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September 29, 1996

_ Troy Davis, Iowa State, ran for 378 yards, the third highest total in major college history, and scored four touchdowns on 41 carries, including the go-ahead score on a 40-yard dash in the fourth quarter, leading the Cyclones past Missouri 45-31.

_ Jacquez Green, Florida, returned two consecutive punts for TDs of 66 and 79 yards, leading the Gators to a 65-0 victory over Kentucky.

_ Edwin Watson, Purdue, rushed for a career-high 227 yards and scored three TDs as the Boilermakers beat North Carolina State 42-21.

_ Chris Redman, Louisville, connected on 35-of-63 passes for 400 yards, setting school records, in a 24-7 loss to Southern Miss.

_ Albert Connell, Texas A&M, had 18 catches, a school record, for 208 yards in the Aggies’ 24-10 loss to Colorado.

_ Branndon Stewart, Texas A&M, was 34-of-64 passing for 385 yards, all school records, against Colorado.

_ Mike Fouts, Utah, completed 21 of 35 passes for a career-high 476 yards and four TDs in a 45-42 win over No. 20 Kansas.

_ Rich Sarille, Wagner, ran for 236 yards and two TDs in a 28-27 loss to Marist.

_ Steve Sarkisian, Brigham Young, was 23-of-30 for 358 yards and a TD in a 31-3 win over Southern Methodist.

_ Damon Scott, Appalachian State, rushed for 216 yards and two TDs as the Mountaineers rallied for a 34-20 win over The Citadel.

_ Byron Hanspard, Texas Tech, ran for 224 yards, his third straight 200-yard game, and scored three TDs in a 58-20 win over Utah State.

_ Rondell Mealey, LSU, scored four touchdowns and ran for 124 yards in a 63-7 victory over New Mexico State.

_ Michael Cosey, Southwest Missouri State, set a school record with 240 yards rushing and scored twice, leading the Bears to a 34-9 victory over Jacksonville.

SACKS

Mississippi State had eight sacks, led by Earnest Garner’s 2 1/2 and Larry Campbell’s two, in a 14-10 victory over South Carolina. ... Florida State’s top-ranked defense sacked North Carolina’s Chris Keldorf eight times and its special teams blocked two punts and a field goal in snapping the Tar Heels’ six-game winning streak, 13-0.

SCARCE

Charleston Southern managed only one net rushing yard in a 45-0 loss to Hofstra. Hofstra rolled up 273 yards rushing; 504 total yards on offense.

SCHOOL RECORDS

Princeton punter Matt Evans set a team record for punting average per game, punting five times for a 47.6 yard average in the Tigers’ 37-30 win over Holy Cross. ... Florida State’s Reinard Wilson had 1 1/2 sacks in a 13-0 win over North Carolina to move past Ron Simmons as the school’s career leader with 25 1/2. ... Nevada QBs John Dutton and Eric Bennett combined for seven touchdown passes, tying a school record, as the Wolf Pack rolled to a 63-42 victory against Kent.

SEATS

Army’s 600th win came against North Texas 27-10 in the first meeting of the schools. The game was played at Texas Stadium instead of North Texas’ Denton campus, but only 20,413 tickets were sold, 500 of which went to family and friends of Army quarterback Ronnie McAda, a native of nearby Mesquite.

SEEING ZEROES

Pittsburgh, which lost 72-0 to Ohio State last week, has been outscored 117-0 in its last two games, after a 45-0 loss to Miami.

SEVEN HUNDRED

Nebraska and Penn State became the fifth and sixth major colleges to win 700 games, following Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas and Alabama. Nebraska beat Colorado State 65-9 and Penn State defeated Wisconsin 23-20.

SHAME, SHAME

Virginia State and Hampton were penalized 21 times for 239 yards in Hampton’s 14-10 win.

SHOOTOUTS

Wyoming’s Josh Wallwork threw for 305 yards and three TDs, leading the Cowboys over UNLV 33-21. UNLV freshman Jon Denton completed 32-of-46 passes for 486 yards and three TDs. ... Jake Plummer threw for 282 yards and four touchdowns, two in a 1:57 span of the second quarter, as Arizona State beat Oregon 48-27. The Ducks’ Ryan Perry-Smith passed for a career-high 468 yards.

SHUTOUT

Michigan State blanked Eastern Michigan 47-0, its first shutout since 1989.

SIX HUNDRED CLUB

Army and Syracuse each won its 600th games Saturday. Army defeated North Texas 27-10 and Syracuse beat Virginia Tech 52-21.

SLAUGHTERED

Nebraska scored touchdowns on its first three possessions of the second half in a 65-9 victory over Colorado State.

