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Maryland Coach Mark Duffner said Scott Milanovich will start at quarterback for the 17th-ranked Terrapins on Thursday night against Georgia Tech. He replaces sophomore Brian Cummings, who directed the Terrapins (4-0) to their best start in 17 years while Milanovich was serving a four-game suspension for gambling on college sports.

"We made the decision that's best for our football team," Duffner said.

Cummings played well, going 52 for 83 for 680 yards and five touchdowns.


Joe Paterno apologized for his foul language and quick temper but not for backup quarterback Mike McQueary's 42-yard touchdown pass to Chris Campell in the final minute of a 59-34 victory that led to his nationally televised spat with Rutgers Coach Doug Graber.

"I should not have to apologize for Mike doing what he has been coached to do," Paterno said. "I feel very, very bad about the four-letter words. I would not want my kids to have to listen to a national figure go on television and say what I said."


Alabama will appear before the NCAA Appeals Committee on Nov. 16 in an effort to get its postseason ban and some scholarship reductions lifted. . . . Former Tennessee receiver Nilo Silvan waived arraignment on charges of raping the 17-year-old girlfriend of a teammate. Silvan, 21, remains free on $10,000 bond. His trial was set for Nov. 14. . . . Jevon Kearse, a Florida freshman linebacker who is expected to be redshirted this season, said he was the victim of mistaken identity after his arrest on charges of stealing a car.

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