It was one of those days that confounded the oddsmakers and left coaches of heavily favored teams, like Ohio State's Earle Bruce, stunned. "The darkest day I've seen in Ohio State football," said Bruce after his team gained only 10 rushing yards in the second half and lost to Indiana in Columbus 31-10.
The Hoosiers hadn't beaten Ohio State since 1951, the late Woody Hayes's first season as the coach at Columbus. They played error-free football—Indiana had no turnovers and only 26 yards in penalties—and Hoosier coach Bill Mallory, who was an assistant to Hayes in the '60s, credited his old boss. "We brought in a referee to work our practices Tuesday and Wednesday," said Mallory. "Woody did that, and I learned a lot from him. He was a great man."
Two straight-ahead drives right out of the Hayes play book gave Indiana a 10-0 lead. Quarterback Dave Schnell, who leads the Big Ten in total offense, completed 15 of 23 passes for 200 yards and two TDs; and tailback Anthony Thompson gained 126 yards on 34 carries behind superb blocking. "We ran right at [All-America linebacker] Chris Spielman and it worked," said Thompson.
For company in his misery, Bruce has Foge Fazio. In 1983, when Fazio was the coach at Pitt, he recruited tailback Craig (Ironhead) Heyward. Last week, as Notre Dame's defensive coordinator, Fazio had the thankless task of dealing with Heyward. "Craig can really get his 260-pound body through those little holes," said Fazio. "He's tough to bring down."
Heyward proved his former coach right by carrying the ball a school-record 42 times, gaining 132 yards and scoring two TDs as the Panthers handed the Irish their first defeat of the season, 30-22.
Alabama was another upset victim, losing 13-10 at Memphis State. When it became clear that the Tigers, who hadn't beaten the Crimson Tide in five tries, were on their way to victory, the mood among 'Bama fans turned ugly. "Don't you give a damn anymore?" some yelled to the players. "Do you care, Alabama?"
Penalties doomed the Tide. Alabama, ahead 7-0, was called for pass interference, which allowed the Tigers to kick a 37-yard field goal on the last play of the first half. With a 10-3 lead late in the third period, 'Bama was twice whistled for pass interference during a 55-yard Memphis State touchdown drive. Then, with the score tied at 10-10 and 10:53 remaining in the game. Alabama scored from six yards out—only to have the play nullified by a holding call. On the next down Tiger defensive tackle Greg Ross snared a pass that had been deflected by noseguard Tory Epps and returned it to the Memphis State 45. When John Butler kicked what would be the winning field goal from 47 yards out with 8:28 remaining, the jeering started. "I couldn't believe all the things they were saying," Alabama guard Larry Rose said after the game. "Our own fans. Our own people."
USC became Oregon's latest upset victim. In their season opener the Ducks surprised Colorado 10-7. Two weeks ago they upset Washington 29-22 before 44,421, the largest crowd ever to watch a sports event in Oregon. On Saturday it was the Trojans' turn as Oregon won 34-27 before 39.587 at Autzen Stadium. The Ducks are 4-1 and hoping for their first bowl bid in 24 years.
On its first two series Oregon scored on drives of 80 and 55 yards. The Ducks, who were ahead 21-0 at the half, were led by Bill Musgrave, a freshman quarterback who's fourth in the country in passing. He completed 22 of 33 attempts for 287 yards and three touchdowns. Oregon gained 448 total yards. Oregon and UCLA, both 2-0 in the Pac-10, meet for the conference lead Saturday, and Oregon will be an underduck once again. If it wins, there will be no more upsets. The Ducks will be feared and favored the rest of the year.