(Off) the Mark Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon's decision to play with a torn ACL in his left knee against Arizona on Thursday night was one of the most courageous and selfless acts by a player in recent college football history. Dixon injured his knee two weeks earlier against Arizona State. When the knee didn't swell, Dixon chose to play against the Wildcats wearing a heavy knee brace. He sacrificed his long-term health for a chance to keep the Ducks' national championship hopes alive. But should the Heisman Trophy candidate have been on the field? And shouldn't the Ducks have had backup Brady Leaf more ready to play, knowing Dixon's chances of finishing the game were slim to none? The 34-24 loss to Arizona ended Oregon's title hopes and Dixon's season. Here's hoping the senior is ready to go by the NFL combine.
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Clock-eating tailbacks. Wisconsin's Zach Brown (29 carries for 250 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-34 win at Minnesota). Ohio State's Chris Wells (39 carries for 222 yards and two scores in a 14-3 victory at Michigan). Washington's Louis Rankin (224 yards and one touchdown in a 37-23 win over California). Southern Mississippi's Damion Fletcher (211 yards and three scores in a 56-30 rout of UTEP). Tulane's Matt Forte (194 yards and five scores in a 45-31 victory over Rice). Florida State's Preston Parker (133 yards and one touchdown in a 24-16 win over Maryland). Georgia Tech's Tashard Choice (33 carries for 142 yards in a 27-25 win over North Carolina). Georgia's Knowshon Moreno (22 carries for 124 yards and one touchdown in a 24-13 win over Kentucky). Illinois' Rashard Mendenhall (124 yards and two scores in the win over Northwestern). Kansas State's James Johnson (22 carries for 172 yards in the loss to Missouri). Colorado State's Gartrell Johnson III (136 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-34 win over Division I-AA Georgia Southern). Indiana's Marcus Thigpen (140 yards in a 27-24 win over Purdue). Central Florida's Kevin Smith (20 carries for 177 yards and two scores in a 49-20 rout at SMU). Boston College's Andre Callender (22 carries for 75 yards, 11 receptions for 92 yards against Clemson). South Florida's Mike Ford (24 carries for 140 yards and two touchdowns in a 55-17 rout of Louisville). Eastern Michigan's Pierre Walker (31 carries for 149 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-45 upset at Central Michigan). Air Force's Chad Hall (19 carries for 151 yards and two touchdowns in a 55-23 win over San Diego State), Jim Ollis (15 attempts for 163 yards and two scores) and Ty Paffett (seven carries for 105 yards and three touchdowns versus the Aztecs).
(Off) the Mark It is time for Michigan coach Lloyd Carr to retire, after the Wolverines coach ended his 13th season the way it started -- with consecutive losses. But is the timing right for the Wolverines? If Michigan is truly interested in hiring LSU coach Les Miles, a former Wolverines player and assistant coach, shouldn't Carr have waited until after a bowl game to announce his retirement? With No. 1 LSU having to win two more games (against Arkansas on Friday and against either Georgia or Tennessee in the SEC championship game on Dec. 1) to secure a spot in the BCS National Championship Game, Carr's retirement figures to create a boatload of distractions for the Tigers.