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Big 12: Trojans give Buffs little in trouncing

©Associated Press
September 15, 2002

BOULDER, Colo. -- Carson Palmer passed for 244 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score as No. 17 Southern California routed No.18 Colorado 40-3 Saturday.

Malaefou MacKenzie scored two first-quarter touchdowns, and Sultan McCullough ran for 110 yards and a touchdown as the Trojans generated 425 yards.

Colorado had 61 total yards and four first downs.

Palmer completed 17- and 21-yard passes to Keary Colbert to highlight the first drive. On fourth and 7 from the Colorado 32, MacKenzie caught a short pass off the left side, broke three tackles and scored.

Later in the quarter, the Trojans, aided by a pass interference penalty, reached the 14, where MacKenzie ran up the middle for another touchdown.

With 3:35 left in the second quarter, Colorado appeared to get a key turnover on freshman J.J. Billingsley's interception and 15-yard return to the USC 38. The Buffs were penalized for roughing the passer, however, and USC retained possession.

Three plays later, McCullough went 62 yards off the left side to make it 20-0.

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OKLAHOMA 68, UTEP 0: Nate Hybl threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns, Quentin Griffin ran for 108 yards and two scores, and the host Sooners returned two interceptions for touchdowns.

Hybl, the starter due to a season-ending torn ACL to Jason White, threw a 56-yard touchdown to Antwone Savage on the second play of the game and finished 13-of-22 with no interceptions in 21/2 quarters.

Antonio Perkins returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, and Michael Hawkins had a 45-yarder in the fourth in Oklahoma's biggest rout since beating New Mexico State 73-3 in 1989.

The Miners were shut out for the first time since 1996, a span of 61 games.

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UCLA 38, OKLA. ST. 24: Cory Paus passed for three touchdowns and ran for another for the visiting Bruins.

The Cowboys took an early 10-0 lead, but the Bruins answered with 31 consecutive points for their ninth consecutive victory over a non-conference opponent dating to 1999.

Paus shook off an interception on the Bruins' first possession and finished 13-of-27 for 277 yards. He also scored from the 3-yard line in the third quarter to put the Bruins ahead 38-17.

Seymore Shaw's 1-yard run made it 38-24 in the fourth. Oklahoma State took possession at the UCLA 39 with 3:54 left, but Ben Emanuel intercepted a pass two plays later to seal it.

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KANSAS ST. 63, E. ILLINOIS 13: Marc Dunn threw for two touchdowns and ran for another for the host Wildcats.

The Wildcats scored twice before taking their first snap, on Danny Morris' 3-yard return of a blocked punt and Terence Newman's 95-yard kickoff return.

Dunn broke the game open in the second quarter, running 2 yards for a touchdown and throwing a 19-yard touchdown to Thomas Hill for a 29-13 lead.

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KANSAS 44, SW MISSOURI ST. 24: Greg Heaggans returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and broke a 43-year-old school record with 195 yards on four returns for the host Jayhawks.

Late in the third quarter, after the Division I-AA Bears scored twice off back-to-back turnovers to get to 27-24, Heaggans had a 52-yard return to the SMS 39.

A moment later, Green scored on a 9-yard run for a 34-24 lead.

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BOWLING GREEN 51, MISSOURI 28: Josh Harris passed for 311 yards, caught a touchdown and ran for two more for the host Falcons.

Receiver Cole Magner threw two touchdowns for Bowling Green, which put up 557 yards of offense. Harris had touchdown runs of 3 and 2 yards in the second quarter to help Bowling Green lead 34-14 at halftime.

Justin Gage caught a Missouri-record 16 passes for 236 yards and a touchdown.

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NEW MEXICO 23, BAYLOR 0: The host Lobos allowed just 32 yards in the first half and 107 for the game, most coming after they took a 20-0 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Bryan Penley touchdown catch was the only scoring of the first half. But a fumble recovery on the first series of the second half led to DonTrell Moore's 3-yard touchdown run.

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