While McGwire was connecting on 27 of 42 passes for 415 yards and five touchdowns, his Cowboy counterpart, junior Tom Corontzos, was completing 20 of 32 for 421 yards and three TDs. And neither McGwire nor Corontzos threw an interception. Showing that he's a bit more nimble than the 6'8" McGwire, Corontzos rushed for 18 yards on five carries, including a one-yard score on a bootleg.
The fireworks display dazzled Wyoming coach Paul Roach, who's 13-0 in conference games at home and 32-11 overall in 3½ years with the Cowboys. "I'm almost speechless," said Roach. "I never thought we would win a game like this. I'm flabbergasted."
CHOKING ON A WISHBONE
Fresno State came to Northern Illinois's campus in DeKalb, about 65 miles from Chicago, hoping to showcase a defense that had given up only 40 points in five games, and to show the Midwest that it deserved its No. 24 ranking in the AP poll. Well, the score was 73-18, just about what Fresno fans had expected, but, uh, Northern Illinois won. Yes, that's the same Northern Illinois that had lost 24-7 the previous week to Northwestern. Now we can only wonder how long it will take before another team from the Big West Conference shows up in the rankings.
This isn't to take anything away from Northern Illinois's Stacey Robinson, who carried 22 times for 308 yards, an NCAA record for a quarterback, and scored five touchdowns while running the wishbone option so effectively that Fresno coach Jim Sweeney was moved to say, "I thought I was at Norman, Oklahoma." O.K., Coach, besides the fact that Oklahoma doesn't run the wishbone exclusively anymore, how could you do such a poor job of getting your defenders ready for Robinson's quick feet and darting moves? "We terribly underestimated the speed of their attack on the perimeter," said Sweeney.
Robinson, a senior who last season set NCAA quarterback records for yards rushing (1,443) and average yards per game (131.2), repeatedly turned the corners and found daylight. His TD runs covered 39,9,41, 67, and 11 yards, all in the first half. He probably could have broken the NCAA single-game rushing record of 377 yards, set last year by Indiana tailback Anthony Thompson, but he didn't play at all in the last quarter.
"I knew they were going to come at me and make me pitch the ball," Robinson said. "When I saw they didn't, I was shocked. I was reading the seams very well and anticipating the blocks. Everything clicked."
Just as everything clunked for Fresno, which had won 23 of its last 24 games. In light of the debacle in DeKalb, it's obvious that Fres-no is Fres-not and that the Big West is still pretty small, at least until the basketballs start bouncing at UNLV.
Tired of seeing the same old teams in the polls and on TV? Take heart, dear reader, because in TCU, Mississippi and Georgia Tech we have three teams that, after years of wallowing in also-ranville, are suddenly deserving of attention. After its 54-26 bashing of Arkansas in Little Rock, TCU was 4-1 overall, 2-0 in the SWC and off to its best conference start in 32 years. These Horned Frogs don't have a Slingin' Sam Baugh (TCU '36), but they do have sophomore Leon Clay, who directed an offense that put points on the board on seven of TCU's first eight possessions against the Razorbacks. How good are the Frogs? "I hope TCU is an outstanding team," said Arkansas coach Jack Crowe. "If they are not, it's a bad situation for us."