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"We didn't stop them from the first play of the game to the last play of the game," said Donahue. "They could have run anything they wanted to, and it would not have made much of a difference."
BACK WITH A VENGEANCE
The hottest topics of discussion these days at Florida are whether or not the Gators will get the NCAA's so-called death penalty (page 29) and who will replace coach Galen Hall, who resigned under fire last week. Duke's Steve Spurrier is said to be the front-runner. But folks in Gainesville are also wondering whether tailback Emmitt Smith will become the school's first Heisman Trophy winner since Spurrier won the award as a Gator quarterback in 1966.
Smith galloped into Heisman contention two years ago as a freshman—he finished ninth in the voting—but faded last season, when he missed nearly three games with a knee injury and Florida staggered to a 6-5 record. This fall, Smith, who briefly had his jersey number, 22, shaved into his coiffure, is back with a vengeance, averaging 135.3 yards a game for the 5-1 Gators. In their 34-11 rout of Vanderbilt, he ran for 202 yards and a touchdown, and with his 48-yard dash late in the first half, Smith became only the second Florida back—and the 12th in SEC history—to reach the 3,000-yard mark. He needs only 94 yards against New Mexico on Saturday to surpass Neal Anderson, now with the Chicago Bears, as the school's alltime leading ground gainer.
"He's leading us in rushing and receiving, and he's been hurt all year," said Florida offensive coordinator Whitey Jordan. "He hurt a knee in the first game, and he had a bruised thigh against Mississippi State. He was limping as late as Wednesday."
If the NCAA does bar the Gators from fielding a team in 1990, Smith will never get a chance at a host of records he might have set in his fourth season. For fans in Gainesville, a Heisman in '89 would be little consolation.
At 6'8", San Diego State's Dan McGwire is the tallest quarterback in college football history, but most people know him as the "little" brother of Mark McGwire, the first baseman of the Oakland A's. If this bothers Dan, he doesn't show it. On the contrary, he likes to wear a BASH BROTHERS T-shirt in tribute to Mark and his heavy-hitting World Series colleagues, Dave Parker and Jose Canseco.
After last Saturday's 30-26 win over Long Beach State, Dan, a junior who transferred from Iowa after failing to hold on to the starting job there, had the unusual distinction of ranking third in the nation in total offense—averaging 332 yards per game—without leading his conference, the WAC, in running, passing or total offense. Air Force's Dee Dowis has many more yards rushing, both Utah's Scott Mitchell and Brigham Young's Ty Detmer have more yards passing, and Detmer is second in the nation in total offense.
In the defeat of Long Beach, McGwire had what he regarded as an "off" night, completing 24 of 42 passes for 299 yards. He had only 74 yards in the first half, though Long Beach's success in stopping the Aztecs' short passing game opened the way for tailback Ron Slack to gain 110 yards on 21 carries before intermission. But in the second half McGwire threw two touchdown passes to Monty Gilbreath to break a 10-10 tie and get the Aztecs rolling. By the way, McGwire's backup, freshman Cree Morris, stands 6'7", which surely has to be an alltime record for total inches, quarterback, one team.