The story in Kentucky's 27-14 victory over Rutgers was Mark Higgs, a freshman tailback who rushed for 116 yards on just four carries, two of which were TD runs of 76 and 29 yards. "I'd say we've got to get him the ball more, wouldn't you?" said Wildcat coach Jerry Claiborne. "That youngster can run with the football." Higgs has an Achilles heel—asthma. "My chest really got tight after that 29-yard run," he said. "And I just about passed out on that long one. I've got an inhaler, but I was too damn lazy to refill the thing."
Southern Cal had plenty of material for its locker-room bulletin board before its trip to Pullman. Last August, Washington State coach Jim Walden took the USC athletic department to task for wriggling out of its TV ban in the confusion following the Supreme Court decision nullifying the NCAA's jurisdiction over college football telecasts. Last week Walden was at it again, saying in The Seattle Times, "In a lineup of greed and glut, the administration at USC stands head and shoulders above everyone else. I don't think you should benefit from being a crook.... Instead of setting a shining example, USC said let's get the money while the getting's good. They embarrassed themselves, I think."
"Crook is a pretty harsh word," said Trojan linebacker Duane Bickett before last Saturday's game. "By putting down the university he's putting down me and every one of the players." Thus aroused, USC jumped to a 17-0 lead as Cougar quarterback Mark Rypien lost one fumble and threw three interceptions. In the second half Rypien passed for 247 yards and four touchdowns to bring State within two points—27-29—but his attempt at a two-point conversion was batted away. Said Bickett, "Last year's USC team would've folded today."
Fred Buckley threw for 4,719 yards and 44 TDs at Cardinal Gibbons High in Fort Lauderdale and, naturally, was besieged by recruiters. On his visit to USC he "just happened" to run into Muhammad Ali. The Notre Dame p.r. machine told Buckley the Irish were planning a Heisman campaign, assigning him the handle Buckshot Buckley, and Governor Robert Graham of Florida wrote two letters asking him to stay in-state. Buckley chose Stanford and promptly contracted mononucleosis. He lost 30 pounds and plummeted on the depth charts behind the Cardinal's gifted passers.
Last Saturday, with first-string quarterback John Paye out with a broken knuckle, Buckley, a fourth-year junior making his first start, led Stanford to a 23-21 upset of UCLA in the Rose Bowl. He threw only 21 passes (completing nine for 83 yards), but Stanford came up with 130 yards rushing—82 by freshman fullback Brad Muster—and three interceptions and held the Bruins to 66 yards on the ground.
Brigham Young's 16th consecutive win, a 52-9 triumph at Colorado State, wasn't as close as the score indicates. Robbie Bosco left the game after the first drive of the second half, having completed 16 of 21 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns and having run for another score. In all, the Cougars racked up 616 yards to the Rams' 231. "That's as good as we've looked all year," said BYU coach LaVell Edwards.
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