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William F. Reed
October 29, 1990
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October 29, 1990

College Report

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The understatement of the week came from beleaguered Alabama coach Gene Stallings. He said his team's amazing 9-6 win over Tennessee in Knoxville "ranked right up there" with his biggest victories. Come on, Coach. There's not even a close second. After the Tide got off to an 0-3 start, even the most loyal 'Bama fans were questioning his ability. The Tide finally got off the schneid with wins against Vanderbilt and Southwest Louisiana but showed nothing to indicate it had a chance against a Tennessee team with a 12-game unbeaten streak and dreams of a national championship.

Instead of the expected rout, however, the Vols fell to 4-1-2 and practically handed the SEC title to Auburn, which beat Florida State 20-17. Missing in action was the Vols offense, which had been averaging 42 points a game. Tennessee gained only 124 yards on the ground, about half its average, and a skimpy 51 in the air. Even Tennessee coach Johnny Majors was at a loss to explain why. "It was a strange and unusual ball game," he said.


Mississippi State backup quarterback William (Sleepy) Robinson was in his team's 38-17 win over Tulane for only five plays last Saturday, but he passed for two TDs and ran for another....

As Baylor coach Grant Teaff was leaving the field after his team's 20-20 tie with Texas A&M, he was accosted by a fan who apparently was irate because Teaff had settled for a tying field goal instead of going for a touchdown in the final minutes. The fan, wearing a Baylor cap, grabbed Teaff, and the two scuffled before three Baylor players and some onlookers intervened....

Last Saturday was the only day Colorado linebacker Scott DeGoler could take the Graduate Management Admissions Test but the Buffaloes had a road game at Kansas. DeGoler arranged to take the test at Kansas Saturday morning. After he completed the exam, DeGoler went to the stadium, suited up and played on special teams in the second half....

Akron backfield coach Mike Woodford won $15 million in the Ohio State Lottery in January 1989, but has continued to work even though he doesn't need the money. "I can't say enough about his work," said Akron coach Gerry Faust. "He even told me last year not to worry about his raise. He said to give it to the other coaches who need it."

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