On a fourth-and-7 from the UConn 12 with 40 seconds left, the Owls ran a reverse pass. Dy'Onne Crudup threw into the end zone, where the ball was deflected. Bruce Francis caught it at the end line. Officials ruled he was out of bounds. The play was reviewed, but was not overturned, even though each replay shown on the television broadcast appeared to indicate that Francis got his left foot down in time.
A Mid-American Conference official made the call on the field. According to Big East Associate Commissioner Nick Carparelli, Big East replay official Jack Cramer didn't feel there was conclusive evidence to change that decision.
Second-year coach Al Golden said he wanted to see how his young team responded. They showed him something.
The Owls, who always seem to be playing from behind, rallied from a 10-0 deficit to take the lead twice. The Huskies (3-0) needed a pair of career-long field goals from Tony Ciaravino (including a 50-yarder). Twice, the Owls stopped UConn on a fourth-and-1 in the final quarter, including once inside the UConn 35. But they gave it right back on an interception, then allowed UConn to retain possession by roughing the punter.
In his first start, sophomore Jason Harper rushed for 114 yards on 22 carries.
This was the first time the Owls have led since their last win, last Oct. 28 at home against Bowling Green. This week they travel to BG (1-1, 0-0), which is coming off a bye. The Owls are 0-1 in the MAC.
'Nova 24, Maine 17 (OT)
The Wildcats won their fifth straight in the Colonial Athletic Association. The last time that happened was 2002-03, when they won six in a row. It also allowed them to break a four-game losing streak against Maine.
It's Andy Talley's 150th victory on the Main Line.
The 'Cats (2-1, 1-0) tied it with 6 minutes to go in regulation, on a 67-yard pass from Antwon Young to Matt Dicken. Maine's Devin McNeill missed a 28-yard field goal in the closing seconds.
In OT, Nova ran five straight times, with Dicken going over from the 3 on third-and-goal. The Black Bears (1-2, 0-1) gained only 2 yards on their possession, which ended with three incompletions. On the last, Adam Farkes found Kennet Fersner in the corner of the end zone, but Fersner was ruled out of bounds.
The 'Cats will go for their first 3-1 start since 2004 when they host Penn on Saturday.
Lafayette 8, Penn 7
Penn's Al Bagnoli took a chance. A chance many coaches take. This time, it didn't work out.
Facing a fourth-and-10 from their 1 with just over 5 minutes left, the Quakers took an intentional safety, to make it a 2-point game. The Leopards returned the free kick to their 46, then drove to the Penn 10. Freshman Davis Rodriguez kicked a 27-yard field goal with 5 seconds showing at Franklin Field. It was his second make in three tries, after going 0-for-3 in the first two games.
The Quakers had won six straight openers, including last year at Lafayette (3-0).
Joe Sandberg scored the only TD on a 1-yard run in the first quarter, but left in the second with a strained hamstring.
Both teams turned the ball over four times.
The Quakers have lost five of their last six (three in OT) by a total of nine points. All came down to kicks.
AROUND THE NATION
* Yo, it was a busy weekend. Good thing Texas didn't make it a ninesome. Or was that Wisconsin?
* UCLA: Utah was 1-2. The score was 44-6. That can't happen.
* Notre Dame: Guess somebody had to replace Michigan. Is it me, or is this Joe Kuharich-era stuff?
* Auburn: Can't be losing at home to Mississippi State, especially after losing at home to South Florida.
* Louisville: I know it's a rivalry, but 34 points should be enough to get it done at Kentucky.
* Oklahoma State: Troy was 1-2, even though it was at Florida and Arkansas. Still, 41-23 is above and beyond. Good thing Cowboys scored two late TDs.
* Northwestern: Can't be losing at home to Duke. Or maybe anywhere.
* Minnesota: Shouldn't be losing at Florida Atlantic.
* Iowa: I know it's a rivalry, but Iowa State had already lost to Kent State and Northern Iowa at home.
Did you notice?
* Iowa State won without scoring a TD for the first time since 1948.
* Florida scored a late TD to edge past Tennessee by 39. Steve Spurrier might have gone for two, then tried an onsides kick.
* Ohio State has won 21 consecutive regular-season games, tying a program record set in 1967-69.
* Kentucky beat a top 10 team for the first time in three decades.
* Syracuse, 0-3 for the first time in 21 years, has been outscored 118-32 by teams that went a combined 13-24 in 2006.
* Rutgers' coach Greg Schiano called three timeouts in an attempt to get the ball back just before halftime with his team already leading I-AA Norfolk State, 45-0.
* Sarah Thomas, a veteran high school official in Mississippi, became the first female to work a game at the I-A level. She was the line judge for Jacksonville State at Memphis.
* Redshirt freshman Sam Bradford has already set an Oklahoma record by completing 22 straight passes, and just had another streak of 21 in a row.
* Notre Dame's 12 points is the fewest it's scored through three games since the 1933 team scored 12 in starting 1-1-1.
* Southern Cal scored 49 at Nebraska. The Cornhuskers hadn't given up that many at home since 1945. *
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