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THE WEEK

Oct. 14, 1985
Oct. 14, 1985

Table of Contents
Oct. 14, 1985

Dolphins-Steelers
The Royals
Eddie Robinson
Hockey 1985-86
  • What hath Mike Hitch, the pizza mogul who owns the Red Wings, wrought? For one thing, he has made some of his players rich. For another, he has stirred both hopes (among NHL players) and fears (among owners) that the walls of free agency may at last come tumbling down. None of which makes any difference to the Edmonton Oilers, who are primed to make off with another Stanley Cup championship.

  • The Oilers are helmeted head and padded shoulders above the rest of the NHL. Far below, mere mortals will be skating for the honor of getting whipped by Edmonton in the Stanley Cup playoffs

  • Not content to be Wayne Gretzky's teammate, swift-skating Oiler defenseman Paul Coffey suddenly is getting himself compared to Bobby Orr—and not unfavorably, either

College Football
Pro Basketball

THE WEEK

WEST

This is an article from the Oct. 14, 1985 issue Original Layout

"It was like he was running around us," said SMU noseguard Jerry Ball. "He would hit up and cut way back. Most of the time he was running as if he was in reverse." The shifting gears belonged to Arizona's 5'6" tailback, David Adams, who scooted past the Mustangs' defense for 136 yards in the Wildcats' 28-6 upset. The loss was SMU's worst in six years. The Mustangs had four turnovers, and Reggie Dupard and Jeff Atkins, who both had rushed for at least 100 yards in each of the last four games, were held to 82 and 56, respectively.

Arizona State coach John Cooper lost his first confrontation with UCLA's Terry Donahue, whom Cooper once put up for two weeks when both were assistants at Kansas. "He was the nicest man, so very clean," recalls Cooper's wife, Helen. "He even cleaned the bathroom fixtures." On Saturday, Donahue's Bruins mopped the Rose Bowl floor with the Sun Devils by a score of 40-17. UCLA piled up 245 yards on the ground while holding Arizona State to only 18. The Sun Devils had given up just 12 points in their first three games.

SOUTHWEST

"I don't believe it's too early to think Cotton," said Baylor QB Cody Carlson after the Bears' 24-21 victory over Houston made them 2-0 in the SWC. Carlson has certainly cottoned to splitting snaps with Tom Muecke. Rated the two best Texas schoolboy quarterbacks in 1981, they teamed for 257 yards in total offense, alternating about every two series in the latest version of a work-sharing program begun in 1983.

"This is definitely my most disappointing loss in 25 years of coaching," said TCU's Jim Wacker after Arkansas routed the Horned Frogs 41-0. Despite the whitewash, the Hogs have had problems of their own. Over the past three weeks, Arkansas coach Ken Hatfield has suspended four players for incidents involving alcohol, with noseguard Tony Cherico missing Saturday's game for reportedly having empty beer cans in his dorm room. Says Hatfield sarcastically, "If you could convince me that drugs and alcohol will make us the best team, I would buy a gross of them."

MIDWEST

Chuck Long thought he had seen the future and it wasn't pretty. With 37 seconds to play, the Iowa quarterback needed two yards for a victory over Michigan State—the same two yards he had to have, but didn't get, in last year's 17-16 loss to the Spartans. So, instead of going with the option play as they had in '84, this time the Hawkeyes ran "46 Dive"—a fake to tailback Ronnie Harmon and a bootleg by Long. Even as he began the decisive play in Iowa's 35-31 win, Long couldn't shake the déj√† voodoo. "It was scary," said Long, who had completed 30 of 39 passes for 380 yards and four TDs. "I had to delay long enough for everyone to take the fake. I had this feeling half a dozen guys would pile on top of me." Long ran in untouched. The Hawkeye defense, which ranked No. 1 in the nation before the game following three nonconference cakewalks, let sophomore Lorenzo White gain 226 yards on 39 carries and freshman Bobby McAllister complete 18 passes in 27 attempts for 275 yards.

A 38-yard field goal by Chris White with time running out lifted Illinois to a 31-28 win over Ohio State, which for the fourth straight game played without All-America running back Keith Byars; he's sidelined with a broken bone in his foot. "Was I nervous?" asked White after his first game-winning attempt in three seasons. "Are you crazy? Of course."

