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At halftime, trailing Nebraska by only a touchdown, Auburn honored two of its graduates, Ken Mattingly and Henry Hartsfield of Columbia fame. The Tigers then incinerated upon reentry. The Cornhuskers scored 27 points in the second half on their way to a 41-7 rout.
In the October issue of Guideposts, a national interfaith magazine, Georgia's Herschel Walker revealed that he had considered quitting football early last season and again this year in preseason practice. Walker wrote that he had drawn strength from a picture of Jesus in his dorm room. "I realized I'd found the example I needed to follow," he said. Walker's 215 yards rushing led the Bulldogs in their 29-22 defeat of Mississippi State, but the win wasn't assured until Middle Guard Kevin Jackson recovered Bulldog Quarterback John Bond's fumble at the Georgia 18 late in the fourth quarter.
Clemson President Bill Atchley ordered Coach Danny Ford to withhold Quarterback Homer Jordan from the Tigers' game with Kentucky because of the school's investigation of Jordan's purchase of a 1982 car. In rolled backup Mike Eppley, the starting point guard on the Tiger basketball team, to trigger a 24-6 win over the Wildcats. Eppley completed nine of 13 passes for 95 yards, and Tailback Cliff Austin ran for 116 and three TDs.
Navy's Marco Pagnanelli broke Roger Staubach's 19-year-old school record for completion percentage in a game—he was 15 of 17 for 171 yards (88%) and two TDs—as the Midshipmen tagged Duke with its first loss, 27-21. Blue Devil Quarterback Ben Bennett, throttled for three quarters by a Navy defense that had eight men off the line of scrimmage, completed 20 of 24 for 262 yards and three TDs in the final quarter alone.
Elsewhere, N.C. State beat Virginia 16-13; Wake Forest edged Virginia Tech 13-10; Tennessee defeated Washington State 10-3; Vanderbilt downed Tulane 24-21; Southern Mississippi thumped Memphis State 34-14; and South Carolina thrashed Cincinnati 37-10.
"He's been bugging me for a year to play tailback," USC Coach John Robinson said early last week. "Now's his chance." Fullback Todd Spencer's wish to play that storied position for the Trojans—Ricky Bell and Marcus Allen were both converted fullbacks—came true when Southern Cal Tailback Fred Crutcher went down with a knee injury. And Spencer made the most of his chance by rushing 29 times for 149 yards on three touchdowns as USC defeated Oregon 38-7.
Washington's 46-25 win over San Diego State didn't sit well with Husky Coach Don James. "I told the team in the locker room that four or five teams on our schedule would beat our brains out if we played against them the way we've been playing." Washington led by only 18-14 at the half, but by then Chuck Nelson had kicked four field goals in a row, from 33, 32, 49 and 23 yards out. That set an NCAA record for consecutive field goals with 19, breaking the three-year-old mark of 16 shared by Ish Ordonez of Arkansas and Maryland's Dale Castro.
Arizona State's defense set up or scored 27 of the Sun Devils' points in a 30-7 defeat of previously unbeaten Kansas State, which gained just 47 yards in 43 rushes. Defensive End Bryan Caldwell recovered a fumble to set up one TD and ran an interception 20 yards to score another.
"You feel a little pang, sure, seeing your record vanish before your eyes," said Jim Plunkett, the L.A. Raider quarterback, after watching his Stanford career passing yardage mark fall at the hands—and arm—of John Elway in the Cardinal's 45-5 romp over Oregon State. Elway's 381 yards in 2½ quarters gave him 7,610 for his career.