In 1887 a group of Michigan students visited Notre Dame to introduce a new game: football. Over the years, Michigan returned to South Bend five more times, never losing. But last week the Wolverine win streak finally ended. To the amazement of both the Michigan players and 59,075 fans at Notre Dame Stadium, leftfooted Placekicker Harry Oliver booted the longest field goal of his career, a 51-yarder against the wind, on the last play of the game to give the Irish a 29-27 victory. "I prayed, oh, how I prayed," Oliver said. "I kept reminding myself, 'Point your toe, point your toe.' "
His dramatic kick ended a topsy-turvy game that both teams had seemingly won at one point or another. Overcoming a 14-0 deficit, Michigan took a 21-14 lead when Anthony Carter returned the second-half kickoff 67 yards and Stan Edwards scored from the two. That lead stood up until Notre Dame's John Krimm scored on a 49-yard interception return and, with three minutes left in the game, Phil Carter added another touchdown on a four-yard run. The score: N.D. 26, Michigan 21. But then Wolverine Running Back Butch Woolfolk scampered 37 yards to the Notre Dame four and, with 0:41 to go, tipped a John Wangler pass into the hands of Tight End Craig Dunaway for a one-yard TD. Michigan led 27-26. Whereupon the Irish unveiled a shotgun formation, freshman Blair Kiel throwing, and drove to the Michigan 34 on two completions and an interference penalty. With four seconds showing on the clock, Oliver kicked the game-winner.
Nebraska's Jarvis Redwine raced 69 yards to score on his first carry and left in the middle of the third period with 153 yards rushing as Nebraska whipped Iowa 57-0. The Corn-huskers outgained the Hawkeyes 565-163, and outthought them, too. Anticipating a wide rush from the Iowa ends, Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne inserted an off-tackle option play. Using it, his four quarterbacks gained 112 yards and scored twice. "They picked us apart like a chicken with their audibles," said Iowa Coach Hayden Fry. Missouri was also finger-lickin' good, feasting on Illinois 52-7. Safety Kevin Potter had six tackles, caused a fumble and broke up a pass, and James Wilder ran for 105 yards.
Frustrated by a gusting 35-mph wind in Lawrence, Kans., Pitt's Rick Ryan got off punts of 19, 16 and 27 yards in the first quarter, enabling the Jayhawks to take a 3-0 lead on Bruce Kallmeyer's 25-yard field goal. When the sides changed, however, it was Kansas that got blown out. The Panthers' Dave Trout tied the score with a 21-yard field goal, and Dan Marino completed 17 of 38 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns. Final score: Pitt 18, Kansas 3.
Minnesota controlled the ball eight minutes longer than Ohio State, ran off 18 more plays and got three more first downs. Unfortunately, the Gophers also dominated the turnover statistics 7-1, had one punt blocked and had another aborted when the punter's knee touched down on the Minnesota 10. Vlade Janakievski had four field goals and five conversions for 17 points to lead the Buckeyes to a 47-0 win. Jim McMahon contributed to all the BYU scoring, throwing for three scores and running for one as the Cougars beat Wisconsin 28-3.
The Iowa State game ball went to Defensive Coordinator Larry Coyer. Why? Because Coyer collected passing data on San Jose State Quarterback Steve Clarkson and fed it into a computer. The computer advised Coyer to keep Clarkson guessing. "We played three, four and five-man lines, sometimes used five backs and moved around, never showing him the same defense," Coyer said. Clarkson completed only 16 of 55 passes and had three intercepted. Linebacker Mark Carlson ran one of them back for Iowa State's first score, and the Cyclones went on to win 27-6.
UCLA put a fake punt to good use in a 23-14 win over Purdue. Leading 10-7 in the second quarter, the Bruins lined up in punt formation at the Purdue 39. But instead of hiking the ball to Punter Matt McFarland, Center Dan Dufour snapped to Safety Kenny Easley, who was in as a blocker for McFarland. Easley raced to the Purdue 14. The play set up the second of Norm Johnson's three field goals, a 24-yarder.
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