Barkley said. “This is what we dreamed of, coming back like this. “Doesn’t matter where we are in the score. We found a way. I love this.” For the Buckeyes (1-1), it was another big-game heartbreaker, maybe the toughest one yet. Ohio State has now lost six straight against top-five teams, including two national title games and last season’s 35-3 loss to USC in Los Angeles. For the Trojans, it was their 10th straight victory against the Big Ten. None was tougher—and none was likely more satisfying for Pete Carroll’s team. “I think it’s a beautiful statement for our whole team,” the coach said. “It was really a great job by a lot of guys.” The official stats will call it a 14-play, 86-yard drive, but it really started with USC at its own 5, facing a secondand-19 with 6:09 left in the game. Suddenly, an offense stymied and held scoreless all second half by a hard-charging Ohio State defense came alive. McKnight darted for 11. Then it not worried about how old he is. Numbers mean nothing.” Pryor made some plays for Ohio State with his arm and his legs, throwing for 177 yards and running for 36 in a game dominated by defense and field position. Coming off last year’s drubbing by USC, Ohio State couldn’t have come up with a worse way to start the rematch. Pryor’s short toss over the middle was picked off by Chris Galippo around midfield and he returned it 51 yards to the Ohio State 2. The Trojans needed four downs, but Johnson bulled in for a 1-yard score to make it 7-0 less than four minutes in. Pryor responded, hitting Dane Sanzenbacher streaking down the middle for 56 yards to set up Dan Herron’s 2-yard touchdown run. Midway through the first, it was 7-7 and Ohio State’s crowd was back into it and blaring. The teams traded field goals in the second quarter, with USC’s Jordan Congdon knocking home a 21-yarder on the last play of the half to cap a snappy 2-minute drill by Barkley. After pinning USC at its own 10, the Buckeyes forced USC to punt from its end zone. That turned into two points for Ohio State when a high snap slipped through the hands of punter Billy O’Malley for a safety with 9:03 left in the third. Pryor and Ohio State then took advantage of excellent field position after the free kick, and drove to setup a 22-yard field goal by Aaron Pettrey with 4:49 left in the quarter to make it 15-10. — The Associated Press

Kings of the road
USC coach Pete Carroll owns the road in nonconference games, running his record to 11-2 and his winning streak to 10 games. Here’s how he’s fared in them since taking over at USC in 2001: Sept. 12, 2009: USC 18, Ohio State 15 Aug. 30, 2008: USC 52, Virginia 7 Sept. 15, 2007: USC 49, Nebraska 31 Oct. 20, 2007: USC 38, Notre Dame 0 Sept. 2, 2006: USC 50, Arkansas 14 Sept. 3, 2005: USC 63, Hawaii 17 Oct. 15, 2005: USC 34, Notre Dame 31 Sept. 18, 2004: USC 42, BYU 10 Oct. 18, 2003: USC 45, Notre Dame 14 Aug. 30, 2003: USC 23, Auburn 0 Sept. 21, 2002: Kansas State 27, USC 20 Sept. 14, 2002: USC 40, Colorado 3 Oct. 20, 2001: Notre Dame 27, USC 16

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USC RB Stafon Johnson (13) struts into the end zone for the winning touchdown with 1:05 to play in Saturday’s win over Ohio State. was Barkley to McKnight, who weaved for 21 more on third-and-8. When Barkley threw a strike over the middle to Anthony McCoy for 26 to get USC to the Ohio State 37, the record crowd of more than 106,000 at Ohio Stadium started to grow uneasy. Barkley converted a fourth-andshort with a sneak. McKnight ran three straight times, showing some power to go with all those moves and got USC inside the 10. Another sneak by Barkley got it to first-and-goal. Then Johnson swept around right end, going in untouched, pointing toward the USC section as he crossed the goal line. It was the only part of the huge crowd cheering. The rest was silent. Barkley and McKnight hooked up one more time, appropriately, for a 2-point conversion that meant an Ohio State field goal would only force overtime. But with no timeouts left, Terrelle Pryor and the Buckeyes offense went nowhere with their last chance. Just when it looked as if Big Ten pride would be restored—at least a little—the league took another highprofile hit. Barkley finished 15 of 31 for 195 yards with an interception. He was sacked twice and took some shots, but just a few days removed from his 19th birthday, he already has a drive that could define his career—in his second game. “He’s not 19,” Carroll said. “He’s our quarterback. I’m

First Quarter USC: S.Johnson 1 run (Congdon kick), 11:37. OSU: Herron 2 run (Pettrey kick), 8:06. Second Quarter OSU: FG Pettrey 18, 14:56. USC: FG Congdon 21, :00. Third Quarter OSU: Safety, 9:03. OSU: FG Pettrey 22, 4:43. Fourth Quarter USC: S.Johnson 2 run (McKnight pass from Barkley), 1:05. A: 106,033. USC OSU First downs ...............................................18....................................10 Rushes-yards ....................................40-118..............................30-88 Passing ....................................................195................................. 177 Comp-Att-Int ...................................15-32-1..........................11-25-1 Return Yards..............................................51....................................17 Punts-Avg. .........................................5-37.6.............................6-38.7 Fumbles-Lost ...........................................0-0..................................1-0 Penalties-Yards ..................................... 4-30................................5-37 Time of Possession...............................32:27.............................. 27:33 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Southern Cal, McKnight 16-60, S.Johnson 11-50, Barkley 7-8, Williams 1-7, Bradford 2-4, McCoy 1-2, Team 2-(minus 13). Ohio St., Herron 18-44, Pryor 10-36, L.Thomas 1-6, Saine 1-2. PASSING: Southern Cal, Barkley 15-31-1-195, Team 0-1-0-0. Ohio St., Pryor 11-25-1-177. RECEIVING: Southern Cal, Williams 5-51, Ausberry 3-28, McCoy 2-45, McKnight 2-45, Havili 2-24, S.Johnson 1-2. Ohio St., Posey 6-81, Sanzenbacher 2-58, Saine 2-33, Herron 1-5.

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Michigan 38, No. 18 Notre Dame 34

Q&A with ... Michigan QB Tate Forcier

What, me worry? Not this freshman QB
ANN ARBOR, MICH.—He was joking on the last drive. The game in his 19-year-old hands, and 110,000 in Michigan Stadium hanging on his every move. And Tate Forcier, a freshman with all of eight quarters of Division I experience and time running out, pulled off one of the greatest wins since they first teed it up here in 1879. “Everybody kept saying a freshman Matt Hayes can’t do it,” Forcier COLLEGE FOOTBALL said. “And I did it.” Did he ever. Michigan 38, Notre Dame 34. It was as magical as it was momentous. Nine months ago, Forcier was playing high school football in San Diego. Now he has leaped to the front of a growing line of freshmen quarterbacks who have done what used to be taboo: play as soon as they step on campus—at major programs. Terrelle Pryor and Matt Barkley. Jacory Harris and Robert Griffin. Used to be that coaches believed in two unshakeable truths, and one played off the other: protect the ball, and never, ever start a true freshman at quarterback. Now we give you Tate Forcier. He looks like Alfred E. Neuman and puts the fear of God in you like Alfred Hitchcock. He is listed at 6-1, 188 pounds, but he’s a little taller than Doug Flutie and could be the lightest player on the Michigan team. But man, can he play. position in the right situations. But in the spread, the entire system revolves around the position—and demands an athletic efficiency. When the offense needed a howitzer last season, Rodriguez had a popgun. That’s why the recruiting loss of Pryor to Ohio State hurt this program in Year 1. With Pryor, Michigan wins seven or eight games and the future looks bright. Without him, Rodriguez begins this fall with nonsensical hot-seat chatter surrounding his program. It’s all about the quarterback, everyone. From Pop Warner to high school to college to the NFL, the game revolves around the position. Now that Michigan has Forcier, your grandfather’s Studebaker that hiccupped around the field in 2008 now looks like a sleek Ferrari rolling in complete harmony and balance. When the system is run correctly— Michigan rushed for 190 yards and threw for 240—it’s a thing of beauty. Hours before the game, as Michigan was leaving the team hotel and walking toward the buses, the tense, focused moment was broken by a loud yell from Alfred E. Neuman. He forgot to brush his teeth. “You believe that?” Rodriguez said. “We’re getting ready to play a big game, and he’s thinking about brushing his teeth.” Those nutty freshmen quarterbacks. They can’t grasp the enormity of the situation, but they sure can play big when it counts. “Ever since I was a little kid,” Forcier says, “I never get nervous.” The rest of the Big Ten is now, kid.
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‘I never got nervous’
Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier accounted for 310 yards and three touchdowns in the Wolverines’ 38-34 victory over Notre Dame. Sporting News Today’s Matt Hayes and other reporters caught up with Forcier after the game:

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You’re two games into the season. Do you feel like this is your team now? Yeah. I’m the quarterback. I’m supposed to be the leader of the team. And the way we won it, it couldn’t have ended any better.

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Greg Mathews (13) was on the receiving end of Tate Forcier’s winning touchdown pass. Forget that he ran for 70 yards and a touchdown and threw for 240 and two more scores, his unwavering poise in the final minute of the game, with the old building on the corner of Main Street and Stadium Boulevard never louder, was utterly remarkable. “I’m not surprised by anything he does,” said Michigan wideout Greg Mathews, who caught Forcier’s scrambling, juking, jumping throw for the game-winning 5-yard touchdown with 11 seconds to play. “He never lets the situation get to him.” Want to know why Michigan is 2-0 and a threat to win the Big Ten after the worst season in school history? Because coach Rich Rodriguez finally has a quarterback. Even if he is a freshman. Rodriguez spent an excruciating season last year without a legitimate QB for his spread option offense, and suddenly the guy who invented the system (yep, he did, at Division II Glenville State in the early 1990s) couldn’t make it work against Toledo. Or anyone else. There is no such thing as managing the spread option offense. More conventional offenses can get by with limitations at the quarterback

You had a critical interception in the fourth quarter that led to a go-ahead touchdown for Notre Dame. How do you move on from that? You move to the next play. I made the right read, I just didn’t throw the greatest ball. But I looked at the clock and knew we had a lot of time left to score. I wasn’t worried. I just had to trust our defense. They made the plays and got the ball back for us.

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Tate Forcier showed remarkable poise in just his second game for the Wolverines.

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What did you see on the game-winning touchdown pass to Greg Mathews? I saw man-to-man (coverage) and just took my best matchup. I knew Greg could make the play, and I just got him the ball. He did everything.

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What was the game plan for that last dive with little time left on the clock? We were just trying to take care of the ball. If we scored, we scored. If not, we’d take it into overtime. Coach (Rich) Rodriguez said take care of the ball and be smart, and we were.

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You’re a freshman. How can you not get nervous in those type of situations? I don’t really know. I’ve been like that my whole life. Ever since I was a little kid, I never got nervous. Everybody kept saying a freshman can’t do it. And I did it.

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Michigan 38, No. 18 Notre Dame 34

Irish feel sting of monumental Michigan win
ANN ARBOR, MICH.—Tate Forcier lifted Michigan to its biggest win under coach Rich Rodriguez. Charlie Weis provided an assist. Forcier’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Greg Mathews with 11 seconds left capped a game-winning drive and lifted the Wolverines to a 38-34 win over No. 18 Notre Dame on Saturday. “It will go down in history as one of the greatest games in the Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry,” Mathews said. “I’m glad I got a chance to play in it.” Weis called for two passes, both of which fell incomplete, late in the game with a three-point lead and Michigan got the ball back at its 43 after a punt with 2:13 and two timeouts left. “I think it was mistake that they were throwing the ball because they let us save our timeouts,” Forcier said. “Those timeouts definitely came in handy.” Weis defended his choice to throw after Armando Allen, who ran for 139 yards, opened the pivotal drive with a 13-yard run and twisted an ankle. Robert Hughes then got the ball for the first time all day and was stuffed at the line. “They loaded up the box and made it clear that they weren’t going to let us do that, so we had to throw the ball,” Weis said. “On third down, we could have run and made them use a timeout, but we were trying to win the game.” The Fighting Irish (1-1) were in a position to do just that after Allen ran for a TD and got the 2-point conversion on a nifty Statue of Liberty play with 5:13 left. But Weis’ questionable decision to throw and his defense’s inability to deny Forcier set up yet another loss for a once-proud program. Weis will likely face a lot of second-guessing as he tries to address what went wrong at the Big House and why he hasn’t been able to win many big games in his five seasons. Two years ago, Notre Dame lost a school-record nine under Weis and dropped six more last season. The former Super Bowl-winning offensive coordinator with the New England Patriots fell to 30-22 with the Irish. “This is a very disappointing, disheartening loss,” Weis said. Rodriguez, though, didn’t have much sympathy. “You think they would’ve felt bad for us?” Rodriguez asked. “Charlie is a good football coach and he’s got a good football team. They’re going to win a lot of games. The quarterback is an NFL guy. They’ve got two of the best wide receivers I’ve seen in years and their running back is a big-time player. “And did you see the size of the linemen? They could eat peanuts off our guys’ helmets.” A season after losing a schoolrecord nine games, Rodriguez has college football’s winningest program at 2-0 for the first time since 2006. Rodriguez made a couple of savvy moves Saturday—such as calling a

No Year 2 blues
Rich Rodriguez could be on track for a big second-year turnaround at Michigan, similar to the one he orchestrated at West Virginia in 2002, when he took the Mountaineers to a bowl game and a top 25 ranking in the final polls. WEST VIRGINIA Year 2001 Record 3-8 PPG 21.4 MICHIGAN Year 2008 Record 3-9 PPG 20.2

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Michigan QB Tate Forcier (5) outraces Notre Dame’s Harrison Smith for a 31-yard TD. timeout that led to a TD getting overturned by review and relegating the Irish to a field goal. Michigan, which didn’t get any votes in The Associated Press preseason poll, just may have done

enough to earn a ranking today. “If they stay humble and hungry and keep getting better,” Rodriguez said, “then some of that national respect that all of us want—our fans and players—they’ll get it.” Forcier has earned some himself, after the way he played. He was 23 of 33 for 240 yards, two TDs and an interception. He ran for 70 yards and a score— squirting up the middle on fourthand-3 to put Michigan up 31-20. “For a freshman, I thought he managed the game very well,” Weis said. Jimmy Clausen completed 25-of42 passes for 336 yards and three TDs, but he missed some throws that proved to be costly. Golden Tate and Michael Floyd combined for 16 catches, 246 yards and three TDs. After Weis spoke to his team, Clausen did. “I told them the same thing that Coach said,” Clausen said. “We have to decide how we’re going to go from here.” —The Associated Press

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First Quarter Mich: Minor 2 run (Olesnavage kick), 4:12. ND: FG Tausch 34, :46. Mich: Stonum 94 kickoff return (Olesnavage kick), :34. Second Quarter ND: Tate 4 pass from Clausen (Tausch kick), 12:34. ND: Floyd 11 pass from Clausen (Tausch kick), 7:05. ND: FG Tausch 42, 2:41. Mich: FG Olesnavage 39, :00. Third Quarter Mich: Koger 3 pass from Forcier (Olesnavage kick), 7:55. Fourth Quarter Mich: Forcier 31 run (Olesnavage kick), 14:16. ND: Tate 21 pass from Clausen (pass failed), 9:46. ND: Allen 8 run (Allen run), 5:13. Mich: Mathews 5 pass from Forcier (Olesnavage kick), :11. A: 110,278. ND Mich First downs ...............................................27....................................21 Rushes-yards ....................................30-154............................38-190 Passing ....................................................336................................. 240 Comp-Att-Int ...................................25-42-0..........................23-33-1 Return Yards..............................................25......................................0 Punts-Avg. .........................................4-40.0.............................5-36.0 Fumbles-Lost ...........................................1-1..................................3-0 Penalties-Yards ..................................... 9-75................................6-59 Time of Possession...............................31:25.............................. 28:35 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Notre Dame, Allen 21-139, Kamara 1-10, Tate 1-5, Hughes 1-0, Riddick 1-0, Clausen 2-0, J.Gray 3-0. Michigan, Minor 16-106, Forcier 13-70, D.Robinson 4-21, C.Brown 4-(minus 3), Odoms 1-(minus 4). PASSING: Notre Dame, Clausen 25-42-0-336. Michigan, Forcier 23-33-1-240. RECEIVING: Notre Dame, Tate 9-115, Floyd 7-131, Rudolph 3-38, Allen 2-24, Evans 2-15, J.Gray 1-7, Kamara 1-6. Michigan, Mathews 5-68, Stonum 4-54, Koger 4-38, C.Brown 4-36, Odoms 3-18, Savoy 2-23, Kel.Grady 1-3.

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No. 1 Florida 56, Troy 6

Now, it’s Tennessee time
Troy Florida 3 7 0 28 3 14 0 7 — — 6 56 First Quarter Fla: Thompson 6 pass from Tebow (Phillips kick), 6:39. Troy: FG Glusman 45, :51. Second Quarter Fla: Cooper 36 pass from Tebow (Phillips kick), 11:33. Fla: Tebow 4 run (Phillips kick), 8:04. Fla: Thompson 33 pass from Tebow (Phillips kick), 7:44. Fla: Demps 24 run (Phillips kick), 4:03. Third Quarter Fla: James 32 pass from Tebow (Phillips kick), 12:27. Fla: Rainey 1 run (Sturgis kick), 8:38. Troy: FG Glusman 42, :39. Fourth Quarter Fla: Gillislee 6 pass from Brantley (Sturgis kick), 6:19. A: 90,349. Troy Fla First downs .................................................8....................................32 Rushes-yards ......................................35-73............................46-291 Passing ......................................................66................................. 372 Comp-Att-Int .....................................8-24-1..........................25-36-0 Return Yards................................................0......................................5 Punts-Avg. .........................................9-44.2.............................3-38.0 Fumbles-Lost ...........................................4-2..................................6-3 Penalties-Yards ..................................... 6-51..............................10-87 Time of Possession...............................28:17.............................. 31:43
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Horns suck wind then lasso Cowboys
LARAMIE, WYO.—It wasn’t just the lung-searing altitude that bothered Colt McCoy and No. 2 Texas in the first half of the Longhorns’ first trip to War Memorial Stadium, alt. 7,200 feet. The weight of expectations were bogging them down, too. McCoy warmed up after a shaky start and Texas overcame spotty special teams play and a sputtering first half to beat Wyoming 41-10 Saturday. “I think I was trying to do too much, try to make something happen that wasn’t there,” McCoy said of his slow start. “I fumbled once, the ball slipped out of my hands, made a stupid throw on a crossing route. I saw the (defender) and threw it right to him. It’s just all mental and those things have to pass. “The way we responded in the second half was a tribute to our team.” Texas coach Mack Brown said the Longhorns had so much fun last year because nobody expected them to have a great season. This year, everybody does and he senses his players not enjoying the game as much. “We all expect to score every play and that’s just unrealistic,” Brown said. The Longhorns (2-0) uncharacteristically committed a dozen penalties and looked ready to be lassoed until taking a 13-10 lead just before halftime when McCoy executed the one-minute offense to perfection and finally got Texas into the end zone. too.” In a nice warmup for Texas Tech next week, the Longhorns’ defense held the Cowboys (1-1) out of the end zone and limited them to 3-for17 on third down in helping to secure Texas’ 15th straight nonconference win, tying a school record set in the 1940s. “I thought our defense pitched a shutout,” Brown said. “... But we’ve still got a lot to work to do and it’s fun when you can win 41-10 and still feel like you’ve got a lot of things to fix.” — The Associated Press
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Florida coach Urban Meyer and all Gator fans are eager for Saturday’s game vs. Tennessee. GAINESVILLE, FLA.—Before Florida coach Urban Meyer started his postgame speech, his players had already said it in the locker room. “The season starts now,” receiver David Nelson said. Indeed. The top-ranked Gators finished their “preseason” undefeated and unchallenged. Tim Tebow threw four touchdown passes, ran for another score and Florida beat Troy 56-6 Saturday in its final tuneup before beginning Southeastern Conference play. “We’re thinking about Tennessee right now,” linebacker Ryan Stamper conceded. The Gators have won four in a row against the Volunteers, and Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin’s recruiting accusations in February and his promise to beat Florida has the Gators eager for this meeting. One of Kiffin’s quotes was plastered around the football complex. “I’m really looking forward to embracing some of the great traditions at the University of Tennessee, for instance the Vol Walk, running through the T, singing Rocky Top all night long after we beat Florida next year,” Kiffin said. “It will be a blast.” Florida had all the fun the last two years, winning by a combined score of 89-26. And although Meyer acknowledged in the spring that Kiffin’s comments fired him up, he vowed Saturday that next week’s game

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Troy, Du.Harris 16-44, Southward 3-27, Parker 6-22, Greer 3-7, L.Brown 6-(minus 12), Silvoy 1-(minus 15). Florida, Demps 7-87, Rainey 12-85, Tebow 13-71, James 4-15, Cooper 1-14, Moody 1-12, Gillislee 5-8, Brantley 2-1, Thompson 1-(minus 2). PASSING: Troy, L.Brown 8-24-1-66. Florida, Tebow 15-24-0-237, Brantley 10-12-0-135. RECEIVING: Troy, C.Williams 2-10, Jarboe 2-6, Gill 1-24, Marcum 1-10, Cherry 1-8, Du.Harris 1-8. Florida, Cooper 5-82, Hines 4-67, Hernandez 4-39, Holliday 3-66, James 2-49, Thompson 2-39, Williams 2-15, Nelson 2-9, Gillislee 1-6.

Texas QB Colt McCoy struggled early but recovered to throw three TD passes. “I just feel like once our offense gets hot, it’s going to stay hot,” Longhorns defensive end Sergio Kindle said. McCoy completed 30-of-47 passes for 337 yards and three TDs with an interception. He missed 17 or more passes for just the third time in his career, including a dozen in the first half, when he was intercepted by linebacker Weston Johnson. “I looked at his numbers at halftime and I felt like he was pressing —and gosh, he was 17 of 29 for 166 yards passing and a touchdown,” Brown said. “So, our standards are pretty high for him and he understands that. But I thought he had more fun the second half,

First Quarter Tex: FG Lawrence 29, 11:25. Second Quarter Wyo: FG McCoy 22, 11:19. Tex: FG Lawrence 32, 8:07. Wyo: Muhammad 6 blocked punt return (McCoy kick), 1:32. Tex: Kirkendoll 25 pass from McCoy (Lawrence kick), :24. Third Quarter Tex: McCoy 9 run (Lawrence kick), 13:24. Tex: Buckner 33 pass from McCoy (Lawrence kick), 7:08. Tex: Newton 13 run (Lawrence kick), 3:02. Fourth Quarter Tex: Chiles 26 pass from McCoy (Lawrence kick), 8:52. A: 31,017. Tex Wyo First downs ...............................................27.............................. 18 Rushes-yards ....................................36-191.........................34-85 Passing ....................................................353............................188 Comp-Att-Int ...................................32-50-1.....................23-50-0 Return Yards..............................................60.............................. 43 Punts-Avg. .........................................6-37.0......................11-42.9 Fumbles-Lost ...........................................0-0.............................1-1 Penalties-Yards ...................................12-78...........................6-40 Time of Possession...............................32:32.........................27:28 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Texas, Newton 8-62, McGee 11-61, McCoy 9-44, Monroe 5-15, Tucker 1-5, C.Johnson 1-4, Shipley 1-0. Wyoming, Benjamin 12-53, Alexander 9-24, Terry 7-18, Team 1-(minus 2), Carta-Samuels 5-(minus 8). PASSING: Texas, McCoy 30-47-1-337, Gilbert 2-3-0-16. Wyoming, Benjamin 16-38-0-120, Carta-Samuels 7-12-0-68. RECEIVING: Texas, Kirkendoll 7-102, Shipley 7-61, Buckner 6-86, Chiles 5-49, M.Williams 2-15, McGee 2-9, Newton 1-15, Goodwin 1-9, C.Johnson 1-7. Wyoming, D.Leonard 6-41, Burkhalter 4-34, Bolger 3-21, O.Arnold 2-17, D.Morgan 2-13, Stewart 1-14, Caraway 1-12, Salyards 1-11, Terry 1-10, Tooley 1-8, Alexander 1-7.

will not be about the coaches. “There’s a bunch of great athletes on both sides of the ball,” he said. “The thing we’ll never let happen around here is it’s about a coach or coaches. And I told those players that. This is about preparation and playing a game. That’s what it is. Period.” Florida (2-0) looked plenty prepared Saturday and tied a school record with its 12th consecutive victory. — The Associated Press

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Houston 45, No. 5 Oklahoma State 35

No. 4 Alabama 40, Florida International 14

Favorable bounces help Cougars stun OSU Rookie’s second-half runs
STILLWATER, OKLA.—Quarterback Case Keenum was listening in on a conversation in the Houston locker room before the game when someone suggested that the Cougars had worked hard enough that they didn’t need any luck to upset No. 5 Oklahoma State. Keenum had to interject. He turned to running back Bryce Beall to say, “I wouldn’t mind some luck.” Hours later, the two teamed up on a connection Cougars fans will remember for a long time. On fourth down, Beall went after a 6-yard pass from Keenum that got batted up into the air and came down with it for the go-ahead score in Houston’s 45-35 upset of Oklahoma State on Saturday. “It’s football. If you keep playing, plays like that are going to happen,” Beall said. “Everything’s not going to come out perfect.” The Cougars (2-0) took advantage of a series of favorable bounces to give second-year coach Kevin Sumlin his first marquee win with the program’s first victory over a Top 5 team since an upset of thirdranked Texas in 1984. Jamal Robinson sealed the win with a 26-yard interception return for a touchdown with 3:14 remaining, also off a pass that tipped off an Oklahoma State player first. “For us as a program, this is a big win because it legitimizes our university. It legitimizes our program,” said Sumlin, who had gone 5-0 against OSU as an assistant coach at Oklahoma. “There’s no doubt

allow Tide to pull away
TUSCALOOSA, ALA.— Greg McElroy couldn’t miss, Trent Richardson was running wild and the No. 4 Alabama defense was punishing Florida International physically. Despite all that, the Crimson Tide (2-0) wasn’t able to start feeling comfortable until the final 19 minutes of Saturday night’s 40-14 victory. That’s when the highly-touted freshman Richardson rushed for a 9-yard touchdown, followed shortly after by a 35-yarder, and fourth-team tailback Terry Grant sprung free for a 42-yarder to bail out a short-handed offense. The 33-point underdog FIU (0-1) could only watch. Still, it wasn’t quite the breezy game Alabama fans likely were anticipating until that onslaught, especially after No. 1 Florida decimated FIU’s Sun Belt Conference rival Troy 56-6 earlier in the day. But they had to hang around until the fourth quarter before resting easy. “The focus in games like this is to improve,” Tide coach Nick Saban said. “They took it right to us. I don’t think our guys came out with the kind of energy and enthusiasm and intensity that we need to set the tone, and we allowed them to stay in the game by some mistakes that we made.” The Tide led just 20-14 before getting the big plays from Richardson, who gained 118 yards on 15 carries in his first significant action.

Top-five troubles
Oklahoma State played only the fourth game in school history as a top-five team and a disturbing trend continued. Sept. 12, 2009: Houston 45, No. 5 Oklahoma State 35 Oct. 12, 1985: No. 9 Nebraska 34, No. 5 Oklahoma State 24 Nov. 24, 1984: No. 2 Oklahoma 24, No. 3 Oklahoma State 14 Nov. 17, 1984: No. 4 Oklahoma State 16, Iowa State 10

McElroy completed a schoolrecord 14 consecutive passes before finishing 18 of 24 for 241 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown to Mike McCoy. The previous school mark of 12 consecutive completions was shared by John Parker Wilson and Andrew Zow. Alabama had five sacks, but also gave up T.Y. Hilton’s 96-yard kick return for a touchdown and some big third-down plays. — The Associated Press
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Houston QB Case Keenum shredded OSU for 366 yards, then cherished the moment with fans. that one win does not make a season. We’ve got a whole bunch of football to go. ...” Oklahoma State (1-1) was coming off of perhaps the biggest opening win in the program’s history last week against Georgia, earning a spot on the cover of Sports Illustrated and a top five ranking for the first time since 1985. “We didn’t overlook them at all. We practiced like we practiced for Georgia and any other team,” said Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, who had five catches for 85 yards. “We just made too many mistakes and they took advantage and made plays.” Bryant returned a punt for a touchdown against Houston for the second straight year as OSU reeled off 21 straight third-quarter points to surge ahead 28-21. Keenum threw for 366 yards and three touchdowns, none bigger than the one that didn’t go to his intended receiver. — The Associated Press

First Quarter Hou: Keenum 16 run (Mannisto kick), 12:01. Hou: FG Mannisto 31, 2:20. Second Quarter OkSt: Hunter 9 run (D.Bailey kick), 12:54. Hou: Edwards 17 pass from Keenum (Mannisto kick), 1:37. Hou: Carrier 32 pass from Keenum (Mannisto kick), :30. Third Quarter OkSt: Toston 9 run (D.Bailey kick), 10:47. OkSt: Bryant 82 punt return (D.Bailey kick), 8:34. OkSt: B.Johnson 37 run (D.Bailey kick), 3:48. Fourth Quarter Hou: Beall 1 run (Mannisto kick), 13:40. OkSt: Cooper 22 pass from Z.Robinson (D.Bailey kick), 11:22. Hou: Beall 6 pass from Keenum (Mannisto kick), 6:42. Hou: Robinson 26 interception return (Mannisto kick), 3:14. A: 50,875. Hou OkSt First downs ...............................................32....................................27 Rushes-yards ....................................36-146............................41-194 Passing ....................................................366................................. 240 Comp-Att-Int ...................................32-46-1..........................18-31-1 Return Yards..............................................57....................................82 Punts-Avg. .........................................4-35.5.............................2-49.0 Fumbles-Lost ...........................................1-1..................................4-3 Penalties-Yards ..................................... 4-40................................9-81 Time of Possession...............................30:33.............................. 29:27 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Houston, Beall 18-78, C.Sims 9-34, Keenum 5-16, Dugat 1-15, J.Johnson 1-5, Team 2-(minus 2). Oklahoma St., B.Johnson 9-82, Toston 10-66, Hunter 9-29, Z.Robinson 13-17. PASSING: Houston, Keenum 32-46-1-366. Oklahoma St., Z.Robinson 18-31-1-240. RECEIVING: Houston, Carrier 7-111, Edwards 7-69, Cleveland 6-62, Beall 5-60, C.Sims 5-46, Monroe 1-12, Rodriguez 1-6. Oklahoma St., Bryant 5-85, Cooper 5-64, Toston 3-21, B.Johnson 2-36, Blackmon 2-28, Hunter 1-6.

First Quarter Ala: FG Tiffin 23, 9:02. Ala: McCoy 24 pass from McElroy (Tiffin kick), 3:25. FlIn: Hilton 96 kickoff return (Rivest kick), 3:07. Second Quarter Ala: FG Tiffin 29, 14:55. FlIn: Ellingson 9 pass from McCall (Rivest kick), 10:29. Ala: Ingram 2 run (Tiffin kick), 8:20. Third Quarter Ala: Richardson 9 run (pass failed), 3:14. Fourth Quarter Ala: Richardson 35 run (Tiffin kick), 14:53. Ala: Grant 42 run (Tiffin kick), 8:21. A: 92,012. FlIn Ala First downs ...............................................13.............................. 26 Rushes-yards ........................................ 26-1.......................42-275 Passing ....................................................213............................241 Comp-Att-Int ...................................18-38-1.....................18-24-0 Return Yards................................................3............................118 Punts-Avg. .........................................8-47.4........................3-43.0 Fumbles-Lost ...........................................2-0.............................1-0 Penalties-Yards ..................................... 8-54...........................7-65 Time of Possession...............................28:22.........................31:38 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Fla. International, Mallary 3-13, W.Younger 2-12, Perry 9-5, Hilton 1-0, McCall 11-(minus 29). Alabama, Richardson 15-118, Grant 6-69, Ingram 10-56, Goode 4-24, Upchurch 4-17, J.Jones 1-5, McElroy 2-(minus 14). PASSING: Fla. International, McCall 16-32-0-189, W.Younger 2-61-24. Alabama, McElroy 18-24-0-241. RECEIVING: Fla. International, Ellingson 5-92, Hilton 5-40, Perry 3-14, Frierson 2-22, Anderson 1-23, Rolle 1-16, Faucher 1-6. Alabama, McCoy 5-100, Ingram 4-47, Richardson 2-23, Alexander 2-20, Dial 1-19, Peek 1-13, Hanks 1-11, J.Jones 1-9, Smelley 1-(minus 1).

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TOP 25 No. 9 BYU 54, Tulane 3

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2009

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No. 7 Penn State 28, Syracuse 7

Paterno: ‘We’ve got to get better’ No letup for ‘hungry’ Cougars
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Stephfon Green and the rest of the Lions’ running game could only muster 78 yards rushing. STATE COLLEGE, PA.—Point guardturned-Syracuse quarterback Greg Paulus got a good look at how to run an offense. Penn State’s own signalcaller, Daryll Clark, and do-it-all tailback Evan Royster provided the lesson. Clark threw for 240 yards and three scores, Royster had two touchdowns and the No. 7 Nittany Lions contained the pesky Paulus in a 28-7 win Saturday at Beaver Stadium. Paulus, the former Duke basketball player, performed relatively well for a second straight week, especially for someone who hadn’t played competitively on the gridiron since he was a high school star in 2004. He finished 14 of 20 for 105 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions, both of which came on tipped balls. Alternating at quarterback with backup Ryan Nassib, Paulus threw mostly short, quick passes to counter Penn State’s pressure. “This is his first crack for him, second game ever,” Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley said. “Impressive kid, a lot of poise.” Still, the Nittany Lions’ overall talent overwhelmed the Orange, even with Penn State playing choppy ball for a second straight week. Coach Joe Paterno’s offense specifically struggled in the running game, especially on short yardage in the red zone. “We’ve played well enough to win two games, period, that’s all I know,” Paterno said, “and we got to get better.” — The Associated Press
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First Quarter PSU: Royster 49 pass from Clark (Wagner kick), 11:41. Second Quarter PSU: Royster 12 run (Wagner kick), 7:34. Third Quarter PSU: Zug 20 pass from Clark (Wagner kick), 7:44. Fourth Quarter PSU: Shuler 1 pass from Clark (Wagner kick), 8:56. Syr: Davis 16 pass from Paulus (Lichtenstein kick), 4:23. A: 106,387. Syr PSU First downs ...............................................13....................................23 Rushes-yards ......................................29-65..............................35-78 Passing ....................................................135................................. 240 Comp-Att-Int ...................................18-25-2..........................20-31-1 Return Yards..............................................14....................................26 Punts-Avg. .........................................6-38.7.............................3-50.0 Fumbles-Lost ...........................................0-0..................................2-2 Penalties-Yards ..................................... 3-13................................2-15 Time of Possession...............................29:17.............................. 30:43 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Syracuse, D.Carter 15-40, A.Bailey 7-26, Paulus 7-(minus 1). Penn St., Royster 12-41, Green 8-26, Carter 5-18, Beachum 2-10, Suhey 1-0, Clark 2-(minus 1), Powell 1-(minus 2), Newsome 4-(minus 14). PASSING: Syracuse, Paulus 14-20-2-105, Nassib 4-5-0-30. Penn St., Clark 20-31-1-240. RECEIVING: Syracuse, Williams 5-54, A.Bailey 4-9, Lemon 2-10, Owen 2-8, Catalina 1-19, Davis 1-16, Sales 1-12, D.Carter 1-9, Lobdell 1-(minus 2). Penn St., Zug 6-79, Quarless 4-35, Moye 3-35, Royster 2-61, Suhey 2-13, Powell 1-12, Smith 1-4, Shuler 1-1.

NEW ORLEANS—Everything was working for Brigham Young on Saturday. The No. 9 Cougars got two touchdown passes from Max Hall, and Bryan Kariya and J.J. DiLuigi each scored twice on the way to a 54-3 beating of Tulane. BYU even got scores from its defense and backup quarterback. They were so dominating they didn’t even have to punt. “It shows we are going to come out every week hungry to play and eager to play because we love the game and love to win,” Hall said. The Cougars (2-0) got off to a sluggish start following their big win over Oklahoma, managing only two field goals by Mitch Payne in the first quarter. BYU began hitting its stride just before halftime, though, starting a spree of 48 unanswered points. Kariya rushed for the first of his two touchdowns with 3:28 remaining in the half, then caught a 12-yard scoring pass from Hall with 25 seconds left to give the Cougars a 20-3 margin at the break. Hall completed 24-of-32 passes for 309 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception before leaving the game in the fourth quarter. After a 3-yard score by DiLuigi in the third quarter, Hall hit McKay Jacobson for a 38-yard TD, to make it 34-3. DiLugi ran for a 1-yard touchdown to open the fourth quarter. Then, Jordan Pendleton picked up

season, hasn’t had a winning season since 2002. The Wave were held to 162 yards of total offense, and their hopes of establishing a running game against BYU quickly dissipated. They managed only 37 yards rushing. “Our defense may not be as quick as some of the other defenses, but we play physical and we will hit you,” said BYU defensive end Jan Jorgensen. — The Associated Press
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BYU’s D pounded RB Andre Anderson all game, holding the Wave to 37 yards rushing. a Tulane fumble and returned it 12-yards to give the Cougars a 47-3 lead, and BYU closed out the game with a 1-yard scoring run by backup quarterback Riley Nelson. BYU had 527 yards of total offense, including 209 on the ground, and had possession of the football for 33:40 compared to 26:20 for the Green Wave. “We thought we could get a good line push in the middle,” DiLuigi said. “We thought we could move the ball around and give more guys the opportunity to make plays.” The Cougars used 10 players to rush the ball and the quarterbacks hit 12 different receivers. Tulane, which went 2-10 last

First Quarter BYU: FG Payne 41, 6:23. Second Quarter BYU: FG Payne 20, 14:15. Tul: FG Thevenot 29, 6:03. BYU: Kariya 1 run (Payne kick), 3:28. BYU: Kariya 12 pass from Hall (Payne kick), :25. Third Quarter BYU: Di Luigi 3 run (Payne kick), 6:24. BYU: Jacobson 38 pass from Hall (Payne kick), 3:02. Fourth Quarter BYU: Di Luigi 1 run (kick failed), 13:07. BYU: Pendleton 12 fumble return (Payne kick), 11:47. BYU: R.Nelson 1 run (Payne kick), 8:15. A: 26,224. BYU Tul First downs ...............................................35.................................9 Rushes-yards ....................................45-206.........................24-37 Passing ....................................................321............................125 Comp-Att-Int ...................................26-34-1.....................20-28-2 Return Yards..............................................37.................................1 Punts-Avg. ........................................... 0-0.0........................5-37.0 Fumbles-Lost ...........................................0-0.............................2-2 Penalties-Yards ..................................... 5-47.......................10-102 Time of Possession...............................33:40.........................26:20 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: BYU, Di Luigi 12-71, Kariya 12-63, Unga 3-17, Hall 3-15, Hague 4-15, Lamb 2-9, Chambers 1-8, Tonga 2-7, Heimuli 1-4, R.Nelson 2-2, Team 3-(minus 5). Tulane, Anderson 12-36, Jason 4-15, J.Williams 2-4, A.Williams 2-(minus 1), Kemp 4-(minus 17). PASSING: BYU, Hall 24-32-1-309, R.Nelson 2-2-0-12. Tulane, Kemp 14-19-1-101, Moore 4-6-1-10, Griffin 2-2-0-14, J.Williams 0-1-0-0. RECEIVING: BYU, Pitta 4-47, Chambers 4-38, Jacobson 3-79, Ashworth 3-49, George 2-28, Kariya 2-23, Hafoka 2-19, Di Luigi 2-16, Thompson 1-6, Tonga 1-6, Heimuli 1-5, Unga 1-5. Tulane, J.Williams 5-56, Grant 5-14, Anderson 3-12, Jason 2-10, Robottom 2-9, Helm 1-12, Ponder 1-7, Mitchell 1-5.

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TOP 25 No. 11 LSU 23, Vanderbilt 9

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2009

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No. 10 California 59, Eastern Washington 7

Bears like second half better than first
E. Washington 7 California 7 0 17 0 14 0 21 — — 7 59 First Quarter Cal: Riley 1 run (D’Amato kick), 11:02. EWas: G.Williams 4 pass from Nichols (Jarrett kick), 6:30. Second Quarter Cal: Vereen 1 run (D’Amato kick), 12:32. Cal: FG D’Amato 19, 8:42. Cal: Best 22 pass from Riley (D’Amato kick), 5:57. Third Quarter Cal: Best 1 run (D’Amato kick), 12:16. Cal: Vereen 2 run (D’Amato kick), 7:45. Fourth Quarter Cal: Vereen 2 run (D’Amato kick), 13:50. Cal: Sofele 22 run (D’Amato kick), 9:51. Cal: DeBoskie-Johnson 1 run (D’Amato kick), :20. A: 58,083. EWas Cal First downs ...............................................13.............................. 27 Rushes-yards ......................................28-14.......................46-342 Passing ....................................................221............................165 Comp-Att-Int ...................................28-37-0.....................14-21-0 Return Yards................................................0.............................. 38 Punts-Avg. .........................................6-35.3........................2-47.0 Fumbles-Lost ...........................................1-1.............................2-0 Penalties-Yards ..................................... 9-51...........................4-40 Time of Possession...............................32:20.........................27:40 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: E. Washington, Beaumonte 9-21, G.Williams 2-5, Jones 4-2, Hart 4-1, King 1-(minus 2), Nichols 6-(minus 3), Burgett 1-(minus 5), Minnerly 1-(minus 5). California, Best 17-144, DeBoskie-Johnson 11-92, Vereen 12-45, Sofele 2-36, Riley 4-25. PASSING: E. Washington, Nichols 23-31-0-195, Minnerly 3-40-7, Burgett 2-2-0-19. California, Riley 13-20-0-148, Sweeney 1-1-0-17. RECEIVING: E. Washington, Davis 8-71, Overbay 7-62, B.Brown 4-24, Boyce 2-33, Jones 2-11, Hart 2-7, Edwards 1-5, Martin 1-4, G.Williams 1-4. California, Miller 3-48, Marv.Jones 3-29, Holley 2-32, Best 2-19, Sparks 1-17, Curran 1-10, Vereen 1-6, Boateng 1-4.

Tigers still seeking better play
BATON ROUGE, LA.—Undefeated, yet so unsatisfied. LSU needed Keiland Williams’ late touchdown to put away Vanderbilt, 23-9 on a rain-soaked Saturday night, marking the second night this year the Tigers allowed an underdog to hang around. “Any time you play imperfectly and you come to the postgame, you have to recognize that first things first—you’d much rather win than do any other thing,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “That being said, I think we’ve got to play better. ... There were no style points for this one. That’s a fact.” The Commodores (1-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) trailed by only one touchdown midway through the fourth quarter as they attempted to win in Tiger Stadium for the first time since 1951. LSU (2-0, 1-0) made it a twotouchdown game with 6:01 to go after Williams’ second score. He slipped a tackle at the line of scrimmage, cut back, then faked a defender to the ground before hurdling over him and into the end zone for a 14-yard TD. Williams finished with 72 yards rushing and was the only LSU player to get into the end zone. “Boy he made some great cuts,” Miles said. “In my opinion, that was the running back that Keiland Williams can be—very elusive and explosive and running with power. I hope that continues.” Larry Smith scored Vanderbilt’s only touchdown on a 6-yard quarterback keeper in the first half. Vanderbilt’s defense kept the Commodores close with clutch stops, at times frustrating an LSU crowd still waiting to see the Tigers explode following a nervous 31-23 victory at Washington a week earlier. They’ll have to wait at least until unbeaten Louisiana-Lafayette comes to Baton Rouge next weekend. LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson had trouble finding open receivers downfield, constantly checking down to receivers on short routes. He was 20 of 29 for 138 yards. — The Associated Press
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California’s Shane Vereen, right, scored three of his team’s touchdowns on Saturday. BERKELEY, CALIF.—Eastern Washington managed to hang close with No. 10 California for one quarter. Then the bigger, faster, more talented Golden Bears took over and turned the game into the mismatch it was supposed to be. Jahvid Best rushed for 144 yards and scored two touchdowns to make sure California avoided a letdown against Eastern Washington with a 59-7 victory. Best caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Riley in the first half and scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter, turning a 10-point lead into a blowout. Riley also ran for a touchdown and Shane Vereen had three short TD runs as Cal (2-0) posted its second straight blowout to open the season. “After the first half we were a little dissatisfied with ourselves and the way we had came out,” Vereen said. “So we really wanted to start fast in the third quarter and see where it took us. We definitely feel better about the second half. I think we came out with a little bit more focus and determination.” The Bears scored the final 52 points after the game was tied at 7 after the first quarter. They ran for 342 yards, didn’t turn the ball over for a second straight week and completely overwhelmed the Eagles (1-1). After starting off with a 52-13 victory over a Maryland team that handed the Bears their first loss last season, Cal remained focused against a Division I-AA team. The

Keiland Williams’ TD midway through the fourth quarter put the game away for LSU. Vanderbilt freshman Zac Stacy rushed for 89 yards. “We had several opportunities to get back in the game and we just failed to,” Smith said. LSU’s Charles Scott did not have one of his better days, finishing with 49 yards rushing, but powered through the line to convert a pair of third-and-short runs on LSU’s final scoring drive. That drive seemed to have stalled on Joel Caldwell’s diving interception near the goal line, but linebacker Chris Marve was called for defensive holding, giving the Tigers a first down on the Vanderbilt 24 line. For most of the game, however,

First Quarter LSU: K.Williams 6 run (Jasper kick), 2:12. Second Quarter LSU: FG Jasper 32, 10:22. Van: Smith 6 run (Fowler kick), 7:20. LSU: FG Jasper 22, :02. Third Quarter LSU: FG Jasper 24, 9:23. Van: Safety, 1:35. Fourth Quarter LSU: K.Williams 14 run (Jasper kick), 6:01. A: 91,566. Van LSU First downs ...............................................12....................................22 Rushes-yards ....................................39-122............................42-178 Passing ......................................................88................................. 148 Comp-Att-Int ...................................11-24-1..........................21-30-0 Return Yards................................................1....................................40 Punts-Avg. .........................................8-38.1.............................4-40.0 Fumbles-Lost ...........................................3-0..................................2-1 Penalties-Yards ..................................... 7-52................................5-28 Time of Possession...............................23:37.............................. 36:23 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Vanderbilt, Stacy 20-89, Reeves 5-35, van Rensburg 1-4, Smith 13-(minus 6). LSU, K.Williams 10-72, Scott 13-49, Shepard 3-27, Holliday 3-14, LaFell 3-13, Jefferson 8-10, Murphy 1-7, Team 1-(minus 14). PASSING: Vanderbilt, Smith 11-24-1-88. LSU, Jefferson 20-29-0138, Lee 1-1-0-10. RECEIVING: Vanderbilt, Monahan 3-25, Cole 2-20, Stacy 2-14, Reeves 1-11, Washington 1-11, Barden 1-4, Ashley 1-3. LSU, LaFell 7-38, Jackson 6-55, Toliver 3-21, Dickson 2-14, Scott 1-10, Shepard 1-6, Murphy 1-4.

