That's funny to the fans. But for ducks and geese on the Pacific Flyway, the resemblance of the stadium surface to a lake has had unfortunate consequences. Two geese attempted to take the plunge into Lake Boise even as the new turf was being installed. The school's facilities director, Randy Mayo, says, "Some people insist that several dead ducks were seen on it," though he won't actually confirm that fouled-up waterfowl have really met their maker at midfield.
So why the blue carpet? Well, one of Boise's colors is blue. (The other is orange; the Broncos had to switch to orange jerseys at home because their blue ones didn't show up against the turf.) Boise State's synthetic track is also royal blue. Furthermore, Mayo says, "Any publicity we get, without making a complete joke of it, would be good for the school." Tell it to the ducks.
Alabama's 22-10 upset of previously unbeaten, but once-tied, LSU preserved two unusual streaks: The home team hasn't won in the series since 1980, when the Tide beat the Fighting Tigers 28-7 in Tuscaloosa, and 'Bama hasn't lost in Baton Rouge since '69.... Some big records were set in games between smaller schools. Howard University's Harvey Reed scored three touchdowns in a 54-7 win over Morehouse College of Atlanta to give him 43 touchdowns for his career, a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference record. James Ashley caught his NAIA record-tying 20th touchdown pass of the season for Southwest State of Minnesota. And Tom Zenner scored his 29th touchdown of the year for Normandale ( Minnesota) Community College. In two seasons he has 50 touchdowns, which is a national junior college record.
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