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published September 8, 2002


Sooners QB tears ACL, out for year

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma quarterback Jason White's season is over after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Saturday against Alabama.

White, who had a season-ending injury to his other knee last season, hurt himself as he planted to turn upfield on a keeper late in the first quarter.

"It's tough. It's hard. I don't know what to say to him," coach Bob Stoops said. "He's a great leader. The players love him. He's a tough guy, and it's a bad break."

Last season, he battled through fall practice with Nate Hybl before Hybl was named the starter.

He replaced Hybl against Texas and helped lead the Sooners to victory. He did the same thing a week later against Kansas. He then won the starting job.

In his second start, against Nebraska, he tore the ACL in his left knee, again without getting hit.

"I'm so hurt for Jason," Hybl said. "But I'm so excited about the season ahead of us."

Mascot's gun mostly quiet

MADISON, Wis. -- West Virginia's mascot had little to celebrate against Wisconsin.

The Mountaineer mascot originally was prohibited from bringing his antique gunpowder musket to Camp Randall Stadium because of a university rule prohibiting firearms on campus. Wisconsin officials changed their mind after West Virginia asked for an exception.

The Badgers won 34-17.

"They didn't really use it too much," Badgers linebacker Jeff Mack said with a grin.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin lost starting split end Darrin Charles, who reinjured his right ankle on the second series. The Badgers also were without flanker Lee Evans, who is out until next month with a knee injury.

AIR FORCE: Leotis Palmer ran for a career-high 125 yards and a touchdown in a 38-31 overtime victory over New Mexico. He became the fifth player to rush for 1,000 yards since the Falcons went to the option in 1980.

LOUISVILLE: A judge ruled offensive lineman Jonta Woodard cannot withdraw his guilty plea on a felony marijuana trafficking charge, but Woodard remains on the team. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept.16. Woodard pleaded guilty to receiving 15.1 ounces of marijuana in the mail.

MICHIGAN: Receiver Ron Bellamy and defensive tackle Grant Bowman missed the game against Western Michigan with what coach Lloyd Carr called minor injuries. The coach said both are expected back this week.

MISSISSIPPI: Quarterback Eli Manning received treatment for a swollen knee after the Rebels' 38-16 victory over Memphis. He scrambled for 8 yards on the second play of the game and got hit by three defenders after not sliding. He played the whole game and said afterward he expected to practice Monday.

OHIO STATE: In his fourth game as starting quarterback, Craig Krenzel already has accomplished something his predecessor, Steve Bellisari, would never have been allowed to try. The junior, a molecular genetics major, called his own plays.

The coaches told Krenzel what formation to line up in and let him decide which play to call.

He completed his first 11 passes and was 12-of-14 for 190 yards and a touchdown in a 51-17 victory over Kent State.

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