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Big Ten: Krenzel stars in Clarett's absence

By Associated Press
Published August 31, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio - With Craig Krenzel directing the offense and the same stout defense that won last season's national title, Ohio State didn't miss Maurice Clarett.

Krenzel accounted for 230 yards and ran for two first-half scores for the Buckeyes, who opened Saturday night with a punishing 28-9 victory over Washington as Clarett stood on the sideline serving the first of his multigame suspension for violating NCAA rules.

But even without their star runner and five defensive starters who are in the NFL, the Buckeyes looked just as tough as they did in winning their first national title in 34 years in the Fiesta Bowl against Miami in January.

Clarett's replacements, Maurice Hall and Lydell Ross, each ran for a score in OSU's 15th straight win, the school's second-longest streak. Hall finished with 58 yards on 15 carries and Ross, a Gaither High product, had 43 on 12.

The defensive line, led by Simon Fraser, Will Smith and Darrion Scott, gave Cody Pickett no time to throw and held the Huskies to 7 yards rushing.

Keith Gilbertson, promoted to coach July 29 after Rick Neuheisel was fired, had no answers in his Huskies debut.

Washington, which averaged 420.7 yards last season, was held to 147 through three quarters and didn't score until Pickett's 2-yard run with 3:27 left.

Krenzel, who had more than 22 pass attempts once last season, threw 18 times in the first half as Ohio State took a 21-0 lead in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 105,078 in the sixth night game ever at Ohio Stadium.

On Ohio State's second drive Krenzel hit Drew Carter on a 37-yard pass to set up Hall's 2-yard score.

MICHIGAN 45, C. MICHIGAN 7: Chris Perry helped the host Wolverines repeat last season's good start.

Perry ran for a career-high 232 yards and two touchdowns and broke Michigan's rushing record for a season opener, Gordon Bell's 210-yard performance against Wisconsin in 1975.

"It's nice to have, but it's not that big of a deal," said Perry, who had 22 carries. "We have 12 more games to go, including the bowl game. I just want to maintain my performance so we can produce like this every week."

Perry's careerlong 63-yard run on the second play surpassed the 57-yarder he had on the second snap last season en route to a 120-yard, three-touchdown game to lead Michigan over Washington.

The Wolverines scored three TDs in the third quarter and added another on their fourth possession of the half to turn the opener for both teams into a rout after leading 17-0 at halftime.

Michigan's John Navarre was 19-of-33 for 245 yards with two scores and an interception. Braylon Edwards caught five passes for 78 yards and two scores after being held out the first four plays.

PENN ST. 23, TEMPLE 10: The host Nittany Lions made just enough big plays to overcome an anemic offense. Three field goals by Robbie Gould and big plays by Tony Johnson and Michael Robinson led Penn State in both teams' opener.

Temple gained 357 yards and 21 first downs to 310 yards and 16 first downs for PSU. But the Owls did not convert yards into points.

At times the Nittany Lions looked good. Robinson - who played quarterback, tailback and receiver in addition to returning punts - lined up at tailback to set up Penn State's final touchdown with a 53-yard run to Temple's 19-yard line.

"When he's in the backfield, I think it causes a lot more problems for them defensively, because they have to worry about exactly what he's going to do, and Mike's a heck of a runner," quarterback Zack Mills said.

Most of PSU's 79 first-half passing yards came on a 56-yard score to Johnson for a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Temple made it 20-10 with 4:49 left, scoring a touchdown on a 3-yard run by Makonnen Fenton after Collin Hannigan threw a 27-yard pass to Zamir Cobb on a fake punt to set up the score.

CONNECTICUT 34, INDIANA 10: Dan Orlovsky had 307 yards and three touchdowns passing and Terry Caulley added a 43-yard scoring run as the Huskies opened their 40,000-seat stadium. The Huskies extended their winning streak from last season to five.

$90-million Rentschler Field was the culmination of UConn's upgrade from Division I-AA to I-A that began five years ago under coach Randy Edsall.

Up 3-0, UConn capitalized on a fumble on the Hoosiers' first possession, and four plays later Orlovsky threw a 16-yard score to O'Neil Wilson.

Indiana's Matt LoVecchio, a Notre Dame transfer who sat out last season, was sacked five times and went 13-of-29 for 211 yards.

IOWA 21, MIAMI (OHIO) 3: Fred Russell ran for 161 yards and a touchdown and Nathan Chandler threw for two scores for the host Hawkeyes. Iowa intercepted Ben Roethlisberger four times and beat the RedHawks for the third consecutive season.

Russell carried the ball 22 times and had runs of 59 and 66 yards, both in the second half. Chandler, making his first career start, was 12-of-19 for 129 yards. He also ran for 24 yards.

Trailing 3-0, Iowa took the lead for good when Chandler threw a 7-yard score to fullback Aaron Mickens to end the first quarter.

MICHIGAN ST. 26, W. MICHIGAN 21: Quarterback Jeff Smoker returned from a five-game suspension for substance abuse to lead the host Spartans. Smoker flourished in new coach John L. Smith's spread offense, completing 21 of 34 for 324 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

He threw scoring passes of 59, 50 and 21 yards in a game that featured 84 passing attempts and lasted 31/2 hours. Chad Munson went 30-of-50 for 333 yards, two scores and two pickoffs.

MINNESOTA 49, TULSA 10: Marion Barber III ran for three touchdowns and Asad Abdul-Khaliq threw for two for the host Golden Gophers.

With Barber back after getting a medical redshirt last year the Gophers showcased a trio of talented running backs and spoiled coach Steve Kragthorpe's debut.

Thomas Tapeh led the Gophers with 75 rushing yards, Barber had 48 and Terry Jackson II, who gained more than 1,000 last season, had 59 and a touchdown.

[Last modified August 31, 2003, 01:47:13]


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