On Dec. 1, 1984, Auburn's Robert McGinty missed a 42-yard field goal with nine seconds left against Alabama to seal the Tigers' 17-15 loss to the Crimson Tide. Auburn coach Pat Dye was so dismayed by McGinty's performance that he suggested the kicker give up football and become one of the Tigers' managers.
Instead, McGinty transferred to Florida, where his 51-yard field goal last season helped the Gators to an 18-17 win over—wouldn't you know it—Auburn. Then last weekend, in another delicious twist, McGinty kicked field goals of 26, 21 and 37 yards in Florida's 23-14 upset of Alabama. McGinty performed his heroics at Birmingham's Legion Field, the site of his 1984 debacle.
A SLIM CHANCE
Tulsa's only hope of beating No. 1 Oklahoma Saturday—and it is infinitesimal—may be the Sooners' historic vulnerability when coming off an open date. In coach Barry Switzer's 14 seasons, Oklahoma's record in games played the week after an open date is a mediocre 4-4-2. And since 1950, the Sooners are 9-13-2 after open dates—a very poor showing for a team with a 318-84-9 record during that span.
For inspiration, Tulsa should look to 1970, when Oklahoma used its wishbone offense for the first time and lost to Texas 41-9 after having a week off. And in 1980, Stanford's John Elway passed for three touchdowns in a 31-14 upset of the Sooners, who were rested and ranked No. 4. Tulsa's best hope may simply be catching Switzer on a day when he's feeling charitable toward his neighbors.
DUM QUOTE OF THE WEAK
Nebraska defensive tackle Neil Smith, when asked after the Huskers' 42-33 defeat of UCLA if fatigue had been a factor in the outcome: "Who?"
Are we talking dynasty in Oregon? A state long known as a back alley of college football already has produced two upsets this season. Two weeks ago Oregon stunned Colorado 10-7, and last week Oregon State won 36-34 over San Jose State, whose 11-game winning streak had equaled the longest in the nation....
Arkansas State coach
is amazed at the size and power of the University of Arkansas linemen: "They look like they should be drinking diesel fuel." ...Auburn and Tennessee, both undefeated and both idle last week, play Saturday in Knoxville. Never has the loser of that game bounced back to win the SEC....
Nebraska has twice nominated defensive tackle Tim Rother as Big Eight defensive player of the week because of his 17 tackles (he leads the team), tackles for losses (8 for 62 yards) and sacks (6 for 52). Cornhusker defensive coordinator Charlie McBride says, "You can easily say that Tim Rother could be all-Big Eight tackle." Rother's only problem is that he plays second string behind Lee Jones, who's even better....