Coach Dick MacPherson, 56, of Syracuse's unbeaten football team acknowledged going to the university hospital Saturday, but denied reports he was there because of chest pains.

"There was nothing wrong with me," the coach said of reports on at least two Syracuse TV stations that he was admitted after the team returned from its 24-10 victory at Pittsburgh. He did admit to having been a bit ill.

MacPherson said he was escorting injured nose guard Ted Gregory's wife to the medical center to check on the player. Gregory, an all-America prospect who was in on only one play against Pitt before a knee sprain recurred, could be out for Saturday's game against Navy. He is listed as questionable.

"While I was there," the coach said, "{team physician Bruce} Baker was there, and we had to wait an hour, and I had thrown up at the airport. I lost a lot of fluid, so he wanted to put more fluid in me while we were waiting for Gregory's report."

The Orangemen's quarterback, Don McPherson, is scheduled for X-rays on his right foot, ailing with "turf toe." He also has a bruised right wrist, but is expected to play Saturday . . .

No. 2 Nebraska cut into top-rated Oklahoma's lead, just a little, for the third week in a row in the Associated Press media football poll. Of 60 first-place votes, Oklahoma drew 38, Nebraska 15 and No. 3 Miami 7.