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Irish bounce back with passing frenzy

By Associated Press
Published October 23, 2005

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Brady Quinn threw for 467 yards and a school-record six touchdowns, four to Maurice Stovall, to lead No.9 Notre Dame to a 49-23 victory over BYU on Saturday, ending a four-game home losing streak.

The Irish, who lost to BYU last season when they were held to 11 yards rushing, didn't try to run much. Instead, Quinn surpassed the five touchdowns he threw in an overtime loss against Michigan State this season. He was 25-of-30 passing in the first half for a school-record 287 yards and finished 32-of-41.

It was the first home win for Charlie Weis, the first Irish coach in 109 years to lose his first two home games - an overtime loss to Michigan State and in the final seconds to No. 1 USC.

Stovall, the first Irish receiver with four touchdown catches in a game, caught a career-high 14 passes for 207 yards. Jeff Samardzija had 10 catches for 152 yards and two touchdowns. They are the first Irish receivers to each have 10 or more catches in the same game.

After falling behind 28-10 early in the third when Quinn threw a 21-yard touchdown to Samardzija, the Cougars briefly made the game interesting. John Beck threw a 24-yard pass to Jonny Harline to set up his 10-yard touchdown run.

After holding the Irish to three and out, Nathan Meikle returned a punt 22 yards to the Notre Dame 33 to set up Beck's 10-yard touchdown pass to Todd Watkins. BYU failed on the two-point conversion to keep it 28-23.

And Quinn quickly regained control, throwing a 42-yard touchdown to Samardzija and 24-yarder to Stovall to make it 42-23. The touchdown to Stovall gave Quinn 19 this season, tying Ron Powlus' school record set in 1994.

No. 21 TCU 48, Air Force 10

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Jeff Ballard threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns as the Horned Frogs remained the only undefeated team in the Mountain West. Ballard was 20-for-28 to lift TCU to its sixth straight victory.

The Falcons pulled within 14-10 when quarterback Shaun Carney scored from 3 yards midway through the second quarter. But Ballard answered by leading the Frogs on a 69-yard drive, capping it with a 15-yard touchdown to Brent Hecht, and the rout was on.

No. 24 Fresno St. 40, Idaho 10

MOSCOW, Idaho - Joe Fernandez returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown and Jaron Fairman returned a blocked punt for another for the Bulldogs.

Idaho, in its first season in the WAC, hung around in the first half, forcing four fumbles. But leading just 16-10 at the half, Fresno State got on track in the third, when Devyn McDonald hauled in a 1-yard touchdown from Paul Pinegar after a blocked punt at the 11. The Bulldogs were never challenged after that.

ARMY 20, AKRON 0: Carlton Jones rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns as the visiting Black Knights ended an 11-game losing streak with their first shutout since 30-0 over Colgate on Sept.11, 1993. Zac Dahman's 32-yard touchdown to Jones with 5:14 left sealed it.

COLORADO ST. 39, WYOMING 31: Justin Holland threw for a career-high 419 yards and four touchdowns for the host Rams. On fourth and 7 with 5:51 left, he hit Kory Sperry for a 31-yard touchdown. Then Jovon Bouknight, who caught 12 passes for 187 yards and three touchdowns, fumbled at the Rams 28 with 3:09 left.

MEMPHIS 27, E. CAROLINA 24: DeAngelo Williams rushed for 226 yards and two touchdowns for the host Tigers. The Pirates cut it to 20-17 on James Pinkney's 6-yard pass to Chris Johnson with 10:25 left. But Memphis answered with a 15-play, 80-yard drive that took 8:08 and was capped by quarterback Maurice Avery's 1-yard touchdown run.


FAMU 31, NORFOLK ST. 17: Rashard Pompey ran for 181 yards and Roosevelt Kiser caught 11 passes for 142 yards for the host Rattlers. The Spartans tied it at 17 with 5:15 left in the third on Daniel Hammett's 92-yard interception return. FAMU regained the lead 3:25 later on Albert Chester's 20-yard pass to Willie Hayward.

ARKANSAS ST. 3, FAU 0 (OT): Eric Neihouse's 21-yard field goal won it for the host Indians. Neihouse missed a 37-yarder in the first quarter. And Arkansas State reached the FAU 3 before Troy Pindell's interception with 3:13 left in the first half. The Owls' Daniel Kennard missed a 44-yard field goal with 16 seconds left in regulation. Then their overtime possession ended with James Johnson's interception.

[Last modified October 23, 2005, 01:21:14]

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