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Two-minute drill

By AARON GREENFIELD
Published September 24, 2006


A QUICK OVERVIEW OF THE WEEKEND'S ACTION

jerry rice's td record tied

New Hampshire's David Ball caught three touchdowns, including his 50th, to tie Jerry Rice's Division I-AA record. With a chance to surpass him, Ball watched most of the second half of a 56-14 win over host Dartmouth. Rice caught 50 from 1981-84 at Mississippi Valley State. "The most exciting thing about being mentioned with him is I'm happy people view me as they view him," Ball said. "There are a lot of people who view him not only as a great football player, but as a great teammate and a great person."

Stabbed punter returns

Northern Colorado's Rafael Mendoza played nearly two weeks after being stabbed in his kicking leg and booted four punts, including a 58-yarder, in a 42-28 home loss to Western Illinois. Mendoza, stabbed Sept. 12, averaged 39.8 yards. Backup punter Mitch Cozad was arrested, but prosecutors Friday said they need more information before deciding to file charges.

PLAYERS OF THE DAY

Mkristo Bruce, Washington St.: The senior had a school-record five sacks in a 36-10 win over Stanford.

Joe Cox, Georgia: The freshman replaced an ineffective Matthew Stafford and threw two touchdowns during the final 9:11 in a 14-13 win over Colorado.

DeSean Jackson, Cal: The sophomore returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown and caught an 8-yard touchdown in a 49-21 win over Arizona State.

Mario Manningham, Michigan: A week after catching three touchdowns against Notre Dame, the sophomore caught two more, including the go-ahead one, in a 27-13 win over Wisconsin. Overall, he caught seven passes for 113 yards.

Brandon Ore, Virginia Tech: The sophomore ran for 152 of his 170 yards and scored his only touchdown in the second half of a 29-13 win over Cincinnati.

CONFERENCE OF THE DAY

big 12: Losses by Kansas State and Colorado left the league 0-9 against Top 25 teams. Previously, Baylor lost to TCU; Texas lost to Ohio State; Nebraska lost to Southern Cal; Colorado lost to Arizona State; Texas Tech lost to TCU; Oklahoma lost to Oregon and Iowa State lost to Iowa.

NUMBERS OF THE DAY

7: Points scored by Utah State in four losses after falling 38-0 to BYU. Outscored 144-7, the Aggies' only points have come on an interception return in the opener.

1: I-A school, North Texas, to have never played an overtime game since the tiebreaker was instituted before the 1996 season. Navy, the only other school entering Saturday, lost to Tulsa.

The unbeatens

Among 119 I-A schools, 22 remain unbeaten. Those who have beaten a I-AA school, will play one and don't have one of the schedule:

BEATEN I-AA will play I-AA

Boise St. (Sacramento St.)* Boston College*

Georgia (W. Kentucky) (Maine, Saturday)

Houston (Grambling)# Florida

Iowa (Montana) (W. Carolina, Nov. 18)

Missouri (Murray St.) Oregon

Oklahoma St. (Missouri St.)# (Portland St., Oct. 28)

Purdue (Indiana St.) Wake Forest

Rutgers (Howard) (Liberty, Saturday)

TCU (Cal-Davis) No I-AA scheduled

Texas A&M (Citadel)* Auburn

Virginia Tech (Northeastern) Louisville

West Virginia (E. Washington) Michigan

Michigan St.*

*Played late Saturday Ohio St.

#Met late Saturday Southern Cal*