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Badgers best Cavaliers in Eddie Robinson Classic

Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2001

MADISON, Wis. -- Jim Sorgi threw two touchdown passes after replacing the injured Brooks Bollinger to lead No. 22 Wisconsin to a 26-17 win over Virginia on Saturday in the Eddie Robinson Classic.

Sorgi had already spelled a mostly ineffective Bollinger on two series before the starter went down in the second quarter while scrambling to his right. Wisconsin spokesman Steve Malchow said trainers described the injury as a ''hurt belly,'' but wouldn't be more specific.

Bollinger struggled as the Badgers (1-0) introduced the spread offense after years as a power running team. He was 5-of-13 for 41 yards and was intercepted once before he left the game. He also rushed nine times for 27 yards.

Virginia (0-1) lost running back Antwoine Womack in the first quarter after he sprained his right ankle. He had seven carries for 18 yards when he left.

Wisconsin used mostly a spread offense in the first half with four-receiver formations. But the Badgers didn't get on track until the second half, when they went back to their more traditional running game.

In the first half, Sorgi and Bollinger combined to go 5-of-15 for 41 yards. Sorgi finished the game 5-of-11 for 150 yards with touchdown passes of 78 and 38 yards.

The Badgers also rushed for 228 yards -- just 82 yards in the first half. Anthony Davis led the Badgers with 147 yards on 24 carries.

The loss spoiled Al Groh's return to college after coaching the New York Jets last season. He started Matt Schaub at quarterback but went to Bryson Spinner after Schaub made several critical mistakes in the first half.

No. 3 Oklahoma 41, N. Carolina 27

NORMAN, Okla. -- Linebacker Rocky Calmus and the rest of third-ranked Oklahoma's defense looked in championship form, coming up with five first-half turnovers in a victory over North Carolina.

The defending national champion Sooners blitzed North Carolina and new coach John Bunting with a 31-point first quarter and ran the nation's best winning streak to 14 games.

The defense made life easy for junior quarterback Nate Hybl, the successor to Heisman Trophy runner-up Josh Heupel. The four fumbles and an interception led to 27 points in a half when the Tar Heels netted just 71 yards.

Hybl stuck to short passes most of the night and wound up 20-of-29 for 152 yards. He gave up an interception for a touchdown, but it came with the Sooners already in control.

Calmus, an All-American last season, recovered a fumble on the second play of the game to set up the first of two short field goals by Tim Duncan.

Later in the quarter, safety Brandon Everage jarred the ball from harried quarterback Ronald Curry, and Calmus picked it up and returned it 14 yards for a touchdown that made it 24-0.

Curry had a rough night. He lost two fumbles that led to field goals, was sacked three times, and wound up 5-of-14 passing for 74 yards and an interception.

Oklahoma's first three scoring drives used just 44 seconds, 18 seconds, and 1:13. Two of the three came after turnovers, one of them caused by Duncan on a kickoff return.

No. 4 Nebraska 21, TCU 7

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Eric Crouch became Nebraska's career leader for total yards and Thunder Collins scored twice in his first start as the No. 4 Cornhuskers beat TCU in the Pigskin Classic.

Nebraska struggled offensively but made up for it with a strong defense while improving to 5-0 in preseason ''classics.''

TCU had the ball in Nebraska territory only once in the second half and finished with just 186 yards, 65 after halftime.

Crouch completed 10-of-18 passes for 151 yards and ran 24 times for 69 yards. The 5,510 yards for his career surpassed Tommie Frazier's school-record 5,476.

Collins, starting for the suspended Dahrran Diedrick, ran 14 times for 71 yards. Diedrick sat out Saturday's game because of his arrest outside a Lincoln bar last weekend.

The Horned Frogs, opening their first season under coach Gary Patterson, were called for 11 penalties, including four inside their own 10-yard line.

TCU's Casey Printers was 10-for-21 for 122 yards.

TCU led the nation in defense a year ago and, despite having only five returning starters, held the Huskers in check for much of the afternoon.

But on a second-and-10 from Nebraska's 26, Crouch kept it on an option and zig-zagged his way to TCU's 32 for the Huskers' first big play of the second half. Collins scored three plays later on a 26-yard option run to the left with 25 seconds left in the third quarter, capping a 98-yard drive.

Nebraska led 13-7 at halftime. The Huskers opened five of their seven drives at their own 40-yard line or better, including one at the TCU 49, but scored just twice.

TCU was able to hold the Huskers to 11 yards in the second quarter and just 143 total yards for the half.



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