Saturday notebook

November 19, 2006

Paterno's back

Penn State coach Joe Paterno returned to Beaver Stadium for the first time since breaking his left leg Nov. 4. The 79-year-old watched the Nittany Lions' 17-13 win over Michigan State from the press box after missing last week's game against Temple - the first JoePa-less contest for Penn State since 1977. Doctors have said that Paterno must stay off his feet for at least another month.

It's easy wearing green

Notre Dame's 41-9 victory over Army ended a four-game losing streak for its green jerseys. The Irish lost, 34-31, to top-ranked Southern California last October; 14-7 to Boston College in 2002; 35-28 to Georgia Tech in the 1999 Gator Bowl; and 41-24 to Colorado in the 1995 Fiesta Bowl. Their last victory wearing green was 1985, when they came out in the first half wearing blue against USC and at halftime switched to green in a 37-3 victory.

Notable

Ahmad Bradshaw became the first Marshall rusher since 1940 to score five times in a game. ... John Beck became the second Brigham Young quarterback (after Ty Detmer) to pass for 10,000 yards. ... Arizona, which has not had a winning season since 1998, is above .500 for the first time since Nov. 10, 2000. ... Jeff Ballard threw five touchdown passes, tying a Texas Christian record. ... Florida International lifted the suspensions of the final 13 players involved in a brawl with Miami on Oct. 14. and for the first time in more than a month, fielded a full squad. ... Duke has the nation's longest losing streak at 19 games, has lost 23 consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference games and 29 straight conference road games.

The DVD that bit back

In hindsight, maybe that DVD celebrating Vanderbilt's first victory over Tennessee since 1982 wasn't such a good idea. That DVD was titled Victory in Knoxville and detailed Vanderbilt's 28-24 win last season, which broke Tennessee's 22-game winning streak in the series. "They made videos about us last year," receiver Robert Meachem said after the Volunteers routed the Commodores, 39-10. "That stuck in our mind. ... They beat other teams, but the only video they made was us."

HEISMAN STOCK

RISING

Mike Hart, Michigan RB: 23 carries, 142 yards, 3 TDs

FALLING

Darren McFadden, Arkansas RB: 26 carries, 84 yards, 1 TD on kickoff return

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