Sunday, September 27, 2009

New York Times: After No. 6 Falls, No. 5 Is Right Behind

The coaches of No. 5 Penn State and No. 6 California each sounded disappointed Saturday after their teams lost their conference openers. In soggy State College, Pa., Adrian Clayborn returned a blocked punt for a touchdown, and Iowa beat Penn State, 21-10.  A year after a stunning 24-23 win by the Hawkeyes knocked the Nittany Lions out of the national title race, Iowa (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) took down Penn State (3-1, 0-1) again, this time in a drenching rainstorm.  “It was a team loss,” Penn State Coach Joe Paterno said. “No one person or one play lost it. We got licked.”  Earlier in Eugene, Ore., Oregon (3-1, 1-0 Pacific-10) held tailback Jahvid Best to just 55 yards in a 42-3 upset of No. 6 California.  Widely considered a top Heisman Trophy contender, Best went into the game ranked third in the Football Bowl Subdivision with an average of 137.33 yards on the ground. California (3-1, 0-1) had its most lopsided loss under Coach Jeff Tedford, Oregon’s former offensive coordinator. “Everybody’s disappointed when you don’t play well like that when we invest so much time and energy into what’s going on,” Tedford said. “It doesn’t feel good.”

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