Wisconsin quarterback Jim Sorgi's voice was weak after he was
choked by Ohio State's Robert Reynolds in a pileup during the
Badgers' 17-10 victory on Oct. 11--but not as weak as Reynolds's
punishment. The Buckeyes suspended the senior linebacker for one
game. That's the same penalty Nebraska junior cornerback Kellen
Huston served for slugging a Missouri fan after the Tigers upset
the Cornhuskers that same day.
One-game suspensions are fitting for a missed curfew or trashed
dorm room, but acts of violence that could cause serious injury
call for stiffer measures. Reynolds deliberately pressed down on
Sorgi's larynx, forcing the QB out of the game because he
couldn't call signals. Huston, whose apparent provocation was
that Matthew Scott, the Mizzou fan, was jeering at him, decked
Scott, then jogged off as if nothing had happened.
Officials at both schools apologized (as did Reynolds and
Huston), but if Nebraska and Ohio State were serious about
deterring such behavior, they'd have done more than give the
culprits a day off--especially Reynolds, who was caught on camera
twisting the leg of Miami's Kellen Winslow in a pileup during
last January's Fiesta Bowl.
WILLIAMS: WASH OUT?
Washington's 38-17 win at Oregon State defused some of the
tension within the program. An embarrassing 28-17 loss to Nevada
had dropped Washington to 3-3, the Heisman hopes of QB Cody
Pickett and wideout Reggie Williams were gone, and NCAA and
Pac-10 investigators were recently on campus looking into
possible gambling pools in the football office.
Williams complained after a loss to UCLA that he wasn't getting
the ball enough, and he was shut out in the first half of the
Nevada game, prompting speculation that Pickett was ignoring his
star wideout. "I wouldn't freeze out the best receiver in the
nation," Pickett said, "but Reggie's like a lot of great
receivers--he feels he's open even when he's got three guys
around him." While Williams caught eight passes in the Oregon
State win, teammate Charles Frederick had nine catches for 216
yards and two TDs. If there was any doubt that Williams, a
junior, would leave after this season for the NFL, there should
be none now.
DIRTY DUCK LAUNDRY
Oregon hasn't worn its splashy yellow unis since the season
opener, but not because of the ferocious fashion debate they
stirred up. When the uniforms were washed, the colors bled,
creating a new hue probably best not exposed to the light of day.
According to Nike, the water used to wash the uniforms was too
hot. A new and improved batch of jerseys should be ready for the
Nov. 1 game at Washington. Nike dubbed the unis' dominant color
Lightning Yellow, but The Oregonian solicited other names from
readers. For the Ducks, who've dropped three straight games after
a 4-0 start, the most fitting suggestion was Banana Peel, a
reference, according to one reader, "to how they've slipped
Quarterback Bill Whittemore is a big reason why Kansas is 5-2 for
the first time since 1985. The 6-foot, 205-pound senior has
thrown 15 touchdown passes and only two interceptions and is
second in the nation in pass efficiency, behind Oklahoma's Jason
White.... Hard to figure out why Temple coach Bobby Wallace
pulled the quick kick out of mothballs against unbeaten Miami
last Saturday. Aside from the fact that the punt didn't pin the
Hurricanes deep in their territory--it traveled only 24 yards,
and Miami took over on its 35--it told the Owls that their coach
thought they were overmatched, even though at the time they were
down only 17-7 in the second quarter. Temple fell to the nation's
No. 2 team 52-14.