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Stonehill Sets Team Records Defeating the Engineers 57-20

Column by Bo Light
Sports Columnist

Welcome back to football, the only major sport without a labor dispute.

Wanna hear what happened this weekend? A lot of teams played, and about half of them won their games. A couple of guys ran for over 100 yards (some for quite a lot over 100 yards - read on), and some quarterbacks threw passes for touchdowns or were intercepted. You say you'd like more details?

Okay.

Colleges

MIT was in a record-setting game for the second straight week. Last week, the Engineers recorded an ECFC-record 11 sacks in a 226 thumping of Western New England College. This week, Stonehill set school records for points, touchdown passes, and total offense in a 5720 thumping of MIT. Stonehill's quarterback threw for six touchdowns and accounted for 311 of the Chieftains' 662 yards in total offense. MIT led, 76, early in the second quarter, but Stonehill scored four times before halftime to put the game out of reach.

Boston University's winning streak is over. The Terriers were beaten by James Madison, 2421 in their home opener. Boston appeared to outplay the Dukes in almost every aspect of the game, but two turnovers by quarterback Robert Dougherty led to the first 10 points by JMU and proved too costly to the Terriers. Pessimistic fans needn't worry, however; the BU hockey team held its sixth annual Midnight Madness Sunday night, and they look good.

Florida's games keep getting closer and closer. After this week's 3814 romp over Mississippi, it seems conceivable that a team will come within a touchdown of the Gators sometime this season. The game originally looked like a shootout, tied 1414 halfway through the first quarter, but the scoring fizzled after halftime, when Florida scored only 10 points, and Ole Miss got nothing. Terry Dean threw four more touchdown passes for the Gators, who play LSU next week.

Second-ranked Nebraska was actually losing to Wyoming Saturday. The Cowboys held a 217 lead late in the first half, but the Huskers eventually reeled them in and won, 4232. Without starting quarterback Tommie Frazier (out for two weeks with a blood clot), Nebraska played a conservative strategy, and it almost cost them, as the game was not decided until late in the fourth quarter, when Lawrence Phillips scored following a Wyoming turnover for the final points of the game. Nebraska's NCAA-leading rushing attack managed "only" 322 yards, but this was more than enough to stymie the Cowboys, whose leading rusher had 12 carries for zero yards.

Colorado had another last-second victory, but this one wasn't quite as exciting as last week's. After the 64-yard Hail Mary to beat Michigan, Buffalo fans seemed almost bored by Neil Voskeritchian's 24-yard field goal with one second left. That field goal beat Texas, 3431, and moved Colorado to 40 heading into their conference schedule. The nation's leading scorer, Rashaan Salaam, might now be the nation's leading rusher as well after an incredible, 317-yard performance. Wait till he plays Nebraska.

Michigan, still smarting from the loss to Colorado, got some of their self-respect back with a 2914 win over Big Ten opponent Iowa. Tyrone Wheatley, who is now fully recovered from his shoulder separation, picked up 182 yards on 35 carries for the Wolverines, who won their 13th straight conference opener. The Hawkeyes led, 73, early in the second quarter, but Michigan scored 19 points before Iowa got another first down, and the Hawkeyes just couldn't come back.

Look out, BC. You may have had a week to rest, but I don't think that will matter against Notre Dame. The Irish finally looked like a power again after a 3415 whupping of Stanford. Ron Powlus, who was intercepted four times two weeks ago, and completed only nine of 14 passes last week, found his touch at last, and completed 11 of 14 passes this week for 166 yards and three touchdowns. Stanford played an extreme ball-control offense in the first half, but despite beating Notre Dame in every other form of offense, they trailed, 103, at halftime. Cardinal quarterback Steve Senstrom (3759, 360 yards, 2 TD's) was a bright spot in the loss.

