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The anticipated duel between Brohm and West Virginia quarterback Jake (the Snake) Kelchner didn't come to pass, mainly because Nehlen decided to emphasize the running game against Louisville. He even replaced Kelchner for two series in the second quarter with Darren Studstill, an option quarterback. Kelchner, who was leading the nation in passing efficiency before the game, ended up completing 13 of 20 throws for 112 yards and no TDs.
How good are the Mountaineers? Some of their fans are comparing them favorably with the 1988 team that was 11-0 before losing a national championship game to Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. Nehlen isn't ready to go that far; his team still has to face Miami on Nov. 20. "The '88 team had more experience," says Nehlen. "But this team is reckless and can fly around, so hopefully we can keep it going."
If anyone knows reckless, it's Nehlen.
A FRESH START
J.B. Morris reports from Brookville, N.Y.
Perry Klein was a 6'3" hotshot quarterback prospect when he signed with Cal in 1989. However, after redshirting his freshman year, he found himself backing up Mike Pawlawski in 1990 and '91 and sophomore Dave Barr last year. Klein thought that he wasn't getting a fair chance to earn the starting job under Keith Gilbertson, who had become Cal's coach before last season, so in October 1992, he reluctantly decided to transfer to a program that would showcase his talents. "It wasn't a good situation for me," says Klein. "I like everyone there. I even like Coach Gilbertson. I just wish they could've seen what I can do."
Klein contacted Gary Wichard, a friend of the family. Wichard had been an All-America quarterback in 1971 at C.W. Post, a Division II school on Long Island. Wichard called Tom Marshall, who was his offensive coordinator at C.W. Post and is now head coach there, and said, "Wait until you see this quarterback."
Marshall didn't wait. "I said we'd take Perry without even looking at him," says Marshall. He figured that anyone who was recommended by Wichard, who now happens to be a sports agent, would be a valuable addition to his team.
Marshall was right. In leading the Pioneers to a 4-1 record, Klein has completed 133 of 219 passes for 1.963 yards and 19 touchdowns, including a 35-of-47, six-touchdown, 520-yard passing performance in a 55-15 rout of Gannon last week. "Coaches always say, 'Boy, if I ever got the guy, this is what we'd do,' " Marshall says. "Well, I got the guy, and now we can do anything."
Although Klein admits that he went to C.W. Post to improve his chances of playing in the pros, he's not particularly comfortable with the position NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has put him in: Going into the season Kiper ranked Klein as the nation's fifth-best pro quarterback prospect, ahead of Florida State's Charlie Ward and Stanford's Steve Stenstrom. "That's just embarrassing," says Klein. "I've hardly played at all."