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At Minneapolis, the Gophers, who haven't been to the Rose Bowl since 1962, stunned previously unbeaten Indiana 12-0 by shutting down the high-scoring attack that had the Hoosiers off to a 4-0-1 start. Indiana quarterback Trent Green completed only seven of 24 passes for 103 yards and the team's leading rusher, Vaughn Dunbar, had only 11 yards on seven carries.
Another shocker came in Ann Arbor, where Iowa quarterback Matt Rodgers, son of former Boston Celtics coach Jimmy Rodgers, directed an 85-yard drive in the closing minutes of the Hawkeyes' 24-23 win over Michigan, giving the Wolverines back-to-back conference losses for the first time since 1979. "This just does not happen at Michigan," said offensive tackle Dean Dingman, obviously stunned by what has transpired in Gary Moeller's first season as successor to Bo Schembechler.
After the Wolverines took a 20-10 lead, Moeller went to a more conservative attack, which sputtered and opened the way for Iowa to get back in the game. Naturally, the Hawkeyes' victory meant that they got to whoop it up by doing The Hokey Pokey. Said senior linebacker Melvin Foster, "The song symbolizes that we're making doubters into believers."
O.K., Melvin, whatever you say. But couldn't you guys at least come up with a rap version?
A LONG TIME COMING
It might seem reasonable for California to have a defeatist's attitude when it faces UCLA, considering that the Bruins had beaten the Bears 18 straight times going into last Saturday's game. ( UCLA's victory in 1977 was forfeited because of an ineligible player.) But someone on the Cal football staff was brimming with confidence because right after the Bears' 38-31 win, Cal coach Bruce Snyder was spotted with a T-shirt that read: THE STREAK ENDS HERE, OCT. 20, 1990.
The Bears, now 5-2 and off to their best start since 1978, won the old-fashioned way, grinding out 311 yards on the ground. Tailbacks Anthony Wallace and Russell White each gained more than 100 yards and scored a touchdown. Many of the yards came behind the blocking of Troy Auzenne, a 6'7", 275-pound junior tackle. Said Auzenne, "I kind of wish there were a fifth quarter so we could run it down their throats a little more."
The game really wasn't as close as the score might indicate. Cal led 38-17 in the fourth quarter. To its credit, UCLA, which now faces its second consecutive losing season, put together two scoring drives to close the gap to 38-31 with 6:54 remaining, and the Bruins even had a chance to tie when UCLA outside linebacker Roman Phifer recovered a Wallace fumble. Four plays later, however, Cal safety Michael Davis recovered a fumble by UCLA quarterback Tommy Maddox to put the Bears back in control.
The victory gave the Bears a 3-1 record in the Pac-10, and, coupled with Arizona's 35-26 upset of Southern Cal, left them in sole possession of second place in the league, a game behind Washington. "There's a belief around here that this team is going to find some way to win," said Snyder.
THE TIDE FINALLY RISES