Neither crickets swarming the field nor impending surgery on his knee could keep Nebraska's Marc Munford from disappointing Oklahoma State. With the Cowboys on the move early in the fourth quarter and the Huskers leading 20-17, Munford intercepted a Ronnie Williams pass on the Nebraska seven to save the day. "He threw the ball pretty hard; there was nothing I could do but catch it," said Munford. a junior linebacker. Nebraska prevailed 34-24 behind The Mac Attack of sophomore quarterback McCathorn Clayton, who ran for two TDs and threw for another.
Michigan routed Michigan State 31-0 as the Wolverine defenders forced four turnovers, all of which were converted into touchdowns. The defense, which has yielded only 21 points in five games this season, also ended Lorenzo White's streak of 100-yard games at six; White got just 46 yards on 18 attempts. The defensive thrust came against a Spartan attack that had had its way in a 35-31 loss to Iowa the previous week. "We may get smashed this week," said Michigan coach Bo Schembechler of the upcoming showdown at Iowa City. "But I don't think so."
A bruised right shoulder burdened by calcium deposits had taken the zip out of Robbie Bosco's throws. On the other hand, San Diego State sophomore Todd Santos, the country's leading passer, looked to be Bosco's "air" apparent in the WAC. So it's tempting to think the Cougars' 28-0 win over the Aztecs was a matter of the BYU defense rising up in the face of adversity and smiting the upstart. Actually, in the past six-plus seasons, the Cougars, who are 71-10 over that span, have won more games with their D than anyone suspects. The Aztecs, averaging 34.8 points a game, gained 59 yards rushing, had eight passes deflected and saw Santos limited to 176 yards in the air on 20 completions in 37 tosses. Bosco, working the short game to perfection, connected on 25 of 37 throws for 257 yards.
Utah, 5-0 before meeting Arizona State, had to be discouraged. The Utes trailed 34-0 at the start of the fourth quarter when the Sun Devils' subs replaced the first-teamers. With 8:36 to play, Utah's Larry Egger fired a seven-yard TD pass to make the score 34-7. Then, at 5:30, Erroll Tucker returned a punt 89 yards: 34-14. With 3:04 left, Ute wideout Loren Richey made a diving catch of a deflected pass in the end zone: 34-21. Arizona promptly fumbled, and with 1:02 to go Egger threw his third TD pass, this one from four yards out: 34-27. But Utah's bid for a fourth comeback win this season fell short when the Sun Devils recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock. "I'm happy we were able to play a lot of players," said Arizona coach John Cooper.
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