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Big Ten: No dancing, just relief for OSU after rally

©Associated Press
October 20, 2002

MADISON, Wis. -- Instead of dancing on the Badgers logo, Ohio State gathered at midfield Saturday and knelt in prayer.

The Buckeyes might have been thankful to pull out another close game on the road, edging Wisconsin 19-14 at Camp Randall Stadium.

The visiting team has won the past four in the series but the Buckeyes ended a recent trend in which winning players danced on the other team's logo.

Freshman Maurice Clarett ran for 133 yards on 30 carries to lead the Buckeyes, who also escaped from close games at Cincinnati and at Northwestern.

Wisconsin led 14-13 until Craig Krenzel threw a 3-yard touchdown to Ben Hartsock with 10 minutes left to put the Buckeyes back in front.

"I was catching that with every part of my body possible," Hartsock said. "It was like there was a baby in there."

OSU's Michael Jenkins, a former standout at Leto High, had five catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. Krenzel completed 12 of 19 for 204 yards.

Krenzel set up the winner with a 45-yard pass to Jenkins on third and 6 from his 16. Jenkins, who caught a 47-yard touchdown in the first half, leaped over B.J. Tucker and Brett Bell for the ball.

That play was the backbreaker, Badgers coach Barry Alvarez said.

"They hadn't done much for a quarter and a half, and the ball was up in the air. We had two guys in position. No one made a play on the ball," said Alvarez, who fell to 0-9-1 against top-five teams.

The Badgers used two timeouts in the second half; that cost them when OSU took over with 4:29 left and ran the ball nine straight times to end the game.

Wisconsin's Jim Sorgi replaced starting quarterback Brooks Bollinger, who got a concussion midway through the second quarter. Sorgi put the Badgers up 14-13 with a 42-yard touchdown to Jonathan Orr just before halftime.

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MICHIGAN 23, PURDUE 21: John Navarre threw for 271 yards and a touchdown for the visiting Wolverines, who needed less than 3 1/2 minutes on all four scoring drives.

Seven plays for double-digit yards in the first half helped Michigan pick up 190 yards in 10:15. Navarre spread the ball around; three players had more than 70 yards receiving.

"They are big-play guys," he said. "They're smart, they know their defenses and they can read defenses. That's the difference."

The quick scoring almost wasn't enough.

Brandon Kirsch found John Standeford for a 31-yard score in the third quarter that got the Boilermakers within 17-14.

Kirsch was benched for Kyle Orton to open the fourth but Orton threw two interceptions. Kirsch came back for the Boilermakers' final drive, capped by Jerod Void's 1-yard touchdown run with eight seconds left. Michigan recovered the onside kick.

It was the fifth time this season a Michigan game went down to the final minute; the Wolverines have won four of those.

IOWA 24, INDIANA 8: Grant Steen set a school record with threeinterceptions, Fred Russell ran for two touchdowns and Brad Banks threw for one for the visiting Hawkeyes.

Iowa, which entered as the nation's No. 2 run defense, matched its reputation in the first 11 minutes, then coasted. Players acknowledged they "lost focus" after leading 17-0 early.

"We expected to come out and move the ball and put some points on the board, and that's what we did," Banks said. "Then we just slacked off later in the game."

Iowa had 168 yards rushing, 57 fewer than average, and allowed Indiana to run for 146, the first time an opponent has passed 100 this season.

Indiana's six-game home winning streak, which was tied with Minnesota for the longest in the conference, ended.

The Hoosiers moved inside Iowa's 20 on each of their final drives and six times in all. Yet all they mustered was a 23-yard field goal from Bryan Robertson to open the fourth quarter. Three possessions ended with interceptions and two on downs.

PENN ST. 49, NORTHWESTERN 0: Larry Johnson ran for a school-record 257 yards and two scores for the host Nittany Lions. Five of his 23 carries were for 20 yards or more and on most of those he broke tackles at the line of scrimmage.

"You can see him getting a little better feel for things ... it's not anything that he ever really lacked, it's just he was always in a hurry to get things done," PSU coach Joe Paterno said.

The mark was 256 yards, set by Curt Warner against Syracuse on Oct. 17, 1981. Johnson had 191 yards in the first half and tacked on a 60-yard run and a 5-yard touchdown early in the third quarter, giving Penn State a 42-0 lead.

It was PSU's first home game since Paterno chased down and grabbed an official after his team's 42-35 overtime loss to Iowa Sept. 28. Then, in the days after a 27-24 overtime loss at Michigan Oct. 12, Paterno said poor officiating contributed to that defeat.

"I think it was important that we didn't feel sorry for ourselves," Paterno said. "They made up their minds: Our head coach may be crying, but there is nothing we can do about it."

MINNESOTA 28, MICHIGAN ST. 7: Terry Jackson became the first Minnesota player to run for 200 yards in consecutive games as the Golden Gophers continued their best start in 41 years. Minnesota won at Spartan Stadium for the first time since 1976. The last time Minnesota started 7-1 was 1961, also the year of its most recent appearance in the Rose Bowl.

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