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College Football News and Notes Week - 4

College Football News and Notes Week - 4

Bama in AP poll for first time since '05
September 16, 2007

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- Nick Saban needed three games to get Alabama back in the Top 25.

The Crimson Tide jumped into The Associated Press poll Sunday at No. 16, its first time in the rankings since the final poll of the 2005 season.

Saban, lured from the Miami Dolphins with a $4 million per year contract, earned his first important win with the Tide on Saturday night. Alabama blew a big lead to Arkansas then responded with a late rally of its own to beat the Razorbacks 41-38 in front of a swooning Bryant-Denny Stadium crowd.

At the top of the poll, No. 1 Southern California recouped some of the first-place votes it lost to No. 2 LSU in the previous two weeks.

USC received 46 first-place votes, up six from last week, and 1,605 points after a 49-31 victory at Nebraska that was not as close as the final score.

The Tigers continued to impress with a 44-0 victory over Middle Tennessee, their second shutout of the season. LSU received 19 first-place votes and 1,577 points in the latest Top 25.

Florida slipped past Oklahoma into the third spot behind USC and LSU, but the Gators and Sooners are just three points apart (1,437-1,434).

Florida is coming off a 59-20 victory over Tennessee. Oklahoma has outscored its opponents by 158 points during a 3-0 start.

No. 5 West Virginia slipped a spot, California rose two places to No. 6 and Texas dropped a place to No. 7. No. 8 Ohio State moved up two spots and fellow Big Ten teams Wisconsin and Penn State rounded out the first 10.

There were three other new teams in the Top 25 this week along with Alabama. No. 21 Kentucky, No. 23 South Florida and No. 25 Missouri entered the poll for the first time this season.

For the idle South Florida Bulls, this is the first time they've been ranked. They fell just short of making the previous Top 25 after their victory over Auburn.

Kentucky is ranked for the first time since the final 1984 poll after beating rival Louisville 40-34 with a last-minute TD pass by Andre Woodson. The loss dropped Louisville nine spots to No. 18.

Missouri is ranked for the first time since the middle of last season.

Dropping out of the Top 25 were Georgia Tech, which lost 24-10 at home to Boston College, and UCLA, which was stunned 44-6 by a Utah team that had been 0-2. Tennessee and Arkansas also fell out of the rankings.

In Tuscaloosa on Saturday night, the Razorbacks wiped out an early 21-point deficit but couldn't close out the victory. John Parker Wilson hit Matt Caddell with a 4-yard touchdown pass with 8 seconds left to give the Tide the win.

Alabama didn't manage a come-from-behind victory in the fourth quarter during previous coach Mike Shula's four-year stay.

"We always talk about playing 60 minutes," Saban said. "And to score with 8 seconds left, it's an easy way to reinforce a point."

No. 11 Rutgers starts the second 10, followed by South Carolina, Oregon, Boston College and Clemson.

After Alabama, Virginia Tech is 17th and Louisville, Texas A&M and Hawaii complete the top 20.

Joining the three new teams in the final five are No. 22 Georgia and No. 24 Nebraska, which fell 10 spots after getting trounced by USC.

Appalachian State, whose victory at Michigan swayed the AP to open the poll to teams from all divisions, received five points in the latest vote. The Mountaineers had 19 points last week.

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Weis has Irish practice on Sunday
September 16, 2007

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis is shaking things up for the winless Fighting Irish.

After a 38-0 loss to Michigan on Saturday - which tied the 38-0 loss to Michigan in 2003 for the eighth most lopsided in school history - Weis canceled his Sunday news conference and the usual session for players to run and watch film. Instead he held a full practice.

Weis said there was no need for players to see the game film because it wouldn't do any good.

``One game is worse than the next game,'' he said.

After falling to 0-3 for just the second time in school history, the Irish are starting from scratch. They are treating this week as though it were the start of training camp, going back to the basics. Weis said the team will focus on trying to get good at a nucleus of plays.

``You have to find something you can hang your hat on,'' he said.

The starting offense will work against the starting defense until they're worn out, he said. Then it will be the second-team offense against the second-team defense until they are exhausted. There will be no scout teams replicating the offense or defense of Michigan State (3-0), Saturday's opponent. The Irish will be focusing on themselves.

Players will be competing for starting jobs.

``Everything is even-steven, like it's the first day out there, and everything is up for grabs,'' Weis said.

The reason for the shake-up is the horrible numbers the Irish have put up so far. Of the 17 major statistics the NCAA tracks, Notre Dame is last in the nation in four, in the bottom 10 in three others and the bottom 21 in three more.

Just like in 2001, the other time the Irish opened 0-3, much of the blame falls on the offense.

The 2001 squad coached by Bob Davie lost to Nebraska, Michigan State and Texas A&M by a combined 45 points. This year's squad lost to Georgia Tech, Penn State and Michigan by a combined 89 points.

Davie's team scored just two touchdowns, covering a total of 10 yards, and ranked second worst in the nation in total offense at 211 yards a game. Weis' team has no offensive touchdowns and is last in total offense at 115 yards a game.

The 13 points scored by the Irish are the fewest through three games since the 1933 squad scored 12 in starting the season 1-1-1.

The most worrisome statistic, though, is that because the Irish have given up 23 sacks, leading to 167 yards lost, they are averaging minus-4.7 yards rushing.

``The easy answer to our problem would be us running the football. Because now if you run the football, everything becomes easier,'' Weis said. ``Now it's easier to throw a play-action pass. Now it's easier to protect. Now it's easier to move the ball consistently. That would be a heck of a way for us to get it started.''

It's not just the offense, however. There were quite a few missed tackles against the Wolverines, and the Irish gave up 289 yards rushing - the most by an opponent since Stanford ran for 322 yards in 1997.

Dating to last season, the Irish have given up 30 or more points in five straight games for the first time in school history. They've lost all five. The only time Notre Dame has lost six in a row came in 1960, when they lost eight straight.

So six weeks after Weis said he would never use the word ``rebuilding,'' the Irish are focused on rebuilding. Weis said he doesn't know how long he will stay in the training camp mode.

``I couldn't tell you when it's going to be done, but we're going to get it done,'' he said.

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College Football Today - Week 3


-Tim Tebow, Florida, threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns, ran for 61 yards and two scores, and lifted the No. 5 Gators to a 59-20 romp over 22nd-ranked Tennessee.

-Anthony Morelli, Penn State, threw for 202 yards and a career-high four touchdowns to lead the Nittany Lions to a 45-24 win over Buffalo.

-Rusty Smith, Florida Atlantic, threw for 463 yards and five touchdowns, and the Owls forced seven turnovers to beat Minnesota 42-39.

-Kellen Lewis, Indiana, rushed for a career-high 199 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Hoosiers on three second-half scoring drives to beat Akron 41-24.

-P.J. Hill, Wisconsin, tied a school record with five touchdowns in the Badgers' 45-31 victory over The Citdadel.

-Sam Bradford, Oklahoma, threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns in a 54-3 win against Utah State.

-Curtis Painter, Purdue, passed for 360 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Boilermakers to a 45-22 victory against Central Michigan.

-Mike McLeod, Yale, ran for 157 yards and a career-high four touchdowns in a 28-14 victory over Georgetown.

-Graham Harrell, Texas Tech, threw a personal best six touchdown passes, and the Red Raiders scored 35 unanswered points for a 59-24 victory over Rice.

-Trey Elder, Appalachian State, threw three touchdown passes and rushed for 82 yards, helping the Mountaineers pull away from Northern Arizona 34-21.

-Matt Ryan, Boston College, threw for a career-best 435 yards and the No. 21 Eagles shut down Georgia Tech star Tashard Choice in a 24-10 victory.

-Ryan Perrilloux, LSU, threw for 298 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a 44-0 victory over Middle Tennessee.

- Blake Szymanski, Baylor, passed for 411 yards and five touchdowns to help the Bears beat Texas State 34-27 on Saturday night.

-Todd Reesing, Kansas, threw for 313 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Jayhawks to a 45-13 rout of Toledo.

-Jordy Nelson, Kansas State, set single-game school records with 15 receptions for 209 yards, catching one touchdown pass and throwing another in the Wildcats' 61-10 victory over Missouri State.

-Philip Sylvester, Florida A&M, ran for 222 yards including a 94-yard TD in a 30-17 win over Howard.

-Ricky Santos, New Hampshire, threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth, leading the Wildcats to a 48-35 win over Marshall.

