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Big Ten: Freshman Clarett spurs Buckeyes

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September 15, 2002


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With each game, freshman Maurice Clarett is making it easier to draw comparisons with Ohio State icon Archie Griffin.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With each game, freshman Maurice Clarett is making it easier to draw comparisons with Ohio State icon Archie Griffin.

Clarett ran for 230 yards and two touchdowns, with both scores and 194 of his yards coming in the second half, as Ohio State rallied to beat Washington State 25-7 Saturday.

In 1972, Griffin ran for 239 yards against North Carolina, still the school's freshman rushing record.

The Buckeyes trailed 7-6 at halftime on Jason Gesser's 5-yard touchdown to Devard Darling in the first quarter.

But Clarett powered in off right tackle to put the Buckeyes ahead to stay at 13-7 in the third.

Darling transferred from Florida State after his twin brother and teammate, Devaughn, died during a workout last year. Devard has the same sickle cell trait his brother was found to have in his autopsy and FSU would not give Devard medical clearance to play.

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PENN ST. 40, NEBRASKA 7: After two years of losing records, Joe Paterno and Penn State are back in a big way. Paterno, who has more major-college wins than any other coach, got No. 329 before a record crowd of 110,753.

Larry Johnson and Michael Robinson had two touchdown runs apiece and Rich Gardner turned his first interception for the host Nittany Lions.

Penn State dominated the third quarter, eating away 7:10 before Robinson's 8-yard touchdown gave the Nittany Lions a 19-7 lead. Quarterback Zack Mills faked a handoff to Sean McHugh, then gave it to Robinson -- the backup quarterback -- on the end-around.

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CAL 46, MICHIGAN ST. 22: Quarterback Kyle Boller accounted for four touchdowns -- 2 throwing, 1 running, 1 receiving -- for the visiting Golden Bears.

After going 1-10 last season, Cal improved to 3-0 for the first time since 1996, coach Steve Mariucci's only season before leaving for the San Francisco 49ers.

A trick play gave Cal a 22-0 lead with 19 seconds left in the half. Receiver LaShaun Ward went in motion, caught a pitch from Boller, then lobbed the ball back to the quarterback for a 14-yard score.

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WISCONSIN 24, N. ILLINOIS 21: Quarterback Brooks Bollinger scored on a 2-yard keeper with 1:21 left for the host Badgers, who won despite 10 sacks by the Huskies.

The Huskies outgained the Badgers 455 yards to 275 but had four turnovers.

Wisconsin trailed 21-17 with 2:13 left, but on third and 10 from the NIU 34 linebacker Larry Williams shoved Anthony Davis for a pass interference penalty to give the Badgers a first down. Bollinger connected with David Braun for 18 yards, then NIU committed interference again, giving the Badgers the ball at the 2 and setting up the winning score.

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IOWA ST. 36, IOWA 31: Seneca Wallace had 361 yards and a touchdown passing and ran for a score for the visiting Cyclones, who scored three touchdowns in the first 101/2 minutes of the second half and added a safety to erase Iowa's 24-7 halftime lead.

Iowa lost three fumbles in the second half, all leading to Iowa State points.

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ILLINOIS 59, ARKANSAS ST. 7: Jon Beutjer passed for 266 yards and four touchdowns in his first start for the host Fighting Illini, who broke a two-game losing streak. Illinois also got 131 yards rushing and three touchdowns from Morris Virgil, and Brandon Lloyd had six catches for 119 yards. Beutjer took over from Dustin Ward.

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NORTHWESTERN 26, DUKE 21: Brett Basanez threw for 245 yards and ran for two scores for the host Wildcats. With Northwestern down 21-13 in the third quarter, Ashton Aikens scored on a 32-yard reverse. Two drives later, Basanez scored on a 1-yard keeper.

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MINNESOTA 31, TOLEDO 21: Asad Abdul-Khaliq rushed for a career-high 103 yards and a touchdown and threw for a score for the host Golden Gophers. Thomas Tapeh gave Minnesota its first lead at 21-14 on a 31-yard run in the third.

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PURDUE 28, W. MICHIGAN 24: John Standeford had seven catches for 143 yards and two touchdowns, including the winning 30-yarder from Kyle Orton with 5:26 left, for the host Boilermakers. Western Michigan scored 10 fourth-quarter points to go ahead 24-21.

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