Seventh-ranked UCLA has staged four stirring fourth-quarter comebacks--including Saturday's three-TD rally and OT win over Stanford. "We do opportune things at opportune times," says coach Karl Dorrell. Dare the Bruins raise expectations for a game against USC on Dec. 3? Warns tackle Brian Abraham, "We're better than people think we are."
The Giants' Tiki slashed his way to a career-best 206 yards in a win over Washington. Cowboys rookie Marion cut up the Cardinals for 127 yards and two TDs. And the most dangerous barber of all--bloodthirsty Sweeney Todd--returns to Broadway this week.
NCAA news: Texas Tech's Red Raiders (7-1) are off to their best start since 1976 after walloping Baylor 28-0. NFL news: The bad boys of Oakland (above) may be back. After an 0-3 start, they've won three of four and have scored 72 points in the past two games.
As Prince Charles (the man who will be king) readied for an eight-day visit to the U.S., L.A.'s hockey team (8-4) was solidifying its hold on first place in the Pacific.
From bad to worse. Last Saturday's 44-20 loss to ASU was Washington's 13th concsecutive in the Pac-10 and the third straight game in which they've given up 40 points. And newly unsealed documents in the 2003 Rick Neuheisel gambling case have ignited a controversy worthy of the White House: Who finked on Neuheisel?
Tampa Bay lost to the lowly 49ers; the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks lost their last four preseason games before opening with two straight road games; and a great indignity befell the St. Louis statue of late Cardinals broadcaster Jack Buck--vandals snapped off its microphone.
NCAA news: For the second straight week a Volunteers running back (this time Arian Foster, below) fumbled near the end zone, leading to an SEC loss. NFL news: For the second straight week the Titans (2-6) lost two fumbles (this time, both by QB Steve McNair) and a game.
We knew Cleveland would struggle, but this? The Browns lost their third straight--this one to winless Houston, which was getting blown out weekly--and have zero rushing TDs this year.
SI PLAYERS POLL
Which quarterback would you most want running your two-minute drill?
Peyton Manning, Colts 39%
Tom Brady, Patriots 36%
Brett Favre, Packers 14%
Michael Vick, Falcons 4%
FAST FACTS For more on Brady, Manning and their Nov. 7 showdown see page 46.... Among QBs, 48% picked Brady; 19% chose Manning.... Only four other active QBs got multiple votes: Donovan McNabb (2%), Daunte Culpepper (1%), Doug Flutie (1%) and Steve McNair (1%).... Through Sunday, Favre had 31 game-winning fourth-quarter drives in 15 years, Manning 25 (eight years), Brady 15 (six) and Vick 7 (five).
[ Based on a survey of 357 NFL players ]
For an expanded version of the poll, go to SI.com/Players.
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