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TCU goes to overtime to end Utah's win streak

By wire services
Published September 16, 2005


FORT WORTH, Texas - Tye Gunn threw a 4-yard touchdown to Michael DePriest in overtime as TCU beat Utah 23-20 on Thursday, ending the Utes' 18-game win streak.

Utah lost for the first time since 47-35 to New Mexico on Oct.25, 2003. It entered with the nation's second-longest active streak behind Southern Cal, whose streak is at 23.

TCU's Chris Manfredini kicked a 30-yard field late in the third quarter to tie the score at 17. Still tied at 17 after regulation, TCU won the coin toss and elected to start on defense. Utah did not get a first down and settled for a 34-yard field goal by Dan Beardall.

Two runs by freshman Aaron Brown, who rushed for 163 yards on 17 carries, and one by Robert Merrill moved the Horned Frogs to the Utes 5. After Cory Rodgers was stopped for no gain, Gunn hit DePriest for the victory.

New Orleans Bowl might head to Lafayette

NEW ORLEANS - With the Superdome awaiting massive repairs and New Orleans projected to be cleaning up from Hurricane Katrina for several months, the New Orleans Bowl might move to Lafayette, La., said Billy Ferrante, the executive director of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, which runs the game.

"We have had some very preliminary talks with the folks at Louisiana-Lafayette, and our first choice is to keep the game in Louisiana," he said. "Hopefully, we will have a decision wrapped up in a couple of weeks."

The 5-year-old game matches the champion of the New Orleans-based Sun Belt Conference with a team from Conference USA. Louisiana-Lafayette is a Sun Belt member. This year's game is scheduled for Dec.20.

MICHIGAN ST.: Running back and Osceola High graduate Jason Teague will travel with the team and might play Saturday against Notre Dame. Teague, who had 89 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in the opener Sept.3, was suspended for last weekend's game for undisclosed reasons.

MISSOURI: An attorney for the 14 administrators, coaches and trainers facing a wrongful death lawsuit by the family of Aaron O'Neal asked a court to dismiss the case. The linebacker collapsed during a workout July 12 and died a few hours later. The motion says O'Neal's family "fails to state a cause of action against these defendants upon which relief can be granted." Neither attorney returned calls seeking comment.

SAN DIEGO ST.: The NCAA ruled a promotion involving schedule cards with a photo of a player doesn't violate rules. The school sought a ruling after the San Diego Union-Tribune reported last week the $40,000 promotion with a restaurant chain might conflict with rules that forbid the use of an athlete's image. But the NCAA said a school can use the image in an institutional promotion.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Wisconsin-Milwaukee, which reached the round of 16 in last season's NCAA Tournament, was one of 100 schools among 18 conferences selected for Bracket Buster Saturday, which comprises 11 games Feb.18 between mid-major teams hoping to earn tournament berths.

The Mid-American Conference had the most teams with 12 while the Ohio Valley had 11 and Missouri Valley and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 10. The Big South, Northeast, Patriot and Southland are included for the first time. The matchups will be determined by the conferences and ESPN and announced Jan.29.

SEC: The contract of commissioner Mike Slive was extended to 2009. Slive replaced Roy Kramer in 2002 after serving as Conference USA commissioner for seven years.

CENTRAL ARKANSAS MOVING UP: The school announced it is moving up from Division II to Division I-AA for all sports. The college that produced ex-NBA star Scottie Pippen has begun a five-year transition period that should culminate after the 2009-10 academic year with playing Division I-A basketball in the Southland Conference.