— Silas Redd ran for 131 yards and a touchdown and Penn State took advantage of Purdue’s special teams miscues to hold on Saturday for a 23-18 win.
Akeem Shavers had a 1-yard touchdown run with 8:08 left but Purdue was stopped on a 2-point conversion attempt to keep the deficit at 20-18. A missed field goal and extra-point attempt earlier in the game also haunted Purdue (3-3, 1-1 Big Ten) on a windy afternoon.
Chaz Powell returned the ensuing kickoff 92 yards to the 3, but an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty pushed Penn State (6-1, 3-0) back, and the Nittany Lions settled for field goal with 6:24 left and a five-point lead.
Nate Stupar’s interception of a tipped pass at the Purdue 19 with 1:59 left finally sealed the game for Penn State.
Utah 26, Pitt 14
PITTSBURGH - John White ran for 171 yards and Coleman Petersen kicked four field goals in the tricky Heinz Field winds to lead Utah by reeling Pittsburgh.
The Utes (3-3) snapped a two-game losing streak behind the legs of White and Petersen and an impressive defensive effort to improve to 9-0 all-time against current members of the Big East.
Petersen, who’d made four field goals all year coming in, converted kicks of 23, 34, 39 and 45 yards in winds that gusted over 30 mph.
Utah’s Derrick Shelby returned a late interception 21 yards for a touchdown as the Utes sent Pitt (3-4) to its second straight loss.
The Panthers managed just 120 total yards, turned it over three times and a reconfigured offensive line allowed quarterbacks Trey Anderson and Tino Sunseri to get sacked six times.
Pitt running back Ray Graham managed a season-low 46 yards.
PURDUE 3 3 6 6 18
PENN STATE 7 3 10 3 23
PE - Dukes, 1-yard run (Fera kick) (4:38).
PU - Wiggs, 28-yard field goal (1:39).
PU - Wiggs, 32-yard field goal (4:36).
PE - Fera, 29-yard field goal (0:00).
PE - Fera, 40-yard field goal (5:57).
PU - Ross, 14-yard pass from TerBush (Wiggs kick failed) (4:02).
PE - Redd, 9-yard run (Fera kick) (2:37).
PU - Shavers, 1-yard run (Shavers run failed) (8:08).
PE - Fera, 29-yard field goal (6:24).
First downs – 15
Rushing yards – 162
Passing yards – 182
Att-comp-int – 30-14-3
Total yards – 344
Fumbles-lost – 0-0
Penalties-yards lost - 6-33
First downs - 21
Rushing yards - 182
Passing yards - 185
Att-comp-int - 23-10-1
Total yards - 367
Fumbles-lost - 2-0
Penalties-yards lost - 5-43
Rushing: Purdue - Ra. Bolden 13-97, Shavers 13-54, TerBush 6-10, Pegram 1-1; Penn State - Redd 28-131, Dukes 6-21, McGloin 3-16, Ro. Bolden 4-10, Suhey 1-3, Smith 2-2, Green 1-2, Brown 1-0.
Passing: Purdue - TerBush 25-12-2-162, Marve 5-2-1-20; Penn State - McGloin 17-8-1-145, Ro. Bolden 6-2-0-40.
Receiving: Purdue - Siller 5-67, Edison 3-46, Gravesande 2-26, Pegram 1-20, Ross 1-14, Shavers 1-7, Ra. Bolden 1-2; Penn State - Brown 4-86, Moseby-Felder 2-40, Smith 2-34, Zordich 1-16, Suhey 1-9.
UTAH 3 10 3 10 26
PITTSBURGH 14 0 0 0 14
U - Petersen, 23-yard field goal (5:08).
P - Jackson, 98-yard kick return (Harper kick) (4:52).
P - Reed, 10-yard blocked punt return (Harper kick) (2:47).
U - Petersen, 34-yard field goal (3:15).
U - Matthews, 33-yard pass from Hays (Petersen kick) (2:07).
U - Petersen, 39-yard field goal (11:24).
