Just Like They Drew It Up
When junior quarterback Mike Moschetti sprained his right ankle in the third quarter of last Saturday's game against Baylor, Colorado coach Rick Neuheisel turned to sophomore Adam Bledsoe, who henceforth will be known for more than being Drew's little brother. With the Buffaloes facing third-and-10 from their own 20 and trailing 16-15 with fewer than six minutes to play, Bledsoe completed a 44-yard pass to Darrin Chiaverini. Eight plays later, Jeremy Aldrich made a 31-yard field goal, and Colorado survived, 18-16. "It was nerve-racking," Bledsoe said of his sudden call to duty, "but that's where the fun is."
Bowdenism of the Week
The Truth about Cats and Dogs
Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, comparing the canine qualities of his defense—which held USC to 23 passing yards and forced five turnovers—to his feline offense: "The defense had a job to do and just did it. Didn't have to coax 'em. Didn't have to beg 'em. Just said, 'Sic 'em.' With the offense, it's, 'Please block that guy. Please catch the ball.' They're like that stinkin' cat. He just sits there, looks at you, scratches his ear. Ever tell a cat to sic 'em? He doesn't do a dang thing but sit there."
The Vultures Are Circling
After Mississippi State shut out South Carolina 38-0 and Wake Forest beat Clemson 29-19 last week, the death watches began at South Carolina's two premier programs. The coaching jobs of the Gamecocks' Brad Scott and the Tigers' Tommy West, both of whose teams are 1-3, are in jeopardy....
After blowing a 26-point lead, Division I-AA Bethune-Cookman improved to 3-0 for the first time in 20 years with a 63-57 victory over Virginia State. The eight-overtime game was the longest in NCAA history. Quarterback Pa'tell Troutman, who had been benched in the third quarter, ended the four-hour, 50-minute marathon with a 26-yard run....
At least one former Prairie View player was not celebrating the team's 14-12 victory over Langston, which snapped the Panthers' record 80-game losing streak. "I transferred from Prairie View to come here," said Langston defensive back Deveren Byerly. "I feel terrible."