This time the Hurricanes blanked Maryland on the Terps' last seven possessions to preserve a 29-22 victory, Miami's eighth straight and sixth on the road.
After pulling to within a point of LSU with 1:24 to play, Alabama coach Ray Perkins eschewed the two-point attempt and called for a kick, which gave him a 14-14 tie. The decision outraged many Crimson Tide boosters. Predictably, the ghost of Bear Bryant was evoked, and one man yelled at Perkins outside the locker room, "You're a disgrace to the university and an embarrassment to the state of Alabama!"
Michigan's 47-0 steamrolling of Purdue came just in time for Wolverine quarterback Jim Harbaugh, who had had it up to his chin strap with some of his critics on campus. "Someone had said he'd like to see Purdue's offense with our defense," said Harbaugh, "and that really got to us." Completing 12 consecutive passes, three of which went for TDs, Harbaugh easily outshone Boilermaker quarterback Jim Everett, who had been averaging 368 passing yards per Saturday. The Michigan defense, which has yielded just two touchdowns all season, granted Everett only 96 yards and never allowed Purdue to cross midfield. In the week before the Illinois game, the Iowa Hawkeyes were forced to evacuate their locker-room building across the street from Kinnick Stadium. Officials feared it was on the verge of collapse. The building didn't, but the visiting Illini, who lost the game 59-0, did.
As it has most of the season, Penn State played only as well as it had to in beating Cincinnati 31-10. Down by just four points at the half, the Bearcats self destructed in the third quarter, when they got off all of eight plays, two of them turnovers. Dave Currey, Cincinnati coach, think fast! Is Penn State No. 1? "They're a fine football team," said Currey, hedging slightly. "They've won all their games." Added freshman halfback Al McKinney, " Miami hits harder."
For the first time since 1957—Joe Kapp's junior year—USC failed to score a touchdown against Cal. Saturday's 14-6 loss to the Bears dropped USC's record to 4-4 and all but demoed the Trojans' conference hopes. The heat is on coach Ted Tollner, who has yet to beat Notre Dame or UCLA since taking over at USC in 1983.
The best runner on the field was not one of the Trojans' vaunted tailbacks but Cal freshman Marc Hicks, who gained 113 yards and scored both Bear TDs. Hicks talks a flashy game, too. "I think they came up here expecting to win without trying," he said. "We just kicked their backsides up and down the field."
UCLA never did deliver a knockout blow, but it still prevailed over Arizona 24-19. The Bruins need only to win their next two, against 3-6 Oregon State and USC, to clinch the Pac-10 crown.
Air Force romped over Army 45-7 in the Battle of the (wish) Bones. Falcon quarterback Bart Weiss didn't throw a pass until early in the second quarter, when he sucked the Knights up with a flawless play-action fake and then unloaded a 64-yard strike to split end Ken Carpenter, who coasted for the Air Force's second TD. Carpenter's father, Bill, earned renown playing for Army a generation ago. Bill Carpenter was better known as the Lonely End.