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William F. Reed
November 30, 1992
Here are our choices for the best, the worst and the goofiest of the 1992 season. Some of the awards are serious and some aren't. See if you can tell which are which.
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November 30, 1992

College Football

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Announcer's Nightmare Award: To Oregon State. For much of the season, the Beavers had Sailusi Poulivaati and Alai Kalaniuvalu playing alongside each other on the defensive line.

Worst Impersonation of a Top 10 Team Award: To Virginia. The Cavaliers got off to a 5-0 start and reached No. 10 in the AP poll, then lost four of their next five games.

The Going-Down-with-the-Ship Award: To Navy. On the way to a 1-9 season, the Middies lost five quarterbacks—in their first three games.

The If-Only-They-Had-a-Defense Award: To Pacific. Although the Tigers finished 3-8, quarterback Troy Kopp ended his career with 87 touchdown passes, second only to Ty Detmer, who had 121 for BYU from 1988 to '91; running back Ryan Benjamin broke an NCAA record by averaging 237.8 all-purpose yards in his career; and wide receiver Aaron Turner established NCAA career marks for receiving yards (4,345), receptions (266) and touchdown catches (43).

Boldest Quote: Nebraska athletic director Bob Devaney's statement, after the Huskers had ripped Colorado 52-7 and Kansas 49-7 on successive Saturdays, that this Nebraska team was the best in his 31 years in Lincoln. Devaney's remark seemed reasonable, until the...

Biggest Upset: Nebraska's 19-10 loss to Iowa State.

Biggest Disgrace: Tennessee's decision two weeks ago to dismiss coach Johnny Majors at the end of this season. A former All-America tailback for the Vols, Majors was 118-62-8 in 16 years as coach in Knoxville. Tennessee needs only a win over Vanderbilt to finish 8-3 in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year.

The Sportsmanship Award: To Florida State. Leading Tulane 49-7, coach Bobby Bowden's Seminoles ran a reverse on a kickoff return.

The Only-in- Hollywood Award: To UCLA quarterback John Barnes. Last year Barnes, then a quarterback for UC Santa Barbara, attended the UCLA-Southern Cal game using a student ID borrowed from a former girlfriend. Santa Barbara dropped its Division II program, so Barnes transferred to UCLA for his senior year. After losing three quarterbacks to injury, Bruin coach Terry Donahue started the erstwhile gatecrasher last Saturday against the favored Trojans. Barnes completed 16 of 28 passes for 385 yards and three TDs in UCLA's 38-37 win.

The Jackie Gleason Memorial How-Sweet-It-Is Award: To SMU's senior class. The Mustangs avenged a humiliating 95-21 loss to Houston in 1989 by whipping the Cougars 41-16.

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