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College Football : Big Ten Roundup : Harmon's 179 Yards, 3 Touchdowns Help Iowa to 48-9 Victory

September 20, 1987|From Times Wire Services

Tailback Kevin Harmon ran for a career-high 179 yards and scored 3 touchdowns at Ames, Iowa, Saturday to lead Iowa past Iowa State, 48-9, the Hawkeyes' fifth straight victory over their nonconference rival.

Harmon rushed for 130 yards in the first half alone, scoring on an 11-yard run and twice from 3 yards out as Iowa built a 24-9 lead. The 6-foot, 200-pound senior carried 30 times in easily topping his previous career best of 73 yards.

Iowa (2-1) has outscored Iowa State, 258-50, in the last five games of the series.

Iowa led only 10-6 midway through the second quarter, but interceptions by Kerry Burt and Sean Ridley off Derek DeGennaro, Iowa State's No. 2 quarterback, helped the Hawkeyes pull away.

Burt's interception at the Iowa State 39 with 7:44 left in the half set up Harmon's first 3-yard run. Ridley's interception and 23-yard return led to the other 3-yard Harmon run.

Rob Houghtlin's 55-yard field goal in the third quarter, his career best and 1 yard short of the school record, and Chuck Hartlieb's 8-yard touchdown pass to fullback David Hudson gave Iowa a 34-9 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Missouri 28, Northwestern 3--Senior halfback Robert Delpino scored touchdowns on runs of 82, 19 and 11 yards at Columbia, Mo., as the Tigers won back-to-back games for the first time since the end of the 1983 season.

Missouri avenged a 27-23 loss to the Wildcats in the first game of the 1985 season and improved to 2-0. Northwestern dropped to 0-2.

Delpino ran for 144 yards in 10 carries. Halfback Darrell Wallace, nearing a Missouri career rushing mark, ran for 66 yards and freshman Tony VanZant had 60 yards.

Delpino scored the only touchdown of the first half on an 11-yard run that capped a 66-yard drive. He added a 19-yard scoring run early in the third quarter. His 82-yard run came early in the fourth quarter.

Northwestern scored its only points on a 19-yard field goal by Ira Adler late in the first half.

Louisville 22, Purdue 22--Doug Downing threw two third-quarter touchdown passes, and senior fullback James Medlock rushed for 126 yards to help the Boilermakers salvage a tie with the Cardinals at West Lafayette, Ind.

Two first-half touchdown passes from Jay Gruden to Rodney Knighton gave Louisville a 14-3 halftime lead.

Purdue, which failed to convert twice on two-point conversion attempts, moved ahead on a four-yard touchdown pass from Downing to Brad Schumacher.

Purdue (0-1-1) managed to hold Louisville (1-1-1) to minus 31 yards as it sacked Gruden five times. But he completed 21 of 41 passes for 266 yards.

Medlock was the first Purdue back to rush for more than 100 yards since Ray Wallace did it in the final game of the 1985 season against Indiana.

Kentucky 34, Indiana 15--Flanker Dee Smith sprinted for two touchdowns and quarterback Kevin Dooley completed 13 of 15 passes for 166 yards at Lexington, Ky., to lead the Wildcats to a nonconference victory over the Hoosiers.

Kentucky improved its record to 2-0, while Indiana lost for the first time in two games.

Smith, a sophomore, scored on a 24-yard run behind a key block from center Brad Myers to give Kentucky a 17-7 lead with 12:15 remaining in the half.

Smith's second touchdown came with 6:40 left on an 8-yard scamper around right end to increase Kentucky's margin to 34-7.

Illinois 20, E. Carolina 10--Ken Thomas and Lynn McClellan each scored touchdowns on one-yard runs, and Doug Higgins kicked two field goals as the Illini defeated the Pirates at Champaign, Ill.

Quarterback Scott Mohr, making his debut, set up three of the scores with long passes to help the Illini improve their record to 1-2 before the start of Big Ten competition.

The loss dropped East Carolina to 1-2.

The Illinois victory came before a Memorial Stadium crowd of 62,045, ending a string of 28 consecutive home sellouts that began Sept. 25, 1982. It would have taken 69,200 fans to keep the sellout mark alive.

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