Penn St. finally wins; Paterno ties Bryant

Sunday, October 21, 2001

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Joe Paterno's season-long wait for a share of the major-college coaching record ended Saturday with a dramatic come-from-behind victory.

Zack Mills threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Eric McCoo with 22 seconds remaining as Penn State rallied for a 38-35 victory over No. 22 Northwestern, enabling Paterno to tie Bear Bryant for most Division I victories with 323.

Paterno is 323-94-3 in 36 seasons at Penn State. Bryant was 323-85-17 in 38 seasons at Maryland, Kentucky, Texas A&M and Alabama. Florida State's Bobby Bowden was going for his 319th Saturday night against Virginia.

McCoo's TD capped a back-and-forth game in which Penn State (1-4, 1-3 Big Ten) came from behind five times.

It overcame a go-ahead touchdown run by Northwestern quarterback Zak Kustok -- his third of the game -- with 2:03 left that had made it 35-31.

Mills, a redshirt freshman, was called on for the first time during the game-winning, 69-yard drive after starter Matt Senneca was knocked out of the game on a jarring tackle. He promptly completed 5 of 8 passes for 54 yards, connecting with McCoo near the goal line on the left side for the game-winner.

NO. 2 OKLAHOMA 33

BAYLOR 17

NORMAN, Okla. -- Jason White threw for 343 yards in his first start as Oklahoma tuned up for next week's showdown against No. 3 Nebraska.

The Sooners (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) extended their winning streak to 20 games, but were sluggish after building a 27-7 halftime lead. Oklahoma allowed eight sacks, one more than it had given up in the first six games.

Baylor lost its 25th straight conference game, dating to 1998.

NO. 3 NEBRASKA 41

TEXAS TECH 31

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Eric Crouch passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as Nebraska survived a scare.

Texas Tech had 440 yards of offense, 75 more than anyone had gained against Nebraska (8-0, 4-0 Big 12) this season.

Dahrran Diedrick ran 20 times for 157 yards for the Huskers, who didn't hold a halftime lead for the first time this season.

STANFORD 49

NO. 5 OREGON 42

EUGENE, Ore. -- Kerry Carter bulled in for a 3-yard touchdown run with 1:10 remaining for Stanford.

Stanford (4-1, 3-1 Pac-10) rallied from a 42-28 fourth-quarter deficit by blocking a punt and intercepting Oregon's Joey Harrington pass, turning both turnovers into touchdowns. But the Ducks' Seth McEwen deflected Mike Biselli's extra point with 5:32 left, leaving Oregon with a 42-41 lead.

All Oregon (6-1, 3-1) had to do was salt away the clock, but on third-and-1 from his own 30, Harrington was hit by safety Tank Williams and the ball floated into the hands of diving defensive end Marcus Hoover at the 33.

On third-and-goal from the 3, Carter was stopped at the line of scrimmage, but got a push from his line to get into the end zone for his fourth touchdown.

NO. 9 TEXAS 41

NO. 14 COLORADO 7

AUSTIN, Texas -- Cedric Benson ran for 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Chris Simms passed for three scores for Texas.

Texas (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) kept alive its hopes for a Bowl Championship Series bid with the victory and snapped a five-game winning streak by Colorado (5-2, 3-1.)

Simms, 17-of-28 for 234 yards, started the scoring with a 3-yard TD pass to Roy Williams in the first quarter and added second-half scoring strikes of 24 and 29 yards to Sloan Thomas.

NO. 11 TENNESSEE 35

ALABAMA 24

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Casey Clausen and Travis Stephens capped big games with late 1-yard touchdown runs as Tennessee became the first team beat Alabama seven straight times.

Clausen was 21-of-28 for 293 yards and two scores and Stephens racked up 33 carries for 162 yards and a pair of TDs for the Volunteers (4-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference).

Alabama, which last beat the Vols at home in 1991, has blown fourth-quarter leads three times in the last four games.

NO. 12 MARYLAND 59

DUKE 17

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Shaun Hill guided Maryland to touchdowns on its first six possessions and amassed 428 yards in total offense as the unbeaten Terrapins handed Duke its 19th consecutive defeat.