Bears were especially pleased with how they played in the second half, giving up 42 yards and no points. “We were up but we weren’t really satisfied,” safety Brett Johnson said. “We were making a lot of mistakes. It could have been a much bigger score at that point. So we wanted to focus on what we did wrong in the first half and come out with a different mentality in the third quarter.” — The Associated Press

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TOP 25 No. 13 Oklahoma 64, Idaho State 0

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2009

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No. 12 Boise State 48, Miami (Ohio) 0

Pettis ignites Broncos with block Sooners smash overwhelmed Bengals
Miami (Ohio) Boise St. 0 14 0 6 0 14 0 14 — — 0 48 First Quarter Boi: Pettis 17 pass from Ke.Moore (Brotzman kick), 7:16. Boi: Shoemaker 15 pass from Ke.Moore (Brotzman kick), 1:17. Second Quarter Boi: Young 25 pass from Ke.Moore (kick failed), :08. Third Quarter Boi: Harper 3 run (Brotzman kick), 7:09. Boi: Young 54 pass from Ke.Moore (Brotzman kick), 2:11. Fourth Quarter Boi: Martin 4 run (Brotzman kick), 9:46. Boi: Martin 2 run (Pavel kick), 1:56. A: 32,228. MiO Boi First downs ...................................14................................................17 Rushes-yards .......................... 26-38........................................29-127 Passing ........................................156............................................. 314 Comp-Att-Int .......................23-39-4......................................18-30-1 Return Yards..................................23................................................66 Punts-Avg. ............................. 8-36.4.........................................5-45.6 Fumbles-Lost ...............................0-0..............................................0-0 Penalties-Yards ..........................6-40............................................5-49 Time of Possession...................34:53.......................................... 25:07 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Miami (Ohio), Merriweather 18-20, Raudabaugh 3-10, Dysert 1-4, Green 2-3, Lawson 2-1. Boise St., Harper 13-89, Martin 6-28, Avery 7-19, Hodge 1-0, Coughlin 1-(minus 2), Team 1-(minus 7). PASSING: Miami (Ohio), Raudabaugh 21-35-2-155, Dysert 2-4-2-1. Boise St., Ke.Moore 16-26-1-307, Coughlin 2-4-0-7. RECEIVING: Miami (Ohio), Givens 7-61, Robinson 5-54, Rogers 4-14, Eu.Harris 3-12, Merriweather 2-10, Stevens 1-3, Woods 1-2. Boise St., Young 6-114, Pettis 4-115, Shoemaker 3-55, Avery 1-12, Efaw 1-7, C.Potter 1-7, Brockel 1-4, Hodge 1-0.

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Boise State’s Jeron Johnson (23) extends for one of his team’s four interceptions on the day. BOISE, IDAHO—After a lackluster performance through most of the first half, Boise State’s sleepy offense was charged up by Austin Pettis. With time running out in the first half, Pettis slipped through an opening in Miami-Ohio’s protection and stretched just enough to deflect a punt, setting up the Broncos in RedHawks territory with 31 seconds left. Four plays later, Kellen Moore fired a 25-yard TD to Titus Young to put Boise State up 20-0 at intermission. Moore threw two more touchdown passes on the next two possessions in the third quarter, and the defense did the rest as No. 12 Boise State (2-0) rolled to a 48-0 victory Saturday night over a Miami team still searching for its first points. “We needed to make something happen,” Boise State coach Chris Petersen said. “There is probably not a bigger play in football than a blocked kick. You don’t see a lot of them, but when it happens, it’s a tremendous momentum swing and energy boost and I think you saw it there.” Despite the sluggish start, the Broncos were never challenged by the rebuilding RedHawks (0-2), who were shut out 42-0 in last

week’s opener against Kentucky. Moore was 16-of-26 passing for 307 yards, including a 54-yard TD pass to Young in the third quarter. He also connected on touchdowns with Pettis and Tyler Shoemaker before heading to the bench late in the third quarter. “There was definitely some good progress tonight,” said Pettis, who had four catches for 115 yards and a TD. “I think we were able to capitalize on (mistakes) ... and got into a little rhythm, which is nice. But certainly there is more to work on.” — The Associated Press

NORMAN, OKLA.—Landry Jones did his best Sam Bradford impression to lead No. 13 Oklahoma to a blowout win in the freshman’s first start as the Sooners’ quarterback. Jones, replacing the injured Bradford, threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns—all to Ryan Broyles —on Saturday night as No. 13 Oklahoma routed Idaho State 64-0 and bounced back from a season-opening loss to BYU. It was the second straight season Oklahoma (1-1) beat up on a Division I-AA opponent in their home opener. Last year, the Sooners routed Chattanooga 57-2, and Idaho State (0-2) provided about as much of a challenge. The Bengals of the Big Sky Conference had minus-2 yards of offense in the first half and 44 for the game, including minus22 yards rushing. “I understand we’re going to see more difficult and tougher opponents moving forward, but I still was pleased with our basic, disciplined fundamentals and not having penalties,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. “We needed to improve on it, regardless of who we were playing.” About the only drama after halftime was whether Oklahoma would record its first shutout since blanking Middle Tennessee in a 59-0 romp on September 23, 2006. Oklahoma extended its home winning streak to 25 games, matching the school record that ended in the 1953 season opener. The Sooners will host Tulsa next Saturday. “Their guys are pretty quick,” Idaho State coach Brian Janssen

interception despite rain falling most of the game. Oklahoma continued to run its no-huddle offense, albeit with a reworked line after that unit committed nine penalties against BYU. “I thought I did pretty well,” Jones said. “I came out a little slow in the third quarter, but I felt like I played pretty good tonight. I felt a little bit more confident. I wasn’t as nervous. I kind of had a game underneath me already. It was a little different, but not much. Obviously the outcome I liked a lot better.” — The Associated Press
Idaho St. Oklahoma 0 21 0 20 0 7 0 16 — — 0 64

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ISU had no answer for Oklahoma’s Ryan Broyles, top, who had 155 receiving yards. said. “You make a mistake, you get burned by it. Our guys didn’t quit. I’m proud of them. “I felt good for BYU last week, but bad for us because they stirred up a hornet’s nest.” Jones came in against Brigham Young after Bradford went down with a sprained AC joint in his right (throwing) shoulder late in the first half of the 14-13 loss. Bradford will be out for two to four weeks. The Sooners also learned on Tuesday that second-team All-America tight end Jermaine Gresham was lost for the season because of cartilage damage in his right knee. With a week to prepare, Jones did his best Bradford imitation, completing 18-of-32 passes with one

First Quarter Okl: Broyles 24 pass from L.Jones (Stevens kick), 7:44. Okl: Alexander 3 fumble return (Stevens kick), 3:57. Okl: Broyles 51 pass from L.Jones (Stevens kick), 1:18. Second Quarter Okl: Broyles 11 pass from L.Jones (kick failed), 12:57. Okl: C.Brown 2 run (Stevens kick), 6:13. Okl: Murray 3 run (Stevens kick), 1:15. Third Quarter Okl: Murray 9 run (Stevens kick), 13:44. Fourth Quarter Okl: Safety, 14:33. Okl: J.Miller 36 run (Stevens kick), 13:46. Okl: Calhoun 2 run (Stevens kick), 10:20. A: 84,749. IdSt Okl First downs .................................................6.............................. 27 Rushes-yards ..................................32-(-22).......................44-278 Passing ......................................................66............................286 Comp-Att-Int ...................................11-26-0.....................18-32-1 Return Yards................................................6.............................. 86 Punts-Avg. .......................................12-38.3........................4-42.8 Fumbles-Lost ...........................................2-2.............................4-1 Penalties-Yards ..................................... 8-42...........................5-45 Time of Possession...............................31:02.........................28:58 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Idaho St., Laporta 13-8, Blum 4-(minus 4), Team 1-(minus 13), Knickrehm 14-(minus 13). Oklahoma, Murray 12-101, J.Miller 9-88, C.Brown 11-65, Calhoun 7-26, L.Jones 3-4, Team 1-(minus 2), Nimmo 1-(minus 4). PASSING: Idaho St., Blum 11-26-0-66. Oklahoma, L.Jones 18-321-286. RECEIVING: Idaho St., Burel 4-39, Ponciano 3-19, Knickrehm 2-(minus 2), J.Taylor 1-7, Krosch 1-3. Oklahoma, Broyles 7-155, Murray 2-40, C.Brown 2-28, Calhoun 2-22, Madu 2-8, Kenney 1-15, Caleb 1-14, D.Miller 1-4.

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Hokies feeling good again
Marshall Virginia Tech 0 7 7 28 0 10 3 7 — — 10 52 First Quarter VT: R.Williams 57 run (Waldron kick), 4:18. Second Quarter VT: R.Williams 4 run (Waldron kick), 14:06. VT: Hosley 64 punt return (Waldron kick), 12:10. Mar: Marshall 61 run (Ratanamorn kick), 10:32. VT: R.Williams 28 run (Waldron kick), 5:21. VT: Roberts 21 pass from T.Taylor (Waldron kick), 1:36. Third Quarter VT: Boyce 8 pass from T.Taylor (Waldron kick), 10:49. VT: FG Waldron 28, 2:43. Fourth Quarter Mar: FG Ratanamorn 29, 14:05. VT: D.Wilson 36 run (Waldron kick), 9:47. A: 66,233. Mar VT First downs ...............................................10....................................26 Rushes-yards ....................................28-126............................53-444 Passing ....................................................126................................. 161 Comp-Att-Int ...................................16-33-0............................ 9-19-1 Return Yards..............................................14....................................88 Punts-Avg. .......................................10-42.0.............................3-46.3 Fumbles-Lost ...........................................2-1..................................0-0 Penalties-Yards ..................................... 8-54................................7-55 Time of Possession...............................28:32.............................. 31:28 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Marshall, Marshall 17-109, Anderson 6-17, Ward 4-7, And.Booker 1-(minus 7). Virginia Tech, D.Wilson 12-165, R.Williams 16-164, Oglesby 12-60, T.Taylor 7-58, Z.Evans 1-6, Clayton 1-(minus 1), Team 4-(minus 8). PASSING: Marshall, Anderson 15-31-0-116, P.Taylor 1-2-0-10. Virginia Tech, T.Taylor 9-16-1-161, Clayton 0-3-0-0. RECEIVING: Marshall, Slate 3-18, T.Evans 3-5, Marshall 3-3, J.Wilson 2-9, C.Walker 2-5, A.Wilson 1-60, Bonner 1-17, Smith 1-9. Virginia Tech, Boykin 2-32, Roberts 2-31, Boyce 2-13, Coale 1-43, R.Williams 1-36, Oglesby 1-6.

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TBs Ryan Williams, above, and David Wilson both rushed for more than 160 yards Saturday. BLACKSBURG, VA.—From one of the biggest national television spotlights of the season to a game only available on the Internet. From a top 5 opponent to one that struggled to beat a lower-division team the week before. Didn’t matter for Virginia Tech. After looking very non-BCS-like in the Kickoff Classic against Alabama, the No. 14 Hokies needed a feel-good, cathartic win, no matter what the setting. They got just that Saturday in a 52-10 victory over Marshall. “We just needed to prove to ourselves that we can do it,” said tailback Ryan Williams, one of two Virginia Tech backs to rush for 160-plus yards, a first in modern Hokies history. “Outside of football, we really don’t care about what anybody has to say about us, or what critics have to say, but we had to prove to ourselves that we can move the ball down the field, we can run the ball, we can pass the ball, we can block, we can pick up blitzes, all those things offensively.” Williams ran for 164 yards on 16 carries and scored three touchdowns. Fellow freshman David Wilson, performing mostly mopup duty in the second half, actually outdid Williams by a yard, gaining 165 on 12 attempts. Virginia Tech (1-1) managed only 155 total yards a week ago, but that tally was topped before the end of the first quarter against the Thundering Herd (1-1). “Coming off of last week and

people asking, ‘Could we get back up?’ ‘How much is that going to hurt us?’ ‘Mentally, what did it do to us?’ ” coach Frank Beamer said. “I thought our kids and coaches went out there and gave them a response today.” And, of course, with Beamer as the coach, there was a special teams highlight. Jayron Hosley took a line-drive punt down the right side for a 64-yard touchdown return in the second quarter. — The Associated Press

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No. 16 TCU 30, Virginia 14

Horned Frogs frustrate UVa
TCU Virginia 0 0 14 0 10 0 6 14 — — 30 14 Second Quarter TCU: Kerley 2 run (Evans kick), 11:18. TCU: Turner 1 run (Evans kick), 2:55. Third Quarter TCU: Young 31 pass from Dalton (Evans kick), 11:42. TCU: FG Evans 28, 3:09. Fourth Quarter TCU: FG Evans 25, 6:59. TCU: FG Evans 32, 4:39. UVa: Brown 56 pass from Sewell (Phillips run), 4:14. UVa: T.Smith 26 pass from Sewell (run failed), 1:48. A: 48,336. TCU UVa First downs ...............................................23......................................7 Rushes-yards ....................................50-203..............................33-57 Passing ....................................................177................................. 120 Comp-Att-Int ...................................15-21-0............................ 8-18-1 Return Yards..............................................35....................................38 Punts-Avg. .........................................6-38.5.............................7-43.0 Fumbles-Lost ...........................................2-1..................................2-0 Penalties-Yards ..................................... 5-60................................3-30 Time of Possession...............................34:49.............................. 25:11
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Utah avoids upset to win 16th straight
Utah San Jose St. 7 0 0 7 0 0 17 7 — — 24 14 First Quarter Utah: Asiata 1 run (Vroman kick), 8:30. Second Quarter SJS: Rutley 2 run (Cope kick), 12:02. Fourth Quarter Utah: Brooks 51 pass from Cain (Phillips kick), 13:44. Utah: Wide 15 run (Phillips kick), 9:03. SJS: Avery 1 pass from La Secla (Cope kick), 5:03. Utah: FG Phillips 25, :13. A: 23,684. Utah SJS First downs ...................................23.......................................... 19 Rushes-yards ........................ 40-251.....................................22-22 Passing ........................................248........................................269 Comp-Att-Int .......................18-32-0.................................22-35-1 Return Yards..................................33.............................................0 Punts-Avg. ............................. 2-47.0....................................9-37.8 Fumbles-Lost ...............................2-2.........................................1-0 Penalties-Yards ....................... 11-69.......................................7-50 Time of Possession...................32:18.....................................27:42 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Utah, Asiata 20-94, Cain 10-69, Shakerin 1-46, Wide 8-40, Brooks 1-2. San Jose St., Rutley 2-10, Perry 7-9, K.Reed 1-6, Muldrow 3-2, Knight 1-0, La Secla 7-0, Harrison 1-(minus 5). PASSING: Utah, Cain 18-31-0-248, Asiata 0-1-0-0. San Jose St., La Secla 22-34-1-269, K.Reed 0-1-0-0. RECEIVING: Utah, Brooks 5-98, Reed 5-62, Peel 4-49, Asiata 3-30, Smithson 1-9. San Jose St., Jurovich 8-146, Avery 7-79, Beauchman 2-15, Otten 2-13, Muldrow 1-11, Harrison 1-3, Avila 1-2.

TCU’s Jeremy Kerley, center, scored the game’s first TD but didn’t have positive yards rushing. CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.—The last thing Virginia needed after a sputtering, turnover-filled season-opening loss was to be tested by the defense that led the nation in fewest yards allowed last season. In its season opener Saturday, No. 16 TCU picked up where it left off last year, stifling the Cavaliers’ new spread offense and cruising to a 30-14 victory that was more convincing than the score indicates. How one-sided was it? Consider this: • Virginia managed just seven first downs—three of them coming in the final quarter, and two on long touchdown passes after the outcome had long been decided. • The Cavaliers never snapped the ball inside the TCU 20. • Virginia (0-2) finished with just 177 yards of total offense, and 83 of those came on Jameel Sewell’s late TD passes. “We understood it was going to be rugged moving the ball, but still, we expect more out of ourselves,” said Virginia coach Al Groh, already on the hot seat after the previous week’s loss to William and Mary of the second-tier Division I-AA. TCU’s offense, meanwhile, gave Virginia a tutorial on how to run the spread. The Horned Frogs gashed the Cavaliers for 203 yards on the ground, and Andy Dalton was 15 of 21 for 177 yards and one touchdown. They scored on all five of their trips into the red zone. “They were the No. 7 team in the country last year and it is pretty apparent why they’re ranked highly,” Groh said. “Their quarterback is an

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: TCU, Turner 10-66, Wesley 10-50, Tucker 10-38, Christian 7-28, Dalton 8-21, Fort 1-4, C.Smith 1-3, Jackson 1-(minus 3), Kerley 2-(minus 4). Virginia, Sewell 21-35, Simpson 8-32, Do.Wallace 1-7, Jackson 1-2, Torchia 1-0, Team 1-(minus 19). PASSING: TCU, Dalton 15-21-0-177. Virginia, Sewell 8-18-1-120. RECEIVING: TCU, B.Johnson 3-32, Clay 3-25, Hicks 3-19, Young 2-60, J.Jones 1-19, L.Brock 1-11, Frosch 1-6, Christian 1-5. Virginia, Brown 2-57, Simpson 2-9, T.Smith 1-26, Hunter 1-13, Burd 1-8, Mack 1-7.

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Utah RB Sausan Shakerin (22) breaks through for a long run late in the fourth quarter. SAN JOSE, CALIF.—Terrance Cain passed for 248 yards and hit Jereme Brooks for a go-ahead 51-yard score early in the fourth quarter, and No. 17 Utah finally shook free of San Jose State late in its 16th straight victory, 24-14 Saturday night. Matt Asiata rushed for 94 yards and an early score for the Utes (2-0), who persevered through 45 frustrating minutes before three late scoring drives kept alive the longest winning streak in Division I-A. Utah racked up 499 total yards, but repeatedly failed to finish its drives until the final minutes. Jordan LaSecla passed for 269 yards while playing the final three quarters for the Spartans (0-2), who put a scare into an elite opponent one week after a 56-3 thrashing at USC. Kevin Jurovich had eight catches for 146 yards for the Spartans, who repeatedly picked on the Utes’ undersized cornerbacks for long gains in man-toman coverage. As their inconsistent offensive effort showed, the Utes are still trying to figure out how to replace several key components of the team that finished last season unbeaten and ranked No. 2 after routing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. They’ll need a much better effort next weekend on their trip to Oregon if they hope to keep alive the second-longest streak in school

excellent player. He was really able to control the game in a lot of different ways.” TCU coach Gary Patterson found a few things on offense to complain about: 1-for-11 on third downs, and Dalton’s inability to hit a few open receivers. But all in all, he was relieved get the opener behind hi. “Crazy things happen in first games, and this was our first game. We didn’t want to beat ourselves. Going on the road and beating an ACC team is a tough thing to do,” said Patterson, whose 74th career victory at TCU ties him with Abe Martin for second, behind Dutch Meyer (109). — The Associated Press

history. The Utes have matched the school’s winning streak from 1928-30, and they trail only the 18 straight wins surrounding Utah’s undefeated run to a Fiesta Bowl victory with coach Urban Meyer and quarterback Alex Smith from 2003-05. Eddie Wide rushed for a 15-yard TD to put Utah ahead 21-7 with 9:03 to play, but the Spartans drove 77 yards for LaSecla’s 1-yard TD pass to Marquis Avery 4 minutes later. Utah made one last lengthy drive, essentially putting it away on Sausan Shakerin’s 46-yard run to inside the San Jose State 5 with 1:55 to play. — The Associated Press

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No. 21 Georgia 41, South Carolina 37

No. 19 North Carolina 12, Connecticut 10

Bulldogs avoid 0-2 with goal-line stand
ATHENS, GA.—After everything that happened over nearly four hours— the kickoff return for a touchdown, the interception for a TD, the safety, the blocked extra point, the 24 penalties—it all came down to one play, one make-or-break decision. Rennie Curran took a step forward, thinking he would have to make a tackle. Then he stopped, stuck out his left hand and batted down the final pass of a wild night. No. 21 Georgia had survived. Barely. Curran broke up Stephen Garcia’s fourth-down pass from the 7-yard line with 22 seconds remaining, and the Bulldogs held off South Carolina 41-37 Saturday night. “Man, it was a nail-biting play,” Curran said. “I was kind of put in a bind because it looked like Garcia was about to tuck it and run into the end zone.” Instead, Garcia decided to throw his 53rd pass of the night to a receiver cutting behind Curran. The junior linebacker reached out and swatted the ball to the ground. “I knew he liked to hit his tight end on that play,” Curran said. “I didn’t know whether to come up and try to hit him or stay back in coverage. As soon as I took a step forward, he lobbed it up and I was able to stick my hand out there and tip the ball down.” The Bulldogs (1-1, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) avoided their first 0-2 start since 1996. South Carolina (1-1, 0-1) was hurt by a blocked extra point after its final touchdown, which prevented the Gamecocks from going for Carolina linebacker Eric Norwood returned an interception 35 yards for a TD. Spencer Lanning tied a Gamecocks record with five field goals, pulled off a fake punt but had that crucial extra point blocked. “There were a lot of big plays all over the place,” South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said. “We almost came back.” — The Associated Press
South Carolina 17 Georgia 14 6 17 5 7 9 3 — — 37 41

Safety on holding penalty completes Tar Heels’ rally
EAST HARTFORD, CONN.— North Carolina needed to make a big defensive stop, and wound up getting some help from Connecticut’s Dan Ryan. The Huskies’ senior tackle was flagged for holding defensive end Robert Quinn in the end zone with 1:32 left in the game Saturday, giving the No. 19 Tar Heels a safety and a 12-10 comeback win over the Huskies. “I had him beat around the corner,” Quinn said. “I was just out there trying to make a play, and then I saw the flag.” The play capped a 12-point fourth quarter for North Carolina (2-0). Casey Barth started the comeback with a 22-yard field goal, and T.J. Yates led the team on a 13-play drive that ended with his 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Zack Pianalto with 2:36 left. Pianalto hurt his leg celebrating after the score and had to be taken from the field in an air cast, another bizarre moment from a game that ended in crazy fashion. “I told the chancellor, ‘That’s why you don’t see any 100-yearold football coaches,’” said North Carolina coach Butch Davis. UConn (1-1) held UNC scoreless and to 134 yards of offense through three quarters, sacking Yates six times. A 47-yard field goal from Dave Teggart at the halftime buzzer gave UConn a 3-0 lead. UConn tailback Jordan Todman dragged several defenders the final four yards for the score, putting the Huskies up 10-0. Yates led the Heels on a 78-yard drive that ended with Barth’s field goal, and when UNC got the ball back, he marched 78-yards again for his team’s only TD. On the ensuing safety, Cody Endres scrambled away from the pass rush on third down, but there was the flag in the end zone. “I didn’t even know that was a rule,” said Tar Heels cornerback Charles Brown Jr. “I heard the coaches screaming, ‘Safety, safety safety,’ so I started jumping up and down (yelling) ‘Safety, safety.’” — The Associated Press
North Carolina 0 Connecticut 0 0 3 0 7 12 0 — — 12 10

First Quarter SC: Gurley 6 pass from Garcia (Lanning kick), 9:51. Geo: Boykin 100 kickoff return (Walsh kick), 9:37. SC: Maddox 13 pass from Garcia (Lanning kick), 5:58. SC: FG Lanning 21, 5:07. Geo: Samuel 1 run (Walsh kick), 1:56. Second Quarter Geo: Smith 61 run (Walsh kick), 14:04. Geo: FG Walsh 50, 12:31. SC: FG Lanning 39, 8:21. SC: FG Lanning 22, 2:29. Geo: Green 9 pass from Cox (Walsh kick), :09. Third Quarter Geo: Moore 4 pass from Cox (Walsh kick), 9:04. SC: FG Lanning 35, 5:30. SC: Safety, 2:50. Fourth Quarter SC: FG Lanning 34, 13:21. SC: Norwood 35 interception return (kick blocked), 12:56. Geo: FG Walsh 42, 6:20. A: 92,746. SC Geo First downs ...............................................26....................................16 Rushes-yards ....................................30-114............................29-107 Passing ....................................................313................................. 201 Comp-Att-Int ...................................31-53-1..........................17-24-1 Return Yards..............................................40......................................3 Punts-Avg. .........................................2-42.5.............................1-37.0 Fumbles-Lost ...........................................2-0..................................3-2 Penalties-Yards ...................................11-98............................13-108 Time of Possession...............................34:21.............................. 25:39 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: South Carolina, Garcia 10-42, Sherman 2-27, Giles 10-23, Lanning 1-12, Maddox 7-10. Georgia, Smith 2-65, Samuel 15-65, Thomas 6-22, Team 2-(minus 21), Cox 4-(minus 24). PASSING: South Carolina, Garcia 31-53-1-313. Georgia, Cox 17-241-201. RECEIVING: South Carolina, Saunders 8-96, Gurley 4-46, DiMarco 4-35, Maddox 4-28, Barnes 3-40, M.Brown 3-24, Giles 3-19, LeCorn 1-13, Moore 1-12. Georgia, Green 6-86, T.King 3-27, Samuel 3-23, Charles 2-38, Moore 2-23, Chapas 1-4.

Second Quarter Conn: FG Teggart 47, :00. Third Quarter Conn: Todman 4 run (Teggart kick), :55. Fourth Quarter NC: FG Barth 22, 10:56. NC: Pianalto 2 pass from Yates (Barth kick), 2:36. NC: Safety, 1:32. A: 38,087. NC Conn First downs ...............................................16.............................. 13 Rushes-yards ......................................38-35.........................35-72 Passing ....................................................233............................124 Comp-Att-Int ...................................23-32-2.....................14-26-1 Return Yards..............................................61.............................. 12 Punts-Avg. .........................................6-40.7........................7-47.3 Fumbles-Lost ...........................................2-0.............................1-1 Penalties-Yards ..................................... 5-30...........................3-18 Time of Possession...............................33:40.........................26:20 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: North Carolina, Houston 7-33, Draughn 14-21, J.White 1-7, Little 3-4, Blue 2-2, Team 3-(minus 6), Yates 8-(minus 26). Connecticut, Todman 18-66, Dixon 7-21, K.Moore 2-17, Frazer 4-(minus 6), Team 1-(minus 12), Endres 3-(minus 14). PASSING: North Carolina, Yates 23-32-2-233. Connecticut, Frazer 11-19-1-94, Endres 3-7-0-30. RECEIVING: North Carolina, Little 8-45, Pianalto 7-87, Highsmith 4-59, Elzy 2-25, Draughn 2-17. Connecticut, Kanuch 4-56, Difton 4-25, I.Moore 2-17, Todman 2-9, Griffin 1-13, Dixon 1-4.

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Georgia’s DeAngelo Tyson (94) blocked an extra point in the fourth that proved to be the difference. a tying field goal at the end. The goal-line stand set off a raucous celebration for the relieved crowd at Sanford Stadium. Curran rolled on the ground with Brandon Boykin, who had a huge game for the Bulldogs. Bryan Evans did a somersault. “So many things happened, I don’t even know where to start,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “The bottom line is, we got it done. We got it done at the end.” Boykin set a school record with a 100-yard kickoff return and set up a score with an interception. South

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No. 22 Nebraska 38, Arkansas State 9

Pass-happy Huskers thump ASU
LINCOLN, NEB.—Nebraska beat up on a second straight opponent from the Sun Belt Conference Saturday, whipping Arkansas State 38-9. Seemingly never-satisfied Nebraska coach Bo Pelini called his defense “soft” after a season-opening 49-3 win over Florida Atlantic. He said Saturday that the Huskers still aren’t playing up to his standards as they prepare to go on the road for the first time. Zac Lee’s play at quarterback, however, got a passing grade. Lee threw for 340 yards and fourth touchdowns without a pick. “He’s playing at a high level,” Pelini said. “Other than the quarterback being new, we do have experience and some guys who have played some games. Our offense has been playing well, and I expect that to continue. I like what I’ve seen from that group.” There was plenty to like Saturday. The Huskers (2-0) scored on five of their first six possessions, ending any hopes the Red Wolves (1-1) had of pulling an even bigger upset than their win at Texas A&M last year. Lee completed 27-of-35 passes to 11 different receivers. He opened the game leading two 80-yard drives and a 46-yarder as the Huskers jumped ahead 21-0. “Yeah, it was a good day,” Lee said. “I ended up with some decent numbers. Hopefully, that’s how it is every week. That’s kind of my goal.” ASU coach Steve Roberts said Nebraska took advantage of mismatches all over the field. “Their skill people against our skill people, that was a big difference there,” he said. “They played a lot faster than we did.” Though they’ve outscored their first two opponents by a combined 87-12, Pelini said the Huskers will have to be sharper at Virginia Tech next week. The Hokies won 35-30 in Lincoln last year. “It’s Week 2, and there’s not a football team out there that’s a ‘Steel Curtain’ with Super Bowl-champion execution in Week 2,” Pelini said. “That’s why you practice. I expect our team to be fully prepared to go on the road and meet the challenge ahead.” —The Associated Press
Arkansas St. Nebraska 0 14 6 10 0 7 3 7 — — 9 38

Gilyard electrifies Bearcats with four TDs
CINCINNATI—No surprise that No. 23 Cincinnati is finding new ways to get Mardy Gilyard the ball. The electrifying senior scored four touchdowns as part of the third-best scoring performance in school history, reaching the end zone on a punt return, a run and two catches during a 70-3 victory over Southeast Missouri State on Saturday night. A quick-strike offense scored every which way during a 49-point first half, the biggest in coach Brian Kelly’s three seasons at Cincinnati (2-0). Gilyard was the catalyst, putting together one of the top individual performances in school history. “As a quarterback, you love to throw to him,” said Tony Pike, who had a hand in four of Cincinnati’s touchdowns. “He can go deep and at the same time, he can take a screen 60 yards. Because of the way they played him tonight with the soft coverages, we were able to find him underneath.” The Redhawks (1-1) couldn’t catch him. Gilyard, the Big East’s top returner last season, responded to chants of “Mar-dy! Mar-dy!” by returning the game’s first punt 53 yards. It was the Bearcats’ first punt return for a touchdown in 12 years. He also had his first career rushing touchdown out of the wildcat formation, and caught two touchdown passes from different quarterbacks. “I’m just glad the coaches trust me to put me in all those positions for the cycle tonight.” The Bearcats played on only four days of rest after their 47-15 season-opening win at Rutgers on Monday. Pike and the rest of the offense were nearly flawless in that one, but opened Saturday’s game with two dropped passes and an incompletion. Gilyard’s punt return wiped away the cobwebs and started the rout. — The Associated Press
SE Missouri Cincinnati 3 21 0 28 0 14 0 7 — — 3 70

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Nebraska QB Zac Lee has completed 73.7 percent of his passes through two games.

First Quarter Neb: Legate 3 pass from Lee (Henery kick), 11:40. Neb: McNeill 13 pass from Lee (Henery kick), 1:15. Second Quarter Neb: Paul 30 run (Henery kick), 13:59. AkSt: Arnold 1 run (kick failed), 5:30. Neb: FG Henery 26, :09. Third Quarter Neb: McNeill 32 pass from Lee (Henery kick), 9:47. Fourth Quarter AkSt: FG Arauco 42, 12:05. Neb: Paul 2 pass from Lee (Henery kick), 8:14. A: 85,035. AkSt Neb First downs ...............................................15....................................27 Rushes-yards ....................................38-143............................28-136 Passing ....................................................131................................. 358 Comp-Att-Int ...................................11-20-0..........................30-41-0 Return Yards..............................................14....................................31 Punts-Avg. .........................................5-45.0.............................3-42.7 Fumbles-Lost ...........................................2-1..................................0-0 Penalties-Yards ..................................... 3-20................................3-40 Time of Possession...............................28:22.............................. 31:38 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Arkansas St., Arnold 14-83, Lawson 9-37, Leonard 11-22, D.Jones 2-9, Team 2-(minus 8). Nebraska, Helu 14-60, Paul 1-30, Burkhead 3-18, Lee 7-11, Ward 1-8, C.Green 1-7, A.Jones 1-2. PASSING: Arkansas St., Leonard 11-20-0-131. Nebraska, Lee 27-350-340, C.Green 3-6-0-18. RECEIVING: Arkansas St., McLennan 7-69, Murry 1-43, Gillott 1-9, Lawson 1-8, Clements 1-2. Nebraska, Paul 6-69, Me.Holt 5-40, McNeill 4-57, Helu 4-44, Brooks 2-30, Gilleylen 1-43, Young 1-27, Burkhead 1-11, Reed 1-9, Cotton 1-7, Hill 1-7, Cooper 1-6, Kinnie 1-5, Legate 1-3.

‘Zac was lights out’
Sure, the competition has been light, but Nebraska QB Zac Lee has put on a clinic in the first two college starts of his career. Lee threw for 340 yards and four touchdowns without an interception in Saturday’s 29-point home win. After two games, the junior is completing 73.7 percent of his attempts and has six TD passes with just one interception. “Zac was lights out. What I like about him the most is he’s so doggone efficient,” offensive coordinator Shawn Watson said. “He doesn’t get rattled about anything. He can throw it, run it. I’ve really grown to trust him.” Lee, who is averaging 276.5 passing yards, faces a much tougher test next Saturday at No. 14 Virginia Tech on a national stage (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC).

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Mardy Gilyard gave the Bearcats a spark by returning this punt for a touchdown. and get me the ball in all those different ways,” Gilyard said. “We are a special offense, a special team. No disrespect to the team that won the Big East last year, but this is a special team.” The senior became the first Bowl Subdivision player to score on a punt return, run and catch in the same game since UCLA’s Maurice Jones-Drew did it on Oct. 8, 2005 against California, according to STATS. Drew, who now goes by the last name Jones-Drew, scored five touchdowns in that game. Cincinnati’s play book has even more ways for Gilyard to score. “He could throw a pass,” Kelly said. “There is a possibility of it, but I wasn’t going to have him hit

First Quarter Cin: Gilyard 53 punt return (Rogers kick), 12:51. SEMo: FG Spada 23, 5:55. Cin: Ramsey 19 pass from T.Pike (Rogers kick), 3:44. Cin: T.Pike 1 run (Rogers kick), 2:15. Second Quarter Cin: Gilyard 1 run (Rogers kick), 14:23. Cin: Gilyard 8 pass from T.Pike (Rogers kick), 10:38. Cin: Barnett 14 pass from T.Pike (Rogers kick), 4:41. Cin: Gilyard 37 pass from Collaros (Rogers kick), 1:32. Third Quarter Cin: D.Williams 100 kickoff return (Rogers kick), 14:48. Cin: C.Howard 43 pass from Collaros (Rogers kick), 9:17. Fourth Quarter Cin: S.Johnson 33 run (Rogers kick), 8:04. A: 30,421. SEMo Cin First downs .................................................7.............................. 26 Rushes-yards ......................................32-54.......................42-227 Passing ....................................................122............................351 Comp-Att-Int ...................................16-28-3.....................24-35-0 Return Yards................................................1.............................. 80 Punts-Avg. .......................................10-45.8........................4-34.5 Fumbles-Lost ...........................................3-1.............................0-0 Penalties-Yards ..................................... 6-44...........................3-40 Time of Possession...............................28:33.........................31:27 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: SE Missouri, H.Harris 10-41, M.Jones 11-27, Grassi 1-2, McKinley 1-2, Stewart 1-1, Scheible 4-1, D.Powell 3-(minus 6), Team 1-(minus 14). Cincinnati, Ramsey 7-65, Pead 11-45, S.Johnson 2-35, Kay 3-22, D.Williams 5-21, Anderson 3-16, Winn 5-12, Hines 2-5, T.Kelce 2-4, Gilyard 1-1, T.Pike 1-1. PASSING: SE Missouri, Scheible 15-27-3-123, D.Powell 1-1-0(minus 1). Cincinnati, T.Pike 17-23-0-229, Collaros 4-9-0-95, Anderson 2-2-0-8, Kay 1-1-0-19. RECEIVING: SE Missouri, Peoples 4-38, M.Edwards 3-34, Ahamefule 3-26, Stewart 3-16, H.Harris 1-6, Grassi 1-3, McKinley 1-(minus 1). Cincinnati, Gilyard 6-111, Binns 4-77, Barnett 3-35, Woods 3-20, Ramsey 2-24, C.Howard 1-43, Winn 1-19, J.Howard 1-9, Guidugli 1-5, Robinson 1-5, T.Kelce 1-3.

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TOP 25 No. 25 Missouri 27, Bowling Green 20

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2009

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No. 24 Kansas 34, Texas-El Paso 7

Jayhawks make new believers
EL PASO, TEXAS—The Kansas Jayhawks picked up a new fan on their trip to the border—UTEP coach Mike Price. Jake Sharp ran for 104 yards and scored three touchdowns while No. 24 Kansas got two big punt returns from Daymond Patterson to beat Texas-El Paso 34-7 on Saturday night. Todd Reesing completed 25-of-41 attempts for 260 yards with one interception. He threw a 5-yard TD to Sharp and worked again with Dezmon Briscoe, who returned from a one-game suspension for violating team rules and had eight catches for 154 yards. “What surprised us was that they were that good,” Price said. “They out-physicaled us. They hit us up the middle, and their running game is pretty good. Their whole scheme is pretty good. They’re a top 25 team, and it doesn’t look like we are.” The Jayhawks (2-0) finished with 576 total yards. Their defense racked up five sacks while holding UTEP (0-2) to negative rushing yards until the closing minutes. The biggest disappointment for Kansas? Failing to score more. “Usually when we put up those kinds of numbers we put a lot more points on the board,” Sharp said. “But we put up enough points to win, and our defense played great. They really played lights out. Football is special teams, offense and defense, and seeing those guys play well is awesome.” The Miners, who finished with 4 yards rushing, avoided the shutout when Trevor Vittatoe found Donavon Kemp for a 75-yard catchand-run with 12:39 remaining. But

Tigers escape after bumbling start
COLUMBIA, MO.—Blaine Gabbert looked like a star in his first college start. In Missouri’s home opener, he looked like a sophomore learning on the job. Gabbert threw two second-half touchdown passes after an awful first half, and Derrick Washington scored the go-ahead TD late in the fourth quarter, helping the 25th-ranked Tigers rally from a dud start to beat Bowling Green 27-20 Saturday night. “It was a gutsy win,” Gabbert said. “It really checked what we’re made of, and in the end it’s going to make our team better.” Washington had 120 yards on 23 carries for the Tigers, who jumped into the rankings after an impressive opening victory over Illinois and needed a strong finish Saturday for any hope of staying there. Missouri (2-0) trailed 13-0 in the second quarter and 20-6 midway in the third before its offense stirred. Missouri’s point total was its fewest in a victory since beating Iowa State 27-24 on Oct. 15, 2005. The Tigers averaged 42 points last year. “I wouldn’t want to make a living doing that every Saturday,” coach Gary Pinkel said. “You can grow tremendously from it. I feel fortunate we’re 2-0.” Bowling Green (1-1) was such a handful seldom-used Missouri punter Jake Harry was called upon seven times. Harry punted only 26 times all last season. Tyler Sheehan was 29-for-46 for 206 yards and a touchdown, and

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Missouri’s Derrick Washington, right, gave the Tigers a lift with 120 yards rushing. Willie Geter had 99 yards on 20 carries with a 1-yard scoring run for Bowling Green, which capitalized on a pair of fumbles for two first-half field goals before fading. “I think Missouri stepped it up a little bit, and they made some adjustments,” Sheehan said. “I think we played good enough to win. It just didn’t happen.” Gabbert, who threw for 319 yards and three TDs in his first career start against Illinois, finished 20-for-33 for 172 yards after totaling 44 passing yards in the first half. Some teammates said Gabbert appeared a bit frustrated, but Pinkel said his quarterback never lost composure. “He was under control,” the coach said. “One of the greatest things a quarterback can do is learn to forget.” —The Associated Press
Bowling Green 10 Missouri 0 3 6 7 7 0 14 — — 20 27

Kansas moved the ball with ease against UTEP, as RB Jake Sharp (1) had three touchdowns.
Kansas 3 17 7 7 — 34 UTEP 0 0 0 7 — 7 First Quarter Kan: FG Branstetter 21, 9:00. Second Quarter Kan: Sharp 1 run (Branstetter kick), 7:23. Kan: FG Branstetter 24, 4:42. Kan: Sharp 5 pass from Reesing (Branstetter kick), 1:21. Third Quarter Kan: Sharp 3 run (Branstetter kick), 7:06. Fourth Quarter Kan: Opurum 1 run (Branstetter kick), 13:45. UTEP: Kemp 75 pass from Vittatoe (Barrett kick), 12:39. A: 31,885. Kan UTEP First downs ...............................................26......................................7 Rushes-yards ....................................42-255................................20-4 Passing ....................................................321................................. 204 Comp-Att-Int ...................................27-43-1..........................17-29-1 Return Yards..............................................73....................................20 Punts-Avg. .........................................2-37.5...........................10-44.3 Fumbles-Lost ...........................................2-1..................................1-0 Penalties-Yards ..................................... 6-48............................13-137 Time of Possession...............................34:41.............................. 25:19 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Kansas, Sharp 16-104, Pick 2-87, Opurum 16-62, R.Lewis 5-17, Reesing 3-(minus 15). UTEP, Buckram 9-31, J.Thomas 2-4, J.Williams 1-1, Vittatoe 8-(minus 32). PASSING: Kansas, Reesing 25-41-1-260, Meier 1-1-0-56, Pick 1-1-05. UTEP, Vittatoe 14-25-1-187, K.Wright 2-3-0-10, J.Thomas 1-1-0-7. RECEIVING: Kansas, Briscoe 8-154, Sharp 6-29, J.Wilson 4-66, Meier 4-15, McDougald 3-48, Opurum 2-9. UTEP, Kemp 3-85, Carr 2-24, Shadrawy 2-20, Moturi 2-14, Davis 2-13, Buckram 2-9, Adams 2-6, J.Moore 1-24, Hunter 1-9.

A matchup of basketball bluebloods
It’d make for a nice basketball matchup, but Kansas and Duke will face each other in football next Saturday. It’s the first time the two football programs have met—Duke leads the basketball series 6-2.

it was the fewest points for UTEP in Price’s six years in El Paso. “We just weren’t playing the way we were supposed to,” Kemp said. “Too many penalties.” One week after committing 12 penalties for 101 yards in an opening loss to Buffalo, UTEP was flagged 13 times for 137 yards. It’s the most penalties through the season’s first two games since 1965. —The Associated Press

First Quarter BG: Hutson 11 pass from Sheehan (Phillips kick), 2:52. BG: FG Phillips 37, 1:45. Second Quarter BG: FG Phillips 32, 12:14. Mo: FG Ressel 38, 8:27. Mo: FG Ressel 46, :51. Third Quarter BG: Geter 1 run (Phillips kick), 9:44. Mo: Perry 27 pass from Gabbert (Ressel kick), :57. Fourth Quarter Mo: Kemp 33 pass from Gabbert (Ressel kick), 10:15. Mo: D.Washington 1 run (Ressel kick), 5:38. A: 65,401. BG Mo First downs ...............................................17.............................. 21 Rushes-yards ....................................29-114.......................44-181 Passing ....................................................206............................172 Comp-Att-Int ...................................29-46-0.....................20-33-0 Return Yards............................................(-1).................................1 Punts-Avg. .........................................9-37.3........................7-45.4 Fumbles-Lost ...........................................2-0.............................3-2 Penalties-Yards ..................................... 8-99...........................4-45 Time of Possession...............................33:23.........................26:37 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING:BowlingGreen,Geter20-99,Barnes2-23,Bullock1-0,Team 1-(minus 2), Sheehan 5-(minus 6). Missouri, D.Washington 23-120, Lawrence 7-49, Gabbert 10-12, J.Jackson 1-2,Team 3-(minus 2). PASSING: Bowling Green, Sheehan 29-46-0-206. Missouri, Gabbert 20-33-0-172. RECEIVING: Bowling Green, Barnes 10-70, C.Wright 7-57, Hutson 5-49, Geter 5-24, Hodges 1-7, Sheehan 1-(minus 1). Missouri, Alexander 7-56, Perry 6-55, Kemp 2-38, Jones 2-6, D.Washington 2-5, J.Jackson 1-12.

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Auburn 49, Mississippi State 24

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2009

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SEC
TEAM
EAST Georgia Florida Kentucky Tennessee South Carolina Vanderbilt WEST Auburn LSU Alabama Arkansas Mississippi Mississippi State

CONF.
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NEXT
at Arkansas, Saturday, 7:45 p.m. Tennessee, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Louisville, Saturday, noon at No. 1 Florida, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Florida Atlantic, Saturday, 7 p.m. Mississippi State, Saturday, 7 p.m. West Virginia, Saturday, 7:45 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette, Saturday, 7 p.m. North Texas, Saturday, 12:20 p.m. No. 21 Georgia, Saturday, 7:45 p.m. Southeast Louisiana, Saturday 7:30 p.m. at Vanderbilt, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Running the Wildcat, Burns has big day
RISING
Auburn’s offense With 49 points and 589 yards against Mississippi State, it’s safe to say the Tigers have found their rhythm again.

FALLING
Crompton’s popularity Well, so much for Tennessee QB Jonathan Crompton’s confidence and job security.

