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In Hickory, N.C., Johnson C. Smith trailed Lenoir-Rhyne 13-10 with less than a minute remaining. On fourth and seven on its own 36-yard line, Smith punted, allowing Lenoir-Rhyne to run out the clock. What happened? "I thought we were in the third quarter," said Smith Coach Wylie Harris. "Hey, it was my mistake. I was thinking completely of something else. I lost a quarter. I don't mind admitting it. It was in the heat of battle."
Tulsa's only defeat last season came at Arkansas, by a score of 38-0. This year, with the Golden Hurricane trailing the Razorbacks 17-14 and time running out, Tulsa's Jason Staurovsky tried a 43-yard field goal into a wind that was anything but golden. The kick failed and Arkansas escaped.
In Miami's 29-7 victory at Houston, Hurricane freshman Bernie Kosar completed 15 of 26 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns, while Houston's Lionel Wilson threw four interceptions and lost a fumble. Minnesota beat Rice 21-17 to end its losing streak at eight and extend the Owls' to 14.
"We stunk today. S-T-U-N-K," said Penn State Linebacker Scott Radecic after the Lions lost 14-3 to Cincinnati. The game marked the debut of Watson Brown, formerly the offensive coordinator at Vanderbilt, as coach of the Bearcats, and was Cincinnati's biggest win ever. "I'm not on the ground," said Brown afterward. "I don't think I'll need a plane to fly home." Bearcat Quarterback Troy Bodine, a transfer from Fuller-ton ( Calif.) J.C., hit 25 of 36 passes for 261 yards, while Penn State's three quarterbacks completed only seven of 25 attempts.
Boston College trailed Clemson 16-3 early in the third quarter but rallied for four unanswered touchdowns behind the running of 5'8" Tailback Troy Stradford, who got 136 of his 179 yards in the second half, and the passing of 5'9" Doug Flutie, who ended up completing 20 of 36 throws for 223 yards after missing his receivers for most of the first half. "There's one lesson you learn in a game like this," said Eagle Coach Jack Bicknell. "Never give up on Doug Flutie."
Pitt found itself a quarterback, which is bigger news than its 35-0 victory over Temple. After John Cummings was hurt in the Panthers' win over Tennessee the week before. Coach Foge Fazio tapped sophomore John Congemi to start against the Owls. Congemi connected on 15 of 23 passes for 171 yards. West Virginia routed Pacific 48-7 as Jeff Hostetler completed 15 of 24 passes for 213 yards, while Kent State extended its losing streak, the longest in Division I-A, to 15 by suffering a 22-10 defeat at Syracuse.
Colgate couldn't score any touchdowns against Army's stunting defense but won 15-13 on five field goals—the last from 32 yards with 17 seconds to go—by freshman Mike Powers. Delaware was upset 35-27 by West Chester (Pa.). Three interceptions by senior Cornerback Joe Maida and TD runs of 70 and 20 yards by junior Mike Irving lifted the Golden Rams to their first victory over the Blue Hens since 1956.