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Ivan Maisel
September 30, 2002
Rocky ToppedWhile Tennessee fumbled and stumbled in the rain, Florida swamped its SEC rival and revived Gator Nation
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September 30, 2002

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Hollings, an option quarterback at Twiggs County (Ga.) High, moved to safety as a freshman at Tech to "get on the field faster" and ended up playing in 29 games over the next two seasons. When coach Chan Gailey replaced George O'Leary last winter, Gailey told the players he wanted them to play where they were most comfortable. Hollings moved to the offensive backfield. He stunned coaches by running a 4.39 40 but struggled with fumbling throughout spring practice. Hollings corrected the problem by carrying a ball wherever he went on campus. Sure enough, he didn't fumble in 92 carries this season.

K-State's USC Win
More Filling than Cream Puffs

During the week preceding Kansas State's game against No. 11 Southern Cal, Wildcats coach Bill Snyder, who has a reputation for scheduling soft nonconference opponents, was asked what made him decide to play the Trojans. "Somebody caught me in a weak moment," he said.

Kansas State's performance on Saturday was anything but weak. The Wildcats rolled up 347 yards of total offense and beat USC 27-20 for their first-ever home victory over a ranked non-conference opponent. ( K-State hadn't played such a team in Manhattan since 1988.) Though Kansas State entered the game 3-0, having outscored Western Kentucky, Louisiana-Monroe and Eastern Illinois 179-16, nobody knew how good the Wildcats were. Snyder has never taken seriously the criticism he receives for K-State's weak nonconference schedule, but the lack of big-game experience seemed to catch up with senior quarterback Marc Dunn, who had thrown only 20 passes in the first three games, in part because those games had so quickly gotten out of hand. Dunn completed three of seven passes on Kansas State's first four drives, which netted only 43 yards. Snyder replaced Dunn with sophomore Ell Roberson, last year's starter, and he completed 10 of 15 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown and rushed 23 times for 70 yards and a score.

That the Trojans came into the game 2-0 and fresh off a 40-3 thrashing of Colorado made the Wildcats' victory especially satisfying. Said junior guard Nick Leckey afterward, "We wanted to prove to USC that we weren't just playing these pansy teams. We can hang with good teams."

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