Originally created 09/08/02

Top 25 roundup



ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Braylon Edwards caught four passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns, and Michigan quarterback John Navarre tied a school record with four TD passes as the No. 7 Wolverines blew past Western Michigan 35-12 on Saturday afternoon.

The Wolverines (2-0) didn't let up following last week's dramatic 31-29 victory over Washington. Michigan scored TDs on its first two possessions and built a 29-point lead late in the third quarter.

Chris Perry ran for 118 yards despite not playing after the first drive of the second half.

Chad Munson threw two TDs to Jermaine Lewis to lead Western Michigan (1-1).

NO. 8 OHIO STATE 51 KENT STATE 17

In Columbus, Ohio, Freshman Maurice Clarett scored twice and Craig Krenzel completed his first 11 passes for the Buckeyes (2-0). It was 38-0 before the Golden Flashes (1-1) crossed midfield late in the second quarter.

Clarett followed his 175-yard, three-touchdown performance against Texas Tech last week with just 64 yards on 12 carries, and he fumbled once.

NO. 11 WASHINGTON STATE 49 IDAHO 14

In Pullman, Wash., Devard Darling and Jonathan Smith each had three touchdowns as Washington State (2-0) sacked Idaho quarterback Brian Lindgren six times. Lindgren still completed 33 of 49 passes for 267 yards, but the Vandals (0-2) gave up more than 500 yards for the second straight week.

Darling caught two touchdown passes from Jason Gesser, who was 12-for-16 for 220 yards and three TDs. Darling also ran a reverse 15 yards for a TD. Smith, a reserve running back, had scoring runs of 1, 7 and 7 yards.

NO. 14 WASHINGTON 34 SAN JOSE STATE 10

In Seattle, Cody Pickett threw three touchdown passes after Washington fell behind 10-0 early. The Huskies (1-1) got its second straight 300-yard passing game from Pickett, who was 22-for-35 for 347 yards. Reggie Williams caught six passes for 160 yards and two TDs, and Rich Alexis ran for 125 yards.

Williams did most of the work on an 89-yard catch and run for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter that put the Huskies ahead 24-10.

NO. 15 MICHIGAN STATE 27 RICE 10

In East Lansing, Mich., Charles Rogers caught nine passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns for Michigan State, which withstood an early scare by forcing four second-half turnovers. Rogers' second touchdown catch, a 5-yard pass from Jeff Smoker, put the Spartans (2-0) ahead 20-10 with two minutes remaining in the third quarter.

The Owls (0-2) took a 10-7 lead into the second half, but their four turnovers led to 17 Michigan State points.

NO. 20 TEXAS A&M 14 PITTSBURGH 12

In Pittsburgh, Texas A&M needed two quarterbacks and two long completions to Terrence Murphy to open up a two-touchdown lead, and the Aggies held on with the help of a missed extra point.

Rod Rutherford struggled badly for three quarters before driving Pitt (1-1) to two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. But the missed conversion forced the Panthers to go for the 2-pointer after Rutherford's 2-yard TD pass to Kris Wilson with 2:02 remaining, and Rutherford's throw intended for freshman Larry Fitzgerald was wide.

Derek Farmer scored twice on short-range runs for the Aggies (2-0).

NO. 23 NOTRE DAME 24 PURDUE 17

In South Bend, Ind., defense rescued the Fighting Irish again, as Gerome Sapp and Lionel Bolen scored on fumble returns 11 seconds apart, and Vontez Duff added a 34-yard interception return for a touchdown in Notre Dame's victory. The Irish, who got off to their worst-ever 0-3 start last season, are 2-0 without scoring an offensive touchdown. The Boilermakers (1-1) lost three fumbles and an interception, leading to all three Notre Dame touchdowns.

NO. 25 WISCONSIN 34 WEST VIRGINIA 17

In Madison, Wis., Brooks Bollinger passed for 218 yards and two touchdowns to freshman Jonathan Orr, and the Badgers ran off 27 second-quarter points. Behind great protection, Bollinger completed 12 of 15 passes for 203 yards in the first half as Wisconsin (3-0) built a 34-3 lead.