Saturday notebook

October 01, 2006

Signs of the times

The disappointment of some Miami fans was evident even before the game, when three different messages calling for the firing of both embattled coach Larry Coker and athletic director Paul Dee were flown over the stadium, amid advertisements for insurance and pizza. There was one pro-Coker banner: "Real Canes fans support Coach Coker."

Notable

Deon Butler set a Penn State record with 216 receiving yards. ... Tennessee's 41-7 victory was its first blowout against Memphis since 2001 and was the largest margin of victory since a 55-16 win in 1969. ... Selwyn Lymon had eight catches for 238 yards - the second most by a Purdue receiver and the most ever by a Notre Dame opponent. ... Central Connecticut set a school record for points in its 73-13 victory over St. Peter's.

Buoniconti's return

"Today I feel like more of a whole man," said Marc Buoniconti, the former Citadel linebacker who was left paralyzed from the shoulders down after making a tackle against East Tennessee State in 1985. Buoniconti was on campus Friday to celebrate his 40th birthday. He received a class of 1988 Citadel ring, spoke to members of the football team and saw his jersey retired. Buoniconti spent a year in the hospital and later filed a negligence suit against the state military college. An $800,000 settlement was reached during a 1988 trial.

Injuries

Florida running back DeShawn Wynn twisted his right knee during the second half, ending his bid for a third consecutive 100-yard game. The senior's status for next weekend's crucial Southeastern Conference game against No. 9 LSU is uncertain. ... Army's Ricky Lay was hospitalized after being injured while returning a kickoff in the fourth quarter. The extent and nature of his injury was not immediately clear, but Army athletic spokesman Bob Beretta said initial indications on Lay's condition were positive.

It's all over

Williams scored 24 unanswered points in the second half to beat Trinity, 41-16, ending the longest current winning streak in the NCAA at 31 games.

HEISMAN STOCK

RISING

Garrett Wolfe, Northern Illinois RB: 31 carries for 353 yards and three TDs

FALLING

Ted Ginn, Ohio State WR: seven catches for 69 yards and no TDs

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