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Nation: Virginia QB Schaub injures shoulder

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Published August 31, 2003

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia quarterback Matt Schaub injured his right shoulder after being sacked on the first drive against Duke and sat out the rest of Saturday's game.

Schaub, the 2002 ACC Player of the Year when he threw 28 touchdowns, was sacked by DeAndre White when he went to pass on second and goal from the 1. He remained in the game, holding for Connor Hughes' 26-yard field goal, then went to the bench for the No.18 Cavaliers, who won 27-0.

Schaub, thought to be a Heisman Trophy contender, spent much of the rest of the half sitting with a towel over his head and an ice pack strapped to his throwing shoulder. The school said Schaub injured his shoulder, declining other details. Schaub returned to the bench with his right arm in a sling. Anthony Martinez saw his first action as Schaub's replacement.

MICHIGAN STATE: Jeff Smoker became the school's career leader in yards passing and total offense. The senior quarterback surpassed Ed Smith when he threw a 59-yard touchdown to Kyle Brown, putting the Spartans ahead 14-7 against Western Michigan. Smith, who played in 1976-78, had 5,556 yards. Smoker entered needing 122 yards to break the mark.

In the fourth quarter he supplanted Dave Yarema for the passing mark with a 53-yard completion to Aaron Alexander. Yarema, who played in 1982-86, threw for 5,809 yards.

The game was a triumphant return for Smoker, who was kicked off the team with five games left last season. His family later said he was seeking treatment for substance abuse.

MISSISSIPPI: Eli Manning passed Kent Austin as the school's career completions leader. He needed 12 entering the game against Vanderbilt and has 576.

KANSAS STATE: Running back Darren Sproles left in the first half after being tackled hard by Troy State's Robby Farmer. Sproles appeared to favor his left leg as he went to the locker room. He had 49 yards on 12 carries.

NORTHEASTERN: The Huskies, a I-AA team in Boston, Mass., piled up a team-record 745 yards offense in their 78-6 win over Stonehill. Northeastern also set team records for rushing touchdowns (nine), largest margin of victory and most penalties (15).

NOTRE DAME: A former player accused of taking part in a rape with three teammates was found guilty of sexual battery but was acquitted of the two most serious charges against him. A jury in South Bend, Ind., ruled Abram Elam was not guilty of conspiracy to commit rape or criminal deviate conduct. Elam, 21, will be sentenced Oct. 7 and faces up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Former receiver Lorenzo Crawford and safeties Donald Dykes and Justin Smith, who played at Lakewood, face rape charges.

OHIO STATE: Sophomore tailback Maurice Clarett's suspension was for misleading investigators who were looking into alleged off-the-field problems, athletic director Andy Geiger said. Clarett admitted he exaggerated in a police report the cost of items stolen from a car he borrowed from a local dealership.

Geiger said he did not know if Ohio State would have a response to the NCAA's allegations against Clarett before the end of next week. Geiger said Clarett was suspended because he did not abide by the NCAA's Bylaw 10, which compels athletes to answer truthfully when asked university or NCAA questions.

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