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Michigan displays fundamental difference over rival

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published October 8, 2006


ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Michigan beat rival Michigan State the way it likes to beat everybody - by dominating the line of scrimmage.

The Michigan rush defense, which entered the game tops in the nation, allowed only 60 yards Saturday and the Wolverines gained 211 on the ground in a 31-13 victory.

Big Ten rushing leader Mike Hart ran for 122 yards on 22 carries as the sixth-ranked Wolverines kept their national championship aspirations flourishing and retained the Paul Bunyan Trophy. Michigan is 6-0 for the first time since 1997.

Hart sat out the fourth quarter after rolling his ankle. Michigan's training staff had taped it up and Hart said he could have returned if he wanted to, "but there was no point," considering the score.

Michigan ran the ball 42 times and attempted only 17 passes, but Chad Henne threw for touchdowns on three of them. Two of those went to Mario Manningham, who has caught eight touchdowns in his past four games.

Michigan State dropped its third straight and did little to take the heat off embattled coach John L. Smith, who has been criticized by Spartans fans and the media following home losses to Notre Dame and Illinois the previous two weeks.

The Spartans played without leading rusher Javon Ringer, who sat out with a knee injury.

Michigan State hasn't won in Ann Arbor since 1990.

No. 1 Ohio State 35, Bowling Green 7

Troy Smith threw three touchdowns - including a 57-yard lightning strike to high school teammate Ted Ginn Jr. - to lead the Buckeyes.

The Buckeyes tacked on two touchdowns in the final quarter to turn a surprisingly close 21-7 game into a rout. Ohio State stretched the nation's longest winning streak to 13 in a row.

With a 17-of-20 day (for 191 yards) Smith had the third-best passing percentage in school history, 85 percent.

No. 19 Iowa 47, Purdue 17

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Drew Tate threw two touchdowns and Damian Sims ran for two more scores to help the Hawkeyes rebound from last week's demoralizing loss to top-ranked Ohio State.

Iowa rolled up 286 yards rushing and a season-high 539 total yards. and kept Purdue - which entered with an average of 36.8 points a game and the nation's fifth-best passing offense - in check.

Penn STATE 28, Minnesota 27 (OT): Tony Hunt rushed for 144 yards and scored in overtime, and Kevin Kelly made the extra point to lift the visiting Nittany Lions.

Penn State took advantage of a missed extra point by Jason Giannini and a questionable pass interference call in overtime. Giannini, who missed eight PATs last season and has had one blocked this year, hit the left upright after Bryan Cupito's 25-yard touchdown to Eric Decker.

With Penn State facing fourth and 9 from the 24, Trumaine Banks was called for pass interference, giving PSU a first down at the 12. Hunt scored from the 2 two plays later.

Indiana 34, Illinois 32: Austin Starr kicked a 33-yard field goal as time expired as the Hoosiers earned their first Big Ten road win under second-year coach Terry Hoeppner. Starr missed an earlier fourth-quarter attempt from 43 yards that would have given Indiana the lead.

Wisconsin 41, N'western 9: P.J. Hill rushed for 249 yards, including a 60-yard score on the second play of the game. The 242-pound redshirt freshman helped the host Badgers avenge a 51-48 loss in Evanston last year.