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Craig Neff
November 30, 1981
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November 30, 1981

The Week

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1. PITT (10-0)

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2. CLEMSON(11-0)


3. GEORGIA (9-1)


4. ALABAMA (8-1-1)


5. SMU(10-1)


6. N. CAROLINA (9-2)


7. MIAMI (8-2)


8. NEBRASKA (9-2)


9. PENN STATE (8-2)


10. TEXAS (8-1-1)


11. WASHINGTON (9-2)


12. USC (9-2)


13. IOWA (8-3)




15. OHIO STATE (8-3)

16. UCLA (7-3-1)


17. MICHIGAN (8-3)


18. S. MISSISSIPPI (8-1-1)


19. BYU (10-2)

20. WASH. STATE (8-2-1)


* Last week


"Heck, I only live five minutes away from the Rose Bowl," said Iowa Quarterback Gordy Bohannon. "Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would be quarterbacking a team there this year." Yet that's where the Hawk-eyes are going—for the first time since 1959—thanks to their 36-7 win over Michigan State and Ohio State's 14-9 upset of Michigan. Actually, the Hawkeyes and Buckeyes tied for the Big Ten title, but Iowa will go to Pasadena because Ohio State went more recently (1980). "Do they have a good defense? There's none better," said Michigan State Coach Muddy Waters after the Hawk-eyes' victory. "But what really surprised me is how their offensive line blew us out. I thought they would run well, but not that well." Iowa amassed 397 yards on the ground, 247 by Tailback Phil Blatcher. Michigan State, meanwhile, gained just 37 yards rushing all afternoon.

"This game was a simple squandering of opportunities," said Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler, whose Wolverines could have claimed a Rose Bowl berth by beating the Buckeyes. Michigan had four possessions inside Ohio State's 10, 12 plays in all, yet could not score a touchdown. Still, late in the fourth quarter the Wolverines were leading 9-7 on three field goals by Ali Haji-Sheikh. Then, with 2:50 remaining, Buckeye Quarterback Art Schlichter capped an 80-yard drive by scoring his second TD of the game on a six-yard rollout. Ohio State's reward was an invitation to face Navy in the Liberty Bowl. Michigan's consolation was a bid to play UCLA in the Bluebonnet.

Another bowl-bound (Garden State) Big Ten team, Wisconsin, overcame a 254-yard passing performance by Minnesota's Mike Hohensee to defeat the Gophers 26-21. Badger reserve Quarterback Randy Wright came off the bench with 1:54 remaining and Wisconsin behind 21-20, and promptly completed four of five passes for 82 yards and a touchdown. The game winner was a seven-yard toss to Michael Jones with 1:05 left. Purdue lost 20-17 to Indiana in Jim Young's last game as Boilermaker coach (Assistant Leon Burnett was named to succeed him). Hoosier Kicker Doug Smith booted two field goals, including a 39-yarder with 8:30 left that broke a 17-17 deadlock. Illinois extended Northwestern's losing streak to 31 with a 49-12 win. Between them the teams threw a Big Ten record 109 passes. The Wildcats' Mike Kerrigan completed 24 of 55 throws for 263 yards, while the Illini's Tony Fason hit 27 of 48 passes for 409 yards and three touchdowns. Eason's performance boosted his season completion total to 211 and his passing yardage to 3,360. Both are conference marks. Illinois, which finished 7-4, had its best season since 1963.

For the first time since 1969, the Big Eight championship wasn't at stake when Nebraska played Oklahoma. And the Cornhuskers, who ran away with the title this season, showed why by rolling up 462 total yards and beating the Sooners 37-14. The victory was Nebraska's first in Norman since 1971, but the Sooners (5-4-1 this season) still received an invitation to play Houston in the Sun Bowl. Husker I-backs Roger Craig and Mike Rozier rushed for a total of 239 yards. Oklahoma State won the right to play Texas A&M in the Independence Bowl with a 27-7 victory over Iowa State, reportedly the only other team in contention for that berth. Pacing the Cowboys were Quarterback Rusty Hilger, who threw touchdown passes of 16 and 24 yards to Tight End John Chesley and ran for a third score, and Kicker Larry Roach, who set an NCAA record for field goals by a freshman (18) by hitting from 47 and 26 yards. In a matchup of the Big Eight's fourth and fifth bowl teams, Kansas (Hall of Fame) took advantage of six Missouri (Tangerine) turnovers and beat the Tigers 19-11. Colorado defeated Kansas State 24-21. Buffalo freshman Halfback Lee Rouson ran for 149 yards and one TD.

In the Mid-America Conference, Toledo clinched first place and a berth in the California Bowl against San Jose State by whipping Northern Illinois 31-0, Central Michigan edged Bowling Green 6-3 and Miami (Ohio) beat independent Cincinnati 7-3. Drake tied Tulsa for the Missouri Valley title after routing Nebraska-Omaha 53-0. Tulsa, meanwhile, lost 31-7 to Arkansas State in a non-conference game. Pacing the Indians were Tim Langford, Waddell Kelly and Tommy Walker, who ran for 111, 93 and 91 yards, respectively. Each also scored a touchdown.


Only 12,940 fans showed up at Louisville's bitter-cold Fairgrounds Stadium Saturday, but they didn't come away disappointed. "We had our bowl today," said Coach Bob Weber after Louisville upset previously unbeaten Southern Mississippi 13-10. The Cardinals, who had lost four games in a row and brought a 4-6 record into the game, led 13-3 early in the fourth quarter after sophomore Quarterback Dean May threw his second short touchdown pass, a three-yarder to Mark Wilson. But the Golden Eagles came back with a 55-yard TD drive midway through the final period to make the score 13-10. Then, with 45 seconds to play, they had the ball on Louisville's 26-yard line. "We thought about trying a field goal," said Southern Mississippi Coach Bobby Collins. "But we decided that where we were, and with the season we had going, it was important for us to win." On fourth-and-12, Golden Eagle Quarterback Reggie Collier, stifled all day by the Cardinal defense, threw an incompletion in the end zone, and Weber had "the biggest win I've ever been associated with." Southern Mississippi's consolation was receiving an invitation to play Missouri in the Tangerine Bowl.

Led by the McSwain brothers, Clemson completed its first perfect season since 1948 by defeating intrastate rival South Carolina 29-13. With the Tigers behind 7-0 in the first quarter, Cornerback Rodney McSwain blocked a Gamecock punt, which Linebacker Johnny Rembert recovered in the end zone for a Clemson TD. Tiger supporters immediately revealed their bowl preference by showering South Carolina's field with oranges. Kicker Bob Paulling then missed his first extra point in 37 tries to leave Clemson trailing 7-6. Only when Rodney's older brother, Chuck, ran for second-half touchdowns of one and 23 yards did the Tigers pull away. Chuck finished with 151 yards on 25 carries, and Clemson got a bid to play Nebraska in, yes, the Orange Bowl.

North Carolina's Kelvin Bryant convinced Duke—and sent a warning to Arkansas, the Tar Heels' opponent in the Gator Bowl—that he is recovered from an early-season knee injury. The junior tailback, who missed four games, boosted his rushing total for the season to 1,015 yards with a career-high 247-yard performance on 36 carries as North Carolina whipped the Blue Devils 31-10. The Tar Heels, whose defense had five sacks and held Duke to less than two yards per carry, have had a 1,000-yard runner each of the last nine years.

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