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SEATTLE ? Arizona State's Jordan Simone bristled at talk about the Sun Devils being bowl eligible.
"We have way bigger goals," the safety said.
The 14th-ranked Sun Devils remained in control of the race in the Pac-12 South behind Taylor Kelly's two touchdown passes and a stingy defensive effort in a 24-10 victory over Washington on a blustery Saturday night.
CALGARY, Alberta ? Dropped to the fourth line by Barry Trotz, Joel Ward responded just as the Washington Capitals coach knew he would.
Ward scored two goals ? including the game-winner ? to lead the Capitals to a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night.
"I've known Joel a long time," Trotz said. "Sometimes, Joel recognizes when he can go a little better. It's a great response from him.
"You want guys to respond, not to pout. You want him to take it as something to motivate him, and he played very well."
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. ? Penn State overcame a 17-0 deficit, held Ohio State 29 points under its season average in regulation and pushed the No. 13 Buckeyes to two overtimes Saturday night.
All that mattered to Nittany Lions coach James Franklin was the final score: Ohio State 31, Penn State 24.
"There are no moral victories at Penn State," Franklin said. "There never will be."
GLENDALE, Ariz. ? Justin Hodgman couldn't stop smiling. After scoring in his debut after a long road to the NHL, it's hard to blame him.
The Arizona Coyotes were pretty happy, too. Not only did they end a three-game losing streak, they played well at both ends before heading out on a long road trip.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored at 2:20 of overtime, Mike Smith stopped 23 shots, and the Coyotes rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Saturday night.
"We're headed in the right direction," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett.