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Big Ten: Michigan keeps Penn State searching for answers

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© St. Petersburg Times
published October 13, 2002

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Two of college football's most tradition-rich programs turned a dull start into a fantastic finish Saturday.

Chris Perry's 3-yard touchdown run in overtime gave Michigan a 27-24 win over Penn State.

After both teams trudged through the first 42-plus minutes tied at 7, they combined for 28 points and three lead changes. John Navarre's second touchdown to Braylon Edwards, his third option in a crowded end zone, with 3:24 left forced the first overtime at Michigan Stadium.

"That's what a great football game is," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said. "It's back-and-forth, and you win it, and then you lose it, then you win it."

The Wolverines won their sixth straight over the Nittany Lions, who hadn't lost that many games in a row to any team in more than 70 years.

Penn State coach Joe Paterno's postgame news conference lasted 2 1/2 minutes before he walked away in disgust. It began with his announcing that none of the Nittany Lions would be permitted to answer questions.

Michigan won the toss in overtime and chose to let Penn State have the ball first.

Nittany Lions kicker Robbie Gould, who missed an extra point and a field goal in regulation, missed a 23-yard field goal in overtime. But Michigan was called for offsides, and Gould took advantage of the opportunity with a 20-yard kick to put Penn State ahead 24-21.

On Michigan's possession, Perry gained 4 yards on third and 1 from Penn State's 16. Four plays later, he plunged in for the score.

The Nittany Lions had not lost six straight in a series since Pittsburgh beat them 10 times in a row from 1922-31.

INDIANA 32, WISCONSIN 29: Gibran Hamdan's best game gave the host Hoosiers one of their most impressive comeback wins.

Hamdan threw three of his four touchdowns in the final 16 minutes to erase a 19-point deficit.

Hamdan easily turned in the best performance in his four starts. He completed 24 of 36 for 310 yards and four touchdowns, including the winner with 2:16 to go. It was Indiana's largest comeback since Oct. 2, 2000, at Illinois when it rallied from a 21-point deficit.

The Badgers ran for 222 yards and appeared to have control after two touchdowns in 32 seconds early in the third gave them a 29-10 lead.

But Hamdan directed an eight-play, 70-yard drive that ended with a 31-yard touchdown to Courtney Roby with 1:19 left in the third.

He followed that with a 74-yard scoring drive in which he hooked up with Aaron Halterman on a 4-yard score to close to 29-24 with 9:21 to go.

Despite being sacked twice on the winning drive, Hamdan and the Hoosiers twice converted on third downs, including a third and 16 that Roby dived to get. A few plays later, Hamdan hooked up with Glenn Johnson in the middle of the end zone to give Indiana the lead.

OHIO ST. 50, SAN JOSE ST. 7: The host Buckeyes got three touchdowns from freshman Maurice Clarett and three TD passes from Craig Krenzel.

The visiting Spartans went in leading the nation in takeaways with 24, but Ohio State had one turnover and the Spartans lost four fumbles.

Clarett, who had 132 yards on 18 carries, scored on runs of 1 and 5 yards and caught a 7-yard score from Krenzel. Krenzel completed 11 of 14 for 241 yards and also had touchdowns passes of 40 yards to Tampa Leto graduate Mike Jenkins and 37 yards to Chris Vance.

IOWA 44, MICHIGAN ST. 16: The host Hawkeyes held Michigan State's Charles Rogers to five catches for 78 yards and ended his NCAA record streak of 14 games with a touchdown catch.

The defense also collected four sacks, forced two fumbles and picked off three passes. Iowa, which entered ranked 116th in the nation in pass defense, held Michigan State to 186 yards passing and 58 rushing.

Iowa also capitalized on big plays. Jermelle Lewis returned a first-quarter kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown and safety Derek Pagel picked off a Jeff Smoker pass and went 62 yards for a score.

ILLINOIS 38, PURDUE 31 (OT): Dustin Ward threw a 7-yard touchdown for the host Illini, who let a 24-0 lead slip away. The Boilermakers led 31-24 until Antoineo Harris scored from 1 yard on fourth and goal with 7 seconds left to tie the score at 31 and force overtime.

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