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"I stunk," said Miami quarterback Bernie Kosar. "I've never played this bad, anywhere, anytime. I've got a sick feeling in my stomach." After two remarkable performances in the previous 13 days that had extended the Hurricanes' major-college-leading win streak to 13, Kosar threw six interceptions, fumbled once and was sacked three times as Michigan won 22-14 in Ann Arbor. Three of the interceptions were made by Wolverine outside linebacker Rodney Lyles, a native of Miami who committed himself to the Hurricanes as a high school senior before finally choosing Michigan. "He kept throwing them to me," said Lyles. "I barely had to move." However, Lyles must share credit for Kosar's catastrophic day with Wolverine defensive coordinator Gary Moeller, who installed several new schemes for the game, including some using Lyles as a fifth defensive back. "When he put that defense in, I thought he was nuts," said Michigan coach Bo Schembechler. "But it worked."
In a pregame press conference Alabama coach Ray Perkins described Boston College's Doug Flutie as an "ideal Canadian quarterback" because of his CFL mobility and non-NFL size (5'9�", 177 pounds). "That's his opinion," countered Flutie, who then led BC from a 31-14 third-quarter deficit to a 38-31 victory at Birmingham. Flutie passed for 254 yards and two TDs and ran for another score. "We couldn't stop Flutie from making turmoil-type plays," said Perkins. "There's not a defense in the country that's going to stop him." Said joyful Eagle flanker Gerard Phelan, "He's done it before, and he did it again."
With 4:55 to play, Florida coach Charley Pell had a choice. Down 21-20 to visiting LSU, he could go for a two-point conversion or kick the one-pointer and hope to get the ball back again. He called the two-pointer...but "then we decided to put the ball in their court." The Gators kicked the point, but that's how the game ended: 21-21. The result satisfied only the Bromley family of Pensacola, Fla. One son, Phil, is a center for the Gators; another, Scott, is a linebacker for the Tigers.
The crucial statistic in Syracuse's 23-7 upset at Maryland was turnovers—six overall by the hosts, three of them inside the Terps' 18-yard line in the fourth quarter. "This was the key to our season," said Orange defensive tackle Tim Green. "We had to keep that carry-over attitude from last year, when we won our last three games."
For the last three years Dick Anderson was offensive coordinator at Penn State. Last week Anderson came back to University Park, but as the head coach of Rutgers. He used his knowledge of the Nittany Lions to install a "soft read" defense that held quarterback Doug Strang to fewer yards passing (47) than running (63). "He's our new tailback," joked Penn State coach Joe Paterno of Strang. The Lions won 15-12, but it was the closest score between the two teams since 1952. "I told Dick after the game he should be proud of his kids," said Paterno, "and I was proud of him."
Illinois was leading Missouri 20-10 at halftime when word was delivered to Memorial Stadium that All-America safety Craig Swoope had been found innocent of cocaine trafficking by a district court jury in Springfield, Ill. "I was almost crying, I was so happy," said Swoope's former roommate David Williams, a split end who caught nine passes on Saturday. "Everybody just started yelling and screaming when they heard about it." The Illini took a 30-10 lead in the third quarter and held off a late charge in the rain to win 30-24. Illini quarterback Jack Trudeau completed 21 of 33 passes for 216 yards and a TD.
Stanford's John Paye opened the game against Oklahoma by completing four of five passes in an eight-play touchdown drive, but the Sooners tightened up and that was all the Cardinal would get in Norman as Oklahoma won 19-7. Said Sooner coach Barry Switzer, "This wasn't a real test for our defense. You don't really get tested until you have to stop a good running game." The Sooner ground game was true to type—258 yards and five fumbles, but only one was lost.
"I thought we'd win the game," said Oklahoma State coach Pat Jones. "I never thought this would happen." "This" was a 45-3 upset of Arizona State, right there in Tempe, the Sun Devils' worst loss in 37 years. On ASU's first possession, Cowboy tackle Leslie O'Neal knocked the ball away from quarterback Jeff Van Raaphorst and into the arms of fellow tackle Rodney Harding, who ran 36 yards for a score. (Harding ran 40 yards with a fumble against Missouri in 1981. "The man scores every time he carries the ball," noted offensive tackle Paul Blair.) Sophomore tailback Charlie Crawford ran 24 yards on his first carry and said, "I was shocked. The hole was so big my little sister could've run through it." He later scored on a 44-yard sprint draw and ended up with 137 yards rushing on 13 carries. "That was the longest game I've ever been associated with," said Sun Devil coach Darryl Rogers, whose team had been picked No. 1 in four preseason Top 20s. "I can't think of anything that went well."
Who is Robbie Bosco and where has he been hiding? In Provo, of course. In BYU's 47-13 defeat of Baylor. Bosco threw for 311 yards and six touchdowns, bringing his two-week total to 636 and eight, respectively, just about the right stats for a Cougar quarterback. The star of USC's 42-7 win over Utah State was tailback Zeph Lee, who broke a 94-yard run in the 103� heat to tie the Trojan record for the longest run from scrimmage, set by Dwight Ford in 1977.
The Leahy Fears Idaho Award for the week goes to Nebraska coach Tom Osborne. Before the Huskers' game with Wyoming in Lincoln, Osborne said of the Cowboys, who lost to Nebraska 56-20 in '83, " Wyoming is going to be a difficult team for us. If you blow an assignment on an option play, you can give up six points pretty quick." Nebraska then proceeded to roll up 559 total yards, escaping from this cliffhanger with a 42-7 win. Jeff Smith, filling Mike Rozier's shoes at I-back, ran for 170 yards in 28 carries.