Undefeated Indiana State, the No. 1 team in Division I-AA, routed Central Florida 38-0. The Sycamores ran 100 offensive plays as quarterback Jim Miller rushed for 110 yards and passed for 169. State's defense has yielded just eight TDs in nine games and picked off 25 passes. Next week the Sycamores play Tulsa, a team they've never beaten, for the Missouri Valley title.
Pity poor Case Western Reserve. The 9-0 Spartans completed their first undefeated season in 46 years with a 25-17 defeat of Carnegie-Mellon, but they probably won't receive one of the two spots reserved for the north region in the NCAA Division III playoffs. Those are likely to go to (9-0) Dayton and (8-0) Augustana.
Marietta College ended its winless streak at 41 with a 15-12 win over Wooster. Freshman Evan Lipp gained 201 yards on 45 carries and freshman quarterback Ed Pekar got the winning TD on a one-yard run with 1:05 remaining.
Texas A&M had the SMU Mustangs right where it wanted them—trailing 20-7 in the fourth quarter—but let the Ponies slip away. SMU quarterback Don King ran 21 yards on one play and passed for 47 on the next to set up a four-yard scoring run by tailback Reggie Dupard that made it 20-14. "You could feel the air go out of them after we got that touchdown," said Mustang linebacker TD. Briggs. The Ponies put together two more drives to win 28-20.
Texas was down 10-7 to Texas Tech with 6� minutes to play. After a 62-yard drive, Jeff Ward kicked a 25-yard field goal with 2:14 left. Texas got the ball back with 1:19 remaining, moved to the Tech 17, and Ward won the game with a 35-yarder with three seconds to go.
"We just got fed up with all the negative things written about us," said Washington guard Al Robertson, whose blocking was one reason the Huskies ran for 358 yards in a 44-14 win over Cal. It was Washington's biggest day rushing in five years. Quarterback Paul Sicuro, who started in place of Hugh Millen, threw for three touchdowns.
Florida State special-teams demon Joe Wessel was at his best again in the Seminoles' 52-44 triumph at Arizona State. In the second quarter, Florida State was down 17-0 when Arizona State lined up to punt. Lenny Chavers blocked the kick, Wessel picked up the ball and ran it eight yards for a score. Later, Wessel blocked a punt himself and ran that one 34 yards for a TD to bring his year's total to four blocked punts and one blocked field goal. That performance, along with 223 yards on 22 carries by tailback Greg Allen, overshadowed a remarkable showing by the Sun Devils' sophomore quarterback, Jeff Van Raaphorst. He completed 39 of 59 passes for 532 yards and four touchdowns. "We've faced Dan Marino, Art Schlichter and Bernie Kosar," said Florida State coach Bobby Bowden. "Nobody has done what he did to us."
"It was like a rec-league game," said Van Raaphorst. "It was kind of fun."