U - Petersen, 45-yard field goal (7:45).
U - Shelby, 21-yard interception return (Petersen kick) (1:12).
First downs – 19
Rushing yards – 124
Passing yards – 127
Att-comp-int – 23-14-0
Total yards – 251
Fumbles-lost – 2-0
Penalties-yards lost - 10-97
First downs - 12
Rushing yards - 70
Passing yards - 50
Att-comp-int - 30-9-2
Total yards - 120
Fumbles-lost - 2-1
Penalties-yards lost - 8-75
Rushing: Utah - White 36-171, Langi 2-3, D. Anderson 1-2, Team 4-(-18), Hays 9-(-34); Pittsburgh - R. Graham 12-46, T. Anderson 7-24, Jones 1-9, Street 1-6, Saddler 1-5, Sunseri 1-(-20).
Passing: Utah - Hays 23-14-0-127; Pittsburgh - Sunseri 11-4-0-38, T. Anderson 19-5-0-12
Receiving: Utah - D. Anderson 4-43, Matthews 2-39, Dunn 1-26, Scott 1-7, McNabb 1-5, Hays 1-4, White 2-3, Moeai 1-3, Rogers 1-(-3); Pittsburgh - Jones 2-16, Carswell 1-15, R. Graham 3-10, H. Graham 2-9, Gonzalez 1-0.
THE CHECKERED FLAG: Up and down week for Sodeman
LAST FRIDAY I headed south to add I-77 Raceway Park to my track attended list, which made for 162nd track all-time. I-77 is located south of Ripley, West Virginia just off Interstate 77. This season, I-77 moved from the crowded Saturday night line-up to Friday night racing and teamed up with Ohio Valley Speedway. I-77 normally runs Super Late Models, Semi-Late Models, E-Mods, Mod Lites, and 4-Cylinder Mini Stocks. With the Sprint Cars on the schedule, I decided to make the trip and they were joined by the Super Late Models, Semi-Late Models, and E-Mods.
THE CHECKERED FLAG: Blaney still running hot on area tracks
LAST THURSDAY I headed southwest to Atomic Speedway, formerly known as KC Raceway. The 1/3-mile high-banked dirt oval is located an hour south of Columbus, Ohio just off Route 23 near Alma. It was my first visit in a couple years. A big crowd turned out on Independence Day Eve as the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars were back along with the Super Late Models and E-Mods. The Ohio Speedweek event the week before drew a huge 62-car field and Thursday’s event drew 33.
After an astounding Speedweek winning the final three races and four of six, Dale Blaney returned to the track that he last got defeated at. On the Speedweek show, Jac Haudenschild made the winning pass of Blaney, while Blaney finished second. Last Thursday, even a seventh starting spot didn’t derail Blaney for long. The Hartford, Ohio racer worked his way to the front and made the winning pass of race-long leader Tim Shaffer on lap 16. One caution three laps from the finish was all that slowed Blaney’s run to another $5,000 payday. It was Blaney’s fourth straight win, sixth of the season, and all-time leading 105th of his career with the All Stars.
EXTRA INNINGS: Bucs fans loved Burnett, but let's leave him in Philly
THERE IS NO no doubt that A.J. Burnett made a huge impact during his two seasons with the Pirates.
When he arrived in the spring of 2012, so did hope for fans wearied by teams that hadn’t seen a winning record in 20 summers.
While he certainly did not turn the tide by himself, he turned the wheel. His swagger sometimes didn’t play well with management, but even the Buc brass had to appreciate the new culture that Burnett helped his teammates create.
NCAA Football: Rock 6-1 after 17-3 win over Cal U
Slippery Rock University rode a length-of-the-field scoring drive by its offense and a goal-line stand by its No. 1-ranked defense late in the first half of action Saturday to a 17-3 win over 14th-ranked visiting California (Pa.).
NFL: Steelers top Jags as Mendenhall makes return
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IndyCar Racing: Crash takes Wheldon’s life
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