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Bowden upset by comments

In the wake of Florida State's 20-17 loss to the Auburn Tigers, head coach Bobby Bowden still is upset over some comments made by Auburn's Pat Dye. Dye said his team didn't play up to its capabilities in its come-from-behind victory.

"I know they were playing their best. I felt they played as good as they can play. I'm a little bit mad about those comments," says Bowden.

Reports that Florida State was throwing cheap shots also disturbed Bowden. "I'm not happy with the implications of us playing dirty. We made some poor decisions. You know we played Miami and everyone else, and no one calls us dirty. Miami, in fact, called us timid."

Around the nation

Ohio State: Coach John Cooper still plans to direct his team against Minnesota on Saturday despite being hobbled by back surgery.

Cooper underwent an hour of surgery Sunday to repair a ruptured spinal disk.

Cooper said Tuesday that he would be at Ohio Stadium for the next game, either on the sideline or _ if his back is bothering him _ the press box.

Referees reinstated: Seven football officials who were suspended for mistakenly giving Colorado a critical fifth down against Missouri have been reinstated.

The seven officials will not work together as a crew for the remainder of the season, said John McClintock, supervisor of Big Eight Conference football officials.

- Times correspondent Jerry Kutz and the Associated Press contributed to this report.