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TCU hadn't defeated Arkansas since 1958, and had lost 22 in a row to its Southwest Conference rival. And so, with 5:20 to go and TCU trailing 24-13 and pushed back to its own one-yard line, many of the 30,313 Horned Frog followers at Amon G. Carter Stadium headed for home. But, if they had turned on their car radios, they would have learned what they had missed. First, Quarterback Steve Stamp got TCU out of safety territory by connecting with Phillip Epps on back-to-back passes that advanced the Frogs to the Arkansas 47. Then Stamp turned his attention to Stanley Washington, the nation's leading receiver, who up to that point had been double-teamed and held without a reception. Stamp found Washington first for 20 yards and on the next play for 22 yards and a touchdown. Then, after a fumble recovery, Stamp hit Washington on a 15-yard scoring pass for a 28-24 TCU win.
In another Southwest Conference shocker, Houston (3-1) whipped defending champion Baylor 24-3. David Barrett, who had had only eight carries this season, came off the bench to rush for 104 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries; sophomore Quarterback Lionel Wilson, making his second college start, completed 12 of his 17 pass attempts for 142 yards and another Cougar TD. But the big difference was Houston's defense. Led by Leo Truss, who made eight unassisted tackles, forced a fumble and had a sack, the Cougars just about shut down the Bears' Walter Abercrombie—he had 34 yards on 11 carries—and squashed two first-quarter Baylor drives, including one that had gotten to about the Cougars' one-foot line. "Baylor has our conference trophy," said Truss. "And we want it back."
Texas A&M beat Texas Tech 24-23, and Rice earned its first victory, 20-16, over winless Tulane—in a game in which Tulane tried three onside kicks and the Owls fielded them all. The SWC's two remaining undefeated teams, Texas and SMU, were idle.
Also unbeaten is Southern Mississippi, which walloped Texas-Arlington 52-9.
Marcus Allen of USC rushed for 233 yards in 35 carries and set two NCAA records during a 56-22 Pac-10 romp at Oregon State. Marcus' marks: He became the first collegian to run for more than 200 yards in four straight games, and his 925 yards in those opening games surpassed the 905 by Greg Pruitt of Oklahoma a decade ago.
"What makes me feel better than setting the records is knowing the guys blocking for me are working their tails off to help me," Allen said. "I can't afford to take them out to dinner, but I might cook for them myself. I can cook everything."
Last Saturday he diced, chopped, minced and shredded defenders for almost three quarters and then sat out the fourth. On the first Trojan scoring drive, in which USC went 65 yards in six rushing plays, Allen ran five times for 56 yards, the final 30 for the touchdown. He later scored on runs of eight and 13 yards as the Trojans gained 407 of their 541 yards on the ground.
If there is anything Arizona State enjoys, it's sun. It isn't without good reason that its teams are called the Sun Devils. When they faced Washington last year in Seattle there was a downpour, one in which they took a 25-0 soaking. When the two teams met last week the weather was atypical for the locale—the Seattle sky was clear and aglow with sunshine, but this time the Huskies got their previously unbeaten hides tanned 26-7. Something else unexpected was the field-goal kicking. Chuck Nelson of Washington, who was hoping to establish an NCAA record by booting a three-pointer for the 15th game in a row, missed on a 46-yarder in the opening period. That was the only shot Nelson got. Arizona State freshman Luis Zendejas, however, put the ball over the crossbar from 39, 30, 24 and 42 yards out.