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Maybe Joe Paterno needs a new halftime speech.
His No. 10 Penn State team was sluggish in the second half - again - and against Iowa’s stingy second-half defense, it cost the Nittany Lions dearly. The Hawkeyes (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) shut out and shut down Penn State (6-2, 2-2) after halftime for a 21-20 upset in rainy conditions Saturday in State College, Pa.
Iowa, which has given up just three fourth-quarter points all year, only allowed four first downs and 76 total yards in the second half.
Paterno, whose team led 20-14 at the half, said he couldn’t explain the late-game breakdowns.
“That’s about the third time that’s happened to us,” Paterno said. “I thought our defense played a great 60 minutes, but obviously our offense did not have it in the second half for whatever reason.”
Matt Hughes and Damien Robinson each had 14 tackles for Iowa, which last beat Penn State in 1983.
Offensively, the Hawkeyes were led by Tavian Banks, who was starting for injured Sedric Shaw. Banks ran 26 times for 116 yards and two touchdowns - including the game-winner with 12:39 to play.
Tim Dwight returned a first-quarter punt 83 yards for an Iowa touchdown.
(15) West Virginia 30, Temple 10: At Philadelphia, Amos Zereoue ran for 136 yards - the freshman’s fifth 100-yard rushing game - for the Mountaineers (7-0, 3-0 Big East). Mike Logan scored on a 59-yard punt return and Charles Fisher and Charles Emanuel had fumble returns for touchdowns to stymie the Owls (1-6, 0-3).
Boston College 37, Rutgers 13: Mike Cloud, Omari Walker and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck each had first-half touchdown runs as the Eagles (4-3, 1-2 Big East) handed the Scarlet Knights (1-6, 0-4) their sixth consecutive defeat.
(1) Florida 51, (16) Auburn 10: At Gainesville, Fla., Danny Wuerffel threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns, and Fred Taylor and Elijah Williams each ran for more than 100 yards for the second straight game for the Gators (7-0, 5-0 SEC).
(7) Alabama 37, Mississippi 0: At Tuscaloosa, Ala., the Crimson Tide (7-0, 4-0 SEC) piled up a season-high 489 yards and allowed the Rebels (3-3, 1-3) just 158 yards and nine first downs.
(17) LSU 41, Kentucky 14: At Baton Rouge, La., Kevin Faulk gained 265 all-purpose yards and scored two touchdowns as the Tigers (5-1, 3-1 SEC) ran the Wildcats (1-6, 0-4) into the ground with 465 total yards.
(20) Virginia 62, N. Carolina St. 14: At Charlottesville, Va., Anthony Poindexter intercepted three passes and blocked a punt, and Tiki Barber ran for 106 yards and scored three touchdowns in the first half as Virginia (5-1, 3-1 ACC) opened a 45-0 lead against the Wolfpack (1-5, 1-3).
Clemson 28, (22) Georgia Tech 25: At Clemson, S.C., Nealon Greene’s 1-yard TD run with 4:06 left gave the Tigers (4-3, 3-2 ACC) the win over the Yellow Jackets (4-2, 4-2).
Maryland 52, Wake Forest 0: At College Park, Md., Brian Cummings sparked a rejuvenated offense with three touchdown passes as the Terrapins (3-4, 1-3 ACC) built a 31-point halftime lead and thrashed the Demon Deacons (2-5, 0-5).
South Carolina 23, Arkansas 17: At Columbia, S.C., Duce Staley, the Southeastern Conference’s top rusher, ran for 105 yards in a mistake-riddled game to help the Gamecocks (4-3, 3-2) defeat the Razorbacks (2-4, 0-3).
Also: Southern Miss 16, Memphis 0: Golden Eagles defense has allowed 14 points in the last three games…. Georgia 13, Vanderbilt 2: Robert Edwards scores the game’s only touchdown…. Louisiana Tech 61, Toledo 20: Jason Martin throws for 542 yards and eight TDs…. Ala.-Birmingham 39, SW Louisiana 29: Ninety-nine-yard drive puts Blazers in control…. Louisville 27, N. Illinois 3: Cardinals’ Donnell Gordon rushes for 113 yards.
(2) Ohio St. 42, Purdue 14: At West Lafayette, Ind., Pepe Pearson rushed for 152 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown run, as the Buckeyes (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) overcame an early 14-0 deficit to rout the Boilermakers (2-5, 1-3).
(9) Colorado 20, Kansas 7: At Lawrence, Kan., Koy Detmer threw for 233 yards and two touchdowns against the Jayhawks (3-3, 1-2) to move into second place on Colorado’s career passing list with 3,949 yards.
