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Record of the day

Wisconsin running back Montee Ball tied the major college career touchdown record, scoring on a 7-yard run in Saturday's 21-14 overtime loss to No. 6 Ohio State. It was Ball's 78th touchdown, matching the mark set by Travis Prentice of Miami (Ohio) in 1999. Ball already has a share of the Division I-A single-season touchdown record, matching Barry Sanders' long-standing mark of 39 last year. Ball, a senior, has one more regular-season game (next week at Penn State) plus the Big Ten title game and a bowl in which to break the record.

Near-record of the day

Montel Harris, above, rushed for seven touchdowns, one fewer than the NCAA record, and gained 351 yards on 36 carries in Temple's 63-32 victory at Army. Harris' scoring runs in order: 60 yards, 1, 1, 37, 2, 37 and 1. Howard Griffith of Illinois scored eight times against Southern Illinois in 1990. "I didn't see this coming," Harris said. "I started off kind of slow at the beginning of the game."

Honor of the day

Nebraska coaching great Tom Osborne, left, joined current coach Bo Pelini in leading the Cornhuskers from the locker room onto the field against Minnesota. The day at Memorial Stadium was designated as a "Salute to Tom Osborne." The 75-year-old is retiring as athletic director on Jan. 1. A video focusing on Osborne's coaching career preceded the traditional Tunnel Walk and Osborne was honored at halftime. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez and Kansas State coach Bill Snyder — whose team played later — were among those honoring Osborne, who won three national championships.

Players of the day

Ryan Aplin, Arkansas State: The senior became the Sun Belt Conference's all-time leading passer and set a school record for total yards in a 41-34 win over Troy. Aplin threw for 369 yards and has 10,307 in his career, eclipsing the league mark of 10,112 set by Florida Atlantic's Rusty Smith from 2006-09.

Rakeem Cato, Marshall: The sophomore went 32-of-50 for 377 yards and three TDs and ran for TD in a 44-41 win over Houston.

Allen Robinson, Penn State: The sophomore caught 10 passes (giving him a school-record 73) for 197 yards and three TDs in a 45-22 win over Indiana.

Conner Vernon, Duke: The senior became the ACC's all-time leader in yards receiving, passing former Florida State star Peter Warrick (3,517). Vernon, who began the game 35 yards behind Warrick's mark, had five catches for 38 yards.

Rivalry of the day

LEHIGH 38, LAFAYETTE 21: Michael Colvin passed for 362 yards and four touchdowns and ran for a score as the visiting Mountain Hawks (10-1, 4-1 Patriot League) won the 148th meeting of the most-played rivalry in America. The Pennsylvania schools have met in every year but one since 1884; in many years they played each other twice, explaining why they have more meetings than in other rivalries which date back farther. Lafayette leads the series 76-67-5.

Recruit of the day

Derrick Henry, a star at Yulee High who has orally committed to play for Alabama next fall, broke one of the oldest records in high school football on Friday. He passed Ken Hall's career rushing mark which had stood for nearly 60 years, with 482 yards and six touchdowns on 58 carries in a 41-26 first-round playoff victory against Taylor County. Henry has 11,612 yards and 148 touchdowns; Hall ran for 11,232 yards in four years (1950-53) at Sugar Land (Texas). Hall, 76, who lives in Fredericksburg, Texas, and called Henry this week, told the Florida Times-Union, "I've always said, when it's broken, I hope they will honor it, be humble about it and realize that they alone didn't do it. I don't know (Henry) that well, but from what he said on the phone, he seems like a nice young man." Hall went on to play for coach Bear Bryant at Texas A&M then had a brief career in the NFL and AFL.

Number of the day

0 Pass attempts for Air Force late Friday in its 21-7 victory over Hawaii. According to ESPN, it's only the third time since 2004 that a team has won without throwing a pass, and the other two times were by Navy.

Path to perfection

Remaining games for the I-A unbeatens:

Notre Dame: at USC

# Ohio State: Michigan

# Ineligible for postseason, including Big Ten title game

College football news and notes 11/17/12 [Last modified: Saturday, November 17, 2012 11:51pm]
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