Curtis Enis Gains 100 Yards for Fourth Straight Game and No
Nov. 01, 1997
Curtis Enis Gains 100 Yards for Fourth Straight Game and No. 2 Penn State Holds Off Northwestern 30-27, Extending Nation's Longest Division I-A Win Streak to 12By RICK GANO
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) _ Curtis Enis gained 100 yards for a fourth straight game and No. 2 Penn State held off a late rush to beat Northwestern 30-27 Saturday, extending the nation's longest Division I-A win streak to 12.
Penn State (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) also captured the school's 400th victory since Joe Paterno joined the coaching staff as an assistant in 1950. Paterno has 298 as coach.
Anthony Cleary had two short touchdown runs for the Nittany Lions, including a 1-yarder with 5:23 left to wrap up a drive that consumed 8 minutes, 36 seconds.
That gave the Nittany Lions a 30-13 lead, but Northwestern (3-7, 1-5) charged back with two touchdowns, a 45-yard pass from Tim Hughes to Brian Marshall and then a 9-yarder from Hughes to Brian Musso with 28 seconds to go, making it 30-27.
Penn State's Titcus Pettigrew recovered an onside kick and the Nittany Lions finally had the victory.
Enis gained 153 yards on 27 carries, including a 2-yard scoring run, and quarterback Mike McQueary had his first career touchdown run.
Northwestern pulled to 24-13 early in the fourth on Adrian Autry's 2-yard touchdown run. Then the Nittany Lions went on a time-eating, 15-play, 72-yard drive that featured pass interference and offside calls against the Wildcats.
McQueary's 11-yard scoring run put Penn State up 21-7 with 3:55 to go in the first half, a score set up by a 35-yard pass to Joe Jurevicius.
The Nittany Lions nearly tacked on another score in the final seconds as Enis broke off a 27-yard run and McQueary pitched a 42-yarder to Chafie Fields. But a holding penalty set Penn State back and Travis Forney's 45-yard field goal attempt on the final play of the half hit the left upright.
Forney hit a 47-yarder late in the third quarter after the Nittany Lions ate up more than five minutes with a long drive, taking a 24-7 lead.
Northwestern's Mike Nelson later intercepted McQueary's pass, leading to Autry's 2-yard touchdown with 14:06 to play. Autry finished with 127 yards on 24 carries.
Enis set the tone early, carrying five times for 43 yards and catching two passes for 15 yards to spark an 80-yard drive on the Nittany Lions' first possession. He capped it with a 2-yard run.
Cleary also had a 2-yard touchdown carry to make it 14-0, eight plays after Fleischhauer recovered a fumble by Autry.
Northwestern used trickery to set up its only touchdown. Hughes, also the Wildcats' punter, faked a kick on fourth down and tossed the ball to Nelson, who ran to the Penn State 19, completing the 41-yard play.
Faraji Leary then carried three times for 19 yards, the final three yards for the touchdown.