College Football Today


Sunday, September 3rd 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


_ Michael Vick threw for 186 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 101 yards and two more TDs _ including one for 63 yards _ as No. 13 Virginia Tech defeated Akron 52-23.

_ DeShaun Foster gained 187 yards on a school record-tying 42 carries and scored three touchdowns as UCLA upset No. 3 Alabama 35-24.

_ Eric Crouch ran for three touchdowns and passed for another, and Dan Alexander rushed for 208 yards and two touchdowns as No. 1 Nebraska beat San Jose State 49-13.

_ Matt Newton threw for 327 yards and a career-high four touchdowns to lead Colorado St. over No. 23 Colorado 28-24.

_ David Mitchell returned a fumble and an interception for scores as No. 16 Ohio State beat Fresno State 37-10.

_ Mike McMahon was 27-for-44 for 323 yards and a school-record tying five touchdown passes as Rutgers beat Villanova 34-21.

_ Tony Zimmerman was 26-for-43 for 391 yards and four touchdowns as Duquesne beat Virginia Military Institute 57-31.

_ Jimmy Blanchard threw for 409 yards, completing 16-of-24 passes, and three touchdowns to lead Portland State to a 37-20 win over Western Washington.



STRUGGLING

Penn State struggled offensively again, losing 24-6 to Toledo to fall to 0-2 for the first time since 1990. The Nittany Lions, who had never lost to a Mid-American Conference opponent, have lost five consecutive regular-season games for the first time since dropping seven straight in 1931.



SWEET VICTORY

South Carolina snapped the nation's longest losing streak by beating New Mexico State 31-0. The Gamecocks has lost 21 straight since beating Ball State on Sept. 5, 1998. The win was the first for coach Lou Holtz at South Carolina after going 0-11 last season.



SNAPPED

Arnaz Battle threw two touchdown passes in his first career start as Notre Dame ended a four-game losing streak, defeating No. 25 Texas A&M 24-10. The Irish dropped the final four games of last season to finish 5-7 _ their first sub .500 season since 1986.



SIZZLING OFFENSE

Air Force rolled up 583 yards on the ground in a 55-6 drubbing of Cal State Northridge. Seven players scored touchdowns and five ran for at least 50 yards as the Falcons amassed 698 total yards _ two short of a school record.



STORMING BACK

Brigham Young scored 35 second-half points to erase a 21-0 halftime deficit and went on to defeat Virginia 38-35 in overtime. Owen Pochman's 27-yard field goal in overtime sealed the victory for the Cougars as Bret Engemann threw for 447 yards and Brian McDonald rushed for three second-half TDs.



SHELLACKED

_ Charles Berry passed for 241 yards and two touchdowns, and James Madison held Lock Haven to two first downs as the Dukes won 72-0. James Madison ran up 653 yards of offense while Lock Haven managed just 69 and committed six turnovers.

_ No. 19 Oklahoma routed Texas-El Paso 55-14, capitalizing on seven Aggies turnovers. Josh Heupel, who set school and Big 12 records with 3,460 yards and 30 touchdowns a year ago, threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score, and freshman Renaldo Works scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns for the Sooners.



SHUT DOWN

Oregon limited the Nevada offense to 103 total yards and had seven sacks as the Ducks won their school-record 15th straight home game, defeating the Wolfpack 36-7. Nevada's 103 total yards were the fewest allowed by Oregon since San Jose State had 88 on Oct. 6, 1962.



SHUTOUTS

_ Drew Brees passed for 317 yards and three touchdowns as No. 15 Purdue overpowered Central Michigan 48-0. The Boilermakers limited the Chippewas to just 161 yards of total offense en route to their first shutout since Oct. 17, 1981.

_ Kelly Hardy returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown on the third play and Jamie Wilson ran for two TDs as East Carolina beat Duke 38-0. The shutout was only the second for Pirates since 1982.

