Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Despite Flurry of Turnovers, Penn State Holds off Purdue

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Despite Flurry of Turnovers, Penn State Holds off Purdue

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Penn State flirted with disaster all afternoon Saturday before rallying at West Lafayette, Ind., to beat Purdue 26-23.

Tailback Mike Archie scored the winning touchdown on a 16-yard play with 2 minutes 34 seconds remaining. Penn State's defense came up with two crucial sacks on Purdue's final possession.

The Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) were in danger of losing three consecutive games for the first time since 1988 until driving 80 yards in four plays for the winning score.

Penn State, which had turned the ball over only four times in its first five games, had three turnovers in the first quarter and five overall.

Bobby Engram had career highs of nine receptions and 203 yards and set up the winning touchdown with two catches for 63 yards. He ignited the winning drive by getting behind the Purdue defense and making a diving catch of Wally Richardson's pass at the Boilermakers' 31 for a 49-yard gain.

Engram, who earlier had scored on a 48-yard pass play for his 25th career TD, tying a school record, caught a 14-yard pass three plays later to give the visitors a first down on the 16.

Richardson threw a short pass taken by Archie at the left sideline, and he raced into the end zone for the winning score.

For Purdue (2-3-1, 0-2-1), the frustration continued. The Boilermakers have dropped three games by a total of 11 points.

Ohio State 27, Wisconsin 21: Eddie George rushed for 141 yards and scored three touchdowns, including a 51-yard burst with 6:33 remaining that lifted No. 4 Ohio State (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) past No. 21 Wisconsin (2-2-1, 1-1 Big Ten).

George's big run came just two minutes after his 1-yard TD run erased Wisconsin's 16-13 lead midway through the final quarter.

George, who carried 26 times, scored on a 1-yard pitch with 8:32 left to give the Buckeyes a 20-16 lead. It was the game's fifth lead change and capped an eight-play, 46-yard drive in which George carried on the last six snaps for 35 yards. He also scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter for the Buckeyes' only first-half score.

Ohio State's Bobby Hoying was 18 of 26 for 206 yards with one TD and one interception.

Wisconsin quarterback Darrell Bevell finished 15 of 31 for 158 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. …

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