For Kansas Quarterback Frank Seurer, the Jayhawks' game with Southern Cal was an emotion-charged experience. Seurer grew up in Huntington Beach, Calif. and had hoped to play for the Trojans. Though he threw for more than 5,000 yards in high school and made an All-America list or two, USC didn't recruit him, and he went to Kansas. Seurer's father, Frank Sr., moved to Kansas from Huntington Beach in '81 to be nearer his son. Says Jayhawk Coach Mike Gottfried, "From the day I was hired last December, Frank Sr. kept telling me how he couldn't wait to get back to L.A. and see Frank play there." In August, Seurer's father was stabbed to death in the kitchen of the restaurant he owned and operated in Lawrence. In the game, Seurer directed Kansas to a 26-20 upset of USC. "I felt his presence," said Seurer about his father. "I really did. I know it sounds corny, but he was whispering in my ear and telling me about the coverages. I know how bad he wanted it. He was with me. I know he was there."
Said Kansas Flanker Darren Green, who caught seven passes for 197 yards, "We watched the films and decided to throw the ball a lot. Their secondary was spread out so wide that the middle was open, and we kept going after 'em." The winning points came from Bruce Kallmeyer, who broke a 20-20 tie with boots of 24 and 28 yards.
In BYU's 46-28 triumph over Air Force, Steve Young hit 39 of 49 passes for 486 yards and three TDs. In one stretch he threw 18 straight completions, surpassing the NCAA single-game record of 15 shared by four players. (He already holds the two-game record of 22.) Said Air Force Coach Ken Hatfield, "Young is as good as anybody who has ever played the game." At Stanford, The Band was at it again. This time it was on the field in the middle of its rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner when the game with San Jose State was supposed to start. The Cardinal was penalized 10 yards on the opening kickoff and went on to lose to the Spartans for the third year in a row. Final score: 23-10.
"They remind me of no other offensive team I've seen. No one has ever put the weaponry together quite that way. It's more than just talent. It's a great coaching job. It just wears you out." So said UCLA Offensive Coordinator Homer Smith after Nebraska spotted the Bruins 10 points before running off 42 unanswered ones to give Tom Osborne his 100th victory as coach of the Huskers.
Oklahoma Coach Barry Switzer got his 100th college win in the Sooners' 28-18 defeat of Tulsa. Tailback Earl Johnson, replacing the injured Marcus Dupree, ran for 143 yards in three quarters to help put Oklahoma ahead 28-0, but the Sooners let up, allowing three touchdowns in a span of five minutes. Said Switzer, "This second half was the worst 30 minutes of football that has ever been played by a team that I've coached."
Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler put a sign up in the locker room last week that read WISCONSIN 21, MICHIGAN 14/ REMEMBER 1981. With that in mind, the Wolverines gained 361 yards on the ground and buried the Badgers 38-21. Illinois burst Michigan State's bubble 20-10, holding the Spartans to nine first downs and 146 yards. Michigan State lost quarterbacks Dave Yarema (a separated right shoulder) and Rick Kolb (a broken right hand) for the season and all-conference Linebacker Carl Banks, who sprained his left knee, for two weeks. Afterward, several Spartans accused the Illini of dirty play. "If they don't hit you, they trip you; they cheap-shot you," said Wide Receiver Daryl Turner. Added Banks, "There was foul play out there. We had a couple of people spit at in the face. But you can't expect a lot of nice guys out there. It's just like life. It's not a perfect world."
On the opening kickoff of West Virginia's 27-17 victory over Boston College, Running Back Troy Stradford fumbled on his 15-yard line. BC not only lost possession of the ball, setting up a Mountaineer score three plays later, but also lost the services of Stradford for the rest of the game. On the play he strained the ligaments in his left knee. Without Stradford, who had run for 321 yards in BC's three previous games, Boston College gained only 87 on the ground and failed to score on three possessions—a total of 11 downs—inside the West Virginia five-yard line. BC also had a pass intercepted near the goal line and a touchdown nullified by a penalty. "I don't know how to explain those goal-line plays," said Eagle Quarterback Doug Flutie, who threw for 418 yards. "When I look at it [the films], I'll figure out what happened." The Mountaineers took a 14-0 lead when Fullback Ron Wolfley raced 67 yards on a fake punt that West Virginia's coaches had planned after scouting BC. Explained Coach Don Nehlen, "They had seven guys lined up to the left of our center and just two on the right side. It left a hell of a hole." West Virginia Quarterback Jeff Hostetler ran for five first downs and passed for 170 yards.