NFL

Holy Cow, the Patriots won again! This time they beat Green Bay, 1716. Drew Bledsoe (2953, 312 yards) was awesome and overused once again, and a good thing, too, as New England managed only 48 yards rushing. The keys to the game, though, were penalties; New England had three for 15 yards, the Packers were penalized eight times for 69 yards. The Packers led most of the game, and after falling behind, 1410, rallied to take the lead. However, the snap on the extra point attempt was bad, and when Matt Bahr kicked a field goal with 4 seconds left, Green Bay lost its chance for overtime as well.

The Giants lost their first game of the season on Sunday. New York looked less than impressive in a 2722 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Rookie quarterback Dave Brown completed 20 of 35 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns, but was also intercepted twice (one was returned 33 yards for a touchdown) and sacked seven, count 'em seven, times. This game was also marked by a complete lack of a running game - the two teams combined for 117 yards; Barry Sanders and Jerome Bettis both rushed for at least that total on their own Sunday.

It just wasn't New York's day. The Jets lost their third straight game, 277 to Cleveland. The Browns scored their first three rushing touchdowns of the season, all in a 15-minute span that saw Cleveland go up 240 on four straight possessions. Only an amazing grab by Rob Moore on a Jack Trudeau pass late in the fourth quarter allowed the Jets to avoid the shutout. The story of the game: turnovers. New York had three, Cleveland none. It's usually pretty easy to predict the winner when that occurs.

It wasn't a good day for rookie quarterbacks, either. Washington, in typically boneheaded fashion, replaced competent starter John Friesz with alleged wonderboy Heath Shuler, and paid the price. Shuler completed 11 of 30 passes and committed numerous errors, as the Skins wound up on the short end of a 347 disaster against the Cowboys. How quickly did Dallas score? Emmitt Smith rushed for 48 yards and two touchdowns before leaving with a pulled hamstring - in the second quarter. Considering Emmitt had 20 more yards than Washington did all day, I'd say the Redskins are lucky he hurt himself, or things might have been REALLY ugly.

The Detroit-Tampa Bay game was a game of firsts and seconds. Vernon Turner had an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown, Tampa's first runback for a score in team history. Rogerick Green registered the Bucs' first blocked punt in five years. Lions kicker Jason Hanson missed a 26-yard field goal - his first miss inside of 40 yards in his career. Barry Sanders had his longest run ever, and the second longest run in Detroit history - 85 yards. And Tampa Bay won their second game, 2414, to knock the Lions out of second place in the NFC Central.

The NFC Central might be the weakest division in the league, if it weren't for the AFC. Da Bears did their best to prove that Sunday, beating Buffalo 2013 in a painfully slow-paced game. Chicago scored the winning touchdown on a fourth-and-goal sneak by current quarterback Dave Walsh (where have you gone, Eric Kramer?) The Bills, who played without Thurman Thomas (sprained right knee), were further handicapped when Jim Kelly came out flat. Kelly threw for only 99 yards and was picked off twice, sealing Buffalo's fate.

In the much over-hyped battle of Shulas, Dad Don and his Dolphins walked away with a rather predictable, rather easy 237 win over son Dave and the Bungles - I mean Bengals. Dan Marino had a fine day, completing 26 of 35 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns. Cincinnati had a chance to stay in the game, as they actually led 70, but a field goal attempt on their second possession hit the crossbar, and five turnovers later, the air had gone out of their sails.

In the big Shocker of the Day, San Francisco had a big-time letdown, and got blown out by Philadelphia, 408. Steve Young had one of the worst days of his career, as he was intercepted twice, sacked for a safety, and finally knocked out of the game in the third quarter. The Niner defense, which was missing Deion Sanders (sprained ankle), was torn apart by Randall Cunnigham, who had 20 completions in 29 attempts, and led the Eagles to a 308 halftime lead. Rookie running back Charlie Garner rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries for the Eagles in his first NFL game.

Trivia Question

Who won the Heisman trophy last year? Send answers to sports@the-tech. Answer to last week's question: The Florida Gators beat Miami, 3523, on Sept. 7, 1985, and Miami didn't lose again at home for over nine years. Correct answers were sent in by David Sukoff '95 and Drew Beechum '96.