Last summer, Sooner quarterback Danny Bradley told The Daily Oklahoman, "The bigger the game, the better Danny Bradley plays. Give him the eyes of Texas and he'll gouge 'em. Give him the Cornhuskers of Nebraska and he'll shuck 'em. Give him the Jayhawks of Kansas and he's liable to darned near fall asleep."
As it happened, Bradley was sidelined for the Kansas game (sprained ankle and finger), but the 22-point-underdog Jayhawks were nevertheless inspired to a 28-11 upset by Bradley's braggadocio. "We pretended that every person we hit out there was Bradley," said defensive tackle Phil Forte, who made five tackles as the Jayhawk defense—ranked 90th (out of 105) in the country before the game—held Oklahoma to two first downs in the second half. The Jayhawks got a safety when Milton Garner blocked a punt, and a touchdown when safety Wayne Ziegler went 63 yards with an interception. "Every week somebody has something to say about us," said Forte. "This week we shut somebody up."
The bad news got worse for the Sooners after they returned to Norman. Shortly after midnight, safety Keith Stanberry was driving in his Datsun 280 ZX with cornerback Andre Johnson when he lost control of the car, which turned onto its side and crashed into a utility pole. It took 1½ hours to free Stanberry, who broke a thigh and collarbone and tore ligaments in his right knee. Johnson also tore ligaments in a knee. Within an hour and a half of the accident two other Sooners, reserve quarterback Kyle Irvin and graduate assistant Mark Gale, were picked up in separate incidents and charged with driving while intoxicated.
On Sunday, cornerback Brian Hall visited Stanberry and Johnson at the hospital. "There goes my pro career," said Stanberry.
"But we're alive," said Johnson.
Two nights before Iowa's 24-20 victory over Indiana, Hawkeye quarterback Chuck Long had a fever, and his right elbow was so puffed up that he could hardly lift his arm to comb his hair or brush his teeth. Team doctors drained the elbow and applied medication, but Long was still doubtful for Indiana. The arm felt better in warmups and just fine at game time, and Long completed 26 of 30 passes—including an NCAA-record 22 straight—for 227 yards and two TDs.
Augustana College (Ill.), the No. 1 team in Division III, whipped North Central 28-0; it was the Vikings' 19th straight victory, tying BYU for the longest streak in college football. The Vikings' forte is rushing—they lead the division with 379 yards per game—and their stars are 5'5", 160-pound halfback Brad Price and 5'8", 165-pound wingback George Velasquez. "I hate to say we're dull," says coach Bob Reade, whose starting quarterback, Kirk Bednar, has thrown but 28 passes all year. "We're more efficient than anything."
Marietta (Ohio) College ended its record 34-game losing streak by tying Ohio Northern 3-3. Afterward, the Pioneer fans tore down the goalposts—and there may be more celebrations ahead. The tie brought Marietta's winless streak to 41, with 0-7 College of Wooster next on the schedule.
In a comedy of errors, Washington beat Arizona 28-12 by grabbing 10 of the game's 19 turnovers. Going in, the Huskies' defense was ranked No. 1 in the country in points allowed (8.1 per game). The offense, however, had scored only one touchdown in six quarters. The TD drought continued as quarterback Hugh Millen lost two fumbles and threw three interceptions before he was booed off the field at halftime and replaced by Paul Sicuro. Tailback Jacque Robinson finally came through in the second half with TD runs of two, four and 50 yards—the first two coming after an interception by Husky linebacker Joe Kelly and a blocked punt by safety Tim Peoples—but Washington's offensive woes seem far from over. Arizona coach Larry Smith was angry over his team's getting seven flags for 52 yards. "The officiating in this game stunk, and Pac-10 officiating stinks," he said. "I'm sick of it. We're on probation and never ever have we gotten one judgment call this season." Smith refused to shake Husky coach Don James's hand after the game because James had called for an onside kick with the Huskies up 28-6 midway through the fourth quarter. "Am I upset?" Smith said. "Yes. It was a cheap call." In response James noted that the kick was from the Wildcat 45 because of a penalty and said, "He's the first coach in my whole career not to come across the field and shake my hand."
"I still don't believe it," said Washington State's Rueben Mayes after he ripped through Oregon for 357 yards in a 50-41 victory. He'd gotten 216 yards and five touchdowns the week before against Stanford. Now he's second in the country in rushing to Ohio State's Keith Byars, with 1,218 yards for the season. "We weren't going to run that much," said Washington State quarterback Mark Rypien. "But they were just giving it to us. If they're not going to stop the option, why quit running it?"
To confuse BYU quarterback Robbie Bosco, New Mexico often dropped back nine defenders and at times left only one down lineman. BYU simply went to the ground (217 yards rushing for the game), and Bosco found his receivers open for short passes over the middle. "We're not in the same league with them," said Lobo coach Joe Lee Dunn after his team had lost 48-0, "but I said that all along."
Did he or didn't he? Down 13-7 to Texas with four minutes to go, SMU was 10 yards from a touchdown when quarterback Don King threw a fourth-down pass to Marquis Pleasant in the end zone. Longhorn cornerback James Lott definitely touched Pleasant with his left hand and gave the SMU receiver a shove before the ball arrived, though Lott may have been going for the ball. In any case, there was no flag, and the Longhorns took possession. Three minutes later, as SMU threatened again, Lott, a 7'5½" high jumper, leaped up in the end zone and picked off a pass intended for split end Jeff Jacobs, sealing the 13-7 Texas victory.
Only 23,885 fans showed up at TCU's homecoming, a 38-28 victory over Baylor, and saw running back Kenneth Davis cut loose for 173 yards and three touchdowns. Davis, the No. 3 rusher in the country with 1,034 yards for the season, is averaging 8.4 yards a carry.