-Jayson Foster, Georgia Southern, ran for 253 yards and six touchdowns in a 42-34 victory over Coastal Carolina.

-Corey Leonard, Arkansas State, ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more to lead to a 45-28 victory Saturday night over Southern Methodist.


Michigan handed Notre Dame its worst loss since beating the Irish by the same score in 2003, 38-0 on Saturday. Notre Dame is winless after three games for just the second time in school history, putting coach Charlie Weis in unwanted company with Bob Davie. The Fighting Irish have lost five straight for the first time since the 1985-86 seasons.


No. 5 Florida extended its winning streak to 10 games, its home winning streak to 18 and improved to 3-0 against Tennessee under coach Urban Meyer after a 59-20 victory over the 22nd-ranked Volunteers on Saturday. ... No. 7 Wisconsin extended the nation's longest active winning streak to 12 games after a 45-31 victory over The Citadel. ... Ohio State tied its school record for consecutive wins in the regular season with 21, matching a mark set from 1967-69, beating Washington 33-14. ... Appalachian State beat Northern Arizona 34-21 to extend Division I's longest winning streak to 17 games.


Ray Rice ran for three touchdowns and Mike Teel threw for three more in the lightning-quick outburst that carried Rutgers to a 59-0 victory over Norfolk State on Saturday. the No. 13 Scarlet Knights produced the biggest second quarter in the school history, and all it needed was 11 plays and 91 seconds to amass 277 yards and score 42 points. The 59 points and the margin of victory were the biggest for Rutgers since a 59-0 win over Buffalo in 2000.


Duke snapped the longest losing streak in the country at 22 games, beating Northwestern 20-14 Saturday night. Thaddeus Lewis threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns for the Blue Devils, whose last win came on Sept. 17, 2005 against Virginia Military Institute. Duke (1-2) hadn't defeated a major college team since Nov. 13, 2004, against Clemson, a span of 27 games.


Andre Woodson threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Steve Johnson with 28 seconds left and Kentucky shocked No. 9 Louisville 40-34 Saturday night, the Wildcats' first victory over a top-10 team in three decades. ... Tommy Grady threw for three touchdowns, Darrell Mack ran for 107 yards and Utah capitalized on a long list of mistakes by No. 11 UCLA in a 44-6 rout of the Bruins. Utah scored 30 straight points and beat the Bruins for the first time. Utah had been 0-8 against UCLA, which failed to score a touchdown for the first time in four years.


Iowa State kicker Bret Culbertson tied a school record with five field goals, the final a 28-yarder with 1 second left, and the Cyclones upset Iowa 15-13 Saturday for coach Gene Chizik's first win. The victory was Iowa State's fourth in five tries at home against the Hawkeyes. The Cyclones have taken seven of the last 10 from their in-state rival.


Syracuse dropped its first three games for the first time in 21 years after falling to Illinois 41-20 on Saturday. The Orange have been outscored 118-32 by three teams whose combined record in 2006 was 13-24. ... The Miami Hurricanes sent Florida International to its 15th straight loss, beating their South Florida rivals 23-9.


Division III Bethany, W.Va., broke school records for total yards (739) and rushing yards (482) in a 66-7 victory over St. Vincent on Saturday.


History was made Saturday night during Memphis' 35-14 victory over Jacksonville State. Sarah Thomas, a veteran high school official in Mississippi, became the first female official in a Bowl Subdivision football game, when she served as a line judge.


''It irritated me a little bit. I guess they wanted to put up as many points as they could in the first half. That's not necessarily sportsmanlike. But that's the route they chose, and they got the job done.'' - Norfolk State quarterback Casey Hansen after Rutgers coach Greg Schiano called three timeouts in an attempt to get the ball back just before the half with the Scarlet Knights (3-0) ahead 45-0.

''If we get 12 of these wins right here, then that would be just fine with me. You really can't complain with this stuff.'' - Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford after the Sooners' 54-3 win over Utah State.

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Three big injuries will test No. 6 California's depth in Pac-10 play

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Although California certainly isn't sinking, defensive coordinator Bob Gregory has plenty of holes to plug.

The Golden Bears head into Pac-10 play this week with a No. 6 ranking, a 3-0 record and a wealth of talent on a quickly maturing offense.

They also have serious concerns about their defensive depth after three starters were knocked out of a 42-12 victory over Louisiana Tech with potentially serious injuries.

Defensive linemen Matt Malele and Rulon Davis both hurt their feet against the Bulldogs, with Malele likely tearing tendons and Davis possibly incurring a stress fracture. Zack Follett, the Bears' strong-side linebacker and emotional leader, also developed a neck stinger in the first half and didn't return.

Most Cal fans don't know the names of the players who replaced them against the Bulldogs, but Gregory professes confidence in every player he coaches.

''I liked the way we responded when guys went down, but we won't really know about us until Pac-10 play,'' said Gregory, in his sixth season as Jeff Tedford's right-hand man. ''We'll see where our depth is, and I think guys will step into bigger roles.''

The extent of all three injuries wasn't known Sunday, but any setback is bad news for a defense that's still working to replace the top three players from last season. Cornerback Daymeion Hughes, linebacker Desmond Bishop and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane all went to the NFL, leaving Gregory to rebuild his core.

Cal's line is its greatest concern, since Malele already was the only returning starter from last season. Gregory filled the holes against Louisiana Tech with everyone from fifth-year senior John Allen, who recovered a fumble in the first extensive playing time of his career, to promising freshmen Derrick Hill and Cameron Jordan.

The Bears hope Follett will be back for Saturday's home game against Arizona, but Eddie Young and Michael Mohamed filled in capably against Louisiana Tech.

''It's going to hurt us, but that's why we've got depth,'' said middle linebacker Worrell Williams, who has been solid in Bishop's place this season. ''If they don't come back, we'll have other guys stepping in, ready to play. We've got a lot of guys who have been waiting for that chance.''

Despite its holes, Cal's defense is showing signs of progress after Tennessee moved the ball well in the Bears' opener. Cal had four sacks and 12 tackles for loss against Louisiana Tech while allowing just one play longer than 20 yards.

While lining up each week against the Pac-10's outstanding athletes and inventive offenses, Gregory's defenses usually rely on a knack for killing drives by forcing turnovers.

''We're always talking turnovers - get the ball,'' Williams said. ''We're a big opportunity team. We're going to get to the route before you. We want to stop them, but we'd rather have a turnover than get them to punt it.''

Cal has forced seven turnovers in its first three games, including three by Louisiana Tech, which managed 274 total yards and several sustained drives.

''Big plays have been huge,'' said defensive back Robert Peele, who had an interception on a tipped ball. ''Teams have been driving on us, but we somehow come up with a fumble or an interception. We have the ability to force teams to make mistakes like that. We don't care about yards so much. The only stat we keep is takeaways.''

Louisiana Tech and Tennessee both had success against Cal with a no-huddle offense, though Gregory couldn't understand why the officials wouldn't allow him to substitute at times during the hurry-up drill, and Williams criticized the Bulldogs' quick-snapping technique.

''They're supposed to give us a chance to get lined up, and they were doing something that was borderline (illegal),'' Williams said. ''We still got it done, and that's all that matters. It's all about the scoreboard.''

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College Football Recap

A couple of ranked teams were taken to the woodshed Saturday in the third week of the college football season. Nine of the top-10 Associated Press teams won Saturday, with the lone exception occurring in the Blue Grass State.
The ninth-ranked Louisville Cardinals fell to rival Kentucky Saturday night as a 5 ½-point road favorite, 40-34, while the combined 74 points went ‘under’ the 77-point closing total.

Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson tossed a 57-yard scoring strike with just 28 seconds remaining to shock Louisville. That marked the Wildcats’ first victory over a top-10 team in three decades. The improbable win also ended a four-game losing streak to their in-state rivals.

Moving on to the top-ranked team in the country, don’t let the final score fool you. Southern Cal dominated 14th-ranked Nebraska to prevail as a 10 ½-point road favorite, 49-31. The Trojans found themselves down, 10-7, in the second quarter before scoring the game’s next 35 points. The combined 80 points soared ‘over’ the 50 ½-point closing total.

USC entered the fourth quarter with a comfortable 42-10 lead before the Cornhuskers scored a few touchdowns late in the game. The Trojans recorded five rushing touchdowns against Nebraska en route to 313 yards on the ground. Stafon Johnson paced the ground game with 144 yards and a score, helping the team to the third-most points by an opponent in Lincoln.

