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Against the Sooners, Missouri had such a bad case of the jitters that it lost a fumble, threw two interceptions and had a punt blocked, all of which helped Oklahoma quarterback Charles Thompson guide his team to a 16-0 lead in the second quarter. The Tigers scored a touchdown in the third quarter, on a 12-yard pass from Brad Fitzmaurice to Craig Lammers, but the Sooner defense preserved a 16-7 win, which was Oklahoma's 31st straight in conference play.
Two fumbles by Colorado helped the Cornhuskers, who were averaging 46 points per game, escape with a 7-0 victory over the Buffaloes. One of the fumbles occurred when Colorado halfback J.J. Flannigan, who was in the open field and on his way to a certain touchdown, decided to switch the ball from one hand to the other. He dropped it at the Nebraska 19-yard line.
The defeat was so bitter for the Buffaloes, who on Oct. 22 had thrown a scare into Oklahoma before falling 17-14, that Colorado defensive tackle Cole Hayes couldn't help but let a little frustration seep out. " Oklahoma knows how to kick their butts," Hayes said of the Huskers. "I think Oklahoma has the ability to run it up on them."
Give that student-athlete an F in diplomacy but an A in history. Under Barry Switzer, the Sooners have won 12 of 16 games against Nebraska, including the last four in a row. In those 12 wins, Oklahoma's average margin of victory has been 12.5 points.
Of the five high schools in Tijuana, Mexico, that play American-style football, only the private Centro de Ense�anza T�cnica y Superior sends its team across the border to play in the U.S. At a recent game against Coronado ( Calif.) High, which is 20 miles away from San Diego, the Tijuana players had to endure chants of "B-E-A-T B-U-R-R-I-T-O-S" by the Coronado cheerleading squad.
San Diego was also the site of a game on Nov. 5 in which Brigham Young players assailed black San Diego State opponents with racial invectives. That episode prompted BYU officials to conduct an inquiry, after which the players, whose names were not revealed, were scolded—though not otherwise punished. The university has not issued San Diego State a formal apology.
The West hardly has a monopoly on this sort of ugliness. On Saturday, Indiana University officials installed extra security behind the Michigan State bench after being informed that several Iowa players had been subjected to racist remarks by Hoosier fans during an Oct. 29 game in Bloomington. "Unfortunately it's not against the law to be a prejudiced idiot," said Jim Kennedy, the university's police chief. "But we can stop them from throwing projectiles—that is against the law."
It's sad to think that, 96 years after William H. Lewis of Harvard became the first black to be named a consensus All-America, such attitudes still exist, especially at some of our most distinguished educational institutions.
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