Idaho's 41-22 rout of Oregon State was the Vandals' first win over the Beavers since 1952. Idaho's victory was particularly surprising because it came without quarterback Scott Linehan, who was injured. His replacement, Rick Sloan, passed for 332 yards.
The list of undefeated teams includes Cal State-Fullerton, which is 5-0 after beating Utah State on three TD passes by Damon Allen, and 4-0 New Mexico, which battered Texas-El Paso 34-7. "We've got a chance to be a really good team," said Lobo coach Joe Lee Dunn, who knows something about chances. Earlier in the week he had had a hunch. "I was thinking about the weather and how cold it was," he said. "I figured I'd bet the horses that were used to running in cold." He put $24.00 on a trifecta at the State Fairgrounds in Albuquerque that included two Canadian-bred horses, and came away with $7,100.
"Same old TCU, same old TCU," said SMU tailback Reggie Dupard. "We beat 'em every year." Entering the game, the Horned Frogs were 2-0 and boasted the nation's No. 1 offense (612.5 yards a game), No. 1 rusher (Kenneth Davis with a 192.0-yard average) and lofty hopes for the first time in a decade. But the Mustangs burst the Frogs' bubble 26-17, and Davis was held to 60 yards on 20 carries. SMU's chief offensive weapon was sophomore wide receiver Ron Morris. He caught five passes for 120 yards and one touchdown, on a play that covered 44 yards. Although he'd run the ball from scrimmage just once in his career, Morris also looped behind the line seven times to take option-play pitches from quarterback Don King. On one he went eight yards for a touchdown, and on another 20 yards to set up a field goal. "TCU has never seen me in that formation," said Morris. "I think it kind of messed them up."
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