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Notre Dame drums Penn St.

By TIMES WIRES
Published September 10, 2006


SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Quarterback Brady Quinn and the Notre Dame offense were as good as advertised in Week 2.

After an unimpressive opening game, Quinn, Jeff Samardzija and company returned to their fantastic form of last season in a 41-17 victory over No. 19 Penn State on Saturday.

Quinn, the Heisman-hyped quarterback, was 12-of-16 passing for 150 yards and two touchdowns in the second quarter alone as fourth-ranked Notre Dame opened a 20-0 lead. The defense and special teams chipped in, too, breaking the game open in the third quarter by scoring one touchdown and setting up another as the Fighting Irish cruised. The game was essentially over at halftime.

"What I liked was the first half was meticulous," Irish coach Charlie Weis said. "We had it about 19 minutes out of the 30 minutes. That's not just offense. That's offense and defense."

Coach Joe Paterno's Nittany Lions haven't beaten a ranked team on the road since a 34-31 win at No. 19 Wisconsin on Oct. 5, 2002.

"I think they outplayed us," Paterno said. "We made too many mistakes. We were sloppy."

Quinn and the Irish looked much sharper than they did a week earlier in a 14-10 victory at Georgia Tech, when they played inconsistently.

Quinn threw touchdowns to Samardzija, Rhema McKnight and Darius Walker.

Through two games Quinn has 533 yards passing, well ahead of last year's pace of 367 yards.

Safety Tom Zbikowski returned a fumble for a 25-yard touchdown for Notre Dame and Travis Thomas - the running back turned linebacker - set up his own 1-yard TD with a 43-yard run on a fake punt.

Anthony Morelli, making his second career start for the Lions, was 21-of-33 passing with one interception and a fumble.

No. 10 Michigan 41, Central Michigan 17

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Mike Hart ran for 116 yards and matched a career high with three touchdowns for Wolverines.

Even though the score was lopsided, Michigane did not look impressive during much of the tuneup a week before playing at No. 4 Notre Dame.

Dan LeFevour threw for 153 yards with two TDs and two turnovers for the Chippewas.

The game was delayed an hour late in the first quarter because of lightning. It was the first weather interruption at Michigan Stadium - where the Wolverines have played since 1927 - the school said.

Michigan had a fourth down on each of its first three drives. Chad Henne converted the first with a pass to set up Hart's score on the opening drive. The Wolverines punted on their second fourth down. After the rare delay and another fourth down, Hart's 18-yard TD gave Michigan a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter.

Purdue 38, Miami (Ohio) 31 (OT): Kory Sheets scored four touchdowns, including the winner in overtime in West Lafayette, Ind. Sheets scored his final touchdown on an 11-yard run during Purdue's only overtime possession, giving the Boilermakers the lead. Miami got to the Purdue 8-yard line on its possession, but Purdue's defense held. The sophomore running back, who had 14 carries for 60 yards, has seven rushing touchdowns in two games.

New Hampshire 34, Northwestern 17: Ricky Santos scored three touchdowns and threw two scores to David Ball as Division I-AA New Hampshire used variety and a no-huddle offense to win in Evanston, Ill. The New Hampshire defense blanked Northwestern in the second half. Santos completed 17 of 21 passes for 197 yards by halftime as New Hampshire (1-0) opened a 10-point lead in its opener. New Hampshire's defense, led by tackle Brendan St. Peter, stopped Northwestern four times on fourth downs in the second half.

Michigan State 52, E. Michigan 20: Matt Trannon set a school record with 14 catches and Drew Stanton accounted for five touchdowns in East Lansing, Mich. Trannon had 151 yards receiving, caught two touchdowns and threw a 35-yard scoring pass to A.J. Jimmerson. Stanton threw for three TDs and ran for two scores. Michigan State was up 24-3 with just more than four minutes left in the first half when the Eagles scored two TDs before halftime.

Wisconsin 34, W. Illinois 10: P.J. Hill bounced off defenders on his way to 101 yards and three touchdowns for host Wisconsin. Badgers senior quarterback John Stocco was 15-for-25 for 227 yards, but got up gingerly after throwing a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter and did not return. The Badgers ground out two touchdown drives of more than seven minutes in the first half. Hill had 16 carries for 85 yards and two scores before halftime.