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NCAA Football 2003

Touchdown celebrations:
Hold one of the following buttons immediately before scoring a touchdown at the risk of an unsportsman-like conduct penalty.

Point upwards: Press L1 or R1.
Hold up football: Press R2.
Shake football: Press L2.

Hold Triangle to start a touchdown dance when inside 20 yard line.
Harold Parker.

Hint: Audible:
To perform an audible, press Square. It will most likely be a pass audible.

Hint: Earning campus challenge credits and running up your score/stats:
Create your own juggernaut school/team. Edit the roster so your team is filled with studs. Enter season mode with your team and under the preseason options, schedule as many 1-AA teams as possible. Set your playing time for 15 minutes and enjoy the ride. If you have the unlimited time-out cheat, you can use it here and stop the clock after any play finishes in-bounds. This will give you more time to compile stats. Note: Doing this may increase your game time to over 90 minutes (and possibly 120) of "real-time". If you are going to use the time-out cheat, take a 15-minute break when you hit the half time point of your game. Also, note that campus challenge points are awarded based on your level of play. Heisman is the hardest level, but you also get increased value on your campus challenge credits.

Hint: Maximum player status:
Select "Rosters" in the options menu, then "Edit Player". Select their ratings icon and you can change every column up to 99.
Aley Mac.

Hint: All out team:
Go to the rosters and select any created or a regular team. Select the players. This will give you a list of selections. Select ratings, and from there you can pump up your player. You can also select the appearance and make him tall and big. It may take awhile, but you could pump up your entire team. This requires patience. Choose practice mode to try the team.

Hint: Cause fumble on kickoffs:
To to make your opponent fumble the ball on kickoffs, keep kicking to the same player. Eventually he will fatigue and start fumbling the ball in the third and fourth quarters. You can also kick to the other side of the field and try to surprise the other receiver. If you catch him off guard, he will sometimes fumble.

Hint: Get ball on kickoff:
Use the following trick to get you the ball 95% of the time on kickoff. Set the game to easy play with penalties off, then choose the onside kick. Move the kick off arrow all the way left and down. You will hardly kick the ball -- only get the power to the end of the yellow line (it is acceptable if it goes slightly past), then hit the button again and try to get it in the yellow.

When playing a human player, call for Kickoff Left/Right then, which ever you choose, set to kick the ball in that direction. However, make it go as far up as possible. After the ball is kicked your team will run to where the ball will land. If you play the CPU, they will almost always call for a fair catch. The ball does not have to touch anyone on the return team. You can run up and catch it (if the kick is powerful enough).
Mark Jacobs.

When you do the kickoff, call for an onside kick. Then, call an audible for Square, Circle, or X. Next, bring the arrow all the way down and over to either side between the end and the second to end men. Kick it very softly then go to your closest man, run to the ball, and dive. This will work about 80% of the time. Note: Alternate sides to confuse the receiving team.

Hint: Kickoff inside ten:
Make sure that your kicker can at least make it to the endzone on kickoff. Then, go to the settings section and change all the penalties to off. When you kick it off, kick the ball at maximum power, let the bar go, and press it again. You should kick it to the left of the endzone out of bounds inside the ten yard line. Where it goes out of bounds at is the location where the other team will start at.

Use the following trick to get the kick returner inside the ten yard line. Select "Onside Kick". Point it all the way up and to the right. Stop the meter at the top and then in the yellow. The ball will go over the returner's head and stop at about the 5 yard line. He will run a sort distance then get tackled immediately.
Ben T.

Hint: Get the ball possession back:
Enter the game settings screen and turn penalties off. Play a game. When you kick off to the other team, do an onside kick. When you kick it, quickly jump on the ball. Note: This may take some practice.

Hint: Easy pennants:
Create numerous profiles and get your five pennants at the beginning. Then, risk your pennants against the other controller. Set the game to overtime and no wind, and kick a FG with the profile you want to win the pennants. When the other team gets the ball, punt and its all over.

Hint: Easy sacks:
Chose Nickel Defense, Inside Blitz. Get either LB and when the ball is hiked, run between the DT and DE holding Circle. You should get a sack or tackle for loss about 90% of the time.
Aley Mac.

Hint: Easy punt blocking:
Punt block works best under special teams. Choose the free safety who is the quickest on the side without the extra blocker. With offsides off, you can hold Circle, run straight to the outside of the end blocker, and run around him. Cut sharply and jump in front of the kicker. Note: If you jump too soon, you will sack him and block him with your foot.
Brian Williams.

Hint: Easy receiving:
If you throw the ball to one of your receivers repeatedly, the defense will start double teaming that player, making it nearly impossible to throw to him. When they start playing extra defense on him, go to the depth chart and switch him to a different receiving position. For example, if he was the first string, put him at second; if he was second string, put him at first. He will still be in the plays, but on the other side of the field with one single man coverage, so you can keep running up the score. Repeat this again if they start the coverage.

Choosing "All Right" in the Ace-Y-Twins package twice in a row can be helpful. The first time, throw to your wide receiver. The next time, throw to the running back. He will usually be open for a gain of five or more yards.

Hint: Easy punt block:
With offsides off, choose the play "Punt Block". Cycle with your players until you are the far left player on the defense. After they break huddle and are all set, hold Turbo then hold toward the punter. Line up about a half of a man to the left of the blocker. If done correctly, the blocker will not touch you, giving you a free shot at the punter.
Jerry P.

Hint: Easy plays:
Go to "Settings", then go down to "AI Settings". Put it on "CPU" and set their offense and defense all the way down. Then, switch it to "Human" and put your offense and defense all the way up. This should make plays very easy.

Hint: Highstep into the endzone:
Break away on a touchdown run or pass, with at least 10 yards between you and the nearest defensive player. Press Triangle to highstep into the endzone.
Aley Mac.

