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Big XII: Local grad, versatile QB propel Kansas past Missouri

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Published September 28, 2003

LAWRENCE, Kan. - First Kansas showed its archrival who had the better team. Then it showed Missouri who had more class.

As thousands of fans stormed the field Saturday and began tearing down the goalposts after a 35-14 victory, Kansas players made a point to stay clear.

Last year at Missouri, after the Tigers won 36-12 in the oldest rivalry west of the Mississippi River, Missouri players helped their fans rip down the goalposts.

"We came into this game saying we weren't going to tear down any goalposts because that's showing no class," said running back Clark Green, a Robinson High graduate who had two touchdowns. "We thought what they did last year was disrespectful."

Quarterback Bill Whittemore scored on two short runs and engineered fourth-quarter drives of 72, 50 and 49 yards for the Jayhawks.

Missouri quarterback Brad Smith never got going, passing for only 62 yards. After running for 117 yards in Missouri's victory last year, he had only 33 Saturday.

"They just played good defense," Smith said. "It's all of our fault."

Whittemore was 14-of-22 for 111 yards and picked up 76 more on 16 rushes.

"We're just going out there and having a good time," he said.

The Tigers, who were averaging 420 yards, gained only 196. Smith, who scored on a 4-yard run in the first quarter, put the Tigers up 14-13 with a 13-play, 72-yard drive in the third, capped by a 9-yard pass to Darius Outlaw.

Then Kansas took charge.

Whittemore rushed for 32 yards on a 72-yard drive capped by Green's 6-yard touchdown run early in the fourth to make it 21-14. Then Whittemore took the Jayhawks 50 yards and scored on a 4-yard run.

In the final minutes, John Randle got loose on a 25-yard run and scored on a 3-yard burst.

PITTSBURGH 37, TEXAS A&M 26: Rod Rutherford threw five touchdowns for the visiting Panthers.

Pitt took a 16-13 lead in the third on Princell Brockenbrough's 20-yard catch. He made a leaping grab in the end zone and dragged his toes as he flew out of bounds. The Aggies came right back, but Todd Pegram missed a 33-yard field goal.

Larry Fitzgerald capped the Panthers' next drive with a 5-yard touchdown catch. Fullback Lousaka Polite made it 30-13 late in the third, catching a 6-yard pass after the Panthers got the ball when Terrence Thomas muffed a punt.

N. ILLINOIS 24, IOWA ST. 16: Michael Turner ran for 134 yards and a touchdown for the host Huskies.

Northern Illinois led 17-16 late when safety Akil Grant picked off a wobbling pass, caused by quarterback Austin Flynn being hit from behind, and returned it 8 yards.

That set up a 49-yard drive capped by a 9-yard touchdown from Josh Haldi to P.J. Fleck with 1:55 left.

TEXAS 63, TULANE 18: Chance Mock threw three touchdowns and ran for another and Vince Young ran and passed for touchdowns for the host Longhorns, who rotated quarterbacks for the first time and led 49-6 at halftime.

Mock started and scored Texas' first touchdown on a 1-yard run.

Texas led 14-0 after the second drive when Roy Williams took a short pass and shook three defenders with one spin move and a stiff arm for a 13-yard touchdown.

Young played every third series of the first half. The redshirt freshman ran 60 yards on his second snap to set up his 2-yard touchdown to David Thomas.

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