Though the homegrown cast has changed from year to year, Tressel's teams have a continuing reputation for being able to withstand adversity. In 1991 the underdog Penguins used a 19-point fourth quarter to beat Marshall 25-17 and win the championship. And on Saturday, after North Alabama tied the score at 14 early in the fourth quarter, Youngstown controlled the final 12 minutes by grinding out a drive that ended with a field goal and clinched the win with a defensive stand.
"There are tough people in this city and we represent them by playing tough football," says Sammarone. "The people of Youngstown don't give up. Neither do we."
On the Shelf
When Cal quarterback Dave Ban broke his collarbone in the second quarter of the Bears' 26-7 win over UCLA last week, it likely put him out for the rest of the regular season. But you can be sure he'll remain involved in the game, both on the sidelines and in the bookstores.
Bookstores? Barr is a voracious reader, especially of sports nonfiction. In fact, he has provided us with the following list of five must-reads:
1) Bootlegger's Boy, by Barry Switzer with Bud Shrake. "My favorite. It's stuffed with fascinating stories about Switzer and his days at Oklahoma."
2) Goat Brothers, by Larry Colton. "It's the story of five Cal fraternity brothers and takes them from their wild college days of the '60s to the present."
3) Bleeding Orange, a history of Texas football by John Maher and Kirk Bohls. "You can't help but be a Long-horn fan after reading this."
4) Joe: His Fight for Life, by Lena Roth. "Lena's son Joe was an All-America quarterback at Cal in 1976 who died of cancer shortly after his senior year. I couldn't put this down."
5) Audibles, by Joe Montana and Bob Raissman. " Montana was my hero growing up in the Bay Area. Like me, he started out as a fifth-string college quarterback."