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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: HEISMAN HUNT LACKS TUIASOSOPO.

Byline: SCOTT WOLF College Football

That Washington is ranked eighth and 3-0 is a bit of a surprise. That the Huskies have done it at times in spite of quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo is shocking.

If the Huskies were going to have a national-championship season, it was thought they would have to ride Tuiasosopo's arm and legs for their success. Instead, he has been less than ordinary in key moments and is dashing his Heisman Trophy hopes even as the Huskies flourish.

Proof lies in Tuiasosopo's five interceptions - the most among Pac-10 quarterbacks - and three touchdown passes.

He is seventh in the Pac-10's quarterback-rating system, trailing a group that features Stanford's Randy Fasani, Washington State's Jason Gesser and UCLA's Ryan McCann.

``We are fortunate to be in the spot we are because I haven't had a good, quality day in terms of efficiency,'' said Tuiasosopo. ``Maybe (I need to be) more cautious with the ball in terms of being more sure.''

Tuiasosopo had two interceptions in the final five minutes of the first half against Colorado, with one returned for a touchdown.

``As much football as I've played and the experiences I've had, those are things I shouldn't do,'' Tuiasosopo said. ``I'm tremendously frustrated.''

It's not too late for Tuiasosopo to salvage his Heisman hopes, if he can turn his season around starting next week against Oregon. He is eighth on CNN/SI's Heisman Watch.

Washington's athletic department has not yet decided if it will begin sending out postcards trumpeting Tuiasosopo as a Heisman candidate.

--Michigan's mad: Coach Lloyd Carr called Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany to complain about two third-quarter calls in the UCLA game that went against the Wolverines.

Officials ruled defensive back Julius Curry out of bounds to nullify an interception, although replays indicated he was in. Also, a catch by UCLA receiver Freddie Mitchell was ruled legal, although Carr said he came from out of bounds to make the reception.

``For the first time since I've been a head coach, I called Jim Delany,'' Carr said. ``I am infuriated at those two calls along that sideline over there. I'm not going to say any more.''

--Keeping cool: Stanford freshman quarterback Chris Lewis calmly led the Cardinal to a touchdown drive in the final two minutes to upset Texas, throwing three touchdown passes against the Longhorns.

``When I went in, I just tried to think, `OK, I'm just back at (Long Beach) Poly, Friday-night lights.' I was thinking about my sister (Robyn, a member of Stanford's volleyball team) sitting in the stands. She never gets rattled. She would have done a better job than me.''

--Player of the week: Nobody played a better game than Cal punter Nick Harris in the Bears' 17-15 loss to Illinois.

Harris, considered one of the nation's top punters, had nine of his 12 punts downed inside the 15-yard line, including spots at the 3, 4, 2, 9, 1 and 3.

``Nick was unbelievable,'' Cal coach Tom Holmoe said. ``Watching the film, I'm in awe.''

--Upon further review: The controversial winning touchdown catch Florida's Jabar Gaffney made against Tennessee ``probably'' would have been ruled an incompletion if it hadn't occurred in the end zone, SEC supervisor of officials Bobby Gaston said.

``As fast as it seemed to have happened, probably if I were guessing, it would have been an incompletion in the field of play,'' Gaston said. ``But it's different in the end zone because all you have to do is establish player possession for an instant of a second. That's all it takes.''

--Southern feud: South Carolina coach Lou Holtz and Clemson coach Tommy Bowden are taking some nasty verbal jabs at each other. Most recently, Bowden suggested Holtz owes some of his success to former South Carolina head coach and current Clemson assistant Brad Scott.

``I appreciate Brad Scott recruiting these players; we had them last year,too,'' said Holtz, whose team went 0-11 in 1999. ``I think I would give Brad a great deal of credit just as I'm sure Tommy would be the first to jump up and give (former Clemson coach) Tommy West a lot of credit.''

--He's a Nutt: Arkansas coach Houston Nutt was labeled a ``used-car salesman'' by a Boise State athlete who played for Nutt three years ago.

``I do respect the guy, but he's a used-car salesman,'' Boise defensive lineman Bradly Phillips said before losing to the Razorbacks on Saturday.

Asked if he could sell a used car, Nutt responded: ``You betcha and I'd be good at it. You're doggone right. And I sell 'em a good car, too.''

--Weak conference: The Big 12 is 1-6 vs. Top 25 teams, with the league's only victory being No. 1 Nebraska's overtime win at Notre Dame.

FOOTNOTES

by Scott Wolf

THE TOP 10

1. Florida State (3-0)

Where's Janikowski? Seminoles used three kickers last week.

2. Nebraska (2-0)

It hasn't shown anything yet to deserve No. 1 ranking.

3. Kansas State (3-0)

Bill Snyder wants respect with game against North Texas?

4. Florida (3-0)

Spurrier should not criticize SEC officials for at least five years.

5. Virginia Tech (3-0)

Hokies have blocked 79 kicks in 153 games under Frank Beamer.

6. Wisconsin (3-0)

Suspensions are over, time for first game with full squad.

7. Washington (3-0)

Neuheisel's slickness is no problem for fans after this start.

8. Ohio State (3-0)

Cooper's feigning fear over playing Penn State.

9. UCLA (3-0)

Ken Kocher's ankle injury will be a season-long problem.

10. Michigan (2-1)

Drew Henson's foot better heal or this season is over.

BEST BET

No. 16 Notre Dame (2-1)

at. No. 23 Michigan State (2-0)

Irish fans are having mixed emotions about this season. They love the upset of Purdue and near-upset of Nebraska but want to see coach Bob Davie get fired.

BY THE NUMBERS

46

Percent of Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer's defeats that have come against Florida. In seven seasons, Fulmer has 15 losses, seven coming to the Gators.

11-1

Record for the last 12 Notre Dame quarterbacks who were making the first career start.

19-4

The Pacific-10 Conference's record in nonconference games thisseason. Last year, the Pac-10 was 18-15 out of its league.

7

Misses in eight attempts for Utah on field goal attempts.

THE LIST

Who are the nation's highest-paid coaches? Here are those that make at least a million dollars, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer:

COACH SCHOOL SALARY

Steve Spurrier Florida $2.0M Bobby Bowden Florida State

$1.5M Nick Saban LSU $1.2M Philip Fulmer Tennessee $1.2M Rick Neuheisel Washington $1.16M Houston Nutt Arkansas

$1.0M Tommy Tuberville Auburn $1.0M Bill Snyder Kansas State $1.0M R.C. Slocum Texas A&M $1.0M John Cooper Ohio State

$1.0M Barry Alvarez Wisconsin $1.0M Glen Mason Minnesota $1.0M Frank Solich Nebraska $1.0M

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