YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollections


Notre Dame Stays in BCS Running

November 19, 2000|From Associated Press

Matt LoVecchio threw two touchdowns and Terrance Howard ran for two in their return home to New Jersey and No. 11-ranked Notre Dame posted its sixth consecutive victory, defeating Rutgers, 45-17, at Piscataway, N.J., on Saturday.

The Irish (8-2) also forced five turnovers in moving within a victory of potentially qualifying for a Bowl Championship Series bid. Since it is not in a conference, Notre Dame must win nine games and be ranked in the top 12 to merit consideration for a BCS game. The Irish finish their regular season against USC at the Coliseum next Saturday.

Rutgers (3-7) lost its third in a row. Coach Terry Shea recently was forced to resign effective at the end of the season and is expected to be replaced by Notre Dame offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers.


In other games in the East: Antonio Bryant set two receiving records and accounted for the game's only touchdown as Pittsburgh (4-7, 1-6 in the Big East) was a 7-0 winner over Temple (4-7, 1-6). Bryant had six catches for 81 yards to push his season total to 1,154--breaking the school record of Latef Grim and Big East record of Syracuse's Marvin Harrison. Brad Lewis threw for a career-high 290 yards and two touchdowns to lead West Virginia (6-4) to a 42-24 victory over East Carolina (6-4) at Morgantown, W. Va.--retiring Mountaineer Coach Don Nehlen's final home game.

SOUTH: George Godsey threw for 354 yards and two touchdowns as No. 20 Georgia Tech (8-2, 6-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) registered the 600th victory in its 108 years of football, 35-22 over Maryland (5-6, 3-5) at College Park, Md. . . . Quarterback Bryson Spinner's 38-yard run for a touchdown in the fourth quarter was the difference for Virginia (6-4, 5-3 in the ACC) in a 24-17 victory over North Carolina State (6-4, 3-4) at Charlottesville, Va.

MIDWEST: Deontey Kenner threw two touchdown passes and Cincinnati (7-4, 5-2 in Conference USA) rallied from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter in a 27-24 victory over No. 24 Southern Mississippi (7-3, 4-2) at Cincinnati.

SOUTHWEST: Louisville (9-2, 6-1 in Conference USA) won its first conference championship in 28 years and gained a Liberty Bowl berth with a 32-13 victory over Houston (3-8, 2-5) at Houston.

WEST: Brigham Young (5-6, 3-3 in the Mountain West Conference) was a 37-13 winner over New Mexico (5-7, 3-4) at Provo, Utah in the final home game for retiring Coach LaVell Edwards. . . . Air Force (8-3, 5-2 in the Mountain West) had 540 yards in a 45-24 victory over San Diego State (3-7, 3-3) at Air Force Academy, Colo. . . . Fresno State (6-4, 4-2 in the WAC) had Derrick Ward break off a 53-yard run for a touchdown on its third play of the game in a 14-7 victory over Southern Methodist (3-8, 2-5) at Fresno.

SOUTHLAND: Azusa Pacific (6-4) was a 27-21 loser to MidAmerica Nazarene (11-1) at Olathe, Kan., in the first round of the NAIA playoffs. Jesse Aust rushed for 107 yards for Azusa Pacific.

Los Angeles Times Articles