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William F. Reed
October 19, 1992
TUNE IN TOMORROW
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October 19, 1992

College Football

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Clemson players attributed the turnaround to pride, saying they had too much of it to go 0-3 in a league they're accustomed to dominating. Hatfield, one of the more devout coaches in the land, gave credit elsewhere. "The Lord's still in the miracle business," he said.

Meanwhile, Virginia coach George Welsh said, "I can't account for it, but things like that happen in football." They especially happen to teams that play soft after getting way ahead, that lose their best runner (Terry Kirby) to an injury in the fourth quarter and that allow an opposing quarterback (Louis Solomon) to wring one big play after another out of the option: a 64-yard TD run by Solomon, a 53-yard TD run by Rodney Blunt and a 27-yard TD run by Rudy Harris. Those scores helped narrow Virginia's advantage to 28-26 and set up Nelson Welch's game-winning field goal, a 32-yarder with 55 seconds remaining.

Afterward, proving that even the most pious coach isn't above some wicked gloating, Hatfield eyed the reporter who had criticized him and said, "Option teams aren't supposed to come back like that, isn't that right?"

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In winning five straight games after an opening loss, Gardner-Webb, an NAIA school in Boiling Springs, N.C., has run up scores of 56-0, 57-6, 65-16, 69-33 and 52-17. Quarterback John Craven, who pulls the trigger on the Bulldogs' run-and-shoot, has already thrown for 1,780 yards and 19 TDs with five games remaining....

Nobody would blame Oregon quarterback Danny O'Neil if he sued his offensive line for nonsupport. In the Ducks' 32-10 loss to Southern Cal, O'Neil was sacked 13 times....

In defending the Big Ten's embarrassing record against nonconference opponents, Minnesota coach Jim Wacker said, "Maybe we should play more games with Susquehanna U." Susquehanna athletic director Don Harnum accepted Wacker's challenge: "A game between the Gophers and the Crusaders should settle the issue of how competitive the Big Ten really is." Susquehanna is 5-0 and ranked No. 3 in Division III. Minnesota is 1-4, 0-3 in nonconference play....

Washington State has a 5-0 record, the nation's leading offense and a marvelous passer in junior Drew Bledsoe. "The feeling on our team is, and it may not be nice to say, the preseason is over," said Bledsoe after the Cougars routed Oregon State 35-10 last week. They play UCLA, Southern Cal, Stanford and Washington in the next six weeks....

Denison coach Keith Piper celebrated his 71st birthday with his 200th win at the school, a 29-24 victory over Earlham. Piper, bless his heart, still runs the single wing....

After Kansas beat rival Kansas State 31-7, Jayhawk coach Glen Mason accepted the Governor's Cup, emblematic of state gridiron supremacy, from Governor Joan Finney. "I'm going to do something I've never done before," said Mason, "kiss a governor."

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