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Penn State Puts Clamps on Wisconsin

November 06, 2005|From Associated Press

Michael Robinson threw two touchdown passes and ran for 125 yards, and linebacker Tamba Hali led a ferocious defense as No. 10 Penn State beat No. 14 Wisconsin, 35-14, Saturday at State College, Pa.

Hali had four sacks to help the Nittany Lions shut down the Badgers' high-scoring attack and tailback Brian Calhoun, who finished with only 38 yards in 20 carries -- well below his 135-yard average.

Tony Hunt had 151 yards and two scores for Penn State (9-1, 6-1), which inched closer to claiming the Big Ten Conference's bowl championship series bid. Penn State can guarantee a trip to a BCS bowl if it wins its final regular-season game, at Michigan State on Nov. 19.

John Stocco of Wisconsin (8-2, 5-2) threw one touchdown pass and had two of his passes intercepted. Penn State's defense sacked Stocco nine times.

The Badgers had the Big Ten's highest-scoring offense coming into the game (39.7 points).

The Nittany Lions led from the opening drive and dominated in the first half for a 21-0 lead.

No. 2 Texas 62, Baylor 0 -- Ramonce Taylor ran for 102 yards and three touchdowns and caught a 42-yard touchdown pass from Vince Young to lead the Longhorns (9-0, 6-0) to their 16th straight victory after a rout of the Bears (4-5, 1-5) in a Big 12 Conference game at Waco, Texas.

Young, a Heisman Trophy contender who is 26-2 as the Longhorn starter, had 351 total yards in just more than three quarters -- 16 of 27 passing for 298 yards and two touchdowns, and 53 yards rushing.

The 16-game winning streak is the longest for the Longhorns since they won a school-record 30 in a row from 1968 to 1970.

No. 4 Alabama 17, Mississippi State 0 -- Kenneth Darby ran for 122 yards and the Crimson Tide (9-0, 6-0) returned two turnovers for touchdowns to shut down the Bulldogs (2-7, 0-6) in a Southeastern Conference game at Starkville, Ala.

Brodie Croyle completed 14 of 22 passes for 116 yards for Alabama, which forced four turnovers and held Mississippi State to 26 yards rushing.

No. 6 Louisiana State 24, Appalachian State 0 -- JaMarcus Russell passed for 208 yards and two touchdowns, and the Tigers (7-1) defeated the Mountaineers (6-3) in a nonconference game at Baton Rouge, La.

It was LSU's closest game ever against a I-AA opponent, besting a 35-10 victory against The Citadel in 2002.

No. 8 Notre Dame 41, Tennessee 21 -- Brady Quinn threw three touchdown passes and Tom Zbikowski had a punt return and interception return for scores to lead the Fighting Irish (6-2) over the Volunteers (3-5) at South Bend, Ind.

Quinn was 20 of 33 for 295 yards and threw two touchdown passes in the span of a minute to give the Irish a 14-0 lead. The Irish went ahead, 21-3, on Zbikowski's 78-yard punt return for a score.

Tennessee lost its fourth straight game for the first time since 1988.

North Carolina State 20, No. 9 Florida State 15 -- Andre Brown ran for 179 yards and a 65-yard touchdown and the Wolfpack (4-4, 2-4) intercepted quarterback Drew Weatherford three times to upset the Seminoles (7-2, 5-2) in an Atlantic Coast Conference game at Tallahassee, Fla.

Florida State backed into the conference's first championship game scheduled next month in Jacksonville, Fla., because Boston College lost at North Carolina.

No. 12 Ohio State 40, Illinois 2 -- Troy Smith threw three touchdown passes and Antonio Pittman ran for two scores to lead the Buckeyes (7-2, 5-1) over the Fighting Illini (2-7, 0-6) in a Big Ten game at Columbus, Ohio.

Smith completed 13 of 21 passes for a career-high 298 yards, and ran for 55 yards in seven carries. His scoring passes covered 41 and three yards to Santonio Holmes, and 73 yards to Ted Ginn Jr., who had 138 yards in four catches.

No. 13 Florida 49, Vanderbilt 42 -- Backup cornerback Reggie Lewis intercepted Jay Cutler's first pass in the second overtime to give the Gators (7-2, 5-2) the victory over the Commodores (4-5, 2-4) in an SEC game at Gainesville, Fla.

Vanderbilt and Florida traded touchdowns in the first overtime.

Jeff Jennings ran eight yards for a score for the Commodores, then Chris Leak answered with a nine-yard touchdown pass to Chad Jackson. Leak finished 32 of 41 for 257 yards with three touchdowns. He also ran for a career-high 67 yards and two scores.

No. 16 Texas Tech 56, Texas A&M 17 -- Taurean Henderson ran for 109 yards and four touchdowns and the Red Raiders (8-1, 5-1) routed the Aggies (5-4, 3-3) in a Big 12 game at Lubbock, Texas.

Henderson carried 20 times, and ran for touchdowns of 19, four, four and one yards. With his last touchdown, he tied for third place on the NCAA career list for points (408) by non-kickers with Brock Forsey of Boise State.

North Carolina 16, No. 19 Boston College -- Connor Barth broke out of a season-long slump with three field goals and Wallace Wright ran back the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown to lead the Tar Heels (4-4, 3-2) over the Eagles (6-3, 3-3) in an ACC game at Chapel Hill, N.C.

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