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A New Year's eve special Outback Bowl quiz.

By DAVID MURPHY AND JOEY KNIGHT
Published December 31, 2006


We know, we know. The holidays are a busy time. You have gifts to return, family members to get rid of, and Ohio State fans to egg.
All the hustle and bustle leaves little time for things that really matter.
Like, say, the Outback Bowl. But have no fear.
We’ve compiled a handy study guide for Monday’s matchup between Penn State and Tennessee. Answers are at the end. And no, you aren’t allowed to turn this into a New Year’s Eve drinking game.

 1. Penn State coach Joe Paterno is 80 and fourth on the NCAA all-time wins list. At his current pace, how old would he be when he eclipses St. John’s (Minn.) coach John Gagliardi for the all-time lead?
A) 85.
B) 90.
C) 137. Gagliardi is 81 wins ahead of Paterno. Both are coaching. Gagliardi has 7.5 wins per season over 57 years. Paterno has 8.9 over 40 years. If both kept coaching for the next 58 years, Paterno would overtake Gagliardi for the lead during the 2064 season.

2. Who is the only running back in Tennessee history to break two runs of 80 yards or more?
A) Jamal Lewis, now an All-Pro running back with the Baltimore Ravens.
B) Charlie Garner, a second-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1994 who signed with the Bucs in 2004.
C) Freshman LaMarcus Coker, above, whose 89-yard touchdown against Marshall was the third-longest run in school history and his 87-yard TD against Vanderbilt was the fourth longest.

 

3. Penn State guard Gerald Cadogan, a 6-foot-5, 311-pound sophomore, lists which of the following among his hobbies:

A) Playing video games.

B) Eating small children.

C) Playing the trumpet, singing and song arrangement.

 

4. What prestigious NCAA record does Penn State's Jeremy Kapinos hold?

A) Longest punt (87 yards, vs. Youngstown State this season).

B) Highest punting average, career (49.7).

C) Most punts in a BCS game (11, in last season's Orange Bowl).

 

5. Where does Tennessee sophomore Britton Colquitt's career average of 42.8 yards rank him in the Colquitt family record book?

A) First (he comes from a family of long snappers).

B) Third (great-grandfather Nehemiah Colquitt drop-kicked a ball 60 yards in a 1908 game against Navy for the lone punting attempt of his career; cousin Johnny Colquitt was a walk-on who had two punts for a 59.3-yard average in 1982).

C) Second (behind paternal cousin Jimmy Colquitt, who averaged a school-record 46.9 yards at Tennessee in 1982, but ahead of father Craig, who punted for the Vols from 1974-77, brother Dustin, who averaged 45.3 yards at UT in 2003, and cousin Travis, who punted at Marshall in the early 1990s).

7. Which fact about Penn State senior Andy Kubic is true?

A) He was born in Spain and raised in Hawaii.

B) His father is a Rear Admiral in the Civil Engineering Corps of the U.S. Navy.

C) As a redshirt sophomore he switched from quarterback to linebacker.

D) All of the above, the man is Forrest Gump.

 

8. What roles has Phil Fulmer played against Joe Paterno-coached Penn State teams?

A) Player.

B) Assistant coach.

C) Coach.

D) All of the above.

9. Tennessee senior wide receiver Stanley Asumnu is in his first season as a member of the football team. How many games has he played in his career in a Volunteers uniform?

A) One.

B) 12 (he walked on and quickly earned a spot in the starting lineup).

C) 114. (Asumnu, who made 33 career starts in four seasons with the basketball team, opted to try football last spring - at the behest of receivers coach Trooper Taylor - while finishing his degree. He earned a scholarship and made one appearance this season, as a special-teams gunner against Florida).

10. When he was 10, Penn State quarterback Anthony Morelli did what during a Steelers game at Three Rivers Stadium?

A) Tossed Mean Joe Greene a bottle of Coke.

B) Intercepted an ill-advised Neil O'Donnell pass.

C) Tossed a ball 50 yards and won a Punt, Pass and Kick competition.

We know, we know. The holidays are a busy time. You have gifts to return, family members to get rid of, and Ohio State fans to egg.

All the hustle and bustle leaves little time for things that really matter.

Like, say, the Outback Bowl. But have no fear.

We've compiled a handy study guide for Monday's matchup between Penn State and Tennessee. Answers are at the end. And no, you aren't allowed to turn this into a New Year's Eve drinking game.

1. Penn State coach Joe Paterno is 80 and fourth on the NCAA all-time wins list. At his current pace, how old would he be when he eclipses St. John's (Minn.) coach John Gagliardi for the all-time lead?

A) 85.

B) 90.

C) 137. Gagliardi is 81 wins ahead of Paterno. Both are coaching. Gagliardi has 7.5 wins per season over 57 years. Paterno has 8.9 over 40 years. If both kept coaching for the next 58 years, Paterno would overtake Gagliardi for the lead during the 2064 season.

2. Who is the only running back in Tennessee history to break two runs of 80 yards or more?

A) Jamal Lewis, now an All-Pro running back with the Baltimore Ravens.

B) Charlie Garner, a second-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1994 who signed with the Bucs in 2004.

C) Freshman LaMarcus Coker, above, whose 89-yard touchdown against Marshall was the third-longest run in school history and his 87-yard TD against Vanderbilt was the fourth longest.

 

6. Who is Penn State wide receiver Jordan Norwood's older brother, and why might you have heard of him?

A) Scott missed a field goal that could have won Super Bowl XXV.

B) Charlie is a congressman from Georgia's ninth district.

C) Gabe was a senior on last season's George Mason basketball team that made a Cinderella run to the NCAA Final Four.

11. What is the No. 1 reason you should watch Monday's Outback Bowl?

A) To see if Joe Paterno participates in any more sideline Oklahoma drills.

B) To watch the first SEC-Big Ten matchup of the bowl season.

C) To hear that catchy Outback jingle!

D) A and B only.

 

ANSWER KEY:

1) C

2) C

3) C

4) C

5) C

6) C

7) D

8) D

9) C

10)C

11) D