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"That may be the best game I've ever played," said Doug Flutie after throwing six touchdown passes in Boston College's 52-20 rout of North Carolina in Foxboro, Mass. Tar Heel coach Dick Crum agreed: "I can't feel bad about this one. You name it, he did it. He could have slam-dunked the ball if he wanted to." In all, Flutie connected on 28 of 38 passes for 354 yards. Two throws went to his brother, Darren, a freshman flanker.
With 2:19 to play in Navy's 21-9 loss to Virginia, Middie senior tailback and Heisman Trophy candidate Napoleon McCallum suffered a fractured left ankle. The injury will sideline him for the remainder of the season. "It's a severe blow to us," said coach Gary Tranquill. "I feel very badly for Nap because he's worked so hard to get where he is."
The key play in Temple's 13-12 upset of Pitt in Philadelphia came with 2:11 to play. The Owls were down by two and faced third-and-19 at their own 39. Coach Bruce Arians wanted a big play and drew up something special on the sideline chalkboard. The Panther secondary had been playing tight the entire game, and Temple's protection had been weak. This time the tight end and both backs stayed in to protect Lee Saltz, while split end Willie Marshall ran a 15-yard out pattern and then headed upfield. Saltz, who had broken his nose in the third quarter, hit Marshall on a 50-yard play, and Jim Cooper kicked a 21-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining.
Afterward, the Temple players came out to sing along with the Beach Boys, who were performing as part of a promotional package put together by the Temple athletic department. Following Good Vibrations and Barbara Ann, Arians addressed the crowd: "By no means is this an ending point. Hopefully, this is our jumping-off point. Starting now, we can take the field anywhere, anytime and feel, really feel, that we have a chance to win." For the Owls, it was the first time they had beaten Pittsburgh since 1945. For the Panthers, their 0-3 start is their worst since 1972.
Having ended his career in 1983 as Morgan State's alltime leading passer, Darrell Coulter is in his first year as an assistant coach. Early in the fourth quarter of the Golden Bears' 41-14 loss at Connecticut, Huskies fullback Greg Morrison broke off tackle at his own 29-yard line and headed down the sideline in front of the Morgan State bench with no opponent in his way. "I had my head down," said Coulter. "When I looked up and saw him running down the sideline, the first thing that came to my mind was to prevent another score, and that's what I did." Coulter lunged onto the field at the Morgan State 45 and cut Morrison's feet out from under him with a roll block. A freshman carrying the ball for the first time in his career, Morrison was credited with a 71-yard TD run, and Coulter was ejected from the game. His boss, coach James Phillips, said, "I wasn't angry at him. How could I get angry? I just told him that it shouldn't have happened. It was just instinct, I guess."
The difference in Southern Cal's 6-3 win over Arizona State was a patch of slippery turf in Tempe. As he was warming up, Sun Devil kicker Luis Zendejas slipped on an approach and bruised his knee. While Trojan Steve Jordan booted two 50-yarders, Zendejas had only one successful attempt, from 20 yards; he missed from 47 and 27. The latter was a shank with less than a minute to play. "I don't think he's ever missed one before when it counted," said Arizona State coach Darryl Rogers.
"I'm tired of being listed in the Bottom 10," said Oregon coach Rich Brooks after his Ducks beat Cal 21-14. "It feels good to be three and oh starting a season." The Golden Bears had plenty of offense—446 yards to the Ducks' 346—but bobbled the ball when it mattered. The most critical turnover was fullback Ed Barbero's fumble near midfield with 2:37 remaining and the score tied 14-14. Moments later, with the ball on the Cal 31, Duck quarterback Chris Miller hit flanker Lew Barnes, who made a leaping catch at the back line of the end zone. Next stop: Pacific. "We're not good enough to be overconfident," says Brooks. "My players remember that they lost to Pacific last year."