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Big Ten: Hawkeyes withstand comeback, win in OT

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September 29, 2002


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- After losing a 22-point fourth-quarter lead Saturday, Iowa settled down during overtime.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- After losing a 22-point fourth-quarter lead Saturday, Iowa settled down during overtime.

C.J. Jones caught a 6-yard touchdown in the extra period and Penn State's fourth-down pass fell incomplete as the Hawkeyes upset the Nittany Lions 42-35.

In the Big Ten opener for both, Brad Banks passed for 261 yards to lead Iowa. His throw to Jones in overtime was his fourth touchdown.

After the game, Penn State coach Joe Paterno ran to an official and grabbed him by the shoulder to protest some calls.

Asked about the incident, Paterno said only: "I thought they made a couple of lousy calls on the other side of the field."

Penn State, which trailed 35-13 with 71/2 minutes left, started a comeback when Bryan Scott intercepted a pass in the end zone. Jovon Johnson intercepted it right back for Iowa and returned it to the Penn State 1-yard line, but Michael Haynes forced Russell to fumble on the next play.

"If we protect the ball a little better in the second half, it's probably not as exciting," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said.

Zack Mills was 23 of 44 for a school-record 399 yards. Three of his four touchdowns came in the fourth quarter to three different players named Johnson: 36 yards to Larry, 44 yards to Tony (followed by a 2-point conversion run by Chris Ganter) and 8 yards to Bryant. That tied it at 35 with 1:20 left.

On PSU's overtime possession, Mills' pass on fourth down hit an offensive linemen and fell to the ground.

Iowa has won three straight against Penn State and four of the past five. Iowa is the third school to beat a Paterno-coached team three years in a row, joining Alabama (1987-89) and Michigan (1997-2001).

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OHIO STATE 45, INDIANA 17: The only people who can stop Maurice Clarett seem to be the Ohio State team doctors, and they can't keep the freshman off the field for long.

After a knee operation that kept him out of the previous week's win over Cincinnati, Clarett ran for 104 yards and three scores for the host Buckeyes.

Clarett had arthroscopic surgery Sept. 17 to repair torn cartilage in his right knee. There was bleeding around the incision at halftime, but doctors stitched him up.

OSU coach Jim Tressel asked the doctors: "If he gets stitches can he go back in? Will it be a problem?' They said no."

Clarett scored on runs of 2, 1 and 4 yards as Ohio State built a 21-10 lead in the Big Ten opener for both.

"You give the ball to him down close and he'll score," Krenzel said. "The thing that separates him from other backs is that he'll put his shoulder down, and defensive backs don't want to take him on."

MICHIGAN 45, ILLINOIS 28: John Navarre threw for 264 yards and four touchdowns and the visiting Wolverines forced five turnovers.

Michigan, second to last in scoring in the Big Ten, put up 31 straight points in the conference opener for both teams and had a season high in points. It was the third time this season Illinois has given up more than 30 points.

Navarre threw two touchdowns to tight end Bennie Joppru, who had seven catches for 74 yards.

"Our offense, I think, is a little more confident after today," Navarre said. "We had the right answer for every defense they had."

MICHIGAN ST. 39, N'WESTERN 24: The host Spartans scored 16 straight points over 5:44 in the third and fourth quarters in the Big Ten opener for both.

Dawan Moss ran for a career-high 191 yards on 26 carries. His 22-yard touchdown in the second quarter was MSU's first rushing score in 13 quarters.

Ziehl Kavanaght's 88-yard punt return with 1:24 left in the third gave the Spartans a 27-17 lead and started MSU's run that put the game away.

PURDUE 28, MINNESOTA 15: Joey Harris ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns for the host Boilermakers, who scored 21 third-quarter points.

Purdue has beaten Minnesota seven straight times and hasn't lost at home to the Golden Gophers since 1990.

On the first play of the quarter, Purdue safety Ralph Turner picked off Asad Abdul-Khaliq and ran 23 yards for a touchdown and a 14-9 lead. With the Boilermakers leading 21-9, Turner's blindside hit on Abdul-Khaliq caused a fumble, and Gilbert Gardner returned the ball 35 yards to the Minnesota 4. Two plays later, Kyle Orton hit defensive end Shaun Phillips over the middle for a 3-yard score.

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