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Two Quarterbacks Are Injured

Column by Bo Light
Sports Columnist

Today's column will be shortened due to two problem sets and a paper. I do have time to tell you, however, about injuries to two Heisman-candidate quarterbacks.

Nebraska's Tommie Frazier has been hospitalized since Sunday with a blood clot behind his right knee. Frazier will miss tomorrow's game against Wyoming (the Huskers are still favored by over 30 points), and could be out longer. Meanwhile, Alcorn State QB Steve McNair is expected to play this weekend despite suffering a first-degree shoulder separation in last week's loss to Sam Houston State. McNair had passed for almost 400 yards in that game before leaving in the fourth quarter. Now, let's skip the previews and go straight to the reason everyone reads this section anyway.

The Predictions

Colleges:

MIT 17, Stonehill 16: Engineers score the winning touchdown on a "fumblerooskie" play, which as it turns out is still legal in some states.

BU 23, James Madison 7: And the beat goes on for the unbeatable Terriers.

Florida 28, Mississippi 0: Gators' lowest offensive output of the season is due to local "quarterback for a day" contest, won by regular QB Terry Dean's 70-year-old grandmother. Mrs. Dean, unable to overcome the fact that she uses a walker, only completes 12 of 15 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown.

Nebraska 56, Wyoming 17: You think a team that averages over 480 yards rushing a game is going to miss their starting quarterback? Even Terry Dean's grandmother can hand off.

Stanford 24, Notre Dame 23: Stanford is 1񩧽, a 15-point underdog, and playing in South Bend. No contest, really.

Penn State 60, Temple 15: Temple goes for two on their second touchdown to keep the Nittany Lions, 45.5 point favorites, from covering the spread.

NFL:

New England 28, Green Bay 20: The Pet Rocks still have one of the worst defenses in the league, but they've proven they can win as long as they can score less than 35 points in a game.

Washington 14, Dallas 10: Dallas may be America's Team, but the 'Skins are an 11-point underdog, and all America loves an underdog. Besides, you try winning in RFK Stadium.

Niners 30, Philly 24: In a story that has become typical to Eagles fans, Randall Cunningham will suffer a season-ending injury on the final drive of the day, killing Philadelphia's playoff hopes once again.

Seattle 7, Indy 0: But who cares?

Pittsburgh 25, Houston 17: Oh boy, the AFC Central. On Monday night. This game shouldn't hurt Murphy Brown's ratings any.

Finally

Henning Colsman-Freyberger '96 sent in this very complete answer to last week's trivia question on Monday night:

"The first NFL champion was Akron Pro in 1920, who had the best record that season. The league was still called the American Professional Football Association. The first NFL championship game was played in 1932 in Chicago. The Bears beat the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans 90. The game was supposed to be played in Wrigley Field, but was moved to an improvised 80-yard dirt field in Chicago Stadium because of a snowstorm and the bitter cold, making the game the first indoor title as well."