Perhaps the biggest beatdown of the day occurred in the SEC matchup between fifth-ranked Florida and 22nd-ranked Tennessee. The Gators routed their rivals as an eight-point home favorite, 59-20, while the combined 79 points obliterated the 56-point closing total.

The Volunteers were actually in striking distance at 28-20 in the third quarter before the wheels came off. However, a fumbled exchange between quarterback Erik Ainge and Arian Foster was returned for a touchdown and the rout was on. Florida proceeded to score the next 31 points to turn this contest into a laugher.

Quarterback Tim Tebow was 14-of-19 passing for 299 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Percy Harvin enjoyed a monster game with nine rushes for 75 yards and a score, while catching four passes for 120 yards.

One of the biggest surprises of the day was the UCLA-Utah contest, and not just the outcome but the final score. The Utes pounded the visiting Bruins as a 16 ½-point home underdog, 44-6, while the combined 50 points went ‘over’ the 44 ½-point closing total.

Eleventh-ranked UCLA coughed the ball over five times, committed 10 penalties and allowed Utah to post 30 straight points. The Bruins were shutout in the second half, and went without a touchdown for the first time since 2003. Quarterback Ben Olson completed 20-of-40 passes for 290 yards, but was intercepted three times.

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Down Big Ten Takes A Few More Hits
Sept. 16, 2007

Could be time for Jim Delany to write another letter.

The Big Ten commissioner felt compelled to defend his football teams with an open letter in February after they went 2-5 in bowl games and drew poor marks from recruiting gurus.

Well, the new season has provided more fodder for Big Ten critics, and they're not just talking about Michigan.

On Saturday, Minnesota lost to Florida Atlantic, a Sun Belt Conference team that had never beaten a team from a BCS conference. In fact, the Owls had been outscored 506-89 in 11 previous games against the big six leagues.

Later in the day, Iowa lost to previously winless Iowa State. Sure it's a rivalry game, but Iowa State had lost its first two games to Kent State and Northern Iowa, which plays in the second-tier of Division I.

The topper came Saturday night, when Duke snapped the longest losing streak in the nation by winning at Northwestern. The Blue Devils hadn't won in 22 games and hadn't beaten a major college team since 2004.

While none of those losses will register nationally the way Michigan's embarrassing defeats to Appalachian State and Oregon did the first two weeks of the season, they are hits to Big Ten football's beleaguered image.

And image is everything.

Less than a year ago Big Ten football was as proud as can be, with Ohio State and Michigan Nos. 1 and 2 in the country. Then both teams went bust in their bowl games, and just like that the Big Ten was back to being too slow to keep up with the speedy Southeastern Conference teams and sleek Pac-10 squads. As if suddenly all the players in the Big Ten players were running in lead shoes.

When signing day came around about a month later, the Big Ten didn't make the grade with the supposed experts and the critics started piling on. That's when Delany decided to go on the offensive.

An open letter from the commish was posted on the Big Ten Web site, detailing recent success against the SEC in bowl games - 2-1 last season and 8-6 over the last five years. He also took what came across as a dig at SEC academics with this line:

"I wish we had six teams among the top 10 recruiting classes every year, but winning our way requires some discipline and restraint with the recruitment process," Delany wrote. "Not every athlete fits athletically, academically or socially at every university. Fortunately, we have been able to balance our athletic and academic mission so that we can compete successfully and keep faith with our academic standards."

Delany's plan to blunt the critics backfired and he came across as a sore loser who was making excuses for a lagging league. He also didn't help himself or the conference during the summer when he got into a war of words with Comcast over the cable companies' refusal to carry the fledgling Big Ten network on its basic tier.

Here's the way things have been going for the Big Ten so far this season: After Appalachian State stunned Michigan and essentially knocked the Big Ten favorite out of the national title race in the first week of the season, the Big Ten Network was touting the historic upset as proof it had "can't miss" games.

How's this for a slogan, "The Big Ten Network: Where history is made at the Big Ten's expense." Surely, that's not what Delany had in mind.

OK, reality check: The Big Ten is not terrible. Far from it.

After three weeks, only Minnesota and Michigan have losing records. Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State are ranked in the top 10 this week. Michigan could still turn its season around, though the last thing the Big Ten needs is to be represented in the Rose Bowl by a team that lost to Appy State.

Yet, there's no doubting the Big Ten is down.

No Big Ten team could match up against Southern California, LSU, Oklahoma or Florida. The middle of the conference - Iowa, Michigan State, Illinois and Purdue - scares no one. At the bottom, Northwestern and Minnesota could be in for long years, and don't be fooled by Indiana's 3-0 against terrible competition.

Still, no league - not the ACC, not the SEC, not the Big 12 or even the Pac-10 - outdoes the Big Ten in tradition. As far as balancing academics and athletics, the Big Ten is as good as it gets.

Right now, though, on the field, the Big Ten isn't measuring up to its own lofty standards and there's plenty of detractors happy to point that out.

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Miles unsure about Doucet's condition
The Daily Reveille

September 17, 2007

Many LSU fans were surprised to see senior receiver Early Doucet on the sidelines for Saturday's contest with Middle Tennessee State, but it may not be the last time Doucet dons street clothes this season.

At his Sunday press briefing, LSU coach Les Miles said Doucet suffered a "pretty sugnificant" injury in Friday's walk through practice.

"He'll be a guy that we look at regularly," Miles said.

Miles would no say exactly what Doucet injured, but he did say the St. Martinville native was hurt in a peculiar fashion during a non-contact practice.

"He just made a quick movement, it was a nothing, and it just popped on him," Miles said. "It would certainly operate in the unusual category."

When asked if Doucet could miss more than one game because of the injury, Miles replied, "That's our fear."

Senior guard Will Arnold was also inactive for the No. 2 Tigers 44-0 victory, but Miles said Arnold's absence was not injury related.

"He has some kind of viral infection, and it's really effecting his knees," Miles said. "It's not an injury - it's not a specific issue. It's more of a sickness. We hope like heck we can get him back this week, but I'm not certain if that's possible."

Miles said there is good news, however.

Senior quarterback Matt Flynn, who sat out Saturday's game with a lower leg injury, should be ready to go for next week's showdown with No. 12 South Carolina.

"He's gonna be a lot better this week than he was last," Miles said. "But yet we want to make sure it's right. He wanted to play. There isn't any question he wanted to play. I think he could've played, but would've only asked it had it been an injury situation."

With the injury bug affecting the Tigers offense, Miles said he is happy with the way second-and third-string players have performed through three games.

"It gives us the opportunity to turn to a guy like [junior receiver] Demetrius Byrd or [freshman receiver] Terrance Toliver and for that matter [sophomore receiver] Jared Mitchell and tell them it's time for you to step in and play - and I think they did," Mies said. "It was a good outing from that point certainly."

Miles said sophomore quarterback Ryan Perrilloux's winning performance in his first collegiate start did not surprise him, but he said there are some things he could have done better.

"[Perrilloux] didn't manage a couple situations just right - made some mistakes, but all in all, I think he played well," Miles said. "I think his overall grade would be a very solid one. I think he handled being in the spotlight."

Perrilloux finished the game completing 20-of-25 passes for 298 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.

Miles said the Tigers have even managed to get some younger defensive players action on the nation's No. 1 rated defense.

"It really gives us the point that these young guys have got to come through for us as we get going in the the stretch-run here," Miles said. "Giving them those snaps gives them a feel for competition in this conference. I think the defense is playing with so much confidence."

Sophomore quarterback Andrew Hatch got som playing time since the walk-on joined the team this season.

Miles said the Harvard transfer was a little nervous in front of 92, 407 fans.

"He was taking some deep breaths when he went into the game," Miles said. "Don't pretend for a minute it's just another day when it's their first one."

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Freshman linebacker Finch out for season
Independent Florida Alligator

September 17, 2007

Freshman linebacker Jerimy Finch is out for the season with a broken bone in his lower right leg, UF coach Urban Meyer said during his Sunday teleconference.

Finch broke his leg after he intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter and had a Tennessee player fall on top of him. He was then carted off the field.

Finch's loss will be felt on kickoff coverage, where he received the majority of his playing time.

Meyer said Sunday he is "not pleased" with kickoff coverage, so the loss of Finch will not help that, either.

