Saturday notebook

college football

November 20, 2005

Changing the tone

As their team captains gathered at midfield for the pregame coin toss, South Carolina and Clemson players lined up just inside their opposing sidelines to symbolically bury the hatchet. Last night's game atWilliams Brice Stadium was the teams' first matchup since a season-ending brawl robbed them both of earned bowl appearances last year.

Hoping to set a more collegial tone from the outset, South Carolina athletic director Eric Hyman and Clemson AD Terry Don Phillips arranged a pre-game handshake.

Milestones

Army coach Bobby Ross, who also coached at The Citadel, Maryland and Georgia Tech, won his 100th game. ... Minnesota became the first team in NCAA history to have two 1,000-yard rushers in three consecutive seasons when Gary Russell (1,045) joined Laurence Maroney (1,355). Maroney and Marion Barber III each reached 1,000 yards in 2003 and 2004.

This and that

Central Florida (8-3, 7-1) earned a spot in the Conference USA title game a year after going winless. ... Brown (9-1, 6-1) won its first outright Ivy League championship with a 52-21 victory over Columbia. It had shared the title with Yale in 1976 and 1999. ... Colorado State is bowl eligible for the 11th time in 13 years under coach Sonny Lubick. Georgia linebacker Tony Taylor could be done for the season. The fourth-year junior underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus Friday.

Early bird

Purdue defensive end Ray Edwards announced that he would enter this year's NFL draft. Edwards, a 6-foot-6, 270-pound junior, started all 12 games as a sophomore and the first six this season before losing his job to Rob Ninkovich. He finished the season with 28 tackles, 5 1/2 sacks and one interception.

Streaks

This is the first time since 1986-1989 that Auburn has won four Iron Bowl games in a row. ... Syracuse lost its eighth straight - its longest losing streak since losing its final game of 1972 and the first eight games of 1973.

Heisman Stock

RISING

Brady Quinn, Notre Dame QB: 21-for-37, 270 yards, 2 TDs

FALLING

Laurence Maroney, Minnesota RB: 7 carries, 10 yards, 0 TDs

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