Penn State retires number of former star John Cappelletti

 Penn State made a surprise decision to retire former star running back John Cappelletti’s No. 22 during a halftime ceremony honoring the perfect 1973 team. Cappelletti became Penn State’s only Heisman Trophy winner that season by helping to lead the Nittany Lions to a 12-0 season but failed to win the national title. As the ceremony drew to a close, Penn State announced it will be retiring Cappelletti’s jersey, the first time a jersey in any sport has been retired at Penn State.

 Oklahoma State said Sports Illustrated has informed the school it plans to publish articles about alleged misconduct in the university’s football program dating to 2001. The Oklahoman, citing an unidentified source, reported that the allegations include payments to players from boosters and academic improprieties.

 Cincinnati got pounded at Illinois, 45-17, and lost quarterback Munchie Legaux to what coach Tommy Tuberville said was a serious left leg injury. Legaux, who was hospitalized overnight, was hit as he dropped back to pass, his leg appearing to bend unnaturally at the knee.


 Kentucky gave rookie coach Mark Stoops, the brother of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, his first career win by routing Miami (Ohio), 41-7. A week after a 35-26 loss to Western Kentucky, the Wildcats outgained Miami, 675-122, the third-highest yardage total in school history.

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 Western Kentucky turned the ball over on five of six snaps in the first quarter and Tennessee scored after each of them en route to a 52-20 win in Knoxville. The FBS record for consecutive turnovers forced by a defense is seven straight series. Florida State had four fumbles and three interceptions in its first seven possessions of a 42-13 loss to Florida on Oct. 7, 1972.

 Freshman quarterback Jared Goff passed for 485 yards and two touchdowns in Cal’s 37-30 win over Portland State, becoming the first Golden Bears QB since 1996 to throw for 400 yards or more in back-to-back games.

 Kansas quarterback Jake Heaps threw a 5-yard touchdown pass Justin McKay in a 31-14 win over South Dakota. So what’s the big deal? It was the first TD pass caught by a Jayhawks wide receiver in 17 games, a drought that dated to Oct. 22, 2011.