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October 14, 2007

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PRO FOOTBALL

32 No More Kid Stuff
The rookie learning curve is steep:

• How Texans defensive tackle Amobi Okoye studies up
By Lee Jenkins

• Why Vikings running back Adrian Peterson must slow it down
By Damon Hack

Plus: Joe Thomas, Patrick Willis, Dwayne Bowe and Darrelle Revis

BASEBALL PLAYOFFS

38 Rocktoberfest
Colorado's more than a Cinderella story. It's a multifaceted juggernaut
By Jack McCallum

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

44 Against All Odds
Les Miles's fourth-down gambles paid off in LSU's victory over Florida
By Austin Murphy

OH BOY.

There he goes again. Bruce Pearl's got his shirt off

With a freewheeling offense and pressing D, the purposely annoying coach has revitalized Tennessee basketball
By Grant Wahl

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Departments

6 Leading Off

14 Letters

17 Players
• James Carville, LSU superfan
• First Person: Tony Romo
• Marion Jones comes clean
• Recalling the NFL's darkest days

28 Faces in the Crowd

72 Life of Reilly
Sign up for Packers tickets now— and wait until 3074 by Rick Reilly

Inside...

60 The NFL
• The Broncos' gambles backfire

64 College Football
• Kansas rewrites its horrid history

65 High School Football
• Good kickers are a hot commodity

68 NASCAR
• Two future stars get a few laps in

70 The NHL
• The Russians are going!

Cover
PHOTOGRAPH BY JIM McISAAC/GETTY IMAGES

INSET PHOTOS: Sean Gardner/Reuters (LSU)
Bill Frakes (Pearl)

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PHOTOBOB DONNAN/US PRESSWIRE (OKOYE)32 SO FAR, SO GOOD Texans rookie defensive tackle Amobi Okoye (center), the youngest player in NFL history, has already learned how to revel in a sack. PHOTOBILL FRAKES (PEARL) PHOTOTOP: BOB ROSATO PHOTODAMIAN STROHMEYER TWO PHOTOSROBERT BECK (2) TWO PHOTOSJOHN W. MCDONOUGH (BYNUM, LEINART) PHOTOJOHN PYLE/CAL SPORT MEDIA (SCOTT)

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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
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