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Vanderbilt bus crashes before game

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published October 20, 2002

ATHENS, Ga. -- A bus carrying Vanderbilt players, coaches and staff collided with a tractor-trailer cab en route to Saturday's game at Georgia.

No one was seriously hurt. Defensive end Jovan Haye banged his head against a window, and a graduate assistant sustained a facial cut.

After being checked for a concussion, Haye played in the game, won by Georgia 48-17.

"I was feeling dizzy at first, but I figured I might as well play," Haye said. "I lost my train of thought on certain plays."

The graduate assistant, Andrew Kerr, was treated at the scene and was on the sideline for the game.

Many players were sleeping when the accident happened at 9:40 a.m., about 20 miles west of Sanford Stadium. Five buses were traveling from Atlanta, where the team stayed Friday. The third was struck by the tractor-trailer rig, which swerved to miss a stopped car.

Linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer said he doesn't believe it affected the team.

"It shook us up a little bit," he said. "We were just happy to be alive. After that, you should be able to play pretty loose."

Mountaineer RB joins elite

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Avon Cobourne became the fifth Division I-A running back with four 1,000-yard seasons, joining Pittsburgh's Tony Dorsett, Wisconsin's Ron Dayne, North Carolina's Amos Lawrence and New Mexico State's Denvis Manns.

Cobourne finished with 108 in a 34-7 victory over Syracuse and has 1,002. With five games left, Cobourne must average 129 to become the fifth I-A back with 5,000 yards.

ALABAMA: Punter Lane Bearden, who tore his right (kicking) ACL on Sept.28, returned and averaged 40 yards on five punts in a 42-7 victory over Ole Miss.

COLORADO: Chris Brown rushed for 167 yards in a 34-0 victory over Baylor, becoming the fastest in school history to reach 1,000 in a season. He did it in 143 carries. Rashaan Salaam needed 149 on his way to 2,055 yards and the Heisman Trophy in 1994.

CONNECTICUT: Jamal Lundy's interception return for a touchdown was the Huskies' first since 1998.

EAST CAROLINA: Redshirt freshman linebacker Chris Moore injured his right knee on the opening kickoff and did not return. Coach Steve Logan said the team believes Moore might have torn his ACL and medial collateral ligament.

GEORGIA: Jon Stinchcomb, the Bulldogs' best offensive lineman, left the game against Vanderbilt in the first half after hurting his left knee. He will have an MRI today but said he doesn't believe the injury is serious. Receiver Fred Gibson also left the game with an injured left thumb. His status was unknown.

MARSHALL: Curtis Jones injured his right ankle while being tackled on the game's first play. He left the game, and his status was unknown.

OHIO ST.: Maurice Clarett sustained a shoulder stinger on his final carry, but coach Jim Tressel said he should be fine by Saturday.

SAN DIEGO STATE: J.R. Tolver become the Aztecs' first 1,000-yard receiver since Will Blackwell in 1996. He had 133 in a 24-20 victory over Wyoming.

UCLA: Quarterback Cory Paus broke his right ankle during the third quarter of a 17-12 loss to California. Coach Bob Toledo did not go as far to say Paus will miss the rest of the season, but it's probable. He sustained the injury when he was sandwiched by two defenders.

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