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College Football Today

September 24, 1989

Undated (AP) _ - Alex Van Pelt completed 13 straight passes (25 of 32 ovAlex Van Pelt completed 13 straight passes (25 of 32 overall) and threw for 306 yards and one touchdown as 13th-ranked Pittsburgh beat No. 10 Syracuse 30-23.

- Shawn Moore passed for three touchdowns and ran for two as Virginia defeated Duke 49-28. Moore, who completed his first 13 passes, finished the game 14 of 15 for 295 yards, and rushed for 38 yards, accounting for 333 yards in total offense.

- Miami’s Craig Erickson completed 23 of 41 passes for 357 yards and one touchdown and scored on a 6-yard run, leading the Hurricanes over Missouri 38-7.

- Redshirt freshman Todd Marinovich threw for four touchdowns, including a Southern California record 87-yard pass play, as the 12th-ranked Trojans trounced No. 25 Ohio State 42-3. Marinovich, making his third collegiate start, completed 14 of 22 passes for 246 yards.

- West Virginia running back Eugene Napoleon scored twice in the final three minutes, enabling the Mountaineers to defeat Louisville 30-21. Napoleon had 121 yards on 17 carries.

- Maine tailback Carl Smith rushed for 227 yards and one touchdown and quarterback Mike Buck threw four touchdowns passes, leading the Black Bears over Massachusetts 40-23.

- Manny Tsantes rushed for a school-record 195 yards on 27 carries and scored three touchdowns, leading undefeated St. John’s to a 38-21 victory over Stony Brook. SO DOMINANT

The Crimson Tide continues to roll, at least against Kentucky. Alabama’s 15-3 victory over Kentucky on Saturday was the 30th time in 32 meetings that the Tide beat the Wildcats. Overall, the Tide is 30-1-1 against Kentucky, with the only loss being a 6-0 defeat at Lexington in 1922. SO GRAND

Scott Erney completed scoring passes of 90 and 83 yards to Randy Jackson and ran for another touchdown as Rutgers celebrated its 1,000th intercollegiate football game with a 38-27 victory over Northwestern. The Scarlet Knights have an all-time record of 508-451-41. STRONG ARMED

Andre Ware threw for a school-record 497 yards and two touchdowns as 17th- ranked Houston beat Arizona State 36-7. Ware also set school records in attempts with 68, and completions with 40. STEAMED ROLLED

Houston, with its run-and-shoot offense, set a Southwest Conference record and gained the most yards ever against an Arizona State team (744) in its 91- year football history. SOME SCHOLAR

Quarterback Darin Kehler ran for 186 yards and three touchdowns, leading Yale to a 33-17 victory over Lehigh. Kehler also passed for 130 yards. STRONG DEFENSE

- Illinois held Utah State to 82 yards total offense (65 rushing, 17 passing), crushing the Aggies 41-2.

- Air Force’s defense sacked Texas-El Paso quarterback Howard Gasser nine times en route to a 43-26 victory. SCRAMBLING REBEL

Fullback Darin Brightmon rushed 11 times for 183 yards and two touchdowns, including the longest run (89 yards) in Nevada-Las Vegas history, leading the Rebels to a 26-14 victory over New Mexico State. The previous longest run in Nevada Las Vegas’ 22-year football history was an 87-yard touchdown by Henry Melton against New Mexico Highlands in 1974. SPECIAL DELIVERY

Peter Tom Willis passed for 324 yards and two touchdowns and backup quarterback Casey Weldon had three scoring passes as Florida State routed Tulane 59-9. Lawrence Dawsey, Dexter Carter and Amp Lee each scored twice for the Seminoles, who rolled up 485 yards through the air. SECONDS

For the second straight week, Doug Pfaff kicked a late game-winning field goal against a ranked opponent, booting a 35-yarder with 1:01 remaining as No. 23 Arizona defeated 11th-ranked Washington 20-17.

Last week, Pfaff helped beat then-No. 6 Oklahoma 6-3 with a 40-yard field goal with two seconds left. SUPER SOPHS

- Sophomore Matt Rodgers completed 20 of 33 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns in his first collegiate start, leading Iowa to a 31-21 victory over Iowa State.

- Sophomore Jim Tierney scored three first-half touchdowns as Colgate defeated Brown 42-7.

- Cornell sophomore fullback John McNiff rushed for 135 yards and scored a touchdown in his first varsity game, helping the Big Red beat Bucknell 20-9. STANFORD SHOCKER

John Hopkins missed field goal attempts of 49, 42 and 42 yards but kicked a 37-yarder with time running out as Stanford scored all its points in the fourth quarter, upsetting No. 22 Oregon 18-17. SUPERBACKS

Freshman Mike Jones rushed for 125 yards, and redshirt freshman Jeff Johnson had 113 yards as Villanova defeated Columbia 38-0. Villanova finished the game with 501 yards total offense, 379 rushing. SIX PACK

Miami, which has allowed only 13 points in three games this season, intercepted Missouri quarterback Kent Kiefer six times, as the Hurricanes swept past Missouri 38-7. SLIPPERY HANDS

Kent State tied a Mid-American Conference record, losing seven fumbles in a 26-4 loss to Western Michigan. Western Michigan also lost two fumbles, tying an MAC record for most fumbles by two teams. SPECIAL TEAMS

Keith Wilson set up 10 points with two blocked punts as Richmond defeatedd VMI 27-22. SEEING YELLOW

- Houston overcame 23 penalties for 236 yards in beating Arizona State 36-7.

- Montana State crushed New Mexico Highlands 51-12 in a game marred by 28 penalties for 272 yards. Montana State was penalized 15 times for 150 yards, while the Cowboys were penalized 13 times for 122 yards. STREAKS

- Notre Dame’s 21-13 victory over Michigan State extended the nation’s longest current Division I-A winning streak to 15 games.

- Kansas State’s 37-30 loss to Northern Illinois extended the nation’s longest major college winless streak to 30 games and the longest losing streak to 16.

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