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Big Ten: Tampa's Ross leads OSU's win

©Associated Press
November 3, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State's defense appreciates being tested.

"We knew that Minnesota was in the top 10 in the nation as far as running the ball and we didn't want those guys to control the clock," two-time All-American strong safety Michael Doss said. "We decided to take that as a challenge."

They did that Saturday, beating Minnesota 34-3.

There were plenty of offensive stars for OSU. Lydell Ross, from Tampa Gaither High, ran for two touchdowns. Chris Vance, who learned before the game that his brother was shot to death Friday night, caught a 30-yard touchdown. And Michael Jenkins of Tampa Leto High had a game-high 62 receiving yards.

But OSU's defense controlled the game, allowing 112 yards. The Golden Gophers, who came in averaging 271 yards rushing, had 53 on 36 attempts.

With OSU tailback Maurice Clarett out with an injured left shoulder, Ross ran for 89 yards on 20 carries, scoring from 5 and 9 yards. His first score was set up by Jenkins' 49-yard catch.

Vance played after learning of the death of his 21-year-old younger brother, Percy. The senior flanker had his brother's name, birthdate, date of death and "R.I.P." written on his uniform.

"It was my decision to play," Vance said. "And it was my escape. The touchdown was for my brother. I know he would have wanted me to play."

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IOWA 20, WISCONSIN 3: Maybe Iowa quarterback Brad Banks will finally get noticed on campus.

Banks completed 17 of 30 for 275 yards and two touchdowns for the host Hawkeyes, who maintained a piece of the lead in the Big Ten.

Banks is a big reason the Hawkeyes have a chance at getting to the Rose Bowl for the first time in 12 years. Yet the senior isn't as recognizable as players from other top 10 teams.

"People still don't notice me around here," he said.

Badgers running back Anthony Davis was held to 34 yards on 16 carries, and Wisconsin gained 215 total yards.

On Iowa's first possession of the third quarter, Banks hit Clark for 37 yards down the middle, then connected with C.J. Jones for 22 to set up Nate Kaeding's 30-yard field goal. Later in the third, Banks threw a 23-yard score to tight end Dallas Clark on a fake screen.

MICHIGAN 49, MICHIGAN ST. 3: John Navarre threw three touchdowns and ran for one as the host Wolverines handed the Spartans their worst loss since 1947.

The Spartans have lost four straight by an average of more than 28 points. The slump has put coach Bobby Williams' job security in jeopardy.

Without being asked, Michigan coach Lloyd Carr spoke out in support of Williams, one of four African-American coaches in Division I-A, who has five years left on his rollover contract.

"I think it's very, very important that Bobby Williams be given an opportunity to fulfill his contract at Michigan State," Carr said.

Williams is 16-17 overall at MSU and 6-15 in the Big Ten, including a 1-9 conference road mark.

"We were totally embarrassed," Williams said.

PENN ST. 18, ILLINOIS 7: Larry Johnson has the two best rushing performances in Penn State history. He's still not satisfied.

Johnson ran for 279 yards to break his school record and scored on an 84-yard run for the host Nittany Lions.

Johnson had another 84-yard score called back because of a holding penalty. With a 10-yard run in the third quarter he broke the school record of 257 yards he set two weeks ago against Northwestern. But he fumbled the ball to Illinois' Derrick Strong on the play.

"When they talk about when I broke my record, they're not going to talk about the long run that was called back or the runs before that," Johnson said. "They're going to talk about the fumble that I had to break the record, and that sticks in my mind more than anything else."

The Fighting Illini, which entered atop the conference in average yards at 463.9, struggled on offense, gaining 75 yards rushing and 292 total. Jon Beutjer replaced Dustin Ward at quarterback late in the third and led Illinois to its touchdown, a 1-yarder to Kenny Boyle, with 5:22 left.

N'WESTERN 41, INDIANA 37: Jason Wright ran for a career-high 219 yards and four scores for the host Wildcats, who broke a five-game losing streak. Indiana took advantage of the country's worst run defense with a season-high 232 yards on the ground. But the Hoosiers set up one Northwestern score in the third quarter with a botched fake punt and another with an interception. Wright scored on a 7-yard run with 2:17 left to put the Wildcats ahead to stay.

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