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January 1, 1992 | GENE WOJCIECHOWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Omar Soto, who began the season as Nebraska's starting fullback, was ruled ineligible by the school Tuesday in a decision that could cost the Cornhuskers their claim to the Big Eight Conference co-championship and possibly its net portion of the $4.3 million payout that comes with tonight's Orange Bowl appearance. Less than 12 hours after the Palm Beach Post reported that Soto played in a preseason scrimmage for Mt.
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January 4, 2008 | From the Associated Press
MIAMI -- The surprising Kansas Jayhawks achieved the unexpected again Thursday night -- they won the Orange Bowl with defense. While their high-powered offense was stymied most of the night, the Jayhawks came up with three interceptions and beat Virginia Tech, 24-21, in the Orange Bowl to cap one of the finest seasons in school history. The turnovers led to 17 Kansas points, including Aqib Talib's 60-yard return for the game's first score. He was chosen the game's most valuable player.
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January 2, 2003 | Rob Fernas, Times Staff Writer
Iowa fullback Edgar Cervantes grew up in Southern California, so it's understandable that he wasn't familiar with bitterly cold Midwest winters when he took his recruiting trip in December 1998. When his plane landed in Cedar Rapids on that frosty day, Cervantes was dressed in T-shirt and shorts. "It was pretty cold," he recalled. "I came off the airplane and coaches were waiting for me with a jacket, so they knew what to expect." Cervantes, of course, had no clue what to expect.
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January 3, 2006 | LONNIE WHITE
PENN STATE (10-1) vs. FLORIDA STATE (8-4) 5 p.m., Channel 7, Miami Line: Penn State by 10. * Update: Penn State Coach Joe Paterno has a 6-1 record against Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden. The Nittany Lions are led by quarterback Michael Robinson, who completed 51.8% of his passes for 2,097 yards and 16 touchdowns. Robinson also rushed for 785 yards and 11 touchdowns. Tony Hunt leads the team in rushing with 1,047 yards and Deon Butler is the top receiver with 36 catches for 678 yards.
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January 1, 1988 | RICHARD HOFFER, Times Staff Writer
In other games, these two teams would have been hailed as heavies. But matched against one another in tonight's Orange Bowl, Miami and Oklahoma make a hard choice for those determined to find a morality play--or big-time wrestling--in postseason college football. "Who is the bad guy in this game," wondered Dante Jones, one of several self-styled rogues from Oklahoma. Tough-talking Oklahoma, so laden down with gold jewelry that the players seem to walk in a constant stoop?
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July 11, 1991 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard Schultz, executive director of the NCAA, predicted early this year that college football will soon have a playoff system that determines a true national champion. "It's coming before you know it," he said. In the meantime, officials of four bowls, five conferences and Notre Dame announced Wednesday that they have agreed to form an alliance to make a national championship game more likely each year, starting with the 1992 season.
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January 4, 2008 | From the Associated Press
MIAMI -- The surprising Kansas Jayhawks achieved the unexpected again Thursday night -- they won the Orange Bowl with defense. While their high-powered offense was stymied most of the night, the Jayhawks came up with three interceptions and beat Virginia Tech, 24-21, in the Orange Bowl to cap one of the finest seasons in school history. The turnovers led to 17 Kansas points, including Aqib Talib's 60-yard return for the game's first score. He was chosen the game's most valuable player.
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January 2, 1999 | J.A. ADANDE
The last time the Florida Gators went to the Orange Bowl, in the 1966 season, it was because quarterback Steve Spurrier had a Heisman Trophy-winning year to lead them there. Tonight the 9-2 Gators are facing Syracuse in the Orange Bowl primarily because they're from the state of Florida and can sell more tickets than a higher-ranked Kansas State team that lost only once in the regular season. "Nobody said life was supposed to be fair," said Spurrier, now in his ninth year as Florida's coach.
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January 2, 1999 | J.A. ADANDE
FLORIDA (9-2) vs. SYRACUSE (8-3) 5 p.m. PST, Channel 7 * Bowl records: Florida 12-13, Syracuse 10-7-1 * Series history: Syracuse leads, 2-1. * How the teams got there: Both teams came close to derailing Tennessee's perfect season, Syracuse right off the bat. The Orangemen squandered a late lead on a long drive and a last-second field goal in the season opener. Florida missed a field-goal attempt in overtime, allowing Tennessee to escape with a 20-17 victory on Sept. 19.
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January 3, 2001 | BILL PLASCHKE
When I think of Chris Weinke, I think not of a tall, blond quarterback, but a short, red-haired mom. She was a college classmate. In a room full of unspoiled dreams and fresh mouths, she was our most unusual classmate. Unusual because she was old. The red-haired mom was around 28, which at the time seemed like 50. She had a child, which at the time seemed like a dozen. She was one of us, but she wasn't. She engaged in less small talk. She took better notes. She worried more about tests.
