The best and worst from yesterday's games:

NEWS & NOTES

Good Times, Bad Times

It was a record-breaking day in the Ivy League. Pennsylvania quarterback Gavin Hoffman, a transfer from Northwestern, passed for a school-record 399 yards in the Quakers' 41-17 win over Columbia. Hoffman broke the record of 360 by Mark DeRosa against Cornell in 1994.

Brown quarterback James Perry threw four touchdown passes against Rhode Island to break the Ivy League career record of 58, previously held by Jay Fiedler of Dartmouth. Perry also became the Ivy League career completions leader with 634.

Rhode Island's 27-25 loss wasn't the only bit of bad news for the 0-6 Rams. The Providence Journal reported yesterday that university officials have begun discussions about eliminating the program as a cost-cutting move. Rhode Island has lost nine straight and has won three of its last 22 games.

Tough at the Top

Two of the top three teams in Division I-AA suffered losses yesterday. Top-ranked Georgia Southern lost, 17-16, to No. 12 Appalachian State.

The Mountaineers had two fumble recoveries for touchdowns and held off the Eagles, who scored the game's final 16 points. Georgia Southern lost for just the second time in its last 22 regular season games.

Appalachian State's fans celebrated the win by planting one of the Kidd Brewer Stadium goalposts in a campus duck pond.

Jimmie Miles threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score as Richmond came back from a 14-point deficit to gain a 31-21 victory over third-ranked Hofstra, which entered the game unbeaten. Miles went 13 for 24 for 199 yards with no interceptions. The senior quarterback also rushed for 109 yards on 27 carries.

No. 2 Troy State (6-0) should take over the No. 1 spot after a 24-17 win over Southwest Texas State.

More Trouble for SMU

Suspended Southern Methodist assistant coach Steve Malin might have committed more serious NCAA rules violations than the school originally believed.

While most of the information gathered appears to be "secondary in nature," not all the findings can necessarily be deemed as minor, Athletic Director Jim Copeland said Friday.

"We have found things that are disturbing beyond secondary violations," he said.

SMU announced Aug. 6 that it suspended Malin with pay and hired a Kansas City law firm to investigate.

SMU is the only school to receive the NCAA's so-called "death penalty." The NCAA shut down the football program in 1987 after a string of violations.

BY THE NUMBERS

120

Points Rutgers has allowed the past two weeks to Virginia Tech, which beat the Scarlet Knights, 58-20, last week, and West Virginia, which beat them 62-16. Rutgers had allowed 59, 55 and 48 points in three other games against West Virginia since 1995.

256

Rushing yards for Massachusetts RB Marcel Shipp in a 38-17 win over Maine. Shipp ran for 192 yards in the second half.