THE WEEK

November 11, 1985

EAST

What is it about Penn's Chris Flynn that makes referees want to drop yellow hankies? Well, for one thing, he's a sneak. Flynn, the Ivy League's top punt returner (and No. 3 rusher), likes to call for a fair catch, wait for an opponent to touch the ball and then scoop it up and run for the hills. His shtick worked against Princeton, as the Quakers came from three TDs back to win 31-21.

Flynn has had numerous long returns, two of which went for touchdowns, called back this year. And after tearing off a 79-yarder that would tie the Princeton game, he turned and saw more flags. Grief-stricken, he collapsed on his back in the end zone. "It's kind of draining to run all that way for nothing," he said. For nought it was not, however. After huddling, the officials ruled that a Tiger had touched the ball, making it fair game. But at week's end ECAC supervisor of officials Al Benson stated that a player cannot advance the ball after signaling a fair catch. Regardless, the touchdown stood, as did 34,000 faithful at Franklin Field. Penn has now won 13 consecutive Ivy League games to tie the record set by Princeton (1964-65) and Yale (1967-68).

SOUTH

Blasphemous or not, defeated Florida State coach Bobby Bowden went ahead and said what everyone was thinking: "I like him better than Bernie Kosar. Never did Kosar hurt us like that." Bowden was referring to Kosar's replacement at Miami, Vinny Testaverde. He burned the Seminole secondary for four touchdowns and 339 yards and erased a 10-point FSU halftime advantage in the Hurricanes' 35-27 win. Testaverde got in some stargazing between TD passes: He was sacked seven times.

Erratic Maryland's inability to play four high-quality quarters on the same day couldn't keep it from its 15th straight ACC victory. In a 28-10 win over North Carolina, senior fullback Rick Badanjek, who at 5'9" is short for a battering ram, scored his 44th, 45th and 46th career TDs, all on two-yard bursts. The other Terp touchdown came on a two-yard pass from Stan Gelbaugh to Chris Knight—off a fake to Badanjek.

SOUTHWEST
With the eyes of Texas—and those of five bowl representatives—upon them, the Aggies of Texas A & M beat SMU, 19-16, for the first time in six years. SMU deserved what it got: The Mustangs failed to score on six trips inside the A&M seven. The Man of the Hour in College Station was Eric Franklin, the kid brother of NFL Patriot Tony Franklin. Eric's 48-yard field goal with 1:46 left won the game. To what depths has SMU sunk this season? Consider nose tackle Jerry Ball's remark after the defeat: "We'll just have to test our character against Rice next week."

MIDWEST
With four seconds to play, placekicker Chris White, Illinois coach Mike's boy, had a chance to give the Illini a 6-3 win over Michigan. Instead, his field goal attempt from 37 yards out hit the crossbar and bounced back, sealing a 3-3 tie. "It feels like a loss," said White after embracing his forlorn son. After getting his fingers on White's kick, reserve Wolverine linebacker Dieter Heren "stood up and turned around. I wasn't sure if it went over or under, and then it hit. It did nothing for my heart." Michigan linebacker Andy Moeller (19 tackles, 15 unassisted) played a spirited game against the Illini—with good reason. Gary Moeller, his defensive coordinator and father, was axed by Illinois in 1979 after going 6-24-3 as head coach.

WEST

"There ain't no Santa Claus here," said Cal coach Joe Kapp after his team's 30-8 loss to Arizona State. "You can't give them eight turnovers and expect to win or be close." Despite the giveaways, the Bears stayed in the game for almost a half, until Sun Devil cornerback Jeff Joseph picked off a Brian Bedford pass and went 93 yards to make the score 20-8. ASU's other corner, Anthony Parker, had three interceptions.

Buried a week earlier by Notre Dame, USC regrouped to defeat Washington State 31-13. Tepid Trojan play in the second half kept the Cougars in contention—the score was 21-13 midway through the third quarter—and awakened the Coliseum boobirds. Coach Ted Tollner, the object of increasing alumni criticism, still has Rose Bowl hopes. "This conference won't be decided until the end of November," he said. "We just want to stay alive."

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PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

OFFENSE: Sophomore Thurman Thomas rushed for 201 yards on 34 carries in Oklahoma State's 14-11 win over Colorado, Thomas scored both OSU TDs, including a 60-yard sweep for the game winner.

DEFENSE: Senior cornerback Erroll Tucker of Utah returned interceptions 66 and 41 yards for TDs, knocked down two passes and made five solo tackles in the Utes' 34-7 victory over Utah State.

SI Top 20

1. FLORIDA (7-0-1)*

4**

2. PENN STATE (8-0)

3

3. NEBRASKA (7-1)

5

4. OHIO STATE (7-1)

9

5. IOWA (7-1)

1

6. MICHIGAN (6-1-1)

2

7. AIR FORCE (9-0)

7

8. OKLAHOMA STATE (6-1)

8

9. AUBURN (6-2)

6

10. BAYLOR (7-1)

10

11. MIAMI (7-1)

11

12. LSU (5-1)

13

13. ARKANSAS (7-1)

14

14. OKLAHOMA (5-1)

15

15. FLORIDA STATE (6-2)

12

16. UCLA (6-1-1)

16

17. BYU (7-2)

17

18. MARYLAND (6-2)

18

19. GEORGIA (6-1-1)*

19

20. ARIZONA STATE (6-2)

20

*On probation
** Last week

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