As of Sunday morning Finch had just been released from the hospital, and Meyer said he had some "ligament issues."

In addition to the interception, Finch had seven total tackles on the season, tied for 10th on the Gators.

Coming in, Finch was a four star-recruit and the top prospect in Indiana, according to

OTHER INJURIES: Meyer said wide receiver Andre Caldwell will miss Saturday's game against Mississippi.

Caldwell sprained his right MCL against Troy and was ruled out for the Tennessee game the following Monday. Meyer said he hopes to have his team captain back Sept. 29 against Auburn in The Swamp. Caldwell has 111 yards receiving and one rushing touchdown on the season.

In Caldwell's absence, the Gators went to do-it-all sophomore Percy Harvin more, and he responded with 195 total yards of offense and one touchdown.

Meyer said he also did not have any further news on the status of offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey, who went down with a right ankle injury early in Saturday's game.

The good news for the Gators is that X-rays on the freshman's ankle came back negative.

Meyer said he would know more about Pouncey's ankle, as well as the status of Markihe Anderson (right knee) today.

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Pouncey is the second UF offensive lineman to go down this season. Senior tackle Phil Trautwein went out with a stress fracture in his right foot four days before the season opener against Western Kentucky.

Redshirt freshman Maurice Hurt replaced Pouncey in the lineup.

DEFENSE EARNS PRAISE: There was a common theme during Sunday's teleconference: Meyer was thrilled with the performance of his defense.

He was especially impressed with cornerbacks Wondy Pierre-Louis and Joe Haden.

Meyer said Haden and Pierre-Louis made tackles on 18 of the 19 opportunities they had.

"I want to say Joe Haden was perfect - 9 for 9 - on making plays," Meyer said. "He's turned into a very good football player.

"The reason we won that game was excellent defense."

After the defense - especially the defensive line - had been criticized by Meyer earlier in the week, it appears the Gators learned their lessons from the first two games.

Tennessee coaches and players said they had planned to come in and run the ball against UF, but there was little give in the Gators' defensive line, as they allowed just 37 net rushing yards.

"Tennessee made it public," Meyer said. "They wanted to run the ball against us. I don't blame them. I was watching how our defense kept hanging in there and they were doing a fantastic job. I don't want to say I was shocked, but I was."

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Nebraska lineman Christensen out for season

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska guard Andy Christensen will miss the rest of the season after injuring his left knee against Southern California, coach Bill Callahan said Monday.

Christensen was hurt on the Cornhuskers' second offensive series when he was blocking downfield on a shovel-pass play. Mike Huff replaced Christensen and likely will start against Ball State on Saturday.

Christensen started eight of 14 games last season after sitting out 2005 with a shoulder injury.

Callahan said cornerback Zackary Bowman, who limped to the sidelines in the second quarter and didn't return, is OK and will play against the Cardinals.

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Inside the Boxscores - Part 1
By Matt Fargo

Inside the Boxscores is a weekly feature from Matt Fargo that has been widely recognized as one of the best summations in college football. He takes an in-depth look at each game and pulls out the most pertinent information that will help you handicap games in the future. College football is filled with quirky plays, misleading scores and surprise endings. Fargo takes you inside the action.

(5) West Virginia 31 MARYLAND 14

West Virginia racked up 353 yards rushing on 48 carries (7.4 ypc) while the Mountaineers defense held the Terrapins to 89 yards rushing 39 carries (2.3 ypc). The Mountaineers took a commanding 31-7 lead with just under 11 minutes remaining but Maryland drove 91 yards in 4:49 to cut the lead to 17 points which was right around the cover line. The Terrapins recovered the onsides kick but went four and out.


TCU pulled ahead 17-3 early in the fourth quarter before the Falcons made a charge. Air Force stopped the Horned Frogs on 4th down at the 28-yard line and then drove 72 yards to pull within a touchdown. The Falcons then forced a punt and tied the game on a 71-yard run. TCU had a chance in regulation but was intercepted at the Air Force 22-yard line. The Horned Frogs won the yardage battle 409-339 but were hurt by three turnovers.

TROY 41 Oklahoma State 23

Troy pulled off another huge home upset over a Big XII team by putting up 562 yards of offense including 388 through the air. It was a wire-to-wire cover as the line was never a factor. The Trojans built a 41-10 before two garbage 4th quarter touchdowns by the Cowboys. Oklahoma St. finished with 432 total yards but 190 of those came in the final period. The Cowboys had five turnovers which led to 14 Troy points.

Eastern Michigan 21 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 19

Northern Illinois scored on its first three possessions to build an early 13-0 lead and an early cover but the offense shut down as it gained just 57 yards in their next seven possessions. The Eagles rallied with the next three scores to take the lead and Northern Illinois could have tied the game with 4:20 left but failed on the two-point conversion. Eastern Michigan missed two 2nd half field goals which would have iced the game.

(10) PENN STATE 45 Buffalo 24

The Bulls outgained Penn St. 395-393 but most of those yards came in garbage time. Buffalo took a 3-0 lead and held that lead for the first 23 minutes of the game. Penn St. tied the game with a field goal and then ran off 28 additional points to pull away. The majority (202) of Buffalo’s 395 yards came on its last three possessions when it scored three touchdowns. Penn St.’s largest lead was 28 points, never putting the 32.5-point line in jeopardy.

PURDUE 45 Central Michigan 22

Purdue jumped ahead 38-0 before the Chippewas rallied to cut the deficit to 16 points early in the 4th quarter. The Boilermakers then scored with 9:07 left and stopped Central Michigan three times at their end of the field to secure the frontdoor cover. Purdue put up 583 yards of offense and the score could have been much worse but it committed five turnovers which led to 14 points and killed two other scoring drives.

Virginia 22 NORTH CAROLINA 20

Virginia scored first and never relinquished the lead although a 16-0 lead was almost lost as North Carolina scored a touchdown with 1:57 left but failed on the two-point conversion. The Tar Heels finished -3 in turnovers and all three of those miscues occurred in Virginia territory. The Cavaliers, despite getting outgained 399-350 won the time of possession by over 18 more minutes and covered the game from start to finish.

MICHIGAN STATE 17 Pittsburgh 13

It was a frustrating day for Michigan St. backers as the Spartans missed on several scoring opportunities. They had five possessions that ended in Pittsburgh territory but resulted in no points. All three of the Spartans scores came by way of Panthers turnovers. Pittsburgh finished with only 85 yards through the air and the 11 points it was getting was never covered by the Spartans. The teams combined for 21 penalties.

INDIANA 41 Akron 24

Indiana outgained the Zips 475-370 but needed two late touchdowns to pull away including the final score with 2:43 remaining that gave the Hoosiers the frontdoor cover. Indiana finished with 338 yards rushing on 49 carries (6.9 ypc) and it crossed over into Akron territory in 11 of its 12 possessions. The Zips had a chance to backdoor but was intercepted at the Indiana 26-yard line with 21 seconds remaining.

Cincinnati 47 MIAMI-OHIO 10

There was no letdown for Cincinnati as the defense was the story once again. The Bearcats forced four turnovers, a turnover on downs and scored on a safety. Miami Ohio fumbled on its first play of the game and Cincinnati responded with a touchdown 10 plays later and the safety six minutes after that gave the Bearcats the cover they never gave back. The RedHawks finished with only 56 yards rushing on 24 carries (2.3 ypc.).

CONNECTICUT 22 Temple 17

This game was closer than expected as the 31.5 points never came into play. Connecticut never led by more than a touchdown while Temple took a one-point lead late in the 3rd quarter. The Huskies responded with a touchdown drive to regain the lead and then the defense tightened the rest of the way. The Owls put together a 61-yard drive but failed on a 4th down attempt with 40 seconds left at the Huskies 11-yard line.

Illinois 41 SYRACUSE 20

Illinois outgained the Orange 508-226 as it jumped out to a 17-0 lead before Syracuse tried to make a comeback. The Orange pulled to within 10 points midway through the third quarter and were covering by a point but Illinois then ran off the next 21 points to pull away. Syracuse’s last two scores came late in the 4th quarter. Illinois won the rushing battle by a whopping 378 to 63, gaining 7.4 ypc compared to the Orange’s 1.9 ypc.

