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People will forget what the hell he did. That's just the nature of the beast."
So let us recall Bruce's last shining moment. Trailing 13-0 in the second quarter, the Buckeyes fought back to score three straight touchdowns, and at the end of the third, the score was 20-20. Quarterback Tom Tupa drove Ohio State 77 yards on 15 plays to set up the decisive play, a 26-yard field goal by Matt Frantz with 5:18 left. It was Frantz whose miss from 45 yards out against Michigan a year ago cost the Buckeyes a 26-24 loss. Last week Frantz carried a message from Jennings to the Ohio State defense: "Just tell them that I'll be across the line of scrimmage on Saturday," the president said to the kicker. "That should fire them up." It apparently did.
Meet Charlie Richard the Lionhearted. Richard, 46, the coach at Baker University in Baldwin, Kans., suffered a heart attack on Nov. 7 during the Wildcats' next-to-last regular season game, a 26-14 win over Graceland College of Lamoni, Iowa. Approximately 48 hours later he was undergoing quadruple bypass surgery at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City. Richard was released on Nov. 17 and made his first public appearance at a press conference two days later. He was determined to be involved in Baker's NAIA Division II playoff opener against Dana College of Blair, Neb.
So on Saturday Richard took a seat in the press box at Kansas University's Memorial Stadium. He called every offensive play via phone; when the Baker defense was on the field, he paced and tried to relax. After every other series, a school nurse checked his vital signs. In the event that Richard's pulse rate reached 120, four sidelined Wildcat players and Richard's two brothers were standing by to carry him to an ambulance parked downstairs, which would then have whisked him to Lawrence to catch a helicopter to Kansas City.
In the middle of the second quarter, with Baker trailing 14-7, Richard called a wrong formation, and the Wildcats had to settle for a 42-yard field goal into the wind. The coach slammed the table, and his pulse rate shot up to 104. But when the Wildcats finally sealed their 37-35 win, Richard's pulse settled. He expects to be in the press box again this week for Baker's game against Tarleton State of Stephenville, Texas.
Oh, by the way, Richard was the unanimous choice last week for Coach of the Year in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.
The overshadowed flip side of South Carolina's run-and-shoot attack engineered by quarterback Todd Ellis is its run-and-stun defense. No. 9 Clemson battled the Gamecocks for every one of its 166 yards, 75 of them rushing, in a 20-7 loss. South Carolina entered the game rated second in both scoring defense (9.3 points per game) and in total defense (218.2 yards)....
LSU's wild 41-36 win over Tulane may have taken a heavy toll. Sophomore Harvey Williams ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns, but on his 19th carry he blew out his left knee making a sharp cut. Williams, who gained 1,001 yards rushing this year (6.4 per carry), may miss all of next season....