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UCLA'S MCNOWN EARNS UNITAS QB AWARD

UCLA senior quarterback Cade McNown will receive the 1998 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

McNown has completed 162 of 288 passes for 2,617 yards and 18 touchdowns to lead third-ranked UCLA (10-0). In his four-year career, he has thrown for a school-record 9,855 yards and 61 touchdowns, starting 41 consecutive games.

"When a big play needs to be made, Cade McNown makes it," UCLA coach Bob Toledo said after the announcement. "We've won 20 straight games and he's a big reason for that success."

The award is given annually to the nation's top senior college quarterback by the Frank Camp Chapter of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation. Unitas will present the award Dec. 11 in Louisville.

Elsewhere, Southern Mississippi accepted a bid Tuesday night to play in the Humanitarian Bowl. The Golden Eagles (7-4) will represent Conference USA in the Dec. 30 game at Boise, Idaho, against Big West Conference champion Idaho (8-3). Brigham Young (9-3) will be going to the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31 in Memphis to play Tulane (10-0), which clinched a bid last weekend by winning the Conference USA title. San Diego State (7-4) edged Utah (7-4) for an invitation to the Las Vegas Bowl.

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