Mississippi State 19 AUBURN 14

Auburn was upset as home for the second straight week as Mississippi St. didn’t even need the 13 points it was getting. The Tigers outgained the Bulldogs 323-213 as the defense played outstanding but the offense turned it over five times which led to 16 Mississippi St. points. The Bulldogs used an interception late to set up the winning drive. Auburn drove to the Bulldogs 12-yard line but failed on 4th down with 48 seconds left.

FLORIDA ATLANTIC 42 Minnesota 39

Florida Atlantic piled up 580 yards of offense and never trailed in this game as it easily picked up the start to finish underdog cover. The Gophers hurt themselves with seven turnovers which led to three Owls touchdowns. Five of those miscues occurred in Florida Atlantic territory including a fumble at the one-yard line. Minnesota had a last chance drive to tie but an interception with three seconds left ended the game.

IOWA STATE 15 Iowa 13

Iowa St. scored on its first four possessions of the game but all four scores were field goals. The Hawkeyes then rallied in the second half to take a one-point lead with 3:38 remaining but Iowa St. drove 56 yards on the next possession to kick the game winning field goal with one second remaining. A missed field goal by Iowa midway through the 4th quarter ended up costly. The 17.5 points the Cyclones received never came into play.

(17) VIRGINIA TECH 28 Ohio U 7

Ohio jumped out to a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter thanks to a fumble recovery but the offense could get nothing going. The Bobcats finished with 114 total yards including 38 yards rushing on 36 carries (1.1 ypc). Virginia Tech tallied 473 yards of offense but couldn’t muster enough points to cover the 22.5 points. The Hokies had four different drives that netted 43 or more yards but resulted in no points.

(25) MISSOURI 52 Western Michigan 24

Missouri racked up 619 yards of offense but the Broncos wouldn’t go away as they pulled to within 14 points early in the 4th quarter. The Tigers then scored on offense and stopped Western Michigan at the six-yard line then drove 94 yards to pull away and grab the cover. The Broncos were just 3 for 17 on third down and failed on two of four possessions inside the redzone.

Texas Tech 59 RICE 24

Texas Tech outgained the Owls 592-311 but Rice was still in the game early on as it pulled to within four points midway through the 2nd quarter. The Red Raiders then ran off the next 35 points to complete the rout and get the road cover. Texas Tech pulled away easily despite piling up 16 penalties for 183 yards. Rice had only one less first down but seven of those 25 came by way of penalty.

(4) OKLAHOMA 54 Utah State 3

Oklahoma dominated the Aggies by outgaining them in total yards 617-183 including putting up 343 rushing yards on 39 carries (8.8 ypc). The Sooners scored on nine of their first 11 possessions while the defense allowed only one drive of more than 22 yards. Utah St. had one last shot as it got down to the Oklahoma 36-yard line but fumbled which prevented a backdoor cover as the Sooners covered the 47.5-point line.

(7) Texas 35 U-C-F 32

Texas was involved in its third straight tough game as it had to rally from a 4th quarter deficit to pull out the win. The Longhorns outgained the Golden Knights 488-326 but three turnovers led to 14 points. Texas took a five-point lead, recovered a fumble three plays later and scored a touchdown on its next offensive play to ice the game. A 13-point lead in the 3rd quarter was as close as Texas came to covering the 17-point line.

(8) Ohio State 33 WASHINGTON 14

Washington held the Ohio St. offense in check for the first half as it took a four-point lead into the break but the Buckeyes came out in the second half by scoring the first 24 points to pull away. Ohio St. easily covered the number thanks to 263 yards rushing on 46 carries (5.7 ypc) while the defense forced four Huskies turnovers. Washington finished just 1-3 inside the redzone.

(3) FLORIDA 59 Tennessee 20

Florida outgained the Volunteers 554-298 but the outcome was still undecided midway through the third quarter after Tennessee returned an interception 96 yards to pull within eight points. However, it was all Gators the rest of the way as they scored the final 31 points and outgained Tennessee 267-62 over that stretch while also returning a fumble for a touchdown. The Volunteers finished with only 37 yards rushing on 21 carries (1.8 ypc).

MIAMI-FLORIDA 23 Florida International 9

This was a big sandwich game for the Hurricanes coming off Oklahoma and with Texas A&M on deck but the defense played its part holding the Golden Panthers to 134 total yards and three points through the first three quarters but failing to cover the 32-point line. The offense stalled several times however, missing a chip shot field goal and throwing interceptions at the Florida International 22-yard line and 15-yard line.

WAKE FOREST 21 Army 10

Wake Forest pulled out the victory despite getting outgained 256-213. The Demon Deacons scored only one offensive touchdown as the other two scores came on a punt return in the first quarter and an interception return in the second quarter. Army committed two turnovers in Wake forest territory but its one touchdown was enough to cover the 20-point line.

MICHIGAN 38 Notre Dame 0

Notre Dame was held in check on offense for the third straight game as it gained only 79 total yards and crossed midfield just twice the entire game. 21 of Michigan’s first 24 points came off three Irish turnovers as it built 24-0 lead early in the second quarter and never looked back, easily covering the 9.5-point line. Michigan rushed for 289 yards but did mange only 90 yards through the air thanks to a 61-16 rush/pass play disparity.

UTAH 44 U-C-L-A 6

Utah scored a touchdown on its opening possession and then scored the final 37 points of the game to complete the rout. Despite the 38-point win, the Utes outgained UCLA by just 13 total yards but the Bruins were hurt by five turnovers, leading to 24 Utah points. The Utes managed only 168 total yards in the second half but scored 30 points and covered the spread by a whopping 53 points.

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Arkansas' Mitchell suspended for Kentucky game
September 17, 2007

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -Arkansas defensive tackle Ernest Mitchell has been suspended by coach Houston Nutt for Saturday night's game against No. 21 Kentucky.
Mitchell was ejected from last weekend's loss at Alabama after apparently grabbing an opponent's helmet and hitting him with it. Nutt said he spoke with Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive on Monday.

``I visited with Commissioner Slive this morning and told him that while the NCAA policy only mandates the suspension of the player for a half in the following game, I felt that a full-game suspension was appropriate in this circumstance,'' Nutt said. ``Ernest got caught up in the heat of the moment and made a poor decision. I'm extremely disappointed in his reaction to the situation. There is no excuse for that type of behavior.''

Arkansas is trying to bounce back from a 41-38 loss to the Crimson Tide. Nutt mentioned Fred Bledsoe as a candidate to step into Mitchell's spot.

Mitchell is the second defensive lineman suspended by Nutt this season - Marcus Harrison missed the season-opening win over Troy after being arrested shortly before that game on drug charges.

Arkansas also is shaking up its secondary after Alabama's John Parker Wilson threw for 327 yards and four touchdowns against it. Safety Michael Grant will move to Jerell Norton's cornerback spot.

``He's probably one of the fastest guys on our team, and we just think it'll help our defense,'' Nutt said of Grant. ``We'll put him in a position to be able to make more plays instead of playing center field.''

Kevin Woods appears set to replace Grant at safety.

Nutt said Marcus Monk, the school's career leader in touchdown catches, is unlikely to play this week. He's been out since preseason with a knee injury.

``He's getting closer,'' Nutt said. ``Nobody knows the exact date. It would be a long shot for him to play this weekend. We're hoping next week or the week after.''

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3 Texas players reinstated for Rice game
September 17, 2007

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -Three Texas football players suspended for the first three games have been reinstated and should be available to play Saturday against Rice, coach Mack Brown said Monday.

Sophomore linebacker Sergio Kindle and junior defensive end Henry Melton were suspended for three games at the start of training camp after summer drunken driving arrests. Wide receiver Billy Pittman was suspended for three games after the school determined he received improper benefits for the use of a friend's car.

``(Kindle and Melton) are great players. I think they can be very effective,'' cornerback Brandon Foster said.

Pittman has 69 catches for 1,206 yards and nine touchdowns over the last two seasons.

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Gamecocks' DL Pepper done for season
September 17, 2007

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina defensive lineman Nathan Pepper will have surgery on his injured left knee and miss the rest of the season, coach Steve Spurrier said.

Pepper hurt his knee on a 19-yard interception return for a touchdown in Saturday's 38-3 win over South Carolina State.

Pepper, a junior, could get a medical redshirt so he wouldn't lose a season of eligibility, Spurrier said after practice Monday.

Pepper had five tackles and has started all three games for No. 12 South Carolina this season. The Gamecocks travel to No. 2 LSU on Saturday.

