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LSU postpones game
Gustav's damage forces Saturday's tilt to Nov. 15
Louisiana State postponed its football game against Troy after Hurricane Gustav damaged Tiger Stadium and battered Louisiana's capital city far worse than anticipated.
The university made the decision yesterday after having a full day to get a handle on damage to the stadium and the community, much of which is expected to be without power into next week.
"We would have loved to play the game, but it's not possible and the city of Baton Rouge is in too bad shape to take resources away to play a football game," LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said. "The welfare of the people of Baton Rouge, the uncertain power issues facing all of us and the condition of Tiger Stadium were all factors in making this decision."
The seventh-ranked Tigers' game against the Trojans will be played Nov. 15.
"We are fortunate that both schools had a common open date later in the year," Alleva said. "I am appreciative of the cooperation of the good people at Troy for their understanding of this situation."
Classes at LSU are canceled through the end of the week, with only part of the campus on power generated by the school's emergency backup power plant.
Tropical Storm Hanna also is causing schedule changes this weekend. The Colgate-Coastal Carolina football game has been moved from Saturday night to Sunday at 1 p.m. in Conway, S.C.
Gold Helmet fits Nelson, PooleMassachusetts junior tailback Tony Nelson and American International senior wideout Travis Poole received the first weekly Gold Helmet Awards of the season from the New England College Football Writers.
In his first career start, the 5-foot-10-inch, 210-pound Nelson piled up a career-high 171 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the Minutemen's 28-16 win over visiting Albany.
The 6-foot, 190-pound Poole hauled in 10 passes for a school-record 253 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-19 victory over C.W. Post.
Pitt's Gunn may be out for seasonPittsburgh outside linebacker Adam Gunn may miss the rest of his senior season with a broken neck caused when he collided with teammate Scott McKillop in Saturday's season-opening loss to Bowling Green.
Gunn, who became a starter last season, played every down on defense and also was on the kickoff team before sustaining a concussion during the third quarter of the 27-17 victory.
A broken vertebra, which occurred during the helmet-to-helmet hit with McKillop that also resulted in the concussion, showed up during an MRI.
"[It] could be the year. We're not going to say it's the year, but it's going to be a while," coach Dave Wannstedt said.