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Robert Sullivan
October 12, 1987
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October 12, 1987

College Football

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•After San Diego State was beaten 25-20 by Oregon, Aztec coach Denny Stolz stalked the press as they started circulating through the San Diego State locker room, mocking their questions and telling at least one of his players he didn't have to talk.

•Last season the wit and wisdom of Colorado nosetackle Kyle Rappold was a regular feature, entitled the Rapline, on the Buffaloes' weekly press sheet—and, subsequently, on opponents' bulletin boards. Before Colorado's game with Oklahoma, Rappold boasted, "If we don't beat 'em, we're gonna beat 'em up so bad that they lose to Nebraska." Rappold was mistaken; the Buffaloes lost 28-0 to the Sooners, who beat Nebraska 20-17. Now Colorado coach Bill McCartney has shut down the Rapline. He also told Rappold to shut up about Saturday's game against rival Colorado State. "Anything I say can and will be used against me," said Rappold, who dubbed the coach's censorship edict the Mac amendment. Silence was golden for the Golden Buffaloes, who beat Colorado State 29-16.

•Freshman quarterback Ronald Veal of Arizona, who was thrust into the starting lineup when No. 1 Bobby Watters broke his thumb and No. 2 Craig Bergman quit the team, had little to say to the press before Saturday's game against Bowling Green.

"Have you already been burned?" asked the scribes.

"Not yet," said Veal. "But sooner or later."

However, it was Bowling Green that got burned, 45-7, as Veal completed 9 of 15 passes for 164 yards, and ran for 134 yards in 23 carries for a new Arizona QB rushing record.

•Clemson coach Danny Ford has asked the press to stop making fun of his Tigers' cream-puff schedule. Ford has also requested that his grammar and syntax—chock-full of colloquialisms, double negatives and ain'ts—be cleaned up by the copydesk. Casey Stengel spins in his grave.

Mack and Watson Brown, the coaches at Tulane and Vanderbilt, respectively, are brothers with a close sense of kinship. Nevertheless, before their teams faced each other on Saturday, Mack, 36, and 16 months younger than Watson, put on his game face and offered only grudging praise for the opposition. "I'm supposed to say they're well coached," he said. "Mother called last night and told me I should." Well, maybe they are, but Mack's Green Wave beat Watson's Commodores 27-17.


Two Pac-10 coaches seem to have engaged in some rather curious reverse psychology. As 3-1 UCLA prepared to play Stanford, Terry Donahue said of his quarterback, Troy Aikman, who was leading the nation in passing, "He's a truly outstanding talent, but he can improve in a lot of areas." How many? Donahue enumerated: "His command of the team in the huddle. His understanding of the offense. His ability to call the right runs at the line. Finding receivers down under. His decision-making. His voice projection." Everything about Aikman's game was impressive—he completed 12 of 15 passes for 187 yards and two TDs and had almost perfect elocution—as the Bruins rolled over the Cardinal 49-0.

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