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Hawkeyes finally escape rival

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published September 17, 2006


IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa could have folded to Iowa State yet again.

Drew Tate wouldn't let that happen.

The Hawkeyes senior threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns as No. 16 Iowa rallied from an 11-point deficit to beat rival Iowa State 27-17 on Saturday.

The Cyclones had taken six of eight in the series including a 23-3 beating last season. But Tate, who sat out last week's overtime win at Syracuse with an abdominal strain, led the Hawkeyes back by throwing two touchdowns in the second half.

"The best thing from my vantage point was that it looked we grew in that second half and improved as a football team," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "At least we're on the right path."

Tate threw for 93 yards on consecutive scoring drives that put Iowa ahead 24-17 early in the fourth quarter. He found Tony Moeaki for a 19-yard touchdown with 3:32 left in the third quarter to tie it at 17, then hit Tom Busch with a 2-yard winning touchdown.

Moeaki and Busch, along with sophomore Andy Brodell, caught their first touchdowns at Iowa. Freshman Dominique Douglas led Iowa with six receptions for 88 yards in his first career start.

"I like the younger guys because they don't know anything except what to do. They've got tunnel vision," Tate said.

Iowa's defense finished off the Cyclones once they had a lead, keeping Iowa State from crossing the 50 on its final four drives.

No. 1 Ohio State 37, Cincinnati 7

Coming off a big win at Texas and with a week to go before its Big Ten opener, Ohio State played like a team that knew something good was bound to happen eventually.

That patience paid off in the second half as the Buckeyes rode a big game by the defense and two touchdowns from Troy Smith to Ted Ginn.

"It didn't seem we had quite as much pep in our step as we came into the game," coach Jim Tressel said. "...But as the game went on, we picked up a little steam."

Much of it was supplied by the defense, which had eight sacks and held the Bearcats to minus-4 yards on 22 rushes.

No. 25 Penn State 37, Youngstown State 3

Tony Hunt had a touchdown and 143 of Penn State's 389 rushing yards and A.J. Wallace scored on a 76-yard reverse for the Nittany Lions in State College, Pa. The game was scoreless midway into the second quarter when Penn State's offense took off after Wallace took the reverse handoff. He eluded the grasp of one tackler, then got a block from wideout Deon Butler inside the 5 before dashing past the goal line and pointing to fans in the end zone as Penn State took a 10-0 lead.

Syracuse 31, Illinois 21: Taj Smith made his first start count for Syracuse. The junior receiver picked up a dropped ball and ran 41 yards for a touchdown and scored again on a 65-yard pass in Champaign, Ill., as the Orange ended an 11-game losing streak. The Orange led 31-7 after three quarters and ended a seven-game road losing streak. Illinois hurt itself with 12 penalties for 106 yards, including three that stopped a second-quarter drive.

WiscONsin 14, San Diego St. 0: P.J. Hill ran for 184 yards and a touchdown and the defense did the rest for the Badgers in Madison, Wis. Hill, who had 26 carries, became the first Badger freshman to run for 100 yards or more in three straight games since Anthony Davis did it in four straight in 2001. Hill reached 100 four minutes into the third quarter after the teams combined for 12 punts in a scoreless first half.

Purdue 38, Ball St. 28: Curtis Painter passed for 416 yards and three touchdowns, two to Kory Sheets, for the host Boilermakers in West Lafayette, Ind. Painter completed 30-of-39 passes and ran for a touchdown in his first career game with more than 300 yards passing. Sheets, a sophomore, has 21 touchdowns in 14 career games and 10 scores this season.

Minnesota 62, Temple 0: Bryan Cupito threw touchdowns to Logan Payne of 25, 2, 10 and 67 yards, all in the first half, for the Golden Gophers in Minneapolis. It was the second 62-0 loss for the Owls in consecutive weeks; Louisville won by the same score at Temple. The Owls have lost 15 straight.

Northwestern 14, E. Mich. 6: Corey Wootton's interception in the fourth quarter stopped a scoring threat and the Wildcats avoided another upset in Evanston, Ill. Wootton picked off a pass at the Northwestern 27 for the Wildcats, who won a week after losing 34-17 to Division I-AA New Hampshire.

Southern Ill. 35, Indiana 28: Nick Hill threw four touchdowns and Arkee Whitlock scored on a 9-yard run with 5:50 left in Bloomington, Ind., as Southern Illinois, a I-AA team, ended a 20-game losing streak to I-A foes dating to 1983. It also marked the first time a team from the Gateway Conference beat a Big Ten opponent. Indiana was without coach Terry Hoeppner, who had brain surgery Wednesday.