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© St. Petersburg Times, published September 17, 2000


Godsey, late FG steer Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Though Gary Godsey couldn't run the option, he ran the Notre Dame offense well enough Saturday to help the Irish take advantage of numerous Purdue mistakes.

The Irish scored 17 points off Purdue miscues and Nick Setta kicked a 38-yard field goal as time expired to give Notre Dame a 23-21 win. The loss was the 12th straight for Purdue at Notre Dame.

Godsey, a sophomore out of Tampa Jesuit making his first start, completed 14 passes, one more than Purdue's Drew Brees. It also was one more than Arnaz Battle had in Notre Dame's first two games.

"I did? Wow, sweet," Godsey said when told.

One of his biggest passes came late in the fourth quarter on third and 10 from the Irish 37. He connected with Javin Hunter on a 15-yard pass to keep the drive going. Godsey, recruited as a tight end, followed with an 11-yard pass to David Givens.

"You've got to give No. 14 (Godsey) credit," Irish coach Bob Davie said. "It was a limited game plan but he found a way to get us down there and get us a field goal at the end."

Shane Walton returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown for the Irish, who also blocked a punt to set up a touchdown.

Godsey was 14-of-25 for 158 yards with one interception. Brees was 13-of-22 for 221 yards and an interception. That was the fewest passes Brees attempted since his freshman season.

WISCONSIN 28, CINCINNATI 25 (OT): Eddie Faulkner scored on a spinning 16-yard run in overtime as the host Badgers avoided a second straight loss to the Bearcats. Cincinnati stunned Wisconsin last season 17-12.

Wisconsin went ahead 22-19 on quarterback Brooks Bollinger's 1-yard dive with 23 seconds left in regulation. But Cincinnati's Antonio Chatman returned the kickoff 26 yards to the Bearcats' 33, then caught passes of 12, 13 and 13 yards to set up Jason Mammarelli's 46-yard field goal as time expired.

In overtime, Cincinnati's Jonathan Ruffin, who missed an extra point in the fourth quarter, kicked a 20-yard field goal.

OHIO ST. 27, MIAMI (OHIO) 16: Jonathan Wells ran for two touchdowns, including the clincher in the fourth quarter, for the host Buckeyes. Ohio State's Derek Combs rushed for 142 yards on 21 carries, and Wells added 113 on 17 attempts.

The RedHawks failed on several key opportunities, including three passes that could have gone for touchdowns or big gainers in the first half.

The meeting was the first between the schools since 1911.

ILLINOIS 17, CALIFORNIA 15: Defensive end Fred Wakefield batted down Kyle Boller's two-point conversion pass with 1:26 left for host Illinois. California pulled within two on Boller's 32-yard touchdown pass to Charon Arnold.

Illinois' Kurt Kittner, a junior set to break a number of school passing records, appeared to injure his leg on the first drive of the second half. He did not return.

IOWA STATE 24, IOWA 14: Sage Rosenfels passed for 228 yards and rushed for two touchdowns as the visiting Cyclones won their third straight in the series, their longest winning streak against the Hawkeyes since 1980-82.

Rosenfels put the Cyclones ahead 17-7 midway through the third quarter with a 1-yard leap on an option keeper. The key play on the eight-play, 57-yard drive was Rosenfels' 30-yard pass to J.J. Moses that gave Iowa State the ball at the Iowa 16.

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