Florida running back Emmitt Smith. In his first start, Smith, a freshman, gained 224 yards—surpassing Red Bethea's school record of 218 against Chicago in 1930—and scored two TDs to propel the Gators to a surprising 23-14 win over Alabama. It was Florida's first victory over the Tide since 1963.
North Carolina quarterback Mark Maye. The Tar Heels were trailing Georgia Tech 20-3, and the Yellow Jackets were on the Carolina one-yard line with 4:33 left in the third quarter. But Tech fumbled, and Maye took over. By the time the scoreboard stopped blinking like an old-fashioned pinball machine, he had passed for a school single-game-record 406 yards and four touchdowns, in a 30-23 victory. One of Maye's TD throws was a 93-yarder to junior wide receiver Randy Marriott, who set a school one-game mark with 247 yards on nine receptions.
Richmond tailback Erwin Matthews. In the Spiders' 52-51 overtime victory against Massachusetts (Yankee Conference rules say games must not end in a tie), Matthews, a 5'8" junior, scored six touchdowns, four on short runs, one on a 65-yard pass reception and another on a 92-yard kickoff return. Said his coach, Dal Shealy, "He had almost a perfect day." Almost?
The Texas A & M defense. Washington quarterback Chris Chandler, who normally completes about half of his passes, could complete only 11 of 31 for 120 yards and no touchdowns as the Aggies upset the Huskies 29-12. Middle guard Sammy O'Brient led an A & M defense that sacked Chandler four times and forced two fumbles, and held the Huskies to 31 yards passing and minus 11 rushing in the second half.
...AND SATURDAY'S GOATS
The San Diego State offense. Quarterback Todd Santos never got his celebrated passing attack coordinated in a 49-7 loss to previously unimpressive Air Force. Although Santos completed 20 of 40 passes, he was constantly under heavy pressure and the score was 28-0 before he managed his only touchdown pass.
The West Virginia offense. In three games the 1-2 Mountaineers have committed 17 turnovers, including 6 in their 25-20 loss to Maryland on Saturday.
WHY DO THIS?
There's no good reason for playing a college football game at 12:30 p.m. in September in the Arizona desert. At least, none we can think of. It's simply too hot. This time of year the average afternoon temperature in Tempe is 93�, and the record for Sept. 26 is 106�. The mercury can soar even higher inside aptly named Sun Devil Stadium, where seats have been baked to 160�. Nevertheless, Arizona State and Nebraska will take the field Saturday at half-past high noon.