Thursday, September 6, 2001 Volume 67, Issue 11



Top 10 shuffles as Texas dances

Top 25

Derrick Hinton

The only real shake-up in the Top 25 was Fresno State's upset over No. 10 Oregon State. If you didn't stay up until midnight to see it all, then you
missed a stellar performance by Fresno State's David Carr.

The senior quarterback is considered the top physical specimen in the 2002 draft, but questions surrounded the accuracy of his throwing arm.

All those questions were answered as Carr made incredible throws between or over Beaver defenders time and time again. If last night's
performance wasn't a fluke, Carr will be a top five pick and a possible No. 1 for the Houston Texans.

Fresno State isn't a one-man show; just ask Jonathan Smith and Ken Simonton. That Bulldog defense can hit and hit hard.

The speed of the team as a whole amazed everyone who watched the game.

The Bulldogs are not out of the woods, even after two consecutive upsets. They must go on the road to face Wisconsin on Saturday and Colorado
State on Oct. 13.

It will be very interesting to see just what the Bowl Championship Series does if Fresno State goes undefeated.

The Bulldogs would likely be in a BCS bowl, but the national championship? No.

The preseason polls prevent the Bulldogs from climbing the rankings. It's much harder for Fresno State, which started unranked, to climb into the
top five than, say, an Oregon team that started at No. 7. 

This situation supports the argument that the polls should not come out until everyone has played at least a couple of games. If the first polls came
out today, Fresno State would be ranked in the top 15. As it is, it barely gets in the top 25.

Thanks for playing

It's official. That swelling in Lee Suggs' knee is the result of a torn ACL that will keep him on the shelf until Spring 2002 at the earliest.

Virginia Tech's touchdown machine became one of the Heisman favorites now that he's out from under the shadow of former teammate Michael

But he'll have to wait until next year to make an impression on the Heisman voters.

In the meantime, more pressure falls on the shoulders of Vick's replacement Grant Noel and his super-talented receiver Andre Davis. But football is
a team game, and the Hokies' defense will provide plenty of help for an injury-plagued offense. Many coaches think the Virgina Tech defense is the
best in the nation.

Speaking of the Heisman

Of all the Heisman Trophy contenders, only Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey seemed deserving of the award after the past week's performances.
Dorsey stepped into an unbelievably emotional scene against Penn State in Happy Valley and calmly guided the Hurricanes to a victory against
Joe Paterno's storied program.

Adam Taliaferro, who broke his neck last year against Ohio State, led the Nittany Lions onto the field. Had Penn State won, Paterno would have
tied coaching legend Paul "Bear" Bryant for most Division I-A coaching victories at 323. The game dripped with drama.

A record crowd of more than 100,000 Nittany Lion fans watched Dorsey lead the 'Canes to a convincing 33-7 rout on national television. 

Dorsey's performance was all the more telling because the other Heisman candidates either failed to meet expectations or fell flat on their faces.

The prodigal son

Eli Manning, Archie's son and Peyton's brother, made his debut as a starter for Ole Miss on Saturday against Murray State. He promptly threw for
five touchdowns, breaking his father's school record, and went an unbelievable 20-of-23 in pass attempts. He has a long way to go before reaching
the immortal status his father attained at Mississippi and his brother at Tennessee, but he had a good start.

Texas, our Texas

The big loser of the week was Texas head coach Mack Brown, who still hasn't learned the appropriate etiquette for blow-out games. Or he's simply
decided to ignore good sportsmanship.

Texas had possession of the ball inside the five-yard line with 30 seconds left to go in the game and a hefty lead over New Mexico State.

Instead of kneeling on the ball, Major Applewhite handed off to running back Cedric Benson, who made his collegiate debut against the Aggies.

Benson got his first career touchdown, but Brown lost respect points for making such a pugnacious call.

Cougar fans weren't surprised, though. Brown made the same classless move last year when playing the Cougars at Memorial Stadium. Let's hope
the Cougars won't give Brown the chance to make the same call against them this year.

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