UCLA Tennessee

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Mississippi St. 0 17 0 7 — 24 Auburn 14 14 14 7 — 49 First Quarter Aub: Burns 1 run (Byrum kick), 8:13. Aub: A.Coleman 20 interception return (Byrum kick), 2:21. Second Quarter MSSt: Dixon 1 run (Brauchle kick), 12:05. MSSt: FG Brauchle 29, 7:20. MSSt: Elliott 10 blocked punt return (Brauchle kick), 4:44. Aub: McCalebb 48 run (Byrum kick), 3:08. Aub: Burns 1 run (Byrum kick), :16. Third Quarter Aub: Lutzenkirchen 13 pass from Burns (Byrum kick), 3:52. Aub: Tate 35 run (Byrum kick), 1:19. Fourth Quarter MSSt: Ducre 1 pass from Lee (Brauchle kick), 11:15. Aub: Burns 1 run (Byrum kick), 5:56. A: 85,269. MSSt Aub First downs ...................................14..................29 Rushes-yards ........................ 38-167..........59-390 Passing ........................................130................199 Comp-Att-Int .......................11-21-2.........11-24-0 Return Yards..................................37..................27 Punts-Avg. ............................. 6-45.2...........5-28.8 Fumbles-Lost ...............................0-0.................2-0 Penalties-Yards ....................... 10-89.............. 5-40 Time of Possession...................28:57.............31:03 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Mississippi St., Dixon 20-92, Relf 7-52, Ducre 4-14, Lee 3-9, Stallworth 1-3, Elliott 2-(minus 1), Team 1-(minus 2). Auburn, Tate 20-157, McCalebb 16-114, Fannin 9-75, Burns 9-32, E.Smith 3-8, Todd 1-6, Team 1-(minus 2). PASSING: Mississippi St., Relf 5-11-2-77, Lee 6-100-53. Auburn, Todd 10-23-0-186, Burns 1-1-0-13. RECEIVING: Mississippi St., Berry 4-60, McRae 3-33, Wilder 1-25, Bumphis 1-8, Green 1-3, Ducre 1-1. Auburn, D.Adams 5-116, Zachery 2-41, Wisner 1-24, Lutzenkirchen 1-13, Fannin 1-3, Burns 1-2.

First Quarter UCLA: FG Forbath 26, 10:44. Tenn: FG Lincoln 31, 5:07. Tenn: Hardesty 11 run (Lincoln kick), 2:58. Second Quarter UCLA: Moline 12 pass from Prince (Forbath kick), 7:09. Third Quarter UCLA: FG Forbath 39, 14:00. UCLA: FG Forbath 31, 9:53. UCLA: FG Forbath 47, 2:39. Fourth Quarter Tenn: FG Lincoln 28, 9:56. Tenn: Rogan Safety, 1:41. A: 102,239. UCLA Tenn First downs ...................................12..................16 Rushes-yards .......................... 36-85..........44-115 Passing ........................................101..................93 Comp-Att-Int .......................11-23-0.........13-26-3 Return Yards..................................62....................6 Punts-Avg. ............................. 4-47.0...........3-49.7 Fumbles-Lost ...............................6-1.................1-1 Penalties-Yards ..........................9-70.............. 2-10 Time of Possession...................28:22.............31:38 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: UCLA, Franklin 17-80, Knox 3-12, Coleman 6-1, Team 2-(minus 3), Prince 8-(minus 5). Tennessee, Hardesty 26-89, B.Brown 11-34, Crompton 7-(minus 8). PASSING: UCLA, Prince 11-23-0-101. Tennessee, Crompton 13-26-3-93. RECEIVING: UCLA, Paulsen 2-22, Harkey 2-18, Moline 2-12, Presley 1-12, Knox 1-11, Franklin 1-10, Austin 1-9, Carroll 1-7. Tennessee, Hancock 5-58, Stocker 2-10, B.Brown 2-8, Warren 1-7, Z.Rogers 1-6, Hardesty 1-3, Cooper 1-1.

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Tennessee QB Jonathan Crompton, right, endured a tough day, throwing three interceptions and being grabbed by the face mask by UCLA’s Korey Bosworth. AUBURN, ALA.—Kodi Burns was disappointed when told he would be moving from quarterback to wide receiver. In Auburn’s new offense, that didn’t mean he wouldn’t still be taking snaps. Burns had three 1-yard touchdown runs and threw for another, all while taking snaps in Auburn’s 49-24 win over Mississippi State. “I didn’t really know what to expect when it first happened,” Burns said. “It was pretty much a disappointment, but today is today. I just got to go out there and do what I can for my team.” Burns, the Tigers’ former starting QB, took snaps from offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn’s Wildcat formation on all four TDs he had a hand in, including the 13-yard pass to tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen. “It was pretty amazing,” Burns said. “It’s real fun. I keep saying it over and over again—the offensive line does a great job. They block and get hat on a hat.” The Tigers’ diversified new offense gained 589 yards to help Auburn score its most points in an SEC game since 2005. One year ago these two teams played to a 3-2 final won by Auburn. It was the first SEC win for new Auburn Coach Gene Chizik, who said he was glad to see Burns have a big night. “It is as good as it gets. It is great,” Chizik said. “As we told him when this whole thing happened, we said you are going to help us win football games.” Ben Tate ran for 159 yards and Onterio McCalebb got 120 yards, becoming the first freshman to run for more than 100 in his first two games at Auburn. Tate said the back-to-back 100-yard games mean a lot to him. Mississippi State went ahead 17-14 when Patrick Hanrahan blocked a punt and Robert Elliott returned it 10 yards for a touchdown about five minutes before halftime. On Auburn’s next possession, McCalebb took a pitch around left end 48 yards for a touchdown. Burns added a scoring run from the Wildcat to give Auburn a 28-17 lead at halftime.

UCLA 19, Tennessee 15
KNOXVILLE, TENN.—Even with offensive guru Norm Chow in the press box, UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel turned to his defense with the game on the line. It was the right call. UCLA stopped Tennessee’s Montario Hardesty on fourth-and-2 in the closing

minutes, and the Bruins made it two in a row against the Volunteers with the win. “We will be a better offense,” Neuheisel said. “But given the way our offense was playing, I thought it was better to put it in (the defense’s) hands.” Trailing by 6, the Vols (1-1) had a chance to take the lead after driving 52 yards, but UCLA (2-0) held fast and Lane Kiffin lost for the first time as Tennessee coach. The Vols’ defense, led by Monte Kiffin, had been battering the Bruins’ offense for much of the day. UCLA had only 186 yards of offense compared to Tennessee’s 208. The Bruins had four fewer first downs, held the ball for three fewer minutes and had 60 more yards in penalties. Tennessee reached UCLA’s Kevin Prince many times, but usually after he released the ball. After Hardesty was stopped, Tennessee got a safety when Dennis Rogan sacked Prince, giving him a bloody mouth. An inept Jonathan Crompton couldn’t do anything with the last-minute opportunity after getting the ball back, taking a sack and throwing three incomplete passes. — The Associated Press

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ACC Boston College 34, Kent State 7

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2009

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Wake Forest 24, Stanford 17

Skinner stellar in Deacs’ rally
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.—No Wake Forest quarterback has won more games than Riley Skinner. This time, he did it nearly all himself. Skinner scored on a 1-yard keeper with 2 seconds remaining, and the Demon Deacons rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat Stanford 24-17 on Saturday. The fifth-year senior and winningest starter in school history finished 18 of 26 for 187 yards with a touchdown pass for the Demon Deacons (1-1). His 44-yard pass to thirdstringer Lovell Jackson with less than a minute left set up the score that clinched his 27th career victory. “The second half, he was just in a zone. The guy was just really on a mission. I’ve never seen him any better as far as focus,” coach Jim Grobe said. “That’s what we expect out of him. We wondered where he had gone, but he’s back.” Redshirt freshman Andrew Luck was 23 of 34 for 276 yards with two touchdown passes to Ryan Whalen, but it wasn’t enough as the Cardinal fell to 1-1. “Some things didn’t go our way (in the second half), whether it was a dropped ball, a bad pass, a sack, whatever,” Luck said. “We have to work on our mental fortitude and cut back on those events.” Skinner’s score capped a remarkable second-half rally for the slowstarting Demon Deacons, who trailed 17-3 at halftime before scoring touchdowns on consecutive possessions. Mike Rinfrette ran 3 yards for a TD, one play after Josh Adams’ 15-yard run on fourth-and-2, and Skinner tied it early in the fourth There were seven laterals on the ensuing kickoff before the Cardinal fumbled the ball near midfield and Scott Betros pounced on it to end the game. It marked the end of a dominating second half by Wake Forest, which gained 311 of its 458 yards and scored all three touchdowns after the break. Nate Whitaker kicked Stanford’s longest field goal in two decades, a 54-yarder on the final play of a first half in which the Cardinal rolled up 275 total yards and had the ball for nearly twice as long as Wake did. — The Associated Press
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BC clamps Kent; QB picture taking shape
Kent St. 0 Boston College 14 0 10 0 10 7 0 — — 7 34 First Quarter BC: Larmond 57 pass from Tuggle (Aponavicius kick), 7:42. BC: Gunnell 21 pass from Shinskie (Aponavicius kick), 1:23. Second Quarter BC: Harris 1 run (Aponavicius kick), 10:52. BC: FG Aponavicius 24, 6:26. Third Quarter BC: Gunnell 6 pass from Tuggle (Aponavicius kick), 10:27. BC: FG Aponavicius 33, 8:06. Fourth Quarter Kent: Simpson 4 pass from Keith (Cortez kick), 2:15. A: 25,165. Kent BC First downs ...............................................13.............................. 16 Rushes-yards ......................................29-60.......................37-126 Passing ....................................................119............................223 Comp-Att-Int ...................................21-37-2.....................15-29-1 Return Yards................................................0.............................. 13 Punts-Avg. .......................................10-38.6........................6-40.5 Fumbles-Lost ...........................................1-1.............................0-0 Penalties-Yards ..................................... 6-44...........................5-77 Time of Possession...............................30:01.........................29:59 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Kent St., Flowers 10-30, Archer 5-19, Jarvis 10-17, Morgan 1-1, Keith 3-(minus 7). Boston College, Harris 19-68, Finch 6-32, Haden 8-30, Tuggle 2-3, Marscovetra 1-(minus 2), Shinskie 1-(minus 5). PASSING: Kent St., Morgan 9-16-1-38, Keith 9-14-1-71, Magazu 3-7-0-10. Boston College, Shinskie 9-16-1-73, Tuggle 6-12-0-150, Marscovetra 0-1-0-0. RECEIVING: Kent St., Goode 4-26, Jarvis 3-8, Archer 2-31, Konz 2-18, Gordon 2-16, Pressley 2-16, Garner 2-1, Flowers 2-(minus 1), Simpson 1-4, Kirkland 1-0. Boston College, Gunnell 6-114, Larmond 3-74, Megwa 2-14, Pantale 2-12, McMichael 2-9.

Wake Forest QB Riley Skinner celebrates after scoring the winning TD with two seconds left. quarter with a 19-yard scoring pass to Jordan Williams on fourth-and-4. The decisive drive was all Skinner. He ran 12 yards on an option keeper and found Devon Brown over the middle for 20 yards before hitting Jackson—a redshirt freshman who didn’t appear on the depth chart—behind cornerback Corey Gatewood. He was tripped up at the 2, and three plays later, Skinner pushed into the end zone to cap his seventh career game-winning drive. “We put this drive together, and I think it’s going to give us some confidence going in—but we were pretty confident all game,” Skinner said. “We were moving the ball pretty effectively most of the game. We were just not capitalizing on thirdand-shorts or in the red zone.”

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First Quarter Stan: R.Whalen 26 pass from Luck (N.Whitaker kick), 10:53. Wake: FG Popham 20, 5:59. Second Quarter Stan: R.Whalen 17 pass from Luck (N.Whitaker kick), 9:40. Stan: FG N.Whitaker 54, :01. Third Quarter Wake: Rinfrette 3 run (Popham kick), 6:41. Fourth Quarter Wake: J.Williams 9 pass from Skinner (Popham kick), 14:01. Wake: Skinner 1 run (Popham kick), :02. A: 30,002. Stan Wake First downs ...............................................19....................................25 Rushes-yards ....................................26-115............................45-251 Passing ....................................................276................................. 207 Comp-Att-Int ...................................23-34-1..........................19-27-0 Return Yards................................................8......................................1 Punts-Avg. .........................................4-39.5.............................4-41.5 Fumbles-Lost ...........................................2-1..................................0-0 Penalties-Yards ..................................... 6-55................................3-20 Time of Possession...............................28:47.............................. 31:13 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Stanford, Gerhart 17-82, Stewart 6-18, Owusu 1-10, Luck 2-5. Wake Forest, Adams 8-54, Givens 5-51, Brown 8-47, K.Harris 8-39, Skinner 4-21, Pendergrass 5-21, Rinfrette 4-10, Bohanon 3-8. PASSING: Stanford, Luck 23-34-1-276. Wake Forest, Skinner 18-260-187, Ma.Williams 1-1-0-20. RECEIVING: Stanford, R.Whalen 9-123, Owusu 6-60, Baldwin 3-42, Stewart 2-18, Gerhart 1-12, Marecic 1-12, Dray 1-9. Wake Forest, Givens 5-32, Brown 4-58, Ma.Williams 2-14, J.Williams 2-4, L.Jackson 1-44, Skinner 1-20, Wooster 1-16, Adams 1-12, Rinfrette 1-8, Bohanon 1-(minus 1).

BC’s Josh Haden (1) hurdles traffic in the first half. The Eagles averaged just 3.4 yards per rush. BOSTON—Boston College coach Frank Spaziani might want to consider leaving his quarterback battle going for a while longer. Quarterbacks Justin Tuggle and Dave Shinskie each threw a firstquarter touchdown to lead the Eagles to a 34-7 win over Kent State on Saturday. Tuggle and Shinskie rotated at quarterback in their audition for the top job. The Eagles (2-0) posted their second straight lopsided victory after a 54-0 win against Northeastern last week. The tandem helped BC open a 24-0 halftime edge. After the game, Spaziani said “there was evidence to have a decision on” and hinted that it would come soon. “There’s a point in order to make progress,” he said of a need to name a No. 1 QB. “We’ve got to do something by next week’s game.” The 25-year old Shinskie, who spent the last six years playing minor league baseball, said he’s ready to find out. “Anxious, yeah,” he said. “But at the same time why spoil a good thing. We go out there each day and tell each other we’ve got to get things done.” Tuggle threw a 6-yard touchdown to Rich Gunnell to give Boston College a 31-0 lead in the third quarter. Gunnell, who finished with six catches for 114 yards, also caught a 21-yard score from Shinskie in the opening quarter. Tuggle finished 6 of 12 for 150

yards. Shinskie was 9-for-16 for 73 yards with one interception. Boston College shut out the Golden Flashes in the schools’ first meeting, a 21-0 win last year at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Steve Aponavicius had a pair of field goals. Kent State running back Eugene Jarvis, who posted his 17th career 100-yard game in last week’s win over Coastal Carolina, was held to 17 yards on 10 carries. The Eagles didn’t allow Kent State to cross midfield until early in the fourth quarter. — The Associated Press

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Florida State 19, Jacksonville State 9

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RISING
Virginia Tech’s O The Hokies bounced back from an awful offensive outing vs. Bama by racking up 605 total yards in rout of Marshall. Next up: Nebraska.
TEAM
ATLANTIC Boston College Maryland North Carolina State Wake Forest Clemson Florida State COASTAL Georgia Tech Miami North Carolina Duke Virginia Tech Virginia

ACC
CONF. OVERALL NEXT
0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-1 1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-0 2-0 1-1 1-1 0-2 at Clemson, Saturday, noon Middle Tennessee State, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Gardner-Webb, Saturday, 6 p.m. Elon, Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Boston College, Saturday, noon at No. 9 BYU, Saturday, 7 p.m. at No. 20 Miami, Thursday, 7:30 p.m. No. 15 Georgia Tech, Thursday, 7:30 p.m. East Carolina, Saturday, noon at No. 24 Kansas, Saturday, noon No. 22 Nebraska, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. at Southern Miss, Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

Seminoles escape embarrassment in final minute
TALLAHASSEE, FLA.—Florida State needed two scores in the final 35 seconds to avoid one of the most embarrassing upsets in school history. Ty Jones’ 1-yard touchdown run with 35 seconds left put the Seminoles ahead of Division I-AA Jacksonville State and teammate Kevin McNeil returned a fumble for a score 14 seconds later to seal a 19-9 victory Saturday night. “We finally woke up,” said junior quarterback Christian Ponder, whose 24-yard pass to Richard Goodman set up Jones go-ahead score. “We had to score on that play.” Trailing 9-7, Jones’ TD gave the Seminoles a 13-7 lead. They missed the point after kick, but McNeil scooped up Ryan Perrilloux’s fumble and ran 33 yards for the clincher. “The ball just kind of fell in my hands and I just ran,” McNeil. “I did what any football player would do, run. It was strictly reaction.” McNeil, who has been in the coaches doghouse for much of the early part of the season, also blocked a field goal try by Jacksonville’s Patrick Tatum in the third quarter that would have given the Gamecocks a 12-7 lead. “There’s a guy who could answer our problems,” Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said, referring to McNeil. The visiting Gamecocks (0-2) took advantage of three Florida State turnovers to keep control of the contest until the final minute. “They won the darned game for 58 minutes,” Bowden said. “I feel lucky to have won.”

FALLING
FSU fans’ patience Losing to rival Miami and a I-AA school at home within a fiveday stretch might have driven fans to riot in the streets of Tallahassee.
Murray St. N.C. State 0 0 0 7 — 7 21 24 20 0 — 65

James Madison 6 Maryland 14

8 14 7 0 — 35 7 0 14 3 — 38

Jacksonville St. 6 Florida St. 7

3 0 0 — 9 0 0 12 — 19

First Quarter NCSt: Ja.Williams 27 pass from R.Wilson (Czajkowski kick), 13:33. NCSt: Spencer 19 pass from R.Wilson (Czajkowski kick), 10:15. NCSt: Washington 5 pass from R.Wilson (Czajkowski kick), 4:13. Second Quarter NCSt: Baker 1 run (Czajkowski kick), 14:57. NCSt: Washington 1 run (Czajkowski kick), 11:57. NCSt: FG Czajkowski 36, 5:38. NCSt: Baker 39 pass from R.Wilson (Czajkowski kick), :44. Third Quarter NCSt: Baker 3 run (Ojala kick), 12:38. NCSt: Washington 4 run (kick failed), 11:30. NCSt: Barnes 2 run (Ojala kick), 4:47. Fourth Quarter Mur: Ard 2 pass from Yantko (Cullen kick), 14:16. A: 55,510. Mur NCSt First downs ..................................... 5..................25 Rushes-yards .............................25-1..........48-191 Passing ..........................................35................293 Comp-Att-Int .........................9-20-1.........21-29-0 Return Yards.................................... 0..................80 Punts-Avg. ............................. 8-40.9...........2-37.5 Fumbles-Lost ...............................2-2.................0-0 Penalties-Yards ..........................3-23.............. 6-60 Time of Possession...................24:29.............35:31 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Murray St., Harris 1-18, Nwagbara 8-18, Jordan 9-15, D.Nelson 1-1, Trotter 1-(minus 3), Ehrhardt 1-(minus 11), Yantko 3-(minus 14), Team 1-(minus 23). N.C. State, Baker 12-74, Barnes 19-52, Washington 12-35, R.Wilson 4-26, Glennon 1-4. PASSING: Murray St., Yantko 8-19-1-30, Ehrhardt 1-1-0-5. N.C. State, R.Wilson 15-21-0-228, Glennon 6-7-0-65, Imhoff 0-1-0-0. RECEIVING: Murray St., Townsel 2-(minus 1), D.Nelson 1-14, Trotter 1-11, Harris 1-5, Nwagbara 1-5, Ard 1-2, Jordan 1-0, Robertson 1-(minus 1). N.C. State, Ja.Williams 3-63, Spencer 3-47, Washington 3-28, Davis 2-39, Howard 2-19, Bryan 2-16, Ritcher 2-15, Baker 1-39, Barnes 1-18, T.Gentry 1-5, Graham 1-4.

First Quarter Md: Scott 1 run (Ferrara kick), 8:05. JMU: Caussin 20 pass from Dudzik (kick failed), 1:30. Md: Smith 81 kickoff return (Ferrara kick), 1:20. Second Quarter Md: Turner 3 run (Ferrara kick), 4:46. JMU: Sullivan 4 run (Dudzik run), 2:06. Third Quarter JMU: Caussin 15 pass from Dudzik (Wright kick), 3:05. JMU: J.Williams 38 interception return (Wright kick), 1:38. Fourth Quarter Md: Smith 8 run (Ferrara kick), 12:18. JMU: Dudzik 70 run (Wright kick), 11:23. Md: Cannon 27 pass from Turner (Ferrara kick), 5:09. Overtime Md: FG Ferrara 26. A: 46,485. JMU Md First downs ...................................12..................19 Rushes-yards ........................ 42-268..........32-123 Passing ........................................149................236 Comp-Att-Int .......................10-19-0.........25-38-1 Return Yards..................................56..................21 Punts-Avg. ............................. 8-36.5...........7-42.1 Fumbles-Lost ...............................1-0.................1-1 Penalties-Yards ..................... 11-105.............. 5-50 Time of Possession...................30:15.............29:45 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: James Madison, Dudzik 14-112, Sullivan 19-87, Thorpe 8-48, Turner 1-21. Maryland, Scott 17-68, Turner 7-28, Smith 2-22, Meggett 4-9, Team 2-(minus 4). PASSING: James Madison, Dudzik 9-15-0-141, Thorpe 1-2-0-8, Team 0-2-0-0. Maryland, Turner 25-38-1-236. RECEIVING: James Madison, Caussin 3-52, Noble 2-44, McCarter 2-21, Acker 2-4, Newman 1-28. Maryland, Smith 8-80, Cannon 5-55, McCree 4-18, Tyler 3-47, Meggett 2-9, Scott 1-18, Williams 1-7, T.Watson 1-2.

First Quarter JvSt: Young 28 pass from Perrilloux (kick failed), 11:03. FSU: T.Jones 7 run (Hopkins kick), 1:25. Second Quarter JvSt: FG Tatum 37, 7:47. Fourth Quarter FSU: T.Jones 1 run (kick failed), :35. FSU: McNeil 33 fumble return (kick failed), :21. A: 71,420. JvSt FSU First downs ...................................15..................15 Rushes-yards .......................... 41-97............26-78 Passing ........................................213................324 Comp-Att-Int .......................12-27-0.........22-35-0 Return Yards..................................18..................19 Punts-Avg. ............................. 8-40.1...........6-44.2 Fumbles-Lost ...............................2-1.................5-3 Penalties-Yards ....................... 11-60.............. 6-51 Time of Possession...................32:39.............27:21 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Jacksonville St., Middleton 13-44, Perrilloux 18-39, Shaw 1-11, Freeney 2-7, Young 3-0, George 3-(minus 1), Ivory 1-(minus 3). Florida St., T.Jones 8-40, Givens 1-15, Thomas 2-8, Thompson 5-7, Ponder 7-7, Reed 3-1. PASSING: Jacksonville St., Perrilloux 12-27-0-213. Florida St., Ponder 22-35-0-324. RECEIVING: Jacksonville St., G.Smith 3-29, Howard 3-20, Wilkerson 2-75, Young 2-34, Freeney 1-37, Shaw 1-18. Florida St., Goodman 8-80, Owens 4-47, T.Jones 3-30, Piurowski 2-78, Fortson 2-33, Givens 1-40, Easterling 1-19, Thomas 1-(minus 3).

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Florida State’s gimpy ground game produced just 78 yards, with WR Bert Reed (83) netting one yard on three carries. Maryland (1-1) then used two runs by Da’Rel Scott to move the ball to the 13. Following two carries by quarterback Chris Turner, the second of which got the ball to the middle of the field, Ferrara connected. Coming off a 52-13 loss to California, the Terrapins hoped to rebound with a convincing win over James Madison, a Division I-AA team that was 0-9 against Division I teams since 1990. But Maryland received another poor performance from its young defense and an inconsistent showing from an offense that committed two turnovers. The Terrapins, however, got it right in overtime. James Madison’s Drew Dudzik ran for 112 yards and a touchdown, and threw for two scores. Were it not for a variety of penalties against James Madison—11 for 105 yards—the Dukes (0-1) might have won. Up 21-6 in the second quarter, the Terrapins yielded 22 straight points and trailed 28-21 with 13 minutes left.

N.C. State 65, Murray State 7
RALEIGH, N.C.—North Carolina State’s offense moved at will and celebrated touchdown after touchdown. The question is whether this high-scoring show was a sign of lasting improvement or just a one-game thing against an overmatched opponent. Russell Wilson threw four touchdown passes while Toney Baker scored three times to help the Wolfpack (1-1) beat Murray State. Wilson threw for 228 yards and directed a nearly flawless night by the same unit that couldn’t find the end zone last week in a 7-3 loss to South Carolina. Meanwhile, Baker ran for 74 yards and two touchdowns while adding a TD catch late in the first half. — The Associated Press

Maryland 38, JMU 35, OT
COLLEGE PARK, MD.—Nick Ferrara kicked a 26-yard field goal in overtime, giving Maryland a narrow win over James Madison. Starting first in overtime, James Madison moved one yard in three plays before Dixon Wright was wide right on a 41-yard field goal try.

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BIG TEN Central Michigan 29, Michigan State 27
Cent. Michigan Michigan St. 3 10 0 16 — 10 7 3 7 — 29 27

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Northwestern 27, Eastern Michigan 24

Wisconsin 34, Fresno State 31, 2OT

Late FG prevents upset
EVANSTON, ILL.—Northwestern’s Stefan Demos raised his arms as the ball fluttered between the uprights, and in a flash, the mob was surrounding him. He had gone three seasons without kicking a field goal. It didn’t take him long to boot a game-winner. Demos kicked a 49-yarder in the closing seconds, and Northwestern escaped with a 27-24 victory over Eastern Michigan after blowing a 21-point lead Saturday. Eastern Michigan had just tied it on a 3-yard run by Terrence Blevins with 2:40 remaining. But instead of being upset, the Wildcats (2-0) prevailed. “I think the word is overwhelmed,” Demos said. “There’s a lot of emotion involved.” Northwestern took over on the 42 and drove to the Eastern Michigan 25 before being pushed back to the 50 on a pass-interference call. Mike Kafka then hit Andrew Brewer with an 8-yard pass and a 10-yarder before overthrowing him deep along the left side on third down. Eastern Michigan (0-2) called time with 11 seconds left but couldn’t ice Demos, who drove the ball between the uprights and then got mobbed by teammates as he headed toward the sideline. Brian Peters then intercepted a deep pass at the Northwestern 33, and with that, the Wildcats could exhale. “To be a great team, you have to overcome adversity,” said Northwestern’s Brendan Smith, whose fumbled punt in the fourth quarter led to a touchdown. “This is good. We needed this. We made strides last year, but we need to know that you have to work every single day.” — The Associated Press
E. Michigan Northwestern 0 3 7 7 14 0 14— 6— 24 27

Badgers get well in time
MADISON, WIS.—At one point earlier this week, Wisconsin had more than 40 players fighting the flulike symptoms sweeping through campus. Starting quarterback Scott Tolzien was one of them. While the worst of the outbreak seemed to be over before Saturday’s game against Fresno State, cornerback Aaron Henry woke up vomiting just hours before kickoff. The Badgers (2-0) certainly appeared to be out sick early on, but pulled off a fourth-quarter comeback to tie and then beat the Bulldogs (1-1) 34-31 in two overtimes at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday. “I told the team downstairs in the locker room that I doubt very much there isn’t a team in college football this week that went through what they did,” Badgers coach Bret Bielema said. After the teams traded touchdowns in the first overtime, Wisconsin safety Chris Maragos came up with an interception in the end zone. From there, the Badgers marched to set up a 22-yard field goal by Philip Welch for the win. It was the second big play in as many weeks for Maragos, who broke up a pass on fourth-and-3 to preserve the Badgers’ shaky 28-20 victory over Northern Illinois last Saturday. Fortunately, all the hand sanitizer Maragos used this week didn’t make his hands too slippery. “I was hitting that thing all week,” Maragos said. “Every time I touched a door around here I was just thinking that thing was my best friend all week.” — The Associated Press
Fresno St. Wisconsin 7 14 0 3 0 17 0 7 7 0 — 31 7 3 — 34

First Quarter MSU: C.Ray 1 run (Swenson kick), 13:00. CMU: FG Aguila 49, 9:24. MSU: FG Swenson 39, 3:13. Second Quarter CMU: FG Aguila 31, 13:16. CMU: A.Brown 6 pass from LeFevour (Aguila kick), 5:49. MSU: Gantt 16 pass from Ke.Nichol (Swenson kick), 4:16. Third Quarter MSU: FG Swenson 32, 2:33. Fourth Quarter CMU: Poblah 12 pass from LeFevour (Aguila kick), 14:24. MSU: Cunningham 7 pass from Cousins (Swenson kick), 7:33. CMU: Cotton 11 pass from LeFevour (pass failed), :32. CMU: FG Aguila 42, :03. A: 76,221. CMU MSU First downs .....................................27 .......................... 17 Rushes-yards ............................29-66 .................. 30-101 Passing ..........................................352 ........................215 Comp-Att-Int ........................34-47-1 .................16-26-0 Return Yards....................................24 .......................... 27 Punts-Avg. ...............................3-39.0 ....................5-45.6 Fumbles-Lost ................................0-0 .........................1-0 Penalties-Yards ...........................6-76 .......................8-81 Time of Possession.................... 33:25 .....................26:35 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Cent. Michigan, Cotton 6-27, Schroeder 8-26, LeFevour 13-10, A.Brown 2-3. Michigan St., C.Ray 16-51, Caper 6-33, Ke.Nichol 3-17, Winston 3-3, K.Martin 1-2, Cousins 1-(minus 5). PASSING: Cent. Michigan, LeFevour 33-46-1-328, A.Brown 1-1-0-24. Michigan St., Cousins 13-18-0-164, Ke.Nichol 3-8-0-51. RECEIVING: Cent. Michigan, A.Brown 10-71, Anderson 6-120, Schroeder 5-38, Poblah 4-44, Cotton 2-20, C.Wilson 2-18, Blackburn 2-15, LeFevour 1-24, Skergan 1-4, Phillips 1-(minus 2). Michigan St., B.White 7-105, Cunningham 4-55, Gantt 2-28, K.Martin 1-14, Sims 1-7, Hawken 1-6.

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Kito Poblah (1) and Frank Zombo (98) celebrate the upset with coach Butch Jones.

First Quarter NU: Simmons 1 run (Demos kick), 6:38. Second Quarter NU: Simmons 14 run (Demos kick), 12:33. NU: Johnson 70 interception return (Demos kick), 9:08. EMU: FG Carithers 33, 3:32. Third Quarter EMU: Priest 1 run (Carithers kick), 4:33. Fourth Quarter NU: FG Demos 20, 12:57. EMU: Stone 25 pass from Schmitt (Carithers kick), 9:55. EMU: Blevins 3 run (Carithers kick), 2:40. NU: FG Demos 49, :06. A: 19,239. EMU NU First downs ........................................ 17 ....................22 Rushes-yards ..............................32-172 ............48-185 Passing .............................................148 ..................158 Comp-Att-Int ............................20-28-2 ...........14-24-1 Return Yards....................................... 17 ....................70 Punts-Avg. ...................................4-40.0 ............. 3-35.3 Fumbles-Lost ....................................0-0 ...................3-2 Penalties-Yards ...............................8-76 .................5-56 Time of Possession........................30:44 ...............29:16 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: E. Michigan, Priest 17-127, Blevins 9-29, Welch 4-13, White 1-9, Schmitt 1-(minus 6). Northwestern, Simmons 13-73, Schmidt 13-61, Kafka 5-21, Concannon 8-21, Persa 1-5, A.Fields 7-5, Team 1-(minus 1). PASSING: E. Michigan, Schmitt 20-28-2-148. Northwestern, Kafka 14-24-1-158. RECEIVING: E. Michigan, Stone 7-61, Welch 3-25, Sanders 3-23, Priest 2-28, Gage 2-9, Thayer 2-5, T.Hunter 1-(minus 3). Northwestern, D.Fields 4-25, Dunsmore 2-48, Markshausen 2-38, Brewer 2-18, A.Fields 2-7, Simmons 1-15, Ebert 1-7.

Onsides kick, FG shock Spartans
EAST LANSING, MICH.—Andrew Aguila’s toughest kick of the day? It wasn’t the one that sailed through the uprights with 3 seconds to go, the game-winner that will be talked about for long time at Central Michigan. No, it was the onsides kick that gave the Chippewas the ball and a chance to win—a chance they cashed in when Aguila made a 42-yarder to stun Michigan State 29-27 on Saturday in a wild, comefrom-behind game oddsmakers had figured the Spartans would win by two touchdowns. “The onside was the biggest kick. The field goal is going to be remembered, but the onside was executed perfectly,” Aguila said. Chippewa quarterback Dan LeFevour, who became the Mid-American Conference’s all-time leader in total offense during the game, threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Paris Cotton with 32 seconds left to pull his team within 27-26. Central Michigan went for the win, but the 2-point conversion pass attempt was caught out of bounds. That’s OK. Bring on Aguila, whose kickoff bounded over the Michigan State line and into the arms of streaking wide receiver Bryan Anderson.

First Quarter Fre: West 13 pass from Colburn (Goessling kick), 6:14. Second Quarter Fre: Wylie 70 pass from Colburn (Goessling kick), 14:46. Wis: Brown 11 run (Welch kick), 11:35. Fre: Ajirotutu 14 pass from Colburn (Goessling kick), 7:01. Wis: Gilreath 8 run (Welch kick), 4:27. Wis: FG Welch 57, :00. Fourth Quarter Wis: Clay 72 run (Welch kick), 5:45. Fre: FG Goessling 41, :16. First Overtime Wis: Toon 6 pass from Tolzien (Welch kick). Fre: Ajirotutu 7 pass from Colburn (Goessling kick). Second Overtime Wis: FG Welch 22. A: 80,353. Fre Wis First downs ...................................24......................... 19 Rushes-yards ........................ 39-179..................39-188 Passing ........................................289.......................225 Comp-Att-Int .......................22-38-3................17-28-0 Return Yards..................................37............................3 Punts-Avg. ............................. 4-47.3...................6-47.5 Fumbles-Lost ...............................0-0........................0-0 Penalties-Yards ..........................6-50......................7-66 Time of Possession...................33:38....................26:22 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Fresno St., Mathews 19-107, Rouse 6-46, Harding 4-10, Miller 2-5, Colburn 6-5, Feathers 1-3, Wylie 1-3. Wisconsin, Clay 21-143, Brown 9-40, Gilreath 3-21, Team 1-(minus 1), E.Smith 1-(minus 4), Tolzien 4-(minus 11). PASSING: Fresno St., Colburn 22-36-3-289, Team 0-10-0, West 0-1-0-0. Wisconsin, Tolzien 17-28-0-225. RECEIVING: Fresno St., Ajirotutu 6-83, Wylie 5-114, West 5-49, Marl.Moore 2-30, Mathews 2-9, Hamler 1-3, Harding 1-1. Wisconsin, Anderson 4-70, Toon 4-49, Graham 3-49, Gilreath 2-33, Brown 2-7, Turner 1-13, Jefferson 1-4.

The Chippewas (1-1) drove into position for a 47-yard field goal. Aguila missed it, but Michigan State (1-1) was whistled for an offsides penalty, giving Aguila another shot from 42—and he nailed it. “I can’t say enough about Andrew Aguila,” Central Michigan coach Butch Jones said. “That last-second field goal seemed like an eternity. I think it took about 20 minutes to make a 5-second kick.” —The Associated Press

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Iowa playmakers Last week, it was consecutive blocked FG attempts. This time, Iowa forced six Iowa State turnovers.

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

Minnesota 20, Air Force 13

CONF.
0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

OVERALL
2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-1

NEXT
at Akron, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Arizona, Saturday, 3:35 p.m. Eastern Michigan, Saturday, noon No. 10 California, Saturday, noon at Syracuse, Saturday, 7 p.m. Temple, Saturday, noon Wofford, Saturday, noon at Toledo, Saturday, noon Northern Illinois, Saturday, noon at No. 18 Notre Dame, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. at No. 8 Ohio State, Sept. 26, TBA

Gophers ring in new stadium the right way
MINNEAPOLIS—The night began with Bud Grant in tears and ended with a career performance from a native Minnesotan. From start to finish, the first game in Minnesota’s new stadium could not have gone much better. Nate Triplett christened the new home with a career-high 17 tackles and a 52-yard fumble return for a score to carry the Gophers to a 20-13 win over Air Force on Saturday night. Eric Decker had 10 catches for 113 yards for Minnesota (2-0), which celebrated its return to campus with the opening of the $300 million TCF Bank Stadium. “This place was magic tonight,” coach Tim Brewster said. “We knew that it was our night and it was our house.” Asher Clark rushed for 90 yards and Kevin Fogler caught a 37-yard TD for Air Force (1-1), which led 10-3 after three quarters. But DeLeon Eskridge scored on a 7-yard run to tie the game in the fourth, and then Brandon Kirksey forced a fumble from Falcons quarterback Tim Jefferson on an option play, which Triplett returned for the go-ahead score. Minnesota made the ill-fated decision to move under the Metrodome’s roof in 1982, and the following three decades have been largely forgettable. That all changed on Saturday. Grant, the stoic Hall of Fame Vikings coach who played for the Gophers in the 1940s and was an honorary captain, openly wept while watching his beloved alma mater be embraced on its return home.

FALLING
A solid No. 3 team It’s the Big Two and Little Nine again, unless Michigan replaces MSU as a legit league threat.

W. Michigan Indiana

0 7 7 5 — 19 3 14 3 3 — 23

Illinois St. Illinois

0 0 10 7 — 17 14 10 7 14 — 45

Air Force Minnesota

0 3

3 7 3 — 13 0 0 17 — 20

First Quarter Ind: FG Freeland 21, 8:53. Second Quarter Ind: Chappell 1 run (Freeland kick), 12:53. WMU: Burdi 7 run (Potter kick), 9:07. Ind: McCray 59 run (Freeland kick), 4:36. Third Quarter WMU: Arnheim 41 pass from Hiller (Potter kick), 11:56. Ind: FG Freeland 32, 5:23. Fourth Quarter WMU: FG Potter 35, 12:05. Ind: FG Freeland 38, 9:35. WMU: Safety, :23. A: 35,162. WMU Ind First downs ...................................21..................17 Rushes-yards .......................... 29-22..........33-187 Passing ........................................266................185 Comp-Att-Int .......................28-43-0.........18-29-0 Return Yards..................................10..................14 Punts-Avg. ............................. 6-35.2...........5-42.4 Fumbles-Lost ...............................3-3.................0-0 Penalties-Yards ..........................6-60..........13-106 Time of Possession...................31:39.............28:21 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: W. Michigan, West 15-36, Winchester 8-21, Burdi 1-7, Ponder 1-(minus 6), Hiller 2-(minus 14), Team 2-(minus 22). Indiana, McCray 17-134, Evans 6-35, Payton 5-29, Burgess 2-5, Chappell 2-1, Team 1-(minus 17). PASSING: W. Michigan, Hiller 28-43-0-266. Indiana, Chappell 18-28-0-185, Evans 0-1-0-0. RECEIVING: W. Michigan, J.White 7-55, Arnheim 6-78, West 4-35, Nunez 3-38, Ponder 3-14, Ravenell 2-18, Stevens 2-16, Winchester 1-11, Hiller 0-1. Indiana, Doss 6-85, Belcher 5-37, Evans 2-31, T.Turner 2-18, Ernest 1-6, McCray 1-5, Wagner 1-3.

First Quarter Ill: Ford 1 run (Eller kick), 11:52. Ill: McGee 1 run (Eller kick), 3:43. Second Quarter Ill: Duvalt 27 pass from McGee (Eller kick), 12:01. Ill: FG Eller 38, 7:44. Third Quarter Ill: Dufrene 24 run (Eller kick), 11:45. IlSt: Salem 3 pass from M.Brown (Kutch kick), 8:42. IlSt: FG Kutch 45, 1:56. Fourth Quarter Ill: McGee 11 run (Eller kick), 13:49. Ill: Green 22 run (Eller kick), 9:21. IlSt: Salem 15 pass from M.Brown (Kutch kick), 5:51. A: 62,347. IlSt Ill First downs ...................................21..................24 Rushes-yards .......................... 20-44..........46-384 Passing ........................................354................164 Comp-Att-Int .......................31-52-2.........13-17-1 Return Yards.................................... 0................124 Punts-Avg. ............................. 5-31.8...........2-29.5 Fumbles-Lost ...............................2-1.................3-1 Penalties-Yards ..........................7-65..........13-115 Time of Possession...................30:59.............29:01 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Illinois St., Blow 9-46, Lancaster 1-5, Gordon 5-3, M.Brown 5-(minus 10). Illinois, Ford 10-137, Dufrene 5-61, Green 7-56, McGee 18-55, J.Williams 1-49, Pollard 5-26. PASSING: Illinois St., M.Brown 27-45-1-312, Lancaster 4-7-1-42. Illinois, McGee 13-17-1-164. RECEIVING: Illinois St., Salem 7-103, Graves 6-65, Walker 5-44, King 4-38, Blow 3-51, Knecht 2-27, Venson 2-17, Cline 1-11, Harcar 1-(minus 2). Illinois, Fayson 4-39, Hoomanawanui 3-51, Ford 2-26, Duvalt 1-27, Sykes 1-11, Dufrene 1-6, Green 1-4.

First Quarter Minn: FG Ellestad 34, 4:45. Second Quarter AFA: FG Soderberg 20, 5:26. Third Quarter AFA: Fogler 37 pass from Jefferson (Soderberg kick), 2:28. Fourth Quarter Minn: Eskridge 7 run (Ellestad kick), 13:18. Minn: Triplett 52 fumble return (Ellestad kick), 11:45. Minn: FG Ellestad 39, 5:13. AFA: FG Soderberg 31, 1:03. A: 50,805. AFA Minn First downs ...................................24..................14 Rushes-yards ........................ 66-261..........24-108 Passing ........................................125................219 Comp-Att-Int .......................10-17-0.........20-29-0 Return Yards.................................... 0....................0 Punts-Avg. ............................. 4-39.5...........4-47.0 Fumbles-Lost ...............................2-1.................1-1 Penalties-Yards ..........................2-15.............. 8-69 Time of Possession...................33:01.............26:59 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Air Force, Clark 12-90, Tew 16-56, Warzeka 10-42, Jefferson 17-35, Stephens 5-23, Getz 1-7, Walker 4-5, Hunter 1-3. Minnesota, Eskridge 7-53, Bennett 7-27, Gray 2-15, Hoese 3-14, Weber 2-2, Team 3-(minus 3). PASSING: Air Force, Jefferson 10-17-0-125. Minnesota, Weber 20-29-0-219. RECEIVING: Air Force, Warzeka 3-44, Fogler 2-56, Tew 1-8, Quintana 1-6, Cousins 1-5, Demerath 1-4, Clark 1-2. Minnesota, Decker 10-113, Stoudermire 3-34, Green 2-26, Hoese 2-19, Bennett 2-2, Ni.TowArnett 1-25.

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DeLeon Eskridge, left, rushed seven times for 53 yards as the Gophers won the opener at their new stadium. Quarterback Juice Williams, the heart of the Illini offense, limped toward the Redbird goal line and fell at the 1-yard line on the game’s first series. He sprained his right quadriceps on the 49-yard run, and left the game for good after the next play. Junior Eddie McGee guided Illinois to the win, completing 13-of-17 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown and running for 55 yards and two more scores. Zook said Williams should be ready to play next week, and could have come back Saturday if needed. But the team’s medical staff, Zook said, advised him to keep the starting quarterback on the sideline. poise Saturday—and it nearly cost the Hoosiers a victory. They got things together just in time. Indiana foiled both of Western Michigan’s potentially game-winning drives by forcing turnovers in the final two minutes to preserve the victory, overcoming a frantic final seven minutes in which there was a rash of late penalties, crazy plays and even a coach’s challenge. “That last drive, we kind of let our emotions get the best of us, we just wanted it so bad,” linebacker Justin Carrington said. “I think we ought to learn to control it a little better.” Indiana Coach Bill Lynch couldn’t have said it better himself. Yes, Indiana is off to its sixth straight 2-0 start but just barely—and despite all the miscues. — The Associated Press

Illinois 45, Illinois State 17
CHAMPAIGN, ILL.—After last week’s blowout loss to Missouri, Illinois was looking to fatten up and get healthy Saturday against Illinois State, a Football Championship Subdivision team from just up Interstate 74. The Illini (1-1) got the win they needed but they didn’t get healthy.