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Rutgers RB Kordell Young to miss rest of season
September 17, 2007

Associated Press

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Rutgers backup running back Kordell Young will miss the remainder of the season after injuring his left knee in Saturday's 59-0 win over Norfolk State, the Rutgers athletic department announced Monday.

Young will undergo surgery Tuesday, the school said.

Young, a sophomore from West Deptford, was second on the depth chart at running back behind Ray Rice and rushed for 58 yards on 18 carries this season. He also averaged 32 yards on three kickoff returns.

No. 11 Rutgers has an open date this weekend and returns to action against Maryland on Sept. 29.

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UF's Anderson probably out at Ole Miss
September 17, 2007

Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- No. 3 Florida probably will be without cornerback Markihe Anderson at Mississippi on Saturday.

Anderson re-injured his right knee in the Gators' 59-20 victory against Tennessee. Anderson missed the opener and played sparingly in the second game with a sprained medial collateral ligament. He injured his posterior cruciate ligament early against the Volunteers and did not return.

"That's a rare injury, but you can play with it," coach Urban Meyer said Monday, adding that Anderson probably won't play in Florida's first road game.

Guard Maurkice Pouncey and receiver Riley Cooper also sustained injuries against Tennessee. Pouncey sprained his right ankle and Cooper sprained his left ankle. Both sat out practice Monday and were listed as day-to-day.

Defensive tackle Brandon Antwine missed the game with a hyper-extended elbow, but should be fine this week.

Meyer also said receiver Andre Caldwell (knee) and safety Bryan Thomas (knee) would not play at Ole Miss, but could return the following week against Auburn.

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Injury makes Choice a question mark
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Fresh off getting dominated in their ACC opener Saturday night, Georgia Tech's Yellow Jackets got more bad news on Sunday.

Defending ACC rushing champion Tashard Choice is questionable for Tech's first intra-divisional game Saturday at Virginia, coach Chan Gailey said.

Choice strained a hamstring late in the third quarter of Tech's 24-10 loss to Boston College.

He was having a rough night even before he got hurt. The Eagles held him to 31 yards rushing, his lowest total as a starter, and he averaged barely more than 2 yards per carry. That was one of many eye-popping statistics on a night when Boston College's Matt Ryan passed for 435 yards and the Eagles almost doubled the Yellow Jackets in total offense.

The loss dropped the Jackets (2-1, 0-1 ACC) from No. 15 to unranked and lifted the Eagles (3-0, 3-0) from No. 21 to No. 14. The one thing Boston College apparently didn't conquer was Taylor Bennett's sense of confidence.

The two teams will meet again in the ACC championship game, Tech's quarterback said shortly after midnight Saturday. And he all but called Boston College's victory a fluke.

"They got lucky one night," Bennett said. "We played our worst game on that same night."

Bennett rejected the 3 hours, 44 minutes of blocking and tackling and throwing and catching that had just taken place and held on to the impressions created through a month and a half of practice and the season's first two games.

"That's not us in the rushing game," Bennett said of Tech's 63 yards on 28 carries. "We just could not run the ball very well, didn't pass it very well. Things were not going our way."

Redshirt freshman receiver Demaryius Thomas saw a couple of reasons for that. One was Boston College's choice of pass coverages. The other?

"We're going to have to do a better job with play-calling," Thomas said.

"I'll have to talk with him about that," Gailey said on Sunday.

For the record, Gailey didn't place the blame on new offensive coordinator John Bond.

"No, I don't think we lost the game because of play-calling," Gailey said.

The play-calling, the offense and the defense looked fabulous in the 33-3 victory at Notre Dame and the 69-14 romp over Samford. Things went so well in so many areas during Tech's first two games they might have provided a false sense of the team's overall strength. But Gailey rejected the idea that overconfidence hurt the Jackets on Saturday night. He instead gave the credit to Boston College.

Aside from Choice, Tech's injury news was positive. Cornerback Jahi Word-Daniels is listed as probable after leaving the Boston College game because, a Tech spokesman said, he was feeling unwell. Strong safety Joe Gaston (hamstring) and special teams player Osahon Tongo (unknown injury) are expected back this week, Gailey said.

Tech still controls its destiny in the ACC race because the loss came outside of the Coastal Division. But its margins have tightened. It has taken a 7-1 conference record to win the Coastal in both years since the ACC adopted divisional play.

So Gailey stopped short of echoing Bennett's assertion Georgia Tech will play Boston College again in the ACC title game.

"I'm glad he's got confidence in what he believes," Gailey said. "You don't know that. You hope that."

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Purdue RB Taylor likely out for season
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue running back Jaycen Taylor is likely out for the season with a broken left arm, Purdue coach Joe Tiller said after Saturday's 45-22 win over Central Michigan.

"I don't expect him back this year," Tiller said.

Taylor, a junior, left Saturday's game for good after a 5-yard run late in the first quarter. Tiller said Taylor will have surgery on Monday, and he'll be eligible for a medical redshirt.

Tiller said Taylor, who won the starting job from incumbent Kory Sheets in the spring, is much more than a ball carrier.

"He's a heck of a player and really an inspiration to our guys," Tiller said. "We're probably going to miss him more for what he brings to the team from an intangibles standpoint."

Tiller said Taylor's approach to the game is rare.

"He's got a great personality," Tiller said. "He's an unselfish guy. There's a lot of guys that if they were in a role that they were sharing the duties as a tailback, they wouldn't be a happy guy. He's really positive and upbeat."

Sheets said he couldn't immediately tell what happened when he saw Taylor run off the field. Sheets scored on a 7-yard run after replacing Taylor, then went looking for his teammate.

"I thought it was his shoulder, but I looked at his arm, and it was ugly," Sheets said.
Sheets said Taylor didn't seem fazed by the injury.

"He was like, 'It didn't even hurt. I just looked down, and my wrist was pointing back at me,"' Sheets said.

Taylor, a junior college transfer, entered last season expecting to have to work his way into the rotation because Sheets ran for 571 yards and 10 touchdowns as a freshman.

Taylor learned quickly. In the fourth game of the season, he ran for 90 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries against Minnesota and caught two passes for 20 yards and another score.

Tiller played him regularly the rest of that season. Taylor finished the season with 677 rushing yards and four touchdowns, while Sheets ran for 780 yards and 11 scores.

Tiller promoted Taylor in the spring, saying Sheets needed to mature. Sheets obliged, but Taylor still held onto his spot. All along, Taylor and Sheets said their competition was friendly and good for the team.

"It helps us a lot," Sheets said last month. "It motivates us to do better. We both want to play, and if one of us wants to play more than the other, we're going to have to outwork each other, and that's always good."

Sheets showed he might be ready to carry the load with career highs of 21 carries and 144 yards against Central Michigan.

Quarterback Curtis Painter said the team will miss Taylor's contribution, but said freshman Dan Dierking has shown potential. Dierking has rushed for 115 yards on 18 carries this season.

"Hopefully, he can come in and be a nice threat for us," Painter said.

Tiller said he feels bad for Taylor, but he can't dwell on the injury.

"It gives someone else an opportunity to step up and be a player," he said. "That's life in college football."

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Texas player becomes 6th Longhorn arrested since June
September 18, 2007

AUSTIN (AP) -Texas freshman running back James Henry has been charged with two felony counts of obstruction and tampering with evidence, making him the sixth Longhorns player arrested since June.

Henry, who was arrested Monday, is accused of beating up one of the victims of a July home invasion that allegedly involved two other players, Andre Jones and Robert Joseph.

Henry was booked into Travis County Jail where his bail was set at $30,000. Under team policy, a felony charge means an automatic suspension. Athletic department spokesman John Bianco said coach Mack Brown was expected to issue a statement.

Henry has played in two games on special teams for the No. 7 Longhorns (3-0).

Austin police learned of Henry's involvement by listening to taped recordings of Joseph's phone calls from jail, said Det. Anthony Bigongiari.

During the investigation of the robbery, one of the victims told police that some of Joseph's friends had assaulted them. In one of the taped phone calls, Henry said he ``went over there and whupped'' one of the victims, throwing them on the ground and punching and kicking them in the head several times, Bigongiari said.

Henry, who did not participate in the robbery, was charged with tampering because police believe he disposed of a backpack containing items stolen in the home invasion, Bigongiari said.

Police also charged a third person, Eddie Ramirez, who is not a football player, with threatening the victims.

Henry's arrest is the latest trouble for a program reeling under a string of arrests. On Monday, Brown reinstated linebacker Sergio Kindle and defensive end Henry Melton, who had been suspended for the first three games because of drunken driving arrests over the summer.

