GAME OF THE DAY: PENN ST. 17, OHIO ST. 10
Penn State 17,
Ohio State 10
THE GAME: Everything is peachy in Paternoville. The Nittany Lions are back, with a vengeance. After swatting Minnesota last Saturday, Joe Paterno & Co. welcomed Ohio State into Happy Valley. In an old-fashioned defensive war, the Nittany Lions ran their record to 6-0 with a 17-10 victory. The second-largest crowd in Beaver Stadium history was forced to hold its collective breath as Ohio State raced up the field in the waning moments. Tamba Hali sacked Ohio State QB Troy Smith, separating him from the ball and the Nittany Lions' Scott Paxson recovered to seal the victory and ignite the celebration. The tests keep coming as JoePa takes his troops into Ann Arbor Oct. 15 for a date with a Michigan team that is coming off a home loss and has three defeats this season.
PLAYER OF THE DAY: Tyrell Sutton, RB, NWU
THE PLAYER: Freshman RB Tyrell Sutton rushed for 244 yards, including what proved to be the game-winning 62-yard TD romp, as Northwestern put an end to Wisconsin's dreams of an undefeated sendoff for coach Barry Alvarez, 51-48. Sutton carried the ball 29 times as the Wildcats ran up a school record 674 yards. It wasn't all Sutton, though, as Wildcat QB Brett Basanez completed 26-of-36 passes for 361 yards and 3 TDs. The Wildcats scored on seven consecutive possessions. On the other side of the ball, Tim McGarigle had an astonishing 25 tackles and 2 sacks for the 'Cats.
MOMENT OF THE DAY: Hodges' TD Throw
Texas Tech 34,
THE MOMENT: Revenge was in the air in Lincoln, Neb. The Cornhuskers had overcome a 21-0 deficit and looked ready to extend their homecoming winning streak to 37 straight and make amends for a 70-10 loss last year in Lubbock. The Huskers had picked off Cody Hodges with 1:11 left, but the ball was fumbled on the return and Danny Amendola recovered at the Nebraska 18. Tech moved the ball to the 10. On 4th-and-2, Hodges had two Nebraska defenders in his face but threw a pass that found a diving Joel Filani in the end zone with 12 seconds left, giving Texas Tech a 34-31 win.