College Football Notebook: Maryland looking at Big Ten

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The University System of Maryland's Board of Regents has been told that Maryland is in serious discussions to join the Big Ten Conference, and board members plan to meet as soon as Monday to discuss the proposed move.

The regents were told about the talks this weekend but had not received a written presentation as of early Saturday night. Not all of the regents favor leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference, and there is expected to be a lively debate, said one official who declined to be named.

Maryland has a long tradition with the ACC and is one of seven original conference members. But with more than 7 million people in the greater Baltimore-Washington market, the area has long drawn interest from various conferences.

Harris' record day

Temple running back Montel Harris rushed for 351 yards and seven touchdowns, setting Big East single-game rushing records in both categories, in the Owls' 63-32 victory at Army.

Harris, who had 36 carries, came within one touchdown of the NCAA record set in 1990 by Howard Griffith of Illinois against Southern Illinois.

Osbourne walks with Huskers

Nebraska coaching great Tom Osborne joined Bo Pelini in leading the Cornhuskers from the locker room onto the field before the game against Minnesota.

Saturday has been designated as a "Salute to Tom Osborne" at Memorial Stadium. Osborne is retiring as athletic director Jan. 1, and the game was Nebraska's final home of the season. Osborne won 255 games, 13 conference championships and three national titles in a 25-year Hall of Fame coaching career that ended in 1997. He has been athletic director since 2007.

Robinson switches spots

Michigan put Denard Robinson back in the starting lineup -- at running back.

Robinson finished with 98 yards on 13 carries. Devin Gardner made his third consecutive start at quarterback in place of Robinson, who has been out with nerve damage in his right elbow.

Harvard streak continues

Harvard's 34-24 victory against Yale was the Crimson's sixth consecutive win against their Ivy League archrival, marking the first time in a rivalry that started in 1875 that Harvard (8-2, 5-2) has beaten Yale six times in a row. Yale (2-8, 1-6) won six in a row from 1902-07 and eight in a row in the 1880s.

Georgia's Gurley sets mark

With a 5-yard gain in the second quarter, Georgia freshman running back Todd Gurley got to 1,000 yards on the season, joining Herschel Walker in 1980 as the school's only first-year players to reach that mark. Knowshon Moreno was a redshirt freshman when he rushed for more than 1,000 in 2007.

Clowney sidelined with injury

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who is third in the Southeastern Conference in sacks, did not play against Wofford because of a sprained foot that has bothered him most of the season. Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said Clowney hasn't practiced much the past few weeks.

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