Michigan is proving sometimes experience isn't all that it's cracked up to be.
Freshman Michael Hart rushed for 206 yards, and Garrett Rivas hit a 35-yard field goal with 2 minutes 45 seconds to go to lift the 13th-ranked Wolverines to a 16-14 win over No. 12 Purdue yesterday in West Lafayette, Ind.
Hart broke Ricky Powers's record for rushing yards by a Michigan freshman and also caught a touchdown pass from freshman Chad Henne to help the Wolverines (7-1, 5-0 Big Ten) keep pace with No. 6 Wisconsin atop the conference.
"Michael Hart certainly has done his share," Michigan Coach Lloyd Carr said. "He's a special kid. He has a durability that is just amazing for a kid who just graduated from high school a few months ago."
Michigan's talented teens, Hart and Henne, outplayed Purdue's star seniors, Kyle Orton and Taylor Stubblefield.
Orton went 14 for 30 for 213 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Stubblefield had one catch for 10 yards.
* IOWA 6, PENN STATE 4: The 25th-ranked Hawkeyes held Penn State's offense scoreless, and even gave the Nittany Lions two points. But Kyle Schlicher's two first-half field goals stood up for the victory on the road.
Iowa (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) handed the Nittany Lions their final points, conceding a safety instead of punting from its own end zone late in the fourth quarter. The strategy worked perfectly after the Hawkeyes intercepted Penn State for the fourth time.
Twice in the second half, the Nittany Lions (2-5, 0-4) had a first down inside the Iowa 10 but failed to score. Robbie Gould missed a 25-yard field goal wide left in the third quarter, and Antwan Allen intercepted a pass by Michael Robinson on the 1 in the fourth.
"I don't know whether we could play much poorer," Penn State Coach Joe Paterno said.
* BOSTON COLLEGE 24, NOTRE DAME 23: The Eagles broke Fighting Irish hearts again.
Paul Peterson threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Tony Gonzalez with 54 seconds left in South Bend, Ind., BC's fourth straight win over No. 24 Notre Dame (5-3).
"It hurts," Irish Coach Tyrone Willingham said. "We let it slip out of our hands. This was an important game for the season, for the program."
The Eagles (5-2) dominated the second half after trailing 20-7 at halftime. They out-gained the Irish, 319 yards to 122. Notre Dame was held to just 24 rushing yards in the second half.
The Eagles narrowed Notre Dame's lead in what has become a heated rivalry to 9-7.
Two years ago when Boston College beat the Irish in South Bend, the Eagles tore up pieces of turf, just as they had after a win in 1999. They didn't do it yesterday.
"That was not a good episode for our school and it's not going to happen again," BC Coach Tom O'Brien said.
The teams don't play the next two years, but O'Brien said he hopes the rivalry will continue.
* SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 38, WASHINGTON 0: In Los Angeles, Matt Leinart threw for 217 yards and two touchdowns as the top-ranked Trojans (7-0, 4-0 Pac-10) handed the Huskies their first shutout since 1981.
Washington was last shut out in a 31-0 loss to UCLA in 1981, a span of 271 games. That was the longest active streak in Division I-A.
* TEXAS 51, TEXAS TECH 21: In Lubbock, Tex., Vince Young had a career-high 305 yards of total offense, ran for four touchdowns and threw for another for the No. 8 Longhorns.
Cedric Benson, the nation's leading rusher coming in, had 168 yards on 38 carries and one touchdown for Texas (6-1, 3-1 Big 12).
* GEORGIA 20, ARKANSAS 17: David Greene threw for a career-high 382 yards and two touchdowns on the road. Fred Gibson caught six passes for 169 yards and a touchdown for the No. 10 Bulldogs (6-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference).
* TEXAS A&M 29, COLORADO 26: Lee Foliaki recovered a fumble on the second possession of overtime, after Todd Pegram of Texas A&M kicked a 19-yard field goal in the first possession, to spur Texas A&M.
The No. 17 Aggies (6-1, 4-0 Big 12) appear to be headed toward a showdown against No. 2 Oklahoma on Nov. 6. That would give the Aggies a chance to avenge a school-record 77-point loss to the Sooners last season.
Colorado Coach Gary Barnett decided to go for a two-point conversion late in the third quarter. The pass failed, and Barnett's call came back to haunt the visiting Buffs.
* WISCONSIN 24, NORTHWESTERN 12: The nation's stingiest defense is impressive even without some of its most important parts. Anthony Davis rushed for two touchdowns, and the host No. 6 Badgers (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) won with star defensive end Erasmus James on the sideline along with pass-rushing partner Jonathan Welsh and middle linebacker Reggie Cribbs.
* TENNESSEE 17, ALABAMA 13: Volunteers Coach Phillip Fulmer turned to his defense to preserve a victory over the visiting Crimson Tide in a rivalry that has turned nasty off the field.
Alabama was sanctioned by the NCAA for recruiting violations. Attorneys outside the university who represent two former Tide assistants claim Fulmer was part of a conspiracy to tear down the Alabama program.
Eleventh-ranked Tennessee (6-1, 4-1 SEC) has won nine of its past 10 against Alabama (5-3, 2-3).
* ARIZONA STATE 48, UCLA 42: Andrew Walter threw for 415 yards and six touchdown passes, two in a wild fourth-quarter rally, to lead the No. 21 Sun Devils (6-1, 3-1 Pac-10) at home.
* AUBURN 42, KENTUCKY 10: Carnell Williams rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns, and the No. 3 Tigers (8-0, 5-0 SEC) gave up only 110 yards at home.
* OKLAHOMA 41, KANSAS 10: In Norman, Okla., Jason White threw for 389 yards and four touchdowns against a defense geared to stop freshman running back Adrian Peterson.
White threw touchdown passes of 69, 61, 41 and 8 yards for the No. 2 Sooners (7-0, 4-0 Big 12).
* OKLAHOMA STATE 20, MISSOURI 17: Jason Ricks kicked a 28-yard field goal with 55 seconds left, and the No. 22 Cowboys (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) rallied from a 17-point deficit in Columbia, Mo.
* CALIFORNIA 38, ARIZONA 0: Aaron Rodgers threw three first-half touchdown passes on the road, and J.J. Arrington topped 100 yards rushing for the sixth consecutive game for No. 7 California (5-1, 3-1 Pac-10).
* LOUISIANA STATE 24, TROY 20: Marcus Randall threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to David Jones (Springbrook) with 2:18 left for the winning points in New Orleans.
* UTAH 63, NEVADA-LAS VEGAS 28: Morgan Scalley scored off a reverse on the opening kickoff, and the host Utes (7-0, 3-0 Mountain West) didn't look back.
"I think it was important because a team like that, they can be scary if you give them hope," said Utah junior quarterback Alex Smith.
Utah is 7-0 for the fourth time in school history. Representatives from the Liberty Bowl were present, but the Utes are hoping for much more.