Indiana 23, Western Michigan 19
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Oregon 38, Purdue 36

Failed two-point conversion seals it for Ducks
EUGENE, ORE.—Oregon can’t seem to get away from drama. A week after LeGarrette Blount’s punch and an uncharacteristic offensive meltdown against Boise State, the Ducks eked out a victory over Purdue. Trailing 38-30, the Boilermakers’ Keith Smith found Aaron Valentin with a 15-yard touchdown pass with 1:01 left. But Kyle Adams was out of bounds when he caught Joey Elliott’s pass to tie it and Oregon (1-1) held on for the 38-36 victory. Purdue (1-1) had closed within one at 31-30 early in the fourth quarter on Ralph Bolden’s 22-yard touchdown reception, before Oregon’s Kenjon Barner then ran 21 yards for a score with 6:42 left. “It’s definitely a sense of relief,” Ducks quarterback Jeremiah Masoli said. “There were a lot of doubters, but we got it done.” Blount appeared on the field with his teammates before the game wearing his No. 9 jersey. Coach Chip Kelly suspended the running back for the season last week after he punched Boise State’s Byron Hout following Oregon’s opener. Blount, a senior, was allowed to stay on scholarship and practice with the team, but can’t appear in any games. When asked by reporters if he could talk, Blount said, “Nah,” and walked away. One fan at Autzen Stadium raised a sign that read “Free LeGarrette,” and when the video scoreboard ran highlights of last season’s Ducks, a clip of Blount drew cheers. Blount left the field for the game, and Oregon went about distancing itself from the punch and the loss to Boise State. “It’s been tough, but we’re focused. We kept our heads on straight,” running back Bolden, who rushed for 234 yards in Purdue’s season-opening victory over Toledo, had a 14-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter to put the Boilermakers back in front. Oregon went up 17-14 on Walter Thurmond III’s 18-yard interception return before Purdue tied it up just before halftime on Carson Wiggs’ 23-yard field goal. Purdue took back the lead on Bolden’s 1-yard leap into the end zone early in the second half. But then a fumble was scooped up by Javes Lewis, who ran 28 yards for the score to tie it again for the Ducks. — The Associated Press
Purdue 7 10 7 12 — 36 Oregon 10 7 14 7 — 38 First Quarter Ore: FG Flint 28, 10:19. Pur: J.Taylor 5 run (Wiggs kick), 8:17. Ore: Crenshaw 2 run (Flint kick), 6:10. Second Quarter Pur: Bolden 19 run (Wiggs kick), 14:30. Ore: Thurmond 18 interception return (Flint kick), 4:04. Pur: FG Wiggs 28, :00. Third Quarter Pur: Bolden 1 run (Wiggs kick), 8:24. Ore: Littlejohn 28 fumble return (Flint kick), 5:06. Ore: Masoli 15 run (Flint kick), 1:51. Fourth Quarter Pur: Bolden 22 pass from Elliott (kick blocked), 13:46. Ore: Barner 21 run (Flint kick), 6:42. Pur: Valentin 15 pass from K.Smith (pass failed), 1:01. A: 57,772. Pur Ore First downs ...................................................... 24 ..........................................17 Rushes-yards ............................................44-170 ..................................41-193 Passing ........................................................... 281 ........................................163 Comp-Att-Int ..........................................25-42-2 ................................11-21-0 Return Yards........................................................3 ..........................................88 Punts-Avg. .................................................7-40.4 ...................................6-39.8 Fumbles-Lost ..................................................1-1 ........................................2-2 Penalties-Yards .............................................4-18 ......................................9-66 Time of Possession......................................36:19 .................................... 23:41 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Purdue, Bolden 29-123, Elliott 7-17, J.Taylor 7-16, Crank 1-14. Oregon, Masoli 14-84, James 9-56, Barner 5-34, Crenshaw 11-23, Team 2-(minus 4). PASSING: Purdue, Elliott 24-41-2-266, K.Smith 1-1-0-15. Oregon, Masoli 11-21-0-163. RECEIVING: Purdue, Valentin 8-82, K.Smith 4-68, K.Adams 4-35, Bolden 3-52, Carlos 3-33, Lindsay 2-4, C.Smith 1-7. Oregon, Maehl 5-49, Holland 4-71, Dickson 1-32, Paulson 1-11.

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Oregon QB Jeremiah Masoli was 11-for-21 for 163 yards passing, but his lone TD came on this 15-yard run. Andre Crenshaw said. Against the Broncos, the Ducks had just 152 yards offense, their worst showing in nearly 15 years. Oregon didn’t have a first down until the third quarter. It was quite a departure for the Ducks, who had the second-ranked rushing offense in the country behind Navy and were ranked among the top 10 in total offense and scoring offense. But it got worse for Oregon after the game, when Blount slugged Hout. The next day, Kelly proclaimed the punishment and ended Blount’s playing career in Eugene. Oregon fared better against Purdue, but it wasn’t without its challenges. The Ducks couldn’t capitalize on Casey Matthews’ interception on the Oregon 23 and had to settle for a 28-yard field goal from Morgan Flint to go up 3-0 early in the first quarter. The Boilermakers came back with a quick drive that ended with Jaycen Taylor’s 5-yard run to take the lead, but Oregon’s Crenshaw capped an equally quick drive with a 2-yard TD dash and the Ducks were ahead 10-7.

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Running backs This league is home to some of the nation’s top runners, with USC’s McKnight joining the list.

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Stanford Arizona California Oregon State UCLA USC Arizona State Oregon Washington Washington State

Washington 42, Idaho 23

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San Jose State, Saturday, 9 p.m. at Iowa, Saturday, 3:35 p.m. at Minnesota, Saturday, noon No. 23 Cincinnati, Saturday, 6:45 p.m. Kansas State, Saturday, 10:15 p.m. at Washington, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe, Saturday, 10 p.m. No. 17 Utah, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. No. 3 USC, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. SMU, Saturday, 5 p.m.

Futility over; Huskies end 15-game skid
SEATTLE—Getting coach Steve Sarkisian doused with ice water after his first victory was already being taken care of by their teammates. So Washington’s Jake Locker and Quinton Richardson decided after 15 straight losses this celebration needed a little something special. They herded their teammates off the field and over to the track where they danced, sang and reveled in finally ending the longest losing streak in the nation while the band played “Bow Down to Washington” and the lingering crowd stood applauding in appreciation. “These kids were as low as low could get when I took this job,” Sarkisian said. “It’s been a long time and it’s nice to feel victory, to relish victory, to smile after a game.” Using his arm far more than his feet, Locker completed 17-of-25 passes for 253 yards and three touchdowns as the Huskies beat Idaho 42-23 Saturday afternoon for their first win in nearly two calendar years. The last time Washington was able to celebrate like this came on Nov. 17, 2007 when they rumbled past California 37-23. “When you just come off an 0-12 year and then you get really close in your season opener and you can feel the win and then you lose, it brings us kind of back to last year a little bit,” safety Nate Williams said. “It made us work even harder ... and we finally got a win.” Washington efficiently put away the Vandals, scoring on its first five possessions— minus a fumble on the opening kickoff of the second half—making up for a Huskies defense that Idaho (1-1) showed continues to be leaky against the pass.

FALLING
Cougar hope Is Wazzu making any progress? Giving up nearly 500 yards to marginal Hawaii doesn’t look like it.

Idaho Washington

3 6 7 7 — 23 7 14 14 7 — 42

Hawaii 21 14 0 3 — 38 Washington St. 0 6 7 7 — 20 First Quarter Haw: Bradley 23 pass from Alexander (S.Enos kick), 11:50. Haw: Salas 7 pass from Alexander (S.Enos kick), 7:22. Haw: Wright-Jackson 2 run (S.Enos kick), :34. Second Quarter Haw: Bradley 73 pass from Alexander (S.Enos kick), 11:15. Haw: Green 44 run (S.Enos kick), 10:05. WSU: FG Grasu 20, 2:03. WSU: FG Grasu 40, :42. Third Quarter WSU: Montgomery 2 run (Grasu kick), 8:00. Fourth Quarter WSU: Lopina 4 run (Grasu kick), 13:18. Haw: FG S.Enos 20, 11:00. A: 42,912. Haw WSU First downs ...................................22..................22 Rushes-yards ........................ 26-137..........39-176 Passing ........................................489................227 Comp-Att-Int .......................27-37-0.........20-38-3 Return Yards..................................11....................3 Punts-Avg. ............................. 4-25.3...........4-46.0 Fumbles-Lost ...............................4-4.................7-4 Penalties-Yards ..................... 12-120.............. 7-54 Time of Possession...................30:19.............29:41 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Hawaii, Green 9-59, Wright-Jackson 4-34, Rego 3-17, Alexander 3-11, Funaki 4-11, Moniz 2-4, Dimude 1-1. Washington St., Montgomery 17-118, Tardy 7-26, Lopina 10-16, Mitz 3-12, Blackledge 1-7, Lobbestael 1-(minus 3). PASSING: Hawaii, Alexander 26-36-0-453, Moniz 1-1-0-36. Washington St., Lopina 18-32-2-191, Lobbestael 2-6-1-36. RECEIVING: Hawaii, Pilares 8-69, Salas 7-195, Bradley 7-150, J.Taylor 3-28, Medeiros 1-36, Wright-Jackson 1-11. Washington St., Solomon 6-71, Anderson 3-57, Karstetter 3-32, Simone 3-19, Blackledge 2-34, Tardy 2-4, Montgomery 1-10.1-11, Dold 1-4.

N. Arizona Arizona

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First Quarter Wash: Locker 3 run (Folk kick), 6:24. Id: FG Farquhar 44, :13. Second Quarter Wash: Fogerson 24 pass from Locker (Folk kick), 10:47. Id: FG Farquhar 28, 6:16. Wash: J.Johnson 31 pass from Locker (Folk kick), 1:31. Id: FG Farquhar 34, :00. Third Quarter Wash: C.Polk 1 run (Folk kick), 12:11. Wash: Izbicki 2 pass from Locker (Folk kick), 10:17. Id: Woolridge 4 run (Farquhar kick), 3:58. Fourth Quarter Wash: Fogerson 2 run (Folk kick), 9:15. Id: Woolridge 6 run (Farquhar kick), :13. A: 58,980. Id Wash First downs ...................................20..................20 Rushes-yards .......................... 23-63..........33-121 Passing ........................................349................253 Comp-Att-Int .......................26-40-1.........17-25-0 Return Yards.................................... 0..................70 Punts-Avg. ............................. 3-39.3...........2-48.5 Fumbles-Lost ...............................0-0.................2-1 Penalties-Yards ..........................8-72.............. 4-45 Time of Possession...................32:29.............27:31 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Idaho, Woolridge 7-41, Jackson 6-18, McCarty 5-14, Komar 2-2, Reader 1-(minus 2), Enderle 2-(minus 10). Washington, C.Polk 19-80, Shaw 5-19, Locker 6-18, Fogerson 2-6, Team 1-(minus 2). PASSING: Idaho, Enderle 22-33-1-279, Reader 4-7-0-70. Washington, Locker 17-25-0-253. RECEIVING: Idaho, Hardy 6-103, Komar 5-111, Greenwood 5-57, P.Davis 4-34, Jackson 2-16, Bjorvik 1-13, McCarty 1-6, Small 1-6, Woolridge 1-3. Washington, Goodwin 3-83, J.Johnson 3-48, Kearse 3-46, Fogerson 2-35, Middleton 2-13, Aguilar 1-14, J.Polk 1-8, C.Polk 1-4, Izbicki 1-2.

First Quarter Ari: Grigsby 25 run (Zendejas kick), 11:19. NAz: FG Myers 43, 9:10. Ari: Grigsby 30 run (Zendejas kick), 5:39. Second Quarter NAz: Berry 4 pass from Herrick (Myers kick), 14:16. Ari: T.Turner 2 pass from Scott (Zendejas kick), :30. Third Quarter Ari: Antolin 1 run (kick failed), 10:07. Fourth Quarter Ari: Criner 5 pass from Foles (Zendejas kick), 14:10. NAz: Berry 19 pass from Herrick (Myers kick), 8:07. A: 50,623. NAz Ari First downs ...................................13..................27 Rushes-yards .......................... 19-67..........47-365 Passing ........................................159................194 Comp-Att-Int .......................20-30-2.........20-28-1 Return Yards..................................16....................2 Punts-Avg. ............................. 4-42.3............. 0-0.0 Fumbles-Lost ...............................1-0.................1-1 Penalties-Yards ............................1-5.............. 5-35 Time of Possession...................24:08.............35:52 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: N. Arizona, Henderson 14-56, Dixon 2-13, Shanks 1-6, Team 1-(minus 1), Herrick 1-(minus 7). Arizona, Grigsby 15-207, Antolin 9-60, Scott 7-48, Nwoko 9-32, Booth 3-17, T.Turner 2-6, Foles 1-(minus 2), Dean 1-(minus 3). PASSING: N. Arizona, Herrick 20-30-2-159. Arizona, Scott 14-20-1-150, Foles 6-8-0-44. RECEIVING: N. Arizona, Berry 7-71, Curry-Chapman 4-34, Meadows 4-18, Henderson 2-16, Czyz 1-12, Shanks 1-7, Sweeney 1-1. Arizona, T.Turner 5-46, Douglas 5-43, Dean 2-26, Simmons 2-21, Roberts 2-17, Wright 1-21, Grigsby 1-12, Criner 1-5, C.Gronkowski 1-3.

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Idaho RB Deonte Jackson, left, is hit by Washington LB E.J. Savannah, right, and LB Mason Foster. Grigsby raced 94 yards to the Lumberjacks’ 1-yard line early in the third quarter. That was two yards shy of a school-record 96-yard run by Trung Canidate in 1997. Grigsby opened the scoring with a 25-yard touchdown run five minutes into the game and went 30 yards for another score six minutes later. The Wildcats (2-0) have won four straight games for the first time since 2000. Next week, the Wildcats invade Big Ten country for a game against Iowa, coach Mike Stoops’ alma mater. Greg Alexander threw for a career-high 453 yards and three touchdowns, Greg Salas caught seven of Alexander’s 26 completions, and Hawaii won a road game over a team from a BCS conference for the first time in seven tries, over bumbling, defenseless Washington State. “We just hit the ground rolling today,” said Alexander, who looked Colt Brennanlike in his second season replacing Hawaii’s record-holding former Heisman Trophy candidate. The much faster Warriors (2-0) began the first of three consecutive road games, for the first time since 1964, by speeding to a 35-0 lead early in the second quarter and gaining 626 yards in all. It was Hawaii’s most yardage since Brennan led it to 680 in the 2006 Hawaii Bowl against Arizona State. — The Associated Press

Hawaii 38, Washington State 20
SEATTLE—Thanks to a supersonic, Greg-toGreg connection that easily sped past a plodding defense, Hawaii looked like it was still in paradise—not starting its longest stretch of games off the islands in 45 years.

Arizona 34, Northern Arizona 17
TUCSON, ARIZ.—Nic Grigsby ran for a careerhigh 207 yards and ripped off the secondDivision I-AA Northern Arizona.

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Iowa 35, Iowa State 3

Hawkeyes capitalize on six ISU turnovers
AMES, IOWA—Safeties Tyler Sash and Brett Greenwood got their hands on the ball almost as often as Iowa State’s receivers. Sash tied a school record by making three interceptions, Greenwood picked off two passes and Ricky Stanzi threw for a career-high four touchdowns, sending Iowa to a 35-3 victory over Iowa State on Saturday. The Hawkeyes (2-0) also recovered a fumble in winning on the Cyclones’ field for the first time in six years and, just as important, regaining some confidence after their 17-16 escape against Northern Iowa a week ago. That close call knocked them out of the Top 25. “I’m just trying to be around the ball,” Sash said. “I don’t know, things happen for a reason. I just try to be around the ball as much as I can, and things just worked out.” Stanzi and the offense converted four of the six turnovers into touchdowns. Though he wasn’t especially sharp against the Cyclones (1-1), Stanzi still completed 18-of-34 passes for 197 yards with two interceptions. That was more than enough to give coach Kirk Ferentz his second victory in six games at Jack Trice Stadium. “All those turnovers gave us the ball and put us in good field position on top of that,” Stanzi said.

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at No. 14 Virginia Tech, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Duke, Saturday, noon Furman, Saturday, 2 p.m. at Kent State, Saturday, 7 p.m. at UCLA, Saturday, 10:15 p.m. Wyoming, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Texas Tech, Saturday, 8 p.m. at No. 2 Texas, Saturday, 8 p.m. Connecticut, Saturday, 5 p.m. Utah State, Saturday, 7 p.m. Tulsa, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Rice, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Iowa 7 7 14 7 — 35 Iowa St. 3 0 0 0 — 3 First Quarter ISU: FG Mahoney 46, 2:33. Iowa: Morse 1 pass from Stanzi (Murray kick), 1:43. Second Quarter Iowa: Johnson-Koulianos 18 pass from Stanzi (Murray kick), 2:56. Third Quarter Iowa: Reisner 7 pass from Stanzi (Murray kick), 9:25. Iowa: Wegher 1 run (Murray kick), 4:27. Fourth Quarter Iowa: K.Davis 10 pass from Stanzi (Murray kick), 5:49. A: 52,089. Iowa ISU First downs ...................................24..................15 Rushes-yards ........................ 35-191..........34-190 Passing ........................................235................113 Comp-Att-Int .......................20-37-2.........13-31-5 Return Yards..................................82..................44 Punts-Avg. ............................. 4-39.0...........5-32.4 Fumbles-Lost ...............................1-0.................2-1 Penalties-Yards ..........................6-45.............. 9-79 Time of Possession...................33:32.............26:28 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Iowa, Wegher 15-101, Robinson 12-69, Morse 2-10, O’Meara 1-9, Brinson 1-7, Vandenberg 1-0, Stanzi 3-(minus 5). Iowa St., Robinson 19-100, Arnaud 9-56, Tiller 2-27, Schwartz 4-7. PASSING: Iowa, Stanzi 18-34-2-197, Vandenberg 2-3-0-38. Iowa St., Arnaud 10-22-4-79, Tiller 3-91-34. RECEIVING: Iowa, Stross 4-69, Johnson-Koulianos 3-39, K.Davis 2-21, Wegher 2-17, Morse 2-2, Nordmann 1-35, McNutt 1-23, Sandeman 1-8, Chaney 1-7, Reisner 1-7, Moeaki 1-4, Herman 1-3. Iowa St., Reynolds 7-19, Hamilton 3-51, Ja.Williams 2-17, Catlett 1-26.

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A.J. Edds (49) celebrates with his teammates after Iowa won the Cy-Hawk Trophy and their first game in Ames since 2003. when asked about his team’s progress through two games. “Well, you know, it is what it is,” said Leach, whose team travels to Austin next to play the Longhorns, who are seeking to avenge their final-second loss to Texas Tech last year. “It’s like Bob Dylan says: You are where you are. I just think that we just need to take that second half and build on it.” Texas Tech (2-0) scored 41 of its points in the second half. Potts threw TD passes of 5, 7, 8, 11, 27, 34 and 30 yards. He completed 36 of 57 passes to 13 receivers for 456 yards. It marked his second consecutive 400-plus yard performance. Last week, Potts threw three interceptions; he had none against the Owls. “We came out the second half ... we had good tempo. No huddle,” Potts said. “Just like a two-minute drill or something. Came out there, ran around, really efficient.” Lyle Leong, Potts’ teammate at Abilene (Texas) High, caught three of Potts’ scoring strikes. — The Associated Press

RISING
Texas’ chances of cruising The Longhorns can play terribly and still win big—same can’t be said for anyone else in this league.

Texas Tech 55, Rice 10
LUBBOCK, TEXAS— Mike Leach invoked Bob Dylan when assessing his Red Raiders’ readiness to face No. 2 Texas next week after a 55-10 victory over Rice on Saturday night in which Taylor Potts threw seven touchdowns. Leach pulled from the rock legend

FALLING
Respect for Oklahoma State Loss to Houston feeds into public perception that Cowboys will never handle success/spotlight as the legit big-time programs do.

Rice 0 3 0 7 — 10 Texas Tech 14 0 21 20 — 55 First Quarter TT: Britton 5 pass from Potts (Mat.Williams kick), 7:47. Leong 7 pass from Potts (Mat.Williams kick), 1:18. Second Quarter Rice: FG Fangmeier 45, 10:27. Third Quarter TT: Leong 8 pass from Potts (Mat.Williams kick), 8:51. Zouzalik 11 pass from Potts (Mat.Williams kick), 6:34. Leong 27 pass from Potts (Mat.Williams kick), 2:34. Fourth Quarter TT: Stephens 34 pass from Potts (kick failed), 14:51. Rice: Dupree 3 pass from Shepherd (Fangmeier kick), 11:02. TT: Swindall 30 pass from Potts (Mat.Williams kick), 9:10. Swindall 26 pass from Sheffield (Mat.Williams kick), 4:33. A: 48,124. Rice TT First downs ...................................21..................28 Rushes-yards .......................... 35-60............14-52 Passing ........................................197................508 Comp-Att-Int .......................25-41-1.........40-63-0 Return Yards.................................... 4....................6 Punts-Avg. ............................. 4-38.0...........1-36.0 Fumbles-Lost ...............................2-1.................0-0 Penalties-Yards ..........................3-19............11-90 Time of Possession...................32:51.............27:09 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Rice, T.Smith 16-49, Knox 1-6, Ross 1-6, Lewis 3-4, Goodson 2-3, Turner 1-(minus 2), Fanuzzi 3-(minus 3), Shepherd 8-(minus 3). Texas Tech, Jeffers 5-23, Stephens 3-17, Batch 4-12, Potts 1-1, Crawford 1-(minus 1). PASSING: Rice, Shepherd 14-19-0-109, Lewis 7-15-1-66, Fanuzzi 4-7-0-22. Texas Tech, Potts 36-57-0-456, Sheffield 4-6-0-52. RECEIVING: Rice, Randolph 5-50, Maginot 3-44, Beasley 3-26, Wardlow 3-24, McDonald 2-27, Dupree 2-6, Ross 2-(minus 1), Turner 2-(minus 4), Willson 1-17, Dixon 1-9, T.Smith 1-(minus 1). Texas Tech, Leong 9-117, Swindall 6-123, Zouzalik 5-53, Torres 4-40, Britton 4-33, Lewis 3-23, Batch 2-46, James 2-17, Stephens 1-34, Kelley 1-9, Franks 1-6, Douglas 1-5, Jeffers 1-2.

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West Virginia 35, East Carolina 20

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Cincinnati Pittsburgh West Virginia South Florida Louisville Connecticut Syracuse Rutgers

BIG EAST Mountaineers led by Brown’s four TD strikes
CONF.
1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1

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NEXT

at Oregon State, Saturday, 6:45 p.m. Navy, Saturday, 6 p.m. at Auburn, Saturday, 7:45 p.m. Charleston Southern, Saturday, 7 p.m. at Kentucky, Saturday, noon at Baylor, Saturday, 5 p.m. Northwestern, Saturday, 7 p.m. Florida International, Saturday, 5 p.m.

East Carolina 10 10 0 0 — 20 West Virginia 7 14 7 7 — 35 First Quarter ECU: FG Hartman 37, 9:52. ECU: Lindsay 2 run (Hartman kick), 2:53. WVU: Arnett 46 pass from Brown (Bitancurt kick), :08. Second Quarter WVU: Johnson 4 pass from Brown (Bitancurt kick), 6:27. ECU: FG Hartman 23, 4:20. WVU: Arnett 11 pass from Brown (Bitancurt kick), 2:12. ECU: Bryant 4 pass from Pinkney (Hartman kick), :11. Third Quarter WVU: Austin 58 pass from Brown (Bitancurt kick), 12:19. Fourth Quarter WVU: Devine 4 run (Bitancurt kick), 8:18. A: 59,216. ECU WVU First downs ...................................13..................25 Rushes-yards .......................... 27-62..........37-175 Passing ........................................175................334 Comp-Att-Int .......................16-40-1.........24-31-1 Return Yards..................................52..................56 Punts-Avg. ............................. 7-47.6...........4-48.3 Fumbles-Lost ...............................0-0.................3-3 Penalties-Yards ..........................8-64..........11-104 Time of Possession...................27:10.............32:50 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: East Carolina, Jackson 10-37, Lindsay 8-28, J.Williams 4-16, G.Ruffin 1-8, Pinkney 4-(minus 27). West Virginia, Devine 19-80, Brown 10-73, Sanders 2-14, R.Clarke 3-10, Starks 1-2, Team 2-(minus 4). PASSING: East Carolina, Pinkney 16-39-1-175, Team 0-1-0-0. West Virginia, Brown 24-31-1-334. RECEIVING: East Carolina, Bryant 5-41, Harris 4-35, Taylor 2-15, Lindsay 1-27, Jackson 1-24, Gidrey 1-20, Womack 1-9, J.Williams 1-4. West Virginia, Sanders 9-99, Starks 5-76, Arnett 3-61, Devine 3-18, Austin 2-59, Johnson 2-21.

Howard Rutgers

0 7 0 0 — 7 10 32 3 0 — 45

First Quarter Rut: FG Te 24, 11:09. Rut: Brooks 6 run (Te kick), 3:53. Second Quarter Rut: Corcoran 21 pass from Savage (Te kick), 14:13. Rut: Brooks 2 run (Graves run), 13:04. Rut: T.Brown 68 pass from Savage (Te kick), 10:39. How: W.Carter 40 pass from Haigler (Wiehberg kick), 6:20. Rut: Brooks 57 run (Te kick), 6:02. Rut: FG Te 20, 1:04. Third Quarter Rut: FG Te 30, :38. A: 43,722. How Rut First downs ...................................14..................19 Rushes-yards ........................ 35-113..........44-245 Passing ........................................151................223 Comp-Att-Int .......................12-27-0...........8-14-0 Return Yards.................................... 0..................21 Punts-Avg. ............................. 9-36.0...........3-47.0 Fumbles-Lost ...............................4-3.................1-1 Penalties-Yards ..................... 14-121.............. 5-41 Time of Possession...................30:23.............29:37 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Howard, Haigler 14-55, Williams 6-24, Brice 10-19, Drayton 1-16, Hughes 3-4, Team 1-(minus 5). Rutgers, Brooks 17-124, Williams 14-89, Martinek 10-38, Natale 1-2, Savage 1-2, Team 1-(minus 10). PASSING: Howard, Haigler 12-27-0-151. Rutgers, Savage 8-13-0-223, Natale 0-1-0-0. RECEIVING: Howard, W.Carter 5-94, Sherman 2-17, Drayton 2-(minus 2), Hayes 1-18, Hughes 1-16, Brice 1-8. Rutgers, T.Brown 3-132, Sanu 2-22, Jefferson 1-46, Corcoran 1-21, Martinek 1-2.

MORGANTOWN, W.VA.—Jarrett Brown is fitting in just fine with West Virginia’s retooled offense. Brown threw for a career-high 334 yards and four touchdowns and West Virginia paid back East Carolina with a 35-20 victory on Saturday. Brown was at ease in his second start since taking over for the departed Pat White. He completed nine straight passes at one point against a veteran defense and finished 24 of 31. He also ran 10 times for 73 yards. West Virginia (2-0) sacked Patrick Pinkney four times and held East Carolina (1-1) scoreless in the second half. The Mountaineers used last year’s 24-3 loss at East Carolina as motivation and improved to 13-0 all time at home against the Pirates. “Last year they just came out and punched us in the mouth,” Brown said. “We changed a few things and it worked out for the best. It’s a momentum boost for me and my team.” East Carolina is still looking for Pinkney to return to his form from last year, when he led the Pirates to a ninewin season that included a victory over Virginia Tech. Pinkney followed up a poor performance against Appalachian State a week ago by going 16 of 39 for 175 yards with one TD toss and an interception. East Carolina was limited to 237 yards of offense.

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If West Virginia QB Jarrett Brown, left, has more days like he had Saturday, he’ll make Mountaineers fans forget all about Pat White. “Tom showed a lot of confidence out there, he showed some savvy,” senior center Ryan Blaszczyk said. “I mean I am really proud of him. He really stepped up to the plate today.” With Savage running the show, the Scarlet Knights scored on their final seven possessions in the first half, including four TDs in six plays. Savage, who was considered the heir apparent to Mike Teel entering the season, hit fullback Jack Corcoran on a 21-yard touchdown pass and connected with Tim Brown on a 68-yard scoring play. He completed 8-of-13 passes, averaging almost 28 yards a completion. “I think the only way it could have gone any better was if I was to complete every pass,” said Savage, who was lifted after the first series of the second half with Rutgers ahead 42-7. “That’s my goal going out there, completing everything I can do. Until then I am not satisfied.” Savage got plenty of help from his offensive line and running game; the Scarlet Knights rushed for 245 yards. — The Associated Press

RISING
West Virginia QB Jarrett Brown Perhaps now Brown will get the attention he deserves: 24 of 31, 334 yards, 4 TDs, 73 rushing yards.

Rutgers 45, Howard 7
PISCATAWAY, N.J.—The Tom Savage era could not have started any better for Rutgers. The freshman passed for 223 yards and two TDs in his first start and the Scarlet Knights rebounded from a season-opening loss to pound Howard.

FALLING
UConn passing game Huskies couldn’t run or pass on Saturday, but the real problem is through the air: 251 yards, 2 TDs, 4 INTs combined in first two games.

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Pittsburgh 54, Buffalo 27

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New Hampshire 23, Ball State 16

Wildcats put Cardinals in 0-2 hole
MUNCIE, IND.—Sean Jellison ran for two touchdowns and New Hampshire held on to defeat Ball State 23-16. R.J. Toman threw for 212 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 51 yards for the Wildcats (2-0). Jellison finished with 55 yards rushing and 43 yards receiving. Joey Orlando scored the other TD for New Hampshire and Devon Jackson tackled Kelly Page in the end zone for a safety. Ball State (0-2) cut the Wildcats’ lead to 23-16 on Page’s 21-yard pass to Seth White with 8:50 to play. But the Cardinals’ final drive did not get past the New Hampshire 20-yard line.

MAC
TEAM
EAST Bowling Green Buffalo Kent State Akron Ohio Temple Miami (OH) WEST Central Michigan Northern Illinois Toledo Ball State Eastern Michigan Western Michigan

RISING
NEXT
at Marshall, Saturday, 7 p.m. at Central Florida, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Iowa State, Saturday, 7 p.m. Indiana, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Cal Poly, Saturday, 7 p.m. at No. 7 Penn State, Saturday, noon at Western Michigan, Saturday, 7 p.m. Alcorn State, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. at Purdue, Saturday, noon No. 8 Ohio State, Saturday, noon at Army, Saturday, noon at Michigan, Saturday, noon Miami (OH), Saturday, 7 p.m.

Wannstedt likes effort put forth by his offense
AMHERST, N.Y.—Pittsburgh coach Dave Wannstedt was wary of the Buffalo Bulls. He knew the defending MidAmerican Conference champion’s home opener wouldn’t be easy for Pitt, which hasn’t forgotten year’s loss to Bowling Green. “I wanted to see how we would operate as an offense, particularly as a team, on the road,” Wannstedt said. “We created some turnovers and capitalized on them. That was key for us.” But winning on the road often means winning on the ground, which is what the Panthers did, piling up 209 yards—190 of them from freshman Dion Lewis—in a 54-27 win over Buffalo on Saturday. The passing game wasn’t bad, either. Bill Stull was 21-for-30 for 172 yards and threw three firsthalf touchdowns to Dorin Dickerson, the longest going for 23 yards. Stull also scored on a 3-yard rollout, which gave Pittsburgh (2-0) a 34-14 lead at halftime. Dickerson finished with eight grabs for 71 yards. Lewis had 24 carries for 190 yards and scored from 7 yards out in the first quarter, then capped his performance with a dazzling 85-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run with 4:44 left. “I just tried to protect the ball and make a play,” said Lewis, who rushed for three touchdowns and 129 yards last week against Youngstown State. “I just followed my blockers, told myself, ‘Don’t fumble.’” “I’ve said it before, but Dion Lewis, to me, is not a freshman,” Stull said. “He came in early and did his thing in the spring. Today, he got an opportunity to get better and took advantage.” — The Associated Press
Pittsburgh Buffalo 20 7 14 13 6 0 14 7 — — 54 27

CONF.
0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

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1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-2

LeFevour fever Central Michigan QB Dan LeFevour showed against Michigan St. that he belongs among the elite QBs in the country, especially in the clutch.

FALLING
Bronco believers Western Michigan and QB Tim Hiller had two chances to prove themselves against the Big Ten and bombed twice.

Akron 41, Morgan State 0
AKRON, OHIO—Chris Jacquemain threw for 162 yards and three touchdowns to lead Akron in a rout of Morgan State. Jacquemain was 13 of 22 passing and Deryn Bowser caught eight passes for 86 yards and all three of Jacquemain’s TD passes for the Zips (1-1). Bowser and Jacquemain connected on TD passes of 9 and 16 yards to put the Zips up 14-0 early in the second quarter, and Alex Allen ran it in from a yard out to help put Akron up 24-0 at halftime. Jacquemain’s 3-yard TD pass to Bowser midway through the third put the Zips up 31-0, and Brian Wagner returned an interception 32 yards for a score to seal the scoring in the final quarter.

First Quarter Pitt: Dickerson 10 pass from Stull (Hutchins kick), 10:06. Pitt: Dickerson 23 pass from Stull (Hutchins kick), 9:54. Buff: Rack 24 pass from Maynard (Principe kick), 5:55. Pitt: Lewis 7 run (kick failed), :21. Second Quarter Pitt: Dickerson 9 pass from Stull (Hutchins kick), 8:31. Buff: Roosevelt 54 pass from Maynard (Principe kick), 5:38. Pitt: Stull 3 run (Hutchins kick), 1:09. Buff: Roosevelt 67 pass from Maynard (kick failed), :33. Third Quarter Pitt: G.Williams 50 fumble return (kick failed), 8:42. Fourth Quarter Buff: Thermilus 12 pass from Maynard (Principe kick), 11:32. Pitt: Lewis 85 run (Hutchins kick), 4:44. Pitt: Graham 2 run (Hutchins kick), 3:20. A: 21,870. Pitt Buff First downs ...............................................19.............................. 25 Rushes-yards ....................................28-209.........................30-67 Passing ....................................................172............................433 Comp-Att-Int ...................................21-30-0.....................26-39-1 Return Yards..............................................47.............................. 10 Punts-Avg. .........................................5-47.6........................3-34.7 Fumbles-Lost ...........................................0-0.............................3-3 Penalties-Yards .................................11-119...........................7-66 Time of Possession...............................28:29.........................31:31 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Pittsburgh, Lewis 24-190, Hynoski 2-14, Stull 1-3, Graham 1-2. Buffalo, Thermilus 14-49, Nduka 2-25, Henry 2-7, Jackson 1-(minus 1), Davis 2-(minus 5), Maynard 9-(minus 8). PASSING: Pittsburgh, Stull 21-30-0-172. Buffalo, Maynard 24-35-1-400, Davis 2-4-0-33. RECEIVING: Pittsburgh, Dickerson 8-71, Lewis 6-46, Baldwin 4-44, Turner 3-11. Buffalo, Hamlin 12-149, Roosevelt 6-157, Jackson 3-48, Thermilus 2-22, Young 1-28, Rack 1-24, Marr 1-5.

Northern Illinois 41, Western Illinois 7
DE KALB, ILL.—Chad Spann scored three first-half touchdowns to lead Northern Illinois to a nonconference victory over intrastate rival Western Illinois. Spann, a junior tailback, scored on runs of 7 and 3 yards plus a 20-yard reception from quarterback Chandler Harnish before a Huskie Stadium crowd of 21,437. The Huskies (1-1) snapped a three-game losing streak against the Leathernecks dating back to 1996. Harnish also threw a 4-yard touchdown strike to sophomore receiver Jason Schepler in the first half. — The Associated Press

Akron backup quarterback Matt Rodgers, left, even saw some action in the Zips’ 41-0 rout.

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Duke 35, Army 19

Freshman’s big day, CB’s TDs lift Devils
WEST POINT, N.Y.— Duke coach David Cutcliffe knew he was going to play Sean Renfree at some point. Renfree himself didn’t know until the Blue Devils recovered a fumble at the Army 19 and he got sent out onto the field. Two plays later, he connected on the first pass of his college career for a 17-yard scoring pass that put Duke ahead on its way to a 35-19 win over the Black Knights. “I just ran in there, threw that, and just all you can do is be the happiest kid ever and run down there and go celebrate with my team,” the redshirt freshman said. “I had intended to play him last week and didn’t, and I made my mind up we would play him regardless of circumstance,” Cutcliffe said. “It’s not any kind of statement or anything other than just confidence in Sean. ... I had decided I wanted Sean in there in that series, unless we’re backed up.” Leon Wright sealed the game for Duke by returning two interceptions for touchdowns in the final 1:48 to end any hopes of a comeback by the Black Knights.

C-USA
TEAM
EAST

CONF. 1-0 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-1

OVERALL 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 2-0 1-0 2-0 0-2 0-2 0-2

NEXT Virginia, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. at Troy, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. at No. 19 North Carolina, Saturday, noon Bowling Green, Saturday, 7 p.m. Tennessee-Martin, Saturday, 8 p.m. Buffalo, Saturday, 6 p.m. at Washington State, Saturday, 5 p.m. at No. 13 Oklahoma, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Texas Tech, Sept. 26, 9:15 p.m. at New Mexico, Saturday, 8 p.m. at No. 5 Okla. State, Saturday, 7 p.m. McNeese State, Sept. 26, 3:30 p.m.

Independents
TEAM OVERALL NEXT
Army 1-1 Navy 1-1 Notre Dame 1-1 Ball State, Saturday, noon at Pittsburgh, Saturday, 6 p.m. Michigan St., Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

RISING
Michael Floyd Irish star making case as best WR in nation with 11 catches for 320 yards this year.

Southern Miss UAB East Carolina Marshall Memphis UCF
WEST

FALLING
Army goin’ bowlin’ That’s the old Army team with which we’ve all grown to sympathize.

SMU Tulsa Houston UTEP Rice Tulane

RISING
June Jones SMU coach already has matched team’s win total of past two years combined.

FALLING
ECU magic East Carolina doesn’t seem to be close to last year’s September Cinderella.

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Duke Army

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Southern Mississippi TE Leroy Banks hurdled UCF safety Michael Greco for a touchdown on an 18-yard pass play that put his team ahead 14-0.

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Duke CB Leon Wright sealed it by scoring twice in a span of 16 seconds. points on the way to a win. After Phillip Livas’ 85-yard punt return made it 14-0, the Mids’ defense stiffened and Navy shut the visitors out the rest of the way— leading 18-14 at the break. The final two scores of the game came in the fourth quarter, with Curry going in from the 3 with 10:31 to play and Dobbs scoring from the 2 with 5:50 left. The go-ahead touchdown was set up by Jabaree Tuani’s interceptionan,” Tuani said. — The Associated Press

First Quarter Army: Steelman 2 run (Carlton kick), 10:07. Second Quarter Army: FG Carlton 43, 13:38. Duke: Vernon 14 pass from Lewis (Snyderwine kick), 5:52. Third Quarter Duke: Huffman 17 pass from Renfree (Snyderwine kick), 7:44. Army: FG Carlton 31, 3:42. Fourth Quarter Duke: Varner 31 pass from Renfree (Snyderwine kick), 14:52. Duke: Wright 51 interception return (Snyderwine kick), 1:48. Duke: Wright 33 interception return (Snyderwine kick), 1:32. Army: Villanueva 8 pass from Ca.Williams, :00. A: 25,698. Duke Army First downs ................................................14 ...........................20 Rushes-yards .......................................32-70 ...................57-266 Passing .....................................................166 .........................119 Comp-Att-Int ................................... 12-24-0 ..................10-24-2 Return Yards.............................................100 ............................. 8 Punts-Avg. ..........................................7-36.3 .................... 6-38.8 Fumbles-Lost ...........................................2-2 ..........................3-2 Penalties-Yards ......................................5-45 ........................5-51 Time of Possession................................23:56 ......................36:04 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Duke, Boyette 21-48, Hollingsworth 5-24, Lewis 5-0, Team 1-(minus 2). Army, Mealy 10-99, Steelman 17-75, Carter 14-33, I.Smith 6-27, Ehie 5-17, Bulls 1-12, Fletcher 2-7, Hunter 1-2, McDaniel 1-(minus 6). PASSING: Duke, Lewis 5-16-0-60, Renfree 7-8-0-106. Army, Ca.Williams 8-18-2-91, Steelman 2-6-0-28. RECEIVING: Duke, Boyette 2-35, Kelly 2-29, Vernon 2-23, Williams 2-18, Watkins 2-13, Varner 1-31, Huffman 1-17. Army, Villanueva 4-68, Hunter 3-27, Barr 2-16, Carter 1-8.

SMU 35, UAB 33

Mitchell, Mustangs hold off Blazers
BIRMINGHAM, ALA.—B.L. Mitchell threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns and Southern Methodist held off Alabama-Birmingham’s rally to win 35-33 on Saturday. Mitchell, who completed 28-of-47 passes, had touchdown throws of 44, 32 and 6 yards. His third TD pass went to Cole Beasley to give the Mustangs (2-0, 1-0 Conference USA) a 28-7 lead in the second quarter. The Blazers (1-1, 1-1 CUSA) scored 20 points in the third quarter to cut the lead to 28-27. Joe Webb scored on a 1-yard run, Mark Ferrell had an 80-yard touchdown run and Andre Hicks returned an interception 20 yards for a score. SMU regained its eight-point lead on Shawnbrey McNeal’s 19-yard run with 4:04 left. UAB got within two on Jeffery Anderson’s 14-yard touchdown reception, but Webb’s rushing attempt on a 2-point conversion failed. “I’m proud of the way we responded in this close game,” Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora said. “It was a hardfought game in sloppy conditions, and we knew it would be a battle.” Davis connected with Leroy Banks for an 18-yard touchdown to give Southern Miss a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Fletcher’s 5-yard rushing score put the Golden Eagles ahead 26-13 in the fourth. Hodges completed 15-of-26 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns for UCF (1-1, 0-1). “I think the players know that we gave up some points that you can’t give up,” Golden Knight coach George O’Leary said. “I think they understand that close only counts in horseshoes.” — The Associated Press

Navy 32, Louisiana Tech 14
ANNAPOLIS, MD.—A mere six minutes in, and Navy found itself down by two touchdowns to Louisiana Tech. That’s not exactly ideal for a team that specializes in a slow, almost geologic, triple-option offense. But the Midshipmen got two rushing touchdowns from quarterback Ricky Dobbs and Marcus Curry ran for 124 yards to help Navy score 32 unanswered

Central Florida 26, S. Miss. 19
HATTIESBURG, MISS.—Austin Davis threw for 253 yards and a touchdown to help Southern Mississippi beat Central Florida in the Conference USA opener for both teams. Damion Fletcher rushed for 103 yards for the Golden Eagles (2-0, 1-0), who outgained UCF 418-194. Fletcher, who was held to 17 yards rushing in the first half, gained 86 yards on the ground in the second half.

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Oregon State 23, UNLV 21

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MOUNTAIN WEST
TEAM
BYU Colorado State Utah TCU Air Force San Diego State UNLV Wyoming New Mexico

CONF.
0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

OVERALL
2-0 2-0 2-0 1-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-2

NEXT
Florida State, Saturday, 7 p.m. Nevada, Saturday, 5 p.m. at Oregon, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Texas State, Saturday, 7 p.m. at New Mexico, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. at Idaho, Saturday, 5 p.m. at Hawaii, Saturday, 9 p.m. at Colorado, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Air Force, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Kahut’s late FG helps Beavers improve to 2-0
LAS VEGAS—Oregon State kicker Justin Kahut converted a 33-yard field goal with seven seconds left to give the Beavers a 23-21 win over UNLV on Saturday night. Teammate Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 166 yards on 26 carries and had 65 receiving yards on 10 receptions. His brother James Rodgers had a 4-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter which put the Beavers (2-0) up 20-7. Backup quarterback Mike Clausen rallied UNLV (1-1) with two fourth-quarter touchdown passes which give the Rebels a 21-20 lead with 4:16 left. However, Oregon State answered, and Kahut redeemed himself after earlier missing a 47-yarder off the left post and an extra point.

Oregon St. UNLV

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Second Quarter OrSt: Camp 1 pass from Canfield (kick failed), 1:04. Third Quarter OrSt: Jac.Rodgers 2 run (Kahut kick), 13:07. UNLV: Anthony 19 pass from Clayton (Watson kick), 10:42. OrSt: Jam.Rodgers 4 pass from Canfield (Kahut kick), 7:17. Fourth Quarter UNLV: Anthony 13 pass from Clausen (Waterman kick), 10:53. UNLV: Payne 10 pass from Clausen (Watson kick), 4:16. OrSt: FG Kahut 33, :07. A: 25,967. OrSt UNLV First downs ...................................20..................19 Rushes-yards ........................ 35-184............25-82 Passing ........................................198................228 Comp-Att-Int .......................25-31-0.........24-35-1 Return Yards.................................... 0....................0 Punts-Avg. ............................. 4-43.3...........3-33.3 Fumbles-Lost ...............................1-0.................1-1 Penalties-Yards ..........................8-56.............. 4-41 Time of Possession...................33:03.............26:57 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Oregon St., Jac.Rodgers 26-166, Stevenson 2-28, Jam.Rodgers 3-16, Canfield 4-(minus 26). UNLV, Trotter 11-35, Clausen 4-25, Johnson 4-16, Brogdon 1-9, Clayton 5-(minus 3). PASSING: Oregon St., Canfield 25-31-0-198. UNLV, Clayton 18-26-1-170, Clausen 6-9-0-58. RECEIVING: Oregon St., Jac.Rodgers 10-65, Jam. Rodgers 6-48, Bishop 5-43, Adeniji 2-26, Kjos 1-15, Camp 1-1. UNLV, Wolfe 9-91, Payne 6-46, Anthony 5-57, Trotter 2-12, Barefield 1-13, Robinson 1-9.
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Colorado State 24, Weber State 23
FORT COLLINS, COLO.—All Weber State quarterback Cameron Higgins had to do was take the snap as time was winding down, then fall forward to set up a chip-shot field goal to beat Colorado State. But Higgins couldn’t secure the center-snap exchange. The ball deflected off his hands, and so did the Wildcats’ chance for an upset. Guy Miller recovered the fumble deep in Colorado State territory with 42 seconds left as the Rams avoided an upset. “It happened so fast,” Higgins said. “We tried to change up the stance of the center (Kyle Mutcher) to a four-point stance, and it threw us off. The ball went out of my hands.” Weber State had driven to the Colorado State 11 before the fumble. “That was a nice little surprise,” Miller said of his good fortune. “I fired off the ball and was lucky to see the ball on the ground and to fall on it.” Weber State coach Ron McBride said the play was “just stupid. It was our game to win, and we can’t kick an extra point and we can’t kick a chipshot field goal.”

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San Diego State DB Aaron Moore (21) intercepts a pass intended for Southern Utah WR Jared Ursua during the first quarter. New Mexico. The Golden Hurricane (2-0) took advantage of early mistakes by the Lobos (0-2), then got their offense in high gear in the second half. Kinne threw two touchdown passes to Slick Shelley and one each to Damaris Johnson and Jamad Williams before being removed in the fourth quarter. “He’s a good quarterback,” Tulsa coach Todd Graham said. “He’s calm, cool and collected. He’s a leader and he’s a playmaker. The other players look to him.” score to lead San Diego State. Vincent Brown caught six passes for 142 yards and one touchdown. He also contributed a 28-yard punt return and a 36-yard kickoff return for a total of 206 yards. Brandon Sullivan led the Aztecs’ rushing with a career-high 111 yards on 24 carries. Southern Utah quarterback Cade Cooper completed 15-of-29 passes for 165 yards. He was intercepted three times and sacked three times. Fesi Sitake had seven receptions for 74 yards. Austin Minefee rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown for the Thunderbirds (1-1). The victory was Brady Hoke’s first as coach of the Aztecs. — The Associated Press

Colorado State’s Mychal Sisson (6) comes up short in an attempt to intercept a pass thrown to Weber State’s Cody Nakamua.

