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August 25, 1997 | Volume 87, Issue 8

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August 25, 1997 | Paul Gutierrez
The similarities are remarkable. Both have cannons for arms, both excelled at football and baseball at Stanford. Both are unusually big for quarterbacks. But while John Elway has gone on to a Hall...

August 25, 1997 | Paul Gutierrez
25Years since the Cardinal's last Rose Bowl appearance, a 13-12 victory over Michigan in 1972.

August 25, 1997 | Paul Gutierrez
OCT. 4 VS. NOTRE DAMEIrish quarterback Ron Powlus will test an inexperienced Stanford secondary.

August 25, 1997 | Robbi Pickeral
A sense of urgency pervades the Tigers' practices these days. "It's not because of what the media likes to print about coach [Terry] Bowden—you know, if he doesn't do it this year, he might be...

August 25, 1997 | Robbi Pickeral
27-3The Tigers record under coach Terry Bowden when they score first.

August 25, 1997 | Robbi Pickeral
OCT. 18 VS. FLORIDAThe Tigers gave up an average of 50 points in their '95 and '96 losses to the Gators.

August 25, 1997
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August 25, 1997
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August 25, 1997 | Ivan Maisel
Quarterback Brian Ah Yat is the latest in a long line of Hawaiians who have helped turn Montana into a power

August 25, 1997 | Michael Bamberger
Nine years after his Super Bowl heroics, Doug Williams tries to bring football respectability to Morehouse College

August 25, 1997 | David Fleming
At Mount Union, home to the best team of the '90s, no player gets cut, and the star quarterback does the laundry

August 25, 1997 | Ivan Maisel
Teams need not fear using a rookie quarterback, Can an ad campaign hook young fans?, Colorado's Nike deal

August 25, 1997 | Ivan Maisel
A lot of guys would replay in their minds a botched play that cost their team the national championship. But not Arizona State sophomore cornerback Courtney Jackson. Eight months after just such a...

August 25, 1997
•OKLAHOMA AT NORTHWESTERN, AUG. 23Don't expect the Pigskin Classic to live up to its billing. The Sooners, 3-8 a year ago, agreed to play in this game to give their success-starved players a "bowl...

August 25, 1997 | Seth Davis
NOVEMBER 24, 1958

August 25, 1997 | S.L. Price
Randy Moss, the most gifted player in college football, is leading the revival of a Marshall program still haunted by a devastating 1970 plane crash. But Moss cares little about the Thundering...

August 25, 1997 | John Walters
Sunday 8/24COLLEGE FOOTBALLSyracuse vs. WisconsinKickoff Classic aficionados will recall that the last time this game had a Big East versus Big Ten matchup—Boston College met Ohio State in...

August 25, 1997 | John Walters
Omit the name of Atlanta Brave Greg Maddux from the list of those in favor of Fox's innovative Catcher-Cam. During last Saturday's game against the Cardinals in St. Louis, Maddux, concerned that...

August 25, 1997 | Gary Smith
Grief-stricken coach John Chaney leads Temple through a succession of tragedies

August 25, 1997 | Edited by Richard O'Brien and Kostya Kennedy

August 25, 1997 | Edited by Richard O'Brien and Kostya Kennedy
3Victories by the New York Jets in the three exhibition games the team has played under coach Bill Parcells.

August 25, 1997 | Edited by Richard O'Brien and Kostya Kennedy
The Chicago Blackhawks' Steve Smith retired last week after 13 seasons as a top-flight defenseman. A former All-Star with three Stanley Cup rings, Smith nevertheless will always be defined by one...

August 25, 1997 | Edited by Richard O'Brien and Kostya Kennedy
In quick succession Barry Sanders, Brett Favre and Steve Young recently signed the richest contracts in NFL history. Because players and teams work together to skirt the salary cap—and because NFL...

August 25, 1997 | Edited by Richard O'Brien and Kostya Kennedy
Gimme a B! Gimme an A! Gimme an R-B-I-E! Baaaarbie! She's been a dentist, a vet and an astronaut, and now, thanks to a deal struck by Mattel with 19 colleges, not even cheerleading is beyond...

August 25, 1997 | Michael Silver
Big Girl in the Middle, by Gabrielle Reece and Karen Karbo, Crown, $24

August 25, 1997 | Kelli Anderson
Seeking to drum up interest in Indiana football, the Hoosiers took to the road

August 25, 1997 | Kelli Anderson
John CangelosiThe Florida Marlins' 5'9" outfielder, explaining why he tripped twice on the base paths during a recent game: "The bases were too high."

