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William F. Reed
November 16, 1992
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November 16, 1992

College Football

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HORSE SENSE

As we ponder the future of the Southwest Conference (page 70), let's pause and toast Southern Methodist, which earned one of its most memorable victories since the glory days of Doak Walker and Kyle Rote in the late '40s. Three years ago SMU, playing its first season after getting hit with the NCAA death penalty in 1987, endured a humiliating 95-21 loss to Houston. Last week the Mustangs whipped the Cougars 41-16.

How sweet was it for the 32 SMU seniors who were on that 1989 team? After the game, Mustang wide receiver John DeVoss imitated the siren that had accompanied each of Houston's scores during the '89 debacle at the Astrodome. "That's all I remember hearing in that game," DeVoss said.

Another senior, quarterback Dan Freiburger, wanted to throw long passes late in the game to run up the score on Houston coach John Jenkins, who was the Cougars' offensive coordinator in '89. "When I see John Jenkins, I get a bad taste in my mouth," said Freiburger. "He took advantage of us when we were freshmen." SMU coach Tom Rossley didn't let Freiburger exact any revenge.

Saturday was a memorable day for the league's three other private schools as well. TCU, a 17-point underdog to Texas, shocked the Longhorns 23-14 to win its first game against Texas in Fort Worth in 34 years. Rice ripped Texas Tech 34-3 thanks to running back Trevor Cobb, who rushed for 155 yards, and defensive back Sean Washington, who returned interceptions 56 and 60 yards for touchdowns. And Baylor ventured into the ACC and knocked off Georgia Tech 31-27. "The old privates aren't dead yet," said Baylor coach Grant Teaff, who plans to retire at season's end after 21 years in Waco. "Hey, maybe the private schools of the Southwest Conference will have to withdraw to join a superconference."

SQUIBS

With Princeton hanging on to a 20-14 lead over Penn, Tiger coach Steve Tosches inserted Michael Lerch, a 5'6", 160-pound wide receiver, at defensive end. Lerch blew past a blocker and sacked Quaker quarterback Jim McGeehan to save the game for Princeton, which is 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the Ivy League....

It may sound like a quackpot idea, but the Independence, Freedom and Copper Bowls are taking a hard look at Oregon. Now 5-4 after a 37-17 defeat of Cal, the Ducks will close out the regular season against 4-5 UCLA and 1-7-1 Oregon State....

We Are the Boys from Old Florida, the song Florida fans sing during every game, has been deemed sexist by the school's Committee on Sexism and Homophobia. The tradition dates back to the 1920s, when Florida was an all-male school....

Michigan sure was lucky to get rid of that Desmond Howard guy a year early. At this point in 1991, the Wolverines' offense and special teams had scored 12 times on plays of 20 yards or more. This year they've done so 24 times....

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