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Tuberville downplays slap

LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville, left, downplayed an incident in which he appeared to slap graduate assistant Kevin Oliver during Saturday's game against Kansas.

After the Red Raiders had difficulty getting the right personnel on the field, Tuberville appeared to use his left hand to strike Oliver, who oversees special teams, on the right side of his face. Oliver's headset and cap fell off.

Said Tuberville said after a 41-34 double-overtime win: "It was just one of those deals where I missed his shoulder and ended up grabbing the microphone on his headset and pulled it off."

Leach accused of abuse

Washington State star receiver Marquess Wilson quit the team, blaming the staff for what he called abuse. Wilson, suspended last week for an unspecified violation, said in a news release that first-year coach Mike Leach and the staff "preferred to belittle, intimidate and humiliate us." That included physical abuse, Wilson said.

Leach was fired as Texas Tech coach in 2009 for allegedly locking a player who sustained a concussion in a shed. Cougars athletic director Bill Moos did not comment on the allegations, saying only: "We have procedures in place that were developed to monitor student-athlete welfare in all of our sports programs."

Play of the day

Texas paid tribute to ex-coach Darrell Royal, who died Wednesday, on its first play against visiting Iowa State — with a twist. It lined up in the wishbone, which Royal created in 1968. But after David Ash pitched the ball to Jaxon Shipley, the receiver threw it back to Ash, who hit tight end Greg Daniels for 47 yards. It conjured memories of the play Royal used to beat Arkansas in 1969 in the "Game of the Century." Said Longhorns coach Mack Brown: "Maybe we had a little intervention from up above."

Dedication of the day: South Carolina played its first game of the season without running back Marcus Lattimore, out likely until 2014 with a dislocated right knee and major ligament damage. The team hung a banner marking his school career touchdown record. And the school band spelled, "We ♥ 21" at halftime. He thanked fans with a video message.

Number of the day

11 Wins among 15 overtime games for Missouri, including 51-48 in four OTs Saturday at Tennessee; that's the most in Division I-A since OT was introduced in 1996, one more than … Tennessee, which fell to 10-4

Record of the day: Ka'Deem Carey ran for a Pac-12 record 366 yards to lead host Arizona past Colorado 56-31. The sophomore, who tied a Pac-12 record with five rushing TDs (10, 13, 30, 8 and 3 yards) surpassed the 357 of Washington State's Rueben Mayes on Oct. 27, 1984.

Players of the day

Stedman Bailey, West Virginia: The junior caught 14 passes for 225 yards and a TD in a 55-34 loss at Oklahoma State.

Khaseem Greene, Rutgers: The senior linebacker made 22 tackles and forced a fumble, his sixth of the season, in a 28-7 win over Army.

Tony Pierson, Kansas: The sophomore ran for 202 yards on 16 carries in a 41-34 double-overtime loss to Texas Tech.

Recruits of the day

Asiantii Woulard, Winter Park: The QB, a USF oral commitment who last week announced he would visit N.C. State, broke his right ankle Friday. But the senior, hurt while scrambling, made the trip to Raleigh, taking in the campus from a wheelchair. He tweeted: "NC State showed love like never before! Chanting my name was crazy! This whole place just feels family oriented, so much support!"

Robert Nkemdiche, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson: The nation's consensus No. 1 recruit confirmed he has decommitted from Clemson. The defensive end said he likely will wait until January before committing. "It gives me a chance to really back up and see, take a step back and really pay attention to other schools," he said, "instead of (people) saying, 'Oh, he's cheating on Clemson with other schools.' " Ole Miss, where his brother plays, Alabama and Georgia are considered the frontrunners.

Path to perfection

Remaining games for the I-A unbeatens:

Kansas State: at Baylor, Texas

Notre Dame: Wake Forest, at USC

# Ohio State: at Wisconsin, Michigan

* Oregon: Stanford, at Oregon State, Pac-12 title game

* Played late Saturday

# Ineligible for postseason, including Big Ten title game

College football news and notes 11/11/12 [Last modified: Sunday, November 11, 2012 12:29am]
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