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Spurrier: There could be changes, not at QB

By ANTONYA ENGLISH

© St. Petersburg Times,
published October 22, 2001


GAINESVILLE -- Florida coach Steve Spurrier said Sunday there might be changes in the starting lineup Saturday against Georgia but quarterback Rex Grossman will not be among those.

Grossman threw four interceptions in Florida's 23-20 loss at Auburn on Oct. 13, but Spurrier said the quarterback is safe for now.

"No, that was not a position I'd talked about," Spurrier said when asked if backup quarterback Brock Berlin might see more playing time. "Rex certainly didn't have near the game that he's had earlier, but really, all those interceptions were not all his fault."

Senior fullback Rob Roberts will also remain at long snapper, despite his errant snap in the Auburn game that led to a Tigers' score.

Others might not be so fortunate.

"You can always expect some changes if we feel like one player deserves to play instead of another one," Spurrier said.

POLLS: Miami held the top spot in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today rankings. The Hurricanes, idle Saturday, received 47 first-place votes and 1,771 points from the 72 sports writers and broadcasters on the AP panel. Oklahoma had 22 first-place votes.

BCS: The Bowl Championship Series standings will be released today for the first time this season. The top two teams in the BCS at the end of the season meet in the national title game at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 3.

ARIZONA: Defensive end Johnny Jackson was released from a hospital after being carried off the field against Washington. Initial reports said he had hurt his neck but a Seattle hospital said he was uninjured.

MICHIGAN ST.: Quarterback Ryan Van Dyke, third in the Big Ten in passing efficiency (143.3 rating), will miss three weeks with a fractured jaw. The backup was injured Saturday against Minnesota. He had his jaw set and wired shut.

RUTGERS: Coach Greg Schiano said linebacker Brad Cunningham, carried off the field Saturday against Navy, has no major injury to his neck. Cunningham, a freshman, was released from a hospital after tests.

UCLA: Cornerback Matt Ware (sprained ankle) had to be helped to the locker room in the second half against Cal. He is doubtful for Saturday's game at Stanford.

Late Saturday

UCLA 56, CALIFORNIA 17: DeShaun Foster rushed 24 times for 117 yards and three touchdowns for the host Bruins, who handed Cal its ninth consecutive loss, equaling a school record.

LSU 42, MISSISSIPPI ST. 0: Rohan Davey and receiver Josh Reed hooked up 10 times for 146 yards and two touchdowns for the visiting Tigers, who have won consecutive road games for the first time in four years. Davey was 16-for-25 for 255 yards and three touchdowns.

ARIZONA ST. 41, OREGON ST. 24: Delvon Flowers ran for 226 yards and two touchdowns for the host Sun Devils. Flowers, who missed last season because of a knee injury, scored on runs of 74 and 28 yards in the biggest game by an Arizona State running back in the past 28 years, and the sixth-best ever.

N.C. A&T 76, HOWARD 30: Maurice Hicks carried the ball 11 times for 114 yards and four touchdowns for host North Carolina A&T, which won despite giving up 577 passing yards.

SOUTH CAROLINA 46, VANDERBILT 14: Phil Petty was 13-for-21 for 208 yards and two touchdowns as host and then No. 16 South Carolina rolled up a school-record 656 yards.

NEBRASKA 41, TEXAS TECH 31: Eric Crouch passed for three touchdowns and ran for another for host Nebraska, which survived a scare. The Red Raiders had 440 yards of offense, 75 more than anyone had gained against the No. 3 Cornhuskers this season. Nebraska put the game away in the fourth quarter by holding off Tech on two fourth-down plays.

WASHINGTON 31, ARIZONA 28: Two weeks after separating his throwing shoulder, Cody Pickett ran 3 yards for the winning touchdown with 13 seconds left as the Huskies, then ranked No. 15, rallied. Pickett threw touchdowns of 78 and 75 yards in the first quarter and finished 29-of-49 for a career-high 455 yards.

CINCINNATI 29, HOUSTON 28: DeMarco McCleskey's 5-yard touchdown run with 7:59 left lifted the visiting Bearcats.

-- Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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