For North Carolina there was no satisfaction at all in its 62-8 thumping of Army. First, Quarterback Rod Elkins became the third Tar Heel backfield starter this season to fall to an injury, when he twisted his left knee evading a tackier near the sideline after scrambling around right end for 23 yards in the second quarter. "Nobody hit him," moaned Coach Dick Crum. "He could have been walking down the sideline." He'll be out for three to four weeks. Then the Heels, despite Crum's best efforts to keep the score down, kept adding to their 41-0 halftime lead. Erstwhile reserves Ethan Horton and Tyrone Anthony, semiregulars since an ankle injury felled Tailback Kelvin Bryant, each scored twice.
Florida ran for 258 yards in a 27-17 defeat of Mississippi State, rolling up 202 of those yards—and all of its points—in the second half. Lorenzo Hampton's three scoring runs were part of a 109-yard afternoon, the first 100-plus game turned in by a Gator back since 1980. Bulldog Quarterback John Bond twice hit Split End Danny Knight with TD passes, on plays covering 44 and 80 yards.
"I thought, 'I've already given them the game. This is my chance to get it back,' " said Miami Halfback Mark Rush, who had fumbled twice to set up Michigan State scores. So he dove one yard into the end zone with 1:04 left to seal the Hurricanes' 25-22 victory. Rush had strained his knee on the last play of the first half and had appeared in only one second-half play until Miami's final series. But after the Spartans had prevented Miami from scoring on seven straight plays on two separate possessions inside the Michigan State 10, there was Rush on the sidelines, nudging Offensive Coordinator Kim Helton and saying, "I can go right now." Rush, who's known as Up and Over among his teammates for his knack of swan diving into the end zone, used the technique he developed diving over the ocean waves off his hometown of Fort Lauderdale.
Herschel Walker (page 94) wore a soft cast on his right thumb and forearm in Georgia's 34-18 defeat of South Carolina, but busted loose in the second half for 110 yards and a TD; Florida State's Kelly Lowrey completed 22 of 35 passes for 322 yards and two scores and ran nine yards on a fake field goal attempt for the winning touchdown in the Seminoles' 24-17 defeat of Southern Mississippi; and Auburn beat Tennessee 24-14 as Bo Jackson and Lionel James accounted for 239 of the Tigers' 357 rushing yards.
"Maybe he's the next Joe Namath," said Virginia Coach George Welsh of Duke Quarterback Ben Bennett, who threw for 208 yards and two touchdowns in the first half of the Blue Devils' 51-17 rout of the Wahoos. "Or maybe it was us." Bennett finished with 21 of 30 for 291 yards and three TDs. He hasn't been intercepted in 107 attempts. By contrast, Clemson coughed up the ball on four of its first six possessions against Western Carolina, but used Tailback Chuck McSwain's two third-quarter touchdown runs to turn back the Catamounts 21-10. It was the defending national champion's first win. Maryland had three field goals from Jess Atkinson in its 23-6 defeat of North Carolina State, and Georgia Tech Tailback Robert Lavette ran for three scores in the Yellow Jackets' 24-20 win over Memphis State, which lost its 11th in a row. Appalachian State also played its 11th game without a win, losing 31-22 to Wake Forest; Virginia Tech routed William & Mary 47-3; Louisville shaded Oklahoma State 28-22; and LSU romped by Rice 52-13.
"I really can't see that far," says West Virginia Placekicker Paul Woodside, who booted three field goals in the Mountaineers' 43-10 romp past winless Richmond. "I'll probably get glasses at the end of the season, but I didn't want to make the change in August." When the season is over, Woodside may need bifocals, so as to make out the print in the NCAA record book. He has succeeded on his last 13 field-goal attempts, dating back to the 1981 Peach Bowl, a school record, and needs only three more in a row to tie the three-year-old collegiate mark for consecutive three-pointers set by Ish Ordonez of Arkansas and Dale Castro of Maryland. In the win over the Spiders, West Virginia scored on its first seven possessions and built a 33-3 halftime lead as Quarterback Jeff Hostetler ran for three one-yard touchdowns.
Two second-half scoring passes from Doug Flutie to Flanker Brian Brennan led Boston College to a 31-0 defeat of Navy, which couldn't take advantage of the four fumbles the Eagles lost, or convert any of its own 15 third-down opportunities, or pick up a first down on any of three fourth-down plays from scrimmage inside BC territory during the second half. "Those third-and fourth-down situations are tough ones to make calls in," said an agitated Gary Tranquill, Navy's coach. "But they gave us exactly what we were looking for in their defense and we didn't execute." Flutie added a 40-yard scramble to his 279 yards passing on 19 completions in 36 attempts.
Rutgers broke a seven-game losing streak by defeating Temple 10-7; Harvard Quarterback Don Allard threw for a school-record 358 yards in a 31-14 win over Massachusetts; and Maine lost its second straight game under the NCAA-approved tiebreaker rule, 48-45 in four overtimes to Boston University, which got five touchdown carries from Tailback Paul Lewis. "It's a wonderful rule for college football," said Terrier Coach Rick Taylor. "It's a lousy rule for coaches." And especially for Maine. The Black Bears have scored 100 points in their last two games, but lost both in a total of 10 overtimes. In shorter order Connecticut beat Yale 17-7; Delaware downed Princeton 35-17; Colgate defeated Cornell 21-6; Holy Cross wore down Dartmouth 28-12; Penn edged Lehigh 20-17; Brown beat Rhode Island 24-20; and Lafayette routed Columbia 53-23.
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