Archive for Sunday, November 5, 2006

Henry’s heavy haul keys Arizona upset

Paterno injured in Penn State loss

November 5, 2006


— Chris Henry was the finisher for Arizona.

The junior running back ran for 94 yards and two touchdowns on a school-record 35 carries, and the Wildcats upset No. 25 Washington State, 27-17, Saturday.

"I thought Chris ran exceptionally well, really protected the ball and got us some tough yards in there," Arizona coach Mike Stoops said. "The most pleasing thing was when we got the ball back with five or six minutes left, to really grind out three first downs right at the end of the game. It was really good to see, and that helped us finish off the game."

Henry admitted being tired after the record-setting game, but praised his offensive line.

"Every running back thinks about having a game like this, where you help your team out and run the ball hard and carry your team to victory," he said.

Arizona (4-5, 2-4 Pac-10) entered the game last in rushing in the conference, averaging 71.4 yards rushing per game. But Henry and Mike Thomas kept the ground game going at critical moments to give Arizona 116 yards rushing.

Washington State (6-4, 4-3) trailed 20-10 at the half, and quarterback Alex Brink was without his best receivers, Jason Hill and Michael Bumpus, who sat out the second half due to ankle injuries.

No. 6 Auburn 27, Arkansas State 0

Auburn, Ala. - Brandon Cox passed for 251 yards and two touchdowns, and Auburn held Arkansas State to 177 total yards.

The Tigers (9-1) turned the ball over four times, but got the easy tuneup they hoped for to set up season-ending games with traditional rivals Georgia and Alabama.

The Indians (5-4) gained just 86 yards and four first downs in the first three quarters.

No. 9 USC 42, Stanford 0

Stanford, Calif. - John David Booty threw three touchdown passes in the second quarter, and Terrell Thomas scored on a 71-yard blocked-field-goal return to help USC roll to its most lopsided victory of the season.

The victory got the Trojans (7-1, 5-1 Pac-10) back on track following last week's 33-31 loss at Oregon State that snapped USC's 32-game regular-season winning streak dating to September 2003.

Booty went 12-for-21 for 203 yards, Dwayne Jarrett caught five passes for 118 yards and a touchdown, and the Trojans finally had a laugher after sweating it out until the end the last four games.

No. 10 California 38, UCLA 24

Berkeley, Calif. - Marshawn Lynch caught one of Nate Longshore's three touchdown passes and ran for another score as California won its eighth straight.

Robert Jordan had two touchdown catches, and DeSean Jackson romped 72 yards on his school-record fourth TD punt return in just 20 games at first-place Cal (8-1, 6-0), which moved one big step closer to its first conference title since 1975.

No. 11 Notre Dame 45, North Carolina 26

South Bend, Ind. - Brady Quinn passed for four touchdowns and a season-high 346 yards to help Notre Dame beat North Carolina.

It appeared for a while the Fighting Irish would put the game away early, breaking a 7-7 tie with a pair of touchdowns and a field goal to move ahead 24-7. But the Irish gave up a 90-yard kickoff return by Brandon Tate and a 72-yard touchdown catch by Hakeem Nicks as the Tar Heels kept it respectable.

No. 12 Arkansas 26, South Carolina 20

Columbia, S.C. -Darren McFadden ran for a career-high 219 yards and two touchdowns, and Marcus Monk had eight catches for a career-best 192 yards for the Razorbacks.

Arkansas (8-1, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) rushed for 267 yards to pad their league-leading average of 235 yards a game.

South Carolina's offense got a spark when backup quarterback Blake Mitchell took over to start the second half. The junior completed 15 of 21 passes for 213 yards, leading the Gamecocks (5-4, 3-4) on touchdown drives of 92 and 99 yards and cutting a 20-point deficit to 26-20 early in the fourth quarter.

No. 17 Wisconsin 13, Penn State 3

Madison, Wis. - Penn State coach Joe Paterno injured his knee in the second half when one of his own players ran into him on the sideline during Wisconsin's victory.

The 79-year-old Paterno stood with his hands on his knees for several minutes after freshman tight end Andrew Quarless rolled into him after catching a sideline pass.

Paterno was carted to the locker room near the end of the third quarter.

A Penn State spokesman said Paterno had a knee injury and was flying back to State College, Pa., with a member of the school's medical staff ahead of the rest of the team.

Wisconsin (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten) scored the first touchdown given up by Penn State's defense in more than two games.

Maryland 13, No. 19 Clemson 12

Clemson, S.C. - Dan Ennis kicked a 31-yard field goal as time ran out, lifting Maryland to its fourth straight victory and keeping the Terps tied for first in the ACC's Atlantic division.

The Terps (7-2, 4-1 ACC) kept Clemson's powerful running game in check, but it looked like it wouldn't matter after Jad Dean kicked his fourth field goal with 2:25 left to put the Tigers (7-3, 4-3) ahead 12-10.

But Sam Hollenbach drove Maryland 54 yards to Clemson's 12 - converting a fourth-and-inches with his sneak - to set up Ennis' game winner.

No. 20 Georgia Tech 31, North Carolina State 23

Raleigh, N.C. - Reggie Ball threw four touchdown passes - two to Calvin Johnson - and Georgia Tech denied North Carolina State its third victory of the season against a ranked team.

Ball was 13-of-35 passing for 215 yards with two interceptions, and Johnson had nine catches for a personal-best 168 yards to help the Yellow Jackets (7-2, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) remain on track to win the league's Coastal Division.

No. 23 Virginia Tech 17, Miami 10

Miami - Brandon Ore ran for two touchdowns, including an eight-yard game-winner with 1:39 left to carry Virginia Tech past Miami.

Ore finished with only 79 yards on 28 carries against the Hurricanes (5-4, 2-3).

Virginia Tech (7-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) managed 139 yards in the game, yet that was enough as Miami (5-4, 2-3) continued to struggle offensively.

No. 24 Oregon 34, Washington 14

Eugene, Ore. - Jonathan Stewart ran for 159 yards and two touchdowns as Oregon rolled up 316 yards on the ground.

Patrick Chung opened the scoring with a 59-yard punt return for a touchdown and had an interception for Oregon (7-2, 4-2).


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