Klingler can have spotlight, Torretta wants Miami win

September 12, 1991|By Jake Curtis | Jake Curtis,San Francisco Chronicle

This summer a wire service story about new University of Miami quarterback Gino Torretta noted that his hometown was Pinhole, Calif.

The wire service, quickly realizing its error, sent a correction saying that Torretta actually lives in Pinola, Calif.

Obviously, Torretta still has some name-recognition problems, being his hometown actually is Pinole, which Torretta describes as "a town about 15 minutes north of Berkeley."

Although no college has the quarterback tradition of Miami, Torretta will enter tonight's nationally televised game against Houston (8 p.m., ESPN) as the "other" quarterback.

It is David Klingler, he of the nine touchdown passes in his opener, that is attracting attention.

Tenth-ranked Houston's run-and-shoot offense and No. 2 Miami's penchant for the pass from its one-back attack suggests an aerial bonanza.

"It's probably going to be one of the longest games in college history," said Torretta. "I hope my arm doesn't get tired."

"But if it's going to be a quarterback duel," said Miami offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski, "we have a lot of faith in Gino."

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