August 25, 1997 | Kelli Anderson
Officials of the Newcastle United soccer team in England have begun attaching homing devices to their players' jerseys because so many of the popular shirts have been stolen while drying on...

August 25, 1997 | Jaime Diaz
Davis Love III ended a career-long string of major disappointments with a decisive win at the PGA Championship

August 25, 1997 | Leigh Montville
Upstart Jacksonville learned how cruel NFL life can be when Mark Brunell went down

August 25, 1997 | Johnette Howard
On and off the court, Houston's Cynthia Cooper is, indeed, most valuable

August 25, 1997 | Tom Verducci
Bluff? Block? Sneak? Anything goes in late-season waivers

August 25, 1997 | Tom Verducci
What happens when a team places a player on major league waivers during the Aug. 1 to Sept. 29 waiver period? Consider this typical case involving righthand-hitting DH-catcher Mike Stanley.

August 25, 1997
Gwynn is one of a handful of millionaire athletes who seem underpaid for what they bring to a city and a sport.JAMES HENNESSY, SAN DIEGO

August 25, 1997 | Tim Crothers
Cleveland's sloppy play is keeping the AL Central race tight, Cy Young to sayonara—and back, Beech reading

August 25, 1997 | Tim Crothers
The return of Mark Davis (left) after more than three years away from the majors may be noteworthy, but it's not a record. To avoid absences caused by wartime service, we went back as far as the...

August 25, 1997 | Tim Layden
In this age of the eight-man front and the West Coast offense, the most valuable player in the game is the bump-and-run, lightning-quick, dare-you-to-throw-my-way cornerback

August 25, 1997
1. Penn State2. Tennessee3. Washington4. Florida5. Colorado6. Florida State7. North Carolina8. Nebraska9. Notre Dame10. LSU11. Ohio State12. Alabama13. Texas14. Miami15. Arizona16. Michigan...

August 25, 1997 | Ivan Maisel
A lot about this Penn State team will look familiar to the eyes behind those thick, black-rimmed spectacles. There are fast, aggressive linebackers. There's a powerful tailback behind a big,...

August 25, 1997 | Ivan Maisel
522Games Joe Paterno has spent on the Lions' coaching staff, exactly half the number Penn State has played in its history. Paterno's 289 victories are tops among active Division l-A coaches.

August 25, 1997 | Ivan Maisel
OCT. 11 VS. OHIO STATEThe Nittany Lions' second Big Ten matchup of the season may be their most crucial. They should be 4-0 when the Buckeyes visit Beaver Stadium.

August 25, 1997 | Deborah J. Waldman
Traveling to Third World countries to train coaches is Linda Blade's idea of a perfect summer vacation

August 25, 1997 | Jeff Pearlman
On the campus in Knoxville this goofy thing called Peyton mania has become a wee bit ridiculous, PEYTON'S BACK! T-shirts, PEYTON'S BACK! pictures. PEYTON'S BACK! socks. PEYTON'S BACK! hats....

August 25, 1997 | Jeff Pearlman
7,382Yards quarterback Peyton Manning has passed for in his three seasons, ranking him ninth on the SEC alltime list. If he matches last year's total of 3,287 yards, he'll move up to fifth place...

August 25, 1997 | Jeff Pearlman
SEPT. 20 AT FLORIDAThis isn't the only game that matters to the Vols, but it's the one they'd most love to win.

August 25, 1997 | Marty Burns
For sophomore quarterback Brock Huard, the most exciting part of this year's Purple and White spring game wasn't the first half, in which he completed 10 of 16 passes for 203 yards. It was the...

August 25, 1997 | Marty Burns
82Scoring percentage by the Huskies when they reached the red zone last season. Washington converted on 41 of 50 trips inside its opponents' 20.

August 25, 1997 | Marty Burns
SEPT. 6 AT BYUThe Huskies' quest to repeat the national title they won in '91 begins in Provo. The Cougars, still seething after last season's bowl-alliance snub and smarting from a 29-17 loss to...

August 25, 1997 | Jeff Pearlman
As Elijah Williams, schoolboy All-America, walked through the halls of Milton (Fla.) High five years ago, choices, choices, choices swirled through his head. North Carolina or Florida? Tar Heel or...

August 25, 1997 | Jeff Pearlman
70Consecutive weeks, dating back to January 1993, that the Gators have been ranked in the Top 10, the longest such streak in Division I-A.

August 25, 1997 | Jeff Pearlman
SEPT. 20 VS. TENNESSEEFlorida has won five of the last six meetings and couldn't care less if Peyton Manning is back.