_ Woodrow Dantzler completed 16 of 17 passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns, leading No. 17 Clemson to a 38-0 victory over The Citadel. Citadel crossed midfield only once, on a fourth-quarter punt return.

_ South Florida outgained Division I-AA opponent Jacksonville State 513-151 in total offense en route to a 40-0 win, spoiling the debut of former Arkansas coach Jack Crowe.

_ Adam Lamb ran for three touchdowns and passed for another, leading Texas Southern to a 42-0 victory over Prairie View A&M. Lamb threw for 259 yards and rushed for 62 while the Texas Southern defense held Prairie View to minus-24 yards on the ground.



STUNNED

Asad Abdul-Khaliq threw three touchdown passes before leaving with a concussion in the second quarter of Minnesota's 47-10 rout of Louisiana-Monroe. Abdul-Khaliq absorbed a helmet-to-chin hit from Henry Whitehead with 3:18 left in the half.



SWELTERING

As many as 300 people were treated for heat exposure during No. 1 Nebraska's 49-14 victory over San Jose State, when temperatures in the stands reached 100 degrees. ... No. 19 Oklahoma beat Texas-El Paso 55-14 in 106-degree weather, the hottest home game in Sooners history. ... Quincy Morgan caught two touchdowns, leading No. 8 Kansas State past Louisiana Tech 54-10 on a day when temperatures reached 127 degrees on the field.



SUPER SUBSTITUTE

John Navarre, starting in place of injured Drew Henson, tied a school record with four touchdown passes to lead No. 6 Michigan to a 42-7 victory over Bowling Green. Navarre, who had never taken a snap in a college game, completed 15 of 19 passes for 265 yards.



STRONG DEBUT

Freshman Renaldo Works scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns in No. 19 Oklahoma's 55-14 rout of Texas-El Paso. Works scored on runs of 19, 6 and 5 yards and gained 98 yards on 19 carries in his college opener.



SETTING RECORDS

_ Romaro Miller threw for 302 yards and three touchdowns, and Deuce McAllister scored three touchdowns as No. 18 Mississippi defeated Tulane 49-20. It was Miller's third career 300-yard game, tying Archie Manning's school record. McAllister passed Manning in the Ole Miss record book becoming the career leader in touchdowns with 27.

_ Georgia Southern's Adrian Peterson extended his streak of consecutive 100-yard rushing games to 31 in a 29-7 loss to No. 10 Georgia. He gained 152 yards on 27 carries to become the school's career leading rusher with 3,891 yards, 15 more than Joe Ross' previous mark.

_ No. 13 Tennessee won its 700th game before a Neyland Stadium-record crowd of 108,064, 19-16 over No. 22 Southern Mississippi.

_ Kliff Kingsbury threw for a school-record 450 yards to lead Texas Tech to a 38-16 victory over Utah State. Kingsbury completed 33 of 47 passes, breaking the school's single-game passing yardage mark of 446 set in 1988 by Billy Joe Tolliver against Oklahoma.

_ Freshman quarterback Philip Rivers completed 29 of 57 passes for 397 yards and three touchdowns in N.C. State's 38-31, 2OT win over Arkansas St. Rivers set three single-game school records: most completions, attempts and yards by a first-year player.



SURFING THE WEB

With Nebraska's game against San Jose State unavailable on television, Cornhuskers fans had to turn to the Internet. The FOXSports.com webcast was the first college or pro football game ever produced and shown on a Web site directly linked to a major television network.



STRUCK BY LIGHTNING

Lightning strikes outside Three Rivers Stadium and a brief cloudburst caused the first half of the Kent State-Pittsburgh game to be delayed twice for a total of 1 hour, 2 minutes.



SPEAKING

"Well if you can't run the football, you have to throw it. And if you can't catch it when you throw it, you have some problems." _ Penn State coach Joe Paterno after the Nittany Lions' 24-6 loss to Toledo. Penn State dropped to 0-2.