J.R. Redmond came back strong from his one-game suspension imposed by the NCAA.
In the Sun Devils' 26-16 win over USC last Saturday, Redmond was the starting running back, free safety and punt returner.
He ran for 148 yards and three TDs, had four tackles, returned seven punts and was in the game for more than 90 plays. It was his first start on defense since high school.
"When you carry the ball 34 times, catch three passes and have seven punt returns, that's a feat," ASU coach Bruce Snyder said. "On every single one, you're getting hit. It's much different than any other position. The ball draws a crowd. So from that standpoint -- the volume of work that he put in -- I don't think I've had anyone do that."
Redmond paid the price with three thigh bruises but is expected to be ready for Saturday's game against Stanford.
He had been suspended for making unauthorized cell phone calls and accepting airline tickets from an Arizona State secretary he wound up marrying. He then filed for divorce a few weeks later.
28 AND COUNTING: Rutgers may be 0-9 and working on its second 0-11 season in three years under coach Terry Shea, but Scarlet Knights WR Walter King has that beat. The fourth-year-junior has a personal 28-game losing streak dating to his freshman season of 1996.
After Rutgers beat Villanova in his first game in '96, the Knights lost their next five. King missed the next game -- a Rutgers win -- with an injury and returned for three more losses.
Rutgers lost all 11 games in '97, and then King missed the 'entire 98 season -- a 5-6 campaign -- with a lower back injury.
ZIP THE LIP: Former South Carolina coach and current Clemson assistant Brad Scott decided silence is golden.
With the annual South Carolina-Clemson rivalry less than two weeks away, Scott told Clemson officials he did not want to be interviewed during the week of the game.
Scott figures focusing on him would be a distraction for the Tigers, who could need a victory at South Carolina on Nov. 20 to qualify for a bowl game.
BUCKEYE BLUES: Last season at this time, Ohio State was singing the national title blues after its shocking loss to Michigan State ended the Buckeyes' perfect season and knocked them out of the title chase.
On Saturday against Illinois, the once big and bad Buckeyes (6-4, 3-3 Big Ten) will be fighting just to make the postseason. Ohio State needs one more victory for a winning record.
If the Illini (5-4, 2-4) win, they qualify for a bowl game. And that would mean Ohio State must win against Michigan on Nov. 20. The Buckeyes are 0-5 against the Wolverines under coach John Cooper.
Around the conferences:
Georgia Tech QB Joe Hamilton raised his career total to 9,478 yards of total offense, eclipsing the ACC record of 9,296 set by former Tech quarterback Shawn Jones (1989-92).
Pitt QB David Priestley (torn shoulder ligament) is doubtful for Saturday's game against Notre Dame in the final game at 74-year-old Pitt Stadium. "It was a self-inflicted injury," Panther coach Walt Harris said. "He was running downfield and made 4-yard gain and was bracing his fall with his elbows. His elbow hit the ground and he jarred his shoulder." ... West Virginia coach Don Nehlen still feels the same after watching replays of Michael Vick's 26-yard run that set up Virginia Tech's 22-20 win over the Mountaineers. "It made me sick Saturday and it makes me sick when I rerun it," he said. "The degree of sickness doesn't change." ... Virginia Tech takes a four-game winning streak over Miami into Saturday's game.
When Minnesota's Dan Nystrom kicked a 32-yard field goal to beat Penn State 24-23, it marked the first time under Joe Paterno the Nittany Lions were beaten on the final play. Last time it happened was 1965, the year before Paterno became head coach, when Cal won 21-17 on a desperation heave. ... Ohio State ran 22 times for zero net yards in its 23-7 loss to Michigan State, its worst rushing effort in 34 years. ... Michigan coach Lloyd Carr is contributing $350,000 to endow an athletic academic scholarship.
If Texas (8-2, 5-1) beats Texas Tech (5-4, 4-2) on Saturday, the Longhorns will play in the Big 12 title game on Dec. 4 in San Antonio. The 'Horns played in the first league title game, and upset Nebraska 37-27.
With wins over UCLA and Washington State, Washington takes the Pac-10 title and plays in the Rose Bowl in coach Rick Neuheisel's first season. If the Bruins needed any incentive to beat their former quarterback-turned-coach, all they had to see was Neuheisel's air guitar routine after the Huskies win last week over Arizona. His players danced with roses in their teeth. ... UCLA brings its first three-game losing streak since 1994 into the game. ... Oregon State ended its 28-season streak of losing campaigns on the same date it began. The skid began Nov. 6, 1971, when the Beavers blew a 22-7 lead against Arizona and lost 34-22. That was their sixth defeat, guaranteeing them a losing season. ... Beavers RB Ken Simonton has played in only 20 games, but he's already broken the school scoring record. His 2-point conversion run Saturday gave him 170 points, surpassing the 168 scored by kicker Troy Bussanich from 1986-89. ... QB Joey Harrington is expected to start over A.J. Feeley again when Oregon plays Cal. ... Saturday's 52-10 rout of Washington State gave Oregon its sixth straight winning season for first time since 1930-35.
Alabama (7-2, 5-1) plays No. 8 Mississippi State on Saturday in the biggest game since coach Mike DuBose arrived three years ago. A win, plus a win the following week over Auburn, sends the Crimson Tide into the SEC title game, most likely in a rematch against Florida. ... 'Bama LB Marvin Constant and DE Kenny Smith will miss Saturday's game with torn knee ligaments. TB Shaun Alexander and QB Andrew Zow, both with sprained ankles, remain questionable.
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