"West Virginia waited a long time for this, and I didn't want to put a wet blanket on it," said Penn State coach Joe Paterno. Trailing 17-14, the Nittany Lions had driven to the Mountaineer 35 in the final minute when safety Larry Holley picked off a John Shaffer pass and assured West Virginia of its first win over Penn State since 1955. Though 35 seconds remained on the clock, hundreds of fans swarmed onto the field and tore down one set of goalposts. The maintenance crew, guarded by the state police, quickly removed the other. Paterno made his way across the field to concede the victory to West Virginia coach Don Nehlen. Paterno later offered his congratulations in the Mountaineers' locker rooms, where the well-wishers included Governor Jay Rockefeller and Sam Huff, class of '56. The most Huff-like member of the current West Virginia defense is Fred Smalls, a linebacker who made one interception and forced another, recovered a fumble and stopped a reverse six yards behind the line. Said Nehlen, "This is the greatest win of my coaching career. We defeated a class team and a class coach."
After Syracuse's first two quarterbacks were injured in the first half against Army, the Orangemen called upon sophomore Mike Kmetz. He came in with the Orange trailing 13-10 and, handling the ball for the first time in a Syracuse game, directed a 76-yard TD drive that included a 19-yard run of his own. Later Kmetz dashed 16 yards on a quarterback draw, collaborated with Scott Schwedes on a 40-yard pass play to the nine and then ran the last eight yards on another draw for Syracuse's final score in a 27-16 win.
Doug Flutie held the limelight once again, running for one TD and throwing for three others as Boston College beat Rutgers 35-23. But let's not ignore weak safety Tony Thurman, who made 11 solo tackles, deflected two passes and picked off two more to remain the nation's leader in interceptions with nine.
It was the pits, for woe befell 1-6-1 Pittsburgh. Leading Navy 28-14 with 2:39 to play, the Panthers appeared to have their second victory in hand. But quarterback Bill Byrne drove the Middies 68 yards in 11 plays to make it 28-20—they missed the extra point—with 1:07 to go. After Navy's onside kick was recovered by Middie Greg Stefanon on the Pitt 46, Byrne passed 30 yards to Chris Weiler and 16 yards to John Lobb to make it 28-26. Going for two, Byrne rolled right, stopped and threw across field to tight end Mark Stevens in the end zone for a 28-28 tie. In all, Byrne threw for 340 yards, 275 in the second half.
Delaware was leading Towson State 49-23 with two minutes to go when it scored on a 71-yard pass play from backup quarterback Rick Scheetz to receiver Fred Singleton. That prompted Towson State coach Phil Albert to call Blue Hen coach Tubby Raymond "a disgrace to college football." Responded Raymond, "When you let somebody play, you don't tell him to fall on the ball."
Georgia beat Kentucky 37-7, but the Bulldogs were up only 3-0 in the second quarter when Dawg quarterback David Dukes rolled out to his right on an option play. He pitched to tailback Tron Jackson, who dropped the ball. Tight end Scott Williams picked it up on the run and went 16 yards around left end for touchdown. "That's the type of team that Georgia is," said Wildcat coach Jerry Claiborne. "They make a fumble and turn it into a touchdown."
Auburn edged Mississippi State 24-21 on a 35-yard field goal by freshman Robert McGinty on the last play of the game. "I was shaking," said McGinty. Trailing 21-20 with 3:13 to play after a touchdown by Reggie Ware, Auburn coach Pat Dye decided to go for a one-point conversion rather than a two-pointer. Said Dye, "I looked at the situation and did what I thought was the best way to end. I felt we would get the football and have a chance to win."
South Carolina kept its perfect record intact with a 42-20 win over East Carolina. The game marked the fifth time in a row that quarterback Mike Hold has left the bench to lead his team to victory. "Mike comes in and does it again," said Gamecock guard Del Wilkes. "I don't know how he does it, but I'm not complaining. We'll take five more just like it." With South Carolina behind 10-7 in the second quarter, Hold appeared and on his first play threw a 71-yard touchdown bomb to flanker Ira Hillary. Hold threw for another score and was nine of 16 for 210 yards on the day. South Carolina coach Joe Morrison will stick with the plan that keeps working, and Allen Mitchell will start against N.C. State this week. "They shut us down and made us throw." said Morrison. "We put Mike in there because we wanted to air it out. We'll be leaving things as they are—that's for certain."
The Willie Totten report: Mississippi Valley State's passing wizard completed 45 of 60 passes for 599 yards and eight touchdowns in a 71-6 victory over Prairie View A & M. Five of the TD throws went to Jerry Rice, who is averaging 12.3 receptions a game.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE: Running back Rueben Mayes carried 39 times for an NCAA-record 357 yards and scored three touchdowns in Washington State's 50-41 win over Oregon. Mayes has 1,218 yards for the year.
DEFENSE: In his second college start, sophomore linebacker Craig Raddatz of Wisconsin intercepted two passes and made 11 tackles—eight of them solos—in the Badgers' 16-14 upset of Ohio State.
SI Top 20
1. WASHINGTON (8-0)
2. BYU (8-0)
3. TEXAS (5-0-1)
4. NEBRASKA (7-1)
5. OKLAHOMA ST. (6-1)
6. MIAMI (7-2)
7. WEST VIRGINIA (7-1)
8. BOSTON COLL. (5-1)
9. S. CAROLINA (7-0)
10. GEORGIA (6-1)
11. OKLAHOMA (5-1-1)
12. SMU (4-2)
13. FLORIDA (5-1-1)
14. OHIO STATE (6-2)
15. LSU (5-1-1)
16. AUBURN (6-2)
17. FLORIDA ST. (5-1-1)
18. IOWA (6-2)
19. TCU (6-1)
20. CAL STATE-FULL. (9-0)