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? Oklahoma senior quarterback Jamelle Holieway. After a horrendous season opener against North Texas State two weeks ago, when he fumbled four snaps, Holieway bounced back in the Sooners' 28-0 trouncing of North Carolina. He carried 25 times for 170 yards—the most gained by an Oklahoma quarterback since Thomas Lott in 1976—and he scored four times. Twice in a row he tied Tar Heel strong safety Norris Davis in knots with brilliant displays of stutter-stepping and sleight-of-hand. Crowed Holieway, "Faking be the baddest part of my game."
? William & Mary. The Division I-AA Indians not only thumped Navy 27-12, but they almost made the game a rout by the second quarter. The defense kept Navy quarterback John Nobers submerged all day as he completed only three of 12 passes for 46 yards and two interceptions. Though the Middies played with characteristic enthusiasm, new coach Elliot Uzelac grumped, "Enthusiasm is great, but if you don't funnel it into something, it can't help you a bit."
? Missouri. Yup, poor downtrodden Mizzou. The Tigers were 4-18 the last two years under coach Woody Widenhofer and seemed to be getting worse. Then, in their opener, they beat Baylor 23-18. Widenhofer, like many others, had turned in desperation to the wishbone, and the move paid off as the Tiger offense rolled up 289 yards. Said Baylor defensive back Mike Welch, " Missouri was very physical, and we were not quite ready for that."
?Senior quarterback Todd Santos of San Diego State. True, Santos was playing against Utah, which had the nation's worst defense last year. Still, to connect on 35 of 42 passes for 462 yards and four touchdowns, as Santos did in a 52-34 win over the Utes, would be impressive against anybody. He must average 249 yards a game to break the NCAA passing record of 10,623 yards set last season by Kevin Sweeney at Fresno State. In any home game in which San Diego State passes for 249 yards, a local pizza parlor offers free slices to ticket holders. For Aztec opponents, 249 yards is just a slice of life.
...AND SATURDAY'S GOATS
? Kansas. Last year the Jayhawks were 104th among 105 Division I-A teams in scoring, 103rd in rushing defense, 102nd in total offense. This year they may be worse. Meanwhile, coach Bob Valesente keeps talking about bringing a national championship to Lawrence. The day started badly as the Jayhawks' team bus ran into an airplane as it was attempting to leave the tarmac at the Montgomery airport en route to Auburn. Running into Auburn was an even bigger mistake. The Tigers breezed 49-0.
? Colorado. The Buffaloes, 17�-point favorites, got off to a horrid start by losing 10-7 to Oregon. Said winning coach Rich Brooks, "Whoever the oddsmakers are, they better check their hole card. We're not that bad of a football team." The Buffs shot themselves in the hooves with three fumbles, two interceptions and three missed field goals.
THE TIE THAT BINDS
Whattaguy, this Paul Roach.
Roach, the Wyoming athletic director, got our attention last year when he urged fans to make the Cowboy booster club the beneficiary of their life insurance policies. Whereupon he no doubt started reading the obit page with new enthusiasm.