Sidelines

September 07, 2003

GATOR FACTOR

Miami junior quarterback Brock Berlin's girlfriend, reigning Miss
Louisiana Brittney Rogers, won $50,000 on Fear Factor after she
ate fermented squid guts, dived into a tub filled with 5,000
pounds of fish scales and hung on the back of an 18-wheeler as it
careened down the highway at 50 mph. The challenges facing Berlin
are even more daunting. All the Florida transfer has to is
replace Ken Dorsey (38-2 as a Miami starter), win over Canes fans
and beat the Gators on Saturday.

Apparently some of Berlin's former teammates don't think he's up
to the task. They say that in Gainesville, Berlin lacked
self-confidence. "Brock played tentative sometimes," Gators
corner Keiwan Ratliff says. "He'd get hollered at and get
pulled." If such comments bother Berlin, he's not saying. "People
are going to say what they want, but I'll go out and do my best,"
he says. "Let them talk after that." Berlin might pass on the
squid, but he wouldn't mind feasting on some Gator.

ROCKIES RUCKUS

It doesn't have the hype of Auburn-Alabama, but Colorado-Colorado
State has become one of the best rivalries in the country. The
Buffaloes' 42-35 victory last Saturday was typical of the last
few showdowns between the teams--full of subplots, momentum
shifts and bone-rattling hits. Colorado sophomore quarterback
Joel Klatt threw for 402 yards and four TDs in his first career
start, and he set up the winning score by connecting with moguls
skier turned wideout Jeremy Bloom on a 33-yard pass. That came
after Colorado State had tied the game at 35 on a 30-yard run by
senior QB Bradlee Van Pelt. At least Van Pelt didn't spike the
ball off a Buffs player as he did after scoring the game-winner
in a 19-14 victory last year, an act the Colorado media guide
calls "one of the most classless displays of sportsmanship the
rivalry has ever seen." Such venom has lifted the series from a
mundane intrastate affair to can't-miss status.

UCONN CAN

Connecticut christened its new stadium, Rentschler Field (a.k.a.
The Rent), with a surprisingly easy 34-10 win over Indiana. The
Huskies, in just their fourth season in Division I-A, got 166
rushing yards from sophomore tailback Terry Caulley and held
Hoosiers quarterback Matt LoVecchio, a Notre Dame transfer, to
211 passing yards. Indiana, which plays Washington on Saturday,
may be hard-pressed to equal last year's 3-9 record.

EXTRA POINTS

Nebraska calmed some of its nervous fans with a 17-7 win over No.
24 Oklahoma State. Under new coordinator Bo Pelini, the Huskers'
defense forced Oklahoma State into five turnovers.... Virginia's
hopes for an ACC title suffered a crushing blow in the opening
series of the Cavaliers' 27-0 win over Duke when senior
quarterback Matt Schaub injured his right (throwing) shoulder
after taking a sack. Schaub will miss Saturday's game at South
Carolina.... The Mike Shula era in Alabama started off with the
Tide falling behind 17-7 to South Florida before scoring 33
unanswered points to win 40-17. A bigger test comes this week:
Oklahoma.

COLOR PHOTO: CHRIS GRAYTHEN/GETTY IMAGES Berlin COLOR PHOTO: JOHN W. MCDONOUGH Van Pelt COLOR PHOTO: BOB FALCETTI/ICON SMI Caulley COLOR PHOTO: DAVE WEAVER/AP Huskers D

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