RISING
TCU in the trenches TCU had 204 rushing yards, while holding Virginia to just 57 yards on the ground in a dominating win.

FALLING
New Mexico ground game Two games in, and the Lobos still haven’t surpassed 100-yard mark for total rushing yards this season.

Tulsa 44, New Mexico 10
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—G.J. Kinne threw for 310 yards and four touchdowns to help Tulsa defeat

San Diego State 35, Southern Utah 19
SAN DIEGO—Ryan Lindley threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another

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Louisiana-Lafayette 17, Kansas State 15

Albrecht’s debut boot a winner
Kansas St. Louisiana-Lafayette 2 0 0 14 0 0 13 — 3 — 15 17 First Quarter KSt: Safety, 2:43. Second Quarter ULL: Sails 13 run (Albrecht kick), 9:37. ULL: Aubrey 1 pass from Masson (Albrecht kick), :05. Fourth Quarter KSt: Mastrud 3 pass from Dan.Thomas (kick failed), 14:56. KSt: Dan.Thomas 3 run (Cherry kick), 8:08. ULL: FG Albrecht 48, :32. A: 16,431. KSt ULL First downs ...................................16................................................16 Rushes-yards ........................ 46-196........................................29-102 Passing ........................................181............................................. 185 Comp-Att-Int .......................14-30-1......................................20-36-1 Return Yards..................................25..................................................1 Punts-Avg. ............................. 6-40.0.........................................7-39.1 Fumbles-Lost ...............................2-1..............................................2-2 Penalties-Yards ..........................8-64............................................4-39 Time of Possession...................36:31.......................................... 23:29 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Kansas St., Dan.Thomas 27-136, Coffman 13-50, Gregory 3-13, Banks 1-2, Team 1-(minus 2), Doerr 1-(minus 3). LouisianaLafayette, Sails 20-78, Masson 3-17, Booker 4-9, A.Joseph 1-6, Team 1-(minus 8). PASSING: Kansas St., Coffman 13-25-1-178, Gregory 0-4-0-0, Dan. Thomas 1-1-0-3. Louisiana-Lafayette, Masson 20-36-1-185. RECEIVING: Kansas St., Snipes 3-78, Mastrud 3-35, Banks 3-33, Dan. Thomas 2-19, L.Brown 2-12, S.Smith 1-4. Louisiana-Lafayette, Miller 6-47, Aubrey 6-38, Green 2-29, A.Joseph 2-20, Sails 2-15, Hill 1-19, Lee 1-17.

Grothe now Big East’s total offense king
BOWLING GREEN, KY.—Jared Clendenin sounded like a lot of players who’ve tried—and failed—to chase down South Florida quarterback Matt Grothe over the years. After watching Grothe throw for 208 yards and two touchdowns and run for another 53 yards to become the most prolific offensive player in Big East history, all the Western Kentucky defensive lineman could do shake his head. “He’s a quick guy,” Clendenin said. “It was pretty frustrating. He was ducking out of holes when I thought we had him. He did a good job of making guys miss.” It’s something Grothe’s done again and again over the last four seasons while helping turn the Bulls (2-0) into perennial contenders in the Big East. Though he wasn’t always sharp against the upstart Hilltoppers (0-2), Grothe did more than enough to snuff out of WKU’s bid for the attention-grabbing win the program is looking for during its first season as a full-fledged member of Division I-A. Grothe’s 261 yards of total offense gave him 10,702 combined yards for his career, breaking the record of 10,529 held by former West Virginia star Pat White as the Bulls took control in the second half to pull away from the Hilltoppers. “It’s an honor,” Grothe said. “I couldn’t do it without any of my teammates or any of the coaches giving me a chance to be here. Hopefully the record will be way up there at the end of the year and
South Florida W. Kentucky 7 3 7 3 7 7 14 0 — — 35 13 First Quarter WKen: FG Tinius 40, 6:14. USF: Plancher 1 run (Alvarado kick), :47. Second Quarter USF: T.Wilson 14 pass from Grothe (Alvarado kick), 8:20. WKen: FG Tinius 31, :57. Third Quarter USF: Daniels 7 run (Alvarado kick), 4:50. WKen: Booker 15 run (Tinius kick), :27. Fourth Quarter USF: Busbee 17 pass from Grothe (Alvarado kick), 11:26. USF: Plancher 20 run (Alvarado kick), 6:03. A: 20,568. USF WKen First downs ...............................................22.............................. 16 Rushes-yards ....................................42-253.......................37-200 Passing ....................................................208.............................. 84 Comp-Att-Int ...................................13-22-1.....................13-26-1 Return Yards............................................(-7).............................. 39 Punts-Avg. .........................................2-44.5........................4-41.0 Fumbles-Lost ...........................................2-1.............................0-0 Penalties-Yards ..................................... 9-85.......................13-124 Time of Possession...............................30:12.........................29:48 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: South Florida, Plancher 18-115, Lamar 8-60, Grothe 11-53, Samuels 1-13, Daniels 4-12. W. Kentucky, B.Smith 21-105, Rainey 8-56, Brooks 2-17, Booker 2-13, Gaebler 1-4, Hayden 1-4, Vasquez 1-2, Team 1-(minus 1). PASSING: South Florida, Grothe 13-22-1-208. W. Kentucky, B.Smith 13-26-1-84. RECEIVING: South Florida, Mitchell 4-130, Love 3-32, Richardson 2-13, Busbee 1-17, T.Wilson 1-14, Landi 1-4, Plancher 1-(minus 2). W. Kentucky, Doyle 4-20, Cooper 2-22, Boyer 2-11, Gaebler 2-10, Sheppard 1-16, Brooks 1-5, Rainey 1-0.

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The first-ever college field-goal try by Tyler Albrecht (10) ended up being a 48-yard winner. LAFAYETTE, LA.—Watching from the sideline with the clock winding down and his team on a final desperate drive, Tyler Albrecht knew his first collegiate field-goal attempt was going to be a big one. He was ready for the moment. The junior calmly nailed a 48-yarder with 32 seconds left to give Louisiana-Lafayette a 17-15 victory over Kansas State on Saturday night. “When they went up on us 15-14, I started preparing mentally,” Albrecht said. “I knew if we got down there it was going to be up to me.” Albrecht did not attempt a field goal in his first two seasons and was limited to six extra points in a season-opening 42-19 victory over Southern last week. He played on special teams in 2007 and was injured all of the 2008 season. “I was just trying to treat it like any other,” Albrecht said. “For my first field goal, of course I was nervous, but I hit it real solid. I knew it had the distance but was leaning to the left a little.” The Ragin’ Cajuns, unbeaten through their first two games for the first time since 1990, had only two first downs in the second half before quarterback Chris Masson completed four passes for 30 yards in the final drive. Kansas State (1-1) had rallied from a 14-2 deficit with two fourth-quarter touchdowns.

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South Florida QB Matt Grothe had 261 yards of total offense against Western Kentucky. we can be Big East champions.” Grothe threw touchdown passes of 14 yards to Theo Wilson and 17 yards to Ben Busbee, helping the Bulls overcome a sluggish start and post their 13th straight regular season nonconference win. “We could have scored more points, but penalties hurt us,” Grothe said. “But we were able to overcome it and keep working.” Moise Plancher added 115 yards rushing and two touchdowns for South Florida, though he wasn’t exactly in the mood to celebrate after the Bulls committed nine penalties for 85 yards and took

Wildcats running back Daniel Thomas threw for one score and ran for one in that quarter, throwing a 3-yard jump pass to Jeron Mastrud off a direct snap on the first play of the final quarter. Seven minutes later, Thomas capped an 86-yard drive with a 3-yard run, and Josh Cherry hit the extra point for the 15-14 lead with 8:08 left. The Wildcats forced LouisianaLafayette to punt near midfield with 6:34 left and had a chance to run out the clock, but the Cajuns forced a punt with 3:50 left. — The Associated Press

nearly three quarters to put the Hilltoppers away. “I definitely think we need to sharpen it up and make fewer mistakes,” Plancher said. Still, the Bulls had more than enough to handle the Hilltoppers. “It’s a good win,” said South Florida coach Jim Leavitt. “You come here, they’re opening their (renovated) stadium, they’re motivated and I thought it was going to be a tough ballgame. ... Athletically we’re a much better team than Western but they played with more heart than we did at times.” — The Associated Press

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TEAM
Louisiana-Lafayette Arkansas State Louisiana-Monroe Middle Tennessee North Texas Florida Atlantic Florida International Troy Western Kentucky

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at No. 11 LSU, Saturday, 7 p.m. Troy, Sept. 26, 4:30 p.m. at Arizona State, Saturday, 10 p.m. at Maryland, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. at No. 4 Alabama, Saturday, 12:20 p.m. at South Carolina, Saturday, 7 p.m. at Rutgers, Saturday, 5 p.m. UAB, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Central Arkansas, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Middle Tennessee bounces back with impressive win
MURFREESBORO, TENN.—Dwight Dasher passed for 231 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 89 yards to lead Middle Tennessee to a 31-14 victory over Memphis on Saturday night. The Blue Raiders (1-1) rebounded from a 37-14 loss to Clemson by rolling up 436 yards in offense compared to 219 for the Tigers (0-2), who lost their season opener to Mississippi 45-14. Dasher hit Shane Blissard on a 40-yard touchdown pass for a 14-7 lead with 10:02 left in the second quarter, then had a 42-yard carry on the Blue Raiders’ next possession to set up a 28-yard field goal by Alan Gendreau. With 2:44 left in the third quarter, Dasher found Patrick Honeycutt for a 24-yard score. Arkelon Hall was 13 of 22 for 93 yards and one interception for Memphis, which was playing in Murfreesboro for the first time since 1953 before a record crowd of 28,105 at Floyd Stadium. lead on the first possession of the second extra period with a 7-yard TD run. North Texas (1-1) forced overtime with 46 seconds left when Jeremy Knott’s 18-yard field goal tied it at 20-20. Kenny Jackson gave Ohio its first lead of the night with a 69-yard interception return in the fourth quarter, picking off backup quarterback Nathan Tune after starter Riley Dodge (12 of 22, 117 yards) left the game with a shoulder injury.

WAC
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Idaho Boise State Hawaii Fresno State Nevada Utah State Louisiana Tech San Jose State New Mexico State

RISING
NEXT
San Diego State, Saturday, 5 p.m. at Fresno State, Friday, 9 p.m. UNLV, Saturday, 9 p.m. No. 12 Boise State, Friday, 9 p.m. at Colorado State, Saturday, 5 p.m. at Texas A&M, Saturday, 7 p.m. Nicholls State, Saturday, 7 p.m. at Stanford, Saturday, 9 p.m. UTEP, Saturday, 8 p.m.

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Fresno’s toughness That was more like Fresno of old, but Bulldogs need to win close games again.

FALLING
La Tech runners Thought 96 rushing yards last week was bad? Tech had just 11 on Saturday vs. Navy.

RISING
Cajun party La-Lafayette is 2-0 for first time since 1990 after beating a BCS team, albeit a bad one.

FALLING
Hilltopper passing Western Kentucky has mustered a combined 128 passing yards in its first two games.

New Mexico State 21, Prairie View A&M 18

Fleming, Smith help new coach pick up first victory of season
LAS CRUCES, N.M.—Jeff Fleming completed 8-of-20 passes and ran for two touchdowns as New Mexico State beat Prairie View A&M 21-18. The New Mexico State (1-1) win marked the first victory in the DeWayne Walker era. The former UCLA defensive coordinator took over the reins this winter after the school fired former head coach Hal Mumme. Aggies running back Seth Smith finished with 157 yards on 25 carries. Smith went over the century mark on his 14th carry of the game during New Mexico State’s second-quarter scoring drive, a possession topped off by a 1-yard touchdown run by Fleming. New Mexico State hadn’t registered that many yards on the ground since 2003 when Eric Higgins recorded 218 against Louisiana-Monroe. Prairie View (1-1) inched back into the game late. Down 21-3, the team had a 9-yard scoring run from quarterback K.J. Black as well as a 27-yard touchdown toss from Black to wide receiver Anthony Weeden. The two-point conversion cut the Aggies’ lead down to three with 3:01 remaining, but the Panthers could not regain possession as NMSU ran out the clock. With less than a minute before the half, New Mexico State junior defensive back Alphonso Powell grabbed his first interception of the season. The turnover was the lone one in the first half. The late-game rally came after Black relieved starting quarterback Jay Bluford. The junior, who entered in the second half, completed 12-of-14 passes for 101 yards while adding three carries for 31 yards. Running back Donald Babers led Prairie View with 18 carries for 120 yards. NMSU running back Marquell Colston added nine carries for 66 yards and a touchdown. The Panthers went up 3-0 on their first possession on a Brady Faggard 30-yard field goal. New Mexico State answered with an 11-play, 80-yard drive. The possession saw Smith and Colston carry the ball seven times and gain 58 yards. Fleming put things away on the possession with a 10-yard scoring run. — The Associated Press

Louisiana-Monroe 58, Texas Southern 0
MONROE, LA.—Frank Goodin scored three touchdowns in LouisianaMonroe’s easy home victory of Texas Southern. Louisiana-Monroe outrushed the Tigers 345-6 with two Warhawks gaining more than 100 yards. Isaiah Newsome picked up 158 yards on 22 carries and Goodin added 105 yards on 16 carries. Trey Revell scored two touchdowns for the Warhawks through the air, and had 238 yards on 17-of-19 passing. Louisiana-Monroe (1-1) gained a total of 592 yards of total offense, while Texas Southern lost four fumbles in the shutout. The Warhawks’ defense held the Tigers (0-3) to 103 total yards and notched a safety midway through the third quarter. Texas Southern’s quarterback Arvell Nelson was 18 of 32 for 97 yards. — The Associated Press

Ohio 31, North Texas 30, 2OT
DENTON, TEXAS—Theo Scott and Taylor Price hooked up for a 15-yard touchdown and the ensuing 2-point conversion pass as Ohio rallied for a double-overtime victory. Ohio (1-1) decided to go for two points after a roughing-the-passer penalty on the TD moved the ball inside the 2-yard line. The teams matched field goals in the first overtime before Cam Montgomery gave North Texas a 30-23

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Remote access: A viewer’s guide to Week 1
9 a.m.
GameDay Morning NFL Network
Michael Irvin, fresh off 4th And Long and ready for Dancing With The Stars, adds some more superstar punch to the network’s top studio show. In other news, the program expands to four hours and has a new cohost, former ESPN sideline reporter and college basketball analyst Stacey Dales. Jason La Canfora now provides all the news updates.

Are you ready for some wall-to-wall pro football? Here’s some help before you click away today:

ALL TIMES EASTERN

1 p.m.
NFL RedZone Check Comcast Cable/DISH Network listings
The fantasy football era has brought the term “live scoring” to the forefront, and it doesn’t get any better than not missing a touchdown during Sunday’s whirlwind of action. The NFL Network brings us this spinoff treat, with reporter Scott Hanson serving as host. safety Bob Sanders, so Jags jitterbug Maurice Jones-Drew will have a chance to strut his stuff for the first time as Jacksonville’s feature back. On the other side, it will be weird to see Peyton Manning without Marvin Harrison. Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots. Johnson, Dan Fouts.

Rams at Seahawks FOX/DirecTV 715
It will be weird to see T.J. Houshmandzadeh in a Seattle uniform, but his great hands and route-running skills make him a perfect fit as the go-to guy for Matt Hasselbeck in the ‘Hawks passing game. The Rams’ new offense will be completely focused on Steven Jackson. Announcers: Ron Pitts, John Lynch.

Chiefs at Ravens CBS/DirecTV 705
The hope that came to Kansas City in the form of new quarterback Matt Cassel has turned to worry about his sprained left knee. If he plays, Baltimore’s swarming defense won’t be sympathetic. The Chiefs’ D will provide a good opportunity for the Ravens to open up their offense. Announcers: Ian Eagle, Rich Gannon.

11 a.m.
Sunday NFL Countdown ESPN
When it comes to all the big personalities on the Countdown set, Adam Schefter may not stand out, but the former NFL Network information ace is a huge addition to the cast, ready to outdo those reports from Mort. Chris Berman also has an exclusive interview with the league’s golden boy, Patriots QB Tom Brady.

Cowboys at Buccaneers FOX/DirecTV 712
The ‘Boys are feeling heat to deliver results worthy of their talent, and need to start the season with a sound victory over the rebuilding Bucs. All eyes will be on how Tony Romo fares without Terrell Owens. Announcers: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston.

7 p.m.
Football Night in America NBC
Cris Collinsworth’s move from pregame chatter to the analysis booth as John Madden’s replacement is the big news, but other shakeups include Bob Costas hosting live from the SNF game site and Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison joining Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann in the big studio show. “The Bus” is gone, but in Dungy and Harrison, the Peacock has two astute men who will speak their mind.

Jets at Texans CBS/DirecTV 706
New York is abuzz over the debut of Jets rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez, who already has the pressure of being a big star in the Big Apple. The hype will start up again if he gets a big road win against a Houston team that many think is playoff-bound. Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms.

Lions at Saints FOX/DirecTV 711
Against the Saints’ defense, Matthew Stafford has a chance to have a decent first NFL start, helped by young studs Kevin Smith and Calvin Johnson. The problem is, Stafford must duel with the NFC’s best quarterback, Drew Brees, who should have no problem throwing the ball all over the Superdome. Announcers: Chris Myers, Trent Green.

Eagles at Panthers FOX/DirecTV 710
Both teams fell to the Cardinals— and short of the Super Bowl—last season, and hopes are high for another shot in the playoffs. This game also features two of the league’s most exciting open-field playmakers: Brian Westbrook and Steve Smith. Announcers: Dick Stockton, Charles Davis.

Dolphins at Falcons CBS/DirecTV 704
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Noon
FOX NFL Sunday FOX
It’s the sweet 16th season for the network’s consistent all-star lineup, still headlined by Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Jimmy Johnson after all these years. This week, Bradshaw offers up “what to look for in 2009” while Johnson provides a breakdown of the “Wildcat” trend that his old team sparked last season.

Will two of last year’s surprise teams pick up where they left off in 2008, or will they drop back again? It’s more likely both will remain contenders, Miami with its defense and Atlanta with Matt Ryan leading the offense. Announcers: Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf.

Larry Fitzgerald leads the NFC champions against San Francisco.

8:20 p.m.
Bears at Packers NBC
It’s the 178th edition of the NFL’s oldest rivalry, and some of the best is yet to come with Jay Cutler and Aaron Rodgers set to duel for many years. Although Minnesota thinks it’s in good hands with Favre, the Green Bay-Chicago series may ultimately decide the NFC North. Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth.

4:15 p.m.
Redskins at Giants FOX/DirecTV 714
It might seem like FOX is the unofficial flagship station of the NFC East, and why not? That’s where some of the biggest, most competitive games are each week. It all starts here as Washington hopes Albert Haynesworth pays off by slowing down New York’s strong rushing attack. Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman.

Vikings at Browns FOX/DirecTV 709
Both teams’ quarterback situations were all over the offseason headlines. Although the talk will be about how Brett Favre fares against Brady Quinn, the real star of the game will be Adrian Peterson. You can bet Browns legend Jim Brown will be watching another great back “all day.” Announcers: Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick.

Broncos at Bengals CBS/DirecTV 707
If you like points through the air and wide receiver as the premier glamour position, this is the game for you. Denver coach Josh McDaniels will want to roll out Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal while Cincinnati will need to counter often with Chad Ochocinco, Laveranues Coles and Chris Henry. Announcers: Gus
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The NFL Today CBS
The Eye celebrates its 50th year of NFL coverage, hoping to jump closer to FOX in the pregame ratings. The highlight of the opener has Shannon Sharpe sharing what he learned from an extreme workout with defensive stars Antonio Cromartie, Keith Bulluck and Dwight Freeney, who all intensely train for the season in the mountains of Santa Monica, Calif.

Mark Sanchez says his debut against the Texans is a ‘must game’ for the Jets.

11:30 p.m.
NFL GameDay Final NFL Network
Call this the football fixation finale, with 90 minutes of the ultimate highlights to cap NFL Net’s outstanding 16 hours of Sunday coverage. It’s the same successful trio, as Emmy-nominated Steve Mariucci teams with Deion Sanders and Rich Eisen.

49ers at Cardinals FOX/DirecTV 713
Now that the Cardinals have been to the Super Bowl, they’re out to prove they weren’t flukes. Just tuning in to watch Larry Fitzgerald is worth it, and now he’ll get some help from promising rookie running back Beanie Wells. Announcers: Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan.

Jaguars at Colts CBS/DirecTV 708
Indy will be without sparkplug

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Scouts’ views

Look for Boss to be Manning’s top target today
An inside-the-game look at today’s matchups by Sporting News Today’s team of NFL scouts:

Breakout player
Kevin Boss, TE, Giants. Boss had 33 catches in his first full season as a starter in 2008 and averaged nearly 12 yards per catch, with seven receptions of 20 or more yards. At 6-6, he’s a big target for QB Eli Manning, and his sure hands and ability to run after the catch have given Manning the confidence to go to him more often. He’s an effective third-down receiver and a prime red zone target (6 TDs in 2008). With the Giants’ wideout unit still in flux and the Redskins focused on stopping the run, Boss could be Manning’s most reliable option in Week 1. Expect Boss to double his reception total this year.

what he did with the Cardinals. Gimpy quarterback Matt Cassel will look first to wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. But because Bowe is the Chiefs’ only real outside threat in the passing game, Mattison will assign constant double coverage with cornerback Domonique Foxworth and safety Ed Reed. Haley will challenge the Ravens’ front seven with Larry Johnson’s size and power, but look for a lot of third-down passes to running back Jamaal Charles, much the way the Cardinals attacked the Steelers in last year’s Super Bowl (Eight catches by the backs). Mattison will be liberal with blitz calls in an effort to get to Cassel, but in the end, he just simply has more talent and more experienced players in his system than Haley has in his. Advantage: Mattison.

Systems check
Packers’ defense. Green Bay has made a relatively smooth transition to the 3-4 scheme under new coordinator Dom Capers. The system has the Packers playing more aggressively—they forced 13 turnovers in the preseason—and the three-man front will allow them to alter their looks and create more confusion for Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who will be running a new scheme this week as well. Look for a full blitz package from Capers. Green Bay is a bit banged up along the defensive line, but if the front seven can pressure Cutler into bad throws, the Pack has the ballhawks in the secondary to take advantage.

Mismatch of the week
Bills’ offense vs. Patriots’ defense. The Bills are another team that fired their offensive coordinator (Turk Schonert) after the nohuddle offense didn’t work, and the replacement is quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt, who has never called an offense. They have a young quarterback in Trent Edwards whose top receiver is dealing with a toe injury. They released starting left tackle Langston Walker last week, and three of their starting linemen have never taken an NFL snap. Oh yeah, and Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch will begin the season on a three-game suspension. The Pats have gotten younger and more athletic in the linebacker unit, and they have a veteran group of players in the secondary to complement their formidable three-man line led by nose tackle Vince Wilfork. Bill Belichick is drooling about this matchup. — Real Scouts, a team of pro football scouts, analyzes NFL players, coaches and teams for Sporting News Today.

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SN Today’s scouts expect Kevin Boss to become a reliable target for Eli Manning and double his reception total from last season’s 33.
backfield, expect him to use his power game to overwhelm the lighter, athletic guard. Seubert is a ferocious competitor and plays with great effort, but he can be pushed around by bigger linemen. He will have to get off the ball quickly, stay low and play with leverage against Haynesworth. The Giants will try to create opportunities for Seubert to attack from angles and will give help on occasion. They also could also dial up more outside runs to force Haynesworth to play laterally. But when the Giants call for power runs, look for them to use twoback sets and to always get an extra body on Haynesworth. Advantage: Haynesworth.

Player matchup
Giants LG Rich Seubert vs. Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth. Haynesworth, a dominant run defender and force inside, has almost 100 pounds on Seubert. With his size, strength and power to push Seubert into the

Coach matchup
Chiefs head coach Todd Haley vs. Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison. Haley fired his offensive coordinator (Chan Gailey) two weeks ago and doesn’t have the horses to do

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Saints’ Bush ready to run; Cards’ Boldin unlikely to play
Saints RB Reggie Bush is ready, or so he says. He sat out the last three preseason games but is ready to test his durability after surgery last December to repair cartilage in his left knee. He says he is ready to hit the designated hole, even if only for modest gains, instead of bouncing outside to the land of lost yardage. “I’m not completely blind to the fact that I haven’t made some of the best decisions running the ball,” he said. “I think my worst enemy, my kryptonite, is my ability, because I have so much ability and I have to harness that. There’s a time and a place to use that and there’s also a time and a place for just getting those 3 or 4 yards for us and just giving us second-and-5, you know, giving our offense a chance and not necessarily looking for the home run every time.” After missing 10 games with various injuries to his left knee during the past two seasons, Bush (6-0, 203) is well aware he is developing a reputation for being brittle. Though his breakaway speed is unquestioned, he doesn’t have the tree-trunk thighs common among ballcarriers known for powering through tacklers for extra yards. “Obviously, nobody wants to be labeled as injury-prone,” Bush said. “I think it’s kind of unfair. ... I don’t think it’s about size or weight. It’s part of this game. Adrian Peterson missed his whole last year (of college football) because of his shoulder injury ... and now he looks like a complete horse. I’d never been injured until I got to the NFL.” Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin, listed as questionable because of a hamstring injury, is unlikely to play today vs. San Francisco. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Boldin would be a game-time decision. “I don’t want to do anything at this juncture to set it back ... You don’t want to risk getting injured and then being out four weeks,” Boldin said Friday. “That would be stupid. It’s a long season. It’s only Week 1. I’d rather sit out game one as opposed to sitting out four or five other games.” DE Richard Seymour ended his five-day protest and joined the Raiders on Saturday. Coach Tom Cable told his team after practice Saturday that Seymour would play Monday night vs. San Diego. In his first public comments since the deal, Seymour told the Boston Herald on Saturday that he was taken aback when Patriots coach Bill Belichick told him of the trade. “First of all, I was blindsided by this whole event,” Seymour told the Herald. “When you get blindsided, you should take a moment to gather your thoughts. I have a lot of personal issues more pressing than football.” Seymour has four children and is the guardian of a 15-year-old cousin, who had recently joined him in the Boston area. Seymour’s family will return to South Carolina during the season. Seymour said he talked with Raiders owner/G.M. Al Davis about a possible contract extension or a promise not to be designated the franchise player following the season but was given no guarantees. He is in the final year of a contract that pays him about $3.7 million this year. Had he not reported, he could have been suspended for the season and had his contract roll over to 2010. Meanwhile, filling Seymour’s shoes with the Patriots will be eight-year veteran Jarvis Green. He will start Monday night against Buffalo. Green, who has started 34 games and recorded 27 sacks for the Patriots, is now one of the longest tenured players on the team. “Nothing’s changed,” Green told the Boston Herald. “Just go in, fill in at right end, He was expected to be a part of Cleveland’s game plan against the Vikings, the NFL’s top defense against the run last season. The Browns could be thin at running back with Jerome Harrison (knee) also listed as questionable and Cedric Peerman (thigh) doubtful on Cleveland coach Eric Mangini’s injury report. The Steelers and coach Mike Tomlin, in his third season, are in negotiations on a contract extension, according to Yahoo! Sports, although the deal might not be finalized until after the season. Tomlin’s current contract is set to expire after the 2010 season. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis says only CB David Jones (foot) and RT Andre Smith (foot) will be unavailable for today’s game vs. Denver. WR Chris Henry (thigh) and OL Scott Kooistra (knee) practiced Friday and should be ready to go, according to the team’s website. Coach Tom Coughlin said rookie WR Hakeem Nicks will play an integral role today vs. the Redskins. Nicks had four downfield catches in preseason, including three touchdowns, and will rotate with Domenik Hixon, Steve Smith and Mario Manningham. Derek Hagan will play mostly on special teams, and Sinorice Moss and Ramses Barden could be inactive this week, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. Hixon reportedly will return punts today, but Coughlin refused to confirm that. Vikings players have named QB Brett Favre and LG Steve Hutchinson the offensive captains for this season, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. MLB E.J. Henderson and DT Kevin Williams will be the defensive captains. K Ryan Longwell plus one player chosen each week will be the special teams captains. Should Favre get hurt today, Tarvaris Jackson would get the call and not Sage Rosenfels, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Seahawks WR Deion Branch is unlikely to play today vs. St. Louis because of a hamstring injury sustained Monday. He didn’t practice thereafter. “I am comfortable with the depth because we have a healthy Nate Burleson, we’ve got T.J. Houshmandzadeh added to the mix,” coach Jim Mora told The News-Tribune. “We’ve got a Deon Butler who looks like through the preseason he has really matured and looks like we can count on him.” Lions rookie WR Derrick Williams, drafted to spark the special teams units, isn’t expected to play much, if at all, today at New Orleans, according to the Booth Newspapers. Williams failed to win either the punt returner or kickoff return jobs, and he’s running No. 4 on the wide receiver depth chart. Colts RE Dwight Freeney is looking forward to today’s matchup against Jaguars rookie LT Eugene Monroe. Not only will Monroe be taking on one of the league’s top pass rushers, but he will have the disadvantage of playing in Lucas Oil Stadium, where the crowd noise could prevent him from getting a quick drop off the snap. Rams OLB David Vobora, 23, is “Mr. Irrelevant” no more, set to make his first NFL start today at Seattle. Vobora, from Idaho, was the 252nd player chosen in the ’08 draft. The final pick annually earns the title “Mr. Irrelevant.” Vobora (6-1, 239) moved into the starting role when the Rams cut veteran Chris Draft, 33. Since the end of the ’08 season, the Rams have gone from the third-oldest team in the NFL to the third-youngest.

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Reggie Bush sat out the final three preseason games. and do those things I’ve done in the past. ... I’m just the next guy up.” Browns rookie running back James Davis sustained an unspecified head injury in a minor one-car accident and was briefly hospitalized Saturday. Davis, a sixth-round draft pick and Cleveland’s leading rusher during the exhibition season, is questionable—a 50 percent chance of playing—for today’s season opener against the Minnesota Vikings. The Browns said Davis got into the accident at 8 a.m. as he was driving to the team’s training facility in Berea, Ohio. He was held for observation at a hospital and then released. Davis averaged 7.8 yards on 24 carries in four preseason games. He had an 81-yard touchdown run in a win over Detroit.

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WASHINGTON AT N.Y. GIANTS Today, 4:15 p.m., FOX

Q&A with … Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth

Marquee backs likely to determine outcome
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‘I want to be like Reggie White’
In a recent interview with Sporting News Radio’s Tim Montemayor, Albert Haynesworth talked about the Sporting News top 100 player list, his idol, Reggie White, and the Redskins’ defense.

The NFC East is a tough neighborhood. Last season, every team in the division was .500 or better. But the Redskins faded in the second half of the year, finishing 8-8 after a 6-2 start. Have the Redskins closed the gap between themselves and their division rivals? We will get some insight today, when they visit the Giants in a season-opening NFC East battle. On paper, the Redskins look vastly improved. They added defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and rookie LB/DE Brian Orakpo to a unit that was already solid. “Our goal is to win the NFC East, so we can’t slip up on opening day,’’ Redskins running back Clinton Portis said. “We can start out by getting this win against the Giants and put them behind the eight ball and have them play catch-up instead of us playing catch-up.’’ Here are some keys to the Giants-Redskins matchup:

Umenyiora, the Giants’ star defensive end, is healthy again, which means the Giants could make life miserable for a suspect Redskins’ offensive line.

Haynesworth vs. Giants’ O-line. Haynesworth is considered the best defensive tackle in football. Tom Brady learned during preseason that Haynesworth can be hazardous to a quarterback’s health. The Giants’ offensive line prides itself on protecting Manning and opening holes for its runners. But doing that against Haynesworth and Co. will present a serious challenge.
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Do you feel any pressure related to the contract you signed this offseason? No, I don’t. From Day 1, after I signed that contract, that was a big question from the media and, honestly, no, none at all. I hold myself to such a high standard for my play that the contract doesn’t come close to it. Being No. 6 on the Sporting News top 100 players list is pretty lofty, I would think you’re pretty happy with that. Yeah I am, I mean it’s just numbers. I still have to go out there and play and show myself. I mean it’s nice, but you know you still have go to and do it.

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Albert Haynesworth is SN’s No. 6 NFL player. very disruptive. I went to UT (Tennessee) not knowing he went to UT. I never really wanted to emulate anyone because I wanted to write my own history book, but he’s the reason I picked it from the beginning in college back in ’99. Do you think you’ve reached that level of his play or at some point you’ll get there? How do you compare yourself to him? No, I’m not there, I still have a lot of work to do. He was a great player and definitely the best that played at that position, and I still have a long way to go. But I’m not going to quit until I get close to it.

As goes RB Clinton Portis, right, so goes QB Jason Campbell and the Redskins’ offense. Clinton Portis was the leading rusher in the league. You can’t let that happen (today).’’ When Jacobs topped the 100yard mark in 2009, the Giants were 4-0. The back who plays best Sunday is likely to be on the winning side. offseason the Redskins flirted unsuccessfully with Jay Cutler and Mark Sanchez. Coach Jim Zorn believes Campbell has become tougher and better. “I think with all the speculation with Mark Sanchez, the QB from Denver, the whole situation with us kind of fizzling at the end, I think all of that speculation put him in a mindset of wanting to improve,’’ Zorn said. “I think he put his nose to the grindstone and got after it.’’ Campbell and Zorn may both need better seasons to keep their jobs.

Brandon Jacobs vs. Portis. These elite running backs are barometers to their team’s performance. When Portis rushed for 100 yards or more last season, the Redskins were 5-1. “If you don’t stop him first and foremost, you are going to have a long day,’’ Giants middle linebacker Antonio Pierce said. “Last year when they were 6-2, they were running the ball.

Eli Manning vs. Jason Campbell. Both of these QBs are on the spot—for different reasons. The Giants showed Manning the money; now he needs to show them consistency. Consider this: In the final five games last season—including the playoff loss to the Eagles—Manning didn’t throw for as many as 200 yards. No wonder the Giants lost four of those five games. Campbell also slumped in December, and during the

Redskins offensive line vs. the Giants pass rush. Campbell was sacked four times against the Giants last November, and Osi Umenyiora did not even play.

The Redskins’ offense vs. Bill Sheridan’s defense. Sheridan is the Giants’ new defensive coordinator, and his preseason became a little more interesting when star right end Osi Umenyiora stormed out of a meeting and skipped practice for one day. Both have downplayed the incident. “It was so completely overinflated, it’s laughable,’’ Sheridan said. However, former coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, now the Rams’ head coach, set a high standard for the Giants’ defense. Sheridan has a tough act to follow. Meanwhile, the Redskins must prove they can move the ball more consistently than last season. Zorn’s reputation as an innovative offensive coach will be put to the test. “I feel more prepared,’’ Zorn said. “I’m pretty excited to be able to show what we can do.’’

I think Jeff Saturday wrote a great description of you in the magazine, and he hit it right on the head when he said that you’re a complete defender. Where are you at with your game right now? I’m OK. I mean I definitely can get better and learn some more things. I have a lot of room to improve. I’m not a complete player yet, and I want to be like Reggie White, the guy that wore No. 92 and a big reason why I wear No. 92.

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So you wear No. 92 in honor of Reggie White? Yeah. Going into college from high school, I never really watched NFL ball. But I kept hearing the name Reggie White and how he was a big guy and agile, very strong and

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Look at the division. Do you think you guys stack up to teams like the Giants? Yeah, I think so. We’ve got a good defense and can be great if we put everything together like we’re supposed to. I haven’t really watched their defense but I know they’re good. But I know if we put everything together the way we’re suppose to, we can be dominant.

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Two big guns are ready to go off
BY DENNIS DILLON ddillon@sportingnews.com

Favre: Vikings need to ‘build chemistry’
BY ALBERT BREER abreer@sportingnews.com

GREEN BAY—When it comes to NFL rivalries, Packers vs. Bears is the Big Kahuna. These teams have a history dating to 1921, when the Bears, then known as the Staleys, beat out such teams as the Buffalo All-Americans, Akron Pros and Dayton Triangles for the league title. Since then, the only two years the Bears and Packers haven’t met were 1922 and 1982, when a players strike shortened the regular season to nine games. What makes this rivalry so special? “I think just because of the sheer number of times they’ve played each other,” Packers outside linebacker Aaron Kampman said. The NFC North adversaries will square off for the 178th time— interestingly, they have met only once in the postseason—tonight in a season opener filled with several intriguing subplots. Cutler fever. You have to go back as far as Jim McMahon—or, possibly, Sid Luckman—to find a quarterback who has lit such a fire under Bears fans. Since being acquired from Denver in the blockbuster trade of the offseason, Jay Cutler has raised expectations to playoff proportions in Chicago. A Pro Bowl player last year who passed for 25 touchdowns and more than 4,500 yards, Cutler could put the bite back in the passing game if the Bears’ inexperienced wide receivers develop quickly.

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Aaron Kampman moved to linebacker. “I think he’s got an arm that’s pretty impressive,” Kampman said. “I saw him throw the ball 65 yards in the air off his back foot in the preseason against the Giants.”

The Packers’ defense. McCarthy blew it up after last season. He fired coordinator Bob Sanders and replaced him with Dom Capers, who has installed his signature 3-4 scheme. Several players have new roles, including Kampman, who was shifted to outside ’backer after playing end his first seven seasons in Green Bay. It will be interesting to see what problems the 3-4 pose for the Bears. “I think there’s a level of uncertainty that can be placed in the offensive players’ minds based on just the myriad looks,” Kampman said. “The ability to bring different packages and looks and blitz patterns presents itself in a more difficult-to-discern format for the offense.” The Bears’ pass rush. New line coach Rod Marinelli needs to get more pressure from his linemen, who accounted for only 22 1/2 sacks last season. Much of the unit’s success will depend on the health of tackle Tommie Harris. Special teams. One of the reasons the Bears have won seven of the last 10 meetings is because their special teams have outplayed the Packers’ unit. The Bears’ special teams have excelled under coordinator Dave Toub, finishing No. 1 in the league in 2006 and 2007. New Packers special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum, promoted from assistant special teams coach, needs to match Toub in their game within the game.

CLEVELAND—The must-wins start now for the Vikings. When Brett Favre and Co. open this afternoon in Cleveland, it will be the jumping-off point for a threegame stretch against three teams (Browns, Lions, 49ers) that have combined for precisely one non-losing season over the last six years. The bottom line is that Favre was brought in to put Minnesota over the top. And for that to happen, the Vikings need to get wins now before the schedule hardens in October as the club navigates through the much-improved NFC North. The soft early schedule presumably should allow Favre and the passing game to develop. The quarterback, after all, has been with the club for less than four weeks. “We just need to continue to build chemistry,” Favre said. “(That) to me is the most important thing. Everything else will kind of fall into line as we go along.” Ultimately, progress in that area will mean a lot come December and January. Here’s what means the most today: Brady ball. By now, everyone in the continental U.S. expects Brady Quinn to start for Cleveland. Facing the league’s best run defense (three years running, now), he’ll need to be sharp because he may have to make up for a lack of offensive balance. The good news is that he has a pretty solid assemblage of skill talent around him. “We’re not overly concerned with who is starting at quarterback, (we’re) more interested in what we have seen and being true to what we do,” Vikings coach Brad Childress said. “That said, there’s plenty to practice against with a guy like (Josh) Cribbs, a playmaker, both in the return game and as a receiver. You have a big target in Braylon Edwards and a big back in Jamal Lewis.” Spotlight matchup. It may not be the sexiest one, but it’s fascinating nonetheless. Browns Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas will square up against Vikings edge rusher

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Brett Favre and Minnesota must cash in on a soft early schedule. Jared Allen, who has 30 sacks over the past two years. Making the matchup even tougher for the Browns is the Pro Bowl inside duo of Kevin Williams and Pat Williams, which almost necessitates giving Thomas more responsibility in blocking Allen. “It’s tough,” Browns coach Eric Mangini said. “Jared Allen is an impact rusher. Great motor. Good in terms of speed and has the ability to transition from speed to power. And the rest of the group,

The other young gun. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been too shabby himself. One year after following in the legendary footsteps of Brett Favre, Rodgers is poised to have a big season. Exhibition games don’t count, but Rodgers put up some big numbers and displayed both rhythm and timing. “That’s where I think Aaron is at a high level right now,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “Regardless of who you are playing against or how long you are playing against 1’s and 2’s, you still have to out and play, and he’s in sync right now.”

Where’s Percy? Rookie Percy Harvin will be a major weapon for Minnesota in keeping defenses honest against Adrian Peterson. Harvin has experience as a running back, receiver and option quarterback—and he can score from almost anywhere. The really tough part for Cleveland, without any regular-season film to watch on Harvin is trying to figure out what Minnesota will do with him. Whatever that might be, Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan seems determined to prevent what then-Broncos rookie Eddie Royal did (9 catches, 146 yards, 1 TD) to he and the Raiders in last year’s opener. “You have to think ahead of the game,” Ryan said. “With Harvin, I’m not going to be Eddie Royal-ed like I was last year, having the guy catch 10 balls on us and then figuring out who the hell he is.”

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Everything you need to know to talk trash at the water cooler:

Game of the week
Bears at Packers (-4). Welcome to the Jay Cutler-Aaron Rodgers chapter of this great NFL rivalry. Both quarterbacks should be pumped to put on an air show in prime time, and it will come down to which team can get a big defensive play late. Green Bay has better ballhawks in its secondary behind its new 3-4 front.

against Matthew Stafford in his first NFL start.

Shootout of the week
(over the over/under)

Broncos at Bengals (42½ o/u)
Carson Palmer is expected to be healthy for the opener, just in time to work over Denver’s defense with plenty of running support from Cedric Benson. On the other side, the home team will have its hands full trying to slow down both Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal in the Broncos’ passing attack.

run the ball on Houston and their defense can force some turnovers against a potent yet inconsistent Texans offense. New coach Rex Ryan has a good effect on New York’s players all offseason, and it will show up in Week 1.

Vinnie Iyer (1-0)

Dennis Dillon (1-0)

Steve Greenberg (1-0)

Russ Lande (1-0)

Clifton Brown (1-0)

Albert Breer (1-0)

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1. Saints over Lions 2. Ravens over Chiefs 3. Chargers over Raiders 4. Patriots over Bills 5. Vikings over Browns 6. Cowboys over Bucs 7. Colts over Jaguars 8. Falcons over Dolphins

Trap of the week
Redskins at Giants (-6 ½)
In general, it’s a good idea to stay away from these tough matchups in the ultra competitive NFC East. With two of the league’s top defensive lines going at it, there will be little breathing room for most of the game with Albert Haynesworth and Osi Umenyiora wreaking havoc. The hosts should win, but it might not be pretty or by much. — Vinnie Iyer

Lock of the week
(survival pool pick and vs. the spread)

Saints (-13½) over Lions If you plan to use New Orleans anytime in your survival pool, this is the week. Drew Brees & Co. should move the ball at will on the lowly Leos defense at Ford Field. For good measure, the Saints’ revamped D will provide the exclamation point

Upset special
(straight up and vs. the spread)

Jets over Texans (-4 ½)
This is a pretty good matchup for rookie Mark Sanchez, because the Jets will be able to

The spread
OVER/UNDER CLOSING LINES At Atlanta (-4)..............................43½..............Miami.....................Dolphins have covered in 6 of past 7 road games. At Baltimore (-13) .......................36 .................Kansas City.............Ravens have covered in 4 of past 5 home games. Philadelphia (-2½) ......................43 ½ .............at Carolina..............Eagles have covered in 6 of past 8 games. At Cincinnati (-4 ).........................42½..............Denver....................Broncos have covered only once in past 6 games. Minnesota (-4).............................40 .................at Cleveland ...........Browns have covered only once in past 5 home games. At Houston (-4 ½)........................44 .................New York Jets.........Texans have covered in 6 of past 7 games. At Indianapolis (-7) .....................44½..............Jacksonville............Jaguars have covered only once in past 7 games. At New Orleans (-13½) ...............49 .................Detroit....................Saints have covered in 4 of past 5 home games. Dallas (-5½) .................................39 .................at Tampa Bay .........Bucs have covered only twice in past 7 games vs. Cowboys At Arizona (-6½)..........................46½..............San Francisco .........Cardinals have covered in 5 consecutive games. At New York Giants (-6 ½)...........37 ½ .............Washington ...........Redskins have covered only once in past 6 games vs. Giants. Seattle (-8)...................................41 .................St. Louis..................Seahawks have covered in 4 of past 5 games vs. Rams. At Green Bay (-4) .........................46 .................Chicago ..................Bears have covered in only 6 of past 17 games vs. Packers. At New England (-11) .................47 ½ .............Buffalo ...................Bills have covered in only 3 of past 10 games. San Diego (-9½) ..........................43 .................at Oakland .............Raiders have covered only once in past 12 games vs. Chargers.

Week 1 schedule
Today Miami at Atlanta, 1 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Houston, 1 p.m. Detroit at New Orleans, 1 p.m. Denver at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Kansas City at Baltimore, 1 p.m. Dallas at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Minnesota at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Philadelphia at Carolina, 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. St. Louis at Seattle, 4:15 p.m. Washington at N.Y. Giants, 4:15 p.m. San Francisco at Arizona, 4:15 p.m. Chicago at Green Bay, 8:20 p.m. Monday Buffalo at New England, 7 p.m. San Diego at Oakland, 10:15 p.m.

