The best and worst from yesterday's games:
Kicker's Dream TD Is Game Winner
Springfield (Mass.) College defeated the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, 41-35, yesterday in Springfield on a last-play touchdown by kicker Rob Dickson, who recovered his blocked 23-yard field goal attempt and ran for the winning score.
After tying the score at 35 on a touchdown and two-point conversion with 2 minutes 22 seconds to play, Springfield forced a punt and took possession at its 33-yard line with 55 seconds left and no timeouts available.
Five plays later, quarterback Kevin Cahill (216 yards rushing) ran seven yards to the Merchant Marine 6-yard line. Springfield hurriedly lined up with three seconds left, but before it could snap the ball, Merchant Marine called a timeout amidst the chaos.
That brought Dickson onto the field. After another timeout, his kick was blocked by 6-foot-4 wide receiver Sean Bradley. But the ball rebounded toward Dickson, who took it on the second bounce, ran to his left and outsprinted several defenders to the end zone.
A Family Affair
Last night's Fresno State-UCLA game featured an unusual matchup: Fresno State junior middle linebacker Tim Skipper vs. UCLA's running backs, who are coached by his brother, Kelly. Although just 5 feet 7 and 200 pounds, Tim Skipper was a first-team all-WAC Pacific Division selection last season.
About 50 of the Skippers' friends and family were expected at the game, including their mother, who was to have flown from New Jersey. The Skippers' father, Jim, wasn't expected, but he is the offensive coordinator for the New York Giants, who meet the Redskins today at Giants Stadium.
QB on the Run
Indiana sophomore QB Antwaan Randle El, who passed for 201 yards and rushed for 115 in a loss to Kentucky, increased his career rushing total to 1,168, breaking the career mark for an Indiana quarterback (1,083), set by Harry Gonso 30 years ago. Randle El, who also played on the basketball team last season, is averaging 98.3 yards rushing per game this season.
BY THE NUMBERS
Consecutive regular season victories for Western Maryland, Division III's No. 7-ranked team and a 44-0 winner over Gettysburg. The Green Terror has outscored its three opponents this season by a combined 96-7.
Years since the last time Oregon State was 3-0. Yesterday, the Beavers got 180 yards and four touchdowns from RB Ken Simonton. The Beavers, who have the longest winning streak in the Pac-10 at four, need three more victories to end their NCAA-record string of 28 straight losing seasons.
Touchdown passes thrown this season by Kentucky QB Dusty Bonner, one fewer than his predecessor, Tim Couch, had after three games last season. But Couch threw four interceptions in those games; Bonner has thrown three.