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College Football Spotlight : BETTER LATE THAN NEVER FOR THE "ICEMAN" DEBUT

October 30, 1994|Bob Cuomo, Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, Jim Hodges and Lonnie White

Around Kutztown, Pa., the biggest question throughout the football season has been: "When will the 'Iceman' play?"

On Saturday, that question was answered when Chuck (The Iceman) Roseberry, a 46-year-old grandfather of four, played for three downs in Kutztown's 18-14 home loss to Shippensburg.

Roseberry, a 6-foot-4 sophomore defensive tackle, entered the game to a standing ovation with 4:14 remaining in the second quarter with Kutztown ahead, 14-3. On first down, Roseberry was slow to react to the snap and was blocked by Shippensburg's 6-foot-4, 271-pound tackle Dwaine Shultz.

"I thought they were going to double-team me, so I hesitated to see who was going to block me," said Roseberry, who had played in his last football game as a senior at Warren Hills High of Washington, N.J., in 1965. "That's why I didn't get off the ball so well."

On second down, Shultz knocked Roseberry down with a block and then smashed Roseberry's helmet into the grass after the play.

"After he did that, (Shultz) said to me, 'How's that old man?' " Roseberry said. "I said, 'I'm fine. Just bring it again.' "

On third down, Roseberry played Shultz to a standstill on a pass.

"When I took two steps out on the field, the crowd went crazy, it was bedlam," Roseberry said. "The kids (Roseberry's teammates) said, 'Are you ready?' and I said, 'Are you kidding? I've been waiting all my life for this.' "

Roseberry was in for three plays. His statistics: zero tackles, zero assists, zero sacks, zero interceptions, zero forced fumbles and zero fumble recoveries.

Kutztown Coach Al Leonzi said Roseberry will travel with the team for the final two road games at Towson State and East Stroudsburg State.

WATCH OUT PENN STATE, HERE COME THE DUCKS

After upsetting No. 11 Arizona, 10-9, Oregon has a chance to do something it has not done in 37 years. Play in the Rose Bowl.

With a 4-1 Pacific 10 Conference record, Oregon is tied for first place. The Ducks have defeated two of the teams they are tied with, USC and Arizona, but lost to Washington State.

Members of the 1957 Oregon team, which is the last to play in the Rose Bowl, were honored guests at Autzen Stadium and watched as Oregon's "Gang Green" defense was just as dominating as Arizona's touted "Desert Swarm."

"It's obviously a surprise that Arizona and Oregon were playing a game of this importance, not from Arizona's standpoint but from ours," Oregon Coach Rich Brooks said. "Most of the preseason polls picked Oregon to be eighth or ninth or 10th in the league."

TAKE THIS SIGN AND . . .

Nebraska quarterback Brook Berringer had a difficult time trying to ignore a sign on a wall behind the Cornhuskers' bench before their home game against No. 2 Colorado. The sign read:

"Quarterback. We don't need no stinkin' quarterback."

To answer his critics, Berringer completed 12 of 17 passes for 142 yards and one touchdown in an effort that would have made even injured starter Tommie Frazier proud.

"I feel like everybody on this team has a lot of confidence in me and that I've shown a lot of poise and leadership," said Berringer, who has recovered from a collapsed lung he suffered early in the season. "I hope everyone is convinced now. I think that I've put all the doubts--if there were any left--aside."

. . . AND THE GOAL POST TOO

Nebraska fans let ESPN's Lee Corso know how they felt about his pre-game prediction that Colorado would win.

The fans ripped down the goal posts following Nebraska's 24-7 victory and deposited part of one on the set used by the ESPN television crew.

"This isn't out of line with our image as classy fans," a Nebraska student said. "I mean, hey, we put the thing on the guy's desk, we didn't beat him with it or hang him from it!"

TIRED LEGS

Arnold Mickens rushed for more than 200 yards for the eighth consecutive game and broke the NCAA Division I-AA single-season rushing record as Butler defeated Evansville, 49-14, at Indianapolis.

Mickens, a transfer from Indiana, scored three touchdowns and gained 244 yards to total 2,111 yards this season, breaking the 11-year-old record of 2,016 held by Akron's James Black.

. . . MORE TIRED LEGS

Undefeated Allegheny (Pa.) gained an NCAA Division III record 774 yards in total offense and had five players rush for at least 60 yards in a 62-7 defeat of Wooster (Ohio).

Chuck Bremer ran for 109 yards on 18 carries and two scores, John Jones ran for 90 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries and Mark Schiano caught two touchdown passes from Paul Bell for the Gators.

HEISMAN MATERIAL

Steve McNair continued to make his case for being the nation's top player when he broke the Division I-AA career passing yardage record in leading Alcorn State back from a 35-7 deficit to tie Samford, 45-45, at Birmingham, Ala.

McNair, who completed 37 of 63 passes for 563 yards and four touchdowns, scored on a six-yard run with 55 seconds remaining, then scored the two-point conversion to tie the game.

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