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Leading Off

Sept. 08, 2003
Sept. 08, 2003

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Leading Off

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TWO COLOR PHOTOS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARK PETERSON/REDUX Gut Check Coach Joe Paterno--honored in song, and on a few abs (inset), ashe begins his 54th season at Penn State (his 38th as headcoach)--prepares to lead his Nittany Lions into their opener athome against Temple. Paterno's crew had an unexpectedly toughtime with the Owls, but pulled away in the second half for a23-10 win.TWO COLOR PHOTOS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN W. MCDONOUGH Full Bloom Colorado wideout Jeremy Bloom got behind Colorado Statecornerback Ben Stratton with less than a minute left for this33-yard reception, which set up the winning touchdown inColorado's 42-35 win at Invesco Field in Denver on Saturday (page53). After the game, Buffaloes offensive lineman Karl Allis(inset) hoisted the prize for winning this intrastate rivalry,the Centennial Cup.TWO COLOR PHOTOS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANGEL ADAMS/PHOTOGRAPHY35 Leak Proof Florida strong safety Cory Bailey gets up to get his teammates upfor their home opener against San Jose State. Bailey must havesaid something right as the Gators rolled to a 65-3 win. Althoughhe didn't start, freshman quarterback Chris Leak (inset), lastseason's USA Today offensive player of the year, lived up to hisbilling, completing 10 of 14 passes for 111 yards and onetouchdown.