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Badgers ground game gets boost

Running back Anthony Davis, who missed Wisconsin's past three games with an eye injury, was cleared to play Saturday against Illinois.

Coach Barry Alvarez has been vague about details since the injury occurred during the second quarter of the opener. Davis delivered a vicious hit on a cornerback near the end of a 21-yard run. He rushed for 78 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown before leaving.

Last season, the school's No. 2 career rusher with 3,781 yards missed all or parts of nine games with a high ankle sprain.

Wisconsin ran for 230 yards in the opener but just 130 Saturday in a 16-3 win over Penn State.

Orange corner stabbed

SYRACUSE, N.Y. _ Syracuse starting cornerback Tanard Jackson was released from a hospital after being stabbed in the chest during a fight outside the campus student center. Coach Paul Pasqualoni said he is fine but probably will miss Saturday's game against Rutgers.

Police said Jackson and his roommate, safety Reggie McCoy, were in a parking lot at about 2 a.m. Sunday when a fight broke out involving about 15 people after a fraternity-sponsored dance. During the dance, a group of players stepped in to end a confrontation between two groups, the school said.

MICHIGAN: Matt Gutierrez, the starting quarterback entering the season, will decide by Wednesday if he will have surgery on his right shoulder. The redshirt sophomore was a late scratch for the opener and hasn't played this season. Gutierrez had an MRI exam last week, but the school did not disclose the results.

MISSISSIPPI ST.: Quarterback Omarr Conner will miss at least three weeks after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his right knee Saturday. The converted receiver is 50-of-89 for 509 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions.

Junior Kyle York, 13-of-27 for 132 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in three games, will start Saturday against Vanderbilt. But because York's shoulder is not 100 percent after offseason surgery, freshman Mike Henig also will play.

MISSOURI: Starting linebacker David Richard was suspended for Saturday's game against Colorado for what coach Gary Pinkel called "disciplinary reasons." Richard was arrested Sept. 11 for alleged marijuana possession, but charges haven't been filed. Fellow sophomore Marcus Bacon will start.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Running back Demetris Summers said his ankle feels better and he could play Saturday against Alabama. Summers, who had a team-high 87 yards on 11 carries in the opener, sprained it Sept. 11.

VIRGINIA: Senior defensive end Chris Canty will have knee surgery and miss the rest of the season. The 6-foot-7, 290-pounder, all-ACC second team the past two seasons, was hurt late Saturday. Details were not disclosed.

WASHINGTON: Redshirt freshman Carl Bonnell will start at quarterback Saturday against Stanford. Junior Casey Paus, a junior who started the first three games, is still expected to play, though. Paus was 10-of-26 for 130 yards with no interceptions in Saturday's 38-3 loss to Notre Dame. Bonnell was 7-of-18 for 93 yards and one interception.