- Team play garners Irish BCS bid (By ANDREW SOUKUP Sports Writer)
The designers of the "Bob Davie Farewell Tour" shirts forgot to add one game.
- Financial aid will benefit from Fiesta Bowl earnings (By TIM LOGAN Senior Staff Writer)
$13 million is a lot of money.
- Bowl bid caps Oregon State's complete turnaround (By NOAH AMSTADTER Assistant Sports Editor)
After winning a national championship at Miami and being fired as head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, Oregon State head coach Dennis Erickson took on the biggest challenge of his career two years ago when he accepted the head coaching position at Oregon State.
- Freshman stays cool under pressure, Irish don't skip a beat as LoVecchio steps in to start at quarterback (By KATHLEEN O'BRIEN Associate Sports Editor)
The 18-year-old freshman pulled his teammates together in the huddle. Quarterback Matt LoVecchio told his offensive unit the play it would run and said, "Look, guys, this is going to be a touchdown. Just do your jobs."
- Riding a coaching roller coaster, In more than two decades of coaching Irish head coach Bob Davie has experienced his share of ups and downs, (By KERRY SMITH Sports Editor)
It should have been one of the greatest moments in Bob Davie's life.
- Jones emerges on offensive line, Fifth-year senior rebounds from criticism, becomes key cog for Irish (By TIM CASEY Assistant Sports Editor)
Defensive end Tony Weaver delivered a comical message to the "other" linemen on Friday afternoon.
- Regular season has no bearing on bowl season (Tim Casey Assistant Sports Editor)
Somewhere, Knute Rockne is smirking.
- Bowden takes aim at undefeated Oklahoma (By PEYTON BERG Sports Writer)
Head coach Bobby Bowden's college football dynasty looks stronger than ever as the defending champs travel south to the Orange Bowl for a date with top-ranked and undefeated Oklahoma.
- Beating Florida could earn 'Canes share of national title (By PEYTON BERG Sports Writer)
The Miami Hurricanes, still seething from Bowl Championship Series rejection despite beating Florida State in October, can win a share of the national championship via the AP Poll. If not for a September loss at No. 4 Washington, Miami would be at home in the Orange Bowl.
- Brees readies for offensive showdown in Pasadena (By PEYTON BERG Sports Writer)
Drew Brees, through gutsy leadership and stellar play, leads his Boilermakers into the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1967. Brees passed for over 3,000 yards and 24 touchdowns this season, and added over 500 yards and five more touchdowns on the ground. Numbers aside, he led comebacks over Michigan, Northwestern, and Ohio State en route to winning the Big Ten Championship.
- Other major bowl matchups: (By PEYTON BERG Sports Writer)
Nebraska vs. Northwestern: The Alamo Bowl offers what could be the most intriguing matchup of the non-BCS bowls. Nebraska, used to playing for the national championship in a more prominent bowl, faces a Northwestern team that literally came out of nowhere. Nebraska's offense should score at will all day. Eric Crouch has carried his team all year, and should continue against a markedly weak Northwestern defense. Don't count out Northwestern's offense. Who could forget the best game of the year: the Wildcats' 54-51 thriller over Michigan? Zac Kustok and Damien Anderson will make this game worth watching.
- Tailbacks form triple threat (Observer Staff Report )
Oregon State gets the nod on the ground with a College Coaches Association All-American in junior Ken Simonton. The 5-foot-8 tailback is the only running back in PAC-10 history to rush for 1,000 yards in his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons. Simonton is approaching 1,500 yards and has 18 touchdowns. Simonton's backup, Patrick McCall, has rushed for nearly as many yards as Jones, logging 633 yards and seven touchdowns.