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Cowboys Emmitt Smith Recovers from Injury

Column by Bo Light
Sports Columnist

Good news for Dallas Cowboy fans (and bad news for everyone else): Emmitt Smith's leg is okay. Smith left in the second quarter of Sunday's game against Washington with a strained right hamstring. Emmitt will probably see limited time against Arizona this weekend, but just in case, the Cowboys are signing free agent Cleveland Gary at running back.

Monday Night Football

The Monday night game wasn't too exciting this week, as Pittsburgh scored early and often and finished up with a 3014 blowout of the Houston Oilers. The Steelers, who have won their last five Monday night games, had no trouble putting points on the board against Houston's porous defense, as Barry Foster ran for 115 yards and opened up the field for the efficient passing of Neil O'Donnell.

Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh defense harassed the Houston quarterbacks, recording six sacks and forcing five fumbles, four in the first half. Starting QB Cody Carlson left the game in the second quarter with a bruised shoulder, having completed three passes for 18 yards. Backup Bucky Richardson proceeded to fumble two of his first three snaps, and the rout was on. Richardson did, however, lead the Oilers to two touchdowns in the final 9 minutes, 11 seconds of the game, after Pittsburgh had already opened up a 300 lead.

Best play of the game: Al Del Greco's missed 48-yard field goal, that looked great right up until it hit the crossbar.

Previews of Coming Attractions

You've heard the hype, you've seen the replays, yes, it's finally back; Notre Dame comes to Alumni Stadium to play Boston College! Yippee. Last year, as we have been reminded ad nauseum, BC upset the top-ranked Irish, 4139, on a 41-yard knuckleball by David Gordon as time expired. Well, Gordon is back this year, but without Glenn Foley to put them in position to win. Well, don't expect a miracle.

You've heard the hype, you've seen the replays, yes, it's finally back; MIT has another home game! This week, the Engineers are playing Westfield State, and hope to shrug off last week's 5720 loss to Stonehill. Kickoff time is 1 p.m. at Steinbrenner Stadium.

Boston University, fresh off a 2421 loss to James Madison, is off to play URI this week. The Terriers hope to start a new winning streak to replace the 16-game streak that JMU snapped, and this is a good game to do it; BU is favored by 15 points.

Foxboro Stadium should be packed again this weekend, as the L.A. Raiders come to town to play the Pet Rocks. The pathetic Raiders, at 13, have the league's second-worst defense, and not much offense either. Meanwhile, Bledsoe and the gang have the second-best offense in the league, and a defense that doesn't have to work very hard, considering all the points the offense puts on the board.

Predictions

Colleges:

MIT 21, Westfield State 6: That's right, I'm picking MIT. I'll probably pick us every week. Anyone have a problem with that?

BU 30, URI 17: Rhode Island would have had a better chance if BU's win streak was still intact. As it is, the fired-up Terriers should win big tomorrow.

BC 38, Notre Dame 36: The Fantasy Game. Notre Dame scores with 1:01 left to take a 3635 lead, but Mark Hartsell drives the Eagles 53 yards in 60 seconds, and David Gordon kicks a 44-yard field goal as time expires to give BC yet another in a series of miracle victories.

Notre Dame 36, BC 8: The Reality Game. Hartsell is knocked out of the game in the third quarter, and backup Scott Mutryn is intercepted four times in four possessions.

Florida 35, LSU 14: LSU couldn't hold a 17-point fourth-quarter lead against Auburn. They won't even get that chance against the Gators.

Oklahoma State 45, Nebraska 42: Gee, maybe the Huskers do miss Tommie Frazier.

Michigan 28, Michigan State 27: MSU scores on a 70-yard Hail Mary pass with no time left, but decides to go for two and blows it. Approximately 40,000 Michigan fans are treated for anxiety attacks after the game.

Miami 21, Florida State 17: Miami just ended a 58-game home winning streak. You think they're going to lose two in a row in the Orange Bowl? Neither do I.

Colorado 49, Missouri 10: Geez, are you allowed to be favored by over 30 points in a conference game?

Alcorn State 45, Texas Southern 35: Boy, Steve McNair looks good for the Heisman. Just watch that shoulder, Steve.

Western Michigan 25, Central Michigan 22: My friends say I talk about Michigan too much in this column. Well, they can get their own columns. WMU quarterback Jay McDonagh is one of the best in the nation, and will lead the 50 Broncos to the Mid-American Championship and a bowl berth. Count on it.

NFL:

New England 40, Inglewood 28: This should be a shootout between two of the league's worst defenses, but the Patriots are better than the Raiders any day.

Indianapolis 21, Jets 7: The Colts: a team that scores points. The Jets: a team that doesn't. Any questions?

Miami 35, Buffalo 30: This is the year the Bills finally give up the right to lose in the Super Bowl.

Niners 24, Detroit 17: Hey Frisco, 408? Guess those Eagles are pretty tough this year. However, San Francisco will come out on top in this matchup of two teams that should be doing better than they are.

Atlanta 2, Tampa Bay 0 (OT): After last week's 85 barnburner against the Rams, the Falcons are ready for a REAL close game.

Dallas 28, Arizona 13: Who needs Emmitt Smith when you're up against Buddy Ball? The Cards seem to think it's still 1993. Hey guys, haven't you heard? There are new rules to encourage scoring this year. It's a whole new concept. Embrace it.

Philly 30, Washington 10: Yup, the Eagles are pretty good. Yup, the 'Skins are pretty bad.

Giants 27, Minnesota 24: This is the Monday night game network execs dream of. Division leaders, evenly matched teams, and aging, charismatic stars (Dave Meggett for the Giants and Warren Moon for the Purple-headed Warriors). Look for New York to be just a little better than Minnesota and the erratic Moon.

And finally

Just a reminder that MIT's second annual homecoming game is next week. Last year the Engineers celebrated homecoming with a 476 rout of Nichols College, and they hope to repeat their performance this year against ECFC rival Curry College. Be sure to show up for all the festivities. Back on Tuesday.