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1 X 8C THE PALM BEACH POST SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1997 ft c It's a bum rap: Vols can prove it in SEC title game Chargers QB lands on injured reserve A & M has that 'good f eeling' ill !- 7 ?M The Associated Press SAN ANTONIO, Texas The last time the Texas A&M Aggies played in the Alamo-dome, they shocked Michigan 22-20 in the 1995 Alamo Bowl. The No. 14 Aggies hope their experience playing in the stadium will help them against No. 2 Nebraska today in the Big 12 championship game. "Our team has a good feeling about this facility," Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum said Friday. "We won't be in awe of Nebraska. ... We have the same attitude wei had against Michigan two years ago." The 16-point underdog Aggies (9-2, 6-2) unlikely will catch Nebraska (11-0, 8-0) on cruise control like Texas did last year in the 37-27 upset of the Cornhuskers in the Big 12 title game. "I've seen a lot of quotes where they have reflected on what happened last year," Slocum said. "In fact, what we've read and seen on television has become almost comical. It's like we have no chance." D Moss sets record: Randy Moss broke the Division I-A record for touchdown receptions in a season with his 23rd, 24th and 25th TD catches Friday as Marshall beat Toledo 34-14 in the Mid-American Conference championship game. LIU XINStaff Photographer The Dolphins' Charles Jordan, seen here running past Redskins punter Matt Turk on his way to a 96-yard touchdown return in the pre-season, is expected to play Sunday despite a strained abdominal muscle and a sore toe. Jordan is expected to play against Colts Finalists announced for Groza award Moss, a sophomore transfer from Florida State, caught scor- -' ing passes of 4, 86 and 20 yards .; to break the mark he shared with Houston's Manny Hazard, set in 1989. Hazard set his '; record in 11 games, while Moss ;. played in his 12th game Friday. Marshall (10-2) earned an .; automatic bid to the inaugural,; Motor City Bowl on Dec. 26 in: Pontiac, Mich. ' B WAC Championship: The second WAC title game ! figures to be a shootout when No. 20 Colorado State meets," New Mexico in Las Vegas. Colorado State (9-2) is on a seven-game winning streak during which it has outscored opponents 300-77. New Mexico (9-2) has won its last three games by a 129-51 margin. . ; B Army vs. Navy: With five , straight victories against Navy, Army is on the verge of the longest winning streak in the history of the series when the : two service academies meet to- : day at Giants Stadium in East : Rutherford, NJ. B Heisman invitees: Ten-nessee's Peyton Manning, Washington State's Ryan Leaf, ' Michigan's Charles Woodson ! and Marshall's Randy Moss were invited to attend next Sat- : urday's Heisman Trophy presentation at the Downtown Ath- . letic Club in New York. yards. He has 94 points and is ' 37-of-38 in PATs. B Chris Sailer: The UCLA junior is 19-of-24 in field goals, with a long of 50. He has 106 points and is 22-of-22 in PATs. The high school winner of the Lou Groza award will also be announced. The finalists are Brad Banks of Glades Central, Anquan Bol-din of Pahokee and Steve Belli-sari from Boca Raton High School. Alliance Bowl possibilities IF TENNESSEE AND NEBRASKA WIN: Tennessee plays Nebraska in Orange Bowl. Florida State plays Ohio State in Sugar Bowl. Kansas State plays Syracuse in Fiesta Bowl. IF TENNESSEE WINS AND NEBRASKA LOSES: Tennessee plays FSU in Orange Bowl. Texas A&M plays Ohio State." in Sugar Bowl. Kansas Stated-plays Syracuse in Fiesta Bowl. IF NEBRASKA WINS AND TENNESSEE LOSES: Nebraska: plays Florida State in Orange Bowl. Auburn plays Ohio State in Sugar Bowl. Kansas State plays Syracuse in Fiesta Bowl. IF TENNESSEE AND NEBRASKA LOSE: Florida State plays UCLA in Orange Bowl. Tennessee plays Syracuse in Sugar Bowl. Texas A&M plays' Auburn in the Fiesta Bowl. -. : Craig Dolch I American Lingerie lir 963-0070 4290 loth Aw. lull 104 HIRING Jtttma nt 114 NOW I N.E. Corner Northlake & Military Trail bZD-yUbi) Conventional wisdom says Tennessee can't win the big games, but a victory over Auburn could change that. By Craig Dofch Palm Beach Post Staff Writer ATLANTA Phillip Fulmer has proven he can win football games. The Tennessee Volunteers are 52-10 the past 5Vt seasons, making Fulmer the NCAA's winningest active coach. But with five consecutive losses to Florida, Fulmer also has proven he can't win big games at least those played in the Citrus Bowl. College football SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Tennessee vs. Auburn, 8 p.m. TV: WPBF-25, WPLG-10 But Fulmer can change that perception tonight as well as keep his team's national championship hopes alive when the third-ranked Volunteers (10-1) play No. 11 Auburn (9-2) in the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome. "I don't think that's a fair assessment at all," Fulmer said of the big-game knock. "We've had a tough time against Florida, but a lot of teams have. I think we've won a lot of big games at Tennessee. We've won our last three bowl games." After Tennessee's 33-20 loss to Florida on Sept. 20, it appeared the Vols would once again be headed to the Citrus Bowl, where they have played three of the past four seasons. But as the Gators suffered midseason losses to LSU and Georgia, Tennessee won its last eight games and reached the SEC title game for the first time in the championship's six-year history. This turnaround has made quarterback Peyton Manning's decision to return for his senior season (he likely would have been the first pick in last year's NFL draft) seem wise. The notion the Vols got to Atlanta through the back door doesn't bother him. "We don't have to apologize