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January 6, 2005 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
About the only way Matt Leinart could have topped his Orange Bowl performance in the eyes of adoring USC fans was to return to campus and declare that he was sticking around for his senior season. As he did while throwing five touchdown passes during the Trojans' 55-19 victory over Oklahoma, Leinart played it cool Wednesday afternoon amid chants of "One more year! One more year!" saying he would wait until the Jan. 15 deadline before deciding whether to make himself eligible for the NFL draft.
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January 5, 2005 | Bill Plaschke
Computers can't crash this. Polls won't pollute this. Biases don't break this. Not now, not after three years of whiny debate and nagging doubt ended Tuesday in bloodied faces and busted perceptions. USC stuck a four-hour fist into an Oklahoma mouth. USC slapped a grass-stained, padded forearm around a national consciousness. Amid grinding and whirring and banging, USC lowered a cardinal-and-gold dome upon a deep foundation. Welcome to the college football's new capital.
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January 5, 2005 | David Wharton, Times Staff Writer
Somewhere amid the long passes, dazzling runs and leaping interceptions, one of the most-anticipated bowl games in college football history turned into a coronation. In a matchup of undefeated teams, No. 1 USC overwhelmed No. 2 Oklahoma at the Orange Bowl on Tuesday night, winning, 55-19, and leaving no doubt they are this season's national champion. The victory, before a crowd of 77,912 at Pro Player Stadium, assured the Trojans the top spot in the bowl championship series.
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January 5, 2005 | J.A. Adande
Matt Leinart can't top this. It can't get any better for the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Most Valuable Player of the Orange Bowl, holder at last of the bowl championship series version of the national championship. That's exactly why he should stay in school. At this point it's not about surpassing, it's about sustaining. I wouldn't blame him for leaving a year early and seeking a two-comma salary in the NFL, for wanting the challenge of playing against the best in the world.
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January 5, 2005 | GARY KLEIN
Gary Klein's keys to the game, and how the Trojans measured up: 1. Stop the running game. After Oklahoma's first drive of the game, USC's defense controlled the line of scrimmage and contained Sooner running back Adrian Peterson. Oklahoma was forced to pass and USC intercepted quarterback Jason White three times. 2. Establish the run.
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January 5, 2005
PLAYER OF THE GAME * Trojan quarterback Matt Leinart, who completed 18 of 35 passes for 332 yards and an Orange Bowl-record five touchdowns. TURNING POINT * Mark Bradley fumbled a punt return inside the Oklahoma five. USC recovered at the six, scored to take a 14-7 lead and never looked back. KEY STAT * Heisman Trophy runner-up Adrian Peterson ran for only 82 yards in 25 carries. He averaged 153.6 yards a game during the season.
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January 2, 2005 | Bill Plaschke
The hero was going to hit the worshiper. The coach was going to hit the player. The father was going to hit the son. Several years ago in another corner of the continent, Mosi Tatupu was scolding son Lofa in the tiny high school football office when Lofa cursed him and walked away. Mosi pulled him back inside, closed the door, and here it came, 16 years of pushing and prodding boiling over into one punch. Recalled Mosi: "I was tired of his attitude."
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January 4, 2005 | Bill Plaschke
The whisper twists around the ears like a cold Berkeley wind: USC can lose this game. The thought tugs at the skin like a wet Pullman chill: USC can lose this game. No longer restrained by politics or protocol, the Trojans are expected to finally make it official tonight, beating Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl for the national college football championship, a belated coronation for a program that has been the best for the last three seasons. Except for one thing: USC can lose this game.
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January 5, 2005 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
Almost from the start, it had all the earmarks of a rout. Missed defensive assignments, a stumble by a key player in the secondary, a receiver snaring a touchdown pass despite being sandwiched by two defenders. Tuesday's bowl championship series game did turn out to be a rout -- but not by the team that at first seemed primed to prevail. It was the USC defense that stumbled and bumbled on Oklahoma's first possession of the Orange Bowl, but not for long.
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January 5, 2005 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
Chris Carlisle waited, pacing in the predawn darkness on the track at USC's Cromwell Field. It was not yet 6 a.m. on a cold February morning. Only weeks earlier, USC had won a share of its first national championship in 25 years by beating Michigan in the Rose Bowl Carlisle, USC's strength and conditioning coach, glanced anxiously at his watch. Then he raised his gaze toward the gate. Will Collins, a redshirt freshman snapper, was the first player through.
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