Saturday notebook

September 17, 2006

Northern Colorado update

Matt West's 5-yard blocked punt return for a touchdown helped visiting Northern Colorado end a week of punter-related turmoil with a 14-13 win over Texas State. Northern Colorado (1-2) was playing for the first time since backup punter Mitch Cozad was accused of stabbing starter Rafael Mendoza in his kicking leg. Jason Hildenbrand, a strong safety, took on punting duties for Northern Colorado during the first three quarters - until he got injured on the field. By the end of the game, the Bears were using fourth-string kicker Michael York, whose first punt traveled a wobbly 7 yards.

Noteworthy

Texas Christian's 13-game winning streak is the longest in Division I-A and one short of the school record. ... Andre' Woodson threw three touchdown passes - two to Dicky Lyons - and Kentucky beat Mississippi, 31-14, for its first win in a Southeastern Conference opener in 19 years. ... Kevin Kolb became the first 10,000-yard passer in Houston school history. ... Utah beat Utah State, 48-0, in the most one-sided game in the history of the rivalry.

Let's go to the record book

The Eagles' 30-23 double-overtime victory over Brigham Young was the 69th for coach Tom O'Brien at Boston College, a school record. ... Bret Meyer passed Seneca Wallace as Iowa State's career leader in passing yards. ... Texas committed a school-record 19 penalties for 148 yards.

Tales of the streaks

Visiting Murray State (1-2) beat Indiana State (0-3), 59-40, stretching the longest current losing streak in Division I-A to 20 games. ... Arnell Fontenot's 14-yard touchdown run in overtime led host Prairie View A&M to a 26-23 win over Southern, its first in the series since 1988. ... St. Francis, Ind., the national NAIA runner-up the past two years, won its 43rd straight regular-season game, routing Pikeville, 63-0.

Roaring debut

Columbia scored 20 points off turnovers, rolling to a 37-7 win over visiting Fordham, and making Norries Wilson the first coach to win his Lions debut since Buff Donelli in 1957. It was Columbia's largest margin of victory in a season opener since defeating Fordham, 44-0, in 1972.

HEISMAN STOCK

RISING

Mike Hart, Michigan RB: 31-124, 1 TD, third straight 100-yard game

FALLING

Brady Quinn, Notre Dame QB: 24-for-48, 234 yards, 3 TDs, 3 INTs, 1 lost fumble

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