Penn State finally won a game, beating Temple 23-18, but only after Owl Quarterback Tim Riordan, the No. 7 passer in the country last year, bruised his shoulder on the seventh play. With Temple junior Suzette Charles, the reigning Miss New Jersey and first runner-up in this year's Miss America Pageant, standing behind the Owl bench, Riordan's replacement, freshman Lee Saltz, gave the Lions a scare with two TD passes in the fourth quarter. Afterward, Penn State Coach Joe Paterno said, "I'm not kidding myself. With Riordan in the game, maybe it's different. We've got a long way to go. We're jittery and shaking and kicking the ball around. One game doesn't make a season."
Although Princeton's answer to Miss New Jersey, freshman Brooke Shields, passed up her first home game for a modeling assignment, the Tigers overcame a 28-0 deficit to beat Bucknell 46-28. Princeton Quarterback Doug Butler, a sophomore making his first start, recovered from four early interceptions to throw for 411 yards and five TDs.
In an outstanding defensive performance, Oklahoma State upset Texas A&M 34-15. The Cowboys intercepted Aggie Quarterback John Mazur four times and sacked him seven times while holding A&M runners to 49 yards on 40 attempts.
Texas defeated North Texas State 26-6 in a game marred by 45 penalties, and SMU extended its unbeaten streak to 19 by holding off TCU 21-17 with a goal-line stand in the final 1:26. Rice ended its losing string at 15 with a TD and a two-point conversion with 3:02 remaining that lifted the Owls to a 22-21 defeat of Southwestern Louisiana.
The decisive play in Maryland's 13-7 victory over Pitt came with three minutes left in the first half. With the Panthers punting from their 49-yard line, Terrapin Linebacker Doug Cox broke through the line, made the block, grabbed the ball off the bounce on the Pitt 32 and ran it into the end zone. "I wanted to make sure I didn't drop it," said Cox, a junior walk-on. "I was thinking, 'Please, nobody catch me.' " As for the block, it was "sort of like tunnel vision. It was the only thing I had on my mind."
An 81-yard punt return by Trey Gainous broke Tennessee's back in its 37-14 loss to Auburn. Said Volunteer Coach Johnny Majors, "I may sound like a crazy man, but I feel better about our program now than at any time since I've been here. We've got better players, better attitude and better character."
Another unlikely note of hope came from Notre Dame Coach Gerry Faust, whose team lost 20-0 to Miami and is now 1-2. "Call me an eternal optimist, but we're in good shape," said Faust. "It's a young season. I'm sure we'll have a good year yet." The Hurricanes, meanwhile, haven't allowed a point in 11 quarters—a result, say the Miami defensive players, of intimidating chatter. "We talk a lot out there," said Linebacker Jay Brophy after beating the Irish. "It gets the adrenaline flowing and gets the whole team in the spirit of the game. We just told 'em, 'You ain't doin' nothin' tonight. You ain't going nowhere.' "
Added Cornerback Reggie Sutton, who blocked two field-goal attempts, "We started calling them names. We figured if we could make 'em talk back to us they wouldn't have their minds on what they were doing."
On Vanderbilt's first play from scrimmage against Alabama, Kurt Page threw 59 yards for a touchdown. 'Bama fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and the Commodores got another TD. A field goal made the score 17-0, at which juncture the Vanderbilt highlight film ended and the Tide's began. Halfback Linnie Patrick went 118 yards on 24 carries, and 'Bama romped 44-24.
Against South Carolina, Georgia's senior quarterback, John Lastinger, was booed by the home fans when he took over after sophomore Todd Williams left the game in the third quarter with a charley horse. Lastinger completed 10 of 14 passes and rallied the Dawgs from a 10-10 third-quarter tie to a 34-13 victory. "To be honest," Lastinger said of the boos, "I didn't hear them. I've heard them before, though. I'm not going to let those fans spoil my senior year."
Mississippi, which was 0-3, upset previously unbeaten Arkansas 13-10, while North Carolina defeated William and Mary, 51-20. In that game, Scott Stankavage of the Tar Heels connected on 17 of 21 passes to increase his season completion average to 73.6%. "His receivers have been catching the ball real well," said North Carolina Coach Dick Crum.
Paterno knew he was lucky to get No. 1.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE: Kansas Quarterback Frank Seurer, a 6'2", 195-pound senior, led the Jayhawks to a 26-20 victory over Southern Cal by completing 26 of his 38 passes for 385 yards and one touchdown.
DEFENSE: Doug Cox, a 6-foot, 205-pound junior linebacker, scored the decisive points in Maryland's 13-7 win over Pitt by blocking a punt, recovering the ball and returning it 32 yards for a TD.