how the top 25 fared notes

October 19, 2008|By From Sun news services

Clemson, Swinney enjoy "Walk": : Clemson interim coach Dabo Swinney wanted his players to go "all in" the rest of the season. Looks like Tigers' fans got the message, too. Fans stood five and six deep for Swinney's first "Tiger Walk," which the new coach hoped would show his fragile team it wasn't alone as it got ready for visiting Georgia Tech yesterday. Swinney took over Monday after longtime coach Tommy Bowden stepped down amid the Tigers' struggling season. Clemson couldn't sustain the emotion, falling to Georgia Tech, 21-17. Despite the loss, Swinney was proud of the Tigers and how they rebounded from the loss of their coach. "They played with passion and fight today," he said. Among Swinney's first ideas was the walk, often used by colleges for players to interact with fans.

ESPN's Holtz apologizes for Hitler remark:: ESPN analyst Lou Holtz apologized on air for mentioning Adolf Hitler during a college football studio show the previous night. The former Notre Dame coach referenced Hitler while making a point about good and bad leadership during a discussion of the struggles of first-year Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez. An ESPN spokesman said Holtz would not be further disciplined.

Paterno in press box again:: For the third consecutive week, Joe Paterno coached from the press box for No. 3 Penn State. A lingering right hip and leg injury also kept the coach, 81, off the sideline the previous two games and for the second half of the Temple game Sept. 20. Paterno again had to forgo his customary trot out of the tunnel ahead of the Nittany Lions before their 46-17 victory over Michigan. The last time Paterno spent an entire game on the sideline was Sept. 27 against Illinois.

Injury report: : No. 4 Oklahoma lost its top receiver when Manuel Johnson went to the locker room in the first quarter of the team's 45-31 home victory over No. 16 Kansas with an apparent injury to his left arm. Johnson is the Sooners' leading receiver with 32 catches for 553 yards and eight touchdowns this season. ... Alabama defensive tackle Terrence Cody suffered a right knee injury in the third quarter of the team's 24-21 home win over Mississippi. Coach Nick Saban said the second-ranked Crimson Tide's run-stopper likely wouldn't need surgery.

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Times in eight games this season that Iowa's Shonn Greene has rushed for 100 yards. He is gaining 6.5 yards per carry.

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