Last week, senior safety Tyrell Gatewood was suspended indefinitely after his arrest on drug charges. Freshman defensive back Ben Wells, who was riding with Gatewood when he was pulled over, was given a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia and released.

Jones remains suspended from the team. Joseph had already left the team before his July arrest because of an earlier incident.

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News and Notes - Week 4 


N Illinois blew a 13-0 lead vs E Michigan but got a TD with 4:20 left. Unfortunately they missed the 2 pt conversion and trailed by 2. On their final drive they had a FD to the 21 called back on a hold and their 50 yd FG on the final play was blocked...

Georgia's D was better than the 16 points and 201 yards allowed to W Carolina. WC, trailing 45-9, drove 69/9pl for a garbage TD with 4:15 left and then after forcing a punt went on another 53/6pl drive including a 38 yd pass on the game's 2nd last play...

Virginia settled for 3 FG's in the 1H and only led 16-0 when NC took over with 2:22 left in the half and went 72/11pl for a TD. UVA opened the 3Q with a 17 play drive and had a1st & goal at the 8 but settled for another FG and later, after a 1st & goal at the 9 settled for a 5th FG and only led 22-14. NC took over with 3:30 left and went 85/8pl for a TD with 1:51 left but the 2 pt failed...

The 13 points scored in Notre Dame's first 3 games are the fewest since 1993 and it's the first time they've allowed 30+ points in 5 straight games ever...

Kansas caught Toledo off a key MAC game with a big home game vs a BCS foe on deck and was playing with revenge for the previous year's loss where they outplayed Toledo. The Jayhawks dominated with a 557-251 yd edge delivering a 3H Key Selection for us...

Alabama won their first game since 1991 in which they trailed in the 4Q...

While Clemson controlled the game vs Furman it is interesting to note the Paladins outgained CU 384-377 but Furman was SOD at the CU 46, fmbl'd at the CU 40, was int'd at its own 49, fmbl'd at the CU 26 and int'd at the CU 40 and 6 during the game...

Syracuse has not started the season 0-3 in 21 years but has been outscored 118-32 by 3 teams who were a combined 13-24 last year. Last week Illinois had 443 yards after 3Q's and led the game 41-10 before Syr got a garbage FG and TD, the latter with 1:01 left to make the final a "respectable" 41-20...

It was a tale of 2H's for the Alabama/Arkansas game. Bama dominated the 1H and appeared on their way to a blowout leading 21-0 after 1Q but Arkansas closed to 21-10 and it was 31-10 with 5:15 left in the 3Q. Bama was firmly in control but Arkansas scored TD's on their next 4 poss to stunningly take a 38-31 lead. The fans booed when Saban attempted a 42 yd FG with 4:20 left and made it but he looked like a genius when Caddell hauled in a 3 yd TD rec with :08 left and instead of tying the game, it gave them the win...

Last year Oregon outgained Pac-10 foes by 138 ypg, 50 yds better than USC and yet due to their 7-6 record, they came into the season unranked. If the Trojans were to lose it looks like the most likely scenario would be in Autzen Stadium vs the Ducks who routed Fresno St 52-21. The Ducks had 42 points at the half and put the offense away in the 2H...

It was an easy win for our 4H College Totals Club Play this past week when the Tenn/Fla game went Over the total on the first play of the 4Q (41-20). After leading 28-20 UF had a 79, 99, 53 (SOD), 66 and 29 (after int) yd drives for TD's to turn a close game into a blowout...

For the 3rd straight week Texas struggled vs a non-BCS foe and nearly loss but did escape with a 35-32 win. UCF was playing their first game in their brand-new home stadium and led UT 24-23 in the 4Q...

Ball St blocked a 32 yard FG by Navy on the last play of regulation and despite the Mids having a 585-539 yd edge, a Navy fmbl in OT saw them lose at home to the Cardinals...

Greg Schiano angered Norfolk St HC Pete Adrian when he called 3 time-outs at the end of the 1H attempting to get the ball back with a 45-0 lead. It was the first IA team that Norfolk St faced and Rutgers did rest most of their offensive starters for the majority of the 2H in a 59-0 route...

Wake Forest is a poor favorite, they get up as an underdog but in the favorites role they struggle and last week vs Army, they were actually outFD'd 13-11. Army also had a 256-213 yd edge but WF used a 55 yd PR TD and 84 yd IR TD for a 24-10 non-covering win...

Oklahoma led Utah St 54-3 after 3Q's piling up 598 yards offense but thankfully (we had the Under) put the offense away in the 4Q with just 19 yards on 4 poss in their 54-3 demolition of Utah St...

The Citadel's only loss in their previous 7 games was vs Appalachian St and they gave Wisconsin a battle. With the game tied at 21 at half, UW only finished with a 463-377 yd edge...

Ohio St tied their school record for consecutive wins during the regular season with 21 matching the mark they set in '67-'69. Washington was in OSU terr 6 times but were done in by 3 int's...

Kirk Ferentz is an outstanding coach that has done great things with Iowa but he's no Hayden Fry in terms of the Iowa/Iowa St rivalry. Fry used to smack his rival every year by 30+ points but Ferentz has actually lost 7 of the last 10 SU including this past week when as a heavy favorite vs a rebuilding St team, he lost once again in upset fashion 15-13...

Louisville got a TD with 13:15 left but missed the 2 pt conversion putting them up by just 1. UK just needed a FG for the win but suffered a pers foul and faced a1st & 21. They got a 57 yd TD pass with :28 left and UL's Hail Mary was deflected and caught but he was tackled short of the EZ...

It was a dominating performance for BC vs GT with a 527-267 yd edge and GT was never really in the game despite the 24-10 final...

Nebraska played host to a #1 team for the first time since 1978 but seemed to get USC angry after they took a 10-7 lead and the Trojans would score the game's next 5 TD's to take command, 42-10 after the 3Q. NU got a couple of garbage TD's late to make the final score appear respectable hitting TD's with 4:32 and :51 left...

Nevada QB Nick Graziano became the first Wolf Pack QB to have 5 TD passes in a game since David Neill did it in '98. It did come vs a IAA foe in Nicholls St...

Stanford renovated their stadium making it smaller and to give them a better crowd edge last year but had not won a game in the new stadium in its year it's been open. They did so in impressive fashion last week with a 37-0 win over nearby rival San Jose St with a 506-163 yd edge. The Cardinal led for just 2:30 combined in their first 6 games in the stadium but dominated throughout...

BYU rolled up 694 yards offense to Tulsa's 595 but had 2 fumbles and 2 int's which cost them in a 55-47 loss on the road...

Colt Brennan, despite playing on a sore right ankle, ran for 3 TD's vs UNLV and set an NCAA record by passing for more than 200 yards for a 29th straight game. Hawaii, after dropping 4 spots in the AP Top 25 demolished UNLV 49-14 completing a 2 game, 12 day road trip which they stayed on the mainland during the break...

Houston led Tulane 31-0 before TU averted the shutout with a FG mid 4Q then added a garbage TD with just :32 left...

Another IAA school won when McNeese St knocked off ULL 38-17. The game was the schools first meeting since 1986 and was played in front of 33,828, the 3rd largest ever at Cajun Field. It was tied at 17 in the 2Q but McNeese scored the game's last 3 TD's...

Kansas St WR Jordy Nelson set a single game school record with 15 rec for 209 yds vs outmanned Missouri St. MSU had avg'd 325 ypg rushing in their first 2 games but had just 69 vs K-St in the 61-10 loss. MSU is coached by Terry Allen who led his N Iowa team to a win at K-St in 1989 but was 0-5 vs K-St when he was the HC at Kansas...

NCSt snapped their 9 game losing streak (longest since 1959) beating IAA Wofford. After losing RB Toney Baker for the season to injury NFL caliber RB Andre Brown rushed for 143 yards and Wofford trailed 38-10 before getting a TD with 2:10 left.


The Virginia Tech/Ohio game should not have been that close as VT had 24-5 FD and 372-114 yd edges but they did need a TD with 6:13 for the backdoor win (newsletter)/push (phones). OU's only TD came after VT fmbl'd a punt on their 26 and then was hit with a pers foul after OU gained 7 yards on 3rd & 18. VT was int'd at the 3, SOD at the 27, punted from the OU 33 and ended the game at the OU 26 taking a knee...

