Like Plunkett's Stanford team, this year's Cardinal squad wasn't expected to make it to Pasadena. Husak hopes the two teams share something else: a Rose Bowl upset. Wisconsin will be a big favorite over the Cardinal on Jan. 1. "For that  team to come together and upset Ohio State was special," Husak said. "They were an underdog, just like we'll be."
Nevada's Surefire Wideout
Too Small, Too Slow, Too Good
When Nevada senior wideout Trevor Insley isn't torching opposing defenses, he can be found racing dirt bikes, snowboarding or participating in any of several other extreme sports he loves. "I'd really like to try hang gliding and skydiving, but my coaches would kill me if they found out" says the 6'1", 195-pound Insley, who on Nov. 6 against Idaho became the alltime leading major-college receiver (he finished his career with 5,005 yards) and on Saturday against Utah State moved into first place in career receptions (298) and single-season yards (2,060).
After Insley starred for San Clemente (Calif.) High, Nevada was the only college to offer him a scholarship. Most schools shied away because of his relatively small size and not-so-blazing 4.6 speed, but he has become an NFL prospect by running precise routes and exhibiting fearlessness while going over the middle. "He can catch the football anywhere, anytime," said UNLV defensive coordinator Jeff McInerney after Insley made 11 catches for 169 yards and two touchdowns in a 26-12 Nevada win over the Rebels on Oct. 2. "He doesn't have great speed, but he runs meticulous routes and he's got great hands."
Insley grew up idolizing Steve Largent, who played 14 years in the NFL, all with the Seattle Seahawks. After watching Largent repeatedly beat bigger and faster defensive backs, Insley realized that if he became the aggressor, his speed and size wouldn't matter as much. "My attitude is that once the ball leaves the quarterback's hands, it's mine," he says.
If that mentality doesn't land him a job in the NFL, Insley, a physical-education major, says he'll become a fireman, a job he has coveted since he was a child. "I've always liked living on the edge, and being a fireman would suit my personality," he says. "Even at 21, every time I see I an engine go by, I get all fired up."
Texas Tech Coachless
Dykes Rides Into the Sunset
One of the last characters in coaching announced on Saturday that he'd had enough. With his West Texas twang and trademark self-deprecatory humor, Texas Tech's Spike Dykes always pretended he didn't know how to coach. Given that he hadn't had a losing record since 1992 and had won a share of the 1994 Southwest Conference title in his 13 years with the Red Raiders, everyone else knew better.
Texas Tech sent Dykes out with a victory by coming from behind to beat Oklahoma 38-28. He'd wanted to keep his decision quiet until after the game, when he could tell his players himself, but word of his decision spread last week. It never occurred to him to motivate the Red Raiders to win on his behalf. "The game is about them," he said last Friday. "I don't believe in Win one for the Gipper."
Dykes, 61, says he first thought about quitting in 1996, but Texas Tech asked him to shepherd the Red Raiders through the four-year NCAA probation it received in August '98 because of various violations, including a large number of ineligible student-athletes, that weren't Dykes's fault By midseason this fall Dykes was complaining of exhaustion. "I knew it was about time," he said. "I've had more fun than I can say grace over. I've coached all my life. It's the only thing I know how to do. I'm ready to spend a lot of time with [my wife] Sharon. I've never been with her on our anniversary. We'd been married 42 years as of Aug. 16. Our anniversary is always during two-a-days."