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Big 12: Huskers block winning field goal

By Associated Press
Published September 18, 2005

LINCOLN, Neb. - Adam Ickes blocked Josh Cummings' 46-yard field goal as time ran out Saturday, allowing Nebraska to hang on for a 7-6 victory over Pittsburgh.

It kept the Panthers winless in Dave Wannstedt's first season and the Cornhuskers unbeaten at 3-0 in Bill Callahan's second season.

"Collectively as a team, it's a good win," Callahan said. "There are a lot of things that we can take from this win and grow from and learn from."

The block brought a bizarre end to an inept offensive game by both teams and dropped Pitt to 0-3 for the first time since 1984.

Quarterback Zac Taylor accounted for Nebraska's only score, falling into the end zone from a yard out in the second quarter.

Cummings kicked field goals of 38 and 27 yards in the third quarter to pull the Panthers within a point. But he missed a 49-yarder that would have given them the lead with 11:19 left.

After Jordan Congdon missed a 38-yard field goal for Nebraska, the Panthers got the ball back with 1:28 to play.

Tyler Palko hit Joe DelSardo with a 26-yard pass to move Pitt to the Nebraska 29. Palko intentionally spiked the ball to stop the clock and set up Cummings' field goal with seven seconds left.

On second down, Mike McGlynn's snap deflected off holder Adam Graessle's helmet and into the hands of Cummings, who threw incomplete into an open area of the field. The clock stopped with one second left, and Cummings was given another chance on third down.

This time, Cummings' kick was stuffed by Ickes. Nebraska also blocked Cummings' 42-yard field goal in the first quarter.

"We work on (blocks) every day in practice, all week long," Ickes said. "We were going on a block on both edges and the middle. The middle worked during the game, and I think they were so worried about people coming up the middle."

No. 2 Texas 51, Rice 10

AUSTIN, Texas - Freshman Jamaal Charles is starting to look as if he could be the next great Texas running back. Charles ran for 189 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries in his first career start.

Charles had a pair of 25-yard scoring runs in the first quarter and added a 4-yard TD in the second as Texas built a 42-0 lead by halftime. He had four runs of 20 or more yards on his first 10 carries. Texas has won 38 of the past 39 meetings in a rivalry that dates to 1914. Rice managed just 209 total yards Saturday and has been outscored by Texas 134-30 the past three years.

No. 19 Texas Tech 80, Sam Houston State 21

LUBBOCK, Texas - Cody Hodges threw for 356 yards and four touchdowns in the first half for the Red Raiders. He finished 26-of-37 for 436 yards and five touchdowns as the 80 points were the most since 1953, when they put up 71 points against New Mexico A&M, now New Mexico State.

The I-AA Bearkats punted on their first four possessions, all from inside their 25, and didn't cross midfield until 3:07 left in the first half. In the first half, they had 72 yards of offense and were penalized 90 yards. They finished with 253 yards.

TEXAS A&M 66, SMU 8: Reggie McNeal set a school record with 449 total yards, including 349 passing, in three quarters for the host Aggies. McNeal threw five touchdowns and ran for one while surpassing the record of 418 set by Edd Hargett against SMU in 1968.

It was the first time a Texas A&M player has thrown for more than 300 yards and run for 100 in a game, and McNeal had his first 300-yard passing game. McNeal's previous high for touchdown passes in a game was four in 2002.

Texas A&M led 24-8 at halftime, then scored on six consecutive possessions, including third-quarter touchdown passes of 80, 68, 32 and 47 yards by McNeal.

Texas A&M brought out its 12th Man kickoff coverage unit made up entirely of walk-ons twice in the fourth quarter. It was the first time the unit has appeared since a 73-10 win against Baylor in 2003.

BAYLOR 20, ARMY 10: Shawn Bell was 20-of-30 for 205 yards and a touchdown for the Bears, who are 3-0 for the first time since 1996 and have won consecutive road games after a 3-44 stretch. Down 13-3 early in the fourth, Joe Riley missed his third field goal for the Black Knights. Then with 3:46 left, Baylor made it 20-3 on Shaun Rochon's 10-yard run.

OKLA. ST. 20, ARKANSAS ST. 10: The host Cowboys stymied the Indians' late scoring threats. Leading 13-7, Oklahoma State held Arkansas State to a field goal on a fourth-quarter possession that began at the Oklahoma State 4. It drove 49 yards on the ensuing possession, capped by Julius Crosslin's 1-yard run. Calvin Mickens later interception a pass in the end zone.

KANSAS 34, LA. TECH 14: Brian Luke threw three touchdowns for the host Jayhawks. Wearing red uniforms for the first time in 58 years, Kansas broke a 7-7 halftime tie for its first 3-0 start since 1997. Up 14-7 early in the fourth, Kansas' Brandon Perkins tipped a pass that Theo Baines intercepted at the Bulldogs 14, which led to a 6-yard touchdown catch by Brian Murph. About a minute later, Aqib Talik made a diving interception at the 30. Two plays in Jon Cornish scored from 1 yard for a 28-7 lead.

MISSOURI 52, TROY 21: Marcus Woods scored on a 73-yard punt return and 1-yard run for the host Tigers, who avenged last season's 24-14 loss to the Trojans. Down 20-7, Troy's Carl Meadows fumbled on the first play of the second half. Quarterback Brad Smith scored on a 13-yard run on the next play and ran for the two-point conversion. Woods' punt return on the ensuing series made it 35-7, part of Missouri's 25-point third.

[Last modified September 18, 2005, 02:15:36]


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