If that kid scored, I would have had to transfer.
—Notre Dame defensive back Deke Cooper, after his man, Navy slotback Pat McGrew, caught a last-second Hail Mary pass and reached the Irish one-yard line before being pushed out of bounds by Allen Rossum. The tackle preserved Notre Dame's 21-17 victory on Nov. 1.
I feel just like George Foreman. He's too old, hut he's still knocking them out.
—Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, when he turned 68 on Nov. 8. Bowden would soon have more in common with the 48-year-old boxer: Both would lose on Nov. 22, the Seminoles to archrival Florida 32-29 and Foreman to unheralded Shannon Briggs.
This LSU game is a tough ticket. You can't give it away.
—Unnamed Alabama season-ticket holder in the days leading up to the Tide's 27-0 home loss to the Tigers on Nov. 8.
We used to have charity drives where we would ask fans to bring cans of food or stuffed animals to the game. People would drop their stuff off then leave.
—New Mexico sports information director Greg Remington, on the bad old days in Albuquerque. This year fans stuck around. The 9-2 Lobos set a school attendance record of 37,156 against Rice on Oct. 18.
While rosters turn over every five years, the sport's icons provide reassuring permanence. Yet they, too, eventually pass on. The most noted departure in '97 was Eddie Robinson's retirement after 57 seasons and 408 wins at Grambling. The most symbolic was the death of John Bishop, founder of Tuscaloosa's Dreamland Barbeque, a pilgrimage site for Alabama fans. Bishop died on Oct. 17; the Tide then lost three straight at Bryant-Denny Stadium, where it was 0-4 for the year.