9. Seahawks over Rams 10. Packers over Bears 11. Giants over Redskins 12. Bengals over Broncos 13. Cardinals over 49ers 14. Eagles over Panthers 15. Texans over Jets

— Vinnie Iyer

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TODAY DALLAS COWBOYS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS—COWBOYS: OUT: CB Michael Hamlin (wrist), LB Curtis Johnson (hamstring), LB Jason Williams (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: QB Stephen McGee (knee). BUCCANEERS: OUT: CB E.J. Biggers (shoulder). DOUBTFUL: TE John Gilmore (ankle), LB Adam Hayward (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: DE Kyle Moore (groin). PROBABLE: WR Antonio Bryant (knee), WR Michael Clayton (hamstring), DT Ryan Sims (not injury related). DENVER BRONCOS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS—BRONCOS: OUT: S Josh Barrett (shoulder), DT Le Kevin Smith (knee). QUESTIONABLE: WR Jabar Gaffney (finger), G Chris Kuper (ankle), RB Knowshon Moreno (knee), QB Kyle Orton (right finger), QB Chris Simms (ankle). PROBABLE: S Brian Dakins (hand). BENGALS: OUT: CB David Jones (foot), T Andre Smith (foot). QUESTIONABLE: G Scott Kooistra (knee). PROBABLE: WR Chris Henry (thigh), QB Carson Palmer (ankle), S Roy Williams (thigh). DETROIT LIONS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS— LIONS: DOUBTFUL: QB Drew Stanton (knee). QUESTIONABLE: CB Phillip Buchanon (neck), WR Yamon Figurs (finger), G Stephen Peterman (ankle). PROBABLE: K Jason Hanson (right knee), DE Jason Hunter (ribs), DT Grady Jackson (knee), WR Dennis Northcutt (hand). SAINTS: OUT: T Jammal Brown (hernia), TE Darnell Dinkins (foot), RB Pierre Thomas (knee). PROBABLE: TE Jeremy Shockey (ankle), S Usama Young (shoulder). JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS— JAGUARS: OUT: TE Zach Miller (knee). PROBABLE: DT Derek Landri (knee), T Tra Thomas (back). COLTS: OUT: S Bob Sanders (knee), TE Tom Santi (ankle), CB Jamie Silva (abdomen). QUESTIONABLE: DT Fili Moala (knee). KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS—CHIEFS: QUESTIONABLE: QB Matt Cassel (knee), WR Terrance Copper (hamstring), CB Brandon Flowers (shoulder). RAVENS: DOUBTFUL: TE L.J. Smith (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: LB Dannell Ellerbe (knee). PROBABLE: LB Brendon Ayanbadejo (foot), DE Haloti Ngata (knee). MIAMI DOLPHINS AT ATLANTA FALCONS—DOLPHINS: PROBABLE: CB Vontae Davis (knee). FALCONS: OUT: S William Moore (hamstring). PROBABLE: DE John Abraham (knee), DE Chauncey Davis (foot), LB Tony Gilbert (hamstring), C Todd McClure (calf), RB Jerious Norwood (knee), LS Mike Schneck (knee). MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS— VIKINGS: OUT: LB Erin Henderson (calf). QUESTIONABLE: WR Bernard Berrian (hamstring). PROBABLE: TE Jim Kleinsasser (hand). BROWNS: OUT: G Rex Hadnot (knee). DOUBTFUL: RB Cedric Peerman (thigh). QUESTIONABLE: LB David Bowens (knee), RB Jerome Harrison (knee), DT Shaun Rogers (foot), CB Eric Wright (knee). PROBABLE: LB Alex Hall (shoulder), TE Steve Heiden (knee). NEW YORK JETS AT HOUSTON TEXANS—JETS: QUESTIONABLE: DE Mike Devito (hamstring). PROBABLE: QB Kellen Clemens (right elbow), RB Shonn Greene (ribs), TE Dustin Keller (toe), LB Bryan Thomas (ankle), WR Wallace Wright (knee). TEXANS: OUT: CB Jacques Reeves (fibula), CB Eugene Wilson (knee). QUESTIONABLE: DT Deljuan Robinson (calf), WR Kevin Walter (hamstring). PROBABLE: QB Matt Schaub (ankle). PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT CAROLINA PANTHERS—EAGLES: OUT: T Shawn Andrews (back), G Todd Herremans (foot), LB Joe Mays (shoulder). PROBABLE: C Nick Cole (knee), WR Kevin Curtis (knee), T King Dunlap (elbow), LB Moise Fokou (shoulder), DE Darren Howard (groin), T Winston Justice (shoulder), CB Dimitri Patterson (ankle), DT Mike Patterson (ankle), RB Leonard Weaver (knee), RB Brian Westbrook (knee), LB Tracy White (rib). PANTHERS: QUESTIONABLE: S Chris Harris (knee), CB Sherrod Martin (knee). SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS—49ERS: OUT: LB Ahmad Brooks (knee), WR Brandon Jones (shoulder). CARDINALS: QUESTIONABLE: WR Anquan Boldin (hamstring), WR Early Doucet (ribs), QB Brian St. Pierre (back). PROBABLE: WR Steve Breaston (knee), WR Sean Morey (ribs), S Matt Ware (shoulder). ST. LOUIS RAMS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS— RAMS: OUT: S Craig Dahl (hamstring), T John Greco (wrist). QUESTIONABLE: LB Larry Grant (knee). PROBABLE: QB Marc Bulger (right finger). SEAHAWKS: OUT: T Walter Jones (knee), C Chris Spencer (quadricep). DOUBTFUL: CB Travis Fisher (hamstring), DE Derek Walker (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: WR Deion Branch (hamstring), S C.J. Wallace (rib). WASHINGTON REDSKINS AT NEW YORK GIANTS— REDSKINS: PROBABLE: CB Carlos Rogers (calf), T Mike Williams (ankle). GIANTS: OUT: CB Aaron Ross (hamstring). DOUBTFUL: T Adam Koets (ankle), LB Clint Sintim (groin). QUESTIONABLE: CB Kevin Dockery (hamstring). CHICAGO BEARS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS— BEARS: QUESTIONABLE: WR Devin Aromashodu (quadricep), CB Charles Tillman (back). PROBABLE: DT Israel Idonije (hamstring). PACKERS: DOUBTFUL: RB Brandon Jackson (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: CB Will Blackmon (quadricep), DT B.J. Raji (ankle). PROBABLE: QB Matt Flynn (right shoulder), S Aaron Rouse (hamstring). MONDAY BUFFALO BILLS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS—BILLS: DNP: TE Derek Fine (hamstring), CB Drayton Florence (knee). LIMITED: DT Spencer Johnson (thigh). PATRIOTS: DNP: DT Myron Pryor (calf), WR Matt Slater (elbow). LIMITED: C Dan Connolly (back), WR Julian Edelman (ankle), RB Sammy Morris (finger), CB Shawn Springs (knee), WR Wes Welker (knee), CB Terrence Wheatley (knee). FULL: QB Tom Brady (right shoulder), S Bret Lockett (chest), TE Benjamin Watson (hamstring). SAN DIEGO CHARGERS AT OAKLAND RAIDERS CHARGERS: No report. RAIDERS: OUT:WR Chaz Schilens (foot).

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Standings
AFC
East Buffalo Miami New England N.Y. Jets South Houston Indianapolis Jacksonville Tennessee North Pittsburgh Baltimore Cincinnati Cleveland West Denver Kansas City Oakland San Diego W 0 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 0 W 1 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 1 L 0 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 0 T 0 0 0 0 T 0 0 0 0 T 0 0 0 0 T 0 0 0 0 Pct .000 .000 .000 .000 Pct .000 .000 .000 .000 Pct 1.000 .000 .000 .000 Pct .000 .000 .000 .000 PF 0 0 0 0 PF 0 0 0 10 PF 13 0 0 0 PF 0 0 0 0 PA Home Away 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 AFC 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 AFC 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 AFC 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 AFC 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 NFC 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 NFC 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 NFC 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 NFC 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 Div 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 Div 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 Div 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 Div 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0

PA Home Away 0 0 0 13 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-1-0

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Texans LB Brian Cushing, left, and Jets QB Mark Sanchez played and roomed together at USC. HOUSTON—In the last few years Mark Sanchez and Brian Cushing have been friends, teammates and even roommates. Today, they’ll become something new: opponents. The former Southern California standouts and first-round draft picks will make their NFL debuts against each other when the New York Jets face the Houston Texans in the season opener today. When Sanchez takes the field against Houston, the fifth overall pick will become the first rookie to start at quarterback for the Jets since 1977. Cushing, chosen 15th, is expected to start at strongside linebacker for the Texans despite missing all four preseason games with a knee sprain. Both are looking forward to the meeting. “I think it’s special,” Cushing said. “It’s pretty cool. How many guys can say they’re playing against their quarterback, their roommate, in the first game of their NFL career?” Coach Gary Kubiak has said Cushing probably can’t play the entire game after no preseason game work. Sanchez is certain his friend will be back to his old self when he’s out there. “I expect him to play full speed because he always does,” Sanchez said. “He never takes downs off, so I don’t expect him to take a down off. I expect maybe a little smack talk.” Cushing faced Sanchez for years in practice with the Trojans, but today will be the first time he’ll be allowed to hit the quarterback. “I’ll be excited,” Cushing said. “I’m just hoping that I get it. That’s all I’m concentrating on.” First-year Jets coach Rex Ryan will make his head coaching debut today. — The Associated Press

PA Home Away 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0

NFC
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PA Home Away 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0

PA Home Away 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0

Betting lines
FAVORITE OPEN TODAY O/U UNDERDOG

Today at Atlanta ..........................4 .............4. . . . .(43½) . . . . . . . . .Miami at Baltimore ..................8½ ...........13. . . . . .  (36) . . . . Kansas City Philadelphia..................+1 ......... 2½. . . . .(43½) . . . . .at Carolina at Cincinnati ......................1 .............4. . . . .(42½) . . . . . . . . Denver Minnesota.....................2½ .............4. . . . . .  (40) . . . at Cleveland at Houston ........................4 ......... 4½. . . . . .  (44) . . . . . . . N.Y. Jets at Indianapolis ..............7½ .............7. . . . .(44½) . . . .Jacksonville at New Orleans .............. 12 .......13½. . . . . .  (49) . . . . . . . . Detroit Dallas.................................3 ......... 5½. . . . . .  (39) . . at Tampa Bay at Arizona......................6½ ......... 6½. . . . . .  (46) . . San Francisco at N.Y. Giants.....................6 ......... 6½. . . . .(37½) . . . Washington at Seattle...........................7 .............8. . . . . .  (41) . . . . . . . St. Louis at Green Bay......................3 .............4. . . . . .  (46) . . . . . . . Chicago Monday at New England ............. 10 ...........11. . . . .(47½) . . . . . . . .Buffalo San Diego..........................7 ......... 9½. . . . . .  (43) . . . . .at Oakland

PA Home Away 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0

Schedule
Sept. 10

Pittsburgh 13, Tennessee 10, OT
Today’s games

Miami at Atlanta, 1 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Houston, 1 p.m. Detroit at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

Denver at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Kansas City at Baltimore, 1 p.m. Dallas at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Minnesota at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Philadelphia at Carolina, 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. St. Louis at Seattle, 4:15 p.m.

Washington at N.Y. Giants, 4:15 p.m. San Francisco at Arizona, 4:15 p.m. Chicago at Green Bay, 8:20 p.m.
Monday’s games

Buffalo at New England, 7 p.m. San Diego at Oakland, 10:15 p.m.

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THE LAUNCHING PAD
What to expect in the major leagues today

Dice-K set to return to Red Sox’s rotation Tuesday
According to The Boston Globe, Red Sox P Daisuke Matsuzaka will start Tuesday in the first game of a key three-game series against the Angels. Because of shoulder problems, DiceK hasn’t started for Boston since June 19, when he was slammed for six earned runs in four innings. In eight starts this season, he is 1-5 with an 8.23 ERA. In his most recent rehab start, Dice-K threw 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball with seven strikeouts at Class A. In other rotation news, the newspaper reported P Paul Byrd’s next start could come Wednesday, unless he is needed in relief during today’s doubleheader. The New York Times reported the commissioner’s office has decided not to discipline Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez. At question was whether Rodriguez lied to MLB officials about his use of performance-enhancing drugs during an investigation in March. A-Rod admitted to using PEDs from 200103, but speculation soon arose that he used several different steroids and possibly human growth hormone after 2003. Rangers OF Josh Hamilton received a third injection in his ailing lower back Friday, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. An examination confirmed that Hamilton is suffering from a pinched nerve. General manager Jon Daniels admitted there is a chance that Hamilton won’t return by the end of the regular season and said the bestcase scenario has Hamilton rejoining the lineup next weekend. Hamilton, who has been slowed by (oblique) told The Philadelphia Inquirer that he expects to make his next scheduled start. However, manager Charlie Manuel was less optimistic. Said Manuel: “It sounds like he’s going to miss another start, but we’re not sure. I’ve had the kind of injury Happ has—I’ve had it a couple of times—it can be painful. If you tear it any more, that can take a long, long time.” Rockies P Aaron Cook (shoulder) could return to the rotation as soon as Friday, according to The Denver Post. Cook hasn’t started since August 21. However, the newspaper reported P Jose Contreras (quad) is sidelined indefinitely.
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Getting even wilder
Both A.L. wild-card contenders had rainouts Friday night, so the Red Sox and Rangers both will play doubleheaders at home today. Because of a potential two-game swing in either direction, the wild-card standings could look a lot different by Monday morning. Against Tampa Bay, Boston will start a pair of red-hot starters in Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester (who was in a bases-loaded jam when Friday’s game was postponed in the first inning). Texas will go with rookie starters Derek Holland and Tommy Hunter in its doubleheader against Seattle.

Bad news for the offenses
The Braves-Cardinals series finale this afternoon could produce a repeat of the 1-0 score from Friday night’s opener. For St. Louis, righthander Chris Carpenter will look to lower his major league-leading 2.16 ERA and win his 12th consecutive decision. The Braves will counter with righthander Javier Vazquez, who ranks among the major league leaders in strikeouts (208) and ERA (3.06). Carpenter, who is coming off a complete-game shutout in which he struck out 10 Brewers, hasn’t faced Atlanta this season. Vazquez, who fanned nine Astros in seven scoreless innings in his most recent start, was roughed up (five earned runs in eight innings) by St. Louis earlier this season.

Southpaw showdown
White Sox lefthander Mark Buehrle did something in his most recent outing that he hadn’t done since his perfect game on July 23: He won. Before he beat the Red Sox on Sept. 7, he had gone a hardly perfect 0-4 with a 5.44 ERA. This afternoon, Buehrle will be opposed by Angels lefthander Scott Kazmir, who has been impressive since his trade from the Rays. In two starts for Los Angeles, Kazmir is 0-1 despite a 1.35 ERA. However, he is 0-2 with a 9.90 ERA in two starts against Chicago this season.

Daisuke Matsuzaka hasn’t started in the majors since June 19. injuries this season, hasn’t played since September 2. In other Rangers news, SS Michael Young (hamstring) took batting practice Friday for the first time since suffering his injury. Although Young is improving, there is no target date for his return. According to the San Jose Mercury News, Giants P Tim Lincecum (back) likely will start the series opener against the wild card-leading Rockies on Monday. Lincecum, who was scratched from his most recent start, told the newspaper that he feels “as close to normal as I can.” Dodgers P Clayton Kershaw was scratched from a recent start because of what was diagnosed as a bruised non-throwing shoulder. He suffered the injury after crashing into the outfield wall while shagging fly balls. However, things are a bit more serious than initially thought. The Los Angeles Times reported Kershaw’s shoulder is separated. He could return to the Dodgers’ rotation late this week, but the newspaper noted the Dodgers are concerned Kershaw might alter his mechanics because of the injury and risk injuring his throwing arm. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Cardinals P John Smoltz (shoulder tendinitis) will miss his scheduled start Monday. Smoltz, who is 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA in four starts since signing with St. Louis, is expected to miss only one start. After missing a second start Saturday, Phillies P J.A. Happ

According to the Chicago Tribune, White Sox P Jake Peavy (elbow/ ankle) will throw a bullpen session designed like a simulated game today. If there are no problems, Peavy could start next weekend against Kansas City. Acquired by Chicago on July 31, Peavy hasn’t pitched since June 8 with San Diego. Cubs manager Lou Piniella told the Chicago Tribune that he won’t use OF Alfonso Soriano in the leadoff spot next season. Piniella mentioned OF Kosuke Fukudome and SS Ryan Theriot as leadoff options, and said that an offseason acquisition also could serve in that role. Soriano, whose leadoff qualifications have been questioned in recent seasons by fans and media, hit .228 with a .295 on-base percentage from the leadoff spot this season. He is expected to miss the remainder of the season because of a knee injury.

— Chris Bahr

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Chris Carpenter has gone 9-0 with a 1.84 ERA since the All-Star break.

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Batting Average Home Runs
A.L. N.L.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2009

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Away 42-30 34-37 29-43 27-41 24-46 Away 30-42 31-40 31-40 30-40 26-42 Away 42-29 35-35 34-39 30-41

Fantasy Focus
Pitcher rankings

LEAGUE LEADERS
A.L. N.L.

American League standings
Team St. Louis Arizona Milwaukee Philadelphia Washington San Diego Philadelphia East New York Boston Tampa Bay Toronto Baltimore Central Detroit Chicago Minnesota Cleveland Kansas City West Los Angeles Texas Seattle Oakland 53 42 32 28 27 26 25 W 91 82 72 65 58 W 75 71 70 61 56 W 85 79 73 64 L 52 58 69 77 83 L 66 72 72 80 86 L 56 61 69 77 Pct GB WCGB .636 — — .586 7½ — .511 18 10½ .458 25½ 18 .411 32 24½ L10 6-4 6-4 1-9 6-4 4-6 Str L-2 W-3 L-9 W-3 W-2 Str L-5 W-1 L-3 W-1 L-1 Str L-1 L-1 W-1 W-2 Home 49-22 48-21 43-26 38-36 34-37 Home 45-24 40-32 39-32 31-40 30-44 Home 43-27 44-26 39-30 34-36

Player Mauer ISuzuki MiCabrera Bartlett Jeter MYoung Youkilis
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Team Minnesota Seattle Detroit Tampa Bay New York Texas Boston

.363 .355 .333 .331 .330 .322 .316

Player HaRamirez Pujols Helton Sandoval DWright Braun LCastillo

Team Florida St. Louis Colorado San Francisco New York Milwaukee New York

.358 .327 .323 .322 .318 .311 .310

Player CPena Teixeira AHill Bay Branyan NCruz 3 tied at

Team Tampa Bay New York Toronto Boston Seattle Texas

39 35 32 31 31 31 30

Player Pujols Reynolds Fielder Howard ADunn AdGonzalez Werth

47 41 38 38 37 37 33

Pct GB WCGB L10 .532 — — 5-5 .497 5 12½ 7-3 .493 5½ 13 3-7 .433 14 21½ 3-7 .394 19½ 27 5-5 Pct GB WCGB .603 — — .564 5½ 3 .514 12½ 10 .454 21 18½ L10 7-3 7-3 5-5 6-4

With back-to-back, nine-inning efforts and just one earned run allowed in his past 27 innings, John Lackey, above, is flying up our rankings.

Runs
A.L. N.L. A.L.

Stolen Bases
N.L.

Risers ▲ SP John Lackey, Angels. Lackey’s hot
streak will be put to the test with two tough matchups (at Red Sox, at Rangers) in the coming week. ▲ SP Robinson Tejeda, Royals. Tejeda will get two chances (at Tigers, at White Sox) to extend his 19 1/3 scoreless innings streak. ▲ RP Franklin Morales, Rockies. With Huston Street hurting, Morales has rewarded his owners with plenty of saves.

Player Figgins Damon BRoberts Jeter Pedroia Scutaro Cano

Team Los Angeles New York Baltimore New York Boston Toronto New York

106 100 100 98 98 98 93

Player Pujols Braun Utley Zimmerman Victorino HaRamirez 2 tied at

Team St. Louis Milwaukee Philadelphia Washington Philadelphia Florida

117 101 99 98 93 91 89

Player Ellsbury Crawford Figgins BUpton RDavis BRoberts 2 tied at

Team Boston Tampa Bay Los Angeles Tampa Bay Oakland Baltimore

61 56 40 37 36 29 28

Player Bourn Morgan Kemp Rollins Fowler Pierre Taveras

Team Houston Washington Los Angeles Philadelphia Colorado Los Angeles Cincinnati

National League standings
East Philadelphia Florida Atlanta New York Washington Central St. Louis Chicago Houston Milwaukee Cincinnati Pittsburgh W 80 76 74 63 49 W 84 72 70 68 64 54 L 60 66 68 79 93 L 59 68 72 73 78 86 L 58 61 66 79 81 Pct .571 .535 .521 .444 .345 Pct .587 .514 .493 .482 .451 .386 Pct .594 .573 .535 .448 .434 GB WCGB L10 — — 4-6 5 5½ 8-2 7 7½ 4-6 18 18½ 4-6 32 32½ 3-7 GB — 10½ 13½ 15 19½ 28½ WCGB — 8½ 11½ 13 17½ 26½ L10 6-4 6-4 7-3 4-6 5-5 1-9 Str L-1 W-1 W-3 W-1 L-1 Str L-2 L-1 W-2 W-2 W-1 L-5 Str W-2 L-1 L-4 W-1 L-2 Home 37-32 40-34 35-33 36-36 29-43 Home 43-28 41-28 42-32 34-37 31-37 36-34 Home 43-29 45-27 45-25 37-35 32-39 Away 43-28 36-32 39-35 27-43 20-50 Away 41-31 31-40 28-40 34-36 33-41 18-52 Away 42-29 37-34 31-41 27-44 30-42

RBIs
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Pitching
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▼ Fallers

Player Teixeira Longoria Bay Morneau CPena KMorales Lind

Team New York Tampa Bay Boston Minnesota Tampa Bay Los Angeles Toronto

107 103 100 100 100 98 97

Player Fielder Pujols Howard Braun ADunn HaRamirez DLee

Team Milwaukee St. Louis Philadelphia Milwaukee Washington Florida Chicago

125 124 117 99 99 99 96

Player Feldman Sabathia Verlander JerWeaver Beckett FHernandez Halladay

Team Texas New York Detroit Los Angeles Boston Seattle Toronto

16-4 16-7 16-8 15-5 15-6 14-5 14-9

Player Wainwright CCarpenter Marquis JoJohnson De La Rosa DLowe Pineiro

Team St. Louis St. Louis Colorado Florida Colorado Atlanta St. Louis

18-7 16-3 15-10 14-4 14-9 14-9 14-10

West W Los Angeles 85 Colorado 82 San Francisco 76 San Diego 64 Arizona 62 z-first game was a win

GB WCGB L10 — — 6-4 3 — 8-2 8½ 5½ 4-6 21 18 7-3 23 20 2-8

SP Max Scherzer, Dimaondbacks. Scherzer continues to battle inconsistency, and he has only a couple of starts left before Arizona shuts him down. ▼ RP Rafael Soriano, Braves. Soriano has struggled the past couple of weeks, and Mike Gonzalez is a capable replacement. ▼ RP Brad Lidge, Phillies. He might get his closer job back in the postseason, but that won’t help fantasy owners. — Matt Lutovsky

Hits
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Strikeouts
N.L.

Pitching matchups Today’s games (All times Eastern)
Team San Francisco Atlanta Arizona Milwaukee St. Louis Colorado American League Tampa Bay (Garza 7-9) at Boston (Buchholz 5-3), 12:05 p.m., 1st Baltimore (Guthrie 10-13) at N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 16-7), 1:05 p.m. Kansas City (Davies 7-9) at Cleveland (C.Carrasco 0-1), 1:05 p.m. Toronto (R.Romero 12-7) at Detroit (Porcello 12-8), 1:05 p.m. Seattle (Fister 2-1) at Texas (Holland 7-10), 1:35 p.m., 1st Oakland (G.Gonzalez 5-5) at Minnesota (Duensing 2-1), 2:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Buehrle 12-7) at L.A. Angels (Kazmir 8-8), 3:35 p.m. Seattle (F.Hernandez 14-5) at Texas (Tom.Hunter 7-3), 5:05 p.m., 2nd Tampa Bay (J.Shields 9-10) at Boston (Lester 12-7), 5:05 p.m., 2nd National League N.Y. Mets (Maine 5-4) at Philadelphia (K.Kendrick 0-1), 1:05 p.m., 1st Washington (Lannan 8-11) at Florida (Volstad 9-11), 1:10 p.m. Pittsburgh (Maholm 7-8) at Houston (F.Paulino 2-8), 2:05 p.m. Atlanta (J.Vazquez 12-9) at St. Louis (C.Carpenter 16-3), 2:15 p.m. Cincinnati (H.Bailey 5-4) at Chicago Cubs (Lilly 11-8), 2:20 p.m. Colorado (Marquis 15-10) at San Diego (Cl.Richard 4-2), 4:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Billingsley 12-9) at San Francisco (Penny 2-0), 4:05 p.m. Milwaukee (M.Parra 10-10) at Arizona (Scherzer 9-9), 4:10 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Redding 2-5) at Philadelphia (Martinez 4-0), 8:05 p.m., 2nd The Line at Bos -150 TB +140 at Cle -105 KC -105 at Det -160 Tor +150 at NY -300 Bal +250 at Tex -175 Sea +165 at Min -175 Oak +165 at LA -155 Chi +145 Sea -135 at Tex +125 at Bos -190 TB +180 The Line at Phi -170 NY +160 at Fla -155 Was +145 at Hou -150 Pit +140 at StL -160 Atl +150 at Chi -220 Cin +200 Col -130 at SD +120 LA -120 at SF +110 at Ari -145 Mil +135 at Phi -230 NY +210

Player ISuzuki Jeter Cano MiCabrera AHill Markakis MYoung

Team Seattle New York New York Detroit Toronto Baltimore Texas

198 189 180 175 173 173 168

Player HaRamirez Braun Tejada FLopez Victorino 3 tied at

Team Florida Milwaukee Houston Milwaukee Philadelphia

182 170 168 164 164 163

Player Verlander Greinke Lester FHernandez Halladay Beckett Sabathia

Team Detroit Kansas City Boston Seattle Toronto Boston New York

230 216 204 188 183 180 177

Player Lincecum JVazquez Haren Gallardo Wainwright De La Rosa 2 tied at

233 208 197 192 175 170 168

Doubles
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Saves
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Player BRoberts Lind Butler Longoria Markakis Pedroia Cano

Team Baltimore Toronto Kansas City Tampa Bay Baltimore Boston New York

51 46 45 42 42 42 41

Player Sandoval Tejada Ethier Hawpe 3 tied at

Team San Francisco Houston Los Angeles Colorado

40 40 39 39 37

Player Fuentes MaRivera Nathan Papelbon Aardsma Rodney Jenks

Team Los Angeles New York Minnesota Boston Seattle Detroit Chicago

40 39 38 35 34 32 28.

Player HBell Franklin Cordero BrWilson Broxton Street 2 tied at

Team San Diego St. Louis Cincinnati San Francisco Los Angeles Colorado

37 37 34 34 34 33 31

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AMERICAN LEAGUE Seattle 8, Texas 3

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Boston 9, Tampa Bay 1, 6 innings

Beckett, Gonzalez makes most of rain delay
BOSTON—Josh Beckett watched college football during a rain delay of more than 2 hours. Then he put on a show that Red Sox fans hadn’t seen in a month. Boston’s ace got his first victory since Aug. 12, allowing one run on four hits, and Alex Gonzalez led an eight-run third inning as the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-1 in a game called by rain in the top of the sixth Saturday night. “There was a different football game on every TV that you walked by so we stayed pretty busy,” before the game began 2 hours, 5 minutes late, Beckett said. “I’ve been through these situations enough to where I know that I can’t expend a lot of energy worrying about when the game is going to start.” It was another encouraging sign for Beckett (15-6) after a four-game stretch in which he allowed 24 earned runs and 12 homers in 24 1/3 innings. His comeback began last Monday when he gave up three runs in seven innings in a 3-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox in which he retired his last 10 batters. “Hopefully, that will bring his confidence up for his next start,” said Kevin Youkilis, who singled in a run in the third and hit his 25th homer of the year, a solo shot, in the fourth. Beckett allowed just one single through four innings and two more in the fifth. The Rays’ final hit was a double by Evan Longoria leading off the sixth, the last batter before the field was covered during a pouring rain. After a 55-minute delay, the game was called at 11:54 p.m. Boston increased its A.L. wild-card lead to 3 games over Texas, which lost to Seattle. Tampa Bay’s losing streak reached nine games.

Ichiro nears 200-hit milestone
ARLINGTON, TEXAS—Ichiro Suzuki showed Saturday night that the pressure of chasing another milestone may not be bothering him much after all. Suzuki had two hits to move within two of a record ninthstraight 200-hit season, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 8-3 in a game called by rain with three outs remaining. The Japanese star, who set the single-season hit mark with 262 in 2004, was mired in a 1-for-17 slump since getting his 2,000th career hit last Sunday. Suzuki broke out of the funk by doubling in the first and homering in the third before going hitless in his last three atbats. He shares the record with Willie Keeler, who had eight consecutive 200-hit seasons from 1984-1901. “Ichiro was unbelievable,” Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said. “We talked about him feeling anxiety, but he didn’t look like it tonight.” Ken Griffey Jr., Franklin Gutierrez and Jack Hannahan each had two RBIs, and Brandon Morrow (1-4) pitched five innings to win for the first time since Sept. 26, 2008. Julio Borbon homered and drove in three runs for the Rangers, who slipped three games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League wild-card race. — The Associated Press
Mariners 8, Rangers 3 Seattle AB R H I.Suzuki rf 5 2 2 F.Gutierrez cf 6 0 1 Jo.Lopez 2b 3 2 1 Griffey Jr. dh 4 1 3 Beltre 3b 5 1 2 Hall lf 5 0 1 Hannahan 1b 4 1 2 Ja.Wilson ss 5 1 2 Ro.Johnson c 4 0 1 Totals 41 8 15 Texas Borbon dh Andrus ss Kinsler 2b M.Byrd cf N.Cruz rf Dav.Murphy lf I.Rodriguez c C.Davis 1b German 3b Totals Seattle Texas AB 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 2 3 30 R 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 H 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 6 BI 1 2 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 8 BI 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 BB 1 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 6 BB 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 SO 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 6 SO 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 5 Avg. .355 .279 .271 .221 .261 .254 .217 .216 .220 Avg. .316 .277 .258 .289 .269 .267 .268 .217 .286 8 15 1 3 6 0

American League wild-card standings
Boston Texas Seattle Tampa Bay W 82 79 73 72 L 58 61 69 69 Pct. GB .586 — .564 3 .514 10 .511 10 ½

Red Sox 9, Rays 1, 6 innings Tampa Bay AB R H BI Bartlett ss 3 0 1 1 Crawford lf 3 0 0 0 Longoria 3b 3 0 1 0 Zobrist rf 2 0 0 0 Burrell dh 2 0 0 0 W.Aybar 1b 1 0 0 0 Iwamura 2b 2 1 1 0 Navarro c 1 0 1 0 F.Perez cf 2 0 0 0 Totals 19 1 4 1

BB 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1

SO 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 4

Avg. .331 .302 .280 .278 .231 .251 .296 .226 .158 Avg. .300 .295 .295 .316 .229 .262 .265 .216 .295 4 0 8 0

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Boston AB R H BI BB SO Ellsbury cf 3 0 1 1 0 0 Pedroia 2b 3 1 1 0 0 0 V.Martinez 1b 3 1 1 1 0 1 Youkilis 3b 2 2 2 2 1 0 D.Ortiz dh 2 1 1 1 1 1 Bay lf 2 1 0 0 1 1 J.Drew rf 2 1 0 0 1 2 Varitek c 3 0 0 0 0 1 Ale.Gonzalez ss 3 2 2 3 0 0 Totals 23 9 8 8 4 6 Tampa Bay 000 010 — 1 Boston 008 10x — 9

102 200 210 — 002 010 000 —

SS Alex Gonzalez (2-for-3, three RBIs, two runs) was the catalyst for Boston’s eight-run third inning.

E: Ja.Wilson (5). LOB: Seattle 12, Texas 5. 2B: I.Suzuki (28), F.Gutierrez (18), Griffey Jr. 2 (18), Hannahan (13), Kinsler (27), C.Davis (12). HR: I.Suzuki (9), off Millwood; Borbon (4), off Morrow. RBIs: I.Suzuki (38), F.Gutierrez 2 (60), Griffey Jr. 2 (45), Beltre (34), Hannahan 2 (18), Borbon 3 (13). Runners left in scoring position: Seattle 8 (Ro.Johnson, Hall, Griffey Jr., Jo.Lopez, F.Gutierrez 3, Hannahan); Texas 1 (M.Byrd). DP: Seattle 1 (Hannahan, Ja.Wilson, Hannahan); Texas 1 (Andrus, C.Davis). Seattle Morrow W, 1-4 Kelley H, 6 M.Lowe Messenger Texas Millwood L, 10-10 Nippert W.Eyre Strop Madrigal IP 5 1 2 0 IP 3 2⁄3 2 1⁄3 1 1 1 H 5 0 0 1 H 8 5 0 2 0 R ER BB SO NP ERA 3 3 2 1 80 5.29 0 0 0 0 15 4.58 0 0 0 4 24 2.92 0 0 0 0 9 4.91 R ER BB SO NP ERA 5 5 2 4 69 3.94 2 2 1 1 42 3.95 0 0 1 0 12 2.70 1 1 1 1 19 11.25 0 0 1 0 17 8.44

For his last 2½ games, the timing of Beckett’s delivery improved and he avoided overthrowing the ball which had led to poorly located pitches, pitching coach John Farrell said. On Saturday, he struck out four and walked one. “That’s what I feel like I should do every time out,” said Beckett, whose five-game winless stretch was his longest since July 29-Aug. 19, 2006. “You’ve just got to keep grinding every day and things end up working out.” There was no rain most of the time during the first delay, but forecasts showed improving conditions. Friday night’s game was postponed by rain after just 12 minutes of play that began

after a delay of 2 hours, 20 minutes. It was rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader today. Wade Davis (0-1) was shelled after an outstanding major league debut six days earlier when he left with a 3-1 lead after seven innings—he allowed three hits and one walk with nine strikeouts. But Detroit’s Brandon Inge hit a grand slam in the ninth off Russ Springer. On Saturday, Davis retired the side in order in the first. He walked the first two batters in the second then struck out the last three. But he fell apart in the third when Gonzalez had two hits, two runs, three RBIs and a stolen base. — The Associated Press

LOB: Tampa Bay 5, Boston 3. 2B: Longoria (42), Ale. Gonzalez (7). HR: Youkilis (25), off Thayer. RBIs: Bartlett (62), Ellsbury (49), V.Martinez (96), Youkilis 2 (85), D.Ortiz (81), Ale.Gonzalez 3 (11). SB: Ellsbury (61), Ale.Gonzalez (1). Runners left in scoring position: Tampa Bay 1 (Crawford); Boston 2 (Varitek, Pedroia). Tampa Bay W.Davis L, 0-1 Thayer Sonnanstine Boston Beckett W, 15-6 IP 2 2⁄3 1 1⁄3 1 IP 5 H 6 2 0 H 4 R ER BB SO 8 8 4 3 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 R ER BB SO 1 1 1 4 NP ERA 71 8.38 16 4.00 9 7.15 NP ERA 78 3.82

Beckett pitched to 1 batter in the 6th. Inherited runners-scored: Thayer 1-1. IBB: off W.Davis (J.Drew). HBP: by Beckett (Navarro). WP: W.Davis. Umpires: Home, Angel Hernandez; First, Randy Marsh; Second, Lance Barksdale; Third, Marvin Hudson. T: 1:44 (Rain delay: 0:55). A: 37,755 (37,373).

Nippert pitched to 4 batters in the 7th. Messenger pitched to 2 batters in the 9th. Inherited runnersscored: Nippert 2-0, W.Eyre 2-0. IBB: off W.Eyre (I.Suzuki). Umpires: Home, Brian O’Nora; First, Gary Cederstrom; Second, Fieldin Culbreth; Third, James Hoye. T: 3:10 (Rain delay: 1:23). A: 22,468 (49,170).

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2009

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Avg. .307 .277 .310 .253 .205 .280 .270 .276 .234 .267 .243 Avg. .303 .305 .300 .298 --.206 .309 .292 .292 --.242 .271 .248 .307 .211 .299

Baltimore 7, N.Y. Yankees 3

Burnett hit hard again

FRANK FRANKLIN II / AP

In his past nine starts, A.J. Burnett is 1-5 with a 6.19 ERA. NEW YORK—It’s hard to know what to expect from A.J. Burnett come the playoffs. Will it be the dominant pitcher who went 5-0 with a 2.01 ERA from June 27 to July 27? Or will it be the struggling starter who is 1-5 with a 6.19 ERA since? “You do want him to get on a roll. It’s important for us,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said following Burnett’s latest unfruitful outing, a listless 7-3 loss Saturday to the Baltimore Orioles. Brian Roberts hit a grand slam in a six-run second inning and tied a franchise record with his 51st double. That backed rookie Brian Matusz (5-2), who allowed one run and four hits in seven innings to win his third straight start. New York lost consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 16-17 at Seattle and Oakland—and dropped back-toback games at home for the first time since June 17-18 against Washington. A day after surpassing Lou Gehrig for the Yankees career hits lead, Derek Jeter

received more standing ovations and went 1-for-5 to leave his total at 2,724. But back on the field less than 12 hours following the end of Friday night’s raindelayed 10-4 loss, New York (91-52) was flat. “We have not clinched anything or won anything yet,” Jeter said. “Our focus has always remained to try to win games and win the division, so that’s what everyone’s looking forward to.” Burnett (11-9) allowed six runs and seven hits in seven innings. Staked to a lead by Mark Teixeira’s first-inning sacrifice fly, he gave up Nolan Reimold’s leadoff homer in the second—Baltimore’s first home run in 42 2/3 innings since Reimold connected off Texas’ Kevin Millwood on Sept. 5. A walk and three singles put the Orioles ahead, with Robert Andino driving in the go-ahead run, and Roberts homered on a slider left over the plate. It was the third slam at new Yankee Stadium— all by visitors. “It was a bit of surprise to have that big an inning,” said Roberts, who went 3-for-4 and finished a triple shy of the cycle. Burnett appeared far from ready to follow CC Sabathia and start Game 2 or 3 of the postseason next month. He has allowed a career-high 24 homers, yet doesn’t think he’s been that far off. “I left one over, you know, a little too much at the wrong time,” he said. “It’s been one mistake here or there.” Matusz, a 22-year-old lefthander, was making his eighth career start and first against the Yankees. “I thought it was the best start of the year. The atmosphere, that was really cool, with the first guy I’m facing being Jeter, but I was able to relax,” he said. “I felt it a little bit. It’s every kid’s dream to pitch at Yankee Stadium.” — The Associated Press

Orioles 7, Yankees 3 Baltimore AB R B.Roberts 2b 4 1 Fiorentino cf 4 0 Markakis rf 5 0 Reimold lf 3 1 Scott dh 4 0 Wieters c 3 1 Wigginton 3b 4 2 Aubrey 1b 4 1 Andino ss 4 1 Totals 35 7

Chicago White Sox 4, L.A. Angels 3, 10 innings
H 3 0 0 2 0 0 2 1 2 10 BI 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 7 BB 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 SO 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 5 Avg. .286 .308 .304 .277 .254 .267 .272 .308 .232 Avg. .330 .258 .281 .286 .251 .315 .200 .269 .278 .243 .284 7 10 1 3 7 0

Podsednik dashes Angels’ hopes
ANAHEIM—Scott Podsednik completed one of the most exhilarating plays in baseball in the third inning: the insidethe-park-home run. It was a 90-foot dash in the 10th that gave the White Sox a win. Podsednik circled the bases on a drive he hit off the rightfield wall, then scored the goahead run on a wild pitch, leading Chicago to a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday. “Most fans get excited about the ball leaving the ballpark, but I don’t hit a lot of home runs,” said Podsednik, who has 34 homers in 3,106 big league at-bats. “What I bring to the table is my ability to run, so it’s always nice to round the bases like that.” John Danks scattered six hits over six scoreless innings, but the White Sox bullpen couldn’t protect the 3-0 lead. In the ninth, Bobby Jenks gave up a leadoff walk to pinchhitter Gary Matthews Jr. and a single to Kendry Morales. Maicer Izturis followed with a tying sacrifice fly to left, resulting in Jenks’ fifth blown save in 33 chances. “Things didn’t come apart. I made good pitches and they got hit,” Jenks said. — The Associated Press

White Sox 4, Angels 3, 10 innings Chicago AB R H BI BB SO Podsednik dh 5 2 2 1 0 2 Beckham 3b 4 2 3 1 1 0 Pierzynski c 5 0 0 0 0 0 Dye rf 3 0 0 0 1 0 1-Wise pr-rf 0 0 0 0 0 0 d-Konerko ph-1b 1 0 0 0 0 0 Kotsay 1b-rf 4 0 1 0 1 0 Al.Ramirez ss 5 0 1 0 0 0 Quentin lf 2 0 1 0 2 1 Getz 2b 4 0 1 0 0 0 Rios cf 4 0 0 0 0 2 Totals 37 4 9 2 5 5 Los Angeles AB Figgins 3b 5 E.Aybar ss 5 B.Abreu rf 2 Guerrero dh 4 2-T.Evans pr-dh 0 e-Willits ph 0 Tor.Hunter cf 5 J.Rivera lf 5 H.Kendrick 2b 3 Bo.Wilson c 0 c-Matthews Jr. ph 0 Napoli c 1 Quinlan 1b 2 a-K.Morales ph-1b 2 J.Mathis c 2 b-M.Izturis ph-2b 1 Totals 37 R 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 H 2 1 2 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 13 BI 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 BB 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 SO 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 7

New York AB R H BI BB SO Jeter ss 5 1 1 0 0 2 Hairston Jr. lf 3 0 0 0 0 0 Teixeira 1b 3 0 1 1 0 1 A.Rodriguez 3b 4 0 1 0 0 0 Swisher rf 4 0 0 0 0 1 Cano 2b 4 0 1 0 0 0 S.Duncan dh 3 0 1 0 0 1 b-Gardner ph 1 1 0 0 0 0 Me.Cabrera cf 2 1 1 1 2 0 J.Molina c 2 0 0 0 0 0 a-Posada ph-c 2 0 1 1 0 1 Totals 33 3 7 3 2 6 Baltimore New York 060 000 001 — 100 000 002 —

a-struck out for J.Molina in the 7th. E: Andino (8). LOB: Baltimore 5, New York 7. 2B: B.Roberts (51), Andino (7), A.Rodriguez (14), Me.Cabrera (26). HR: Reimold (15), off A.Burnett; B.Roberts (15), off A.Burnett. RBIs: B.Roberts 4 (73), Fiorentino (3), Reimold (45), Andino (9), Teixeira (107), Me.Cabrera (59), Posada (76). SB: B.Roberts (29), Jeter (26). S: Hairston Jr.. SF: Fiorentino, Teixeira. Runners left in scoring position: Baltimore 2 (Scott, Markakis); New York 2 (Swisher, Jeter). DP: New York 1 (Cano, Jeter). Baltimore Matusz W, 5-2 Baez Ji.Johnson New York A.Burnett L, 11-9 Towers IP 7 1 1 IP 7 2 H 4 0 3 H 7 3 R ER BB SO NP ERA 1 1 2 3 106 4.63 0 0 0 1 19 4.15 2 2 0 2 23 4.02 R ER BB SO NP ERA 6 6 2 4 108 4.33 1 1 1 1 31 3.38

Chicago 102 000 000 1 —4 9 0 Los Angeles 000 000 021 0 —3 13 1 a-struck out for Quinlan in the 7th. b-singled for J.Mathis in the 7th. c-walked for Bo.Wilson in the 9th. d-flied out for Wise in the 10th. 1-ran for Dye in the 8th. 2-ran for Guerrero in the 8th. E: B.Abreu (8). LOB: Chicago 8, Los Angeles 10. 2B: Podsednik (25). HR: Beckham (11), off E.Santana; Podsednik (6), off E.Santana. RBIs: Podsednik (45), Beckham (53), Guerrero (43), Tor.Hunter (81), M.Izturis (58). SB: Beckham (7), Getz 2 (24), Figgins (40). CS: H.Kendrick (4), M.Izturis (5). S: Willits. SF: M.Izturis. Runners left in scoring position: Chicago 5 (Rios 3, Dye, Al.Ramirez); Los Angeles 5 (Tor.Hunter, Guerrero, J.Rivera 2, Napoli). DP: Chicago 3 (Pierzynski, Pierzynski, Getz), (Beckham, Getz, Kotsay), (Al. Ramirez, Getz, Kotsay); Los Angeles 2 (B.Abreu, B.Abreu, J.Mathis), (M.Izturis, E.Aybar, K.Morales). Chicago IP Danks 6 Dotel H, 14 1 Thornton H, 23 1⁄3 Jenks W, 3-4 BS, 5-331 2⁄3 Williams H, 2 1⁄3 T.Pena S, 1-2 2⁄3 Los Angeles IP E.Santana 7 Palmer 2 Fuentes L, 1-4 1⁄3 Jepsen 2⁄3 H 6 1 4 1 0 1 H 7 0 2 0 R ER BB SO NP ERA 0 0 2 5 104 3.71 0 0 0 2 13 3.47 2 2 0 0 17 2.83 1 1 1 0 21 3.51 0 0 1 0 7 6.39 0 0 0 0 8 4.32 R ER BB SO NP ERA 3 2 2 4 111 5.52 0 0 2 1 29 4.05 1 1 0 0 9 4.15 0 0 1 0 11 4.43

IBB: off Towers (B.Roberts). Umpires: Home, Wally Bell; First, Marty Foster; Second, Mark Carlson; Third, Kerwin Danley. T: 2:38. A: 46,497 (52,325).

Inherited runners-scored: Jenks 2-0, T.Pena 1-0, Jepsen 2-1. IBB: off Jepsen (Kotsay). WP: Jepsen. Umpires: Home, Doug Eddings; First, Angel Campos; Second, Hunter Wendelstedt; Third, Dana DeMuth. T: 3:29. A: 37,390 (45,257).

