WEST LAFAYETTE (AP) – Charles Sharon made the game-winning
Josh Harris made a statement.
Harris led Bowling Green on a game-winning drive, finishing it
with an improbable 32-yard touchdown pass to Sharon with 2:08 left
and giving the Falcons a 27-26 victory over No. 16 Purdue.
“If Josh Harris isn’t a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate, I
don’t know who is,” Bowling Green coach Gregg Brandon shouted
The wild celebration started before Falcons receiver Cole Magner
backed out of the end zone as time expired.
Bowling Green players mobbed Sharon after his catch and bounced
up and down anxiously on the sidelines as Purdue (0-1) tried to
When the game ended, the Falcons (2-0) raced off the field with
their helmets raised. Even Brandon couldn’t contain himself as he
clapped his hands and patted his players on the back near midfield,
thanking them for producing Bowling Green’s first victory over a
ranked opponent since Sept. 16, 1972. That victory came against No.
18 Purdue, 17-14.
The day belonged to Harris, though, who delivered a brilliant
performance in a rare opportunity against a top-rated team.
Harris was 22-of-40 for 357 yards with three touchdowns and one
interception. He also ran 19 times for 34 yards and continually put
his receivers in position to make plays.
Ohio State 16, San Diego State 13: Defending national champion
Ohio State stayed perfect despite an imperfect game.
Will Allen returned a tipped pass 100 yards for a touchdown for
one of the few highlights as No. 2 Ohio State barely slipped past
32-point underdog San Diego State 16-13 Saturday.
“We were ready to play. I’m not sure about the national
champions,” Aztecs linebacker Kirk Morrison said. “I’ve never been
a moral victory guy, but no one expected us to be in the game.
Thirty-two point underdogs? I took offense to that.”
The Buckeyes won their 16th game in a row, but were in trouble
throughout as quarterback Craig Krenzel had the worst day of his
career. Krenzel went 5-of-20 for 76 yards with one interception and
“Fortunately we found a way to win,” Krenzel said. “Great teams
have to win ugly some times.”
Michigan State 44, Rutgers 28: Jeff Smoker threw for 351 yards
and three touchdowns and Michigan State returned a kickoff and an
interception for scores in a 44-28 win over Rutgers on
It was the 1,000th game for Michigan State (2-0), which wore
throwback uniforms and placed its original nickname – the Aggies —
on the Spartan Stadium scoreboards.
Probably not too many of the previous 999 games featured as many
There was a 94-yard kickoff return for a TD, a 61-yard
interception return for a touchdown and three TD passes of better
than 50 yards.
And that was just the first half.
Rutgers (1-1), outscored 224-59 in road games last season, was
up to the challenge in the first two quarters with Ryan Hart
throwing for 206 yards and two scores.
But Monquiz Wedlow picked off Hart on the first possession of
the second half and returned it 29 yards for a 38-21 Michigan State
Hart was ineffective the rest of the game, finishing 14-of-31
for 266 yards, two TDs and two interceptions.
The Scarlet Knights were expected to test Michigan State’s run
defense, but they were unable to get anything going on the
Michigan State, which held Western Michigan to six yards rushing
a week ago, limited Rutgers to minus-2 yards on 36 attempts.