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Big Ten: Opening burst lifts Spartans to upset

By Wire services
Published September 28, 2003

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Jeff Smoker threw touchdowns on Michigan State's first two possessions and broke three school passing records in the Spartans' 20-10 victory against Iowa on Saturday.

Smoker, 28-of-44 for 218 yards, set marks for completions (478), attempts (818) and touchdown passes (48). He was 13-of-15 for 94 yards during the first quarter.

"It gives you a tremendous boost, and to get a win against a team like Iowa is just a great start," Smoker said.

He connected on all seven of his passes during the Spartans' 10-play, 80-yard opening drive, the last a 17-yard touchdown to Ziehl Kavanaght.

On Iowa's third play from scrimmage, Nathan Chandler passed to Ramon Ochoa at the Hawkeyes 41. Eric Smith immediately hit Ochoa, forcing a fumble that Michigan State's Jason Harmon recovered. Seven plays later, Smoker threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Eric Knott.

MINNESOTA 20, PENN ST. 14: Marion Barber III ran for 134 yards and a touchdown, and the visiting Golden Gophers held on.

Barber gained 49 yards on Minnesota's final scoring drive, which took 6:17, ended with Rhys Lloyd's 30-yard field goal and gave Minnesota a 20-14 lead with 2:21 left.

Michael Robinson, in after Zack Mills sprained his left knee, drove Penn State to the Minnesota 15 with 25 seconds left but overthrew Gerald Smith in the end zone on fourth down.

PURDUE 23, NOTRE DAME 10: Kyle Orton passed for two touchdowns and Ben Jones kicked three field goals for the host Boilermakers, who handed the Fighting Irish their third consecutive loss. It was the third victory in 18 years for Purdue against Notre Dame, which is 1-3 for the fourth time in seven years.

Freshman Brady Quinn made his debut for Notre Dame. He led the Irish with 25 yards on eight carries and was 29-of-59 for 297 yards and four interceptions. His 85-yard touchdown to Maurice Stovall just before halftime cut Purdue's lead to 13-10.

But a 29-yard field goal and 2-yard touchdown catch by defensive end Shaun Phillips, in at tight end, sealed it.

OHIO ST. 20, NORTHWESTERN 0: The host Buckeyes allowed 185 total yards to win their 19th consecutive game and post its first shutout in 62 games, dating to a 41-0 victory at Illinois in 1998.

Ex-Gaither High star Lydell Ross capped Ohio State's opening drive with a 12-yard touchdown run. Mike Nugent's 32-yard field goal made it 10-0 midway through the second quarter.

The Wildcats reached Ohio State territory three times. Quarterback Brett Basanez's 8-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter was nullified by a holding penalty. Three plays later, Slade Larscheid shanked a 35-yard field goal. He later missed a 47-yarder.

MICHIGAN 31, INDIANA 17: Steve Breaston caught a touchdown and scored one on a punt return for the host Wolverines. Despite four turnovers, Michigan led 31-3.

The Wolverines turned it over three times during the first quarter but led 14-0 on Breaston's 69-yard punt return and Jeremy LeSueur's 60-yard interception return.

WISCONSIN 38, ILLINOIS 20: Dwayne Smith ran for 193 yards and three touchdowns for the visiting Badgers, who ran it 63 times.

Smith had first-quarter touchdown runs of 19 and 2 yards, and quarterback Jim Sorgi scored with 12:30 left in the first half for a 21-0 lead. The Illini closed to 28-20 then Antonio Mason ran an interception back for a touchdown but it was nullified by roughing the passer. Wisconsin rushed 12 consecutive times with Sorgi scoring.

[Last modified September 28, 2003, 02:04:08]


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