The best and worst from yesterday's games:
Movin' On Up
Tim Rattay moved into second place on the Division I-A passing yardage list, throwing for 466 yards and five touchdowns as Louisiana Tech beat UAB, 41-20, for its eighth straight victory.
Rattay has 12,341 passing yards, moving past Louisville's Chris Redman (12,196) to trail only BYU's Ty Detmer (15,031). Rattay has played three major-college seasons to four for Detmer and Redman. Rattay's 112 career touchdown passes rank third behind Detmer (121) and Florida's Danny Wuerffel (114).
Rattay and Redman each have one game remaining.
Rattay, well on his way to leading the nation in total offense for a record third straight season, was 25 of 35 with no interceptions in his 11th career 400-yard effort. Delwyn Daigre shredded the nation's 10th-rated pass efficiency defense for nine receptions and 235 yards.
The Jean Machine
Ronald Jean set a Patriot League record with 370 all-purpose yards and scored five touchdowns to lead Lehigh to a 48-27 victory over Bucknell. Jean, who rushed for four touchdowns, also set the league record for single-season rushing touchdowns with 23, surpassing the previous mark of 21 set by Colgate's Kenny Gamble in 1986.
Jean scored on a 95-yard touchdown run, the longest in Patriot League history, in the first quarter and also caught a 40-yard TD pass.
Georgia Southern running back Adrian Peterson extended his streak of
100-yard rushing games to 26 with a 168-yard effort in the Eagles' 51-14 win over Jacksonville State. Quarterback Greg Hill added three touchdown rushes, as Georgia Southern racked up 366 yards on the ground, compared to only 39 for Jacksonville State. Peterson, a sophomore, has rushed for more than 100 yards in every game of his college career.
In Athens, W.Va., Scott Johnson's 46-yard touchdown pass to Edwin Ull with 26 seconds left lifted Division II West Virginia University-Tech past Concord, 26-21, ending the nation's longest losing streak at 33 games.
Hamilton in Denial
Wisconsin's Ron Dayne probably wrapped up the Heisman Trophy by breaking Ricky Williams's career rushing mark yesterday. But don't tell that to Georgia Tech quarterback Joe Hamilton.
"It's not over yet," Hamilton said after he threw for 322 yards and five touchdowns against Clemson. "I'm not trying to win anybody over [in the voting]. I've got two more games to be on stage, to do my thing."
BY THE NUMBERS
Yards rushing for Penn State in its 31-27 loss to Michigan, its worst total in 401 games under Joe Paterno.
Years since Ohio State had given up as many points in a home game as it did in a 46-20 loss to Illinois.
Points Duke scored in the first 10 minutes, 59 seconds of a 48-35 victory over Wake Forest. Duke entered the game having scored 10 first-quarter points this season.