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Robert Sullivan
October 05, 1987
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October 05, 1987

College Football

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This year Florida has a new freshman sensation, Emmitt Smith. In his first start two weeks ago he gained a school-record 224 yards and scored twice as the Gators upset Alabama 23-14. On Saturday, Smith ran for 173 yards in a 38-3 win over Mississippi State.

Whither Gould on the anniversary of his sparkling debut? Withering, to say the least. After the Miami game, Gould had been splitting time at second string with junior Wayne Williams. Through three games he had carried the ball five times for a net of four yards. After playing only a mop-up role against Alabama, Gould asked for a meeting with coach Galen Hall. The two huddled behind closed doors, after which Hall said that Gould had "voluntarily removed himself from the team." Gould is now planning to transfer, possibly to Ohio State or Minnesota.

Auburn quarterback Jeff Burger, after the Tigers had to settle for a 20-20 tie with the Volunteers: " Tennessee did what it had to do to win the game."


It was bombs away in the Big Sky Conference on Saturday, where they seem to have forgotten how to play defense. Montana's 41-29 win over Nevada-Reno was a pitchers' duel compared to Idaho's 46-37 triumph over Northern Arizona and Weber State's 55-44 defeat of Boise State....

In most weight rooms, the background sounds of choice are all rock 'n' roll. At Harvard, 2-0 after beating Northeastern 27-24, players have been getting their adrenaline going with television coverage of the Robert Bork confirmation hearings....

Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz and Miami free safety Bennie Blades both know what it takes to win at football, but they have a funny way of phrasing it. After the Fighting Irish rallied to defeat Purdue 44-20, Holtz said, "We had to prove we could play smash-face football." And after Miami trounced Arkansas 51-7, Blades said the Razorbacks weren't as tough as they were cracked up to be: "Once you hit them in the mouth, they slowed down."...

Brigham Young cornerback Kirk Davis returned an interception for a touchdown, made four unassisted tackles and recovered a fumble as the Cougars beat New Mexico 45-25. Davis is suffering from Hodgkin's disease. His doctors, who say he has a better than 90% chance of recovery, have encouraged him to keep playing. "They don't want me to be a cancer worrier," Davis says.

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