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William F. Reed
September 25, 1989
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September 25, 1989

College Report

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Mustang quarterback Mike Romo completed 34 of 64 passes for 371 yards and two touchdowns. Romo's last two passes on the game-winning drive went to senior wide receiver Mitchell Glieber, who was an SMU freshman when the Mustangs got the death penalty in 1986, and to Bowen, who was on the team in '86, transferred to Georgia for the '87 season and returned to SMU last year.

Some of the Mustangs got carried away after the win. Safety Ron Hagan declared that Texas, this week's opponent, is "in for a fight." Coach Forrest Gregg, who realizes that his team might not win again the rest of the season, ordered that the game ball be painted with the score and put inside the school's trophy case, alongside mementos from the days when the Mustangs were led by players such as Doak Walker, Don Meredith and Eric Dickerson.

"This is the finest victory I have ever experienced," said Gregg, who played for Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packer teams in the 1960s. "We know we still have a long ways to go. One game doesn't make a season, but it certainly makes a great Saturday night."

Lehigh and Lafayette, whose 124 games against each other are the most of any rivalry in college football, both reached the 1,000-game mark last Saturday. (Harvard, Yale and Penn are the only other schools to have played that many games.) Alas, both lost: Lehigh 42-23 to Massachusetts, and Lafayette 23-21 to Holy Cross.... Saying his first game as Vince Dooley's successor was "like meeting a girl—that first impression is important," Georgia coach Ray Goff, 34, got off on the right foot with a 15-3 win over Baylor. The Dawgs were efficient (4.24 yards per snap) and clean (no turnovers and only 15 yards in penalties).... In a 24-3 win over Southern Mississippi, Auburn surrendered just 31 yards on the ground, bringing its two-game total of rushing yards allowed this season to 56. The Tigers have now gone 11 quarters—since the first quarter of a 13-7 loss to Florida State in last season's Sugar Bowl—without giving up a touchdown.... Special teams cost Boston College a game last Saturday. The Eagles were leading Rutgers 7-6 with 2:08 remaining when BC punter Brian Lowe scooped up a low snap and passed to blocker Dave Johnson, who ran 30 yards for an apparent game-icing first down. However, the play was called back—illegal receiver downfield—and Boston College once again lined up to punt. This time John Blanton blocked Lowe's boot, and Rich Humphreys of the Scarlet Knights made the recovery at the Eagle 12. Three plays later Rutgers's Doug Giesler kicked a 21-yard field goal for the win.... You would almost think that Brigham Young's Matt Bellini was antimilitary, judging by the way he abuses the service academies. Bellini, who lines up at both running back and receiver, scored all four of the Cougars' touchdowns in a 31-10 defeat of Navy. He rushed for 50 yards and two TDs on 11 carries, and had four catches for 73 yards and two scores. Last season Bellini rushed for 138 yards against Air Force.... Major Greene, the son of Pittsburgh Steeler Hall of Famer Mean Joe Greene, plays nosetackle for North Texas, his dad's alma mater. Last Saturday, Greene recovered a fumble to help the unbeaten Eagles beat Murray State 28-14.... This is what California linebacker coach Denny Creehan said upon storming into the locker room after last week's game at Miami: "There are five teams in the Pac-10 better than Miami. Print that." Whatever you say, Coach, but we also have to print this: Miami 31, Cal 3.

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