Defending national champion Miami must now concentrate on other goals, Hurricanes coach Dennis Erickson said Sunday. Back after a 29-20 loss Saturday at South Bend, Ind., virtually eliminated the Hurricanes from title contention, Erickson described it as the toughest defeat of his eight-year head coaching career.
"It's hard on the players and coaches to get motivated after a loss like that," Erickson said. "The biggest game of the year with two of the best programs in the country competing for the national championship and to play a hard, good game and turn out on the bottom side is a tremendous emotional letdown. That's a bitter pill to swallow and the toughest loss I've ever been involved in."
Miami, which went into the game ranked second, is 4-2, the first time it has had two losses in the regular season since 1984.
"We've still got to play the season, but I admit I'm going to have a tough time swallowing this," offensive tackle Mike Sullivan said Saturday.
Back surgery sidelines Ohio State's Cooper
COLUMBUS, Ohio _ Ohio State football coach John Cooper will need about two weeks to recover from surgery Sunday to repair a ruptured disc in his spine, the doctor who performed the operation said.
Dr. William R. Miely said the hour-long procedure at University Hospitals appeared to be successful, but said he was unsure when Cooper could return.
Offensive coordinator Jim Colletto will assume head coaching duties until Cooper returns, sports information director Steve Snapp said.
Players reinstated: University of Tennessee coach Johnny Majors met Sunday with defensive end Kasey Rodgers, linebacker Dewayne Dotson and tailback Keith Jeter, who were suspended after a coed filed a complaint alleging sexual assault, and reinstated the three to the team.
Coach still hospitalized: Temple defensive line coach Earle Mosley is listed in good condition one day after he collapsed during the Owls' 31-28 triumph at home over Virginia Tech.
Late Saturday: Brian Brown returned a punt 86 yards for the go-ahead touchdown and the Oregon defense gave freshman quarterback Bret Powers a rude welcome in his first start as the Ducks (1-2 in the Pac-10 and 5-2 overall) beat Arizona State (2-4, 0-3) 27-7 in Eugene, Ore.