Mike Kern | MIKE KERN'S COLLEGE FOOTBALL WRAP

PLAYERS OF

THE WEEKEND

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National

Matt Ryan. Don't care if it happened on Thursday, Penn Charter's own passed for two touchdowns in final 2 minutes, 11 seconds at Virginia Tech to keep alive Boston College's dream season, and his Heisman Trophy chances, 14-10. You can't buy that kind of exposure.

Local

Close enough. Peter Gaertner kicked a 38-yard field goal with 2 seconds to go to give Delaware State, ranked No. 12 in I-AA, a 17-16 win at South Carolina State.

AROUND TOWN

Villanova 35, Hofstra 31

The Wildcats (5-3, 3-2 Colonial Athletic Association) had virtually no offense after the first 7 minutes, but scored on a kickoff, interception and fumble.

Visiting Hofstra (6-2, 3-2) was ranked 15th in I-AA.

Freshman Angelo Babbaro took the second-half kickoff 95 yards, to make it 28-21. Three plays later, Tim Kukucka returned a fumble 17 yards for six more points. Late in the first quarter, freshman Martel Moody had turned an interception into a 43-yard TD.

A pair of 'Nova turnovers led to 10 Pride points in the third period. On its final drive, the Pride moved 60 yards to the 'Nova 13 before turning it over on downs with just over a minute left.

The 'Cats scored on their first two possessions. After that, they could do almost nothing with the ball. Freshman Chris Whitney, in his second start, completed eight of 16 for 56 yards.

Hofstra's Kareen Huggins, who led I-AA in all-purpose yardage, rushed for 95 yards on 12 carries before leaving with an ankle injury in the third quarter.

This week the 'Cats head to Richmond to face former Andy Talley assistant Dave Clawson's team. The Spiders won at James Madison on Saturday, which is never easy.

Brown 31, Penn 17

The Quakers (2-5, 1-3 Ivy League) haven't had a losing season since 1991, which was the year before Al Bagnoli arrived. In 1997, they won six games but forfeited five for using an ineligible player. They did go 5-5 in 1996, and the last two seasons. Now they'd take that. Gladly.

The host Bears (3-4, 2-2) were up 28-10 at the end of three quarters.

Bryan Walker tied his own Penn record, set a month ago in a 21-13 loss at Dartmouth, with 60 pass attempts, which, of course, is way too many. But that's what happens when leading rusher Joe Sandberg goes out with yet another injury; this time it was a shoulder. Before he left in the second quarter, he had carried nine times for 46 yards and a score. He makes a difference.

Walker had 36 completions, for 339 yards. He also threw one to Brown's Darrell Harrison, who returned it 65 yards to make it 14-7 in the first quarter. And the Quakers were 3-for-15 on third down.

Andrew Samson missed a short field goal on their first drive, and had another blocked in the second half.

This Saturday they'll get Princeton at Franklin Field.

Assumption 10, La Salle 7

Jon Eisele, who had missed from 35 and 27 yards, made a season-long 49-yard field goal with a little over 2 minutes remaining at 20th and Olney. The Explorers (0-7) had tied things with 6:14 to go, on a 1-yard run by Dave Macknet on a fourth-down play. Next week they're at Wagner.

AROUND THE NATION

Fraud five

Kentucky: Any team that beat LSU shouldn't really be losing to Mississippi State, at home. Especially not by 17.

Texas Tech: Shouldn't be losing to Colorado at home as a two-touchdown favorite.

Penn State: It's OK to lose to Ohio State, even in Happy Valley. But, facing fourth-and-a-long-1 at the OSU 38 with 1:37 left in the second quarter, down 10 and the wind at his team's back, Joe Pa punted. Yo. Take a shot. Or are we Nit-picking?

Rutgers: It's OK to lose to West Virginia at home, in a revenge situation. Even the week after you beat South Florida. But 31-3 is hardly acceptable. In case you're still keeping tabs at home, the Knights are 7-5 since that magical win over Louisville last October.

Virginia: If you want to be taken seriously, can't be losing at North Carolina State, which had lost nine straight in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Dishonorable mention

Daily News "Pick the Winners" gang: At least Dana Pennett O'Neil went 7-7 (with a push), which is why she remains our fearless leader. The rest of us are mostly trying not to hurt ourselves too badly. Must be a lack of research. Hey, have to blame something.

