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Big 12: Colorado scores win without QB

©Associated Press
September 8, 2002

BOULDER, Colo. -- Chris Brown ran for 185 yards and two touchdowns as No. 17 Colorado overcame the loss of starting quarterback Craig Ochs to beat San Diego State 34-14 Saturday.

Rebounding from last week's loss to Colorado State, the Buffaloes rallied behind backup Robert Hodge after Ochs departed at halftime with his third concussion in the past 14 months.

"We went right to Robert, and he was ready to go," coach Gary Barnett said. "He wasn't nervous at all. He's been waiting for this opportunity."

More of a runner than Ochs, Hodge "brings a different dimension to the game," Barnett said.

"I felt comfortable out there," Hodge said. "I was happy I didn't make any big mistakes. I knew we had the lead, and I couldn't do anything to jeopardize that lead. I had to manage our offense and play within myself. I'm sure a lot of things were sloppy, but I'll get better."

San Diego State crossed midfield five times during the second half but came up empty, including a missed field goal and a sack on fourth down.

The Buffaloes extended their lead to 28-14 late in the third after Jeremy Bloom returned a punt 31 yards to the San Diego State 44. Bobby Purify broke off the left side on a 43-yard run, and Brown went the final yard on the next play. With 51 seconds left, Brown scored again.

"Colorado was physical, and we were overmatched," Aztecs coach Tom Craft said. "I thought we really played hard, and we stayed in the game all the way up to the fourth quarter. We just ran out of gas."

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NO. 9 NEBRASKA 44, UTAH ST. 13: Jammal Lord threw two touchdowns and ran for two scores for the host Cornhuskers. DeJuan Groce intercepted two passes for the second straight week and Dahrran Diedrick ran for 93 yards.

Lord pitched the ball once on the option and finished with 59 yards on nine carries. He was 6-of-12 for 105 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown to Wilson Thomas and a 33-yarder to Matt Herian.

Kevin Curtis scored Utah State's only touchdown on a pass from Jose Fuentes. The play ended an 80-yard drive late in the first that was the only time the Aggies moved the ball consistently until Nebraska started substituting midway through the second half.

Curtis had six catches for 102 yards, and Fuentes was 16-of-38 for 214 yards with three interceptions.

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MISSOURI 41, BALL ST. 6: Quarterback Brad Smith ran for 105 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown scramble, and threw for another score to lead the host Tigers. Zack Abron had two of his three short touchdown runs in Missouri's 27-point third quarter. The Tigers, who led just 7-6 at halftime, are 2-0 for the fourth time since 1983.

Missouri, which upset Big Ten champion Illinois last week, forced four fumbles and got two touchdowns off turnovers. Smith's showing followed his college debut last week, when he ran for 138 yards and passed for 152.

Smith finished with 176 yards on 14-of-27 passing Saturday. On his touchdown run, Smith skirted the sideline and shook a would-be tackler before reversing field and barreling in for the score.

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IOWA ST. 58, TENN. TECH 6: Seneca Wallace threw three touchdowns and Hiawatha Rutland ran for 138 yards for host Iowa State.

Iowa State had no trouble with the Division I-AA Golden Eagles. It was the most points by Iowa State since a 64-9 victory over Indiana State in 1986.

Iowa State scored on its first five possessions and got two touchdowns when it wasn't on offense to build a 37-0 lead fewer than 21 minutes into the game.

Sophomore Todd Miller returned a punt 60 yards for his first collegiate touchdown and freshman Steve Paris scored on a 24-yard interception return. The Cyclones also recovered a fumble on a kickoff to set up a field goal.

Wallace completed 12-of-19 for 230 yards with one interception. He left after a 16-yard touchdown to Jamaul Montgomery to make it 51-6 with 5:07 remaining in the third quarter.

Wallace connected with Montgomery on a 47-yard touchdown earlier in the third and threw a 38-yard pass to Lane Danielsen for the Cyclones' first touchdown.

Rutland, who carried 17 times, scored on a 1-yard run and set up Wallace's final touchdown pass with a 41-yard burst to the Tennessee Tech 20.

Tennessee Tech, 0-14 against Division I-A schools, stalled with its no-huddle offense and did not cross midfield until about four minutes remained in the first half.

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KANSAS ST. 68, LA-MONROE 0: Marc Dunn threw three touchdowns and Terence Newman scored on offense and special teams for host Kansas State.

After punting on their first possession, the Wildcats took a 47-0 halftime lead by scoring touchdowns on their next five possessions and adding touchdowns on a punt return and a return of a blocked punt.

It was Louisiana-Monroe's largest margin of defeat since it re-entered Division I-A in 1994. The Indians, who lost 62-7 in 1998 in their only other trip to Manhattan, reached Kansas State territory once, when reserve quarterback Steven Jyles scrambled 1 yard to the 49 with 4:46 left.

Kansas State outgained the Indians 485 yards to 160 and scored when the clock didn't run. Given an extra play with 0:00 showing when the Indians were flagged for intentional grounding on the final play of the first half, Newman went 40 yards with a punt return to make it 28-0.

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BAYLOR 50, SAMFORD 12: Jonathan Golden scored a school-record six touchdowns as the host Bears bounced back from a 48-point loss to California. Golden scored four touchdowns in the first half on runs of 4, 1, 3, and 16 yards against the Division I-AA Bulldogs.

Baylor led 30-0 at halftime, and Golden kept rolling in the third quarter with a 17-yard touchdown run and 28-yard touchdown catch.

Golden, a sophomore, tied the conference touchdown mark held by Colorado's Chris Brown, Texas' Ricky Williams and Oklahoma's Quentin Griffin. He rushed for 108 yards on 19 carries.

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TEXAS TECH 24, SMU 14: Kliff Kingsbury bounced back from a brief first-half benching to lead two long fourth-quarter touchdown drives for the visiting Red Raiders.

After Kingsbury started 15-of-24 for 112 yards, he found himself on the sideline for a series late in the second quarter.

After Texas Tech held SMU on fourth down from the 1, Kingsbury went 5-of-7 for 97 yards, capped by Taurean Henderson 8-yard touchdown catch for a 17-6 lead. After Cody Cardwell caught a 57-yard touchdown for SMU, Kingsbury answered again, going 5-for-5 for 90 yards. That drive was capped by a 17-yard touchdown to Nehemia Glover.

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OKLAHOMA ST. 45, N. IOWA 10: Josh Fields threw two touchdowns and ran for another and Rashaun Woods caught nine passes for 175 yards for host Oklahoma State.

Darrent Williams returned the first of his two interceptions 29 yards for the go-ahead touchdown as Oklahoma State capitalized on five turnovers to rout the Division I-AA Panthers.

Fields, making his second start, shook off a first-quarter interception at the Panthers 2 to go 22-of-33 for 261 yards. He had touchdown passes of 1 and 6 yards and scored on a 1-yard run. Woods had at least two catches for the 20th consecutive game as the Cowboys rebounded from their opening loss to Louisiana Tech.

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