Paterno’s absence trumps outcome
Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 7:01 pm
By The Associated Press
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — At Penn State, the coach who wasn’t there was the story and the result of the game was almost secondary after a tumultuous week in Happy Valley.
In the national championship race, TCU made the big news Saturday.
The Horned Frogs upset No. 5 Boise State 36-35, scoring a touchdown and a 2-point conversion with 1:05 remaining to take the lead. Broncos kicker Dan Goodale booted a 39-yard field-goal attempt wide right as time expired.
Consider Boise State’s national championship hopes over, as well as its chances to reach the Bowl Championship Series.
It’s the second straight season the Broncos’ unbeaten run ended with missed kicks. Two errant short field goals helped Nevada beat Boise State 34-31 in overtime last November.
Kellen Moore and the Broncos (8-1, 3-1) will again likely be relegated to a second-tier bowl.
TCU has a clear path to the Mountain West Conference title in its final year with the league. The Frogs also have won a league-record 22 straight games against conference foes and an MWC-record 12 consecutive conference road games.
Boise State’s 35-game home winning streak was also snapped.
In State College, Pa., No. 12 Penn State lost the first game of the post-Joe Paterno era, 17-14 to No. 19 Nebraska.
Paterno was fired Wednesday amid questions about whether he did enough to stop, report or investigate what a grand jury report said was the molestation of boys as young as 10 by former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
LSU 42, Western Ky. 9
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Alfred Blue and Kenny Hilliard each scored two touchdowns, and No. 1 LSU overcame a slow start.
One week after playing most of LSU’s 9-6 overtime victory at Alabama, Jordan Jefferson made his first start of the season against the Hilltoppers, hitting 8 of 14 passes for 168 yards, including a 59-yard scoring strike to Rueben Randle.
LSU (10-0), which came in favored by nearly six touchdowns, led only 14-7 at halftime before dominating the second half.
Keshawn Simpson had a 2-yard touchdown run for Western Kentucky (5-5), which saw its winning streak end at five.
Hilltoppers quarterback Kuwaun Jakes completed 11 of 24 passes for 97 yards and was intercepted once by linebacker Tahj Jones.
Alabama 24, Miss. St. 7
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Trent Richardson rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown and Alabama’s defense gave up just 131 total yards.
It was a typical no-frills victory for Alabama (9-1, 6-1 SEC), which has won nine of its last 11 against Mississippi State.
Published in The Messenger 11.14.11