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Ivan Maisel
September 30, 2002
"We're going to take a big bite out of the MAC," Central Florida coach Mike Kruczek said at an alumni function in June, a reference to the Knights' entrance into the Mid-American Conference this season. "Our major concern is our out-of-conference opponents." Marshall coaches pasted copies of a newspaper clipping containing Kruczek's comments outside the Thundering Herd's locker room this summer. (Kruczek later claimed he was misquoted.) Last Friday night, Marshall showed Central Florida that the Herd still rules the MAC, beating the Knights 26-21 to drop them to 0-3....
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September 30, 2002

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"We're going to take a big bite out of the MAC," Central Florida coach Mike Kruczek said at an alumni function in June, a reference to the Knights' entrance into the Mid-American Conference this season. "Our major concern is our out-of-conference opponents." Marshall coaches pasted copies of a newspaper clipping containing Kruczek's comments outside the Thundering Herd's locker room this summer. (Kruczek later claimed he was misquoted.) Last Friday night, Marshall showed Central Florida that the Herd still rules the MAC, beating the Knights 26-21 to drop them to 0-3....

Illinois, 1-3 after a 38-35 loss at home to San Jose State, has an equal opportunity defense. Two weeks after allowing Southern Mississippi tailback Derrick Nix to rush for 201 yards in a 23-20 Golden Eagles victory, the Illini gave up 408 passing yards to the Spartans. "We can still finish 9-3, win the Big Ten championship and go to the Rose Bowl," Illinois linebacker Joe Bevis said. Unless the Illini defense improves dramatically, that's highly unlikely....

Penn State coach Joe Paterno suspended cornerback Richard Gardner and punter David Royer for the first half of the Louisiana Tech game because they were late for a team bus last Friday night. However, after Bulldogs quarterback Luke McCown completed a 59-yard pass against Gardner's replacement, Alan Zemaitis, in the first 10 minutes, Nittany Lions defensive coordinator Tom Bradley put Gardner into the game, unbeknownst to Paterno. "I looked in, and I saw number 25 [Gardner] in there," Paterno said. "I was about to chew out Bradley, but he had his hands full at that time." Gardner went on to break up two key passes, saving potential touchdowns, and Penn State won easily, 49-17.

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