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THE WEEK
Herm Weiskopf
November 08, 1982
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November 08, 1982

The Week

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SI TOP 20

1. PITT (7-0)

1*

2. GEORGIA (8-0)

3

3. SMU (8-0)

4

4. ARIZONA STATE (8-0)

5

5. PENN STATE (7-1)

6

6. NEBRASKA (7-1)

7

7. ARKANSAS (7-0)

8

8. WASHINGTON (7-1)

2

9. ALABAMA (7-1)

10

10. UCLA (7-0-1)

12

11. FLORIDA STATE (6-1)

13

12. WEST VIRGINIA (6-2)

14

13. LSU (6-0-1)

17

14. FLORIDA (5-2)

16

15. SOUTHERN CAL (5-2)

11

16. MARYLAND (6-2)

17. OKLAHOMA (6-2)

18

18. N. CAROLINA (5-2)

9

19. CLEMSON (5-1-1)

19

20. MICHIGAN (6-2)

* Last week

SOUTH

If there was anything North Carolina thought it could rely on against the visiting Maryland Terrapins, it was its defense. After all, the Tar Heels were first in Division I-A in both total defense (155.7 yards a game) and in rushing defense (43 yards a game). North Carolina scored 24 points, which should have been plenty, and led 24-17 in the fourth period after Tailback Kelvin Bryant, who rushed for 130 yards, scored on an acrobatic grab of a three-yard pass from Quarterback Rod Elkins. The Terps, however, kept chiseling away at that rocklike Tar Heel defense for a stunning 31-24 triumph.

Led by Running Back Willie Joyner, Maryland rushed for 320 yards and got 166 more on Boomer Esiason's passes. During three consecutive scoring drives in the second half, the Terps needed only nine running plays to cover 253 yards—just five rushing yards short of the total the Tars Heels had yielded in six previous games. Of those 253 yards, 188 were gained by Joyner, who set up the first of those three touchdowns with a 55-yard burst and scored the next two on fourth-quarter runs of 49 and 84 yards. On the last of his big gallops, Joyner broke a tackle just beyond the line and then took off. When it was over, Joyner had gained a team-record 240 yards and Maryland had moved into first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Duke outlasted Georgia Tech 38-21 in another ACC matchup. In non-conference games, Virginia defeated VMI 37-6 and North Carolina State breezed past South Carolina 33-3.

"You always know who's going to run the ball against us because he's the guy who's got tears in his eyes when he comes out of the huddle," said Florida State Middle Guard David Ponder after a 24-7 victory at Miami. The Seminoles' Ponder-ous defense limited Hurricane runners to a mere 91 yards. "My main objective was to shut Speedy Neal's mouth," said Defensive Tackle Alphonso Carreker of Florida State. Neal, a 245-pound Miami fullback who predicted he'd have no trouble plowing through the Seminoles, gained only 23 yards. Nonetheless, the Hurricanes trailed just 10-7 going into the final period. But then Orson Mobley, a 6'6", 260-pound Seminole tight end, caught a pass from Quarterback Kelly Lowery and bowled over three defenders on his way to a 24-yard score. Tailback Greg Allen's second short touchdown run—a two-yarder—finished off Florida State's scoring for the 24-7 win. During the two weeks the Seminoles had to prepare for this game, Coach Bobby Bowden drilled his players on how they could most effectively stop Miami on short-yardage plays by having his No. 1 defense go up against his No. 1 offense. It paid off: Miami was stopped twice on fourth-and-one, first at the Florida State one-yard line and later at midfield.

"The offense was erratic, spasmodic, missing like a car needing a tuneup, maybe even an overhaul. We didn't throw the ball well, didn't catch it very well, didn't block very well. On defense, we weren't very physical." Surely that was the losing coach talking. No, it was Vince Dooley, whose Georgia team had beaten Memphis State 34-3. In truth, the Bulldogs weren't all that impressive. But Herschel Walker was, as usual, no slouch, rushing for 219 yards and a pair of touchdowns as he carried the ball 33 times.

Alabama was another lackluster winner, holding off a frantic final Mississippi State drive to preserve a 20-12 SEC decision. John Bond's 18-for-33 passing accounted for 231 yards for State, but its last-ditch attempt to salvage a tie, a drive that started on its own 13, came up short at the Tide's five when time ran out. Florida, though, did beat the clock. Jim Gainey's fourth field goal of the game, a 42-yarder with one second remaining to be played, gave the Gators a 19-17 victory over visiting Auburn. Wayne Peace kept the Gator attack going by completing 23 of 30 passes for 250 yards.

The only thing Louisiana State lost was the pregame coin toss, which it has yet to win this season. Tiger defenders had eight quarterback sacks, nailed seven other ballcarriers behind the line of scrimmage and held Mississippi to minus 50 yards rushing, a record for an SEC game. The Rebels, who had gained 524 yards against Georgia three weeks earlier, this time were limited to a paltry 82 yards in total offense. LSU's freshman tailbacks, Dalton Hilliard and Garry James, also got the job done as the Tigers romped to a 45-8 victory. Hilliard rambled for 123 yards and a pair of touchdowns, James for 74 yards and three TDs.

SOUTHWEST

"It became a stat game. They were trying to get stats for players." That was the strongly voiced opinion of Texas A&M Coach Jackie Sherrill after the Aggies' 47-9 Southwest Conference defeat at Southern Methodist. The most impressive of the Mustangs' stats belonged to Eric Dickerson, who carried 14 times for 200 yards and scored on runs of nine, 80 and 79 yards. That gave Dickerson season totals of 13 touchdowns and 1,319 yards on 168 carries, an average of 7.85 yards a crack. Sherrill objected that Dickerson and fellow Tailback Craig James weren't yanked from the game until SMU led by 31 points. That, Sherrill felt, was literally adding insult to injury—a severely bruised left hip and a chip fracture of the left ankle that put Aggie Quarterback Gary Kubiak out of commission in the first period.

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