Mike Kern: Mike Kern's College Football Wrapup

Notre Dame's Manti Te'o, after win over Michigan State
Notre Dame's Manti Te'o, after win over Michigan State (AP)
Posted: September 18, 2012


National: Andrew Luck's successor, junior Josh Nunes, threw two second-half touchdown passes as Stanford rallied past Southern Cal once again.

Local: Widener's Chris Haupt threw for 432 yards in a 67-0 win at Misericordia, which was playing its first home game in its inaugural season.


* Villanova 31, Rhode Island 10: The Wildcats (2-1, 1-0) opened their Colonial Athletic Association season Saturday by dominating the second half at home for the second straight week.

They already have as many wins as they did in 2011.

They've won the closing 60 minutes of their last two games, 45-0, having allowed 121 yards. They trailed in this one by three at the break.

For the first time in 2 decades, the Wildcats rushed for more than 200 yards in each of their opening three games. They scored on their first four drives after intermission Saturday.

Redshirt freshman quarterback John Robertson, in his second start, ran for 63 yards and a TD on 11 carries. Kevin Monangai (55 yards, 11 carries) scored twice.

The Rams, coached by onetime Villanova defensive coordinator Joe Trainer, are 0-2, 0-1.

The Wildcats will be at Penn for their final nonleague game next Saturday.

* Lafayette 28, Penn 21: For the fifth time in 6 years, the Quakers are 0-1. They've now lost five of their last six to the Leopards (2-0), and three straight in Easton. They will play two more scholarship teams - Villanova next weekend and Oct. 6 at William & Mary.

Lafayette led, 21-0, after one quarter, and 28-7 after the third. Penn got to within seven with 5 1/2 minutes to go, but the Leopard's school-record tying seventh interception with 1 minute, 38 seconds left at their 38 ended things.

The Quakers' eighth turnover was a fumble at the Lafayette 1, following a long completion, in the fourth quarter that turned into a touchback.

Penn's first four possessions, and five of its first six, ended in picks. Senior quarterback Andrew Holland replaced Billy Ragone (five interceptions) and went 18-for-28 for 191 yards with two interceptions. The Quakers' 344 passing yards were the most they've had since a double-overtime loss to Princeton in 2006.

Connor Scott, who missed last season with an injury, had 12 receptions, the most for a Quaker since 2004.


Peyton Manning never beat Florida when he was at Tennessee. He came back for his senior season to try and win a national title and maybe a Heisman Trophy. He accomplished neither.

Southern Cal's Matt Barkley did much the same thing this year. But for the fourth straight time, his team couldn't get past Stanford.

This time it was 21-14, in Palo Alto. It's Stanford's longest winning streak in the series, which has been going on since 1905. USC had scored 91 points in its first two games, against Hawaii and Syracuse. It didn't score in the closing 41 minutes. Stanford scored a TD apiece in the third and fourth quarters. The Trojans crossed midfield on their last drive, but Barkley was sacked twice to finish it off.

Last October, Stanford and Andrew Luck won in double-OT at the Los Angeles Coliseum.


Notre Dame won at No. 10 Michigan State, 20-3. The Spartans had won 15 straight at home. The Golden Domers are 3-0 for the first time since they won their first eight for rookie coach Tyrone Willingham in 2002. In their third season with Brian Kelly (after two 8-5 finishes), they host Michigan next.

It was MSU's worst offensive effort at home since a 20-3 loss to Central Michigan in 1991.

ND, which hadn't beaten a Top 10 opponent in 7 years (Michigan), had lost six straight to ranked teams.

Senior linebacker Manti Te'o - playing just a few days after the deaths of his girlfriend (who endured a long battle with leukemia) and his grandmother - had 12 tackles, one for a loss, and two pass breakups.


Louisiana-Monroe almost pulled off an all-time double.

One week after coming from 21 down to win at Arkansas in overtime, the Warhawks lost in OT at Auburn, which avoided its first 0-3 start since 1950.

The final was 31-28, after Louisiana-Monroe rallied from a 14-point deficit.

The Hawks host Baylor Friday. Auburn is also home, against Louisiana State.

Maybe the next time the SEC West needs a new team ...


Connecticut won at Maryland, 24-21. The same Maryland that's coached by Randy Edsall, who coached UConn for a dozen seasons before leaving after the 2011 Fiesta Bowl loss without bothering to say goodbye to his players.


* Nebraska coach Bo Pelini was taken by ambulance to a hospital midway through a home game against Arkansas State. He said in a statement released through the athletic department that he had precautionary tests that "checked out just fine."

* Former Tennessee tailback and coach Johnny Majors, who finished second to Notre Dame's Paul Hornung in the 1956 Heisman Trophy voting, has his number 45 retired. Peyton Manning (16) and Reggie White (92) are among the seven other Vols who have been so honored.

* North Carolina lost at Louisville, 39-34, after trailing, 36-7. UNC had the ball at the Cards' 4 with 2 minutes left.

* Florida won its second straight SEC road game, both as slight underdogs. The scored the last 24 points Saturday to beat Tennessee for the eighth straight time. The Gators get South Carolina and LSU at home, and Georgia in Jacksonville.

* Freshman Duke Johnson became the first Miami player to score four TDs since 2005.

* Ball State beat Indiana for the third straight time.

* South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier won his 200th game, joining Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer, Texas' Mack Brown and Nevada's Chris Ault as the only active Division I coaches to reach that number.

* One week after losing at Oregon State, Wisconsin needed a late missed field goal to beat Utah State at home.

Mike Kern's Top 10

1. Alabama (3-0). Beat Arkansas, 52-0. Can only hope to contain the Tide. Saturday: vs. Florida Atlantic.

2. Louisiana State (3-0). Beat Idaho, 63-14. Beat Auburn by 35 at home last year. Saturday: at Auburn.

3. Oregon (3-0). Beat Tennessee Tech, 63-14. Won by 25 at Arizona last year. Saturday: at Arizona.

4. Stanford (3-0). Beat Southern Cal, 21-14. Why not? Who has everyone else beaten? Next: Sept. 22 at Washington.

5. Oklahoma (2-0). Idle. Won by 41 at Kansas State last year. Saturday: vs. Kansas State.

6. Georgia (3-0). Beat Florida Atlantic, 56-20. Has beaten Vanderbilt 16 of last 17, last year by five. Saturday: vs. Vanderbilt.

7. Florida State (3-0). Beat Wake Forest, 52-0. Lost by five at Clemson a year ago. Saturday: vs. Clemson.

8. Clemson (3-0). Beat Furman, 41-7. Lost last two at Florida State. Saturday: at Florida State.

9. Southern Cal (2-1). Lost at Stanford, 21-14. Hasn't lost to Cal in a while. Saturday: vs. Cal.

10. Notre Dame (3-0). Beat Michigan State, 20-3. Again, better win than most have. Saturday: vs. Michigan.

Fraud Five

Virginia Tech: You probably shouldn't be losing at Pitt, which had looked putrid, especially by 18 as big favorite.

Southern Cal: No great sin to lose at Stanford again. But this was supposed to be Trojans' year.

South Florida: Some felt Bulls might be best in Big East. So what were they doing losing at home by 10 on a Thursday night as 10-point fave?

Tennessee: OK to lose at home to Florida, even if you were trying to show folks something. But maybe not by 17, after you're leading by seven in second quarter.

Michigan State: Maybe it's just a Big 10 thing.

Dishonorable mention: Wisconsin and Auburn. Normally don't bang on teams that slide by, but ...

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