"I have a trivia question," said Baylor Coach Grant Teaff after his Bears had beaten TCU 56-21. "Name me a walk-on freshman running back who scored three touchdowns the first college game he ever played in and before a homecoming crowd." Give up? He's Baylor's Derrick McAdoo, a 5'10", 170-pounder from Houston. "That McAdoo is a little fireball," said Teaff. Added TCU Coach Jim Wacker, "It was a bad day at Black Rock. It looked like a racetrack out there."
It was also a bad day for Wacker's former team, the Bobcats of Southwest Texas State. Coming into their game with Stephen F. Austin, the Bobcats, whom Wacker had guided to the Division II national championship in 1981 and '82, had won 22 consecutive games, the country's longest winning streak. Southwest Texas led 17-0 at the half and 24-10 in the third quarter, but the Lumberjacks rallied behind the passing of Quarterback Tod Weder to win 27-24 on a 37-yard field goal with 44 seconds remaining.
"I think we did pretty well," said East Carolina Coach Ed Emory, "considering we flew down here and didn't have a place to work out." His upstart Pirates had lost 24-17 in the rain at Florida, but in Emory's eyes it was his hosts who were all wet. "The Gainesville Airport put us on hold because of all these single-engine planes that folks were flying to homecoming in," he said. "Then we had to work out in a parking lot." As for the Gator crowd: "Wayne Peace [Florida's quarterback] raises his hands, and the place is so quiet you can hear a pin drop. Our guys can't hear the signals all afternoon. I mean, is that sportsmanship?"
In the good-old-football part of Tulane's game at Southern Mississippi, the Green Wave, led by former third-string Quarterback Wade Elmore, upset the Golden Eagles 14-7. For the daytime TV audience, however, many questions remained unanswered. Will Jon English, Tulane's No. 1 quarterback until three weeks ago, take his eligibility case against the NCAA to the Supreme Court? If he does, will his case be heard? If it is, what will Wally, who's Jon's father and the Green Wave coach, say? Will the young and the restless Marcus Dupree find happiness in his Coaching Tennis class at Southern Miss? Or will he miss Oklahoma, where he apparently went to no classes at all? Will he sue the NCAA, too? Or will he throw it all away to teach tennis? And what of Bubba Brister, Tulane's erstwhile second-string quarterback, who moved to Northeast Louisiana to get away from Jon and Wally? Tune in for the next episode of General Training Room, when the USFL visits Hattiesburg.
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