The best and worst from yesterday's games:

NEWS & NOTES

Thompson Takes Charge at Penn St.

Penn State starting quarterback Kevin Thompson, a senior from Damascus High, began the season with many observers doubting his ability to lead the second-ranked Nittany Lions -- especially in their season opener against then-No. 4 Arizona. He has shared playing time with Rashard Casey, but after a 70-24 rout of Akron, his

season passing totals are 10 of 16 for 323 yards, with 4 touchdowns (71, 65, 37 and 60 yards) and 1 interception.

Big Numbers

Towson QB Joe Lee, a senior from Warren County High, passed for 467 yards in a

34-7 victory over Monmouth. ... Brian Partlow (Handley High) threw for 365 yards and five touchdowns to lead Randolph-Macon over Gettysburg, 54-20.

Record Breaker

Scott Pingel broke Jerry Rice's NCAA all-division career receptions record in leading Division III Westminster (Mo.) to a 56-36 victory over Illinois College. Pingel tied Rice's record of 301 catches on the first play of the game, then broke it later in the series. Pingel finished with nine receptions for 113 yards and three touchdowns.

Simms Makes a Splash

Chris Simms, son of

former NFL quarterback Phil Simms and a freshman at Texas, made his debut. He completed 3 of 7 passes for 27 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter of a 69-17 victory over Stanford.

Streakin'

Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) beat Emory & Henry,

24-17, ending the nation's longest home winning streak for all divisions at 37 games. ... Swarthmore ended the nation's longest losing streak with a 42-6 victory over Oberlin. Swarthmore had lost 28 straight. Oberlin has lost 20 straight and 60 of its past 61.

BY THE NUMBERS

20

Points Western Michigan scored in the second quarter of a 55-26 loss at No. 4 Florida, which led by just

31-26 in the third quarter. Last season, the Gators allowed two teams -- Kentucky and Florida State -- to score more than 20 points in an entire game.

69

Points Stanford allowed in a loss to Texas, the most it has allowed in 45 years -- and a less-than-stellar start for new defensive coordinator Kent Baer.

58

Career rushing touchdowns for Miami (Ohio) RB Travis Prentice, who moved into third place on the Division I-A career list with two scores, in addition to 151 yards on 33 carries, in a 28-3 win over Northwestern. He has 717 consecutive carries without losing a fumble.

HE SAID IT

"I've never tackled anybody like him. We were just bouncing off him, and he just kept running."

-- Murray State's 6-foot-4, 275-pound DT Steve Williams, on Wisconsin's 5-10, 252-pound RB Ron Dayne, who bruised the Racers for 135 yards.