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Nation: Holiday, Irish escape upset

©Associated Press
November 10, 2002

BALTIMORE -- Trailing by eight against lightly-regarded Navy late in the fourth, Notre Dame used the right arm of Carlyle Holiday to avert a second straight upset.

Holiday set up the tying score with a 29-yard completion to Omar Jenkins, then hit an open Jenkins for a 67-yard touchdown with 2:08 left to give the Fighting Irish a 30-23 victory Saturday.

"We didn't wake up until about four minutes were left in the game," said coach Tyrone Willingham, who tied Terry Brennan (1954) and Ara Parseghian ('64) for most wins by a first-year Notre Dame coach.

One week after losing at home to Boston College 14-7, the Irish kept their slim national title hopes going by beating the Midshipmen the 39th straight time. Holiday finished 13-for-21 for 272 yards. Jenkins had a career-high 166 yards.

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N. ILLINOIS 26, BOWLING GREEN 17: Michael Turner ran for 192 yards and Josh Haldi threw two TDs for the host. The Falcons entered as one of four Division I-A teams without a loss and had an 11-game winning streak snapped.

The Falcons cut the lead to 23-17 with 7:12 left when Josh Harris threw a touchdown on fourth and 7. After struggling in the first half, Harris went 7-of-10 for 64 yards on the 14-play, 80-yard drive.

Bowling Green got the ball back on an interception, but failed to move past midfield.

UCONN 63, KENT ST. 21: Terry Caulley scored four TDs and ran for 174 yards, all in the first half, for the host Huskies.

OHIO 27, AKRON 10: Joe Sellers returned a fumble 28 yards for a TD for the host. The Zips lost three fumbles and an interception, and Ohio blocked a field-goal attempt in the first half.

NEVADA 23, UTEP 17: Zack Threadgill passed for 325 yards and two TDs for the host. Nate Burleson, who leads the nation in receptions per game, caught 19 for 179 yards and one TD.

BOISE ST. 49, RICE 7: Brock Forsey, nation's leading scorer, ran for four TDs and Billy Wingfield caught three TDs for the host.

TOLEDO 44, C. MICHIGAN 17: Brian Jones threw for 323 yards and two TDs for the host.

N. TEXAS 10, IDAHO 0: Kevin Galbreath rushed for 105 yards for the host, which faces New Mexico State next for the Sun Belt title.

UTAH 28, UNLV 17: Brett Elliott threw three TDs and the host snapped a six-game losing streak.

BYU 35, WYOMING 31: Matt Berry threw a career-high 360 yards and found Gabriel Reid for a 4-yard TD with 3:28 left to seal it for the host.

SAN JOSE ST. 42, LA. TECH 30: Scott Rislov passed for 327 yards and three TDs for the host.

Division I-AA

N.H. 31, UMASS 14: Stephan Lewis compiled 260 yards running and receiving and scored three TDs for the host.

STONY BROOK 23, ROB. MORRIS 13: Chad King returned a kickoff 81 yards for a TD and rushed for a 34-yard TD for the host.

PENN 44, PRINCETON 13: Michael Recchiuti scored his first two TDs of the season for visiting Quakers.

FORDHAM 37, HOLY CROSS 27: Kerwin Watson rushed for 153 yards, two TDs for visiting Rams.

CORNELL 21, DARTMOUTH 19: Wide receiver Keith Ferguson caught 11 passes for 175 yards for the host. He set the Big Red career receiving yards record with 2,502.

VALPO 27, LINDENWOOD 6: David Macchi threw two TDs and ran for one for the host Crusaders.

DELAWARE 37, MAINE 13: Andy Hall passed for 146 yards and a TD for the visiting Blue Hens.

COLGATE 28, LEHIGH 14: Quarterback Chris Brown rushed for four TDs for the visiting Raiders.

YALE 31, BROWN 27: Jeff Mroz threw for 281 yards and four TDs for the visiting Bulldogs.

FAIRFIELD 44, ST. JOHN'S (NY) 21: Mike Cerchio threw for 216 yards and two TDs for the host.

N'EASTERN 38, VILLANOVA 13: Tim Gale rushed for 123 yards and three TDs as the host Huskies matched their single-season record with eight wins.

WEBER ST. 20, PORTLAND ST. 14: Nick Chournos rushed for 152 yards and a TD for the host.

ELON 56, LIBERTY 35: James Murdaugh rushed for three TDS and threw for one for the host.

SACRED HEART 32, SIENA: Joe Kroells threw a career-high 254 yards and three TDs for the host.

E. ILLINOIS 55, TENN-MARTIN 43: J.R. Taylor scored four TDs as the host clinched a share of the Ohio Valley title.

NORFOLK ST. 17, MORGAN ST. 14: Gideon Tekola kicked a 38-yard field goal to lift the host.

MARIST 49, LA SALLE 23: Chris Price rushed for 199 yards, three TDs for the visiting Red Foxes.

APP. ST. 54, VMI 13: Joe Burchette threw for 224 yards and four TDs for the host.

HARVARD 28, COLUMBIA 7: Neil Rose completed 25-of-35 for 257 yards, two TDs for the host.

GARD-WEBB 57, CHA. SO. 15: Jeremy Martin completed 20-of-30 for 286 yards, three TDs and the visiting Bulldogs won the first Big South championship.

GA. SOUTH. 42, FURMAN 21: The visiting Eagles secured a share of its seventh straight Southern Conference title.

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