The best and worst from yesterday's games:


Jackson's Back Behind the Mike

Keith Jackson, whose booming voice was a signature of ABC-TV's college football coverage until his retirement last year, returned to the booth yesterday for the regional telecast of the California-Nebraska game.

"I feel just like a rookie today," Jackson, 70, said two hours before kickoff. "I had no thought of doing this again."

Jackson, in his 33rd year with ABC, was talked into returning by ABC Sports President Howard Katz. Jackson said his contract is for three years "or as long as I want, I guess."

With the exception of yesterday's game, Jackson will do only West Coast Pac-10 games to minimize travel from his Los Angeles home. He did the California-Nebraska game because he had planned to be in Lincoln for the dedication of Nebraska's new $36 million press box and luxury skybox, named after his longtime friend Don Bryant.

Big Numbers

Alabama tight end Terry Jones, the 6-foot-3, 262-pound son of former Alabama great Terry Jones, led the Crimson Tide with three catches for 124 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown reception.

Said Coach Mike DuBose: "I can't remember the last time a tight end led Alabama in receiving. But he is a weapon, a real force to be reckoned with in our offense."

He's No. 1

Running back Jason Corle became Towson's all-time leading rusher as he gained 135 yards and scored two touchdowns in a 35-7 victory over Lafayette College. With 3,062 yards, Corle broke the school record of 3,058 set by former all-American Tony Vinson, who now plays for the Baltimore Ravens.

Chicken Scratch

Lou Holtz's South Carolina Gamecocks, who did not score a touchdown in its season opener, finally managed its first of the season in the final minutes of a 24-9 loss at Georgia. But even that small cause for celebration was muted by a missed extra point.



Combined yards of offense rolled up by Colorado State (529) and Nevada (597). The teams scored on eight of 11 second-half possessions in the Rams' 38-33 victory.


Years in the Penn State-Pittsburgh series. Yesterday's 20-17 Nittany Lions victory followed a narrow 20-13 win last year after several years of lopsided scores. Currently, the last scheduled meeting between the rivals is next September.


Consecutive games Hampden- Sydney lost at home before defeating Gettysburg, 28-14.


One-year-old bulldog Uga VI began his reign as Georgia mascot after his father, Uga V, called it a career yesterday. The elder Uga entered Sanford Stadium as the public-address announcer described highlights from his tenure, then Uga VI met his father near the 30-yard line for the passing of the collar.