© St. Petersburg Times, published September 22, 2002
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Notre Dame lost a comfortable lead Saturday, then snatched it back for another dramatic victory.
Pat Dillingham, playing for injured starter Carlyle Holiday, threw a short pass to Arnaz Battle, who raced 60 yards for a touchdown with 1:15 left as Notre Dame beat Michigan State 21-17.
Notre Dame (4-0) is off to its best start since 1993 and gave coach Tyrone Willingham a victory against his alma mater.
"Michigan State is a huge part of me, but I'm the coach of Notre Dame," Willingham said. "That doesn't mean I don't have feelings for Michigan State. I just didn't for 60 minutes."
Michigan State erased a 14-3 deficit in the fourth quarter.
Senior receiver Charles Rogers caught two touchdowns, including a spectacular 21-yard grab on fourth and 11 that gave MSU a 17-14 lead with 1:45 left. With two defenders on him, Rogers leaped at the back of the end zone, snared Jeff Smoker's pass and stabbed his left foot down.
After Notre Dame went back in front, Smoker was intercepted by Gerome Sapp at the Notre Dame 5.
MICHIGAN 10, UTAH 7: Julius Curry had two interceptions, including the clincher with a minute left, for the host Wolverines. Braylon Edwards had 109 receiving yards and a touchdown for Michigan.
The Utes pulled within 10-7 on a 29-yard touchdown from Lance Rice to Travis LaTendresse with 5:58 left.
Utah got the ball back and was driving when Curry intercepted Rice at the Utes' 45 on fourth down. The drive, set up after Michigan missed a field goal, was hindered by consecutive holding penalties.
PENN ST. 49, LA. TECH 17: Larry Johnson ran for 147 yards and scored three times, twice rushing, for the host Nittany Lions.
Michael Robinson also had three touchdowns, all on the ground, for Penn State, which scored 28 unanswered points in the third to stretch a 21-17 lead. On one play in that quarter, Johnson broke five tackles on a 39-yard run, knocking over one defender and throwing another to the ground before being forced out of bounds.
Tech's Luke McCown was 36-of-56 for 406 yards, the first time in nine years a quarterback threw for 400 yards against Penn State.
WISCONSIN 31, ARIZONA 10: Anthony Davis ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns for the host Badgers. Brooks Bollinger threw for one touchdown and ran for one to improve to 27-7 as a starter.
"There's been some concern about not playing our best football, yada, yada, but right now we're sitting 5-0," Bollinger said.
Arizona was the country's second-best passing attack coming in but quarterback Jason Johnson struggled and his receivers dropped several passes. He was 13-of-27 for 129 yards, was intercepted once and was yanked after the third quarter.
NORTHWESTERN 49, NAVY 40: Jason Wright ran for 186 yards and three touchdowns for the visiting Wildcats, who took advantage of five turnovers. The Midshipmen had their fourth lost fumbles deep in Northwestern territory with the Wildcats up 42-38. The teams combined for 1,223 yards of offense.
WAKE FOREST 24, PURDUE 21: The visiting Demon Deacons capitalized on five turnovers. Wake Forest scored 10 points off those turnovers. Purdue's Berin Lacevic missed three field-goal tries in the fourth including a 44-yard miss with 21 seconds left.
SAN JOSE ST. 38, ILLINOIS 35: Nick Gilliam kicked a 37-yard field goal on the final play for the Spartans, who have split four road games to open the season. Illinois tied it with 1:21 left when Jon Beutjer hit Aaron Moorehead for a 32-yard touchdown, capping an 80-yard drive that took 46 seconds.
MINNESOTA 41, BUFFALO 17: Jared Ellerson caught two touchdowns from Asad Abdul-Khaliq and Terry Jackson II had 101 of his 124 yards rushing in the first half for the host Golden Gophers, who gained 299 yards rushing.
IOWA 48, UTAH ST. 7: Brad Banks ran for a touchdown and threw for another and Jermelle Lewis had a 75-yard touchdown run for the host Hawkeyes. Lewis ran for 109 yards, marking the seventh consecutive game Iowa has had a runner with more than 100 yards.
INDIANA 39, CENT. MICHIGAN 29: The host Hoosiers scored the final 23 points to rally for their 13th straight win over a Mid-American Conference opponent. Indiana took the lead for good with 9:34 to go on the second of Yamar Washington's three rushing touchdowns, a 4-yarder. Washington led Indiana with 130 rushing yards.