August 25, 1997 | Kelvin C. Bias
On the morning of a 1994 game against Oklahoma, Buffaloes quarterback John Hessler, a third-stringer at the time, overslept and missed a team meeting. Coach Bill McCartney didn't notice Hessler's...

August 25, 1997 | Kelvin C. Bias
37Colorado's road wins over the past nine seasons, the most in Division I-A during that span. The Buffaloes lost seven and were tied once over that stretch.

August 25, 1997 | Kelvin C. Bias
SEPT. 13 AT MICHIGANThe Buffaloes return to the scene of the Kordell Stewart-to-Michael Westbrook Hail Mary touchdown pass that gave them a 27-26 victory in 1994.

August 25, 1997 | Ivan Maisel
There's something old-fashioned about this Seminoles team, and it's not a coach who says goldarnit. In an era when the NFL has made the fifth-year senior All-America as much of a campus relic as...

August 25, 1997 | Ivan Maisel
59.0Average rushing yards per game the Seminoles gave up last season, fewest in the nation.

August 25, 1997 | Ivan Maisel
OCT. 4 VS. MIAMIFlorida State takes the first of two steps needed to claim Sunshine State supremacy.

August 25, 1997 | Franz Lidz
The secret language of ticktacks, who mime odds at British tracks, is dying out

August 25, 1997 | Bill Colson
If one subscribes to George Plimpton's famous Small Ball Theory (the smaller the ball, the better the sportswriting), then SPORTS ILLUSTRATED contains an embarrassment of riches for nearly 15% of...

August 25, 1997 | Robbi Pickeral
When Quarterback Oscar Davenport was named MVP of the Gator Bowl in January, Chris Keldorf, the Tar Heels' regular signal-caller, was among the first to congratulate him. Never mind that Keldorf...

August 25, 1997 | Robbi Pickeral
10Points per game allowed by the Tar Heels defense last season, the fewest in the nation.

August 25, 1997 | Robbi Pickeral
SEPT. 13 VS. STANFORDThe Tar Heels will let the country know whether they're a national contender.

August 25, 1997 | Grant Wahl
The Exorcism of the 1996 season finally took place this May, on one of those sweltering days that almost melt the carpet at Lincoln's Memorial Stadium. Senior All-America defensive end Grant...

August 25, 1997 | Grant Wahl
36Number of consecutive games Nebraska has won at home, the longest streak in the nation. The Cornhuskers' last loss in Lincoln was to Washington in 1991.

August 25, 1997 | Grant Wahl
SEPT. 20 AT WASHINGTONReturn to glory? if the Cornhuskers have visions of No. 1, they must pass this early road test.

August 25, 1997 | Marty Burns
The signs of change are everywhere. The stadium has been expanded from 59,075 seats to 80,225. The campus golf course has been torn up, soon to be rebuilt. Even the Golden Dome is getting...

August 25, 1997 | Marty Burns
6Kicks (five punts, one kickoff) returned for touchdowns last season by Autry Denson, Joey Goodspeed and Allen Rossum, each of whom is back this year.

August 25, 1997 | Marty Burns
SEPT. 27 AT MICHIGANThe rivalry is renewed after a two-year break. New defensive coordinator Greg Mattison gets to face his old team.

August 25, 1997 | Jeff Pearlman
Kevin Faulk is a master of escape. Out of the backfield, the junior tailback uses his 4.4 speed to burst around ends and past linebackers. On punt returns he darts through cracks in the coverage...

August 25, 1997 | Jeff Pearlman
11-0The Tigers' record when All-America junior tailback Kevin Faulk rushes for 100 yards or more.

August 25, 1997 | Jeff Pearlman
OCT. 11 VS. FLORIDADoes LSU have what it takes to become the new SEC power? A win over the Gators would make a statement.

August 25, 1997 | Seth Davis
A group of Buckeyes linemen were hanging out before practice this summer when the conversation turned to visors. Sophomore guard Rob Murphy and senior center Eric Gohlstin already had dark visors...

August 25, 1997 | Seth Davis
5,261Yards of total offense produced by players returning from last year's team, which gained a Big Ten-best 5,285 yards.

August 25, 1997 | Seth Davis
OCT. 11 AT PENN STATEThe Buckeyes have won the last two meetings and need this one, their first key Big Ten game in '97.

August 25, 1997 | Richard Deutsch
Attention, Tuscaloosa department stores: Don't stock up on suits and sport coats in hopes of outfitting first-year coach Mike DuBose. The man who wore cutoff jeans and a T-shirt to his first...

