Towson State improved on one of its two biggest problems from its opening-game loss, but not the other. As a result, the Tigers lost again, this time by a 13-7 score to Delaware State at home on Saturday night.
On the bright side, quarterback Gary Worthington, a converted defensive player, completed seven of 17 passes for 105 yards. Modest accomplishment, yes, but much better than his 1-for-3, 8-yard day in Towson's opening 10-8 loss to Boston University.
However, Towson still found it difficult to hold on to the football. Its three turnovers Saturday were two fewer than in the opener, but once again one came inside the opponent's 5-yard line.
"Maybe, one of those times, we'll get a break, and one of those fumbles inside the 5 will go our way," Towson coach Phil Albert said. "Besides, when a team throws 35-40 times a game, nobody says anything about an interception. It's the same when the quarterback runs 29 times [as Worthington did against BU], tTC chances are the ball will end up on the ground at least once. As far as I'm concerned, it's not a problem."
* PENN STATE: Penn State certainly made life difficult for Ty Detmer.
The 10th-ranked Nittany Lions sacked Detmer, the all-time total offense leader, six times and held Brigham Young under double digits for the first time since 1986 in a 33-7 victory in State College, Pa.
Detmer, the 1990 Heisman Trophy winner, completed eight of 26 passes for 158 yards, moving him to 11,409 yards, eclipsing Doug Flutie's 11,317 from 1981 through 1984.
"The defense played really strong," Penn State coach Joe
Paterno said. "The secondary jumped on things. Detmer had trouble finding open guys."
* WASHINGTON: The fourth-ranked Huskies (2-0) overcame a 12-point second-half deficit, a hostile crowd, costly penalties and the nation's No. 1 offense to beat No. 16 Nebraska, 36-21.
The Huskies' 36 points were the most against the Cornhuskers in Lincoln since 1958.
"It doesn't get much better than this," Washington coach Don James said of the win over Nebraska (2-1). "We beat a great opponent on the road on national TV. We overcame adversity and came from behind. What else is there?"
* AUBURN: The Tigers went into a Southwest Conference stadium and emerged with a win.
"Texas was another good, tough opponent on the road," Auburn coach Pat Dye said of his team's 14-10 win over the Longhorns in Austin, Texas. "And we had a lot of young ones get baptized tonight. It wasn't pretty. We had a lot of mistakes."
No. 13 Auburn (3-0) was led by quarterback Stan White, who passed for a touchdown and even caught one.