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Virginia runs over West Virginia

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December 29, 2002


CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Wali Lundy spent most of his life chasing Avon Cobourne. In their first head-to-head meeting, he finally passed him.

Lundy scored four times and gained 239 yards as Virginia snapped a four-game losing streak in bowls Saturday with a 48-22 victory over No. 15 West Virginia in the Continental Tire Bowl.

Cobourne, who was four years ahead of Lundy at Holy Cross High School in New Jersey, ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns for West Virginia.

"Growing up, a lot of people always tried to measure me against him," Lundy said. "I never did. I always tried to be my own player."

Before he could finish talking about his days chasing Cobourne, Virginia coach Al Groh interrupted his star freshman.

"I don't think this guy needs to measure himself against anybody," Groh said. "He's going to be a big-time player."

Lundy, who came in averaging 53.8 yards rushing and 27.6 receiving, ran for 127 and caught five passes for 76 yards. He scored touchdowns on runs of 4 and 31 yards. He caught a 14-yard pass for a touchdown from Marques Hagans and a 48-yard pass for a touchdown from Matt Schaub.

He said Cobourne had little to say to him after the game.

"He just said, 'Good game,' " Lundy said. "You don't really want to talk to another player after a game like that."

Schaub, the ACC player of the year, threw for 182 yards and a score, and Hagans returned a punt 69 yards for his second touchdown as the Cavaliers won their first postseason game since the 1995 Peach Bowl.

Virginia did an excellent job slowing Cobourne, the Big East's all-time leading rusher, who came into the game averaging 141 yards. He ran for 54 in the first quarter and scored on a 6-yard run but didn't gain a yard in the second quarter. He finished with 117 yards, the 28th 100-yard game of his career.

WISCONSIN 31, NO. 14 COLORADO 28 (OT): Mike Allen kicked a 37-yard field goal in overtime to send Wisconsin past Colorado in the Alamo Bowl at San Antonio, Texas.

Wisconsin's Brooks Bollinger threw for two touchdowns and ran for the tying score with 51 seconds left in regulation. The Badgers improved to 7-1 in bowl games under coach Barry Alvarez.

Colorado got the ball first in overtime but lost 2 yards on three plays before Patrick Brougham missed a 45-yard field-goal attempt.

Wisconsin gained 5 yards on three straight runs to set up the winning kick by Allen, who was mobbed by teammates on the field.

Chris Brown rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown on an Alamo Bowl-record 28 carries for Colorado (9-5).

CBS report: Brooks hired by Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Former St. Louis Rams coach Rich Brooks was at Kentucky on Saturday night, and CBS Sports reported he had been offered the job as coach.

Reached at the couple's home in Oregon, his wife, Karen, told the Associated Press that he was in Kentucky, but would not say whether the job was his. A call to Brooks' cell phone was not immediately returned.

Kentucky media relations director Brooks Downing said he couldn't confirm or deny the CBS report. He also said he didn't know Brooks' whereabouts. Downing said athletic director Mitch Barnhart would make an announcement Monday at the earliest.

Earlier in the day, Grambling State coach Doug Williams said Kentucky offered the job to someone, but not him. "They called me about 10 this morning and told me that had already offered the job to somebody. He (Mitch Barnhart) wouldn't elaborate on who it was," Williams, a former Buccaneer and Super Bowl MVP as quarterback of the Redskins, said.

Brooks guided Oregon to its first Rose Bowl appearance in 37 years in 1995, and the Ducks lost to Penn State. He went to the Rams in 1995, went 13-19 in two seasons and was fired. From 1997-2000 he was defensive coordinator for the Falcons.

Barnhart is seeking a successor to Guy Morris, who resigned Dec. 9 to coach at Baylor. Kentucky is the only Division I-A program without a coach.

MICHIGAN STATE: Former coach Bobby Williams will receive $490,000 this week as part of his termination agreement.

The settlement agreement of $550,000, approved last month, includes compensation Williams would have received through June 2003 and a termination payment included in his contract.

Williams was fired Nov. 4 after the Spartans' 49-3 loss to Michigan, the school's worst in 55 years, and the suspensions of quarterback Jeff Smoker and tailback Dawan Moss.

Williams, hired in 1999, was 16-17 at Michigan State.

Williams received $60,000, the first installment of the settlement, Nov. 27.

John L. Smith was hired to coach the Spartans on Dec. 19.

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