Irish take final step on road to USC showdown

Published November 19, 2006

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Brady Quinn threw for three touchdowns and Darius Walker ran for 162 yards and two scores to power No. 6 Notre Dame to a 41-9 win over Army on Saturday and keep the Fighting Irish in the national championship chase.

Despite being heavy favorites, the Irish came out wearing green uniforms for motivation. The rare appearance of the jerseys didn't do much at first as the Notre Dame came out flat.

Quinn threw his first interception in seven games on Notre Dame's first possession, and the Irish trailed 3-0 late in the first quarter. But Notre Dame scored on its next five possessions and cruised to its eighth straight win.

The Irish ended a four-game losing streak in their green jerseys. "At least I got that stigma out of the way," coach Charlie Weis said.

The Irish close out the regular season next week at Southern California. A win could put Notre Dame in position to earn a spot in the national title game.

No. 13 Boise State 49, Utah State 10

BOISE, Idaho - Jared Zabransky threw for 236 yards and three touchdowns and Brett Denton ran for 125 yards and two scores as the Broncos scored on their first three drives to remain unbeaten without their star running back. It was Boise State's first game without Ian Johnson, who is still recovering from a partially collapsed left lung he sustained last week. He averages nearly 150 yards a game and has 21 touchdowns.

No. 23 BYU 42, New Mexico 17

PROVO, Utah - John Beck passed for 464 yards and four touchdowns and Curtis Brown became the leading rusher in Brigham Young history as the Cougars clinched the Mountain West Conference championship. The Cougars, who accepted a bid to the Las Vegas Bowl, won their eighth in a row. Brown gained 124 yards for 3,056 career, passing the mark of 2,970 set by Jamal Willis from 1991-94.

HOUSTON 23, MEMPHIS 20 (OT): Ben Bell's 17-yard field goal in overtime won it for the visiting Cougars, who clinched the Counference USA West division and are assured of playing at home in the league championship game. Memphis tied it at 20 on Greg Jackson's 80-yard return of a blocked field goal with 2:07 left.

NAVY 42, TEMPLE 6: Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada ran for 116 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, in which the host Midshipmen took a 35-0 lead.

YALE 34, HARVARD 13: Mike McLeod ran for three touchdowns and Steve Santoro scored on a 38-yard fumble return to help the visiting Bulldogs earn a piece of the Ivy League title and snap a five-game losing streak against their biggest rival. Princeton defeated Dartmouth 27-17 to share the league title.

LAFAYETTE 49, LEHIGH 27: The host Leopards clinched a share of the Patriot League title and earned a spot in the Division I-AA playoffs, winning in the nation's longest-running rivalry game. Lafayette leads the series 75-62-5.

State: UCF loses

NEW ORLEANS - Lester Ricard threw a touchdown to Damarcus Davis and the Tulane defense kept Central Florida out of the end zone as the Green Wave defeated the Golden Knights 10-9 in a C-USA game.

UCF's Michael Torres made three second-half field goals to chip away at a 10-0 deficit but missed his fourth try from 35 yards with 3:15 left.

The Golden Knights played two quarterbacks. Senior Steven Moffett started and completed 6-of-15 for 57 yards. Junior Kyle Israel played one series in the first half and the entire second half, finishing 16-of-20 for 173 yards.