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Volume 68, Issue 49, Friday, November 1, 2002


Horned Frogs assume C-USA supremacy

C-USA Sports Update

Stuart H. Clements

In the preseason, the team to beat this season was Louisville. The Cards were by far the favorites to finish No. 1 in Conference USA, receiving 7 of 10 first-place votes to claim the title, almost as if they had already won it.

The remaining three first-place votes went to Southern Miss, and for a time, the Golden Eagles delivered. After the start of the season, the Golden Eagles stepped up and claimed the top spot midway through. But now thereis a new dog in town.

Texas Christian has now won seven consecutive games, including wins over Louisville and Southern Miss in its last two matchups.

The Horned Frogs havenit lost a game since its season opener against Cincinnati.

Overall, TCU has accumulated more victories this season than any other team and has turned winning from a gamble to a sure thing in Fort Worth.

The Horned Frogs were the first conference team to become bowl eligible after defeating Louisville 45-31 on Oct. 19. They proved superior in the league Wednesday night after upsetting the Golden Eagles, 37-7.

The Horned Frogs led 10-0 going into the second half, but the Golden Eagles cut the deficit to three after a touchdown. 

The Horned Frogs retaliated with 24 unanswered points in the third frame and, after a scoreless fourth quarter, the game was theirs.

Junior running back Ricky Madison rushed for 91 yards on 17 carries. TCUis punter, senior Joey Biasatti, has been named a finalist for the third annual Ray Guy award, which goes to the nationis leading punter.

Ragone with meatballs

Louisvilleis senior quarterback Dave Ragone continues to move up the list of my favorite left-handed quarterbacks.

This Ragone is good with meatballs, side salads, beer and receivers. He was named C-USA Offensive Player of the Week for throwing five touchdown passes. He also threw 18 consecutive completions, a new school record for the Cards. Ragone was also only the second player in Louisville history to throw for five TDs in one game.

Ragone finished the night 23 of 32 against East Carolina with 352 yards. The Cards won 44-20, with Ragone being directly responsible for 30 of those points. Talk about a one-man team.

Tulaneis eligible

I donit care how eligible Tulane is, itis still not a very good team.

Nevertheless, by beating teams like Navy (51-30), the teamis been vaulted into the elite bowl eligible category. Southern Miss and Louisville are likely to make it, since the two teams only need a win apiece to make it to the relative big shows affiliated with C-USA: the Liberty Bowl, GMAC Bowl, Houston Bowl, ConAgra Foods Hawaiii Bowl and New Orleans Bowl.

Power Rankings

1.) Texas Christian (7-1, 3-1 in C-USA)

2.) Southern Miss (5-3, 3-1)

3.) Louisville (5-3, 3-1)

4.) East Carolina (2-5, 2-1)

5.) Tulane (6-3, 3-2)

6.) Alabama-Birmingham (4-4, 3-1)

7.) Cincinnati (3-5, 2-2)

8.) Houston (3-4, 1-3)

9.) Memphis (2-6, 1-4)

10.) Army (0-8, 0-6)

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