Hint: Pump up or silence crowd:
Press L3 to pump up or silence the crowd.
Aley Mac.

Hint: Win coin toss:
When you are the away team and have to select heads or tails, hold Down and after one second press X. You will win the toss 90% of the time.
Aley Mac.

Hint: Announce names instead of numbers:
If you would like to hear the announcers call out your teams names rather than their numbers, all you have to do is put their roster in. Go to the options screen, go to "Edit Rosters" and insert the names under "Player Info". After you insert them, play a game and your team's names will be announced.

Hint: Other announced team names:
The following NCAA I-AA team names will be recognized and announced by both the press box announcer and TV commentator if placed in the "Nickname" slot in the create a school option:
Derek J. Evers, S6m2h2, Isaac R., Khpier, Minkeun Oh, Serge Sharpe, Jchevy61, Patrick, Kowboy323, RadeksRat, and Keith Whiteman.

Black Bears
Red Devils

The following non-NCAA I-AA names will also be recognized and announced by both the press box announcer and TV commentator if placed in the "Nickname" slot in the create a school option:


Hint: Easy season mode:
During season mode, change your schedule to play the number one ranked team, then the number two ranked team, then the number three ranked team. If you cannot defeat them during game play, switch over to their team and intentionally make mistakes and cause safeties for the other team. Allow your original team to score touchdowns and to win the game. You can go undefeated through the season.

Hint: Easy rival trophies:
Go to the settings menu and then turn the length of the quarters to one minute. On average for most teams, it takes more than one minute to drive down the field. If you get the ball first, go ahead and score. Just hold the team you are playing. If you do not get the ball first, hold your opponent or let them score. Then when you score, go for two. The simple iso in goalline always works. Since the game will take no more than ten minutes, you can get several trophies in an hour.

Go to the settings menu and set it to overtime. Just stop the other team, win in overtime, and you will get the trophy.
nolan gibreal.

Change the game clock to one minute. Set the game on easy play. Kick an onside kick, put the arrow to the ground and to your side, kick as weak as possible, then recover. Do this after drives so you never have to play defense.

An easy way to win trophies is to set the game on overtime and junior varsity. All you have to do is hold the opposing team and score a field goal or touchdown and you will win the trophy. Save your profile to keep the trophy in your showcase.
James Hoerst.

Hint: Easy trophies in Dynasty:
This trick requires a decent amount of free space on your memory card to create twelve teams. Make all of them juggernauts and increase all of their players' stats very high. After you have made all of the teams, go to dynasty mode and sign on the twelve teams you created. Then, if desired, change all of their schedules so that they play all the top ranking teams. Your created juggernaut teams will rarely lose. Simulate the entire season. For better measures, put all of the teams in a different conference so that at the end of the season you will get all conferences, most of the bowl games, the Heisman trophy, and all the individual trophies. You will not always get all trophies, as the season stats and games will vary each year, but you will defiantly get the bulk of them.

Faster stat editing:
When setting a player's stats, press the D-pad and Analog-stick in the desired direction and the stat will increase or decrease faster. Use both controllers and it will be even faster.

Hint: Get created players during Dynasty:
At the end of every season in Dynasty, just after the last bowl game, save the game. Then, go to create a prospect. Make your prospect as desired, then save the game again. Then, go into players leaving. Note: You can skip this option if desired. Go to scouting. Go directly to the 100 blue chips in the country list, and see if your prospect made your team his first option. If not, back out all the way to the beginning, load the game, and try again. You will usually get three to four different outcomes. Keep doing this throughout the week you advance and you are still one or two on his list. Make sure you save the game -- sometimes they will pick the last person on their list, or if your team is already stacked, they will go to your rival with the weakest link in their position.
Quinton Smith.

Hint: Use player during redshirt year:
You can use a player during a redshirt year, thereby getting an extra year out of them. During the pre-season (after finishing recruiting, training, etc., but before playing the first game) you should have the option "Preseason Options". If not, you have already started the season. Go to the depth chart and take the player you are going to redshirt and move him to a non-starting position. Then, go to formation subs and put the player back at his position in every formation. Now redshirt him. The game will tell you that he has been removed form the depth chart. Start a game in the season. He should be in every formation you subbed him into.

Hint: Trophy games:
Play the following rivalries to get the corresponding trophy game.

Administaff Bayou Bucket Trophy: Houston vs. Rice
Apple Cup Trophy: Washington vs. Washington State
Black Diamond Trophy: West Virginia vs Virginia Tech
Commonwealth Cup Trophy: Virginia vs. Virginia Tech
Golden Boot Trophy: Arkansas vs. LSU
Golden Egg Trophy: Mississippi St. vs. Ole Miss
Golden Hat Trophy: Oklahoma vs. Texas
Ireland Trophy: Boston College vs. Notre Dame
Jeweled Shillelagh Trophy: Notre Dame vs. USC
Little Brown Jug Trophy: Michigan vs. Minnesota
Marching Drum Trophy: Kansas vs. Missouri
Megaphone Trophy: Michigan St. vs. Notre Dame
Old Brass Spittoon Trophy: Indiana vs. Michigan State
Old Oaken Bucket Trophy: Indiana vs. Purdue
Paul Bunyan\'s Axe Trophy: Minnesota vs. Wisconsin
Silver Spade Trophy: New Mexico vs. New Mexico State
Stanford Axe Trophy: Cal vs. Stanford
Sweet Sioux Tomahawk Trophy: Illinois vs. Northwestern
Territorial Cup Trophy: Arizona vs. Arizona State
Victory Bell Trophy: UCLA vs. USC
Victory Bell Trophy: Cincinnati vs. Miami (Ohio)

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