Backup quarterback Allen Webb rushed for 147 yards and scored four times, and Darren Sproles broke two offensive records, leading the Wildcats past Nebraska, 45-21, yesterday in Manhattan, Kan.
Webb, starting in place of injured Dylan Meier, scored on runs of 13, 8, 1 and 9 yards for Kansas State (3-4, 1-3 Big 12), which broke a three-game losing streak. He would have tied Kansas State's single-game record with five touchdowns if he hadn't fumbled just as he was starting to cross the goal line in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats, who snapped a 29-game losing skid to the Huskers in 1998, have now beaten their former tormentors three years in a row and four of the last five.
Nebraska (4-3, 2-2) remains winless in Big 12 road games under Bill Callahan, its first-year head coach. The Huskers stayed in the game with two long pass plays and a defensive touchdown but collapsed in the fourth quarter with three consecutive turnovers that led to two Wildcats touchdowns.
Sproles rushed for 135 yards on 22 carries and scored on two short runs. His first, a two-yard sprint, broke the school career record with his 41st touchdown. He also scored on a three-yard run and raised his career all-purpose yards total to 6,025, breaking the Big 12 record held by 1998 Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams of Texas.
* OHIO STATE 30, INDIANA 7: In Columbus, Ohio, Troy Smith threw two touchdown passes in his first start and Tony Pittman ran for 144 yards to lead Ohio State over the Hoosiers, ending the Buckeyes' three-game losing skid.
Ohio State (4-3, 1-3) avoided its first 0-4 record in the Big Ten since 1922.
With starting tailback Lydell Ross serving a suspension, Pittman carried 20 times and had a 28-yard touchdown late in the game. The Buckeyes had 282 rushing yards, almost as many as they had in their four previous games (287). Ohio State had 443 total yards, more than in its last two games combined. Indiana (2-5, 0-4) lost its fifth game in a row and 12th straight to Ohio State.
* MINNESOTA 45, ILLINOIS 0: Marion Barber III ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, helping the Golden Gophers rebound from consecutive devastating defeats with a homecoming victory over the Illini (2-6, 0-5).
Barber gained 138 yards on 11 carries for the Gophers (6-2, 3-2), the nation's third-leading rushing team whose Big Ten title hopes were crushed by losses at Michigan (27-24) and Michigan State (51-17).
Bryan Cupito completed 10 of 21 passes for 247 yards and one touchdown for Minnesota, which became bowl eligible. The Gophers, however, currently trail four teams in the conference race and will still have a tough time reaching their goal of playing on New Year's Day. They finish with Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa.
* TULANE 59, UAB 55: Lester Ricard's sixth and final touchdown pass of the game, to Chris Bush with 27 seconds left, gave the host Green Wave the upset.
Alabama-Birmingham (5-2, 3-1 Conference USA) was able to drive to the Tulane 45-yard line in the final seconds, but Darrell Hackney's last two passes fell incomplete.
Hackney seemed to have saved UAB's hopes for a first-ever 4-0 start in Conference USA on the Blazers' previous drive. He converted a fourth-and-13 play with a pass over the middle to Roddy White with about three minutes left. Two plays later, Hackney hit Bradly Chavez for a 29-yard gain to the Tulane 6. Then Norris Drinkard ran in his third touchdown of the day to put UAB up 55-52 with 1 minute 43 seconds to go.
But Ricard needed only 1:13 to put Tulane (2-4, 1-3) back ahead on a drive that included passes of 17 yards to Damarcus Davis, 16 yards to Bush and 14 yards to Roydell Williams.
* PITTSBURGH 41, RUTGERS 17: Tyler Palko threw for three touchdowns and Josh Lay returned an interception 82 yards for another score to lead the Panthers at home.
The Panthers (5-2, 3-1 Big East), who built a 38-3 lead in the first half, have won three consecutive games. They have also won their last six games against the Scarlet Knights.
Rutgers (4-3, 1-2) was trying to win three straight for the first time since 1992.
* OREGON 16, STANFORD 13: Terrence Whitehead ran for 131 yards and the go-ahead touchdown, and the Ducks' defense got 10 sacks in the road win.
Mike Bellotti earned his 100th career victory in 15 years as a head coach at Oregon and Chico State, but it certainly meant less to him than the boost to his team's bowl chances that came with this win.
Stanford (4-3, 2-2 Pacific-10) had a chance to force overtime after getting the ball back with 16 seconds left and completing two long passes, but Michael Sgroi's 49-yard field goal attempt fell short as the clock expired. Oregon improved to 4-3, 3-1.
* OREGON STATE 38, WASHINGTON STATE 19: In Corvallis, Ore., Derek Anderson threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns as the Beavers dealt the Cougars (3-4, 1-3 Pac-10) their third straight loss.
Dwight Wright caught a touchdown then ran for another for Oregon State (3-4, 2-2), which has put together a modest two-game winning streak for the first time this season.
* U-CONN. 45, TEMPLE 31: Dan Orlovsky threw for 260 yards and two touchdowns and Cornell Brockington rushed for two more scores to lead the Huskies at home. Connecticut (5-2, 2-2) snapped a six-game losing streak against Temple (1-7, 0-3), which has now lost 11 straight Big East games.
* IOWA STATE 26, BAYLOR 25: Stevie Hicks scored on a five-yard run with 41 seconds left and the Cyclones (3-4, 1-3) ended their 13-game Big 12 losing streak with a win at Baylor, which took over the league's longest streak of futility. Baylor (2-5, 0-4) has lost 11 straight Big 12 games since Coach Guy Morriss won his conference debut over Colorado last October. The previous 10 had been by an average margin of 39 points.
* IVY LEAGUE: Penn extended its Ivy League winning streak to 18 games, breaking its own mark set from 1992 to '95, with a 17-7 win at Yale. . . . Clifton Dawson ran for 201 yards and three touchdowns and broke Harvard's single-season record with his 14th touchdown run in a 39-14 victory at Princeton. . . . Columbia snapped its six-game losing streak with a 9-6 win over visiting Dartmouth. . . . Anthony Vita passed for 219 yards and three touchdowns as host Brown rallied for a 21-17 victory over Cornell.