Stories for October 31, 2004


Lead stories

Titans end two-game losing skid

The Tennessee Titans bought themselves two more weeks of hope at the expense of an old foe they still love to beat. The Titans rested Steve McNair and his aching chest, and backup Billy Volek responded by throwing for two touchdowns and 210 yards as the Titans beat the Bengals 27-20 Sunday for their first victory at home this season.

Carr, Texans defeat Leftwich, Jags in battle of young QBs

With less than a minute to go and the end zone in sight, Byron Leftwich once again had the game in his huge, capable hands. Surprisingly, Leftwich let it all slip away.

Roethlisberger leads Steelers over Patriots

The New England Patriots are no longer perfect, all because of a rookie quarterback who still is. Ben Roethlisberger, who doesn't know what it's like to lose an NFL game, drove the Steelers to four scores following uncharacteristic New England turnovers and Pittsburgh ended the Patriots' two long winning streaks with a remarkably easy 34-20 victory Sunday.

KU swimmers fall to MU

Kansas University senior Amy Gruber won three events in the Jayhawks' 157-144 swimming loss to Missouri on Saturday at University Natatorium. The Bigelow, Ark., native won the 50 freestyle (24.12), 100 free (52.23) and the 100 butterfly (56.95). KU freshman Terri Schramka collected wins in the 100 backstroke (57.85) and 500 free (5:06.04). The loss dropped the Jayhawks' dual meet record to 1-3 and 0-3 in Big 12 Conference duals. KU will play host to Illinois at 2 p.m. Saturday at Robinson Natatorium.

Injuries plague Kansas in loss

Mysteriously and surprisingly, Kansas University running back John Randle spent most of Saturday dancing around on the sideline, trying hard to stay warm on a chilly, windy autumn afternoon at Jack Trice Stadium.

Big KU football gift might be forthcoming

Kansas University athletic department officials are expected to announce a large pledge -- perhaps as big as $20 million -- earmarked for the KU football program, sources told the Journal-World.

How they scored


The one that got away

KU's loss to ISU 'hurt a little more'

It was desperation in its most desperate form. With Kansas University's quarterbacks showing minimal effectiveness throwing the football Saturday, the most important make-or-break pass of the game -- and maybe the season -- was hurled by none other than running back Clark Green with 6:56 left in the contest.

Woodling: Offense disappears on road

Surely you've heard the one about the little old lady who was standing outside the locker room after the football game and accidentally was jostled by the head coach. "No offense," the coach quickly said, apologizing to the woman. And the little old lady gave him a steely look and snapped, "You can say that again."

Chesang delivers

KU sophomore beats brother, field

He coughed vehemently under a withered tree. He couldn't catch his breath. He was hunched over with his hands on his knees.

Wildcats pound Jayhawks

K-State wins 20th straight over KU

Kansas University volleyball coach Ray Bechard's stay in Manhattan lasted less than two hours Saturday afternoon, but that still was too long.

Packers topple Redskins after Portis TD nullified by penalty

Clinton Portis celebrated the apparent winning touchdown with a leap into the end zone, capping a 43-yard reception that gave the Redskins a one-point lead with 2:35 to play. Oops. Scratch that. Flag on the play.

Mayer: KU, Okie State players have taken different paths

It's no wonder pollsters have decided Kansas University and Oklahoma State are preseason co-favorites for Big 12 Conference basketball mastery. The Cowboys also have a lot to excite their fans. Yet the personalities of the two teams are vastly different.

Defensive TD sparks Cyclones

Most defensive linemen don't return a fumble for a touchdown during their entire football careers.