its unbeaten streak against Virginia to 29 with a 34-20 victory. One of the
Cavaliers' few bright spots was a 75-yard touchdown pass by backup quarterback
Matt Blundin, a sophomore who starts at forward on the basketball team....
Mississippi upset Alabama 22-12, creating plenty of grief for Tide coach Bill
Curry. The Rebels looked as if they might do it again last week when they
jumped to a 21-0 lead. Alabama came back, though, and swamped Mississippi 62-27
behind quarterback Gary Hollingsworth's five touchdown passes....
Florida beat LSU
16-13 on a last-second field goal, but the Gators had little time to enjoy the
win. On Sunday the school's interim president, Robert Bryan, accepted coach
Galen Hall's resignation after Hall admitted to NCAA rules violations uncovered
by an in-house investigation. "This is not a rogue university," said
Bryan. "We contracted a disease in the early 1980s that my predecessor,
Marshall Criser, almost broke his heart trying to cure. I guarantee to all who
are interested in the university that it will be cured."
BIG GUNS IN THE
All sorts of
people—the curious, the skeptical, the believers, plain old fans, NFL
scouts—converged on the Sky-dome in Flagstaff, Ariz., last Saturday to fix
their field glasses on two Division I-AA quarterbacks, Idaho's John Friesz and
Northern Arizona's Greg Wyatt, both seniors, who have spent their careers
playing in western towns known mainly to readers of Louis L'Amour. When it was
over and Idaho had won 41-31, the scouts scratched their heads and agreed that
they had either seen the two best pro prospects among this year's quarterbacks
or two guys who slap up starry numbers only because they play in the subpar Big
had seen in the 6'2", 198-pound Wyatt uncanny accuracy and flawless touch,
reminiscent of Bart Starr, and in the 6'4", 214-pound Friesz the
throw-it-through-the-wall oomph of John Elway and Dan Marino. But they had also
seen two quarterbacks who are as immobile as the wooden statues peddled at
Flagstaff's ubiquitous Indian curio shops. "I don't know," one scout
said with a sigh. "They look pretty good to me, I guess."
Yes, pretty good.
Friesz completed 21 of 33 passes for 423 yards and five touchdowns, including
an on-fire rope up the sideline to wide receiver Lee Allen, who lugged the ball
55 yards to complete a 98-yard scoring play. It was the sixth time in Friesz's
career that he had thrown for four or more TDs in a game. Wyatt was only a
notch below Friesz, completing his first 11 passes and ending with 28 of 40
gently finessed throws for 310 yards and two touchdowns.
complicating the assessing of these two passers is that before last season
Wyatt was the darling of the scouts—a certain first-round draft pick in
waiting, they said—and Friesz, despite leading Division I-AA in passing yardage
in '87, was a question mark. Dave Thomas, editor of the Poor Man's Guide to the
, then said, "If Wyatt was at UCLA or one of the big Arizona
schools, he'd be going for the Heisman. The only minus I can find is he's not
my son. With Friesz, it's sort of like he has tunnel vision. He reminds me of
Richard Todd." That reference to the former Alabama, New York Jet and New
Orleans Saints quarterback wasn't intended as a compliment.
Now opinions have
flip-flopped. Two weeks ago, ESPN commentator Gene Washington, the former San
Francisco 49er and two-time All-Pro wide receiver, said of Friesz, "Not
only will he be a number one draft choice, I think he'll be the number one
number one. He's the best pure passer I have seen since Jim Plunkett's days at
Stanford." As for Wyatt, Thomas says that before Saturday at least, he had
almost shuffled himself out of the draft and maybe even into the netherworld of