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Afterward, Marmie, who has been criticized for being too unemotional, grabbed the game ball and ran around on the Coliseum track, pointing to the Arizona State fans in celebration of his first win over a Los Angeles team since he was hired in 1987. It also was Arizona State's first win in a Pac-10 opener since '85.
Taking the old bulletin-board ploy to new heights, Kentucky coaches clipped a column about Indiana tailback Vaughn Dunbar from the Bloomington Herald-Times, had it blown up about 300% and stationed it prominently in the Wildcat training room. The Kentucky defenders got the message. Although they let the Hoosiers come from behind for a 13-10 victory in Bloomington, they made Dunbar work hard for his 147 yards. His 39 carries were the most ever by a Wildcat opponent.
"They did a great job of keying on me and throwing those stunts up front," said Dunbar. "There were delays, blitzes, twists—things we haven't faced before."
Dunbar, a 6-foot, 207-pound senior from Fort Wayne, Ind., had better grow accustomed to being a marked man. National Football Scouting, a service used by 14 NFL teams, ranks him as the No. 1 pro prospect in the country. But then, attaining that status wasn't easy, either.
When Dunbar was recruited to play at Indiana in 1987, he hoped to share time at tailback with Anthony Thompson, then a sophomore on his way to setting an NCAA record of 65 career touchdowns. However, Dunbar failed to make the grade academically and was packed off to a junior college, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. "it was like some kind of isolation camp," Dunbar says. "Nothing but cows, trucks and ten-gallon hats." Dunbar made it to Bloomington in 1989, but with Thompson then a senior, coach Bill Mallory decided to redshirt Dunbar. Last season, as a junior, Dunbar more than adequately replaced the departed Thompson by gaining 1,224 yards.
Last Saturday. Dunbar was at his durable, elusive best when it counted the most. With the Wildcats leading 10-7 in the fourth quarter, the Hoosiers went on an 11-play, 77-yard drive in which Dunbar carried seven times. His longest run of the afternoon, a 19-yarder, put the ball on the Wildcat one, from where he vaulted over for the winning TD with 1:52 remaining.
Florida got trounced by Syracuse 38-21 in the Carrier Dome last Saturday, but what really hurt was that the blowout was ignited by a couple of former Florida high school players who had migrated to Syracuse. The Orangemen's Terry Richardson, a sophomore from Fort Lauderdale, took the opening kickoff and handed it off on a reverse to Kirby DarDar, a redshirt freshman from Tampa. DarDar took it the last 85 yards of a 95-yard TD, and the Gators never recovered....
Bill Mc-Arthur, coach of Western Oregon State, an NAIA school, made quite a comeback in his Wolves' opening game, a 35-7 loss to Western Washington. McArthur retired in 1982, after 35 years at Western Oregon. He agreed to come back last winter at the behest of school president Richard Meyers. At 73, McArthur is the nation's oldest coach.