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Michigan clobbers Chippewas; Notre Dame next



Published: Sun, September 10, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



Northwestern was beaten by I-AA New Hampshire and Rutgers blanked Illinois, 33-0.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan has won its first two games by an average of 22 points.

The 10th-ranked Wolverines beat the Central Michigan Chippewas 41-17 Saturday after handling Vanderbilt in their opener, but still don't know if they are merely good or potentially great.

Michigan is about to find out because its next game is at No. 4 Notre Dame.

"It's huge," said Mike Hart, who ran for 116 yards and matched a career high with three TDs. "It's not your season per se, but it shows you how good your team is."

Even though the score was lopsided, the Wolverines (2-0) did not look impressive during much of the tuneup before playing the Fighting Irish.

Purdue 38, Miami (Ohio) 31, OT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Kory Sheets scored four touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime, for Purdue.

Sheets scored his final touchdown of the game on an 11-yard run during Purdue's only overtime possession, giving the Boilermakers the 38-31 lead. Miami got to the Purdue 8-yard line on its OT possession, but Purdue's defense held for the win.

Mike Kokal, a Warren Harding High graduate, passed for 378 yards and four touchdowns, and Ryne Robinson caught nine passes for 162 yards and two scores for Miami (0-2).

No. 14 Iowa 20, Syracuse 13, 2OT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Albert Young scored on a 1-yard run in the second overtime and No. 14 Iowa kept Syracuse out of the end zone on seven consecutive plays from the 2.

Playing without standout quarterback Drew Tate, it was the Hawkeyes defense that came through in a big way in the second OT to hand Syracuse (0-2) its 11th loss in a row.

Michigan St. 52, E. Michigan 20

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Matt Trannon set a school-record with 14 catches and Drew Stanton accounted for five touchdowns.

Trannon had 151 yards receiving, caught two touchdowns and threw a 35-yard scoring pass to A.J. Jimmerson. Stanton threw three TD passes and ran for two scores.

Michigan State (2-0) was up 24-3 with just over four minutes left in the first half when the Eagles (0-2) scored two quick touchdowns before halftime. One TD came on a trick play that ended with a 39-yard scoring pass from wide receiver Dontayo Gage to Travis Lewis.

New Hampshire 34, Northwestern 17

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Ricky Santos scored three touchdowns and passed to David Ball for two more Saturday, giving Division I-AA New Hampshire one of its biggest victories.

Northwestern (1-1) was playing its first home game since the death of coach Randy Walker from a heart attack June 29 and honored the coach throughout the day.

The Wildcats were unable to stop an opponent ranked No. 2 in the I-AA poll. Santos completed 17 of 21 passes for 197 yards by halftime as New Hampshire (1-1) opened a 10-point lead in its opener.

Rutgers 33, Illinois 0

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Derrick Roberson fell on a blocked punt for a touchdown and Devin McCourty scored on a 38-yard interception return in the opening minutes to lead Rutgers.

Ray Rice rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown and Mike Teel threw a touchdown as the Scarlet Knights posted their first shutout since 2002 and handed Illinois its 15th straight road loss. The Illini (1-1) have been outscored 110-5 in their last three road losses.

Indiana 24, Ball St. 23

MUNCIE, Ind. -- Third-string quarterback Kellen Lewis rallied Indiana for two-second half touchdowns and Austin Starr hit a 35-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to lift the Hoosiers.

No. 22 California 42, Minnesota 17

BERKELEY, Calif. -- DeSean Jackson caught three of Nate Longshore's four touchdown passes in the first half, and No. 22 California rebounded impressively from last week's season-opening loss.

Marshawn Lynch rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns, and Jackson caught seven passes for 114 yards as the Golden Bears (1-1) showed off all the offensive talent that attracted their highest preseason ranking in 54 years before their 35-18 defeat at Tennessee.

Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




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