Dennis Northcutt did not play much against Middle Tennessee State, but he made the most of his time.
The senior wide receiver set No. 19 Arizona's career pass-catching record and scored on an 80-yard punt return before a first-quarter injury slowed him, and the Wildcats (2-1) defeated the Blue Raiders (0-2), 34-19, Saturday night in Tucson to earn their second straight win.
Northcutt caught his first pass of the game and the 154th of his career two minutes after kickoff to break the record set by Theopolis "T" Bell, who played from 1972-'75.
Arizona's Ortege Jenkins, playing the entire game because alternate quarterback Keith Smith had a sore ankle, completed 16 of 23 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown. Teammate Trung Canidate rushed for 102 yards on 16 carries for his first 100-yard game this season.
New End for Rainbows
Dan Robinson passed for a school-record 452 yards, including four touchdowns, as Hawaii (1-1)--led by former NFL coach June Jones--ended the nation's longest Division I losing streak at 19 games with a 31-27 victory over Division I-AA Eastern Illinois (0-2) in Honolulu.
Trailing 17-10 at halftime, the Rainbows rallied with 21 third-quarter points. Robinson connected with Dwight Carter (nine receptions, 220 yards) on a 12-yard touchdown with 13 minutes remaining in the quarter. Less than six minutes later Robinson found Craig Stutzmann for a six-yard score to put Hawaii up, 24-17.
After the Panthers tied it with Wayne Brown's 26-yard run, the Rainbows went ahead for good when Robinson threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Attrice Brooks with 16 seconds left in the quarter.
UCLA Struggles With Suspensions
UCLA, without 11 players who were suspended for two games for illegally obtaining and using handicapped-parking placards, kept up with Ohio State for three quarters. But the Bruins faltered in the fourth.
Michael Wiley rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns and Ken-Yon Rambo caught two scoring passes as the No. 13 Buckeyes rallied from a 10-0 deficit to defeat UCLA (1-1), 42-20, in Columbus, Ohio. The Bruins fell from No. 14 to No. 21 in the Associated Press rankings. "No question not having our full team had an effect," UCLA Coach Bob Toledo said of the suspensions that end today. The Bruins, who trailed 28-17 after three quarters, were outscored 14-3 in the fourth.
Back in a Hurry
Syracuse wide receiver Quinton Spotwood, who tied an NCAA record with four punt return touchdowns in 1997 but missed the final seven games last season because of a severe knee injury, caught touchdown passes of 56 and 43 yards to help lead the Orangemen (2-0) to a 47-7 win over visiting Central Michigan (1-1). "I'm very pleased," said Spotwood, who finished with six catches for 135 yards after he was held without a reception in the season opener against Toledo. "I haven't done that in a while."
Return to Division I-A
Buffalo, playing in its first Division I-A game in 29 years and guided by its third-string quarterback, kept close with Akron before losing, 17-10, in the teams' Mid-American Conference opener in Amherst, N.Y.
Buffalo dropped football after going 2-9 in 1970. The program was reinstated at the Division III level in 1977 and moved to I-AA in 1993.
Bobby Sippio ran back two punts for touchdowns and returned an interception 23 yards for a score to lead host Western Kentucky (2-0) to a 55-7 win over Cumberland (Tenn.) (0-2). . . . Murray State's Justin Fuente completed 35 of 55 passes for 553 yards and three touchdowns in a 58-51 loss to host Southern Illinois (2-0). The Racers fell to 0-2.