No. 6 BYU went to El Paso averaging 507 yards and 32 points a game in offense; 0-6 UTEP was surrendering an average of 507 yards and 42 points on defense. But, oh my. UTEP heroes swarmed over the Sun Bowl like coyotes on a carcass on a Texas night. Clarence Seay hauled in a 52-yard TD heave from Sammy Garza. Hugo Castellanos booted three field goals, including a career-high 50-yarder. Hugo's brother, Henry, had three punts of more than 50 yards. Freshman John Harvey rushed for 102 yards after missing a month because of a knee injury. Danny Taylor picked off a pair of passes, returning one 100 yards. Coach Bill Yung, who had won just two games in each of the last three years at UTEP, designed a 2-9 defense that held Robbie Bosco to 151 yards in the air and intercepted him four times. "I thought we could win, really," said Miner center Floyd Fain after UTEP's 23-16 stunner. "When we went out, I could see the BYU players had this faraway look in their eyes. A few of them were lying down, talking about the World Series."
After Rice whipped TCU on Oct. 12 to end a 26-game SWC losing streak, Owl fans ripped down the south goalpost at Rice Stadium. After the Owls won at Texas Tech a week later to raise their record to 3-3, 200 fans returned to Rice hoping to bring down the north goalpost. But campus police, anticipating the crush, had locked the stadium gates. Not to be outsmarted, the Hooter Hystericals repaired to the intramural fields, where they felled both goalposts and soccer goals. This week all goals on campus were safe. Texas A & M beat the Owls 43-28 to snap their first winning streak in three years.
Air Force handed upstart Utah its first WAC loss by a score of 37-15. For the first time in Academy history, three Falcons rushed for more than 100 yards. The Utes had an unpleasant half-time coming and going. A.J. Scott of the Falcons picked off a pass on the Air Force two just before intermission; Scott Thomas returned the kickoff 102 yards to start the second half. Thomas became the fourth Division I player to score TDs on returns of punts, interceptions and kickoffs in the same season.
When Brian Decicio, who had earlier broken a Division I-AA record by converting 13 straight field goals, missed an extra-point try with 5:15 remaining, Idaho must have known it was doomed. Sure enough, with third-and-15 and 29 seconds to play, Idaho State's Vern Harris heaved a 76-yard scoring strike to Butch Caston, which helped topple the Vandals, the No. 4 team in Division I-AA, 38-37.
Resentment had been building in the Pac-10 against Arizona because it had just seven conference teams—and no Washington or USC—on its schedule. But Stanford transformed that resentment to glee with a 28-17 upset. John Paye, who had separated his right shoulder a week earlier, rallied the Cardinal from a 17-7 halftime deficit with a scoring pass and a TD run.
After winning its first six games by a not-so-grand total of 24 points, Penn State routed West Virginia 27-0. Lion tailback D.J. Dozier romped for 125 yards on 17 carries after having a heart-to-heart with coach Joe Paterno. "He ran like a colt again," said Paterno of the oft-injured Dozier, who has been criticized for not giving his all in practice. Penn State's John Shaffer completed just four passes, but two went for TDs to Ray Roundtree on audibles. "We caught West Virginia with everybody up tight," said Shaffer, who hasn't lost any of the 50 games he has started since the seventh grade. With the shutout, Penn State joined Notre Dame, Michigan, Alabama and Texas as Division I-A schools that have won 600 games. "It seems like I've been around for all 600," said Paterno. In fact, as a Rip Engle aide for 16 seasons and head coach for the last 20, Paterno has been around for 287 Lion wins.
Gerhard Schwedes, a jewelry salesman, knows that good things can come in small packages. In this case the package was familiar: 5'11", 168-pound Scott Schwedes, who did his father proud in Syracuse's 29-15 win over Temple. The elder Schwedes, captain of Syracuse's undefeated 1959 national championship team, watched Scott dazzle the Carrier Dome crowd by catching a pass for one TD, throwing one for another and returning a punt 54 yards for a third score. "It felt like high school," said Scott, a junior wideout who is no diamond in the rough. He has caught passes in 24 straight games and is third on the Orange's career reception list with 74.
Rich Comizio rushed for 202 yards as Penn ran its unbeaten streak in the Ivy League to 12 with a 23-7 victory over Yale. With Harvard ahead of Princeton 6-3 with 4:42 remaining, Crimson punter Rob Steinberg ran down an errant center snap on his own two-yard line and then kicked the ball out of the back of the end zone, thus avoiding a possible Tiger touchdown and accepting a safety to preserve the lead. "Six-three, I'll take it," said Harvard coach Joe Restic. "Six-five, I'm happy." But on the ensuing free kick—Restic had Steinberg place-kick rather than punt—Princeton's Tom Urquhart raced 75 yards for the winning score in an 11-6 upset. "Now," said Restic, "I'm not happy."
Colorado, which was 5-1, had high hopes of snapping a 17-year losing streak to Nebraska, but injuries did in the Buffaloes. Backup quarterback Rick Wheeler, subbing for the injured Mark Hatcher, lasted only 10 plays before tearing ligaments in his knee. Enter Craig Keenan, who had suffered an appendix attack five days before the game. With Keenan at the controls, the Colorado offense gained just 144 yards, and his fumble at the Nebraska 33 with 12:44 left denied the Buffs a chance at a tying TD. Final score: 17-7 Huskers. "I believe this is a step forward even though we didn't win," said Colorado coach Bill McCartney, who had reinjured his back the day before the game when he bent to pick up his hair drier.
No one knew how Miamians would respond. Louisville coach Howard Schnellenberger returned to the Orange Bowl for the first time since splitting town after having guided the Hurricanes to the 1983 national championship. Speaking for the anti-Schnellenbergers, Greg Cote of The Miami Herald wrote, "Schnellenberger's ignominious return is like Nixon returning to Whittier after Watergate." For the pros, there were 150 youngsters from the Partners for Youth program Schnellenberger had been associated with while he was in Miami. The kids greeted him and his visiting squad at a Friday workout. As for the players, "There were no words, no taunts, no nothing," said Miami linebacker George Mira Jr. After Schnellenberger was gently booed by the 31,617 fans at the outset, Vinny Testaverde of the Hurricanes completed 13 of 21 passes for 295 yards in 2½ quarters as Miami rolled 45-7.
Coach John O'Hara, frustrated by Southwest Texas State's 1-5 start, fired a pistol at his three captains during a midweek practice. Fortunately, he used blanks. The Bobcats, who then wandered around campus whistling the theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, weren't sufficiently inspired to stay an execution by Nicholls State, which won 20-12. Mississippi Valley State coach Archie (The Gunslinger) Cooley used a more conventional weapon in bumping off Texas Southern 59-40. His quarterback, Willie (Satellite) Totten, heaved eight touchdown passes. No, it's not a record, not even for Totten. He had nine against Kentucky State last year.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE: Joe Dudek of Plymouth (N.H.) State scored five touchdowns in a 35-15 win over Bridgewater to surpass Walter Payton's career record of 66. He also gained 274 yards to top the 5,000 mark.
DEFENSE: Tom Collins, a senior safety, intercepted two passes in Indiana Central's 35-10 win over Georgetown (Ky.) to set the career record with 36. He ran the second one back 60 yards for a score.