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SOME SERIOUS RAINBOWS
Hawaii coach Bob Wagner and his players were understandably miffed last season when they finished 9-3 but didn't get a single bowl invitation—even from the hometown Aloha Bowl. So after the Rainbows' 56-14 thumping of Brigham Young, behind quarterback Garrett Gabriel, who passed for a school-record 440 yards and four touchdowns, Wagner couldn't resist saying, "I hope this sends a message to college football."
The message, mainlanders, is that it's time to take Hawaii seriously. Saturday's victory, Hawaii's first over the Cougars since 1974, gave the Rainbows a 4-2 record in the Western Athletic Conference (6-2 overall), which kept them right behind the Cougars (4-1) and Air Force (4-0) in the league race. If the Rainbows survive a visit from Dee Dowis & Co. Dec. 9, they could earn a trip to San Diego's Holiday Bowl, which gets the WAC champion.
Ohio State fans who remember the good old days of Woody Hayes—those blissfully boring, conservative, predictable autumn Saturdays—must be so discombobulated by the current regime that they can't even enjoy wins the way they used to. It was bad enough earlier this season when the Buckeyes almost blew big leads against Boston College and Indiana, but those were yawners compared with what happened against Minnesota. Coach John Cooper's thrill-seekers spotted the Gophers a 31-0 lead before rallying for a 41-37 victory. The comeback tied an NCAA record. On Nov. 10, 1984, Maryland overcame the same deficit in beating Miami 42-40.
In Ann Arbor.
Indiana's Anthony Thompson was tying a more conventional record. His one-yard
plunge in the fourth quarter of the Hoosiers' 38-10 loss to Michigan gave him
the 59th touchdown of his career, putting him
Unfortunately for Lane College and Valparaiso, they played Central State and Grand Valley State instead of each other. The scores: Central State 101, Lane 0: Grand Valley 91, Valparaiso 0. At least Lane had the good sense to concede the game with 11:26 to play....
This week's competition-builds-character award goes to North Carolina State defensive tackle Ray Agnew, who said this of the hit that tore up South Carolina quarterback Todd Ellis's left knee, ending his college career and opening the way for the Wolfpack's 20-10 victory: "We wanted Todd Ellis. Now. we didn't want to hurt him or anything, but we wanted to make him pay. We owed Todd Ellis one and today we collected." Apparently Ellis's transgression was making a jubilant gesture after throwing a touchdown pass in last year's 23-7 South Carolina win....
Losers Set Records Too Department: In a 45-39 loss to Tennessee. Tommy Hodson of 1-6 LSU became the first quarterback in SEC history to pass for 8,000 yards and 60 touchdowns over a career. New Mexico fell to 1-8 after the Lobos missed a two-point conversion attempt with no time left in a 24-23 loss to Wyoming. On the previous play, wide receiver Terance Mathis caught an 18-yard touchdown pass, which gave him 3,772 career receiving yards, tops on the alltime list. It had been headed by Mark Zeno, who accumulated 3.725 yards at Tulane from 1984 to '87.