Andy Katzenmoyer isn’t hiring a press agent to publicize himself for national awards. All the Ohio State linebacker has to do is rely on opposing players to spread the word.
Katzenmoyer intercepted a fourth-quarter pass to end Iowa’s last hope and also threw a block as a fullback on the decisive touchdown as the Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) shut down Tavian Banks and the No. 11 Hawkeyes (4-1, 1-1) 23-7 Saturday at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
“Katzenmoyer probably won the Butkus Award today,” Banks said after being held to 84 yards, 125 below his national-best 209 per game. “He was all over the field. He’s the real deal. He was probably in our backfield more than I was.”
Katzenmoyer’s crunching block on Eric Thigpen paved the way for the first of Michael Wiley’s two touchdown runs, a 1-yard burst in the second quarter that put Ohio State ahead 10-0.
“It was interesting on offense. It’s nice to be the hitter instead of the hittee,” Katzenmoyer said. “I hope to get the ball in that situation someday.”
On defense, he had nine solos and two assisted tackles, two tackles for a loss and broke up a pass.
Next for Ohio State: at Penn State.
Next for Iowa: at Michigan, Oct. 18.
(1) Florida 56, Arkansas 7
Florida got a complete defensive performance and Doug Johnson threw for three touchdowns as the Gators (5-0, 3-0 SEC) pummeled the Razorbacks (3-2, 1-1) at Gainesville, Fla.
Next for Florida: at LSU.
(2) Penn State 41, Illinois 6
Mike McQueary passed for three touchdowns and Curtis Enis had his first 100-yard rushing game this season as the Nittany Lions (4-0, 1-0) defeated the Illini (0-5, 0-2) at Champaign, Ill.
Illinois suffered its 11th consecutive defeat, matching its second-longest losing streak since it started playing football in 1890.
Next for Penn St.: vs. Ohio St.
(3) Nebraska 56, (17) K-State 26 Ahman Green ran for 193 yards and four touchdowns in three quarters and the Cornhuskers swamped the Wildcats at Lincoln, Neb.
QB Scott Frost added 98 yards rushing and a touchdown as Nebraska (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) defeated Kansas State (3-1, 0-1) for the 29th consecutive time.
Next for Nebraska: at Baylor.
Next for Kansas State: vs. Missouri.
(5) North Carolina 31, TCU 10
At Fort Worth, Texas, Chris Keldorf’s two fourth-quarter touchdown passes crushed a rally by the Horned Frogs (0-4) as the Tar Heels (5-0) escaped with a non-conference victory.
Trailing 17-0, TCU converted two fumbles into 10 fourth-quarter points.
Next for N. Carolina: vs. Wake Forest.
(6) Michigan 37, Indiana 0
At Bloomington, Ind., Brian Griese passed for 204 yards and one touchdown as the Wolverines (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) rolled over the Hoosiers (1-4, 0-2).
Next for Michigan: vs. Northwestern.
(8) Auburn 23, South Carolina 6
At Columbia, S.C., Dameyune Craig threw for two touchdowns and 321 yards as the Tigers (5-0, 3-0 SEC) defeated the Gamecocks (2-3, 0-3).
Next for Auburn: vs. Louisiana Tech.
(9) Tennessee 31, Mississippi 17
Peyton Manning passed for two touchdowns and 324 yards and freshman Jamal Lewis ran for 155 yards and scored once as the Volunteers (3-1, 1-1 SEC) defeated the Rebels (3-2, 1-2) at Knoxville, Tenn.
Next for Tennessee: vs. Georgia.
(12) Michigan St. 31, Minnesota 10
Todd Schultz matched a career high with three touchdown passes as the Spartans (4-0, 1-0) defeated the Golden Gophers (2-3, 0-1) at East Lansing, Mich.
Next for Michigan State: at Indiana.
(13) LSU 7, Vanderbilt 6
Kenny Mixon blocked John Markham’s 30-yard extra-point kick with 12 seconds to play and the Tigers (4-1, 2-1) escaped with a victory at Nashville, Tenn.
Damian Allen hit Tavarus Hogans with a 12-yard touchdown pass with 12 seconds left and the Commodores (2-3, 0-3 SEC) elected to go for 2 before consecutive delay-of-game penalties ended that idea.
Next for LSU: vs. Florida.
(18) Georgia 47, Mississippi St. 0
At Athens, Ga., Robert Edwards rushed for 102 yards and caught the first of Mike Bobo’s three TD passes as Georgia (4-0, 2-0 SEC) hammered Mississippi State (3-2, 2-2).
Next for Georgia: at Tennessee.
(21) Texas A&M; 16, (16) Colorado 10
At Boulder, Colo., Sirr Parker scored Texas A&M;’s lone touchdown, Kyle Bryant kicked three field goals and the Aggies (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) withstood a fourth-quarter rally by the Buffaloes (2-2, 0-1) after leading 16-3.
Next for Colorado: at Oklahoma St.
Next for Texas A&M;: vs. Iowa St.
(23) Air Force 17, Citadel 3
At Air Force Academy, Colo., Steve Pipes set up a touchdown with a 45-yard interception return and forced a fumble to prevent another score as the Falcons (6-0) defeated the Bulldogs (2-3).
Next for Air Force: at Navy.