Saturday Notebook

College football

September 25, 2005

"We didn't coach very well and we didn't play very well." --Ron Zook, Illinois coach, after 61-14 loss

OFFENSE RULES

Arkansas State scored on its first four possessions and averaged nearly 20 yards a play in the first quarter, routing Florida International, 66-24. ... Antwan Harris ran for 377 yards on 47 carries, the 10th-highest rushing total in Division III history, and scored four touchdowns in Mount Ida's 65-49 victory over Becker.

STREAKS

Southern California won its 25th straight, 45-13 over Oregon. ... Columbia improved to 2-0 for the second time since 1978 with a 23-13 win over Duquesne. The Lions won their first six in 1996. ... Wisconsin beat Michigan, 23-20, to tie its modern-day mark of nine straight home wins - its first such streak since the early 1960s. ... Central Florida ended major college football's longest losing streak at 17 games, knocking off Marshall, 23-13.

FASHION STATEMENT

Pitt opened 0-3 mostly because of an inefficient offense, but may have changed its luck by wearing throwback light blue and gold uniforms with the script "Pitt" helmet worn during the first Johnny Majors era from 1972-1976. The Panthers looked a lot better, with a 41-0 victory over Youngstown State, outgaining the Penguins 528-152 in the first meeting between two schools located 70 miles apart.

MILESTONES

Jeff Mroz tied a Yale record with five touchdown passes in a 37-17 win over Cornell. ... Sophomore halfback Darius Walker, who rushed for a career-high 128 yards, became the first running back in Notre Dame history to rush for more than 100 yards in each of his first four games. ... Jay Cutler passed for 263 yards against Richmond to set Vanderbilt's total yardage record with 6,769 and touchdown record with 44. ... Parrish Fisher became the first Kansas State freshman to run for 100-plus yards in a game as the Wildcats rolled up a school-record 658 yards in a 54-7 rout of North Texas. Fisher, subbing for benched Thomas Clayton, ran for 169 yards on 21 carries. ... Drew Stanton set a Michigan State record with five touchdown passes in a 61-14 romp over Illinois.

HEISMAN WATCH

RISING

Laurence Maroney, Minnesota RB:217 yards rushing vs. Purdue.

Drew Stanton, Michigan State QB:259 yards passing and 5 TDs vs. Illinois.

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