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A QUICK OVERVIEW OF SATURDAY'S GAMES

By wire services
Published November 13, 2005


RICE FINALLY WINS

John Wall rushed for 156 yards and three touchdowns as host Rice rolled up 392 yards on the ground and ended the nation's longest losing streak at 14 games with a 42-34 victory over Tulane. "It was a great team victory," Rice coach Ken Hatfield said. "Some of the guys even remembered the words to our victory song afterwards." Rice's last win was Oct. 9, 2004, when the Owls beat SMU 44-10 at home. Wall and backfield mate Quinton Smith each had 20 carries, with Smith adding another 143 yards and a touchdown. Wall scored from 25 and 75 yards before a 1-yard plunge, and Smith's 58-yard run provided the last of seven lead changes, putting Rice ahead 35-31 midway through the third quarter.

OBSCURE GAMES OF THE DAY

CARROLL 66, ROCKY MOUNTAIN 13: Tyler Emmert passed for 301 yards and ran for 36 to set an NAIA record for total offense for the host Saints. Emmert finished with 12,920 yards, surpassing the record of 12,907 set by Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna. Carroll (10-0) has won the past three NAIA national titles.

MURRAY ST. 42, AUSTIN PEAY 6: Stevie Chaney rushed for 310 yards and four touchdowns, including a 97-yarder, on 41 carries for the host Racers. Chaney, a freshman who moved from cornerback to tailback in midseason, also had a 43-yard touchdown.

APPALACHIAN ST. 35, W. CAROLINA 7: Richie Williams passed for two touchdowns and Kevin Richardson ran for two to help the visiting Mountaineers win the 30th "Battle for the Old Mountain Jug."

NORTH ALABAMA 40, VALDOSTA ST. 13: DeMarcus Blount rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns on on 33 carries as the visiting Lions ousted the defending Division II national champions in a first-round playoff matchup. Vinnie Saylor threw touchdowns of 30 yards to Jason Messing 31 yards to Anthony Merritt in the first half for North Alabama, which lost the teams' regular-season game 26-23.

ILLINOIS ST. 70, INDIANA ST. 28: Laurent Robinson caught 14 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns for the host Redbirds.

PLAYERS OF THE DAY

B.J. MITCHELL, NEVADA: The senior ran for 193 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries in a 48-24 win over New Mexico State.

KENT SMITH, CENTRAL MICHIGAN: The senior completed a school-record 46 of a Mid-American Conference record 70 passes for 460 yards and a touchdown in a 31-24 loss to Western Michigan.

RAFAEL LITTLE, KENTUCKY, AND EARL BENNETT, VANDERBILT: Little, a sophomore, rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns while Bennett, a freshman, caught 13 passes for 99 yards and five touchdowns in Kentucky's 48-43 victory.

JAMES SIMS, WASHINGTON: The senior rushed for 200 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries in a 38-14 win over Arizona.

MATHIAS KIWANUKA, BOSTON COLLEGE: The senior had 12 tackles with two sacks and three half-sacks in a 30-10 win over N.C. State.

CONFERENCE OF THE DAY

BIG EAST: Nothing like a competitive November: The four league games the past few days were won by a combined score of 145-5, with the only nonshutout being Louisville's 56-5 win Friday against Rutgers.

NUMBER OF THE DAY

4: Games among 36 Southern Cal's Matt Leinart has not thrown a touchdown, including Saturday's 35-10 win over Cal.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We have a lot of guys who aren't recruited who come to Navy to have a chance to play Division I football. It's a chance for them to match up against guys who were Parade high school All-Americans and guys who were more highly recruited and sought after. I'm sure a lot of them grow up thinking they could play at Notre Dame." - Navy coach Paul Johnson on continuing the series against the Fighting Irish, in which the Midshipmen have lost 42 in a row.