Players of the Weekend
Former walk-on Devin Barclay, who played with four teams in Major League Soccer from 2001-05, kicked a 39-yard field goal in overtime to give Ohio State a 27-24 win over visiting Iowa and a trip to the Rose Bowl. At 26, he's the oldest player on his team, and had been the backup until Aaron Pettrey was injured 2 weeks ago.
The Penn defense, ranked No. 1 in FCS, had another big-time effort as the Quakers won at Harvard, 17-7, to clinch at least a share of their first Ivy League title in 6 years.
Penn 17, Harvard 7
The Quakers (7-2, 6-0) won their seventh straight. It was their first win at Harvard (6-3, 5-1) since 2003, which was also the last time they got a ring. In the Ivies, there is no distinction between co-champs and solo. Nevertheless, they'll try to keep Harvard from also getting one in the finale at home against Cornell (2-7, 1-5).
Too bad there's no playoff possibilities for Ivy teams.
On the game's fifth snap, Marcus Lawrence scored on a 51-yard screen pass from quarterback Kyle Olson. Early in the second quarter, Olson got in on a 1-yard sneak. Late in the first half, Andrew Samson kicked a 28-yard field goal.
The Crimson scored on a 45-yard pass late in the third period. Then, with just under 3 minutes to go, Penn stopped QB Collier Winters on a fourth-and-goal from the 1. So much for any rallies.
This one was played in a steady rain. There were seven fumbles.
It was the fifth time in their last six games that the Quakers have allowed seven or fewer points. In the other, they allowed 13. That was a month ago.
It's Penn's first seven-win season since 2004.
Villanova 49, Towson 7
The Wildcats (9-1, 6-1 CAA), ranked third in FCS, scored on their first five drives. The host Tigers (2-8, 1-6) lost their fifth straight.
'Nova closes at home against Delaware (6-4, 4-3). With a win, it gets the conference's automatic bid to the playoffs, and one of the top seeds. If the 'Cats lose, they're still in, but the road to Chattanooga will become less user-friendly.
In case you missed it, the Owls (8-2, 6-0 MAC) scored the final 49 points late Friday night to win their eighth straight, at Akron (2-8, 1-5), 56-17.
They host Kent State (5-5, 4-2) Saturday. If they win and Ohio University (7-3, 5-1) loses at home to Northern Illinois (7-3, 5-1), Temple will clinch the East title. If not, the Nov. 27 game at Ohio would settle who heads to the conference final in Detroit a week later.
Division III playoffs
Delaware Valley (9-1), the Middle Atlantic Conference champ, finished with a 28-16 win over Widener (3-7).
The Aggies will host former MAC member Susquehanna (8-2), which won the Liberty League, at noon Saturday in an opening-round matchup. If they win they would host either Alfred (8-1) or Albright (9-1), the team they beat to win the MAC, in the second round.
The last time Del Val played the Crusaders was 2006, at home, losing 17-10.
This is Del Val's first trip to the tournament since 2005, when it won twice before losing to Rowan (for the second consecutive year in the quarterfinals).
Around the Nation
-- Southern Cal: And you thought the beatdown at Oregon was a low point. This one, to Stanford, was worse. And it was at home. As Pete Carroll put it: "I'm not really of a clear mind right now."
-- Houston: Shouldn't be losing at Central Florida, when you're trying to convince folks that you are legit and your quarterback is Heisman Trophy-worthy. But you could sort of see something like this coming.
-- South Florida: It's OK to lose at Rutgers. But not by 31-0. I know the Bulls have been playing without their senior QB, but why does this team always seem to go poof in the second half of seasons?
-- Kansas State: It's almost OK to lose to a Missouri team that has been struggling, even at home, but maybe not when you are trying to win the inept Big 12 North.
-- Utah: Can't blame the Utes too much for getting rolled at TCU. It could happen to a lot of teams. And TCU had like quadruple revenge going for it. But it was a slow weekend and I needed one more contestant. Don't forget those lovely parting gifts.
Did you notice?
