NEWS & NOTES
Tomlinson Runs Wild, Sets Division I-A Mark
Texas Christian's LaDainian Tomlinson broke the Division I-A single-game rushing record, gaining 406 yards and scoring six touchdowns in a 52-24 victory over Texas-El Paso.
Tomlinson topped the record held by Tony Sands of Kansas, who rushed for 396 yards on 58 carries against Missouri on Nov. 23, 1991.
While Tomlinson is the first major-college rusher to gain 400 yards in a game, he is the sixth overall in the NCAA. The all-division record is 441 yards, by Dante Brown of Division III Marietta College in 1996.
Tomlinson had touchdown runs of 70 and 63 yards on consecutive carries in the fourth quarter. He broke the 400-yard barrier with a seven-yard carry on his 43rd and final attempt of the game.
So Long, Spike
Texas Tech Coach Spike Dykes, who made a career out of upsetting rivals Texas and Texas A&M on the way to becoming the Red Raiders' winningest coach ever, announced his retirement after a 38-28 win over Oklahoma. The announcement came after a week of rumors that Tech already was hunting for a new coach.
"There really wasn't any pressure put on me. This is something that I've been thinking about for a long time," said Dykes. "It was time for a bit of fresh air."
Texas Tech went 6-5 this season and was 82-67-1 under Dykes, who joined the school in 1984.
Dykes posted victories over the Aggies six times in his tenure, winning three of the last four meetings, and defeated Texas six times.
Little Sweetness Shines
Jarrett Payton, son of the late Walter Payton, rushed for a career-high 87 yards on 20 attempts and scored a touchdown in Miami's 55-0 blowout of Rutgers.
"Today was Jarrett's first opportunity to really be a football player for our program," Miami Coach Butch Davis said. "He had a full week of practice, which the last six or seven weeks he has not because of physically not being here or emotionally not being here. It's certainly good for him. I'm sure he's going to do a lot of those things in years to come."
After he scored a 16-yard touchdown that gave Miami a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, Payton pounded his chest twice and pointed toward the sky, apparently paying tribute to his father.
The Bowling Begins
Washington has been invited to play in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 29 as runner-up in the Pac-10 Conference. The Huskies were 7-4 under first-year coach Rick Neuheisel. Washington and Oregon tied for second in the conference with 6-2 records, giving bowl officials the option of selecting either team.
BY THE NUMBERS
Ohio State Coach John Cooper's record at Michigan Stadium.
Number of different Pac-10 champions over the past six years. Oregon, Southern California, Arizona State, Washington State, UCLA and Stanford, which clinched the title yesterday with a win over California in the Big Game, have won the last six conference titles.