Least Likely To Get Allstate's Good Driver Discount: Tie between Testaverde and wide receiver Michael Irvin of the Hurricanes. Irvin was recently disciplined by the university for allegedly backing his car over the toes of two Miami law students. Two days before the East Carolina game Testaverde crashed his motor scooter. The accident separated him from a good deal of skin on the left side of his body. Give Penn State one point because scabs itch a lot.
Least Likely To Have Trouble Bumming Rides Home Until The Game: Testaverde.
Best Against The Run: West Virginia got only eight yards on the ground against Penn State. Pitt's Craig (Iron-head) Heyward gained 254 yards against Miami. Penn State has the third-best rushing defense in the country. Penn State plus two.
Best Against The Pass: Penn State's secondary goes 5'11", 5'9", 5'9", 5'10". It's one of the shortest in the country. Miami's (a.k.a. Bennie and the Jets) is long on speed. Blades led the nation in interceptions with 10. "They're fast and fabulous," says East Carolina assistant Don Powers of the Hurricanes' defensive backs. Penn State yielded 300 yards to such pretenders as Steve Beuerlein of Notre Dame and Dan Henning of Maryland. Shudder at the numbers Testaverde might hang. Miami plus three.
The Obnoxious Olympics: The Hurricanes once roughed up a team's flag carrier before the coin toss. On the road. They also have had a number of brushes with John Law. Because it has been unable to shake its
Miami Vice image, the team has developed a nifty persecution complex from which it draws strength.
The Nittany Lions come in as Goody Two Cleats, but they have yet to back down from a fight. In fact, this year's squad had more personal fouls called on it than any other that Paterno has coached. Even Paterno lost his cool in the Pitt game. "I've got four or five guys on this team ready to fight at the drop of a hat," he says. "And it looks like I'm one of 'em."
Miami plus two.
Best Receivers: Irvin isn't as fast as some, but, as the pro scouts say, he catches everything "in the box." In other words, he catches just about everything. Only a sophomore, Irvin may be the purest college receiver since Lynn Swann. He had 11 touchdown receptions this season. " Irvin is the kind of guy that makes you hold your breath every time he lines up," says Oklahoma's defensive coordinator, Gary Gibbs. Miami plus four.
Schlockiest Way To Sell Tickets To A Crummy Game On Thanksgiving: Miami retired Testaverde's jersey at the East Carolina game when he had five weeks to play. One-point penalty for premature legend manufacturing.
Best Explanation As To Why Testaverde's Number Was Retired And Bernie Kosar's Wasn't: From Hurricane coach Jimmy Johnson, who said, "Because Bernie didn't finish here." No points awarded.