"It was like he was running around us," said SMU noseguard Jerry Ball. "He would hit up and cut way back. Most of the time he was running as if he was in reverse." The shifting gears belonged to Arizona's 5'6" tailback, David Adams, who scooted past the Mustangs' defense for 136 yards in the Wildcats' 28-6 upset. The loss was SMU's worst in six years. The Mustangs had four turnovers, and Reggie Dupard and Jeff Atkins, who both had rushed for at least 100 yards in each of the last four games, were held to 82 and 56, respectively.
Arizona State coach John Cooper lost his first confrontation with UCLA's Terry Donahue, whom Cooper once put up for two weeks when both were assistants at Kansas. "He was the nicest man, so very clean," recalls Cooper's wife, Helen. "He even cleaned the bathroom fixtures." On Saturday, Donahue's Bruins mopped the Rose Bowl floor with the Sun Devils by a score of 40-17. UCLA piled up 245 yards on the ground while holding Arizona State to only 18. The Sun Devils had given up just 12 points in their first three games.
"I don't believe it's too early to think Cotton," said Baylor QB Cody Carlson after the Bears' 24-21 victory over Houston made them 2-0 in the SWC. Carlson has certainly cottoned to splitting snaps with Tom Muecke. Rated the two best Texas schoolboy quarterbacks in 1981, they teamed for 257 yards in total offense, alternating about every two series in the latest version of a work-sharing program begun in 1983.
"This is definitely my most disappointing loss in 25 years of coaching," said TCU's Jim Wacker after Arkansas routed the Horned Frogs 41-0. Despite the whitewash, the Hogs have had problems of their own. Over the past three weeks, Arkansas coach Ken Hatfield has suspended four players for incidents involving alcohol, with noseguard Tony Cherico missing Saturday's game for reportedly having empty beer cans in his dorm room. Says Hatfield sarcastically, "If you could convince me that drugs and alcohol will make us the best team, I would buy a gross of them."
Chuck Long thought he had seen the future and it wasn't pretty. With 37 seconds to play, the Iowa quarterback needed two yards for a victory over Michigan State—the same two yards he had to have, but didn't get, in last year's 17-16 loss to the Spartans. So, instead of going with the option play as they had in '84, this time the Hawkeyes ran "46 Dive"—a fake to tailback Ronnie Harmon and a bootleg by Long. Even as he began the decisive play in Iowa's 35-31 win, Long couldn't shake the d�j� voodoo. "It was scary," said Long, who had completed 30 of 39 passes for 380 yards and four TDs. "I had to delay long enough for everyone to take the fake. I had this feeling half a dozen guys would pile on top of me." Long ran in untouched. The Hawkeye defense, which ranked No. 1 in the nation before the game following three nonconference cakewalks, let sophomore Lorenzo White gain 226 yards on 39 carries and freshman Bobby McAllister complete 18 passes in 27 attempts for 275 yards.
A 38-yard field goal by Chris White with time running out lifted Illinois to a 31-28 win over Ohio State, which for the fourth straight game played without All-America running back Keith Byars; he's sidelined with a broken bone in his foot. "Was I nervous?" asked White after his first game-winning attempt in three seasons. "Are you crazy? Of course."
At a practice before last week's game against Cal, Missouri coach Woodie Widenhofer met a man wearing jeans and work boots and bearing a card that read VAMPIRE FOR HIRE, 508 YEARS' EXPERIENCE. The Mizzou fan, proclaiming to be Count Vladamere Tepes, offered to put a Romanian whammy on the Bears. "Well," Widenhofer countered, "whatever it takes." The next day Tepes was at Cal's practice in full bat garb—black-and-red cape, slicked-back hair, juicy purple veins. "We're from Berkeley," said Cal coach Joe Kapp. "We see his kind every day." That attitude, plus the performance of freshman running back Marc Hicks, who rushed for 139 yards, quick-kicked 44 yards and scored two TDs, probably explains the inexorable Bears' 39-32 victory.