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Once the bad ball was discarded, Klingler completed 30 of 51 passes for 426 yards and five TDs to lead Houston to a 37-9 win. Afterward he pronounced the outing "a little disappointing." Says Jenkins, "He finishes with the best opening-game stats in the history of the school, and the first thing he says to me is, 'Boy, Coach, I'm going to hate to look at that film tomorrow.' We're talking about a real perfectionist here."
Although Klingler is thriving this season, he will tell you that Ware has been missed. "I had mixed emotions about Andre leaving, because we were good friends," says Klingler. "But I give him the credit for creating the spotlight that I'm stepping into. Now it's my turn to pull the trigger."
Oklahoma State coach Pat Jones sure goofed just before halftime of his team's 31-17 loss to Oklahoma. The Sooners were trailing 14-7 and seemed content to let time run out, but Jones called a timeout thinking that, with 11 seconds to go and Oklahoma facing fourth down, the Cowboys might get a chance to block a punt and score. Instead, time was called with only :03 left, so the Sooners ran another play. Quarterback Cale Gundy threw a 52-yard Hail Mary pass to Adrian Cooper for a touchdown. Said Jones after the game, "I honestly don't think the play was the difference in the ball game. I honestly don't. I mean, I just don't." Right, Coach....
A Hoosier Dome record crowd of 61,929 watched Grambling State defeat Alabama A&M 27-20 in the Circle City Classic in Indianapolis....
When asked if he was enjoying the $190,000 a year that he gets from Clemson for not coaching through the 1992 season, former Tiger coach Danny Ford said, "I ain't never not liked myself." Hearing that, you can understand why Ford and Clemson president Max Lennon just didn't speak the same language....
After an 0-3 start under coach George Allen (SI, Sept. 24), Long Beach State has won three games in a row for the first time since 1985. The most recent triumph was a 31-27 victory over winless New Mexico State....
Surely Maine could have stayed a lot closer to home for a 44-3 loss, which is how badly the Bears got beat in Hawaii. The 10,340-mile round trip is probably the longest ever made by a Division I-AA team. Maine athletic director Kevin White says that he expects the school to make money on the game because of a $75,000 guarantee from Hawaii.