Sun Devil nation

In case you missed it because the game didn't end until like 5 a.m. on this coast, Arizona State keeps winning. This time, the Sun Devils beat Cal in the desert, 31-20. The Bears led 13-0 after one period. It's the third time ASU has overcome a double-digit hole at its place.

"We know how to deal with adversity," said quarterback Rudy Carpenter. "People keep doubting us, [but] our swagger keeps getting bigger."

The Devils have outscored opponents in the second half, 153-29. This was their first win over a ranked team. Now they go to Oregon, where Southern Cal lost on Saturday.

USC has lost four of its last 10 Pac-10 games.

Cal has gone from second in the nation to sixth in the conference in the last 3 weeks.

Did you notice?

Weber State beat Portland State, 73-68, with the two teams setting an NCAA all-division record for points. The previous standard was 136, in 1968, when North Park beat North Central, 104-32 in Division III. The D-I mark is 133, in 2004, when San Jose State beat Rice, 70-63. In 1916, Georgia Tech beat Cumberland, 220-0, but that was before the NCAA kept track of records. Which I guess means it didn't actually happen.

Hawaii's Colt Brennan needs two TD passes to tie Ty Detmer's (1988-91) all-time mark of 119. The Warriors are 8-0 for the first time since 1973, when they were D-II.

Georgia's 42 points against Florida was the most it had scored in that series since 1982 (44-0).

Mississippi State (5-4) has won three road games for the first time since 2000.

Kansas is 8-0 for the first time since 1909. Honest.

Nebraska has lost four in a row for the first time since 1961.

Mississippi (0-6) is the only Southeastern Conference team without a league win.

Minnesota is 1-8 for the first time in 15 years. The last time the Gophers only won once was 1983.

MIKE KERN'S TOP 15

1. Ohio State (9-0). Beat Penn State, 37-17. Saturday: vs. Wisconsin. Wisky has won 4 of last 6 meetings, including 3 straight at OSU.

2. Boston College (8-0). Beat Virginia Tech, 14-10. Saturday: vs. Florida State. Eagles won last year at FSU, lost at home to Noles in 2005.

3. Louisiana State (7-1). Idle. Saturday: at Alabama. Tigers have won last 4 meetings, and 6 of last 7.

4. Oregon (7-1). Beat Southern Cal, 24-17. Saturday: vs. Arizona State. Ducks won last 2 years at ASU. Last year it was 48-13.

5. Oklahoma (7-1). Idle. Saturday: vs. Texas A&M. Sooners have won 13 of last 14 games in November.

6. Arizona State (8-0). Beat Cal, 31-20. Saturday: at Oregon. Visiting team has won 4 of last 5 meetings.

7. West Virginia (7-1). Beat Rutgers, 31-3. Next: Nov. 8, vs. Louisville. Mountaineers lost at UL last year.

8. Kansas (8-0). Beat Texas A&M, 19-11. Saturday: vs. Nebraska. Beat Huskers at home 2 years ago, lost in Lincoln last year in OT.

9. Missouri (6-1). Beat Iowa State, 42-28. Saturday: at Colorado. Lost 10 of last 11 in Boulder. Haven't won there since 1997.

10. Georgia (6-2). Beat Florida, 42-30. Saturday: vs. Troy. After this, have Auburn and Kentucky at home, Ga. Tech in Atlanta.

11. Connecticut (7-1). Beat South Florida, 22-15. Saturday: vs. Rutgers. Silly me. Thought this was a hoops school. Or maybe I was thinking Kansas.

12. Alabama (6-2). Idle. Saturday: vs. LSU. Think Nick Saban has been pointing to this game?

13. Southern Cal (6-2). Lost at Oregon, 24-17. Saturday: vs. Oregon State. Trojans lost at OSU last year, and it hasn't been same since.

14. Virginia Tech (6-2). Lost to Boston College, 14-10. Thursday: at Georgia Tech. Lost at home to Ga. Tech last year. Won by 44, also at home, in 2005.

15. Delaware (7-1). Beat Navy, 59-52. Saturday: vs. James Madison. Can only hope to contain the Blue Hens.