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"I was between total glee and total ecstasy...and no. I can't spell ecstasy," said Holy Cross Tailback Gill Fenerty after the Crusaders' 77-28 defeat of Columbia. A sophomore transfer from LSU, Fenerty had TD runs of 55, 22, 11, 11, 62 and 68 yards. He wound up with 337 yards on 18 carries as Holy Cross ran its record to 8-0.
In two showdowns between undefeated teams in Division III, Carnegie-Mellon, ranked second nationally going into the game, defeated No. 4 Case Western Reserve 15-10, and Hofstra, ranked third, won 28-24 over St. John's (N.Y.), which had been tied with Case for fourth. The 8-0 Tartans hope to replace 7-0 Augustana (Ill.), a 56-7 winner over Olivet Nazarene last week, as the division's No. 1 team. Said Carnegie Tackle Ross Jicomelli, a humanities major, "All week long we've been saying that two minus four equals one." In the Hofstra-St. John's game, the deciding blow was a 70-yard pass play from Flying Dutchman Quarterback Rich Codella to Tight End Steve Madey with 2:14 remaining.
With his team trailing New Mexico 24-17, Colorado State Quarterback Terry Nugent had 40 seconds and no time-outs to go 80 yards. Four straight sideline passes put the Rams on the Lobo 37-yard line, and a Hail Mary tip-play got them to the one. With one second remaining and the clock stopped only so the chains could be moved, Nugent didn't have time to call proper signals at the line. Instead he shouted to everyone, including the Lobo defenders. "Quarterback sneak, first sound!" Nugent bulled over for a touchdown and then passed for a two-point conversion to give the Rams a 25-24 victory. "All they had to do was stack everybody in the middle and they'd have stopped us," said Nugent.
In UCLA's 27-24 defeat of Washington, Bruin Quarterback Rick Neuheisel hit 25 of 27 passes for 287 yards to set an NCAA single-game completion percentage record (minimum of 20 completions). His mark of 92.59% surpassed the previous record of 87.2% (34 of 39) set by Dick Norman of Stanford in 1959. Eight of Neuheisel's passes went to 6'1½" sophomore Split End Mike Sherrard, who, like Neuheisel, was a walk-on. "Actually," says Bruin Offensive Coordinator Homer Smith, "Sherrard was a stroll-on. He strolled onto campus with a girl on each arm. The kid was skin and bones [he's now 186 pounds], he had girls hanging all over him, and he told us he thought he could play football for UCLA." The Huskies were threatening until Bruin Free Safety Don Rogers intercepted a Steve Pelluer pass at the UCLA five-yard line with less than a minute to go.
Don't ask Quarterback Bob Davis of Florida State to do any contact-lens ads. Davis, who can't distinguish jersey numbers without his lenses, was pressed into action against Arizona State when starter Kelly Lowrey suffered a sprained left knee with 10 minutes to play and the Seminoles trailing 19-14. Davis had lost a lens before the game, so he played with just one. He nonetheless directed the Seminoles to two touchdowns, the second on a 10-play drive in the last minute and a half that beat the Sun Devils 29-26.
Brigham Young Quarterback Steve Young scrambled one yard for a touchdown with 11 seconds remaining to beat Utah State 38-34, but the victory was costly: Gordon Hudson, who has caught more passes (178) than any tight end in NCAA history, sustained torn ligaments in his left knee and may be sidelined for the rest of the season.
Southern Illinois beat New Mexico State 41-3 by picking off eight Aggie passes. "I watched all the films," said Saluki Coach Rey Dempsey, "and no one has dominated them like that." Northern Arizona upset Nevada-Reno 41-38 with the help of a remarkable performance by Defensive Tackle James Gee. Gee made 17 tackles, five of them behind the line, forced a fumble and blocked a field-goal attempt. A teammate returned the blocked ball 86 yards for a touchdown.
Duke won its first game of the season by beating Georgia Tech 32-26 in Durham, N.C., and the Blue Devil fans made the most of a rare opportunity. They snapped one of the goalposts off at the base, handed it 46 rows up through Wallace Wade Stadium and then carried it onto campus. Said Blue Devil Quarterback Ben Bennett, who completed 27 of 33 passes for 255 yards, "Hooray for my team!"