College Football Notebook: 500 for Bowden

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 25, 2008

Associated Press
The college football notebook …
Florida State’s Bobby Bowden becomes just the third person in college history to coach 500 games in Saturday’s match against Colorado, joining Penn State’s Joe Paterno and Amos Alonzo Stagg, who has the record at 548 games.
“It’s kind of slipped up on me,” Bowden said Wednesday. “You have to be thankful. How in the world have you lasted that long, to be able to coach 500 ball games.”
Bowden won his 100th, 200th and 400th games, losing No. 300 to Miami 19-16 in 1992 when Dan Mowrey’s field goal try for the tie sailed wide right.
Bowden, who turns 79 in November, entered this decade with a record of 305-84-4 and two national championships, but is a more mortal 70-36 since.
Paterno’s 376 wins are the most among major college coaches. Bowden is one behind at 375.
CHAPEL HILL ó North Carolina receiver Brooks Foster doesn’t care who’s throwing him the ball.
That’s good, because there still isn’t an answer to the big question surrounding the Tar Heels this week: Who’s going to replace T.J. Yates at quarterback?
Coach Butch Davis said Wednesday he hasn’t settled on a starter yet. It’s expected that both junior Cameron Sexton and redshirt freshman Mike Paulus will play this weekend at Miami.
Paulus played the final 1 1/2 quarters of last weeks’ loss to Virginia Tech after Yates went down with a broken left ankle. He’s expected to miss six weeks.
Foster said before Wednesday’s practice that he’s confident in both Sexton and Paulus. Foster said whoever Davis picks is “going to do their job, just like I do mine.”
Duke’s Thad Lewis isn’t just seeing an increase in his passing numbers under new coach David Cutcliffe. The junior has not thrown an interception.
Lewis has thrown for 714 yards with five touchdowns in three games, putting him among the ACC leaders. But he’s avoided critical mistakes, setting a school record with 206 consecutive passes without an interception and approaching the league record of 270 set by Florida State’s Drew Weatherford last year.
OMAHA, Neb. ó Former Nebraska running back Thunder Collins was arrested Wednesday, nearly 24 hours after a shooting left one person dead and another seriously wounded, police have confirmed.