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Call it parity or across-the-board mediocrity, but whatever it is, it's time to ask, "What gives in the Pac-10?" While Southern Cal's hard times got even harder against Notre Dame (page 30), UCLA evened both its own record and Cal's at 3-3-1 with a 20-16 comeback victory. Stanford, which hadn't won a game this year, switched to a spritely three-step-drop-back-and-throw offense and upset Arizona 31-22. Cardinal freshman John Paye completed 22 of 28 passes for 280 yards. Washington State thought up a whole new playbook to stun previously unbeaten Arizona State 31-21. "They did things we hadn't seen before," said Sun Devil Coach Darryl Rogers. "They kept us confused." The Cougars got 132 rushing yards from Fullback Kerry Porter, picked off three passes and executed a fake punt to run their record to 3-4. In a return to the old order, Oregon—hitherto 2-0 in Pac-10 play and dreaming of a Rose Bowl bid—lost 32-3 to conference leader Washington.
One might have wondered why, with Brigham Young leading 40-12 in the fourth quarter, Cougar Quarterback Steve Young was still in the game. San Diego State Coach Doug Scovil, formerly an assistant under BYU Coach LaVell Edwards, certainly didn't understand what was going on. "Why run up the score?" he asked afterward. "Maybe they wanted to get 66." The final score was 47-12 as Young threw for 446 yards and Gordon Hudson caught four passes to break the NCAA career reception record—172—for tight ends.
With 12 seconds to play and Iowa and Michigan tied at 13 all, Wolverine Coach Bo Schembechler yelled at his bench, "Bergeron! Bergeron! Where the hell are you?"
"I didn't know where he was," Schembechler said later. "He's sort of small [5'8" and 145 pounds]. He got lost among all those big guys." Though Schembechler couldn't see him. Kicker Bob Bergeron, a senior walk-on who pays his own tuition, room and board, was where he was supposed to be, on the field, and he did what he was supposed to do, which was hit a 45-yard field goal to give Michigan a 16-13 win. The snap was low, as was the kick—it barely cleared the crossbar—but the boot left the Wolverines tied with Illinois for first place in the Big Ten.
Last Thursday, Illini Athletic Director Neale Stoner talked with his football team to ease concerns over an ongoing NCAA inquiry into improprieties that may have taken place when two junior college prospects visited Champaign in January 1982. "Coach Mike White wanted me to explain what is happening so the players won't become confused by rumors and get shook up," said Stoner, who told the squad that a recent campus visit by NCAA investigators "isn't going to affect our current season or a possible bowl bid."
Two days later against Purdue, White switched back and forth from his one-back (passing) to his two-back (running) attack in the first half, and at intermission the score was 14-14. In the second half the Illini came out running and got 21 points to the Boilermakers' seven. "Hey, I knew I could run against these guys," said Running Back Dwight Beverly, who rushed for 179 yards and scored three touchdowns.
Colorado surprised Nebraska by scrapping its I formation and split backfield alignments for ones with one running back and two tight ends. "We shouldn't even have practiced this week," said Cornhusker Defensive Coordinator Charlie McBride. "We should have given the players the week off. What Colorado did was unexpected." Still, after leading only 14-12 at half, the Huskers scored 48 points in the third quarter to win 69-19.
When Oklahoma Coach Barry Switzer was asked whether Marcus Dupree's picture should be deleted from the Sooner program for the rest of the season, he replied, "Leave him out." When told the revision would cost $7,000, Switzer said, "Leave him in." During his Thursday evening pregame TV show, Switzer introduced his guests, Spencer Tillman and Earl Johnson, as "a fullback-turned-tailback and a freshman sensation/part-time starter or, what the hell, let's just call them the ones who stayed." The next day they ran for 124 and 110 yards, respectively, in Oklahoma's 49-11 defeat of Iowa State.