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Dodd Makes Penn State Pay, 27-14

September 07, 2003|From Staff and Wire Reports

Former Nittany Lion Horace Dodd ran for 62 yards and a touchdown to help Boston College beat his old team, 27-14, Saturday at State College, Pa.

Dodd scored on his first carry. Boston College (1-1) put him in after Tom Martin intercepted a pass by Zack Mills and returned it 25 yards to inside the one-yard line. Dodd's touchdown gave the Eagles a 21-0 lead in the first quarter.

Dodd redshirted at Penn State (1-1) in 1999 and played on defense and special teams in all 11 games in 2000. He transferred to Boston College after it became apparent he would not play running back at Penn State.

Most of Dodd's carries Saturday came late in the first quarter when Derrick Knight was sidelined because of an injury. Knight returned in the second quarter and finished with 156 yards in 26 carries.

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In other games involving Big East teams: Cedric Humes ran for three touchdowns to lead No. 9 Virginia Tech (2-0) to a 43-0 victory over James Madison (1-1) at Blacksburg, Va. The Hokies held the Dukes to 143 total yards and forced three turnovers.... Rod Rutherford, benched at the start for disciplinary reasons, threw four touchdown passes in the second quarter and No. 10 Pittsburgh (1-0) breezed to a 43-3 victory over Kent State (1-1) at Pittsburgh. Larry Fitzgerald caught scoring passes of seven, 11 and 54 yards as the Panthers turned a 3-0 deficit into a 28-3 halftime lead.... Dan Orlovsky threw for 317 yards and a school-record five touchdowns to lead Connecticut (2-0) to a 48-21 victory over Army (0-1) at West Point, N.Y.... Joe Casamento completed 28 of 37 passes for 347 yards and two touchdowns and Adam James connected on two clutch field goals, leading Division I-AA Villanova (2-0) to a 23-20 overtime upset of Temple (0-2) at Philadelphia.... Rasheed Marshall threw four touchdown passes, and Quincy Wilson rushed for 147 yards to lead West Virginia (1-1) to a 48-7 victory over East Carolina (0-2) at Greenville, N.C. Chris Henry had two touchdown catches for the Mountaineers, who defeated the Pirates for the 13th time in 15 meetings.

SOUTH: J.P. Losman passed to Mewelde Moore on three scoring plays -- the last one in overtime -- as Tulane (1-1) squeezed out a 27-24 victory over Northwestern State (1-1) at New Orleans. Losman completed 29 of 48 passes for 353 yards and four touchdowns.

MIDWEST: Michael Turner rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns in 27 carries to lead Northern Illinois (2-0) to a 42-17 victory over Tennessee Tech (0-2) at Dekalb, Ill. Since 1984, Tennessee Tech has played 16 games against Division I-A opponents without a win.... Bruce Gradkowski threw three touchdown passes to lead Toledo (2-0) to a 49-3 victory over Liberty (0-2) at Toledo, Ohio.

SOUTHWEST: Corey Connally and Lonta Hobbs had second-half touchdown runs as No. 25 Texas Christian (2-0) overcame a sluggish start but prevailed, 17-3, over Navy (1-1) at Fort Worth.... Chris Peterson threw two touchdown passes, rushed for another and set a personal best with 281 passing yards to lead Division I-AA Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (1-0) to a 34-13 victory at Texas El Paso (0-2).

WEST: David Mikell and Donny Heck scored two touchdowns apiece and Boise State (1-0) pushed its winning streak to 12 games in a 62-0 victory over Idaho State (1-1) at Boise, Idaho.... Paul Dombrowski ran for two touchdowns to lead New Mexico State (1-1) to a 48-3 victory over Western New Mexico (0-2) at Las Cruces.

SOUTHLAND: Ben Buys rushed for two touchdowns and 133 yards to lead Azusa Pacific (1-0) to a 24-14 victory at San Diego (0-1).... Matthew Hermsen caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Justin Finchel with 5:27 left to lift Pomona-Pitzer (1-0) to a 26-23 victory over La Verne (0-1) in their SCIAC and season openers.... Chase Twedell rushed for 101 yards and a touchdowns to lead Chapman (1-0) to a 17-14 victory over Claremont Mudd Scripps (0-1).... Frank Borba passed for 291 yards to lead Menlo (1-0) to a 43-6 victory over visiting Cal Lutheran (0-1) at Atherton.

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