for being here," Manning said. "We didn't beat Florida, but we showed a lot of resiliency by winning the rest of our games. We deserve to be here." Tennessee also kept alive its hopes for the school's first national title since 1951. A victory should send the Vols to the Jan. 2 Orange Bowl, where they likely will play No. 2 Nebraska (assuming the Cornhuskers beat Texas A&M in today's Big 12 Championship Game). The national title would go to the Orange Bowl winner if No. 1 Michigan loses to Washington State in the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl. But the Vols don't want to talk of the Orange Bowl and a possible national title shot. After all, Tennessee has yet to win an SEC title under Fulmer. "What we've done all year is worry about the next opponent," Tennessee defensive end Jonathan Brown said. "Nebraska will happen as long as we keep winning. We'll just try to keep winning, and the rest of it will take care of itself." Auburn, too, is making its first trip to an SEC title game. The Tigers went 11-0 in 1993, but NCAA sanctions kept them out of the title game. There's another subplot to the I UNIQUE Selectively Hiring I 561 963-5924 I 1874 Sherwood Forest Blvd. CIZEAPV 642-8843 Mtm 10001 S MlyTf . WPB St Comer Summit rtnary S V 737-8580 S.E Com Military frail 5 Boynlon Beach JH3 969-0468 C5 3952 S tograssN E Corner L Wo SCongiesa NS V 689-7974 Ksrlss's r CODY IS "3 liCMIlOdmiTIU, Major CndH Camh ATM 432-9252 3485 Lake Wo Road (across trotn drive-in) Palm Beach Post Wirt Services ;' SAN DIEGO Quarterback Stan Humphries, after a series of concussions, was placed on the injured reserve list Friday by the San Diego Chargers. NFL Humphries has been ; sidelined since sustaining the most serious concussion ; of his career Nov. 2 at Cin-' cinnati. It was his second ! concussion in 18 days and fourth in 22 months. lie has ; had six since 1993. - Wednesday, Kevin Gil-bride met with Humphries to discuss going on the injured reserve list. Humphries has been replaced by third-stringer Craig Whelihan, who has thrown six interceptions and four touchdown passes in four starts. San Diego (4-9) will host , Atlanta (5-8) on Sunday. Baltimore Ravens: -, Because rookie running back Jay Graham's tender left ankle is still hurting him, coach Ted Marchibroda will start 1' Bam Morris Sunday against visiting Seattle. "We're probably going to go with Bam and Earnest (Byner) all the way," Mar-, chibroda said. . Graham, who has started ; the last three games, injured ; his ankle Nov. 16, then re-J injured it on Thursday. He . probably will play sparingly Sunday, if at all. B Green Bay Packers: : ; Construction plans for Lam- beau Field in 1999 include .' expanding from 60,790 to " ; 68,000 seats, team President ; Bob Harlan said. The team may ask the ' state to help pay the ex-: '. pense, The Milwaukee Jour-' ' nal Sentinel reported. H Indianapolis Colts: ',. The widow of Colts owner ;.' Robert Irsay agreed to a set-; tlement in her $13 million ' suit against the team and the '.' executors of her husband's estate, including his son, Jim Irsay. Terms of the settle- ment were not disclosed. New York Giants: ; Both General Manager . George Young and the NFL - say there is no firm commit-; '. ment for him to become the league's director of football operations. Young and the NFL refused to confirm comments by co-owner Bob Tisch in - - Friday's editions of the As- - bury Park Press that said - Young planned to step down , after this season, and that he would be replaced by assistant general manager Ernie Accorsi. - - New York Jets: Quarterback Glenn Foley might . .be lost for the remainder of the season while he rehabili- tates his left knee, a team ' ' source said. Foley still has pain and a lack of stability in a leg hob- - bled by two torn ligaments. Starting QB Neil O'Don-nell, despite a disturbing string of ineffective performances, will start Sunday against Indianapolis. St. Louis Rams: Defensive coordinator Bud Carson, 66, had his gall bladder ' removed Thursday, the Rams said. INTIMACIES Private Modeling 22 Body Shampoos lo'J 684-9343 k TtfN!"' 2424 N. Congress Ave. I Nnck Nntlti of BfKfdfff Aimw frum the Dug Track jj A'qwl l KHIVA It V MODELING ? 478-1595 Jut jbjit iii lly; Turnfiik;' fcxii ir Ui (Bflwrrn Trn & Chevron MMfteciVW Blvd. Turnpike' Shuffling '! Crystal's Dolphins notebook needed to make a change. To Corey's credit, he jumped in on special teams and has been absolutely outstanding." Bright side: Johnson likes young players because they get better as the season goes on. But for rookies, accus-' tomed to playing 11 or 12 college games, the seemingly endless NFL campaign can drag. Derrick Rodgers felt a bit worn down a few weeks ago. Then he received a break, or rather, a strain. "The (knee) injury was the best thing that happened to me," Rodgers said. "I had a new appreciation for playing. I made my first tackle last week, on Napoleon Kaufman, after he got 4 of 5 yards. I'm jumping and screaming, and the guys are like, 'Derrick, he got five yards."' Bowens' status pending: The Dolphins would like to extend the contract of defensive tackle Tim Bowens, as well as that of Wooden and quarterback Craig Erickson. The contracts of all three expire after the season. The Dolphins will wait until after the season to begin serious negotiations. "The way Tim played Sunday, that's as good a game as he's played," Johnson said. "That was his most consistent game." Not closed: Remember the February shooting in Dallas, after which Dolphins defensive tackle Daryl Gardener needed surgery on his jaw? The case still hasn't been solved. According to Dallas police, there are no more leads now than there were then. 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