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College football around the nation

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© St. Petersburg Times, published September 24, 2000


Penn State freshman hurts spine

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Penn State freshman cornerback Adam Taliaferro injured his cervical spine while making a tackle against Ohio State on Saturday.

Wayne Sebastianelli, Penn State's director of athletic medicine, said Taliaferro has some neurological damage and some paralysis. But the doctor said it's too early to tell the extent of Taliaferro's injuries.

Taliaferro, of Voorhees, N.J., was injured after tackling Jerry Westbrooks on Penn State's 16 in the fourth quarter. Taliaferro was on the field for 10 minutes while physicians from both teams put neck and back braces on him before placing him on a gurney.

Penn State coach Joe Paterno said after the game that Taliaferro had some paralysis initially, but he responded well to on-field treatment.

"He had no feeling in his arms, but after they worked on him he got some feeling back," Paterno said.

Taliaferro, 5-foot-10 and 183 pounds, has played in four games this season, making three tackles, including two against Ohio State.

Doctors said he will remain at the Ohio State University Hospital for at least two days.

FAU holds first scrimmage

BOCA RATON -- Florida Atlantic won't play until next season, but the Owls started preparing early with their first scrimmage.

About 3,800 saw the Owls' offense beat the defense 43-31 on the FAU campus. FAU's players will redshirt this season and play about nine more scrimmages this fall before playing a full schedule at Pro Player Stadium.

Football was not the only purpose of the scrimmage, coach Howard Schnellenberger said.

"The important thing today was the events that happened here," he said. "The fact that we were able to put together a field with a rented, borrowed stadium, that we have a lot of people coming out with a band, cheerleaders and dance team all here, and plain old fans is the important thing."

PILEUP DELAYS BUS, GAME: The start of the Nevada-Wyoming game was delayed Saturday because the Nevada team bus was stuck behind a 12-car pileup about 10 miles from Laramie.

The team stayed in Cheyenne, 50 miles east of Laramie, on Friday night, and left about 3:15 p.m. Saturday but did not arrive at War Memorial Stadium until 6:40 p.m., 20 minutes before the scheduled kickoff.

"The last 10 miles was pretty tough," said Jamie Klund, Nevada's director of media services. "The team's in pretty good spirits about it and you've just got to roll with the punches."

Officials pushed kickoff back to 8:07 p.m.

Some highways in and out of Laramie were closed periodically because of a winter-like storm that dropped several inches of snow.

On Oct. 6, 1984, a game between San Diego State and Wyoming was delayed several hours because of a storm that closed the highway between Cheyenne and Laramie, forcing the visitors' bus on a 120-mile detour into Colorado.

San Diego State won in an upset, 21-0.

STORM PASSES: Tropical Depression Helene passed Columbia, S.C., before South Carolina's game against Mississippi State. Although skies were overcast, no rain fell during the game. Columbia received more than 2 inches of rain Friday and Saturday, but Gamecocks sports information director Kerry Tharp said the field was covered overnight and was dry for kickoff.

INTERCEPTION RECORD: Bethel's Ben Matthews tied an NCAA record with five interceptions in a 14-13 win over Gustavus. Matthews tied the all-division record shared by eight. Chris Butts of Worcester State was the most recent player to achieve it, on Oct. 10, 1992.

BRIGHAM YOUNG: Quarterback Bret Engemann was helped off the field after re-injuring his right ankle in the third quarter against UNLV. Engemann, who missed last week's loss against Mississippi State with a sprained ankle, was hit by linebacker James Sunia just after releasing the ball.

OHIO STATE: The Buckeyes retired the No. 31 of former halfback and Heisman Trophy winner Vic Janowicz.

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