Saturday notebook

September 24, 2006

Paterno leaves game before returning

Joe Paterno had never left the field during a game in 60 years as a player, an assistant or Penn State's head coach. But midway through the second quarter of his team's game with top-ranked Ohio State, a bout with the flu forced the 79-year-old Paterno to the locker room. He returned briefly at halftime, then left before coming back at the start of the fourth quarter. "I've never walked off the field early," Paterno said after the game. "I've had some kind of a bug during the week. I'm the kind of guy who doesn't like to take pills or see a doctor. I thought I'd be fine."

Rice's TD reception record tied

New Hampshire receiver David Ball grabbed a jump ball in the corner of the end zone for his third touchdown of the game and the 50th touchdown catch of his career, tying Jerry Rice's all-time Division I-AA mark. With a chance to surpass the future Hall of Famer, Ball watched most of the second half as the Wildcats beat Dartmouth, 56-14.

Northern Colorado update

Less than two weeks after being stabbed in the kicking leg in what police said was a rivalry over the Northern Colorado starting punter's position, Rafael Mendoza returned to the field to reclaim his spot. Mendoza punted four times, averaging 39.8 yards, had a season-high 58-yarder, and even tried tackling a guy 11 days after the attack left a 3- to 5-inch deep puncture wound in his leg. Northern Colorado lost to Western Illinois, 42-28. "It felt good today. When I tried to tackle the guy on the punt return, it got tweaked a little, but overall, I'm glad to be back." Later he said: "I don't have any bandages. It's still an open wound, it's just starting to heal on the outside."

End zone

Jimmy Terwilliger of East Stroudsburg threw for 389 yards and four touchdowns to beat California, Pa., 41-34 and set an NCAA Division II record with 123 career touchdown passes. Terwilliger passed the mark of 121, set last year by Bentley's Marc Eddy. ... Utah State was shut out for the third straight game, losing 38-0 to BYU. ... Indiana State extended its losing streak to 21 games with a 48-14 defeat by Northern Illinois. The Sycamores' skid, which started October 2004, is the longest currently in Division I.

HEISMAN STOCK

RISING

Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma RB: 128 yards, 3 TDs

RISING

Brady Quinn, Notre Dame QB: 319 yards with 5 TD passes, 1 INT

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