The Buffaloes (5-1, 3-0 Big 12) played without six players suspended because of apparent improper use of athletic department telephone credit cards.
(13) Michigan 27, Indiana 20: At Ann Arbor, Mich., Scott Dreisbach threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Jermane Tuman late in the third quarter, and Remy Hamilton added a fourthi-quarter field goal as the Wolverines (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten) overcame a 17-7 deficit to defeat the Hoosiers (2-5, 0-4).
(14) Northwestern 34, Wisconsin 30: At Madison, Wis., Steve Schnur threw a 20-yard TD pass to D’Wayne Bates with 37 seconds left for the Wildcats (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten).
The Badgers (3-3, 0-3) had the ball on their own 38 with 1:33 left and needed only to to kneel down after three consecutive snaps. However, Mike Samuel twice handed off to Ron Dayne, who lost a fumble on the second attempt.
Michigan St. 27, Minnesota 9: At Minneapolis, Octavis Long turned a short catch into a 64-yard scoring play on the first drive of the second half and the Spartans (4-3, 3-1 Big Ten) went on to defeat the Golden Gophers (3-3, 0-3).
Also: Cincinnati 31, Houston 20: Two TDs passing, two running for Bearcats’ Chad Plummer…. Ohio 24, Kent 15: Steve Hookfin 155 yards rushing, Kareem Wilson 147 for Bobcats…. Ball St. 16, Bowling Green 11: Falcons leave ball at the 1 in final minute…. Cent. Michigan 41, E. Michigan 36: Silas Massey runs for 227 yards and three touchdowns for Central Michigan….Akron 10, Miami, Ohio 7: Jaime Stidham’s FG helps Zips avenge last year’s 65-0 defeat.
(5) Nebraska 24, Texas Tech 10: At Lubbock, Texas, Damon Benning set up his fourth-quarter touchdown run with a 51-yard punt return to give the Cornhuskers (5-1, 3-0 Big 12) breathing room against the Red Raiders (4-3, 3-2).
Red Raiders star Byron Hanspard gained 107 on 31 carries to become the first 100-yard rusher against Nebraska this season, though well below his 217-yard average.
(18) Brigham Young 55, Tulsa 30: At Tulsa, Okla., Steve Sarkisian threw for 329 yards and five TDs to lead the Cougars (7-1, 3-0 WAC) over the Golden Hurricane (3-3, 1-2).
(21) Kansas State 23, Texas A&M; 20: At College Station, Texas, Brian Kavanagh passed for one touchdown and ran for one as the Wildcats (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) advantage of five turnovers and held off the Aggies’ (3-4, 1-2) 17-point rally.
Oklahoma St. 28, Iowa St. 27: At Stillwater, Okla., reserve Andre Richardson rushed for a career-high 173 yards, 151 in the second half when the Cowboys (4-3, 1-3 Big 12) overcame a 17-point deficit against the Cyclones (2-4, 1-2).
Oklahoma 28, Baylor 24: At Waco, Texas, Justin Fuente threw three touchdown passes and ran for another as the Sooners (2-4, 2-1 Big 12) rallied from a 14-point deficit to defeat the Bears (3-3, 0-3).
Also: Rice 35, Southern Methodist 17: QB Chad Nelson’s 197 rushing yards, two TDs lead Rice.
(23) Wyoming 42, Fresno St. 21: At Laramie, Wyo., Josh Wallwork passed for 308 yards and four touchdowns, and Len Sexton scored three touchdowns as the Cowboys (8-0, 5-0 WAC) defeated the Bulldogs (2-4, 2-2) and extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 11 games.
(24) Utah 21, Texas Christian 7: At Salt Lake City, Chris Fuamatu-Ma’afala had second-half touchdown runs of 70 and 52 yards as the Utes (6-1, 4-0 WAC) defeated the Horned Frogs (2-4, 1-2).
Fuamatu-Ma’afala, a 275-pound sophomore, finished with 182 yards, his fourth consecutive 100-yard game.
San Diego St. 48, New Mexico 42: At Albuquerque, N.M., George Jones ended a four-game suspension by running for a career record-tying five touchdowns as the Aztecs (4-1, 2-0 WAC) defeated the Lobos (4-3, 1-3) for the 13th consecutive time.
Colorado St. 36, San Jose St. 13: At Fort Collins, Colo., Moses Moreno passed for a career-high 359 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score, leading the Rams (4-4, 3-1 WAC) past the Spartans (1-7, 1-4).
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