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AMERICAN LEAGUE Toronto 8, Detroit 6 Cleveland 13, Kansas City 6

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2009

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Avg. .277
.200

Oakland 4, Minnesota 2

Twins get dose of own medicine
MINNEAPOLIS—For the last few years, the Minnesota Twins have been known for promising young pitching and playing small ball. On Saturday, those things did the Twins in and further dimmed their chances for catching Detroit in the A.L. Central. Brett Anderson threw seven sharp innings and Cliff Pennington had three hits with an RBI as the Oakland Athletics won for the fifth time in six games, beating the Twins 4-2. Less than 24 hours after routing Minnesota with a seasonhigh five home runs, the A’s showed the Twins their own style of small ball by making the most of a relatively quiet day at the plate. They drew walks, stole bases, advanced runners and scored on sac-flies. Anderson (9-10) retired 18 of 24 batters, including the final eight he faced, and didn’t allow a walk for the fourth time this season to win his second-consecutive start. “He was fantastic,” Oakland manager Bob Geren said. “He’s had a few really good outing this year. This is in the top two or three, that’s for sure.” Oakland held Minnesota’s two best hitters—A.L. batting leader Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau—to just one hit in seven at-bats. ”Any time you hold those guys to one hit, it limits their offense,” Anderson said. — The Associated Press
Athletics 4, Twins 2 Oakland AB R Kennedy 3b 3 0 R.Davis cf 3 0 K.Suzuki c 4 0 Cust dh 4 0 Hairston lf 4 0 M.Ellis 2b 3 1 D.Barton 1b 3 1 E.Patterson rf 2 1 Pennington ss 3 1 Totals 29 4 H 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 6 BI 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 BB 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 6 SO 1 2 1 3 0 2 0 1 0 10 Avg. .283 .304 .270 .238 .238 .283 .219 .204 .286 Avg. .308 .272 .363 .274 .303 .267 .266 .238 .350 .224 .237 .196 4 6 0 2 6 0

Hill helps Jays extend Tigers’ slide
Blue Jays 8, Tigers 6 Toronto AB R Scutaro ss 5 2 A.Hill 2b 5 1 V.Wells cf 4 2 Overbay 1b 2 1 Barajas c 4 1 Encarnacion 3b 4 0 R.Ruiz dh 4 0 Snider lf 4 0 Inglett rf 4 1 J.Bautista rf 0 0 Totals 36 8 Detroit Granderson cf Polanco 2b C.Guillen lf Raburn lf Mi.Cabrera 1b A.Huff dh Thomas rf Avila c Laird c Inge 3b Santiago ss a-Ordonez ph Totals Toronto Detroit
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Indians 13, Royals 6 Kansas City AB R H BI BB SO DeJesus lf 3 1 2 0 0 0
c-Lu.Hernandez ph-ss 2 1 1 0 0 1

H 3 1 3 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 11 H 1 2 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 7

BI 2 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 BI 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 6

BB 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 BB 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 5

SO 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 5 SO 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 7

Avg. .283 .289 .258 .263 .241 .189 .276 .225 .281 .227 Avg. .250 .279 .243 .286 .333 .243 .246 .292 .221 .231 .256 .290 8 11 0 6 7 1

Peralta rebounds from tough luck
CLEVELAND—Jhonny Peralta got better results on his hits, and so did the Cleveland Indians. Peralta drove in four runs to help David Huff become Cleveland’s first 10-game winner, and the Indians snapped the Kansas City Royals’ five-game winning streak with a 13-6 victory Saturday night. “It was great to see Jhonny have a big night offensively after he had such tough luck,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said. On Friday night, Peralta twice got key hits in a tie game that Cleveland eventually lost in 12 innings, 2-1. On consecutive at-bats in the ninth and 11th, Peralta hit sharp singles with a runner on second base—and both times was deprived of a winning RBI when the baserunner was thrown out at the plate. “That was pretty strange but there was nothing I could do about it,” Peralta said. “Tonight, they scored. I’m a lot happier.” Peralta had a two-run double in the fourth off Luke Hochevar (6-10) and his two-run single capped a five-run sixth that put Cleveland ahead 11-3. Huff (10-9) won his third straight start, improving to 5-1 in six outings since Aug. 9. — The Associated Press

Bloomquist rf 5 Butler 1b 4 Jacobs dh 5 Callaspo 2b 4 Olivo c 3 B.Pena c 1 Maier cf-lf 4 A.Gordon 3b 4 Y.Betancourt ss 2 b-J.Anderson ph-cf 2 Totals 39 Cleveland AB Brantley cf 5 J.Carroll 2b 5 A.Cabrera ss 4 Choo rf 4 Jh.Peralta 3b 4 d-N.Romero ph-3b 1 Hafner dh 5 A.Marte 1b 2 Crowe lf 5 Gimenez c 2 a-Shoppach ph-c 2 Totals 39

0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 6 R 2 2 2 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 13

2 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 12

2 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6

0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 BB 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 6

1 0 3 0 1 0 2 2 0 2 12 SO 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 1 2 1 9

.259 .304 .234 .299 .246 .270 .247 .204 .241 .244 Avg. .381 .291 .313 .300 .275 .167 .279 .237 .221 .151 .209

Minnesota AB R H BI BB SO Span cf 3 0 1 1 0 0 O.Cabrera ss 4 0 0 0 0 2 Mauer dh 4 1 1 0 0 1 Morneau 1b 3 0 0 0 1 0 Kubel lf 3 0 0 1 0 1 Cuddyer rf 3 0 0 0 0 2 B.Harris 3b 3 1 2 0 0 0 Redmond c 2 0 0 0 0 0 a-J.Morales ph-c 1 0 1 0 0 0 Punto 2b 2 0 1 0 0 0 b-Buscher ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 A.Casilla 2b 0 0 0 0 0 0 Totals 29 2 6 2 1 7 Oakland 020 020 000 — Minnesota 001 100 000 —

AB 5 5 2 1 4 4 2 4 0 3 3 1 34

R 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 6

H BI 4 1 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 17 12

Kansas City 001 020 003 — 6 12 1 Cleveland 000 236 11x — 13 17 0 a-struck out for Gimenez in the 6th. b-struck out for Y.Betancourt in the 7th. c-struck out for DeJesus in the 7th. d-singled for Jh.Peralta in the 8th. E: Y.Betancourt (13). LOB: Kansas City 9, Cleveland 8. 2B: Bloomquist (8), Callaspo (33), J.Carroll 2 (10), A.Cabrera 2 (38), Jh.Peralta (33), A.Marte (3), Crowe (7). HR: Choo (15), off Hochevar. RBIs: Bloomquist 2 (28), Butler (78), Jacobs 2 (54), Callaspo (58), Brantley (6), J.Carroll 2 (24), A.Cabrera 2 (63), Choo 2 (77), Jh.Peralta 4 (77), A.Marte (18). SB: Butler (1), Brantley (3). Runners left in scoring position: Kansas City 5 (Jacobs 2, A.Gordon, Callaspo, B.Pena); Cleveland 5 (Choo 3, Gimenez, Shoppach). GIDP: J.Carroll, Shoppach. DP: Kansas City 2 (Hochevar, Y.Betancourt, Butler), (Lu.Hernandez, Callaspo, Butler). Kansas City Hochevar L, 6-10 D.Hughes
V.Marte

020 011 112 — 120 030 000 —

a-singled for Redmond in the 8th. b-struck out for Punto in the 8th. LOB: Oakland 8, Minnesota 3. 2B: D.Barton (6), Pennington (7), Mauer (25), B.Harris (19). RBIs: R.Davis (36), K.Suzuki (73), E.Patterson (5), Pennington (13), Span (57), Kubel (82). SB: Kennedy (19), R.Davis (36), M.Ellis (9), E.Patterson (2), Pennington (6). SF: R.Davis, K.Suzuki, E.Patterson, Span, Kubel. Runners left in scoring position: Oakland 6 (Cust 2, Kennedy 3, K.Suzuki); Minnesota 1 (Kubel). DP: Oakland 2 (Pennington, D.Barton), (D.Barton, Pennington, D.Barton); Minnesota 1 (O.Cabrera, Punto). Oakland Anderson W, 9-10 Wuertz H, 21 A.Bailey S, 24-28 Minnesota Manship L, 0-1 Crain Mijares Rauch Guerrier IP 7 1 1 IP 4 1 1⁄3 1 2⁄3 1 1 H 5 1 0 H 3 1 1 0 1 R ER BB SO NP ERA 2 2 0 4 108 4.37 0 0 0 1 18 2.96 0 0 1 2 17 2.03 R ER BB SO NP ERA 4 4 3 3 79 5.31 0 0 2 1 28 5.36 0 0 0 4 32 2.10 0 0 0 1 10 4.05 0 0 1 1 23 2.27

Toronto’s Aaron Hill hit a tie-breaking homer with two outs in the ninth. DETROIT—Aaron Hill gave the Toronto Blue Jays one of their more satisfying wins in a trying season. Hill hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the ninth inning, capping the Blue Jays’ come-from-behind 8-6 victory over the slumping Detroit Tigers. “It’s great to see us keep coming back,” Hill said. Rod Barajas, Vernon Wells and Marco Scutaro also went deep for Toronto (65-77), which handed the A.L. Central-leading Tigers their fifth straight loss. They lead the Chicago White Sox by five games. “I think it’s a case that you never have the appreciation of how hard it is to win games up here,” Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. “And I think we’re struggling through that a little bit right now.” Miguel Cabrera, Curtis Granderson and Alex Avila homered for Detroit. The Blue Jays tied it at 6 in the eighth on Brandon Lyon’s wild pitch that allowed Wells to score from third. He advanced from second on Barajas’ foul pop when Cabrera had to make a running catch behind first base. — The Associated Press

a-struck out for Santiago in the 9th. E: Inge (17). LOB: Toronto 4, Detroit 6. HR: Barajas (18), off E.Jackson; V.Wells (14), off E.Jackson; Scutaro (12), off E.Jackson; A.Hill (32), off Rodney; Granderson (27), off Richmond; Avila (5), off Richmond; Mi.Cabrera (29), off Richmond. RBIs: Scutaro 2 (59), A.Hill 2 (96), V.Wells (60), Barajas 2 (64), Granderson (62), Mi.Cabrera 3 (88), Avila 2 (14). SB: Scutaro (13), Inglett (3), Thomas (3). CS: V.Wells (4). Runners left in scoring position: Toronto 2 (Overbay, R.Ruiz); Detroit 3 (A.Huff, Santiago, Raburn). DP: Detroit 2 (Mi.Cabrera, Santiago, E.Jackson), (Inge, Polanco, Mi.Cabrera). Toronto Richmond Carlson League W, 3-5 S.Downs H, 9 Frasor S, 10-12 Detroit E.Jackson Lyon BS, 3-6 Rodney L, 2-4 Ni IP 4 1⁄3 1 2⁄3 2 2⁄3 1⁄3 IP 7 1 2⁄3 1⁄3 H 5 0 0 1 1 H 8 1 2 0 R ER BB SO NP ERA 6 6 4 3 95 5.03 0 0 1 0 18 4.43 0 0 0 2 20 4.97 0 0 0 1 12 2.82 0 0 0 1 11 2.13 R ER BB SO NP ERA 5 5 1 4 101 3.22 1 1 1 1 18 2.96 2 2 1 0 26 4.00 0 0 0 0 0 3.16

IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA 5 7 5 5 3 6 98 6.23 1⁄3 2 3 3 1 1 14 4.50
2⁄3 3 3 2 1 0 18 10.80

Chen Yabuta Cleveland D.Huff W, 10-7 J.Lewis
Todd

1 1 IP 6 1

2 3 H 7 1

1 1 1 1 20 5.64 1 1 0 1 20 12.15 R ER BB SO NP ERA 3 3 1 6 109 6.14 0 0 0 2 16 4.55

1 2⁄3 4 3 3 2 4 51 11.20

R.Perez

1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 3 7.88

Manship pitched to 2 batters in the 5th. Inherited runners-scored: Crain 2-2, Mijares 2-0. HBP: by Manship (R.Davis). Umpires: Home, Scott Barry; First, Jeff Nelson; Second, Tim Tschida; Third, Bob Davidson. T: 2:58. A: 24,283 (46,632).

Inherited runners-scored: Frasor 1-0, Ni 1-0. WP: E.Jackson, Lyon. Umpires: Home, Rick Reed; First, Jeff Kellogg; Second, Tim Timmons; Third, Mark Wegner. T: 3:03. A: 36,142 (41,255).

Inherited runners-scored: V.Marte 2-2, R.Perez 2-0. IBB: off V.Marte (Choo). Umpires: Home, Jerry Meals; First, Ron Kulpa; Second, Dale Scott; Third, Mike Estabrook. T: 3:29. A: 24,842 (45,199).

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NATIONAL LEAGUE Atlanta 7, St. Louis 6
Braves 7, Cardinals 6 Atlanta AB R McLouth cf 5 1 Prado 2b-3b 5 1 C.Jones 3b 4 0 1-Infante pr-2b 0 0 McCann c 5 1 2-Gorecki pr-lf 0 0 G.Anderson lf 5 1 R.Soriano p 0 0 Y.Escobar ss 3 1 Ad.LaRoche 1b 3 1 M.Diaz rf 4 0 T.Hudson p 2 1 Moylan p 0 0 c-Conrad ph 1 0 M.Gonzalez p 0 0 D.Ross c 0 0 Totals 37 7 St. Louis AB Schumaker 2b-rf-cf 4 Br.Ryan ss 5 Pujols 1b 4 Holliday lf 5 Rasmus cf 4 Motte p 0 Franklin p 0 e-K.Greene ph 1 DeRosa 3b 4 Ankiel rf-cf 3 d-Ludwick ph-rf 2 Y.Molina c 3 Lohse p 1 Hawksworth p 0 a-Thurston ph 1 M.Boggs p 0 b-Glaus ph 1 D.Reyes p 0 Lugo 2b 1 Totals 39 Atlanta St. Louis R 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6

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SO 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 SO 0 0 1 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 7 Avg. .310 .275 .318 .339 .272 .259 .261 ----.222 .282 .252 .104 .226 .000 .000 .257 Avg. .246 .299 .297 .272 .281 .267 .271 .258 .128 .222 .143 .194 ---

Cincinnati 7, Chicago Cubs 5

Sutton’s busy year continues
CHICAGO—Drew Sutton has had a busy year. He has been traded from the Houston Astros to the Cincinnati Reds, done the shuttle between the minors and majors and battled mononucleosis and dehydration. He added something else his to his resume Saturday—a goahead pinch-hit double in the ninth to lift the Reds to a 7-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs after Cincinnati had squandered a five-run lead. “That was pretty neat,” Sutton said. “I don’t really know what to say about it. Coming off the bench is not something you get to work a whole lot on in the minors, so it’s been a little bit of a challenge doing it up here.” Sutton’s two-out liner into the right field corner came after Cubs closer Carlos Marmol (2-3) walked two straight batters. “You’re facing guys like Marmol and just trying to get something straight and over the plate to hit is a challenge enough,” Sutton added. “Just being able to come up with a hit like that and drive in a couple of runs in that situation, that was awesome.” Marmol’s season-long control problems continued. He took over the closer’s role Aug. 18 and had converted his last nine save chances, but Saturday, in a nonsave situation, he issued his 60th and 61st walks in 67 2/3 innings. — The Associated Press

Reds 7, Cubs 5 Cincinnati Stubbs cf D.McDonald rf Votto 1b B.Phillips 2b Rolen 3b Gomes lf Hanigan c A.Rosales ss Masset p Rhodes p d-Barker ph Cordero p C.Miller c e-Sutton ph-lf Cueto p Herrera p R.Ramirez p Janish ss Totals Chicago Fukudome cf Theriot ss D.Lee 1b Ar.Ramirez 3b Bradley rf Soto c Scales lf A.Blanco 2b Gregg p Grabow p c-Miles ph Marmol p R.Wells p Patton p a-J.Fox ph Samardzija p b-Je.Baker ph-2b Totals Cincinnati Chicago

AB 6 5 4 4 4 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 1 1 0 0 1 35 AB 4 4 4 3 4 3 3 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 31

R 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 R 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5

H 1 2 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 10 H 0 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6

BI 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 6 BI 0 0 0 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5

BB 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 BB 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6

SO 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 5 SO 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4

Avg. .245 .222 .299 .276 .267 .276 .271 .199 --.000 .348 --.143 .192 .119 .000 --.206 Avg. .265 .286 .298 .319 .263 .225 .244 .238 --.000 .178 --.171 --.281 .000 .293 7 10 0 5 6 3

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H 3 1 2 0 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 13 H 0 2 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 11

BI 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 7 BI 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 6

BB 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 6 BB 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4

SO 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 SO 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 8

Avg. .264 .292 .269 .290 .281 .227 .277 --.303 .272 .319 .200 .000 .275 --.259 Avg. .290 .290 .327 .373 .259 .000 --.205 .240 .235 .275 .284 .219 --.226 .071 .176 --.298 7 13 2 6 11 0

N.Y. Mets 10, Philadelphia 9

This time, Madson is culprit in Phils’ bullpen meltdown
PHILADELPHIA—Ryan Madson threw a first-pitch changeup just to see if David Wright was swinging early in the at-bat. Wright was definitely swinging early. The All-Star third baseman drove that pitch into the leftfield seats for a two-out, tworun homer in the ninth inning to rally the New York Mets to a 10-9 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday. It was another bullpen meltdown for N.L. East-leading Philadelphia and a rare thrilling win for the way-back Mets, who snapped a four-game losing streak. “It feels good to be successful and it feels good to win a close game,” Wright said. Wright homered twice and matched a career high with six RBIs. He hit a two-run shot off Brett Myers in the eighth to start the rally that saw the Mets score five runs off the Phillies bullpen in the final two innings. Brad Lidge, last year’s perfect World Series championship star, blew 10 saves and lost his job as the regular closer. Madson now has six blown saves. Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel wants Lidge to prove he can nail down the wins during the stretch and not have to turn to Madson or Myers in the ninth. — The Associated Press

Mets 10, Phillies 9 New York AB R L.Castillo 2b 5 1 Tatis lf-1b 5 3 D.Wright 3b 5 3 Beltran cf 5 2 Francoeur rf 5 0 Santos c 4 0 Dan.Murphy 1b 4 1 Feliciano p 0 0 Fr.Rodriguez p 0 0 W.Valdez ss 3 0 b-Sullivan ph 1 0 A.Hernandez ss 0 0 Pelfrey p 2 0 a-N.Evans ph 1 0 Takahashi p 0 0 S.Green p 0 0 Reed lf 1 0 Totals 41 10 Philadelphia Rollins ss Victorino cf Utley 2b Howard 1b Ibanez lf Werth rf P.Feliz 3b C.Ruiz c Moyer p Myers p Park p c-Stairs ph Madson p Totals AB 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 3 1 0 0 1 0 37 R 0 0 2 2 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 9

H BI 1 0 4 0 3 6 3 2 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 10 H 2 0 2 2 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 12 BI 2 0 1 0 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 9

BB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BB 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4

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New York 400 000 132 — 10 15 0 Philadelphia 023 102 100 — 9 12 0 a-grounded out for Pelfrey in the 7th. b-popped out for W.Valdez in the 8th. c-popped out for Park in the 8th. LOB: New York 4, Philadelphia 7. 2B: L.Castillo (12), Tatis (18), Dan.Murphy (31), Utley (27), P.Feliz (25), C.Ruiz (22). 3B: Rollins (4). HR: Beltran (9), off Moyer; D.Wright (9), off Myers; D.Wright (10), off Madson; P.Feliz (11), off Pelfrey; Utley (31), off Pelfrey; Ibanez (31), off Pelfrey. RBIs: D.Wright 6 (66), Beltran 2 (42), Dan.Murphy (55), W.Valdez (5), Rollins 2 (65), Utley (88), Ibanez 3 (86), P.Feliz 2 (69), C.Ruiz (38). SB: Dan. Murphy (4). S: Moyer 2. Runners left in scoring position: New York 1 (Sullivan); Philadelphia 5 (Moyer, Victorino, P.Feliz, Howard 2). DP: Philadelphia 1 (Utley, Howard). New York IP Pelfrey 6 Takahashi 1⁄3 S.Green 1 1⁄3 Feliciano W, 6-4 1⁄3 Fr.Rodriguez S, 31-36 1 Philadelphia IP Moyer 7 Myers 1⁄3 Park H, 12 2⁄3 Madson L,5-5 BS,6-13 1 H 10 2 0 0 0 H 7 3 2 3 R ER BB SO NP ERA 8 8 1 3 110 5.09 1 1 0 0 15 2.92 0 0 2 1 22 5.14 0 0 1 1 11 3.15 0 0 0 2 17 3.03 R ER BB SO NP ERA 5 5 0 0 93 5.05 3 3 0 0 19 4.74 0 0 0 0 15 4.48 2 2 0 0 15 3.41

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a-was hit by a pitch for Patton in the 5th. b-flied out for Samardzija in the 6th. c-flied out for Grabow in the 8th. d-walked for Rhodes in the 9th. e-doubled for C.Miller in the 9th. E: D.Lee (5), Ar.Ramirez (9), Theriot (14). LOB: Cincinnati 12, Chicago 7. 2B: Sutton (3), Soto 2 (18). RBIs: D.McDonald (8), Votto (70), B.Phillips (87), Rolen (11), Sutton 2 (7), Ar.Ramirez (55), Soto 3 (40), Scales (10). SB: A.Rosales (1). S: Cueto 2. SF: Scales. Runners left in scoring position: Cincinnati 6 (Gomes 4, Stubbs 2); Chicago 3 (Bradley, Fukudome, Je.Baker). DP: Chicago 3 (A.Blanco, Theriot, D.Lee), (Theriot, Je.Baker, D.Lee), (Theriot, D.Lee). Cincinnati Cueto Herrera H, 8 R.Ramirez H, 1 Masset BS, 2-2 Rhodes W, 1-1 Cordero S, 34-37 Chicago R.Wells Patton Samardzija Gregg Grabow Marmol L, 2-3 IP 5 1⁄3 1⁄3 2⁄3 2⁄3 1 1 IP 3 2⁄3 1 1⁄3 1 1 1 1 H 4 0 0 2 0 0 H 6 0 0 1 1 2 R ER BB SO 3 3 3 3 0 0 1 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 R ER BB SO 5 3 3 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 1 NP ERA 86 4.41 7 2.93 15 7.20 14 2.73 14 2.66 9 2.40 NP ERA 89 2.96 24 5.33 14 7.53 12 4.85 19 2.91 28 3.46

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Cardinals OFs Matt Holliday, left, and Colby Rasmus collided in the second. ST. LOUIS—Brian McCann knew he got his pitch. What he didn’t know was how well he hit it. Brian McCann hit a tworun double in the top of the ninth off closer Ryan Franklin and the Atlanta Braves held on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 on Saturday. “I put together a good atbat there in the ninth,” McCann said. “I was just trying to get a pitch up in the zone and I hit it a little better and it reached the wall.” Franklin (2-3) blew his second straight save—and fourth of the season—as the Cardinals dropped two in a row for the first time since July 25-26 when they lost consecutive games to Philadelphia. Mike Gonzalez (4-4) allowed two runs, one earned in the eighth which gave the Cardinals a 6-5 lead. Rafael Soriano closed out the game for Atlanta for his 24th save in 28 chances. — The Associated Press

a-doubled for Hawksworth in the 4th. b-struck out for M.Boggs in the 6th. c-fouled out for Moylan in the 8th. d-struck out for Ankiel in the 8th. e-struck out for Franklin in the 9th. 1-ran for C.Jones in the 9th. 2-ran for McCann in the 9th. E: C.Jones (21), Prado (7). LOB: Atlanta 10, St. Louis 10. 2B: McLouth (24), McCann 2 (34), M.Diaz (17), Rasmus (21), Thurston (17). 3B: Ad.LaRoche (2). HR: T.Hudson (1), off Lohse. RBIs: McLouth (61), McCann 2 (79), Ad.LaRoche 2 (64), T.Hudson 2 (2), Br.Ryan (31), Holliday (43), Rasmus (47), DeRosa (20), Y.Molina (48), Thurston (25). SB: DeRosa 2 (2), Ankiel (4). SF: Ad.LaRoche. Runners left in scoring position: Atlanta 6 (Prado 2, T.Hudson 2, M.Diaz 2); St. Louis 7 (Ankiel, Schumaker 2, Br.Ryan 2, Holliday 2). DP: Atlanta 1 (C.Jones, Prado, Ad.LaRoche); St. Louis 2 (Schumaker, Br.Ryan, Pujols), (Br.Ryan, Pujols). Atlanta IP T.Hudson 5 Moylan H, 22 2 Gnzlz W,4-4 BS,7-17 1 R.Soriano S, 24-28 1 St. Louis IP Lohse 3 1⁄3 Hawksworth 2⁄3 M.Boggs 2 D.Reyes 1 1⁄3 Motte 2⁄3 Frnkln L,2-3 BS,4-41 1 H 10 0 1 0 H 7 0 2 1 0 3 R ER BB SO 4 4 1 1 0 0 1 4 2 1 2 2 0 0 0 1 R ER BB SO 4 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 NP ERA 71 3.63 35 2.94 28 2.51 12 2.71 NP ERA 65 4.83 1 2.45 32 4.13 15 3.25 9 5.05 29 1.96

Inherited runners-scored: Herrera 2-1, R.Ramirez 2-0, Masset 2-2, Patton 3-0. HBP: by Cueto (J.Fox), by Marmol (Janish). Umpires: Home, Paul Schrieber; First, Paul Nauert; Second, Joe West; Third, Ed Rapuano. T: 3:02. A: 40,351 (41,210).

T.Hudson pitched to 3 batters in the 6th. Inherited runners-scored: Moylan 2-0, Hawksworth 3-0. IBB: off Moylan (Schumaker), off M.Gonzalez (Pujols), off Franklin (Ad.LaRoche). WP: M.Gonzalez. Umpires: Home, Greg Gibson; First, Ted Barrett; Second, Tim McClelland; Third, Andy Fletcher. T: 3:13. A: 43,869 (43,975).

Inherited runners-scored: S.Green 1-0, Feliciano 2-0, Park 1-1. WP: S.Green. Umpires: Home, Bruce Dreckman; First, Paul Emmel; Second, Todd Tichenor; Third, Gary Darling. T: 3:08. A: 45,243 (43,647).

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NATIONAL LEAGUE Houston 4, Pittsburgh 2 Milwaukee 9, Arizona 2

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2009

50
BB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BB 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 SO 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 4 SO 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 2 1 1 0 1 11 Avg. .306 .281 .311 --.000 .300 .286 .306 .259 .225 .239 .100 .215 Avg. .261 .250 .291 .305 .000 .176 .273 .228 .306 .202 .210 .234 .000 .000 .208 9 16 0 2 7 1

Florida 11, Washington 3

Marlins pull within 5 in East
MIAMI—The Florida Marlins bounced back in powerful fashion a night after losing to the last-place Washington Nationals. Jorge Cantu doubled, homered and drove in five runs, and Cody Ross also doubled and homered to lead Florida past Washington 11-3 on Saturday night. Gaby Sanchez added his first career home run for the Marlins, who won for the fourth time in five games—and eighth in 10—following a 2-hour, 34-minute rain delay. “It was one of those amazing moments,” Sanchez said. “I didn’t realize what had happened until I stepped on the plate and got into the dugout.” The victory pulled Florida within five games of Philadelphia in the National League East. The teams are scheduled to play six more times. “It’s fun now, looking at the scoreboard,” Cantu said, “but it’s up to us to keep winning.” Washington’s Justin Maxwell hit two solo homers for his first career multihomer game. Tim Wood (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of starter Anibal Sanchez for his first career win. Marco Estrada (0-1) pitched 2 1/3 innings in his first start. He gave up five runs and three hits, walked three and fanned four. — The Associated Press

Marlins 11, Nationals 3 Washington AB R H W.Harris cf 4 1 0 Desmond ss 4 0 4 Zimmerman 3b 5 0 1 A.Dunn 1b 4 0 1 Morse 1b 0 0 0 Willingham lf 2 0 0 Maxwell rf 4 2 2 J.Bard c 4 0 0 Alb.Gonzalez 2b 4 0 1 Estrada p 0 0 0 S.Rivera p 0 0 0 a-J.Flores ph 1 0 0 Detwiler p 0 0 0 b-J.Padilla ph 1 0 0 Kensing p 0 0 0 Garate p 0 0 0 Segovia p 0 0 0 e-Orr ph 1 0 1 Totals 34 3 10

BI BB 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4

SO 1 0 2 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 9

Avg. .228 .750 .293 .281 .333 .278 .222 .234 .259 --.333 .301 .077 .105 .000 ----.308

Two swings enough to beat Ohlendorf
Astros 4, Pirates 2 Pittsburgh AB A.McCutchen cf 5 An.LaRoche 3b 5 G.Jones rf-1b 4 Doumit c 3 Milledge lf 4 Pearce 1b 3 b-Moss ph-rf 1 Cedeno ss 4 R.Vazquez 2b 2 Ohlendorf p 2 Hanrahan p 0 J.Chavez p 0 d-Delw.Young ph 1 Totals 34 Houston Bourn cf K.Matsui 2b Berkman 1b Ca.Lee lf Tejada ss Pence rf Keppinger 3b Coste c Moehler p a-Erstad ph Fulchino p Hawkins p c-Michaels ph Valverde p Totals AB 4 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 27 R 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 R 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 H 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 9 H 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 BI 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 BI 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 BB 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 BB 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 SO 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 5 SO 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 Avg. .271 .246 .304 .234 .288 .227 .244 .293 .246 .070 .000 .000 .269 Avg. .292 .251 .275 .306 .300 .290 .256 .226 .026 .202 .333 --.242 --2 9 0 4 4 0

McGehee helps end Bush’s skid
PHOENIX—Rookie Casey McGehee homered twice, drove in six runs, and went 4-for-5, and David Bush earned his first victory in almost four months as the Milwaukee Brewers routed the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-2 on Saturday night. McGehee hit a two-run homer in the third inning, an RBI single in the fifth, and a three-run homer in the sixth. He also singled in the eighth and is hitting .306 with 15 homers. Bush (4-7) struck out a season-high 11 and won for the first time since May 19, breaking a nine-game drought in which he was 0-7 with a 9.21 ERA. Bush gave up one run on five hits and didn’t walk a batter in seven innings, improving to 5-1 in seven career starts against Arizona. Mike Cameron had three of the Brewers’ 16 hits, 11 against rookie righthander Kevin Mulvey (0-1), who was making his first major league start in his fifth career appearance. Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder and Frank Catalanotto had two hits apiece. Braun has 101 runs, the second N.L. player to reach 100. He trails only St. Louis’ Albert Pujols, who leads the majors with 117. Milwaukee won its second straight game after losing five of six. — The Associated Press

Brewers 9, Diamondbacks 2 Milwaukee AB R H BI F.Lopez 2b 5 1 1 1 Catalanotto rf-lf 5 0 2 0 Braun lf 4 2 2 1 Stetter p 0 0 0 0 Coffey p 0 0 0 0 Fielder 1b 4 2 2 0 1-Counsell pr-3b 0 0 0 0 McGehee 3b-1b 5 2 4 6 M.Cameron cf 5 1 3 0 Hardy ss 5 1 1 0 Kendall c 5 0 1 1 Bush p 4 0 0 0 Gerut rf 1 0 0 0 Totals 43 9 16 9 Arizona S.Drew ss b-Ryal ph-2b G.Parra lf-rf J.Upton rf D.Cabrera p c-Carlin ph Reynolds 3b d-C.Tracy ph Montero c C.Young cf Allen 1b Ojeda 2b-ss Mulvey p Augenstein p a-Byrnes ph-lf Totals AB 3 1 3 3 0 0 3 1 4 4 4 3 1 0 2 32 R 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 H 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 BI 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2

Florida AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Coghlan lf 4 2 2 0 1 0 .306 N.Johnson 1b 2 2 0 0 3 0 .303 1-An.Gonzalez pr-3b 0 0 0 0 0 0 .091 Ha.Ramirez ss 3 1 0 1 1 1 .358 Cantu 3b-1b 4 2 2 5 1 1 .282 Jo.Baker c 4 1 0 0 0 1 .267 Uggla 2b 4 0 1 0 0 1 .242 C.Ross cf 4 1 2 2 0 1 .271 B.Carroll rf 3 1 1 1 0 0 .265 A.Sanchez p 1 0 0 0 1 1 .000 T.Wood p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 c-G.Sanchez ph 1 1 1 2 0 0 .167 Donnelly p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --d-Helms ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .280 Lindstrom p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Pinto p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 31 11 9 11 7 6 Washington 010 010 010 — 3 10 0 Florida 302 003 21x — 11 9 0 a-flied out for S.Rivera in the 4th. b-struck out for Detwiler in the 6th. c-homered for T.Wood in the 6th. d-flied out for Donnelly in the 7th. e-singled for Segovia in the 9th. 1-ran for N.Johnson in the 8th. LOB: Washington 9, Florida 6. 2B: Desmond 2 (3), A.Dunn (27), Cantu (36), C.Ross (37). 3B: Coghlan (5). HR: Maxwell (1), off A.Sanchez; Maxwell (2), off Lindstrom; Cantu (15), off Estrada; C.Ross (22), off Kensing; G.Sanchez (1), off Kensing. RBIs: A.Dunn (99), Maxwell 2 (3), Ha.Ramirez (99), Cantu 5 (85), C.Ross 2 (83), B.Carroll (14), G.Sanchez 2 (2). S: Estrada. SF: Ha.Ramirez, B.Carroll. Runners left in scoring position: Washington 6 (Willingham, W.Harris, Maxwell 2, A.Dunn, Zimmerman); Florida 3 (C.Ross, Helms, Jo.Baker). DP: Florida 2 (Ha.Ramirez, Uggla, N.Johnson), (Uggla, Cantu). Washington IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Estrada L, 0-1 2 1⁄3 3 5 5 3 4 61 19.29 S.Rivera 2⁄3 1 0 0 0 1 18 5.52 Detwiler 2 0 0 0 2 0 37 6.17 Kensing 1 3 3 3 0 0 26 11.06 Garate 1 1 2 2 1 0 20 18.00 Segovia 1 1 1 1 1 1 28 27.00 Florida IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA A.Sanchez 4 2⁄3 6 2 2 4 4 87 4.43 T.Wood W, 1-0 1 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 2 16 2.08 Donnelly 1 1 0 0 0 2 13 1.83 Lindstrom 1 1 1 1 0 1 11 5.12 Pinto 1 2 0 0 0 0 11 3.29 Inherited runners-scored: S.Rivera 1-0, T.Wood 2-0. HBP: by Garate (Jo.Baker). WP: Segovia. Umpires: Home, Jim Reynolds; First, Chad Fairchild; Second, Bill Welke; Third, Tim Welke. T: 3:10. A: 38,214 (38,560).

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Kazuo Matsui, right, bunted for Houston’s first hit off of Ross Ohlendorf. HOUSTON—The Houston Astros had two good swings against Ross Ohlendorf, and it was enough. Carlos Lee and Miguel Tejada had each had tworun homers, leading the Astros to a 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night. “Sometimes it only takes a couple of swings,” Astros manager Cecil Cooper said. “We had two of them and we made them count.” One of them came when Tejada hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning. Lee connected in the fourth as Houston won for the seventh time in nine games. Lee and Tejada agreed that neither of their homers were bad pitches by Pittsburgh’s Ross Ohlendorf (11-10). “That guy was pitching real good,” Lee said. “I can’t say that he made mistakes with his pitches. The pitch he threw Miggy was (a fastball) down and in and the pitch that I hit out was a curveball that broke inside a little. Other than that, he kept us off-balance all night long.” Tejada was also impressed. “He pitched me great,” Tejada said. “The home run was low and away and I just went after it and got it. He was very tough.” The Pirates felt the same way. “You can’t take away what he (Ohlendorf) did,” manager John Russell said. “He looked good except for two pitches. He deserved better.” — The Associated Press

Milwaukee 122 013 000 — Arizona 000 001 001 —

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a-popped out for Moehler in the 6th. b-singled for Pearce in the 8th. c-grounded out for Hawkins in the 8th. d-grounded out for J.Chavez in the 9th. LOB: Pittsburgh 9, Houston 0. 2B: R.Vazquez (6). HR: Ca.Lee (25), off Ohlendorf; Tejada (11), off Ohlendorf. RBIs: An.LaRoche (52), R.Vazquez (15), Ca.Lee 2 (94), Tejada 2 (74). SB: Cedeno (2), K.Matsui (18). CS: Pence (11). S: Ohlendorf. Runners left in scoring position: Pittsburgh 3 (Doumit, Ohlendorf, R.Vazquez). Pittsburgh Ohlendorf L, 11-10 Hanrahan J.Chavez Houston Moehler Fulchino W, 6-4 Hawkins H, 17 Valverde S, 23-27 IP 6 1⁄3 2⁄3 1 IP 6 1 1 1 H 4 0 0 H 7 0 2 0 R ER BB SO NP ERA 4 4 1 3 88 4.03 0 0 0 0 3 5.10 0 0 0 0 6 4.10 R ER BB SO NP ERA 2 2 3 4 101 5.01 0 0 0 1 10 3.38 0 0 0 0 20 2.38 0 0 0 0 8 1.88

a-struck out for Augenstein in the 6th. b-flied out for S.Drew in the 8th. c-walked for D.Cabrera in the 9th. d-fouled out for Reynolds in the 9th. 1-ran for Fielder in the 8th. E: Reynolds (23). LOB: Milwaukee 9, Arizona 5. 2B: F.Lopez (32), Catalanotto (6), M.Cameron (29), Kendall (17), C.Young (24). 3B: S.Drew (10). HR: McGehee (14), off Mulvey; McGehee (15), off Augenstein. RBIs: F.Lopez (50), Braun (99), McGehee 6 (57), Kendall (34), G.Parra (54), C.Young (35). SB: Braun (15). SF: Braun, G.Parra. Runners left in scoring position: Milwaukee 5 (Catalanotto, Kendall, Bush 2, M.Cameron); Arizona 2 (Ojeda, Allen). DP: Milwaukee 1 (Hardy, F.Lopez, Fielder). Milwaukee Bush W, 4-7 Stetter Coffey Arizona Mulvey L, 0-1 Augenstein D.Cabrera IP 7 1 1 IP 4 2 3 H 5 0 2 H 11 3 2 R ER BB SO 1 1 0 11 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 R ER BB SO 6 6 0 2 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 NP ERA 97 5.85 10 3.70 20 2.91 NP ERA 74 9.00 32 7.80 40 6.49

Inherited runners-scored: Hanrahan 1-0. IBB: off Moehler (R.Vazquez). Umpires: Home, Jim Joyce; First, Bill Miller; Second, Adrian Johnson; Third, Derryl Cousins. T: 2:32. A: 35,213 (40,976).

Mulvey pitched to 3 batters in the 5th. Inherited runners-scored: Augenstein 2-0. HBP: by Augenstein (Fielder). WP: D.Cabrera. Umpires: Home, Laz Diaz; First, Eric Cooper; Second, Mike Reilly; Third, Chuck Meriwether. T: 2:44. A: 31,369 (48,652).

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2009

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Chase 2009: And then there were 12
BY REID SPENCER rspencer@sportingnews.com

Richmond is over, the Chase field is set, gone is Tony Stewart’s triple-digit lead, and the 12 drivers who qualified start NASCAR’s postseason playoffs on relatively equal footing. History is on the line this year. Jimmie Johnson has the opportunity to win a record fourth straight championship, provided his 50-year-old teammate, Mark Martin—or any of the other 10 Chase drivers, for that matter— doesn’t derail the efforts of the No. 48 Chevrolet team. Jeff Gordon is seeking his fifth title and his first under the Chase format. The final 10 races will determined whether a handful of victories will be required to win the Chase—as has been the Chase with Johnson the past two season—or whether consistency can win the day.

Mark Martin 5,040 points
Performance: Martin’s No. 5 has been consistently fast all season, but the team can’t afford mistakes, such as the misguided fuel-mileage gamble at Michigan in August. Momentum: Martin overcame three finishes of 40th or worse to make the Chase. With his spot in the Chase on the line at Bristol and Atlanta, he responded with top-five results.

Tony Stewart 5,030 points
Performance: Stewart made the most of his close relationship with Hendrick Motorsports by posting three wins and leading the standings after 26 races. Momentum: A string of 10 straight top-10 finishes, including all three of his wins, ended at Michigan in August. Since then, Stewart hasn’t looked quite so bulletproof.

Jimmie Johnson 5,030 points
Performance: Johnson says his cars have never been better in NASCAR’s “regular season.” But a broken axle at Atlanta is emblematic of the gremlins that have beset the No. 48 team this year. Momentum: In the six events after his victory at the Brickyard, Johnson posted one top 10. He finished 11th at Richmond.

Denny Hamlin 5,020 points
Performance: Hamlin has been consistently strong and consistently better than teammate Kyle Busch—even though he has two fewer wins than Busch. Momentum: The dark horse pick to win the Chase, Hamlin won at Richmond and posted 10 top 10s with one finish worse than 15th in the 12 races leading up to the Chase.

Kasey Kahne 5,020 points
Performance: Kahne is at his best in a stable environment. To his credit, he has excelled in the merger capital of NASCAR—Richard Petty Motorsports. The new Dodge engine has given him the speed to win. Momentum: His pressure-packed win at Atlanta was huge. So was the news that RPM would partner with Yates Racing, ending that distraction.

Jeff Gordon 5,010 points
Performance: The season highlight was a breakthrough win at Texas in April. Since then, Gordon has been good, but not great. Momentum: In the 13 races leading up to the Chase, Gordon posted 10 top 10s, including four runner-up finishes. If consistency can win the Chase, Gordon has a shot.

Chase schedule
DATE TRACK START Sept. 20 New Hampshire 1 p.m. Sept. 27 Dover 1 p.m. Oct. 4 Kansas 1 p.m. Oct. 11 California 2:30 p.m. Oct. 17 Lowe’s 7 p.m. Oct. 25 Martinsville 1 p.m. Nov. 1 Talladega 12 p.m. Nov. 8 Texas 2:30 p.m. Nov. 15 Phoenix 2:30 p.m. Nov. 22 Homestead 2:30 p.m. Note: All times Eastern; all races on ABC-TV.

Kurt Busch 5,010 points
Performance: The new Dodge R6
engine has picked up Busch’s program, but the team made some questionable choices on setups late in the regular season. Momentum: News that crew chief Pat Tryson will leave the team at the end of the season broke at Richmond. That’s a distraction no driver needs at this point.

Brian Vickers 5,010 points
Performance: Vickers and Martin tied with a series-best six poles. Late in the season, Vickers showed he could sustain his speed for an entire race. Momentum: Vickers announced his Chase candidacy with a breakthrough win at Michigan. In the seven races leading to Richmond, no other driver scored more Cup points.

Carl Edwards 5,000 points
Performance: Edwards and his Roush teammates just haven’t had the speed, and it’s a handling, not a horsepower issue. Edwards, who won nine times last year, is winless. Momentum: Edwards also must find consistency. The eight races leading up to the Chase produced two top fives, but his best finish in the other six events was 14th.

Ryan Newman 5,000 points
Performance: More remarkable, perhaps, than Stewart’s leading the points is that both of the StewartHaas Racing cars are in the Chase, particularly after the rocky start Newman had. Momentum: Newman hasn’t won this year, but top-10 finishes at Bristol and Atlanta solidified his position in the Chase.

Juan Pablo Montoya 5,000 points
Performance: The quintessential points racer, Montoya found a way to reach his foremost regularseason goal—making the Chase. His No. 42 Chevy also has shown the speed to run up front. Momentum: Montoya overcame a couple of speed bumps at Michigan and Bristol with a third-place finish at Atlanta.

Greg Biffle 5,000 points
Performance: On occasion, Biffle
has been the fastest of the Roush Fenway cars, and his over-the-wall crew is arguably the best on pit road. Momentum: Biffle saved his Chase spot by rallying from a lap down to finish 10th at Atlanta. But late in the season, he was fighting for top 10s, not wins.

The experts say ...

Tony Stewart. He’s just had the momentum all year. I think it’s going to last for him. That’s going to be a major accomplishment.
— Three-time champion Cale Yarborough

Jimmie Johnson. They are a second half team. Their momentum is strong, and they don’t look any weaker than they did in winning the past three championships.

