Last summer, Sooner quarterback Danny Bradley told The Daily Oklahoman, "The bigger the game, the better Danny Bradley plays. Give him the eyes of Texas and he'll gouge 'em. Give him the Cornhuskers of Nebraska and he'll shuck 'em. Give him the Jayhawks of Kansas and he's liable to darned near fall asleep."
As it happened, Bradley was sidelined for the Kansas game (sprained ankle and finger), but the 22-point-underdog Jayhawks were nevertheless inspired to a 28-11 upset by Bradley's braggadocio. "We pretended that every person we hit out there was Bradley," said defensive tackle Phil Forte, who made five tackles as the Jayhawk defense—ranked 90th (out of 105) in the country before the game—held Oklahoma to two first downs in the second half. The Jayhawks got a safety when Milton Garner blocked a punt, and a touchdown when safety Wayne Ziegler went 63 yards with an interception. "Every week somebody has something to say about us," said Forte. "This week we shut somebody up."
The bad news got worse for the Sooners after they returned to Norman. Shortly after midnight, safety Keith Stanberry was driving in his Datsun 280 ZX with cornerback Andre Johnson when he lost control of the car, which turned onto its side and crashed into a utility pole. It took 1� hours to free Stanberry, who broke a thigh and collarbone and tore ligaments in his right knee. Johnson also tore ligaments in a knee. Within an hour and a half of the accident two other Sooners, reserve quarterback Kyle Irvin and graduate assistant Mark Gale, were picked up in separate incidents and charged with driving while intoxicated.
On Sunday, cornerback Brian Hall visited Stanberry and Johnson at the hospital. "There goes my pro career," said Stanberry.
"But we're alive," said Johnson.
Two nights before Iowa's 24-20 victory over Indiana, Hawkeye quarterback Chuck Long had a fever, and his right elbow was so puffed up that he could hardly lift his arm to comb his hair or brush his teeth. Team doctors drained the elbow and applied medication, but Long was still doubtful for Indiana. The arm felt better in warmups and just fine at game time, and Long completed 26 of 30 passes—including an NCAA-record 22 straight—for 227 yards and two TDs.
Augustana College (Ill.), the No. 1 team in Division III, whipped North Central 28-0; it was the Vikings' 19th straight victory, tying BYU for the longest streak in college football. The Vikings' forte is rushing—they lead the division with 379 yards per game—and their stars are 5'5", 160-pound halfback Brad Price and 5'8", 165-pound wingback George Velasquez. "I hate to say we're dull," says coach Bob Reade, whose starting quarterback, Kirk Bednar, has thrown but 28 passes all year. "We're more efficient than anything."
Marietta ( Ohio) College ended its record 34-game losing streak by tying Ohio Northern 3-3. Afterward, the Pioneer fans tore down the goalposts—and there may be more celebrations ahead. The tie brought Marietta's winless streak to 41, with 0-7 College of Wooster next on the schedule.