WILD AND CRAZY BO
Michigan coach Bo Schembechler proved once again that he has had a change of heart in the wake of last season's coronary surgery. Only two weeks after the Wolverines scored a touchdown on a fake-punt play to beat Michigan State. Mr. Razzle Dazzle did it again. This time he shucked his grind-it-out reputation with a flanker-reverse pass in the third quarter that broke open a close game with Indiana and led to a 31-6 Wolverine triumph.
The pass, thrown by split end Greg McMurtry, soared toward the end zone with so much hang time that Michigan flanker Chris Calloway said, "It was like catching a punt—it took forever to come down."
"Crazy, aren't we?" Schembechler would say later of the play that, with the extra point, gave his Wolverines a 17-6 lead. Well, yes. After all, McMurtry claims that, although he practiced the play for two weeks, he had never before thrown a pass in a game—not for Dunnington drug stores in the sandlot league near his home in Brockton, Mass., not for his high school team and definitely not at Michigan.
For the Hoosiers, who entered the game unbeaten (they had tied Missouri) and were hoping for their first Rose Bowl trip since 1967, the loss was a jolt. Indiana gave up too many big plays—besides McMurtry's pass, there were a pair of 54-yard TD runs by fullback Leroy Hoard—while failing to get any of their own, and tailback Anthony Thompson, who was averaging 161 yards per game on the ground, was held to 68 in 20 carries.
The victory over Indiana, coupled with Michigan State's 28-21 defeat of Illinois, puts Michigan atop the Big Ten. A trip to the Rose Bowl would be a nice reward for a team that began the season by losing to Notre Dame and Miami, both in the final seconds. If Michigan makes it to Pasadena, the Pac-10 champion had better beware, now that Bo has gone flashy.
TURN OF THE CATS
Unlucky Kentucky finally winning a big one—and improving its record to 3-4—was the best news to hit Lexington in months. With the Wildcat basketball team embroiled in an NCAA investigation, the football team had compounded the general misery by finding new and creative ways to blow games. The Cats had gone into the final minutes against Auburn, Alabama and LSU with chances to win, only to come up empty.
The litany of frustration actually began last season at Georgia, where Kentucky led until the final 1:08, only to have the Bulldogs claw out a 17-14 win. But on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium, Kentucky defeated Georgia 16-10, for coach Jerry Claiborne's first victory over a nationally ranked opponent since 1984. "We didn't screw it up," he said.
The winning TD came on a 48-yard gallop by Alfred Rawls, a Georgia native who had signed with the Bulldogs but was denied admission under Georgia's policy of not accepting Proposition 48 athletes right out of high school. After being farmed out to Northeastern Oklahoma A & M in Miami, Okla., Rawls decided to attend Kentucky after Georgia lost interest in him. On Saturday he rushed for 128 yards.