College Football Today
Undated (AP) _ Dale Dawkins, Miami, caught touchdowns of 55 and five yards to lead Miami to a 27-10 victory over Notre Dame. Dawkins finished with seven catches for 123 yards.
Dennis Smith, Utah, caught four touchdowns among his seven catches and 139 yards despite losing to Air Force 42-38. He has 18 touchdowns this year, breaking the WAC record.
Leroy Hoard, Michigan, ran for 152 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown, as the Wolverines beat Ohio State 28-18 on Saturday and earned their second straight trip to the Rose Bowl. Hoard, the MVP in last season’s Rose Bowl, twice had to be helped off the field. STREAKS
Miami used a stifling defense to defeat Notre Dame 27-10 on Saturday, ending the Irish’s 23-game winning streak. It was the Hurricane’s fifth straight home win against Notre Dame and their 32nd consecutive in the Orange Bowl. ... Miami has a 7-0 record this decade against teams ranked No. 1. ... Tennessee won its 20th straight game in November, 31-10 over Kentucky. ... Arizona, who beat Arizona State 28-10 on Saturday, has a 7-0-1 mark against the Sun Devils since 1981. ... Michigan won consecutive Big Ten titles for the first time since Michigan State in 1965 and 1966. STATS
Miami held Notre Dame to 142 yards rushing, less than half its 301 average. ... Houston’s Andre Ware and Manny Hazard broke the NCAA record of most touchdowns for one quarterback and one receiver with 18. Two scores for the duo on Saturday led the Cougars to a 40-24 victory over Texas Tech. ... Baylor beat Texas 50-7, its first victory in Austin since 1951 and the most points ever scored in the 88-year-old series. SCHEDULES
Bowl bids were tendered at 6 p.m. EST Saturday and the matchups (some still tentative) go like this:
Orange, Notre Dame-Colorado; Rose, Michigan-Southern Cal; Sugar, Miami vs. Alabama, Tennessee or Auburn; Fiesta, Florida State-Nebraska; Cotton, Arkansas vs. Alabama, Tennessee or Auburn; Hall of Fame, Alabama, Tennessee or Auburn vs. Ohio State; Citrus, Illinois-Virginia; John Hancock, Texas A&M-Pitt; Gator, Clemson-West Virginia; All American, Texas Tech-Duke; Holiday, Brigham Young-Penn State; Aloha, Hawaii-Michigan State; Peach, Georgia-Syracuse; Freedom, Washington-Florida; Liberty, Air Force-Mississippi; Copper, Arizona- North Carolina State; Independence, Tulsa-Oregon; California Raisin, Fresno State-Ball State. SMALL SCHOOLS
Stephen F. Austin beat Grambling 59-56 in first round of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. Quarterback Todd Hammel finished 24-of-56 for 517 yards and five touchdowns. STILL HAVE TO BEAT ’EM
Colorado coach Bill McCartney, whose team is ranked No. 2 behind Notre Dame, was not too excited over Miami’s 27-10 defeat of the Fighting Irish.
″We knew that whether Notre Dame won or lost we still would have to beat them in order to claim the national championship,″ McCartney said in a statement after Saturday’s game. ″Notre Dame has the kind of tradition where we can be sure they will bounce back strong. The game won’t be any easier now than it would have been before.″
The Buffaloes will face Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl on New Year’s night. SOME DRIVE
Miami went on a 22-play drive to open the second half against Notre Dame. It took 10:47, covered 80 yards, and ended on Dale Dawkins’ 5-yard touchdown catch from Craig Erickson. SECOND HALF
Tennessee’s defense limited Kentucky to just three first downs, 16 yards rushing and three yards passing in the final two quarters of its 31-10 victory. SORRY
Freedom Bowl officials had planned to invite Indiana and its record-setting running back Anthony Thompson to face Washington - all the Hoosiers had to do was beat Purdue. But the Boilermakers, 2-8 entering the game, held Thompson to 36 yards in the second half and upset Indiana 15-14. Bowl officials then insured the invitation to Florida. SEC
Three Southeast Conference teams - Alabama, Tennessee and Auburn - have to wait until next week to find out whether they’ll play in the Sugar, Cotton or Hall of Fame Bowls on New Years Day. Should the Crimson Tide defeat Auburn next Saturday, they’ll play in the Sugar Bowl for the first time since 1980. SPEAKING
″I knew the ball was coming to me because I’m the one who’s going to get down the field the fastest. The guys had been teasing me that (Notre Dame’s) Rocket Ismail was the fastest, which I don’t think so.″ - Miami’s Randal Hill, who caught a 44-yard bomb on third-and-44 on the Hurricane’s third- quarter drive.