Who Needs the Rose Bowl?
The crowd of 74,500 that showed up at Berkeley's Memorial Stadium last Saturday for the battle of Pac-10 unbeatens, California and Washington, was larger by some 25,000 fans than Cal averaged in the 1980s, when the Golden Bears had only one winning season. And the announced attendance didn't include the hundreds of freeloaders watching from Tightwad I Hill, the slope that overlooks the stadium. The fans didn't come just to take in a little sun, either. The enormous noise made by the faithful caught the Huskies by surprise and played an important role in a close game that Washington won 24-17.
"They had us on edge a lot," said the Huskies' junior tailback, Beno Bryant. "The crowd was screaming so loud we couldn't hear our checks. We had backs going the wrong way. It was all we could do to keep our poise and pull it out."
That Washington did pull it out was due in no small measure to Bryant, who was so sick with a virus earlier in the week that he passed out during Thursday's practice. Then, just before the game, his nose began bleeding after he blew it too vigorously. But he was A-O.K. when the Huskies needed him most, right after Cal had pulled into a 17-17 tie with one second left in the third quarter. On Washington's next possession, Bryant used a block by fullback Matt Jones to shake loose up the right sideline for the 65-yard TD run that won the game. Husky coach Don James called it "the most important touchdown of the season."
Even so, Washington couldn't relax until the very end. Cal's fine senior quarterback, Mike Pawlawski, drove the Bears to the Husky 22 and then, on the game's final play, watched as his pass to Brian Treggs was batted away by Walter Bailey at the goal line. "Guys," James said to his players after the game, "I'm getting too old for this."
James's defense intimidates opponents with a fearsome rush that often has as many as eight players on the line. The Huskies sacked Pawlawski five times and forced him to throw two interceptions, while holding Cal's star running back, Russell White, to 55 yards on 15 carries. However, the Bears also took advantage of Washington's aggressiveness on a couple of big plays. The first came in the first quarter when Pawlawski, spotting a safety blitz, connected with wide receiver Sean Dawkins for a 59-yard TD. Then, on the final play of the third quarter, the Huskies blitzed both safeties and got burned as tailback Lindsey Chapman turned a quick hitter up the middle into a 68-yard touchdown gallop.
Although the win improved the Huskies' record to 6-0 and virtually assured them of a second straight appearance in the Rose Bowl, James reacted in typical fashion for a coach, saying, "We made enough mistakes to lose, no question. We've gotta go back to work." Huskies quarterback Billy Joe Hobert was a little less circumspect, however. "If it were up to me," Hobert said, "I'd dog the Rose Bowl, go find Florida State or Miami and play for Number One. I wouldn't care if they'd put us on probation for 100 years."
Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow
The Whoo Pig Sooie Farewell Victory Tour continued to make its merry way through the Southwest Conference last Saturday, when Arkansas upset Texas 14-13 in Little Rock to push its league record to 4-0 and move a step closer to a Cotton Bowl berth. The game was also the last meeting of the two schools—for now anyway—in the 73-game series, which began in 1894. Next fall the Razor-backs will move to the SEC, which will begin playing an eight-game league schedule. As Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles figures it, that doesn't leave any room for Texas. "Our plate is full," Broyles said. "If we played seven conference games, we probably would have played Texas or Texas A&M."
But Longhorn athletic director DeLoss Dodds claims that his school's future menus will be just line, thank you, without all that pork. "I have never heard [ Texas fans] say they wanted to play Arkansas," says Dodds. "There may be millions of them out there, but I have never heard them. I am not real sentimental about it."