Georgia senior quarterback D.J. Shockley went down with a knee injury in the first half, marring the Bulldogs' victory and making it unlikely...
ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia senior quarterback D.J. Shockley went down with a knee injury in the first half, marring the Bulldogs’ victory and making it unlikely he will play in a crucial game against Florida.
Little-used Joe Tereshinski took over for Shockley and the Bulldogs barely survived against Arkansas, a nearly three-touchdown underdog that gave Georgia all it could handle before losing 23-20 yesterday.
Shockley threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Bryan McClendon on Georgia’s first possession, and Tereshinski did just enough in relief to keep the Bulldogs (7-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) on course for a spot in the SEC championship game. They can clinch the Eastern Division title as early as next weekend with a win over rival Florida.
Darren McFadden rushed for 190 yards to set a couple of Arkansas freshman records. He also scored a pair of touchdowns, the first on a stunning 70-yard run.
Coach Mark Richt doesn’t think Shockley will need surgery or miss the rest of the season, but he’s doubtful for the annual “Cocktail Party” game against bitter rival Florida next weekend.
“We’re expecting to get him back this season,” Richt said. “We just don’t know when.”
No. 7 Louisiana State 20, No. 16 Auburn 17 (OT)
BATON ROUGE, La. — This season, there was no reprieve for Auburn’s John Vaughn.
Vaughn’s 39-yard field-goal attempt in overtime hit the left upright, giving Louisiana State (5-1, 4-1 SEC) a victory over Auburn (5-2, 3-1).
Last year, Auburn beat LSU 10-9 on Courtney Taylor’s touchdown with 1:14 remaining. Vaughn initially missed the extra point, but a penalty gave him a second chance. In this season’s rematch, he missed five field goals, including a 49-yarder in the final seconds of regulation that would have won it.
No. 9 Notre Dame 49, Brigham Young 23
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Brady Quinn threw for 467 yards and a school-record six touchdowns, four to Maurice Stovall, and Notre Dame ended a four-game home losing streak.
The Fighting Irish (5-2), who were beaten by BYU last season when they were held to 11 yards rushing, didn’t try to run much against the Cougars (3-4), instead depending on Quinn’s passing to open up the BYU defense.
Quinn broke the mark of five TD passes he set in an overtime loss against Michigan State earlier this season. He was 25-of-30 passing in the first half for a school-record 287 yards, and finished 32-of-41 passing.
No. 11 Florida State 55, Duke 24
DURHAM, N.C. — Drew Weatherford threw two touchdown passes and backup Xavier Lee had two of his own to help Florida State (6-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) bounce back from its first loss of the season.
Greg Carr caught three of the TDs and third-string tailback Antone Smith ran for two scores for the Seminoles, who still struggled to generate a running game against the Blue Devils (1-7, 0-5).
No. 12 Penn State 63, Illinois 10
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Michael Robinson threw for four touchdowns and ran for two more — in the first half — and 12th-ranked Penn State gave coach Joe Paterno his 350th victory. The win keeps Penn State (7-1, 4-1) in a tie with Wisconsin at the top of the Big Ten standings and moves Paterno’s record to 350-117-3 in 40 seasons, second on the all-time Division I-A coaching victory list. Richardson and most of the starters did not play in the second half for the Nittany Lions.
No. 14 Ohio St. 41, Indiana 10
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Troy Smith ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, Ohio State had 240 yards rushing and another strong defensive effort led the Buckeyes (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) to their most lopsided victory of the season.
No. 19 Wisconsin 31, Purdue 20
MADISON, Wis. — Safety Roderick Rogers returned an interception 84 yards for a touchdown that sparked Wisconsin (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten), which became bowl eligible in coach Barry Alvarez’s 16th and final season.
No. 21 TCU 48, Air Force 10
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Jeff Ballard threw for 302 yards and two scores to help TCU remain the only undefeated team in the Mountain West Conference.
Ballard went 20 for 28 to lift the Horned Frogs (7-1, 5-0) to their sixth straight victory and remain alone in first place in their first season in the Mountain West.
Northwestern 49, No. 22 Michigan State 14
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Brett Basanez threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores to lead Northwestern to its third straight win.
The game was billed as a meeting between two of the nation’s best offenses, but miscues by the Spartans (4-3, 1-3 Big Ten) allowed the game to turn into a rout. Michigan State has now lost three straight, while the Wildcats (5-2, 3-1) remain in the middle of the conference title race.
North Carolina 7, No. 23 Virginia 5
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Ronnie McGill ran for 118 yards while Cedrick Holt had a key interception late to cap a stellar defensive effort and help North Carolina hold off Virginia.
Matt Baker connected with Rikki Cook for the game’s only touchdown in the first quarter, which ultimately proved to be all the Tar Heels (3-3, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) would need to bounce back from a humiliating loss at Louisville two weeks ago.
After allowing 69 points in that loss, the Tar Heels held Virginia (4-3, 2-3) to just 199 total yards and allowed the Cavaliers’ offense just one field goal — a surprising result for a team that upset unbeaten Florida State last week.
It was the fewest points scored by the Tar Heels in a win since beating Wake Forest 7-3 in 1971.
No. 24 Fresno State 40, Idaho 10
MOSCOW, Idaho — Joe Fernandez returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown, and Jaron Fairman returned a blocked punt for another score as Fresno State beat Idaho.
In a game that was determined by special teams play, the Bulldogs (5-1, 3-0 WAC) started slowly in the first half, but scored 24 straight points and held Idaho (1-6, 1-3) scoreless in the second half.
Fresno State quarterback Paul Pinegar was 21 of 33 for 228 yards and a touchdown.