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Top 25 finish of the day - Iowa-Northern Iowa

Northern Iowa trailed instate big brother Iowa 17-16 with seven seconds left when Billy Hallgren lined up for a 40-yard field goal. But the No. 22 Hawkeyes, playing at home in Iowa City, blocked the kick, presumably sealing the victory, right?


Believing the game was over, several Hawkeyes allowed a Panther to recover the ball with one second left. But because the kick was attempted on first down and the ball did not cross the line of scrimmage, I-AA Northern Iowa got another chance.

After officials reviewed the play to make sure there was time on the clock, Hallgren lined up for another field goal.

This time, Jeremiha Hunter, one of the Hawkeyes around the ball on the first kick, blocked it. Final: Iowa 17, Northern Iowa 16.

"I was praying the whole time, like 'This is why I'm out here,'" Hunter said. "I was just focused on getting that block."

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Players of the day

Daryll Clark Penn State

The senior threw for 353 yards and three TDs in a 31-7 victory over Akron. A school-record 254 came in the first half, and he finished 29-of-40 with one interception.

Jimmy Clausen and Michael Floyd Notre Dame

Clausen, a junior, was 15-of-18 for 315 yards and four TDs in a 35-0 win over Nevada. He started 10-of-11 for 184 yards and three TDs, including a 70-yarder and 24-yarder to Floyd. Floyd, a sophomore, later caught an 88-yarder and finished with four catches for 189 yards.

Joe Webb Alabama-Birmingham

The senior rushed for 189 yards and two TDs and threw for 221 yards and two TDs in a 44-24 win over Rice.

Carson Wiggs Purdue

The sophomore made a school-record 59-yard field goal in a 52-31 win over Toledo. It was 6 yards shy of the Division I record set by former Buc Martin Gramatica for Kansas State in 1998. By the way, that's the record without a tee. With a tee, it's 67 yards by Texas' Russell Erxleben (1977), Arkansas' Steve Little (1977) and Wichita State's Joe Williams (1978).

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Injury of the day

Sam Bradford

The Oklahoma quarterback and 2008's Heisman winner sprained his throwing shoulder when he was slammed to the turf in the first half. He was on the sideline with his right arm in a sling and ice taped to his shoulder as the second half began. Playing behind a line featuring four new starters, Bradford went down hard on a clean hit by BYU linebacker Coleby Clawson in the closing seconds of the first half. Bradford landed flush on his right side, and he immediately began writhing in pain. He did not return.

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Conference of the day

Big 12

The conference earned wins against teams from the Big Ten, SEC and ACC. Missouri beat Illinois 37-9 in St. Louis. Oklahoma State beat Georgia 24-10 at home. And Baylor won 24-21 at Wake.

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Obscure game of the day

Washburn 82, N.M. Highlands 21

The host Ichabods scored 61 first-half points in the Division II matchup. In all, they scored 11 touchdowns - five on passes, five on runs and one punt block - one field goal and one safety (when a blocked punt rolled out of the end zone). More amazing? Washburn, located in Topeka, Kan., did not have a 100-yard rusher or 100-yard receiver, and its two quarterbacks passed for only a combined 250 yards.

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Coach of the day

Joe Paterno

Wearing his trademark black sneakers and khakis - without the pants rolled up - Paterno began his 60th season at Penn State and 44th as the man in charge. Paterno, 82, even jogged out of the tunnel for his first game on the sideline since November's hip-replacement surgery. After the game, he was cracking jokes: "Did you clock me in the 100 meters?"

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Number of the day

2 As noted in Saturday's Gameday, I-AA teams rarely beat BCS ones. But two pulled off upsets. The scores:

William & Mary 26, Virginia 14

Richmond 24, Duke 16

North Carolina 40, Citadel 6

Ga. Tech 37, J'ville St. 17

BC 54, Northeastern 0

USF 40, Wofford 7

West Virginia 33, Liberty 20

Pitt 38, Youngstown St. 3

Kansas 49 N. Colorado 3

Texas Tech 38, N. Dakota 13

Kansas St. 21, UMass 17

N'western 47, Towson 14

Iowa 17, Northern Iowa 16

Mich. St. 44, Montana St. 3

Oregon St. 34, Portland St. 7

Arkansas 48, W. Carolina 10

Florida 62, Charleston S. 3

Miss. St. 45, Jackson St. 7

Tenn. 63, Western Ky., 7

Louisville vs. Indiana St., late

Vandy vs. W. Carolina, late

Arizona St. vs. Idaho St., late

Information from Times wires was used in this report.