The 6'1", 197-pound anvil of a fullback did indeed knock the stuffing out of numerous Falcons defenders, rushing for a career-high 161 yards on 29 carries. Afterward, though, he sheepishly confessed that he had failed to deliver Mom's message. "Awww, that's not really my style, sir," Hewitt said. "I think the message we sent to them with our play was loud enough."
Like Father, Like Son
In Florida State's 44-7 win over Wake Forest, the Seminoles' Dan Kendra became the first freshman in 11 years to start at quarterback for coach Bobby Bowden. "He comes in there with as much confidence as anybody," says tackle Todd Fordham of Kendra, who completed 20 of 39 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns in place of Thad Busby, who was out with a hairline fracture of his left wrist. "It's like he's a fifth-year starter."
For Bowden, the afternoon recalled a performance by another freshman signal-caller 22 years ago when Bowden was the coach at West Virginia. Desperate to end a four-game losing streak, Bowden put Kendra's father, also named Dan, into a game against Syracuse. The elder Kendra promptly threw a 97-yard touchdown pass and led the Mountaineers to a 39-11 victory. Two weeks later, he rallied West Virginia to a 22-21 win over Virginia Tech. To this day Bowden believes those two performances saved his job and perhaps his career. "I was getting hanged in effigy every week," says Bowden. "I was a favorite for the rope." The next year, 1975, the senior Kendra led the Mountaineers to a 9-3 record. The following year Florida State hired Bowden.