At a practice before last week's game against Cal, Missouri coach Woodie Widenhofer met a man wearing jeans and work boots and bearing a card that read VAMPIRE FOR HIRE, 508 YEARS' EXPERIENCE. The Mizzou fan, proclaiming to be Count Vladamere Tepes, offered to put a Romanian whammy on the Bears. "Well," Widenhofer countered, "whatever it takes." The next day Tepes was at Cal's practice in full bat garb—black-and-red cape, slicked-back hair, juicy purple veins. "We're from Berkeley," said Cal coach Joe Kapp. "We see his kind every day." That attitude, plus the performance of freshman running back Marc Hicks, who rushed for 139 yards, quick-kicked 44 yards and scored two TDs, probably explains the inexorable Bears' 39-32 victory.

SOUTH

Florida pounded LSU 20-0, and the damage could easily have been greater. The Gators had one touchdown negated by a penalty, two passes in the end zone intercepted and another swiped on the Tiger three. "Right now they're playing as if they have something to prove to the world—that they shouldn't be on probation or that it doesn't matter that they are," said LSU running back Garry James, who teamed with Dalton Hilliard for just 38 yards on 16 carries. With 123 yards on 22 tries, Neal Anderson became the Gators' career rushing leader (2,597 yards) and extended to 12 the streak of games Florida has won when he has run for at least 100 yards.

Wake Forest contained the TVA (Tennessee's Voracious Airgame) by using DBS (Deep Ball Security). The Deacons damped the Vols with deep drops and disguised defenses, holding Tony Robinson to 170 yards in the air on 13 completions in 23 attempts. Wake's Foy White practically shorted the Vols himself with two TD passes in the final 5:20, but Tennessee held on for a 31-29 win.

The South did have one passer who went deep in Northeast Louisiana's Bubby Brister. In only his fourth start, against Northwestern State, Brister completed 22 of 27 throws for 335 yards and two TDs. Signed by Bear Bryant out of Neville High in Monroe, La. in 1981, Brister chose the Detroit Tigers over the Tide and spent a season as a minor league shortstop. He joined Tulane's football team the next year, but left in '83 because coach Wally English played his son, Jon, ahead of budding Bubby. That fall the 6'3" Brister enrolled at Northeast Louisiana but sat and waited. This year he has thrown 75 completions in 121 attempts for 1,264 yards and nine TDs, with just one interception.

EAST
When Craig Heyward, Pitt's top returning rusher, was put on disciplinary probation and suspended from the team for hitting a student in the face with a crutch, the Panthers' offense looked to be hurting. But in a 42-7 defeat of South Carolina, Pitt displayed three tailbacks who may soon encourage sympathy for defenders only. Sophomore Charles Gladman and freshmen Brian Davis and A.B. Brown each scored on TD runs as the Panthers raised their record to 2-2-1. "Gladman is the best at getting through the hole and using his blockers," says Panther coach Foge Fazio. "A.B. is a slasher-type guy with good balance who always winds up around the goal line. Brian probably has the best speed. They complement each other—one guy gets in there and softens them up for the others." The loss was the worst in 11 years for the 2-3 Gamecocks.

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PHOTOJOHN BIEVERWhite high-stepped his way to 226 yards on 39 carries in a losing effort against Iowa.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

OFFENSE: Sophomore quarterback Todd Santos became Division I-A's most efficient passer by completing 18 of 24 passes for 320 yards and five touchdowns in San Diego State's 41-22 win over Stanford.

DEFENSE: Air Force linebacker Terry Maki made 19 solo tackles, assisted on 11 others and blocked a field goal attempt, off which the game-winning touchdown was scored, in a 21-15 defeat of Notre Dame.

SI Top 20

1. OKLAHOMA (2-0)

1**

2. OKLAHOMA STATE (4-0)

4

3. IOWA (4-0)

5

4. MICHIGAN (4-0)

6

5. ARKANSAS (4-0)

7

6. PENN STATE (4-0)

8

7. FLORIDA STATE (4-0)

9

8. FLORIDA (3-0-1)*

10

9. NEBRASKA (3-1)

12

10. BYU (4-1)

13

11. ALABAMA (4-0)

14

12. TENNESSEE (2-0-1)

15

13. AUBURN (3-1)

16

14. AIR FORCE (5-0)

17

15. SMU (2-1)*

2

16. OHIO STATE (3-1)

3

17. GEORGIA (3-1)*

19

18. BAYLOR (4-1)

20

19. LSU (2-1)

11

20. TEXAS (3-0)

*On probation

**Last week