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Spartans help Irish earn a victory

Long time coming: Washington’s Deontae Cooper, a touted recruit who has missed three seasons to torn ACLs (two in his left knee, one in his right), scores his first career touchdown, a 4-yard run against Idaho State. Said Cooper: “There was no way I was going down.”


Long time coming: Washington’s Deontae Cooper, a touted recruit who has missed three seasons to torn ACLs (two in his left knee, one in his right), scores his first career touchdown, a 4-yard run against Idaho State. Said Cooper: “There was no way I was going down.”

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame took advantage of a trick play that backfired as well as four pass interferences to beat Michigan State 17-13 on Saturday.

Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said he couldn't recall so many pass interferences in one game: "I've been coaching 30-plus years. No, never."

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said he wasn't surprised by the calls because of the number of long passes his team threw.

"When you know the quarterback is going to throw it back shoulder and the defensive back doesn't know where it is, you have an advantage," he said.

"You're going to get some pass interference calls when you put the ball in a good position."

The Spartans' biggest mistake came with the score 10-10 in the third. Receiver R.J. Shelton threw into double-coverage. Matthias Farley picked it off and returned it to the Spartans 37. Dantonio said he called the trick play: "I felt like we needed a big play."

The Spartans were called for two pass interferences on the ensuing drive. And Cam McDaniel's 7-yard run 16 seconds into the fourth put the Irish ahead.

No. 4 Ohio St. 76, FAMU 0: With Braxton Miller missing his second game with a sprained knee, Kenny Guiton threw a school-record six touchdowns — all in the first half — for the host Buckeyes. It was their most lopsided win since 85-7 over Drake in 1935. Rattlers coach Earl Holmes said the Buckeyes didn't run up the score. "We don't want a pity party," said Holmes, whose I-AA program was paid $900,000 for the game. "I don't expect the coach to kneel. You play for 60 minutes."

No. 17 Wash. 56, Idaho St. 0: Keith Price threw for 213 yards and three touchdowns in 1½ quarters of play against the visiting I-AA Bengals. Washington is 3-0 for the first time since 2001. But starting Saturday, it opens Pac-12 play with four teams that entered Saturday unbeaten: Arizona, Stanford, Oregon and Arizona State. "We are ahead of where we were in the past," defensive end Hau'oli Kikaha said. "That shouldn't change anything as far as where we want to be and where we strive to be."

No. 18 N'western 35, Maine 21: Damien Proby and Dean Lowry returned interceptions 49 and 19 yards, respectively, for the host Wildcats. The Black Bears cut their deficit to 21-7 with 3:02 left in the third. But on the ensuing possession, Northwestern went 74 yards over eight plays, capped by Mike Trumpy's 7-yard touchdown run. After handily beating Cal and Syracuse, the Wildcats have struggled somewhat in wins over Western Michigan (which fell to 0-4 on Saturday) and I-AA Maine. "This is the second straight week we came back knowing we could have played a lot better," receiver Tony Jones said. "It just keeps us hungry."

No. 20 Baylor 70, La.-Monroe 7: Bryce Petty threw for 351 yards and four touchdowns and ran for a touchdown for the host Bears. Baylor scored seven touchdowns among the 10 drives Petty played. Those drives took a combined 5:12. Baylor is the first I-A team since LSU in 1930 to open a season with at least 60 points in three consecutive games, according to STATS. Baylor scored 69 in its opener and 70 in each of its past two games. "We kind of have a whole different mentality," Petty said. "Coach (Art) Briles always says don't wait for something bad to happen to get good."

No. 24 Wis. 41, Purdue 10: Melvin Gordon ran for three touchdowns and 147 yards for the host Badgers. Wisconsin rebounded from a 32-30 loss at Arizona State during which officials mishandled the final seconds to deprive it of a field goal try. "It's not as if we're ever going to forget that," linebacker Chris Borland said. "We're going to play with the idea of taking frustration out on our opponents all year."

No. 25 Texas Tech 33, Texas St. 7: Davis Webb replaced an ineffective Baker Mayfield and threw for two touchdowns and 310 yards for the host Red Raiders. Webb threw a 4-yard touchdown to Eric Ward in the third and a 10-yarder to Bradley Marquez in the fourth after the Bobcats failed on a fake punt deep in their territory.

Around the nation

Nebraska 59, S. Dakota St. 20: Tommy Armstrong and Ron Kellogg, playing for the injured Taylor Martinez, combined to pass for 305 yards and two touchdowns for the host Cornhuskers against the I-AA Jackrabbits.

Penn St. 34, Kent St. 0: Zack Zwinak ran for three touchdowns for the second straight week for the host Nittany Lions. All were 2 yards or fewer.

Minn. 43, San Jose St. 24: Quarterback Mitch Leidner rushed for 151 yards and four touchdowns for the host Gophers.

Iowa 59, West. Mich. 3: Kevonte Martin-Manley returned punts 83 and 63 yards for scores and B.J. Lowery returned interceptions 35 and 13 yards for scores for the host Hawkeyes.

Texas 31, Kansas St. 21: Johnathan Gray ran for 141 yards and two touchdowns for the host Longhorns.

Kansas 13, La. Tech 10: Walk-on Matthew Wyman made a 52-yard field goal as time expired for the host Jayhawks, who had lost 22 in a row to I-A teams. The Bulldogs, under former USF coach Skip Holtz, fell to 1-3.

USC 17, Utah St. 14: Cody Kessler passed for 164 yards and a touchdown and the defense shined for the host Trojans. The Aggies averaged 49.3 points, 29 first downs and 550.3 yards and converted 30 of 46 third downs over its first three games. USC allowed 285 yards, 13 first downs and 5-of-17 on third-down conversions.

Ore. St. 34, San Diego St. 30: Steven Nelson returned a pick 16 yards for a score with 2:38 left as the visiting Beavers rallied.

Late Friday

Fresno St. 41, Boise St. 40: Derek Carr threw for 460 yards and four touchdowns and Josh Quezada scored the winning touchdown on a 1-yard run with 2:14 for the host Bulldogs. At 2-2, the Broncos have lost two regular-season games for only the second time in coach Chris Petersen's eight seasons. They went 10-2 last season.

Spartans help Irish earn a victory 09/21/13 [Last modified: Sunday, September 22, 2013 12:19am]
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