Friday, October 8, 2004

Extra points



One-sided rivalry

How long has Bo Scaife been playing for Texas? Long enough to remember beating Oklahoma.

Yep, Scaife remembers all the way back to 1999, when he was a freshman tight end and the Longhorns beat OU 38-28.

"It was a long time ago," said Scaife, a sixth-year senior hoping for one last chance to walk out of the Red River Shootout a victor. "It's time again."

Scaife and Oklahoma quarterback Jason White are the only holdovers from '99 still in uniform for the game between the No. 5 Longhorns and No. 2 Sooners, both 4-0. Scaife was on the field for about 20 plays as the Longhorns rallied from a 17-0 first-half disadvantage to post the biggest comeback in school history.

Oklahoma has won the schools' past four meetings.

Early holes for No. 1

Top-ranked Southern California has been plagued by slow starts this season - trailing at halftime in two of its first four games.

Falling into an early hole did in the Trojans in their only loss last season, a 34-31 triple-overtime defeat at California. USC (4-0) hopes not to fall into the same trap this year against the seventh-ranked Bears (3-0).

"Everyone seems to be concerned about this, but I'm probably the least concerned about it," USC coach Pete Carroll said. "I know you can't win a game in the first quarter. ... You can't lose it either, unless you give up."

A fast start was key to Cal's upset last season. The Golden Bears scored first and never trailed.

Cooling the air

Florida State's running game has taken some of the pressure off sophomore quarterback Wyatt Sexton.

For the first time since 1994 - a span of 115 games - the Seminoles have run for more yards than they've gained passing for three straight games. They've gained 686 yards rushing compared to 615 passing.

Play for win, not revenge

A year later, the memory still stings Minnesota coach Glen Mason. The unbeaten Golden Gophers were dominating Michigan by 21 points with a quarter left, yet ended up losing 38-35.

But Mason said the idea that his team is out for redemption when it takes on the No. 14 Wolverines in the Big House on Saturday is downright laughable.

"This idea of revenge, you waste time thinking about last year and all those kind of silly things, you're not going to have a chance," Mason said.




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