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Robbie Bosco set a Western Athletic Conference record by throwing for 585 yards in BYU's 45-23 win over New Mexico. Bosco connected on 42 of 61 passes, four of which went for TDs. Having a less healthful day was Stanford quarterback John Paye, who separated his right shoulder on the Cardinals' third play from scrimmage in a 30-6 loss to USC. Paye still completed 21 of 39 throws for 144 yards before leaving the game with six minutes left.
Arkansas' offense hadn't lost a fumble in conference play all year. Arkansas' quarterbacks hadn't thrown an interception yet, either. But in the final moments of a 15-13 loss to Texas, the Hogs did both. On the receiving end of the deadly double was Longhorn safety John Hagy, who recovered a fumble on Arkansas' next-to-last drive and picked off a pass with 22 seconds remaining. Texas placekicker Jeff Ward broke two precedents as well: No one had ever kicked five field goals for Texas or against Arkansas.
While Texas raised its SWC record to 2-0, Baylor jumped to 4-0 with a 20-15 win over Texas A & M. "It's absurd to say you're going to the Cotton Bowl in the summer," said Baylor coach Grant Teaff. "It's realistic to set that goal now."
Paul Palmer wasn't heavily recruited out of Potomac, Md. He weighed 160 pounds and his grade-point average bordered on the ineligible. "But we turned on the film and loved him," says Temple coach Bruce Arians of the 5'9" junior tailback who has since muscled up to 171. In a 45-16 win over William & Mary, Palmer rushed for 281 yards on 28 carries to raise his per-game average to 178.1 yards, second-best in the nation to Bo Jackson's 205.5. "I felt when I came here I would try to leave my mark," says Palmer, who has led Temple (4-3) in rushing, receiving and scoring the past two years, as well as in style. He sports two earrings and a tattoo on his right arm that says, "Boo Boo," his nickname.
Syracuse had visions of another homecoming upset. The Orange, who had knocked off No. 1 Nebraska last year, led No. 5 Penn State 20-17 on Saturday with 10:19 to play. But Syracuse fumbled on its own 45, and John Shaffer threw an eight-yard TD pass with 1:53 remaining to give the Lions a 24-20 win.
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