-KSU QB Ell Roberson starts despite the sexual assault allegations and team curfew violations. Buckeyes jump out to a 21-0 first half lead, only to see the Wildcats creep back to make it a one-possession game late. Craig Krenzel wins the game's offensive MVP for his 4 TD passes, 2 each to Michael Jenkins and Santonio Holmes. Jenkins finishes with 96 yards and becomes the Buckeye record-holder in receiving yardage. Defensive...
-Marc Denis makes 37 saves for the shutout, Blue Jackets win 2nd consecutive road game, not to mention their 2nd road win total for the year. The game marked the debut of new Head Coach Gerard Gallant, who played briefly with Tampa towards the end of his career. Rotislav Klesla scored the winning goal for Columbus into an empty net after Lightning goalie John Grahame mishandled the puck.
A 22-year-old woman accuses Kansas State QB Ell Roberson with sexual assault. The Houston native counters that by saying it was consensual sex. Medical tests were taken, but results will be known next week. Either way, Roberson broke team rules for curfew, and might not play in the Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State.
Columbus shakes things up to start 2004. Doug MacLean steps down as the team's coach. He'll stay on as the Blue Jackets' president and general manager. Assistant coach Gerard Gallant takes over. He's known around the hockey world for playing on the same line with a young Steve Yzerman in Detroit in the late '80s and early '90s.
-Blue Jackets winless home streak reaches 8 (ties team record set two years ago)... Alyn McCauley scores the lone SJ goal with under 5 minutes left... Marc Denis saves 28 of 29 shots in the losing effort... Evgeni Nabokov saves 26 for his 4th shutout
Columbus ships RW/D Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre to Atlanta for future considerations. Grand-Pierre was one of the original Jackets still on the roster. He's played 16 games this season with 12 penalty minutes.