Looking at the score of the Penn St/Buffalo game, it looks like a shootout with the final 45-24 but PSU actually led 31-3 in the 4Q and allowed their first defensive TD of the year with 11:55 left. There are in a big sandwich of Notre Dame and Michigan. PSU began to look ahead and allowed Buffalo 2 more 4Q TD's including one with :12 left completing a 74 yd garbage drive. Their D is far better than the 24 pts and 395 yards allowed as Buffalo had 199 of their yards in the final quarter...

Missouri did lead W Michigan 31-3 at the half but WM pulled within 38-24 with 10:50 left. MO drove 72/6pl for a TD with 8:12 left. WM went on a 7 play drive but on 4th & goal from the 6 their pass fell incomplete and MO went 94/14pl for a clinching TD with 1:28 left. WM got to the MO 39 but was int'd in the EZ...

While Texas A&M deserved to win big over ULM, at the half A&M only had a 237-210 yd edge with ULM being int'd at the 2 and 20 yd lines of the Aggies. At the end of the game, it was 41-14 when A&M would add 2 TD's in the final 5:32...

Leading N Carolina 16-7, Virginia nailed a FG but the refs ruled it no good. Al Groh challenged it and it was overturned giving them the FG which turned out crucial in their 2 point win...

It appeared Indiana would be on its way to a blowout win leading 10-0 mid-1Q vs Akron but the Zips brought in backup QB Carlton Jackson who hit 15 of 21 for 200 yards and he led 3 consecutive scoring drives. Akron rallied to pull within 27-24 with 9:36 left but Indy went 74/4pl for a TD with 6:25 left and after a punt went 70/5pl and got a 21 yd TD catch with 2:43 left to get the frontdoor cover. Akron got to the Indiana 26 where they were int'd with :21 left...

Ohio St/Washington was just 27-7 with 2:04. The OSU punt went 28 yards so UW took over at the 45. They converted on 4th& 14 for 25 yd pass to the 7 and then got a TD with :51 left to either make it a Totals push or put the game over. OSU rec'd the onside kick and on 3rd & 6 on the last play of the game handed off to Saine who broke some tackles and raced 37 yards for a TD and a very misleading 33-14 final...

Purdue was dominating C Michigan 38-0 early 3Q and appeared on their way to a huge blowout. CM then appeared to get the backdoor cover at 38-22 with 12:16 left but PU ret'd the KO 58 yds and drove 39/6pl for a TD to retake the spread. CM was SOD at the PU 6 and PU fmbl'd at the CM 39 on the game's only other possible scoring drives.


Temple, which was kicked out of the Big East when Connecticut was brought into the Big East in their place, always plays a big game vs Conn. The outmanned Owls, who were destroyed by Buffalo LW, basically beat UC this past week. UC got a TD early 4Q to take the 22-17 lead after trailing after 3. TU's final drive of the game got to the 11 yd line. A pass into the EZ was tipped and caught as the WR dragged his foot. It was originally ruled no TD but they reviewed it and amazingly the review also ruled no TD although clearly the foot drag in bounds and TU should have won the game 24-22.


Utah was 0-2, off a loss to Air Force and missing their starting QB, RB and top WR (all out due to injury). UCLA had just beaten BYU the week prior 27-17 at home and came in unbeaten and ranked. Utah left the field with a 44-6 win taking advantage of five UCLA turnovers. UCLA went without a TD for the first time since 2003 and were the highest ranked team Utah had beaten since 1994. Keep in mind, one of our favorite sections in Power Sweep is Misleading Finals and teams off of a beneficial misleading final generally struggle the next week. UCLA despite beating BYU by 10 was actually outgained in that game 435-236, perhaps a precursor of one of last week's big surprises.


Usually a coach does not blast his OC after a game but TCU's Gary Patterson said "We shouldn't gone went to the endzone. We should have run the football. Why we threw the football, I don't know. I don't call that side of the ball. We made a mistake." It was not just an int in the EZ with :49 left that cost TCU. They led 10-3 at the half and went on a 10 play drive but settled for a 20 yd FG and then AF got its 100th blocked kick since 1990 (5:25 3Q). On their next drive, TCU got to the AF 12 but was int'd at the 5 (2:09). TCU went on another drive for a TD and led comfortably 17-3 in the 4Q. TCU drove again, this time getting to the AF 28 but on 4th & 1 was SOD with 9:27 left. AF drove 72/6pl for a TD. Another huge play happened when AF, on 4th & 1 from its OWN 29, got a 71 yd TD run to tie. TCU had a FD at the AF 22 and had AF calling a time-out with :50 left. On the next play, Dalton threw into the EZ even though they were in FG range and it was int'd. TCU missed a FG in OT and AF got one to pull out the miracle win. Patterson suffered his first loss vs service academies dropping his record to 9-1.


Marshall did not start QB Bernard Morris and Brian Anderson hit just 7-15 for 58 yds in his place. New Hampshire came in ranked #12 in IAA ball and led 24-0 when Morris entered for the final 1H drive. He led them to 4 consecutive 2H TD drives. Morris' 5th and final drive ended at the NH 5 when they ran out of time and NH's spread offense scored a TD when Marshall trimmed it to 6 and won it by 13. Marshall had a 562-502 yd edge...

Michigan's Chad Henne missed the game vs Notre Dame and true frosh Ryan Mallett hit 7-15 for 90 yards. Turnovers greased the skids for the Irish as UM had TD drives in the 1H of 21, 38 and 48 yds all after TO's and led 24-0 and had a 219-11 yd edge at the half...

Michael Henig fractured his throwing hand and missed the rest of the game vs Auburn. Backups Josh Riddell and Wesley Carroll combined to hit just 4 of 15 passes for 25 yards but Miss St still managed a 44/10pl drive with a 5 yd run by Ducre' on 3rd & goal from the 5 giving them a 19-14 lead Auburn was forced to go for it on 4th & 9 and Cox's pass was incomplete with :52 left...

Navy was playing without defensive starters Clint Sovie and Jeff Deliz last week and it was part of the reason we used a 3H Over in the Ball St/Navy game. The two teams combined for 1,124 yards. At the end of the 3Q the score was tied at 21 with the teams both having 395 yards offense...

Ben Mauk, the starting QB for Cincinnati was a late scratch and Dustin Grutza proved to be a spark for the offense as a UC squad that totalled just 235 yards the previous week saw Grutza hit 25-35 for 290 yds and led them to 438 yards vs their rival Miami. Miami did have a fmbl, 3 int's and a blk'd punt go against them while UC did not turn the ball over...

Ryan Perrilloux got his first start for LSU but they still covered vs Middle Tenn with a 44-0 win. Perrilloux hit 20-25 for 298 yds and ran for another 37 and MTSU's offense, after scoring 32 pts vs L'ville, had just 9 FD's and 90 yards offense...

Cal LB Zack Follett and DL Matthew Malele were both inj'd vs LT last week so check on their status at

One of Oregon St's top offensive weapons was WR Sammie Stroughter who is also a dangerous KR/PR. Stroughter missed most of Aug and the first game of the season (pers reason) and saw some action vs Cincinnati but retuned in full force with 160 yds receiving...

Duke snapped the longest losing streak in the country (22). Ironically the NCAA's longest losing streak ever is held by Northwestern and the Cats lost this despite a 506-309 yard edge.


Heading into LW the SBC had exactly one win, and that was an inter-conf game. They were 0-fer in non-conf play until Troy dominated Oklahoma St 41-23 in a game they led 41-10 on Friday night. On Saturday, Florida Atlantic dominated Minnesota more than the final 42-39 score indicates. At the half FAU had a 395-116 yd edge but thanks to a 91 yard KR TD and another long KR, UM "only" trailed 35-14. FAU led 42-24 with 11:32 left before UM got a couple of late TD's.


There were a couple of strange coaching moves in the Oklahoma St/Troy game. Troy was in control 20-3 when they faked a punt from their own 19 setting up OSU for a TD. It did not hurt them. The strangest move of the game came from OSU HC Gundy. At the start of the year OSU was anointing the triplets on offense including QB Bobby Reid. Gundy, however, benched Reid for the game and brought in Zac Robinson. Robinson obviously struggled with some passes but Gundy stuck with him the entire game, even though he hit just 18-37 for 191 and OSU trailed 41-10. Reid is a pretty good QB and you have to wonder why he wasn't at least given a chance in a blowout loss.

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