Saturday notebook

College football

October 30, 2005

Irish eyes are smiling

First-year Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis signed a new 10-year contract yesterday that will keep him as the Irish coach through the 2015 season. Weis, whose No. 9 Fighting Irish are off to a 5-2 start, signed a six-year contract that ran through 2010 when he was hired in December.

Storm watch

Miami played its first home game since Hurricane Wilma struck, and storm reminders were everywhere at the Orange Bowl. Miami's ring of honor, bolted to the steel-faced second deck on the north side, was loosened by wind and removed. Some light towers had bulbs blown away, a few sections were cordoned off because of damage, and the scoreboard screen showing the visitors' total was gone. Plus, the upper deck was emptied in the second quarter, with a few thousand fans moved to the lower bowl as a precaution because of gusty winds.

Goodbye, No. 16

Tennessee starting quarterback Rick Clausen has been wearing Peyton Manning's old No. 16 all season. He wore a different number yesterday as the former All-American's number was retired.

Streaks

Kansas State has lost back-to-back home games for the first time since 1989, Bill Snyder's first season as coach. ... Texas Tech is bowl-eligible for a 13th straight season, the only Big 12 team to be eligible in every year of the league. ... Southern California tied Texas for the 11th-longest winning streak in major college football history, 30 straight.

This and that

Princeton's Derek Javarone kicked his 42nd field goal, an Ivy League record. ... Utah State dropped to 1-9 against Southeastern Conference teams after a 35-3 loss to Alabama, but the Aggies scored a $500,000 payday for the nearly 1,900-mile trip. ... Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer had never lost to South Carolina before last night's 16-15 defeat. The last Tennessee coach who did, Johnny Majors, was forced out of his job six days later in 1992. ... Redshirt freshman Rudy Carpenter threw for 401 yards and three touchdowns in his first start, Arizona State's 44-20 win over Washington.

HEISMAN WATCH

RISING

Brian Calhoun, Wisconsin RB:35 carries for 197 yards and five TDs

RISING

Drew Olson, UCLA QB:24-for-35, 293 yards and two TDs

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