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October 16, 2011

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Additional highlights from some of yesterday’s games:

Paterno stays out of harm’s way

Penn State’s Joe Paterno coached the Nittany Lions’ homecoming game against Purdue from the Beaver Stadium press box. Paterno, 84, recovering from shoulder and pelvis injuries suffered after a receiver ran into him in practice Aug. 7, said he was feeling better last week before two of his players pulled him back to avoid another collision during a win over Iowa. Sore again, Paterno said he was concerned that he might be a distraction. “If I can’t move around down there, I get in the way. Everybody’s worrying, ‘Where is Paterno? Where is Coach?’ That’s not fair.’’

Bears will be glad to see ’em go

Baylor lost its third straight to Texas A&M (55-28) and hasn’t won at Kyle Field since 1984. The Bears may not get another chance for some time with the Aggies leaving for the Southeastern Conference in July.

Lattimore couldn’t get going

South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore entered the game against Mississippi State averaging an SEC-best 129.8 rushing yards per game, but managed only 39 before leaving in the fourth quarter because of a leg injury.

Bearcats can attract a crowd

The Cincinnati-Louisville game played at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati drew 40,971 fans - 171 fewer than the NFL’s Bengals had for their last home game.

Temple’s Pierce leaving his mark

It was a record-breaking day for Bernard Pierce, who ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns in Temple’s 34-0 rout of Buffalo. Pierce set season marks for rushing touchdowns (17), overall TDs (17), and points (102), and also surpassed the Owls’ career mark for total touchdowns (44).

And the key number is five

Giovani Bernard rushed for 110 yards in North Carolina’s loss to Miami, becoming the first Tar Heel to rush for at least 100 yards in five straight games since Ethan Horton in 1984. Miami’s Lamar Miller entered as the ACC’s leading rusher, but his streak of five 100-yard games ended when he was limited to 29 yards on 16 carries.