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N. Brooks Clark
October 24, 1983
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October 24, 1983

The Week

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1. NEBRASKA (7-0)


2. TEXAS (5-0)


3. N. CAROLINA (7-0)




5. FLORIDA (5-0-1)


6. MICHIGAN (5-1)


7. GEORGIA (5-0-1)


8. AUBURN (5-1)


9. MIAMI (6-1)


10. MARYLAND (5-1)


11. ILLINOIS (5-1)


12. WASHINGTON (5-1)


13. BOSTON COLL. (5-1)


14. IOWA (5-1)


15. BYU (5-1)


16. ARIZONA ST. (4-0-1)

17. SMU (5-0)


18. CLEMSON (4-1-1)

19. KENTUCKY (5-1)

20. E. CAROLINA (5-1)

*Last week


Arkansas took a calculated risk against Texas by playing a stunting, eight-man defensive front that put pressure on the Longhorns but also left the Razorbacks vulnerable to the long pass. The strategy worked for the most part; Arkansas trailed only 7-3 at the half and allowed just five first downs by rushing all day. But Texas did hit the long throws—a 56-yarder from Rob Moerschell to Wide Receiver Bill Boy Bryant and touchdown passes of 54 and 43 yards to Brent Duhon. Those plays, along with a 54-yard scoring run by Tailback Mike Luck and an 11-yard runback of an interception by Cornerback Mossy Cade to the Arkansas 25, were enough to secure a 31-3 victory for the Longhorns.

With 33 seconds to go and the score tied 13-13 between Texas A&M and Baylor, Aggie Kicker Alan Smith lined up to try a 42-yard field goal. Bears Coach Grant Teaff called the usual time-out and told freshman Defensive Back Thomas Everett that "he simply had to block that kick." Everett, following the rush of Linebacker Alan Jamison, made the block to preserve the tie.


"I feel like I'm jinxed against Oregon," said Arizona Quarterback Tom Tunnicliffe. A year ago the Ducks upset the Wildcats 13-7. This season they won 19-10, sacking Tunnicliffe twice, intercepting him four times and deflecting seven of his passes. Though the victory brought Oregon's Pac-10 record to 2-0, Coach Rich Brooks wasn't talking Rose Bowl: "We're not out of it; we're just not in it. We played a hell of a game. We got the breaks. But we're not that good to be talking about the Rose Bowl."

Arizona State's players hold a far loftier opinion of themselves. As they marched through the tunnel to their dressing room following their 34-14 romp over Southern Cal at the L.A. Coliseum, the Sun Devils chanted, "Rose Bowl! Rose Bowl! Rose Bowl!" and "We'll be back the first [of January]!" "It's the greatest win of my life," said Arizona State Quarterback Todd Hons, who completed 21 of 29 passes for 346 yards. "Everything we prepared clicked for us."

At New Mexico, Brigham Young was facing the seventh-ranked defense in the nation. It made little difference as the Cougars racked up 777 yards of offense to win 66-21. BYU Quarterback Steve Young connected on 24 of 30 passes for 340 yards in only three quarters and threw for four TDs, three of them to Wide Receiver Kirk Pendleton, who caught nine passes overall for 183 yards and four scores. "They didn't just beat us," said Lobo Coach Joe Lee Dunn. "They abused us. They annihilated us. They took our all-stars and made them look bad. If they aren't the best offensive team in the nation, I don't know who is. They might be better than Nebraska."


Penn State returned to its sputtering ways against Syracuse. Trailing 3-0 at the half, Nittany Lions Coach Joe Paterno told his troops to "get out there and make something good happen if you want to win. If you don't want to win, we might just as well pack up now and go home." The Penn State defense made two good things happen: It recovered a fumbled punt on the Syracuse 37 and intercepted a pass on the Syracuse 26 to set up two touchdowns. The offense then chewed up the last 8:48 of the game with a 72-yard drive that resulted in a 21-yard field goal. Final score: Penn State 17, Syracuse 6.

Defense was the story in West Virginia's 13-0 win over Virginia Tech. The Gobblers, ranked No. 2 in total defense going into the game, recovered one fumble on their own one-yard line, intercepted a Jeff Hostetler pass in their end zone and gave up only 138 yards on the ground to hold the Mountaineers to their lowest point total of the year. For its part, the West Virginia defense had nine sacks and held Tech to 221 total yards.

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