Kicker's amends rescue Michigan

By wire services
Published October 2, 2005

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Mike Hart's return and Garrett Rivas' redemption gave Michigan a win it badly needed.

Hart ran for 218 yards and a touchdown in his first game back from an injury, and Rivas made up for missing a field goal in the final minute of regulation by kicking a 35-yarder in overtime to give the Wolverines a 34-31 win over No.11 Michigan State on Saturday.

"All I wanted was another chance," Rivas said. "Luckily, overtime went our way and we were able to get another shot."

John Goss narrowly missed a 37-yard field goal in overtime and missed a 23-yard attempt early in the fourth quarter that would have given the Spartans their only lead.

"I have no excuses for how I did," Goss said with watery eyes. "I feel bad for letting my teammates down."

Hart's return from a hamstring injury after missing two-plus games allowed the Wolverines (3-2) to avoid their worst start since 1967.

"I'll never forget this day," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said.

Coach John L. Smith hopes the Spartans don't, either.

"It hurts real bad, and it should hurt," Smith said. "I hope the players feel it and I hope they don't forget the feeling."

Drew Stanton was 20-of-30 for 282 yards with a TD pass and an interception for the Spartans.

After a first half in which Michigan's Chad Henne threw three touchdowns without a turnover, his interception led to a tying field goal early in the third quarter, and his fumble midway through the fourth was returned 74 yards by defensive tackle Domata Peko for a score, tying it at 31.

No.13 Notre Dame 49,

No.22 Purdue 28

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Brady Quinn passed for 440 yards and three touchdowns, two to Jeff Samardzija, for the Irish. Quinn was 20-for-23 for 283 yards in the first half to lead Notre Dame to a 28-0 lead. He finished 29-of-36, a career-high 80.5 percent completion rate, and threw a TD for a 10th straight game, tying a school record set by Heisman Trophy winner John Huarte in 1964.

No. 17 Wisconsin 41,

Indiana 24

MADISON, Wis. - Badgers senior receiver Brandon Williams caught two touchdowns and returned a punt 63 yards for a score against previously unbeaten Indiana. Wisconsin won its 10th straight at Camp Randall Stadium, its longest home winning streak since reeling off 25 straight from 1900-03, when its opponents included the likes of Hyde Park High School, Milwaukee Medical and the Osteopaths.

Penn St. 44,

No.18 Minnesota 14

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Derrick Williams and Tony Hunt each rushed for two touchdowns while the Nittany Lions held Laurence Maroney to a season-low 48 yards rushing. Williams got his two scores in the first half and set up one of Hunt's two second-half scoring runs with a 10-yard rush deep in Golden Gophers territory.

IOWA 35, ILLINOIS 7: Ed Hinkel scored with an acrobatic move at the end of a reverse and caught one of Drew Tate's two touchdowns as the Hawkeyes set a school record with their 21st straight home victory.