Saturday notebook

November 05, 2006

Paterno injured

Penn State coach Joe Paterno was carted to the locker room after one of his players ran into his left leg early in the third quarter of a 13-3 loss at No. 17 Wisconsin. Freshman tight end Andrew Quarless tumbled into the 79-year-old coach while catching a short pass along the sideline.

Paterno, 79, was flown back to State College, Pa., ahead of the team with a member of the school's medical staff, and was expected to have X-rays last night and a magnetic resonance imaging test today or tomorrow.

Discipline department

Florida defensive tackle Marcus Thomas, who had been suspended in September for violating the school's substance-abuse policy, was kicked off the team during the game with Vanderbilt. Thomas was listed on the roster as being dressed for the game, but the school released a statement early in the fourth quarter that said Thomas had been dismissed.

Pittsburgh coach Dave Wannstedt suspended tight end Darrell Strong indefinitely after a touchdown celebration in he appeared to make an obscene gesture to the crowd during a 22-12 loss at South Florida. Strong, who was penalized for celebrating excessively, apologized to South Florida and his teammates in a statement released by the school.

By the numbers

Kentucky won for only the 11th time in 60 meetings with Georgia since 1939. ... Albany sacked Robert Morris quarterback Erik Cwalinski 10 times. ... Herb Donaldson ran for 328 yards and six touchdowns as Western Illinois held off Indiana State, 46-41. The teams combined for more than 900 yards of total offense. ... St. Francis, top-ranked in the NAIA, won its 50th consecutive regular-season game.

Record territory

Linebacker Paul Posluszny became the leading tackler at Penn State, surpassing Greg Buttle (1973-1975). ... Hawaii's Colt Brennan threw six touchdown passes to break Timmy Chang's school record of 38 in 2004.

It's bowl time

Hawaii accepted an invitation to its hometown Hawaii Bowl for the fourth time in five years.

HEISMAN STOCK

RISING

Colt Brennan, Hawaii QB : 18-for-29 for 413 yards, 1 INT, 6 TDs

FALLING

Troy Smith, Ohio State QB: 13-for-23 for 108 yards, 1 INT, 0 TDs, 3 sacks

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