August 25, 1997 | Richard Deutsch
23.0Percentage of third-down conversions (39 of 169) allowed last season by the Alabama defense, the lowest in the SEC.

August 25, 1997 | Richard Deutsch
OCT. 18 VS. TENNESSEEThe Tide ranked eighth in the nation in total defense (255.6 yards per game) in '96. It will have to be at least that good against the explosive Vols.

August 25, 1997 | Richard Deutsch
Junior tailback Ricky Williams filled the halls with laughter upon hearing the news. Williams was standing in the offices of the Piedmont Boll Weevils, the Philadelphia Phillies' Class A outpost...

August 25, 1997 | Richard Deutsch
15Yards difference between junior tailback Ricky Williams's rushing total (2,262 yards) and that of Longhorns legend Earl Campbell (2,277) through their first 24 games.

August 25, 1997 | Richard Deutsch
SEPT. 13 VS. UCLATexas faces its first Pac-10 opponent since 1987 and meets the Bruins for the first time since 1971.

August 25, 1997 | Tim Layden
More than the Big 12 title was on the line when Texas quarterback James Brown rolled the dice against Nebraska

August 25, 1997
Anthony ArvidsonPORTLAND

August 25, 1997 | Grant Wahl
Every Friday night this summer, members of the football team would don black T-shirts and, in the words of senior quarterback Ryan Clement, "try and look big" as they accompanied police through...

August 25, 1997 | Grant Wahl
76.6Winning percentage by the Hurricanes in the four seasons since they lost the '92 national title game to Alabama. Miami's winning percentage over the previous four years was 91.7.

August 25, 1997 | Grant Wahl
OCT. 4 AT FLORIDA STATECoach Butch Davis hasn't beaten the Seminoles in his two years with the Hurricanes.

August 25, 1997 | Kelvin C. Bias
When Wildcats coaches told senior defensive tackle Joe Salave'a in January that the NCAA had awarded him another year of eligibility, he thought they were joking. After all, the 6'4", 280-pound...

August 25, 1997 | Kelvin C. Bias
16Turnovers last season by Arizona, whose +1.18-turnovers-per-game margin was the best in the Pac-10 and seventh best in the nation.

August 25, 1997 | Kelvin C. Bias
SEPT. 27 AT UCLAAre the Wildcats a real Pac-10 threat? They get an early clue when they try to repeat last year's 35-17 drubbing of the Bruins.

August 25, 1997 | B.J. Schecter
Flozell Adams remembers the gleam in his mother's eyes. After nearly every game last season, Rachel Adams would greet her son in the tunnel outside the Spartans' locker room. "Good game," she...

August 25, 1997 | B.J. Schecter
18Touchdowns scored in '96 by freshman Sedrick Irvin, who led the Big 10 in scoring with 108 points (9.82 points per game).

August 25, 1997 | B.J. Schecter
OCT. 25 VS. MICHIGANHome-field advantage is powerful in this intense rivalry; hosts have won the last five meetings.

August 25, 1997 | B.J. Schecter
The 44 thing has been talked about since Rob Konrad stepped on campus in the summer of 1995. Only 10 players had worn number 44 before Konrad, and among them were storied halfbacks Jim Brown,...

August 25, 1997 | B.J. Schecter
7-0-1Record by Syracuse in its last eight bowl appearances is the best in the nation.

August 25, 1997 | B.J. Schecter
SEPT. 13 AT VIRGINIA TECHBattle in Blacksburg. Two of Big East's top three teams in '96 meet in Syracuse's league opener.

August 25, 1997 | Christian Stone
They still roll off the assembly line like Detroit's chromed finest. In the 1990s alone Michigan has produced eight first-round NFL draft picks, 13 All-Americas and a Big Ten-best 43...

August 25, 1997 | Christian Stone
5Passing touchdowns allowed by the Michigan defense last season, fewest in the nation.

August 25, 1997 | Christian Stone
SEPT. 13 VS. COLORADOIt's not over until it's over; the last two meetings have come down to the final play.

August 25, 1997 | Rick Reilly

August 25, 1997 | Rick Reilly
Pressure is the X factor in the Ryder Cup. Only those players who can keep their cool during the heat of the battle are likely to succeed on Sept. 26-28 at Valderrama in Sotogrande, Spain. How...

August 25, 1997 | Alan Shipnuck
John Daly is determined to make every day count, on and off the course

August 25, 1997 | Ron Fimrite
A.W. Tillinghast, the architect of Winged Foot, was known for his outstanding courses and outlandish lifestyle