CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Ricky Ponton returned from a six-game
suspension and ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns to carry South
Florida to a 37-20 victory over North Carolina on Saturday.
Ponton was one of three players suspended by South Florida (5-2)
before the season for violation of unspecified school policy. Each
player was given a six-game suspension.
North Carolina (1-5) dropped its third straight game. After the
Tar Heels took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, quarterback Cam
Sexton missed nine straight passes. He threw a touchdown pass to
Jon Hamlett with 33 seconds left in the third quarter, and Connor
Barth kicked two field goals, including a career-long 52-yarder
earlier in the period.
The Golden Bulls converted two interceptions into touchdowns.
After Stephen Nicholas' first career interception at the North
Carolina 35, Matt Grothe tossed a 21-yard touchdown pass to S.J.
Green with 12:03 left in the half.
Danny Verpaele's interception and 26-yard return set up Ponton's
1-yard burst with 9:10 left before halftime. Ponton had a 2-yard
touchdown run midway through the third quarter.
Benjamin Williams capped a 71-yard drive off the opening kickoff
in the second half with a 1-yard score, giving South Florida a
Former Penn State president Graham Spanier has filed two lawsuits, one against the school and another against Louis Freeh, over backlash from the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Stanford defensive line coach Randy Hart officially retired after his last day of work on the practice field Thursday.
Several Big 12 newcomers have a good chance to be early contributors, especially at West Virginia, Texas, Oklahoma State and TCU.
The Notre Dame WR was elected student-body president. If he ran for the highest job in the land, he could have a great college football cabinet.
Barry J. Sanders has decided to follow in his father's footsteps, saying that he plans to transfer from Stanford to Oklahoma State.
No conference approached the SEC's recruiting haul in the secondary, which is loaded with four-star prospects, many of whom will play immediately.