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Youngstown State stuns Pitt

Youngstown State safety Jeremey Edwards, left, recovers a fumble by running back Ray Graham in front of Pitt receiver Mike Shanahan (87).

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Youngstown State safety Jeremey Edwards, left, recovers a fumble by running back Ray Graham in front of Pitt receiver Mike Shanahan (87).

PITTSBURGH — Kurt Hess passed for 154 yards and two touchdowns as Division I-AA Youngstown State spoiled Paul Chryst's debut as Pittsburgh's coach with a 31-17 upset Saturday.

Andre Stubbs ran for 71 yards and a score, and added 61 yards receiving and another touchdown as the Penguins beat a Division I-A team for the first time in 12 years. It was the team's first win over a BCS opponent.

The Penguins controlled the ball and the tempo with a spread offense that kept the Panthers offbalance.

"In our locker room we believed we could do it," Hess said. "It's easily the biggest win of our careers."

Tino Sunseri threw for 239 yards and a score for Pitt, which lost to a I-AA program for the first time.

Chyrst suspended six players for the game for undisclosed violations: running back Rushel Shell, receivers Chris Davis and Ronald Jones, defensive linemen Tyrone Ezell and Shayne Hale, and defensive back Anthony Gonzalez.

Rutgers 24, Tulane 12: Jawan Jamison ran for a 46-yard touchdown and Brandon Jones returned an interception for a score for the visiting Scarlet Knights. Tulane had one sustained drive, settling for a 32-yard field goal at the start of the fourth quarter to pull within 10-6 after moving 69 yards in 17 plays. The next time Tulane had the ball, Jones stepped in front of a pass at the Green Wave 14-yard line and scored easily.

N'western 42, Syracuse 41: Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib finished 44-for-65 for 470 yards, all school records, but found the Orange suffered its sixth straight loss dating to last season. Subbing for banged-up starter Kain Colter in the second half, the Wildcats' Trevor Siemian hit Demetrius Fields with a 9-yard TD pass with 44 seconds left to beat the Orange, who had trailed 35-13.

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