—1989 champion Rusty Wallace

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‘We’re missing something’
Matt Kenseth’s perfect record of qualifying for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is history. Kenseth finished 25th Saturday night at Richmond and tumbled from 12th to 14th in the standings. “We’re missing something, in my opinion, with the organization to start with to make all of our cars faster,” Kenseth said of Roush Fenway Racing. “I think we need to really look hard at engineering and some of the stuff we’re doing to make these cars run to start with, and on the 17 we need a little work, too. We’ve been inconsistent on pit road. I’ve been inconsistent. “There are certain things I can do better as well, so we just need to evaluate the whole thing and try to get back to where it needs to be.” Drew Blickensderfer, in his first year Kenseth’s crew chief, agrees with his driver. “Our cars aren’t good enough,” Blickensderfer said. “With Matt Kenseth driving that racecar, he’s one of the best out here, and it’s still not good enough for him to run in the top 20. We have to do a lot better work on what we’re doing right now. “As a company we need to go back and do some homework. Obviously we’re disappointed. ... It’s bad. We haven’t run good in six months, we’re having a hard time adjusting on our cars and we need to get a grip of it.” — Jared Turner, SceneDaily.com
Roush Fenway Racing coowner Jack Roush says he could field as many as four full-time Nationwide Series teams next year, with the possibility for two or three

Hamlin wins; Vickers makes Chase, Kyle Busch falls short

Chevy Rock & Roll results
FINISH START CAR. DRIVER
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3 13 7 1 8 18 6 33 19 21 11 2 24 5 18 33 83 77 29 39 Denny Hamlin Kurt Busch Jeff Gordon Mark Martin Kyle Busch Clint Bowyer Brian Vickers Sam Hornish Jr. Kevin Harvick Ryan Newman

MAKE
Toyota Dodge Chevrolet Chevrolet Toyota Chevrolet Toyota Dodge Chevrolet Chevrolet

POINTS
195 170 170 165 155 150 146 142 138 134

NASCAR Sprint Cup standings (through Saturday’s race)
RK. +/- DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS POLES WINS T-5 T-10 1 -- Tony Stewart 3,806 0 26 0 3 13 18 2 -- Jeff Gordon 3,627 -179 26 0 1 12 18 3 -- Jimmie Johnson 3,534 -272 26 1 3 9 15 4 -- Denny Hamlin 3,491 -315 26 0 2 9 14 5 2 Kurt Busch 3,322 -484 26 0 1 7 14 6 4 Mark Martin 3,291 -515 26 6 4 9 14 7 -1 Kasey Kahne 3,280 -526 26 0 2 5 10 8 -3 Carl Edwards 3,280 -526 26 0 0 7 11 9 -- Ryan Newman 3,272 -534 26 1 0 5 12 10 -2 Juan Pablo Montoya 3,251 -555 26 1 0 2 12 11 -- Greg Biffle 3,249 -557 26 0 0 8 12 12 1 Brian Vickers 3,203 -603 26 6 1 4 13 13 1 Kyle Busch 3,195 -611 26 1 4 7 9 14 -2 Matt Kenseth 3,165 -641 26 1 2 4 9 15 1 Clint Bowyer 3,059 -747 26 0 0 4 11 16 -1 David Reutimann 3,048 -758 26 2 1 5 8 17 -- Marcos Ambrose 2,830 -976 26 0 0 4 7 18 -- Jeff Burton 2,738 -1,068 26 0 0 2 6 19 -- Joey Logano 2,705 -1,101 26 0 1 1 5 20 -- Casey Mears 2,639 -1,167 26 0 0 0 3 21 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2,628 -1,178 26 0 0 2 5 22 1 Kevin Harvick 2,613 -1,193 26 0 0 3 5 23 -1 Jamie McMurray 2,564 -1,242 26 0 0 0 3 24 1 AJ Allmendinger 2,455 -1,351 26 0 0 1 3 25 -1 Martin Truex Jr. 2,455 -1,351 26 2 0 0 3 —Bold line indicates Chase cutoff

JASON HIRSHFELD / AP

After some solid efforts at Richmond without a victory, Denny Hamlin won the Chevy Rock & Roll 400.
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Matt Kenseth slid from 12th to 14th. more part-time efforts. Roush reiterated his commitment to field full-time teams for Colin Braun and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.— sponsorship or not—and Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards. Roush said he also expects to run Paul Menard with Menards sponsorship for all Nationwide events next year. Plus, he hopes to have cars for Cup drivers David Ragan, Greg Biffle and Kenseth. So when asked how many Nationwide teams he’d field next year, Roush joked that he shouldn’t say. “You know, I’m a little hesitant to say,” Roush said. “I’ve just been pulled back from five to four for my Sprint Cup team.” — Lee Montgomery, SceneDaily.com

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RICHMOND, VA.—Denny Hamlin has dominated Richmond on several occasions—without winning. On Saturday night he finally got the payoff. Leading 299 of 400 laps in the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway, Hamlin got his first win at his home track, a victory Hamlin characterized “like a Daytona 500 win for anyone else.” “This is my house,” Hamlin said. “It has been for the last two years— we just haven’t got the win to show for it. Finally, today our FedEx Toyota showed that we’re a championship contender.” But Hamlin had to share the spotlight with Brian Vickers, who drove his way into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with a seventhplace finish at the .75-mile short track. Vickers knocked 25th-place

finisher Matt Kenseth out of the 12th and final berth in the Chase, beating fifth-place finisher Kyle Busch for the position by eight points. The win was Hamlin’s second of the year and the sixth of his career and helped set aside past disappointments at Richmond. In spring 2008, Hamlin led 381 laps and finished sixth after cutting a tire late in the race. Earlier this year, he led 148 laps but finished 14th. Kurt Busch ran second, followed by Jeff Gordon. Polesitter Mark Martin also secured a place in the Chase with a fourth-place result. In addition to Vickers and Martin, also securing spots in the Chase were Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman, Juan Pablo Montoya and Greg Biffle. Hamlin, Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and points leader Tony Stewart already were locked in. — Reid Spencer writes for the Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service

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Petty: Yates deal could close in two weeks

Skinner wins wild truck race at Gateway
BY TIM TUTTLE For SN Today

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A move from Ford to Dodge should mean more factory support for his team, Richard Petty says.
BY REID SPENCER rspencer@sportingnews.com

RICHMOND, VA.—Team owner Richard Petty said the merger between Yates Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports, now in the form of a letter of intent, should be finalized within two weeks. Petty said the team’s move from Dodge to Ford, announced Thursday, presented the best opportunity for financial support from a manufacturer. He also indicated, to the best of his knowledge, vice president of competition Mark McArdle was no longer with the team. “The deal with Dodge was not there,” Petty said Saturday. “For

us to continue and try to have more factory support, Ford was our best alternative. “Right now, I can’t tell you a whole lot, because there’s not a whole lot went on. We just signed a letter of intent. When you do that, we don’t have the particulars of who does what, who goes here—all that stuff. It has to be worked out in the next couple of weeks. “We feel like (the deal can close in) a couple of weeks, because we don’t feel like there’s that much due diligence to do, because they’ve done a lot of it already.” Petty said the plan is for RPM’s four teams to use engines built by Roush-Yates, the partnership that

supplies engines to Roush Fenway Racing and Yates cars. “The Yates engines—they’re the only ones that build Ford engines right now,” Petty said. “So instead of us starting into a new program, why not use their program, because they’ve got the new engine, that I’ve never seen, and they’re working on that, so hopefully they can get some of that stuff going.” Brian Wolfe, director of Ford Racing, said Ford expected to introduce its new engine into competition before the end of the season. Which teams use it initially is still to be determined, but Ford drivers in the Chase will not.

MADISON, ILL.— Mike Skinner was the beneficiary of a wild conclusion in the Camping World Truck Series race Saturday, winning the Copart 200 in a green-white-checkered finish at Gateway International Raceway. Matt Crafton was involved in incidents in back-to-back restarts with 10 laps remaining that knocked out the first-place and second-place trucks. On the first restart, Crafton, running third, jumped inside of Todd Bodine, who restarted second. As they approached Turn 1, Bodine’s Toyota angled toward the inside and contact was made with Crafton’s Chevrolet. Bodine did a quarter-spin on the pit lane exit and went across the track, hit the outside wall and made contact with Colin Braun and Rick Crawford. The race was red flagged. On the subsequent restart, Crafton lined up second behind Ron Hornaday Jr. When Hornaday turned into the first corner, Crafton was inside him and hit the left-rear of Hornaday’s Chevrolet. Hornaday backed into the outside wall and then was hit by Jason Young. The race was again red flagged, with Crafton in front. But NASCAR black flagged Crafton for aggressive driving, giving the lead to Skinner. Johnny Sauter moved up to second and Brian Scott to third. Crafton was forced to restart at the back of the field, the 11th and final truck on the lead lap. When Crafton drove down pit lane to serve his penalty, a large number of the crowd applauded. Skinner held off Sauter on the greenwhite-checkered finish and won by .285 seconds in the 162-lap race, two over the scheduled distance. It was Skinner’s second straight victory and third of the season.

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Mike Skinner won the crash-packed Copart 200 in a green-white-checkered finish.

Copart 200 results
FIN
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

ST
9 3 4 15 17 6 8 10 13 11

TRK.
5 13 16 51 81 88 17 60 39 14

DRIVER
Mike Skinner Johnny Sauter Brian Scott Aric Almirola Tayler Malsam Matt Crafton Timothy Peters Stacy Compton Ryan Sieg Rick Crawford

MAKE
Toyota Chevrolet Toyota Toyota Toyota Chevrolet Toyota Toyota Chevrolet Ford

PTS
190 170 165 160 155 150 151 147 138 139

LAPS
162 162 162 162 162 162 162 162 162 162

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Deal could be steal, but it’s not just about stats
Looking only at the statistics, there was little risk in the major deal San Jose just pulled off. They get a potential 50-goal scorer in return for players whose combined stats don’t approach 50 goals. Sending Milan Michalek and the startling in-decline Jonathan Cheechoo along with a draft pick to Ottawa for Heatley is about as lopsided a hockey trade that a team can make. Craig Custance If we’re talking HOCKEY pure skill and hockey ability, go ahead and punch San Jose’s ticket to the Western Conference finals. But when that 50-goal scorer is Dany Heatley, there’s risk. And when Heatley comes with another five years left on his contract, with a salary cap hit of $7.5 million per season, there’s even more. Now the Sharks are committed to him long term. San Jose G.M. Doug Wilson said there was no concern on his end regarding Heatley’s past, one that includes demanding a trade twice even if it was for two totally different reasons. “Absolutely not,” Wilson said during a Saturday conference call. “We’re completely comfortable with the type of player he is and more important, the type of person he is.” Smart general managers don’t add this type of player and contract without doing serious homework, and Wilson is smart. Wilson said San Jose coach Todd McLellan worked with Heatley during the world junior championships in Sweden, so there’s familiarity there. Wilson said he also gathered information from people who know Heatley, including Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson and Team Canada G.M. Steve Yzerman. “I believe (Heatley)’s a good guy. I know he’s a good guy,” Yzerman told Sporting News Today. “I don’t believe him to be a selfish person, regardless of whether you agree or disagree with his decision.” It’s not hard to find Heatley defenders around hockey. St. Louis team president John Davidson recently called Heatley a good kid who was vilified by fans and the media for his trade demands. Heatley’s first NHL coach, former Thrashers head coach Curt Fraser, was adamant in his defense of Heatley during a recent conversation with Sporting News Today. “He’s the real deal, all these things he’s going through now, I don’t know if it’s a business thing or maybe Ottawa has something going on, I don’t know. But don’t blame this on Dany Heatley,” Fraser told SN Today. “He’s a great kid and whoever winds up with him is going to find out what kind of guy he is and really enjoy the time they spend with him. He’s a winner.” But so far, he hasn’t been. Heatley can’t be blamed for the growing pains of an expansion team in Atlanta, but the Ottawa teams he starred with were inconsistent at best. There’s no question Heatley is a talented pure goal-scorer but for $7.5 million per season, ideally you’re getting a franchise player who is sound on both ends of the ice. Ideally, you’re getting the kind of guy you send over the boards to protect that one-goal lead in the final minute. Ideally, you’re getting a player who elevates the game of everyone around him.

Senators say Heatley was ‘adamant’ about trade
OTTAWA—The San Jose Sharks made the big move that has been expected ever since their best regular season ended with a firstround playoff exit, acquiring disgruntled winger Dany Heatley from the Ottawa Senators. The Sharks gave up Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo and a secondround pick to acquire Heatley, who had been involved in a lingering dispute with the Senators because he felt he was not being properly used by the team. “It was tough. It wasn’t the greatest summer. No question,” Heatley said in a conference call Saturday. “I’m relieved and excited to be going to San Jose.” Ottawa also sent San Jose a fifth-round draft pick. The long-rumored trade came on the opening day of training camp for Ottawa and ends a clash that has overshadowed the Senators in recent months. “I talked to Dany yesterday and he was adamant that he wanted to be moved and we felt based on that, more than anything, that we should get the value that we could get for him and move on,” Senators general manager Brian Murray said. The 28-year-old Heatley signed a $45-million, six-year contract extension less than two years ago with the Senators. But he said he wanted out of Ottawa because he wasn’t being used properly. He then angered fans when he refused to waive a no-trade clause to move to Edmonton. “I don’t think I did anything wrong asking for a trade,” Heatley said. “I had my reasons and if people think different of me that’s fine, but I feel I’ve done nothing wrong and I’m happy to move on.” This is the second time the talented Heatley has been traded. He was dealt from Atlanta to Ottawa in August 2005. That year, Heatley pleaded guilty to four of six charges of vehicular homicide and was sentenced to three years probation. He was the driver of a car in a 2003 accident that killed teammate and friend Dan Snyder. Heatley initially cited his diminishing role with the Senators, particularly since Cory Clouston took over as coach in February after Craig Hartsburg was fired, as the reason for his trade request. He’s since hinted there may be more to the story, saying there were some “personal things” that happened. “I definitely feel like this was better for both sides,” he said. “I talked to a lot of guys today and everybody is happy that there’s a resolution and we can all move on.” — The Associated Press

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Dany Heatley has averaged 45 goals in the past four seasons. That hasn’t always been the case with Dany Heatley. The Sharks are a much more talented team today than they were before they added Heatley. But talent has never been the issue in San Jose. It’s been grit, desire and leadership. The Heatley trade is San Jose’s gamble, because there’s serious question whether he addresses any of that.
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Gretzky a no-show on Coyotes’ first day of training camp
The Phoenix Coyotes opened training camp without coach Wayne Gretzky on Saturday. One day after the conclusion of arguments in front of a U.S. bankruptcy judge, the team began preparing for the upcoming season despite the absence of the “Great One.” Gretzky’s coaching status remains in limbo until Judge Redfield T. Baum makes a ruling in the bankruptcy case of Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes. In addition to being coach, Gretzky owns a small share of the team. “His position with us is to be determined,” Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said Saturday. “He’s the head coach right now. Given the timing of the court date and the lack of a decision on ownership, Wayne thought it was better to sit back for a few days and evaluate.” Ulf Samuelsson will serve as the team’s acting coach until Gretzky’s ultimate status is determined, Maloney said. “We feel good,” Maloney said. “We feel that we’ve got a good plan in place for the next 7-10 days.” The Coyotes open the preseason Tuesday night at home. While Maloney left the door open for Gretzky to return in time for the game, he said it was unlikely anything would change until the Coyotes’ ownership situation is settled. Baum is expected to make a decision within a week to 10 days. Gretzky is due to make $8.5 million this season, but his contract was not addressed in either of the two existing bids for the team. A third bid by Ice Edge Holdings, regardless of what happens, he can finish as an active player.” Fleury lives in Calgary and played 11 seasons with the Flames. His last NHL season was with Chicago in 2002-03, after which he was suspended indefinitely for violating the NHL’s substance abuse policy. “I am both thankful and very excited to be given this opportunity by Darryl and the Flames organization,” said Fleury, who’s 41. Fleury was granted reinstatement by the NHL and NHL Players’ Association late Thursday. Nashville G.M. David Poile admitted to The Tennessean Saturday that the Predators have been talking to Boston about F Phil Kessel, who could be just the offensive trigger the team needs. “He’s a young player that scores goals,’’ Poile said, “and that’s very much of interest to us.’’ The Bruins still hold the rights to Kessel, meaning they could match any offer made by another team. But the Bruins are considering trading Kessel because they are less than $2 million under the salary cap and Kessel reportedly is looking for a contract in the $4 million range. Poile dismissed the idea of extending an offer sheet because of the stiff compensation price he would have to pay—a first-, secondand third-round pick in 2010. The New York Post reported that young Rangers C Brandon Dubinsky missed the opening of training camp Saturday morning, thus becoming the team’s first official holdout since Mark Messier in 1994. Negotiations between the team and their Group II free agent reportedly are continuing, and Dubinsky has expressed a strong desire to play for the Rangers. He even said he wanted to attend camp without a contract, though it was decided he should stay away until he’s signed. He earlier had accepted a $522,500 qualifying offer. The Rangers also have an interest in getting Dubinsky on the ice. Coach John Tortorella has said he will get a shot at the center position on the top line.

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Wayne Gretzky, above, is still the coach of the Coyotes ‘right now,’ according to G.M. Don Maloney. which since was withdrawn, called for Gretzky to remain as coach at a reduced salary of $2 million. “If he comes in and three days later the ownership changes and his contract is not extended, what are you going to do, lead him out in handcuffs?” Maloney said with a laugh. “The sooner we bring this thing together the better, but it doesn’t have to be in the next 10 minutes.” Baum essentially is deciding between two bids for the team—one from Canadian billionaire Jim Balsille, contingent upon the team moving to Hamilton, Ontario, and a second from the NHL. The Calgary Flames, the team for which former star F Theo Fleury started his career in 1988, will give him a chance in training camp to resurrect it on a tryout basis. “Once we determined that Theoren was training to our standards and the league permitted his return to on-ice competition, it wasn’t a hard decision for us to provide him with this opportunity,” G.M. Darryl Sutter said in a statement. “In the history of our franchise, he is among the top players all-time and,

Alex Ovechkin delivered a quick message to opponents—and any doubting teammates—Saturday morning after arriving for the start of Washington’s training camp. The two-time league MVP has serious expectations. “On top. On top of Pittsburgh, on top of everybody,” Ovechkin told reporters when asked where he thinks the Capitals will finish the 2009-10 season. “It’s time for us, I think. The organization, the guys understand that if we make the playoffs, it’s not (enough). Now we have to move forward.” The Blue Jackets said Saturday that they have signed RW Derek Dorsett to a two-year contract extension that will run through the 201112 season. G.M. Scott Howson did not reveal terms. Dorsett, 22, had four goals and one assist as a rookie last season. He ranked second on the club and led all NHL rookies in penalty minutes. He was Columbus’ ninth pick in the 2006 entry draft.

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unspectacular years in the Big Apple. He’s likely to center a free-agent line with Gionta on his right and Cammalleri to his left. Gomez and Gionta will be trying to rekindle the magic they created in New Jersey four years ago when Gomez recorded a career-high 33 goals and 84 points while Gionta shot lights out with a career-high 48 goals and 89 points. Since then, Gomez has not scored more than 16 goals and Gionta hasn’t surpassed 25. Conversely, Cammalleri is coming off a career year in Calgary with 39 goals and 82 points. He’ll need to prove he can put up similar numbers without the help of former teammate Jarome Iginla. Tomas Plekanec (20 goals last season) is likely to center a second line with Andrei Kostitsyn (23) and Guillaume Latendresse (14), while Maxime Lapierre will try to awaken the sleeping giant that is left winger Sergei Kostitsyn, who scored only eight goals in 56 games. Georges Laraque is likely to patrol the right side on the third line, leaving Travis Moen and Kyle Chipchura searching for ice time with veteran center Glen Metropolit and forward prospects Matt D’Agostini, Max Pacioretty and Gregory Stewart. Moen won a Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007; he scored seven goals and killed penalties for San Jose last season. “He is versatile and he plays hard,” Gainey said. “His size and style will contribute to adding physicality to our team.” The Canadiens also made a commitment to Swedish forward Andreas Engqvist over the summer, signing the 6-3 center to an entry-level contract for three years. Engqvist recorded nine goals and seven assists in 31 games with Djurgardens of the

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2008-09 record: 41-30-11, 93 points Last Playoff: 2009 (lost in conference championship) Coach: Jacques Martin

BY CHUCK GORMLEY Sporting News Yearbooks

Maybe the Montreal Canadiens misread the calendar and thought this season was their 100th anniversary in the NHL. How else can you explain general manager Bob Gainey’s extreme makeover? In a matter of days, the Canadiens bid adieu to 11 players who wore “bleu, blanc et rouge” last season, including three of their four leading scorers (Saku Koivu, Alex Kovalev and Alex Tanguay) and their hardest-hitting defenseman (Mike Komisarek). In their places arrive former New Jersey teammates Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta, ex-Calgary sniper Mike Cammalleri and veteran blue liners Hal Gill, Paul Mara and Jaroslav Spacek. “The time came for us as an organization to move on, create a new team with a new identity,” Gainey said. And that includes a new coach with a very familiar face. After years as a hated rival behind the bench of the Ottawa Senators and more recently the Florida Panthers, Jacques Martin will take over for Guy Carbonneau/ Gainey this season after an embarrassing first-round playoff sweep at the hands of the Bruins. Most of this year’s Habs weren’t around to witness last spring’s postseason meltdown, which included a rocky performance by second-year goalie Carey Price. Gainey stood by his prized netminder but imploded just about everything else in front of him. Gomez, who was acquired from the Rangers in a pre-draft trade that sent Chris Higgins to New York, is looking for a fresh start after two productive but

CATEGORY TEAM STATS RANKS Goals Per Game 2.95 12t Penalty Kill Percentage 82.43 11 Power Play Goals 72 7t Power Play Percentage 19.25 13 Saves 2360 7 Save Percentage .908 13 Shorthanded Goals For 10 6t Shots Against Per Game 31.71 24 Shots Per Game 30.01 13 Shutouts 2 26t Total Points 642 16 Faceoff Percentage .509 14 Goals Against Per Game 2.93 19t Power Play 374 1t Opportunities Shorthanded Goals 11 5t Against Times Shut Out 2 29

Offseason moves
Additions
Mike Cammalleri, LW (Flames); Mathieu Darche, LW (Sabres); Hal Gill, D (Penguins); Brian Gionta, RW (Devils); Scott Gomez, C (trade, Rangers); Paul Mara, D ( Rangers); Travis Moen, LW (Sharks); Curtis Sanford, G (Canucks); Jaroslav Spacek, D (Sabres).

Subtractions
Chris Higgins, LW (trade, Rangers); Doug Janik, D (Rangers); Saku Koivu, C (Ducks); Mike Komisarek, D (Maple Leafs); Tom Kostopoulos, RW (Hurricanes); Alex Kovalev, RW (Senators).

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Carey Price won 23 games last season, but struggled in the playoff sweep by Boston. Swedish Elite League last season. The defense has undergone a similar facelift. Gill likely will join forces with Spacek on the Habs’ second shutdown unit behind Andrei Markov and Roman Hamrlik. Markov set a career high in assists (52) and points (64) last season and is just hitting his prime at age 30. Hamrlik, 35, is advancing in years, but was second on the club in blocked shots and put up a respectable 33 points. Gill, at 6-7, is not nearly as mobile as Komisarek, but he can punish opposing forwards and showed enough versatility in the playoffs to earn a Stanley Cup ring in Pittsburgh. Spacek bounced around the NHL before finding a home in Buffalo. Josh Gorges is likely to begin the season as the Canadiens’ fifth defenseman, which means prospects Ryan O’Byrne and Yannick Weber will battle it out for the sixth spot. Between the pipes, Price enters a defining year. After a spectacular rookie season, the 22-year-old performed admirably as a sophomore, with a 23-16-10 mark and 2.83 goals-against average. In the playoffs, however, he looked overwhelmed for the second straight season, going 0-4 and allowing 15 goals in Boston’s sweep. Curtis Sanford was signed in the offseason to provide backup. — For much more on the Canadiens, purchase a copy of Sporting News Hockey ’09-10 yearbook by calling 1-800-380-7404. Or order it online at sportingnews.com or streetandsmiths.com

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Celtics’ Allen would like extension
SG Ray Allen would like to negotiate a contract extension with the Celtics beyond this season, The Boston Globe reported. Allen, who was traded to Boston from Seattle two years ago, is entering the final year of a fiveyear, $85 million deal he signed with the SuperSonics. “Of course, but it will be dealt with in its time,” Allen told The Globe when asked whether he would like to play more years in Boston. “My job doesn’t change. I gotta go out and do the same things. We get paid to play basketball. We’re all in a great situation so we can’t look past this year.” Back in July, Team USA director Jerry Colangelo expressed some concern about the impending 2010 free agency of three of his best candidates—PF Chris Bosh, SF LeBron James and SG Dwyane Wade—for the American entry into the World Championship in Turkey. The tournament does not begin until late August, and there’s little doubt that all three will have their contracts settled by then. But USA training camp figures to start in July, which might prevent the trio from suiting up. Asked about that last week, Wade said he hopes that some resolution can be reached. “It’s yet to be seen,” Wade said. “I think that’s something that myself and LeBron and Chris and Mr. Colangelo and Coach K and those guys, we have got to sit down and talk about it. It actually could affect things. The contract stuff might be all figured out in time for camp, but we should have a plan either way.” Assuming free agency isn’t an issue, Wade said he’s in for playing in 2010—as long as everyone else is, too. “When the time comes, if my team comes back, then I am going to be back with my guys,” Wade said. “They know that.” — Sean Deveney Although Wade said last week that’ he’d wait until next summer to make a contract decision, his agent told the Sun-Sentinel that Wade would be open-minded about an extension should the Heat upgrade their roster by February’s trading deadline. “As long as the extension offer is there,” agent Henry

Memphis keeps star recruit in his hometown
White Station (Memphis) PG Joe Jackson has given his word to Memphis, The Commercial-Appeal of Memphis reported. Jackson also had considered Kansas and Tennessee. Jackson, 5-11 and 160 pounds, is a consensus five-star prospect known for his scoring ability and versatility. “I wanted to stay in the city and be part of the Memphis tradition,” Jackson told the newspaper. “The fan base, they support the players from Memphis, and they’re going to stick with you through the ups and downs, so that’s why I really wanted to play for Memphis.” — Brian McLaughlin Berkeley (Moncks Corner, S.C.) PG Bruce Ellington has chosen South Carolina, Scout.com reported. The 5-10 Ellington also seriously considered Clemson, Miami (Fla.) and USC. He is rated a four-star prospect by two recruiting services. “Basketball has always been my first love,” Ellington said in a statement. “I believe the basketball program at South Carolina is on the verge of doing great things. They have been with me every day since Day One ... I’m excited to be a Gamecock.” — Brian McLaughlin Mississippi State G Riley Benock has had surgery to remove a bone in his right ankle that had a stress fracture, The Clarion-Ledger reported. School officials say

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Ray Allen has averaged 17.8 points in two seasons in Boston.

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Mississippi State G Riley Benock should be ready to practice by late October. Benock will miss about six weeks. Officials say Benock had been experiencing problems with his ankle, and a team doctor identified an extra bone below his ankle that had a stress fracture. Benock played in all 36 of State’s games last season, averaging 2.3 points in 11.4 minutes per game. Illinois added three freshmen guards, but the Illini are concerned about depth at the position, according to illinihq. com. Joseph Bertrand suffered a knee injury and Jeff Jordan has left the team, leaving the Illini with a pair of veteran guards and freshmen guards, according to the website. The timetable for Bertrand’s return is not yet known. Louisville released its schedule this week with a couple of intriguing nonconference matchups. The Cardinals open their season on Nov. 17 against Arkansas and coach John Pelphrey—who played for Louisville coach Rick Pitino at Kentucky—in St. Louis. The annual showdown with Kentucky at Rupp Arena is on Jan. 2.

Thomas said, “he can accept it at any time.”
The Grizzlies’ signing of SG Allen Iverson has had an immediate effect on ticket sales, according to WHBQTV in Memphis. “The last 48 hours it has been our biggest two days of sales since we started here,” Grizzlies vice president of ticket sales Dennis O’Connor said. The Grizzles are giving new season-ticket buyers an Iverson jersey as an incentive. Turkey remained undefeated at the European basketball championship with a 63-60 victory over a Spanish team led by NBA stars Pau Gasol and Rudy Fernandez. Turkey forward Ersan Ilyasova scored 15 points and had a key block in the closing seconds of the secondround game. In Saturday’s other games, Serbia, led by Thunder C Nenad Krstic’s 18 points, beat host Poland 77-72, and Slovenia beat Lithuania 81-58.

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A look at Saturday’s play at the $21.6 million U.S. Open tennis championships: TODAY ON TV (All Times EDT): ESPN2, Noon-3 p.m. (men’s semifinal), 9-11 p.m. (women’s final); CBS, 4-7 p.m. (men’s semifinal) WEATHER: Early clouds followed by persistent light rain. Cool with a high of 68. ATTENDANCE: NA. MEN’S RESULT: Quarterfinals: No. 3 Rafael Nadal defeated No. 11 Fernando Gonzalez 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 6-0 to complete the match they began on Thursday. Nadal won the first four points of Saturday’s play to close out the secondset tiebreaker before sweeping the final set. WOMEN’S RESULTS: Semifinals: 2005 champion Kim Clijsters defeated three-time champion Serena Williams 6-4, 7-5 when Serena was assessed a point penalty on match point. No. 9 Caroline Wozniacki advanced to her first Grand Slam final, beating unseeded Yanina Wickmayer 6-3, 6-3. TOP PLAYERS ON COURT TODAY: Men’s Semifinals: No. 1 Roger Federer vs. No. 4 Novak Djokovic, No. 3 Rafael Nadal vs. No. 6 Juan Martin del Potro. Women’s Championship: No. 9 Caroline Wozniacki vs. Kim Clijsters. STAT OF THE DAY: Kim Clijsters is the sixth player to beat both Serena and Venus Williams in the same tournament, and the only one to do it twice. QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I don’t think that’s necessary for me to speak about that. I’ve let it go.” — Serena Williams, when asked what she said to the line judge that resulted in a point penalty on match point in her loss to Kim Clijsters. ON THIS DATE: Sept. 13, 1981: John McEnroe defeats Bjorn Borg 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 to win his third straight U.S. Open men’s singles title. It was Borg’s final U.S. Open match.

Outburst contributes to Williams’ ouster
NEW YORK—Serena Williams walked toward the line judge, screaming, cursing and shaking a ball in the official’s direction, threatening to “shove it down” her throat. On match point in the U.S. Open semifinals Saturday night, defending champion Williams was penalized a point for unsportsmanlike conduct—a bizarre, ugly finish that gave a 6-4, 7-5 upset victory to unseeded, unranked Kim Clijsters. The match featured plenty of powerful groundstrokes and lengthy exchanges. No one will remember a single shot that was struck, though, because of the unusual, dramatic way it ended. With Williams serving at 5-6, 15-30 in the second set, she faulted on her first serve. On the second serve, a line judge called a foot fault, making it a double-fault—a call rarely, if ever, seen at that stage of any match, let alone the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament. That made the score 15-40, putting Clijsters one point from victory. Instead of stepping to the baseline to serve again, Williams went over and shouted and cursed at the line judge, pointing at her and thrusting the ball toward her. “If I could, I would take this ... ball and shove it down your ... throat,” Williams said. She continued yelling at the line judge, and went back over, shaking her racket in the official’s direction. Asked in her postmatch news conference what she said to the line judge, Williams wouldn’t say, replying, “What did I say? You didn’t hear?” “I’ve never been in a fight in my whole life, so I don’t know why she would have felt threatened,” Williams said with a smile. The line judge went over to the chair umpire, and tournament referee Brian Earley joined in the conversation. With the crowd booing—making part of the dialogue inaudible—Williams then went over and said to the line judge: “Sorry, but there are a lot of people who’ve said way worse.” Then the line judge said something to the chair umpire, and Williams responded, “I didn’t say I would kill you. Are you serious? I didn’t say that.” The line judge replied by shaking her head and saying, “Yes.” Williams already had been give a code violation warning when she broke her racket after losing the first set. So the chair umpire now awarded a penalty point to Clijsters, ending the match. “She was called for a foot fault, and a point later, she said something to a line umpire, and it was reported to the chair, and that resulted in a point penalty,” Earley explained. “And it just happened that point penalty was match point. It was a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct.” When the ruling was announced, Williams walked around the net to the other end of the court to shake hands with a stunned Clijsters, who did not appear to understand what had happened. “I used to have a real temper, and I’ve gotten a lot better,” Williams said later. “So I know you don’t believe me, but I used to be worse. Yes, yes, indeed.”

Results
Saturday At The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center New York Purse: $21.6 million (Grand Slam) Surface: Hard-Outdoor Men’s singles Quarterfinals Rafael Nadal (3), Spain, def. Fernando Gonzalez (11), Chile, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 6-0. Women’s semifinals Kim Clijsters, Belgium, def. Serena Williams (2), United States, 6-4, 7-5. Caroline Wozniacki (9), Denmark, def. Yanina Wickmayer, Belgium, 6-3, 6-3.

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Serena Williams’ title defense ended when she was penalized for verbally abusing an official. Lost in the theatrics was Clijsters’ significant accomplishment: In only her third tournament back after 2½ years in retirement, the 26-year-old Belgian became the first mother to reach a Grand Slam final since Evonne Goolagong Cawley won Wimbledon 1980. “The normal feelings of winning a match weren’t quite there,” Clijsters said. “But I think afterwards, when everything kind of sunk in a little bit and got explained to me about what happened, yeah, you kind of have to put it all in place, and then it becomes a little bit easier to understand and to kind of not celebrate, but at least have a little bit of joy after a match like that.” Clijsters will meet No. 9-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, who advanced to her first Grand Slam final with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Yanina Wickmayer, using her speed and steady play to overcome an early break in the final set. “It’s a dream come true to play the finals of a Grand Slam, and now I’m here,” a beaming Wozniacki said. “So I mean, I have absolutely nothing to lose.” Wozniacki converted six of 11 breakpoint chances in the matchup of emerging 19-year-olds. Wozniacki, a native of Odense, Denmark, covered her mouth after

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Wickmayer’s forehand landed wide on the final point, and nearly broke down as she approached the net. She won the final four games of the match as Wickmayer struggled with her groundstrokes. “She made not any mistakes,” said Wickmayer, who committed 40 unforced errors to 14 for Wozniacki. “She just kept bringing the ball back and back. ... She was really fast.” The weather delay and marquee matchup on the U.S. Open’s main court set up a surreal scene at Armstrong Stadium, with a sparse crowd of about 500 in the stands at the start of the semifinal. After the prematch music stopped and before Wozniacki and Wickmayer walked through the tunnel, a fan shouted “Quick, before it rains again.” — The Associated Press

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Saturday at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club Dubsdread Course, Lemont, Ill. Purse: $7.5 million Yardage: 7,616; Par: 71 Third Round Tiger Woods 68-67-62 — Brandt Snedeker 69-69-66 — Marc Leishman 67-69-68 — Matt Kuchar 71-68-66 — Padraig Harrington 68-68-69 — John Senden 70-70-66 — Mark Wilson 69-66-71 — Jim Furyk 70-70-67 — Luke Donald 70-69-68 — Sergio Garcia 71-68-68 — Bubba Watson 69-68-70 — Ian Poulter 69-71-68 — David Toms 68-71-69 — Sean O’Hair 70-68-70 — Zach Johnson 73-65-70 — Bo Van Pelt 67-69-72 — Rory Sabbatini 66-70-72 — Kevin Na 72-72-65 — Kevin Sutherland 75-67-67 — Phil Mickelson 71-69-70 — Bill Haas 71-68-71 — Anthony Kim 69-69-72 — Steve Marino 66-77-68 — Charles Howell III 69-72-70 — Heath Slocum 70-69-72 — Stephen Ames 76-67-69 — Mike Weir 72-69-71 — Chad Campbell 70-70-72 — John Rollins 73-65-74 — Steve Stricker 72-73-68 — Jason Dufner 74-70-69 — John Mallinger 68-76-69 — Fredrik Jacobson 72-71-70 — Camilo Villegas 68-74-71 — Brian Davis 71-70-72 — Dustin Johnson 69-73-71 — Bryce Molder 70-73-71 — Nick Watney 70-71-73 — Hunter Mahan 73-73-69 — Retief Goosen 72-72-71 — Jeff Overton 72-68-75 — Robert Allenby 75-74-67 — Kenny Perry 77-69-70 — Stewart Cink 72-74-70 — Charley Hoffman 73-71-72 — Charlie Wi 71-73-72 — Pat Perez 72-71-73 — Geoff Ogilvy 68-73-75 — Angel Cabrera 73-75-69 — Scott Verplank 70-75-72 — Webb Simpson 70-74-73 — Justin Leonard 73-69-75 — Davis Love III 74-77-67 — Jerry Kelly 76-73-69 — Ryan Moore 71-72-75 — Paul Goydos 74-72-73 — Jason Bohn 71-74-74 — Brian Gay 73-71-75 — Jason Day 71-73-75 — Ernie Els 75-67-77 — Lucas Glover 74-75-71 — Woody Austin 76-72-72 — Nathan Green 73-74-73 — Tim Clark 78-69-73 — Ben Crane 75-69-76 — Jonathan Byrd 69-79-73 — Y.E. Yang 71-78-73 — J.B. Holmes 78-73-72 —

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LEMONT, ILL.—Tiger Woods started with a bogey. His best shot led to a par. It turned out to be his best round of the year. Getting better with every shot, Woods broke the course record at Cog Hill and blew away the field Saturday in the BMW Championship with a 9-under 62 that gave him a seven-shot lead. “After I got past the first hole I was doing all right,” Woods said. “It was one of those days that kind of built upon itself.” Brandt Snedeker finished with four straight birdies for a 66 and will play with Woods for the first time today. He could probably think of better circumstances. “I’ve got to do something spectacular,” Snedeker said, “and he’s got to maybe have a heart attack out there for me to have a chance.” Marc Leishman had a two-shot lead when he made the turn. Could he have imagined shooting 1 over on the back nine and finding himself seven shots behind? “You wouldn’t think so,” he said. “But like I say, it’s Tiger.” The 62 tied the tournament record—an event that dates to 1899—set last year by Jim Furyk at Bellerive outside St. Louis. Woods was at 16-under 197 and had his largest lead on the PGA Tour since he was eight shots in front in the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines early last year. He wound up winning by eight shots. This was Woods at his finest, even though he wasn’t flawless. He dropped his 3-wood in disgust after his opening tee shot sailed to the left into a bunker,

Ogilvy talks architecture with ‘Open doctor’ Jones
Few active players have an architectural acumen like Geoff Ogilvy, so perhaps it was only fitting that the Australian play his pro-am round at the BMW Championship with Rees Jones, who renovated Cog Hill. Ogilvy wrote on Twitter during his round that he was playing with Jones and solicited questions. A reporter mentioned that to Jones long after the pro-am round, and the noted architect smiled and said, “That’s why he was asking so many questions.” Even so, the Australian didn’t turn this into a full-fledged inquiry. Jones is known as the “Open doctor,” and given the severity of U.S. Open courses, he gets criticized more than most golf course designers. But not from Ogilvy, at least not directly. “I didn’t want to get to deep,” Ogilvy said. “It’s not my domain to get into golf course architecture. It was nothing to deep, just ‘What did you do here?’ and that sort of thing.” He said it was an enjoyable round and called Jones a “very nice man.” Asked what he thought of Jones’ work at Cog Hill, Ogilvy replied, “Similar to most.” “Bethpage is obvious his best,” Ogilvy said. “This is somewhere in the middle.” Still, for a guy who digs golf course resign, Ogilvy stopped short of calling it the dream proam round. “If I was going to talk about architecture, I would prefer to play with Ben Crenshaw,” he said.

Blind start
Paul Goydos was among the late arrivals to the BMW Championship, and for good reason. After missing the cut last week outside Boston, he flew home to California and spent Tuesday celebrating daughter Courtney’s 17th birthday. Goydos caught the redeye Tuesday night and made it to Chicago on Wednesday morning—in time to be an alternate for the afternoon proam. He waited until 2 p.m. for the last player to tee off, then headed back to his hotel for some rest. That means he never got in a practice round to see the changes to the golf course. On his opening hole, Goydos hit his approach to 10 feet and made birdie. Walking off the green, he said to his playing partners, “I think the course is better than ever.” It got the better of him by the end of the day, however, as he finished bogey-double bogey for a 74.

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Tiger Woods shot a 9-under 62 and enters today with a seven-shot lead. leading to a sloppy bogey. He followed that by missing a 10-foot birdie putt on the next hole. Woods started the third round tied for the lead, and already was three shots behind when he stood on the tee at the par-3 sixth and faced a dangerous pin—all the way to the left, protected by deep bunkers front and back. “Even if you bail out to the right, it’s a tough putt,” Woods said. “The only thing you can’t do there is go in the back bunker. That’s one of the reasons why I didn’t hit a 6-iron and try to hold it in there. But I had to hit the 7-iron really good to get it there, and I pulled it off.” — The Associated Press

Preferred parking
The best parking at Cog Hill for the BMW Championship is a large lot within 100 yards of the first tee, and it’s occupied with nothing but BMWs. The players, meanwhile, park across the street. In a unique perk, the title sponsor is awarding prime parking to fans who own a BMW and a ticket to the tournament, one costing a little more than the other. — The Associated Press

BMW Championship
Site: Lemont, Ill. Schedule: Through today Course: Cog Hill Golf and
Country club, Dubsdread Course (7,616 yards, par 71). Purse: $7.5 million. Winner’s share: $1.35 million. TV: NBC (Today, 2-6 p.m.)

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Ohno wins 500 meters, Celski injured
MARQUETTE, MICH.—Apolo Anton Ohno earned a narrow victory in the 500 meters at the U.S. short track national championships Saturday night, when crashes sent two skaters to the hospital. The five-time Olympic medalist barely got his right skate blade in front of Jeff Simon in the final at the hockey rink on the Northern Michigan University campus. Ohno was timed in 41.928, with Simon crossing the line in 41.967. Travis Jayner was third and Jordan Malone fourth. The victory allowed Ohno to pad his first-place point total in the overall standings. The top five men and women earn spots on the Olympic team for Vancouver. J.R. Celski underwent surgery after crashing and slicing open his left leg with his right skate blade in a 500 meter semifinal heat. He hit the boards coming out of a turn and bounced off them. The first few inches of his right blade cut into his left leg near the knee, spilling blood on the ice. Celski yelled as emergency personnel rushed onto the ice and applied pressure to try and stop the heavy blood flow. The race was cut off while he was tended to for several minutes before being removed on a stretcher. U.S. Speedskating president Brad Goskowicz said Celski was undergoing surgery at Marquette General Hospital to determine the extent of his injury. land (71) was seven adrift. ROGERS, ARK.—Song-Hee Kim finished with a 3-under 68 for a two-shot lead over Angela Stanford at the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship. Kim is at 9 under for the tournament heading into the final round. Stanford shot a 69. Na Yeon Choi shot a 65 for the day’s low round and was tied for third with two other players, a stroke behind Stanford. Michelle Wie shot a 70 and is six shots back.

TRANSACTIONS
HOCKEY National Hockey League COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS: Signed RW Derek Dorsett to a two-year contract, through the 2011-12 season. OTTAWA SENATORS: Traded LW Dany Heatley and a 2010 fifth-round draft pick to San Jose for LW Milan Michalek, RW Jonathan Cheechoo and a 2010 second-round draft pick. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING: Re-signed LW Radek Smolenak to a one-year contact.

NOTE: Three points for victory, one point for tie. Sept. 9 D.C. United 1, Kansas City 0 Saturday’s games Toronto FC 3, Colorado 2 Seattle FC 2, D.C. United 1 Kansas City 1, New York 0 Real Salt Lake 1, Chicago 1, tie FC Dallas 6, Los Angeles 3

Today’s games New England at Chivas USA, 3 p.m. Houston at Columbus, 5 p.m. Friday’s games New England at New York, 7:30 p.m. Colorado at San Jose, 11 p.m.

clear, covering the 1 1-16 miles in 1:40.59. Swift Temper paid $11.40, $3 and $2.30. Seventh Street returned $2.10 and $2.10. Luna Vega earned $2.50 to show.

Baseball
REGENSBURG, GERMANY—Terry Tiffee hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and the United States added six more runs in the eighth to beat China 8-0 at the World Cup. The defending champion Americans, coming off a 9-1 win over Germany and an opening loss to Venezuela, advanced to the second round of the tournament.

Soccer
LONDON—Manchester United and Chelsea rallied to victories, while Manchester City’s expensively revamped team passed its first big Premier League test against Arsenal. Brazil midfielder Anderson ended his two-year wait for a United goal as the defending champions won 3-1 at Tottenham despite Paul Scholes being sent off. Chelsea won 2-1 at Stoke on Florent Malouda’s stoppage time goal. Emmanuel Adebayor scored against former club Arsenal in a 4-2 win that gave Man City its fourth straight triumph. MADRID—Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Lionel Messi gave Barcelona a 2-0 Spanish league win at Getafe on while Real Madrid beat Espanyol 3-0 after Cristiano Ronaldo came on as a second-half substitute to score. — The Associated Press

WNBA All Times ET
EASTERN CONFERENCE x-Indiana y-Atlanta y-Detroit Washington Chicago Connecticut New York WESTERN CONFERENCE x-Phoenix y-Seattle y-Los Angeles y-San Antonio Minnesota Sacramento x-clinched conference y-clinched playoff spot Sept. 11 Atlanta 88, Connecticut 64 Los Angeles 90, Minnesota 61 Saturday’s games Washington 82, Atlanta 64 Detroit 80, Chicago 69 W 22 18 18 16 16 15 12 W 23 20 17 15 14 11 L 11 16 16 17 18 18 21 L 10 14 16 19 19 22 Pct .667 .529 .529 .485 .471 .455 .364 Pct .697 .588 .515 .441 .424 .333 GB — 4½ 4½ 6 6½ 7 10 GB — 3½ 6 8½ 9 12

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Swift Temper, right, upset 1-5 favorite Seventh Street to capture the Ruffian Handicap. Ireland in the Walker Cup behind the strong play of Rickie Fowler. The Americans are trying to win this event a third straight time. Fowler enjoyed two lopsided victories and the Americans won three singles matches and halved four others at Merion Golf Club. The U.S. followed its 3-1 win in alternate-shot matches in the morning by dominating the singles early. Fowler teamed with Bud Cauley for a 6-and-5 win in foursomes and beat Sam Hutsby 7-and-6 in singles. Stiggy Hodgson had the lone singles victory for BritainIreland. Four alternate-shot matches and 10 singles scheduled for today. The U.S. leads the series 33-7-1. COLOGNE, GERMANY—Peter Hanson of Sweden leads three players by one stroke at the MercedesBenz Championship after shooting a 5-under 67 in the third round. Hanson was at 11-under 205 after beginning the round three shots behind Scott Strange of Australia and Chris Wood of England. Hanson is trying to give Sweden its third straight victory on the European Tour. Simon Dyson of England (68), Soren Hansen of Denmark (70) and James Kingston of South Africa (70) are at 206. Henrik Stenson of Sweden was two shots back after a 69. Lee Westwood of England was six behind after a 72 and Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie of Scot-

Horse Racing
NEW YORK—Swift Temper upset 1-5 favorite Seventh Street by 1¾ lengths to win the $300,000 Ruffian Handicap for fillies and mares at Belmont Park. Seventh Street, bidding for a third Grade 1 win this season, pressed the early pace in the mud before taking a narrow lead on the turn. She soon had company as Swift Temper ranged along side. Those two battled through the lane with Swift Temper and jockey Alan Garcia gradually pulling

Seattle 64, San Antonio 55 Today’s games Indiana at Connecticut, 3 p.m. Los Angeles at Phoenix, 3 p.m. Washington at New York, 4 p.m. Minnesota at Sacramento, 9 p.m. End of regular season

Golf
ARDMORE, PA.—The United States took an 8-4 lead over Britain and

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