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By stopping Northwestern Louisiana 44-13, McNeese (La.) State stayed unbeaten. Half a game still separated Ohio Valley leader Murray State and runner-up Eastern Kentucky. State downed Austin Peay 24-10 and Eastern shellacked Tennessee Tech 35-0.
Point-a-minute games are rare, but Furman and Davidson averaged almost two points a minute in their scoring binge. Davidson winged its way to a 21-0 first-period advantage, but the Paladins stormed back for a 63-55 win in the highest-scoring game since the NCAA started keeping records in 1937. Rallying Furman was Tim Sorrells, who came off the bench to run for two touchdowns and pass for three more.
Paul McDonald, Southern Cal's lefthanded passer, has proved he's no hamburger. Right from the start against Arizona, it was McDonald's passes—Golden Arches—that propelled the Trojans to a 34-7 victory. On the first play from scrimmage, McDonald checked off, opting for a pass instead of the called-for power sweep and bingo! McDonald flicked a 12-yarder to Danny Garcia and USC was on its way.
With alltime leading rusher Joe Steele having undergone knee surgery, Washington called on Vince Coby to score on three short smashes at California. But Rich Campbell had the Golden Bears in front 24-21 by the fourth quarter, hitting on 21 of 35 throws for 322 yards and two touchdowns, one of them to Matt Bouza, who caught 11 for 175 yards. In the end, though, Mark Lee made the Huskies 28-24 winners when he ran back a punt 64 yards with 6:06 left.
Stanford knocked Arizona State out of Pac-10 contention 28-21 as Turk Schonert was on target with 13 of 18 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns. Schonert pegged a 20-yard scoring toss to Andre Tyler in the third period to knot the score at 21-all. In the fourth quarter, just when Schonert appeared to be sacked in the end zone, he slithered loose and uncorked a 43-yard pass to Ken Margerum. Five plays later, Schonert threw a decisive nine-yard strike to Mike Dotterer.
Scott Richardson of Oregon State passed for four touchdowns and ran for a fifth against Washington State. It wasn't enough. The Cougars, with Ray Williams and Tali Ena each scoring twice—Ena once on an 80-yard dash—won 45-42. All the scoring in this wild affair came in the first three periods and was concluded when Mike DeSanto of Washington State booted a 19-yard field goal.
Going into the fourth period at Colorado State, unbeaten Brigham Young led by only 16-7 and Marc Wilson had passed for 177 yards, for him a mediocre effort that endangered his chances for an NCAA-record fifth straight 300-yard performance. In the fourth quarter, though, Wilson racked up another 181 yards. For the day, he hit on 24 of 40 for 358 yards and four TDs as the Cougars took this WAC encounter 30-7.
Somewhere, over, around and through the Rainbows—that's not how the song goes, but that's how Temple went to win 34-31 at Hawaii. The Rainbows fell short despite sophomore Gary Allen's theatrics. Allen's feats: 141 yards rushing, including scoring runs of 77 and 55 yards; 91 yards on seven pass receptions, one good for 33 yards and six points; and one pass completion for 17 yards. But Mark Bright of the Owls ran around and through Hawaii for 153 yards and three scores. Ron Fioravanti snapped a 31-31 tie with a 31-yard field goal.