-- Notre Dame has lost eight consecutive times to Top 10 opponents. Charlie Weis is 1-10 against ranked teams since 2006. He's 1-12 overall, after winning his first three.
-- Florida went unbeaten in the SEC for the first time since 1996, when Steve Spurrier went on to win the program's first national title.
-- Texas has won 10 games for the ninth straight season.
-- Utah hadn't give up 55 points since 1996.
-- USC had never given up 55 points before. As in ever. In the last 10 quarters, freshman Matt Barkley has thrown two TDs and five interceptions.
-- Despite losing at Cal, Arizona can clinch its first Rose Bowl bid if it wins out against Oregon, Arizona State and USC. Arizona's the only Pac-10 team that's never been to a Rose Bowl. The Big Ten has a six-game losing streak in Pasadena.
-- Maryland has lost five straight for the first time since 1998. Can perhaps an Al Golden sighting be far off?
-- C.J. Spiller became the first Clemson player to pass for a TD, run for a TD and have a scoring catch in one game.
-- Iowa State is bowl eligible for the first time in 4 years.
-- Colorado has lost 10 in a row on the road.
-- Former Miami coach Butch Davis is 3-0 against the Hurricanes with North Carolina.
-- Navy's Ricky Dobbs ran for five TDS against Delaware, to give him 22 for the season. That breaks Bill Ingram's program record of 21, which had merely stood since 1917. Good thing he didn't play against Wake Forest, and barely played against Temple.
-- Daniel Passaflume, a sophomore, set an NCAA record for most catches in a game, with 25, in Division III Hanover (Ind.) College's 42-28 loss to Franklin. The all-divisions best of 24 had been shared by Brown's Chas Gessner (who did it in 2002) and Mississippi Valley State's Jerry Rice (1983)..
Mike Kern's Top 15
1. Florida (10-0). Beat South Carolina, 24-14. Saturday: vs. Florida International. Florida International?
2. Texas (10-0). Beat Baylor, 47-14. Saturday: vs. Kansas. Kansas hasn't won a game since like Septebmer.
3. Alabama (10-0). Beat Mississippi State, 31-3. Saturday: vs. Chattanooga. Chattanooga?
4. Cincinnati (10-0). Beat West Virginia, 24-21. Next: Nov. 27, vs. Illinois. That Dec. 5 trip to Pitt could be watchable.
5. Texas Christian (10-0). Beat Utah, 55-28. Saturday: at Wyoming. Maybe TCU should play Boise in a bowl. Or Cincinnati.
6. Boise State (10-0). Beat Idaho, 63-25. Friday: vs. Nevada. Hope the Broncs don't get totally screwed in the BCS process.
7. Georgia Tech (10-1). Beat Duke, 49-10. Next: Nov. 28, vs. Georgia. If only that Miami game hadn't been scheduled for mid-September.
8. Louisiana State (8-2). Beat Louisiana Tech, 24-16. Saturday: at Mississippi. Tigers had beaten Ole Miss six straight before last year.
9. Pittsburgh (9-1). Beat Notre Dame, 27-22. Next: Nov. 27, at West Virginia. Dave Wannstadt for mayor.
10. Ohio State (9-2). Beat Iowa, 27-24 (OT). Saturday: at Michigan. Hard to believed Buckeyes haven't been to Rose Bowl since 1996 season.
11. Oregon (8-2). Beat Arizona State, 44-21. Saturday: at Arizona. Beat Arizona last year, after losing to Cats in 2006 and '07.
12. Oklahoma State (8-2). Beat Texas Tech, 24-17. Saturday: vs. Colorado. Has lost 3 straight to Colorado, which isn't very good.
13. Stanford (7-3). Beat Southern Cal, 55-21. Saturday: vs. Cal. How about Jim Harbaugh for the next coach at Michigan?
14. Iowa (9-2). Lost at Ohio State, 27-24 (OT). Saturday: vs. Minnesota. Hawkeyes showed me something at Columbus.
15. Penn State (9-2). Beat Indiana, 31-20. Saturday: at Michigan State. Has lost 4 of last 6 at Michigan State.