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January 4, 2010 | By Chris Foster
Nebraska is still on the minds of Texas' offensive linemen. Preparing to confront a fierce Alabama defense in the Bowl Championship Series title game Thursday at the Rose Bowl, the question is whether the Longhorns have enough up front. The Nebraska game was the topic of conversation during Sunday's media rounds, and will certainly be touched on during Longhorns practices at UC Irvine this week. There are plenty of connect-the-dot comparisons between Alabama and Nebraska on defense, but Texas' Colt McCoy will be happy to know that the way they rush the quarterback isn't one of them.
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January 4, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Offensive linemen don't win Heisman Trophies. Neither do running backs without a few 300-pound bulldozers clearing a path. That's why Alabama running back Mark Ingram's Heisman acceptance speech last month included a shout-out to his five faves. "Everything I do starts with them," Ingram said Monday. "I try to give them as much praise, as much acknowledgment, as I could because they're kind of like the unsung heroes. They talk about me, but they're never on the picture, they're never on the highlights."
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January 4, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
Texas Christian Coach Gary Patterson answered the question -- "What sparked this revival?" -- by pointing to the picture hanging in his office. "That changed things," he said. "That wall is where we started." The photo commemorated Texas Christian's victory over USC in the 1998 Sun Bowl, the underdog Horned Frogs walking out of El Paso with a win. Patterson was the team's defensive coordinator, taking over as coach in 2000 when Dennis Franchione left for Alabama. In the decade since, Patterson has transformed what had been a grainy, newsreel program into a modern power, something only the elderly remember in Fort Worth.
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January 2, 2010 | By Gary Klein
Oregon's season started with a loss that was punctuated by running back LeGarrette Blount's infamous postgame punch. It ended Friday in the 96th Rose Bowl with the Ducks' usually high-powered offense made punchless by Ohio State. Blount, once again, played a pivotal role in the Ducks' 26-17 defeat. The senior from Florida, who was suspended after his Sept. 3 postgame outburst at Boise State, scored the Ducks' first touchdown. But his third-quarter fumble deep in Ohio State territory ended a scoring opportunity with Oregon trailing by two points.
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January 1, 2010
Rk. Team Rec. Result Next 1. KANSAS 12-0 Did not play at No. 18 Temple, Saturday 2. TEXAS 12-0 Did not play Texas A&M C.C., Saturday 3. KENTUCKY 14-0 Did not play Louisville, Saturday 4. PURDUE 12-0 Did not play No. 6 West Virginia, today 5. SYRACUSE 13-0 Did not play Pittsburgh, Saturday ...
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January 1, 2010
Oregon offense vs. Ohio State defense This is going to be fun to watch, with the Ducks taking a fastbreak offense averaging 37.7 points a game against a Buckeyes defense giving up only 12.2. What gives? Ohio State offense vs. Oregon defense The Buckeyes obviously studied Oregon-Stanford tape and realized you beat the Ducks' undersized defense by running right at them. Oregon's motto will be "stop the run" and make Terrelle Pryor try to win the game with his arm. Special teams Ohio State senior kicker Aaron Pettrey has been cleared to play after returning from early November knee surgery.
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January 1, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Casey Matthews will have no trouble finding his way to the Rose Bowl this morning. "It seems like everyone in my family has played in it but me," said the junior linebacker for Oregon. It seems like everyone in his family has won there, too. His father Clay, uncle Bruce and brother Clay III all did that for USC. So Casey had some questions to answer when he showed up at Oregon. "People looked at me and just said, 'Oh, you're branching off.' But I just wanted to set my own legacy," he said.
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January 1, 2010
OUTBACK Northwestern (8-4) vs. Auburn (7-5) Kickoff: 8 a.m., Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla. TV: ESPN. About Northwestern: The Wildcats, whose only postseason victory came in the 1949 Rose Bowl, haven't been to a Jan. 1 bowl since 1997. This season Northwestern was 5-4, including losses to Syracuse and Minnesota, before finishing with three straight victories, including at Iowa and versus Wisconsin. About Auburn: Quarterback Chris Todd and running back Ben Tate led a strong offense early in the season (5-0 start)
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January 1, 2010
Oregon is in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1995. Ohio State returns to the Arroyo Seco for the first time since 1997. Times staff writer Gary Klein looks at some of the game's key issues and matchups when the Pacific 10 Conference champion Ducks play the Big Ten Conference champion Buckeyes. Movers and shakers Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli mans the controls of a spread-option offense that operates at a quick pace before and after the snap. Masoli has completed 59% of his passes for 15 touchdowns, with five interceptions.
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