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N. Brooks Clark
October 17, 1983
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October 17, 1983

The Week

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1. NEBRASKA (6-0)


2. TEXAS (4-0)


3. N. CAROLINA (6-0)




5. FLORIDA (5-0-1)


6. ARIZONA (5-0-1)


7. OHIO STATE (4-1)


8. MICHIGAN (4-1)


9. GEORGIA (4-0-1)


10. ALABAMA (4-1)


11. AUBURN (4-1)


12. MIAMI (5-1)


13. MARYLAND (4-1)


14. OKLAHOMA ST. (4-1)


15. WASHINGTON (4-1)


16. BOSTON COLL. (5-1)


17. ILLINOIS (4-1)


18. IOWA (4-1)


19. BYU (4-1)

20. SMU (5-0)

*Last week


To warn his team against a letdown in their game with Louisville, Miami Coach Howard Schnellenberger attached two paragraphs to the back of each player's scouting report on the Cardinals. One was headed: "The importance of this game if we win." The other was entitled: "The importance of this game if we lose." Schnellenberger used this sort of ploy all week, and it seemed to do the trick. In a 42-4 victory, the Hurricane line gave Bernie Kosar six and seven seconds of protection on nearly every pass play, and Running Back Albert Bentley rushed for 152 yards.

Playing before the largest crowd (74,500) in the history of South Carolina's Williams-Brice Stadium, Notre Dame didn't want to give the hometown fans a chance to get excited. "It was a priority to take the crowd out of the game early," said Tailback Allen Pinkett, who ran 53 yards on the Irish's first offensive play to set up a field goal. Notre Dame Coach Gerry Faust asked the officials to stop the South Carolina band from playing when his team had the ball, and the Irish scored on their first five possessions to take much of the wind out of the crowd. Notre Dame freshman Quarterback Steve Beuerlein went the distance, completing nine of 13 passes for 163 yards as the Irish won 30-6.


The smartest thing Pitt did against Florida State was what it didn't do. "All year we saw them blitz," said Seminole Coach Bobby Bowden. "All of a sudden they quit blitzing. Our game plan was shot after the third play." Nevertheless, Florida State scored on its first two possessions to lead 13-0 before the Panther defense shut down the Seminoles. "Our defense sputters right at the start of every game," said Pitt Defensive End Al Wenglikowski. "That's scary." In his fourth game as the Panthers' No. 1 quarterback, John Congemi completed 20 of 33 passes to rally his team to a 17-16 victory.

As expected, 16th-ranked Boston College rolled over Yale 42-7 as Doug Flutie of the Eagles passed for 325 yards and four touchdowns. The loss put the Elis' record at 0-4—the worst start for Yale in 111 years of football—and it begged the question of why the teams were playing in the first place. The game, answered Eli Athletic Director Frank Ryan, had been scheduled in 1978, when Boston College had just gone 0-11 and Yale, still a Division I-A team, was between Ivy championships. Times do change.

And at Pace University, a Division III school in Pleasantville, N.Y., two players—Noseguard Bob Monti and Strong Safety Mike Robustelli, son of Andy, the former defensive end for the Giants—were kicked out of school early last week for allegedly beating up two Pace students outside a restaurant. Many of the school's football players believed that the university acted unfairly in passing judgment on Monti and Robustelli before the matter had been decided in court. (The case is scheduled to be heard on Oct. 25.) Six other players, including Tailback Tim Conlon, who was 127 yards short of becoming the Setters' first 2,000-yard rusher, quit the team in protest; others decided to scrape the blue Pace logos off their helmets before Saturday's homecoming game against St. John's. Pace lost 34-6 to the Redmen, who have won 13 straight games.


"At least I don't have to explain why we didn't run up the score," said Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne after the Cornhuskers' unexpectedly narrow 14-10 win at Oklahoma State. "It's not too tough getting your team mentally ready when your opponent is supposed to be the best of all time," said Cowboy Coach Jimmy Johnson the night before the game, and he was proved correct. Oklahoma State forced five Nebraska turnovers, pinned the first sacks of the season, four in all, on Quarterback Turner Gill and held the Huskers to 169 yards and 44 points fewer than their average output. The Cowboys' first score, a 26-yard field goal in the second quarter, was set up by a 64-yard dash by Tailback Shawn Jones. Nebraska then took a 7-3 lead, but Oklahoma State responded with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Ike Jackson to Jamie Harris. The Huskers got the winning TD on their second possession of the third quarter, Gill and Tight End Todd Frain combining on a 32-yard pass-run play.

"There's a group of sad young men in the locker room next door," said Johnson afterward, "because they gave every ounce of energy to be successful in this game. We felt like we were going to win, and we felt stronger about that conviction as the game went on." Nevertheless, Oklahoma State, which is 0-21-1 against Nebraska in the last 22 years, probably gained more respect in losing to Nebraska than it would have in beating almost any other team in the country.

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