SLOPPY

Virginia forced four Texas turnovers in the first 16:45, all of which were turned into points, in the Cavaliers’ 37-13 victory. Anthony Poindexter, Ronde Barber and James Farrior each had interceptions, extending to 33 the Cavaliers’ NCAA-record streak of games with at least one interception.

SLUMPING

With its 31-24 loss to Tulsa, Oklahoma has lost six in a row dating to last season, and has not had the lead in a game since its last victory, 13-9 over Missouri in the eighth game of 1995.

SNAPPED

Syracuse’s Tebucky Jones scored on a 23-yard run and Phil Nash returned a blocked punt for a score to key a 17-point, second-quarter run as the Orangemen beat Virginia Tech 52-21 and ended the Hokies’ 13-game winning streak.

SNATCHED

Izell McGill returned an interception 28 yards for a Mississippi State TD and Dwayne Curry’s interception helped set up another score as the Bulldogs defeated South Carolina 14-10.

SQUEAKER

Penn State’s Brett Conway kicked a 25-yard field goal with 1:23 remaining, lifting No. 3 Penn State past Wisconsin 23-20. Wisconsin’s John Hall attempted to tie the score with a 58-yard field goal, which was long enough but sailed four feet wide left, as time expired.

STAND-IN

Monmouth QB Rich Barglowski, replacing Dan Sabella who injured an ankle, threw a 42-yard TD pass with 2:28 remaining, leading the Hawks to a 14-7 win over C.W. Post.

STAYING LATE

California quarterback Pat Barnes scored on a 3-yard keeper in the third period of overtime to beat winless Oregon State 48-42 after Cal blew a 14-point fourth-quarter lead.

STREAKS

With its 40-8 victory over Gannon, Duquesne has the longest current winning streak in NCAA Division I-AA at 12 games. ... Grambling defeated Prairie View 54-12, extending the Panthers’ NCAA-record losing streak to 62 games. The Panthers (0-5) haven’t won since beating Mississippi Valley State on Oct. 28, 1989.

STIFLING

West Virginia, seventh nationally in total defense and fifth in scoring defense, picked off four Maryland passes in a 13-0 win and held the Terrapins to 9 yards rushing, 62 yards overall, and never let them past midfield. ... Kentucky managed only 67 total yards and five first downs in a 65-0 loss to Florida. The Wildcats also failed to cross midfield until an interception midway through the fourth quarter gave them the ball at the 37.

STILL GOING

Northwestern’s Darnell Autry rushed for 128 yards in the Wildcats’ 35-17 win over Indiana, marking the 17th straight game in which he has topped 100 yards.

STINGY

Harvard’s defense held Bucknell to minus-4 yards rushing and intercepted four passes in a 30-7 win. The Crimson held tailback Rich Lemon, who has had three straight 1,000-yard seasons, to minus-9 yards.

STUFFED

Canisius’ Scott Dochat stopped St. Peter’s quarterback Jeremy Bartuck at the one-foot line as time ran out to preserve a 12-7 win over the Peacocks.

SUBSTITUTE

Clemson QB Billy Luckie, filling in for injured Nealon Greene who sprained his right knee in the first half, hit Kenya Crooks on consecutive scoring drives and finished 8-of-11 for 91 yards in the Tigers’ 21-10 victory over Wake Forest.

SUDDENLY A STAR

Michigan’s Chris Howard, playing in only his second game this season, after being academically ineligible for the season opener and missing last week’s game with an injury, ran for 109 yards and four touchdowns as the Wolverines rolled for a 38-9 victory over UCLA.

SUPER COMBO

Ohio State, which began the day leading the nation in scoring and total offense, was led by running back Pepe Pearson’s 173 yards rushing and two touchdowns and quarterback Stanley Jackson’s 9-of-15 for 154 yards and two TDs in a 29-16 win over Notre Dame.

SUPER SUB

Tulsa backup QB Troy DeGar, subbing for John Fitzgerald who had a shoulder injury, completed 18-of-38 passes for 277 yards and two TDs, including a 99-yard TD to Wes Caswell, to beat Oklahmoma for the first time since 1943, 31-24.

SURGE

Boston College scored TDs on its first four second-half possessions to erase a 22-15 Navy halftime lead en route to a 43-38 victory.

SPEAKING

``Maybe that needed to happen. You go so long without losing a game and you think that everything somehow is going to fall into place.″ _ Nebraska coach Tom Osborne, reflecting on last week’s loss to Arizona State.

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``The national championship is over. Now the best we can do is go 10-1.″_ Notre Dame quarterback Ron Powlus, following a 29-16 loss to Ohio State.

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