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A season for sister-kissing
Hank Hersch
September 23, 1985
It was tie time in the Top 20 as two major matchups ended dead even
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September 23, 1985

A Season For Sister-kissing

It was tie time in the Top 20 as two major matchups ended dead even

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Trailing 24-3 in the second half, Washington mounted three drives deep into BYU territory. Two stalled on the 18 and one on the two. "They were able to get the yardage on us, but we kept them out of the end zone," BYU coach LaVell Edwards said later. Not that BYU wasn't without help: Washington penalties nullified two TDs, and the Huskies lost 31-3. While the Washington offense failed to produce, its defense failed to impress. "We expected them to be more physical than UCLA," Edwards said, "but that wasn't the case." Meanwhile, the Cougars' intensive work on their running game paid big dividends. Lakei Heimuli's 112 yards rushing certainly eased the burden of quarterback Robbie Bosco (23 of 37 for 279 yards), whose streak of throwing a TD pass in 37 straight games came to an end.

In a battle of the wishbones, Air Force fumbled four times in the first quarter against Wyoming and lost the ball twice. After each turnover, Falcons defensive coordinator Bruce Johnson assembled his charges on the sideline. "We call it a sudden-change defense," says Johnson. "I want to make sure they have that look in their eyes. We just don't do any griping if the offense turns the ball over." A 7-0 Wyoming lead at 8:57 to go in the half became a 49-7 Air Force blowout, the Falcons' second 42-point rout in as many games. Air Force outgained the Cowboys 477 to 171 to win in Laramie for the first time since 1970.


It was 7:01 p.m. C.S.T. last Wednesday and the Bill Mallory call-in show was live on WIRE Radio in Indianapolis. Surely the fans in Hoosierland wanted to ask the Indiana coach if the Hoosiers were going to end their 16-game losing streak and give him the 100th victory of his career with a rout of Louisville on Saturday. But the phones weren't ringing. Trouble was, at that very moment Pete Rose was lining his record 4,192nd hit. "Even my wife was watching Rose," Mallory said, "and she hates baseball."

But Saturday was Mallory's day. After sons Bill and Doug helped Michigan upset Notre Dame 20-12 (page 38), and before No. 3 son, Curt, helped Bloomington South High School down Connersville 28-7, Dad's Hoosiers beat Louisville 41-28 to end the nation's longest losing streak. Indiana's Steve Bradley ran for 101 yards and passed for 274 more.

A 40-17 drubbing by Duke in Northwestern's Sept. 7 opener wasn't the most encouraging of signs for the Wildcats' coach, Dennis Green. Missouri figured to be tough, too, opening at home under new head coach Woody Widenhofer, former designer of Pittsburgh's Steel Curtain. But the Wildcats cruised to a 17-0 lead over the Tigers and hung on to win 27-23. "Northwestern—everybody thinks of them as a joke," said Missouri nosetackle Darryl Darling. "I feel embarrassed personally. I feel ticked off."

In all, the Big Ten went 9-0 for its first unbeaten week in the 14-year tenure of conference commissioner Wayne Duke. Iowa was the Big Ten's biggest winner, pounding Drake 58-0 at home. But the beaten Bulldogs still came out ahead. The $200,000 they received to play patsy for Iowa should help pay for the Drake marching band, the school president's mansion...and the football program, which reportedly lost $250,000 last year.

It was a matchup made in Neverland. Tulsa was leading Texas Tech 17-14. Eleven seconds to play. Tech's ball on the Tulsa 20. Mark Cook, Tulsa's scout-team quarterback and third-string defensive back, settled in at free safety. "They say you're just an ankle injury or a knee sprain away from playing," said Cook later. Actually, it was an ankle injury and fractured vertebrae that had gotten him into the game. Cook looked across the line of scrimmage. And down. Split out left was Texas Tech freshman Tyrone (Smurf) Thurman, at 5'2�", 128 pounds the country's wee-est wideout. "Football is just dedication," said Thurman, "and I have dedication." Red Raider quarterback Aaron Keesee called an 80 Go Switch. The pass hit Thurman, cutting toward the post, at the five. "I had to cut in front of [Cook] so Keesee could see me," Thurman explained later. Cook made contact. Smurf spun free. "He always seems to wriggle in there," said Keesee. Two other Golden Hurricane DBs dived at him. Only air. Touchdown Tech. Final score: Small World 21, Victim of Circumstances 17.

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