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Notre Dame Rides Jones to an Upset

October 12, 2003|From Staff and Wire Reports

Julius Jones broke Notre Dame's single-game rushing record with 262 yards and scored twice and the Fighting Irish, the nation's eighth-worst rushing team, surprised No. 15 Pittsburgh by switching to a power running game to upset the Panthers, 20-14, Saturday at Pittsburgh.

The Irish (2-3) turned two Pitt turnovers into scores, again disrupted quarterback Rod Rutherford with their constant pressure and revamped their offense during a bye week to defeat Pitt (3-2) for the third straight season.

Jones, a senior who sat out last season because of academic troubles, had only 152 yards in 43 carries this season.

Jones broke the record of 255 yards by Vagas Ferguson against Georgia Tech in 1978.


In some other games played in the East:

Jamaal Branch ran for 191 yards at Princeton, N.J., and Colgate (6-0) won its 12th game in a row with a 30-3 decision that sent Princeton (0-4) to its worst start ever.... Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two touchdowns to lead Harvard (4-0, 2-0) to a 27-0 victory over Cornell (1-3, 0-2) in an Ivy League game at Ithaca, N.Y.... Alvin Cowan threw two touchdown passes to lead Yale (4-0, 2-0) to a 40-17 victory over Dartmouth (0-4, 0-2) in an Ivy League game at New Haven, Conn.


Ben Roethlisberger threw four touchdowns to lead Miami of Ohio (5-1, 2-0) to a 59-3 victory over Buffalo (0-7, 0-3) in a Mid-American Conference game at Oxford, Ohio. 59-3 on Saturday.... Josh Harris threw for 286 yards and accounted for four touchdowns to lead Bowling Green (5-1, 2-0) to a 32-21 victory over Western Michigan (3-3, 2-1) in a Mid-American game at Kalamazoo, Mich.... Bruce Gradkowski threw three touchdowns to lead Toledo (4-2, 2-0) to a 49-14 victory over Eastern Michigan (1-6, 0-3) in a Mid-American game at Toledo, Ohio.... Charlie Frye passed for four touchdowns to lead Akron (4-3) to a 45-14 win over Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (3-3) at Akron, Ohio.


Kevin Kolb threw for 283 yards and three touchdowns to lead Houston (5-1, 2-0) to a 45-42 victory over Tulane (3-3, 1-2) in a Conference USA game at New Orleans.... Eric Shelton ran for three touchdowns and quarterback Stefan LeFors threw for a career-best 406 yards to lead Louisville (5-1, 1-1) to a 34-10 victory over Army (0-6, 0-4) in a Conference USA game at Louisville, Ky.... Roddy White caught touchdown passes of 95 and 56 yards to lead Alabama Birmingham (3-3, 2-1) to a 31-14 victory over visiting Cincinnati (3-3, 1-2) in a Conference USA game.... Tyler Kuecker's 31-yard field goal with 1:46 left lifted Louisiana Monroe (1-6, 1-2) to a 45-42 win over host Louisiana Lafayette (0-7, 0-3) in a Sun Belt Conference game.


Luke McCown threw for 328 yards and two touchdowns to lead visiting Louisiana Tech (3-3, 1-2) to a 38-35 victory over Texas El Paso (2-5, 1-1) in a Western Athletic Conference game.


Chance Harridge ran for two touchdowns to lead Air Force (6-1, 3-0) to a 24-7 victory over Nevada Las Vegas (4-2, 0-1) in a Mountain West Conference game at Air Force Academy, Colo.... Alex Smith had three second-half touchdown passes to lead Utah (5-1, 2-0) to a 27-6 victory over San Diego State (3-4, 0-2) in a Mountain West game at Salt Lake City.... Patrick Cobbs ran for a school-record 249 yards to lead North Texas (3-3, 2-0) to a 24-14 victory over Idaho (1-6, 1-1) in a Sun Belt game at Moscow, Idaho.... David Mikell rushed for 139 yards to lead Boise State (5-1, 2-0) to a 27-20 victory over Tulsa (3-3, 1-1) in a WAC game at Boise, Idaho.... Casey Bramlet threw three touchdowns and Wyoming (2-4) ended a 13-game road losing streak with a 48-21 victory over Utah State (1-5) at Logan, Utah.... Scott Rislov passed for 289 yards to lead San Jose State (2-4, 1-2) to a 31-14 victory over Southern Methodist (0-6, 0-3) in a WAC game at San Jose.


Azusa Pacific (4-1), the NAIA's No. 8-ranked team, lost its first game of the season, 21-7, at Humboldt State (3-1)....John Samples rushed for 256 yards and four touchdowns to lead visiting Pomona-Pitzer (5-1) to a 38-21 victory over Chicago (1-4).... Spencer Schomer scored two touchdowns to lead Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (3-1, 1-0) to a 31-17 SCIAC victory over La Verne (0-4, 0-3).... Jay Macias rushed for 205 yards to lead Colorado College (2-4) to a 35-21 victory over Whittier (0-4) at Colorado Springs.... Chapman (2-4) scored 21 second-quarter points in a 30-21 victory over visiting Lewis & Clark (3-2).... Eric Rasmussen threw five touchdown passes for San Diego (5-1) in a 41-35 win over visiting Drake (3-4).

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