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Upsets set up Rose Bowl confusion

By Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 8, 2000


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue-Northwestern for the Big Ten title?

That could happen.

The Boilermakers threw the conference race into chaos by upsetting Michigan 32-31 on Saturday. The picture is so unsettled that next Saturday's Boilermakers-Wildcats showdown at Ryan Field might determine the Big Ten's representative in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.

"We're going to enjoy this win tonight, but we have a lot of work ahead of us," said Purdue placekicker Travis Dorsch, who beat the Wolverines with a 33-yard field goal with four seconds left.

Three weeks into a wild Big Ten season, only 3-0 Ohio State and 2-1 Purdue control their destinies.

If the Boilermakers win their remaining games, they would finish 7-1 in Big Ten play and advance to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1966. Purdue meets Ohio State here Oct. 28.

If the Buckeyes win their remaining games, they would be 8-0 in Big Ten play. Northwestern, which drubbed Indiana to improve to 3-0, also could finish 8-0. But the Wildcats don't play Ohio State, and if the schools tie for first Ohio State would draw the Rose Bowl berth on the strength of a better overall record.

There's one catch in that scenario: An unbeaten Buckeyes team might be invited to the Bowl Championship Series title game in the Orange Bowl. In that event, the Rose Bowl would be free to pick any eligible team, including Northwestern. A 10-1 Wildcats team would receive strong consideration from Rose Bowl officials who have had a relationship with the Big Ten for more than 50 years.

SOONER BLACKOUT: Hundreds of thousands of TV viewers in Oklahoma didn't see the first 18 minutes of the Sooners' game against rival Texas.

A glitch prevented KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City from showing the satellite feed from the Cotton Bowl as Andre Woolfolk caught a 29-yard touchdown with 11:37 left in the first quarter to put OU ahead.

Until things got straightened out, KOCO-TV aired the game between No. 6 Michigan and Purdue.

Confused viewers checked the TV listings, flipped channels or called the station.

"Right now we can't even go and cover stories, we're just so busy answering every phone call that we can," KOCO-TV's Jeremy Hubbard said about 3 p.m. Calls "are slowing down but they're still coming in."

The problem stemmed from a power failure in satellite receiving equipment, according to David Evans, station director of engineering.

NOTRE DAME-NAVY: Tickets are available for the 74th game between the Fighting Irish and the Midshipmen at noon Saturday at the Florida Citrus Bowl. They can be purchased at Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (407) 839-3900 or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com.

PASSING MARK: Zamir Amin of Menlo College set an all-divisions record, passing for 731 yards in the Division III school's 37-32 loss to Cal Lutheran. The senior quarterback, who was 39-of-66, broke the record of 716 yards set by David Klingler of Division I-A Houston against Arizona State on Dec. 2, NOTRE DAME-NAVY: Tickets are available for the 74th game between the Fighting Irish and the Midshipmen at noon Saturday at the Florida Citrus Bowl. They can be purchased at Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (407) 839-3900 or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com.

MARYLAND: Linebacker E.J. Henderson, who had 10 tackles against Virginia, sprained a medial collateral ligament and could be out 2-3 weeks.

PURDUE: Quarterback Drew Brees broke Chuck Long's Big Ten record for touchdown passes and Mark Herrmann's school record for passing yardage. Brees has 76 touchdowns and 10,054 yards.

SOUTHERN CAL: Wide receiver Marcell Allmond broke a shin bone and is expected to be sidelined for three months.

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