The quarterback shuttle, which worked in Florida's 32-29 upset of Florida State last November, will go down as one of Spurrier's most radical coaching experiments. Does his abandonment of the dual system mean he believes it failed? No. "If you look at it statistically, both guys have played well," Spurrier said. Johnson and Palmer have a combined 175.2 pass efficiency rating, which would rank fourth in the nation. Here's another stat to look at, though: In addition to the three turnovers, the Gators made three other trips inside the red zone and failed to score a touchdown. Their lone six-pointer came on a 32-yard pass from Palmer to Travis McGriff.
Coaches Who Care
? After Ohio State's Michael Wiley scored a touchdown with 23 seconds left in the first half of a 28-9 win over Penn State, Buckeyes quarterbacks coach Tim Salem, in his excitement, shattered the window in the coaches' box, sending shards of glass spraying onto reporters in the press box below. No one was seriously injured.
? Miami coach Butch Davis was so distraught when the Hurricanes led woeful Rutgers only 13-3 at the half that he put his fist through a blackboard in the locker room. Miami outscored the Scarlet Knights 40-14 in the second half to win 53-17. Said Davis of his display, "I think we had a good meeting."
What's Good For McGwire....
Two players at I-AA Nicholls State, who were ruled ineligible for a year by the NCAA after they tested positive for androstenedione in August, have filed suit against their school in state district court in Louisiana. The players claim that neither they nor officials at Nicholls State knew the substance was banned.... The last time neither Auburn (1-3) nor Alabama (2-2) finished with a winning record was 1951.