With scouts from the Sugar Bowl looking on, Maryland (7-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) bolted to a 21-0 lead after nine minutes and led 42-10 at halftime.

NORTH CAROLINA 38

NO. 13 CLEMSON 3

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Julius Peppers and North Carolina held Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler to 118 yards.

Peppers, the 6-foot-6, 285-pound defensive end, had a remarkable interception that led to the first of Bosley Allen's two touchdown catches and never gave Dantzler the chance to dazzle the Tar Heels (5-3, 4-1 ACC) like he did Georgia Tech and North Carolina State the past two weeks.

NO. 15 WASHINGTON 31

ARIZONA 28

SEATTLE -- Two weeks after separating his throwing shoulder, Cody Pickett ran 3 yards for the winning touchdown with 13 seconds left in Washington's latest fourth-quarter comeback.

Pickett threw touchdown passes of 78 and 75 yards in the first quarter and finished 29-of-49 for a career-high 455 yards, with three touchdowns and four interceptions.

The Huskies (5-1, 3-1 Pac-10) overcame five turnovers to bounce back from their first loss in 13 games.

NO. 16 SOUTH CAROLINA 46

VANDERBILT 14

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Phil Petty was 13-for-21 for 208 yards and two TDs as South Carolina rolled up a school-record 656 yards.

Brian Scott caught six passes for 143 yards, all in the first half, for the Gamecocks (6-1, 5-1 SEC). Andrew Pinnock and Derek Watson both ran for 105 yards and a touchdown.

NO. 17 GEORGIA 43

KENTUCKY 29

ATHENS, Ga. -- Freshmen David Greene and Fred Gibson won a shootout with Jared Lorenzen, connecting on two long touchdown plays to lead Georgia past Kentucky.

Gibson broke a 59-year-old school record with 201 yards on nine receptions, including touchdown catches of 68 and 56 yards.

Greene, a redshirt freshman, had his third straight 300-yard game. He was 22-of-36 for a career-high 364 yards, throwing for three touchdowns and running for another score.

Georgia (5-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) rallied from a 22-7 deficit.

NO. 18 BYU 63

AIR FORCE 33

PROVO, Utah -- Brandon Doman completed 20 of 32 passes for a season-high 338 yards and four touchdowns and also ran for a 7-yard score for BYU.

The Falcons (4-2, 2-1 Mountain West) were the first BYU opponent with a winning record, but the Cougars (7-0, 3-0) silenced criticism of their soft schedule with an outstanding effort.

Since the Falcons started playing in 1955, they'd never allowed so many points. Until this weekend, the biggest rout in Air Force history was a 57-27 loss at Notre Dame in 1990.

NO. 20 AUBURN 48

LOUISIANA TECH 41, OT

AUBURN, Ala. -- Daniel Cobb threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Deandre Green in the first overtime for Auburn.

It was Cobb's school-record fifth touchdown pass of the game. The senior was making his first career start for Auburn (6-1).

Louisiana Tech (3-3) tied it at 41 with 58 seconds remaining on Luke McCown's 23-yard pass to Delwyn Daigre. Auburn's Damon Duval missed a 37-yard field goal at the end of regulation.

NO. 23 GEORGIA TECH 27

N.C. STATE 17

ATLANTA -- George Godsey threw two touchdown passes and Joe Burns ran for 114 yards.

Godsey was 24-of-39 for 256 yards. His second scoring pass, a 4-yarder to Jonathan Smith on the first play of the fourth quarter, gave the Yellow Jackets (5-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) a 24-17 lead, and Luke Manget added a 50-yard field goal.

BALL ST. 24

NO. 25 TOLEDO 20

MUNCIE, Ind. -- Corey Parchman returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown with 3:07 left as Ball State snapped Toledo's 12-game winning streak.

The score came after Todd France kicked an 18-yard field goal with 3:26 to play to give Toledo (5-1, 2-1 Mid-American) a 20-17 advantage. Tommy Schembra blocked a punt to set up a touchdown as Ball State (2-4, 2-0) took a 14-7 lead in the first half.

-- From wire reports

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