Big, bad Oklahoma—that's 0-OU—finally debuted. At Minnesota, the Sooner offense controlled the ball for 41 minutes, racked up 254 yards rushing and—get this—didn't turn the ball over once in beating the Gophers 13-7. Before the game, Sooner coach Barry Switzer and Minnesota coach Lou Holtz tried to keep each other in the dark by not exchanging game films. Holtz had figured he would get film of the Oklahoma-SMU game, which had been scheduled for Sept. 14 but was reset for Dec. 7 to please the powers at ABC. Holtz called Switzer's office for a substitute but never got his film. Meanwhile Switzer tried to get a look at the Gophers' Sept. 21 game against Montana, with Holtz trying to block that move by hoarding his footage. The yellow handkerchief, please. Offsetting personal fouls: holding clippings.
Arizona appeared to be making a move toward its first Pac-10 title, but a 14-13 nonconference loss to Colorado has left the Wildcats up a tree. The Buffaloes threw just four times but picked up 301 yards running, 100 of them by 4.3 speedster Ron Brown. Sure, wishbone teams like Colorado can be befuddling. but Arizona's sluggish O, which gained just 228 yards, is harder to explain.
Arizona State, on the other hand, heightened its conference chances with a stunning 24-0 win over USC. With two shutouts in a row, the Sun Devils have surrendered an average of only 4.0 points a game, the lowest in the nation. A pair of L.A. lads helped foil the Trojans. Free safety David Fulcher's fumble recovery on the Sun Devil goal line with the score 7-0 in the second quarter set up a game-breaking 95-yard TD reception by Aaron Cox three plays later.
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