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October 15, 1995

WHEN YOU WIN BIG YOU CAN BE A PERFECTIONIST

Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier found something to criticize about his team's performance even though the Cornhuskers embarrassed Missouri, 57-0.

"The passing game is not where it needs to be, but we're going to get better at that," he said. "It's just concentration on my part and on the receivers' part."

Frazier ran for three touchdowns and threw for two.

WHAT COMES AFTER PLAN C?

Missouri Coach Larry Smith started freshman Kent Skornia at quarterback, switched to redshirt freshman Corby Jones two drives later and then used junior Brandon Corso. The quarterbacks completed nine of 24 passes for 83 yards and two interceptions.

FEATS ARE SOMETIMES MEASURED IN INCHES

The heartbreak of Army's 28-27 loss to Notre Dame was apparent on the face of Army senior safety Jimmy Cantelupe, whose eyes welled with tears talking about how he always dreamed of beating Notre Dame.

"That was a game of inches," he said. "Coach always tells us it's a game of inches, and they won that last inch."

Even Notre Dame Coach Lou Holtz, who watched from the press box because of recent neck surgery, sympathized.

"Army deserved a better fate," he said.

ADD NOTRE DAME

Coaching from the press box has its drawbacks, as Holtz learned after Army, a 22-point underdog, got within 28-21.

On their next possession, the Irish gambled on fourth and one from their 40, but Ron Powlus fumbled on a sneak. Holtz wanted the Irish to call a time out, but he couldn't get word down to the field because he lost contact with his offensive coordinators.

"I was the most shocked person in the world when the ball was snapped," Holtz said.

JUST ANOTHER KIND OF A CAT

During Northwestern's many losing seasons, critics called them the Mildcats.

These Wildcats are mild no longer, with a 5-1 overall record and a 3-0 Big Ten record that gives them the conference lead.

"We just keep scratching and clawing," Northwestern Coach Gary Barnett said. "We may not be real pretty, but we're sort of alley cats."

HIS GAIN BUT INDIANA'S LOSS

Although third-stringer Sean Glover ran for a career-high 199 yards for Indiana, he was too upset over the Hoosiers' 22-13 loss to Iowa to enjoy his success.

Glover set a Kinnick Stadium record with 48 carries after carrying only 21 times for 42 yards prior to Saturday. His previous high was 50 yards against Northwestern as a freshman in 1992.

"Emotionally, I don't feel very good," Glover said. "It's always hard to accept a loss, especially since we had an opportunity to win and we couldn't get it done."

SHOULDN'T THEY GET SOMETHING?

Pity Prairie View A&M, whose NCAA-record losing streak reached 53 games after its 13-2 loss to Alcorn State at Lorman, Miss.

The Panthers' only points came in the fourth quarter, when a snap went over the head of Alcorn punter Leon Simms and out of the back of the end zone for a safety.

But there were two reasons for a bit of optimism: the game was their closest since a 12-7 loss to Southern-Baton Rouge in 1992, and they had a 143-109 rushing yardage edge.

HAIL THE CONQUERING HERO

Mal Florence, longtime Times sportswriter and a USC alumnus, was among a group of USC Hall of Famers honored at halftime of Saturday's game at the Coliseum against Washington State. Florence is in the Hall of Fame as a journalist, but he said his honor confused some people, including one old-timer who remembered Florence's USC playing career as one of general bench-warming.

"The guy called me up and said, 'How can you be in the SC football Hall of Fame?' " Florence said.

Quicker with a quip than he was with a football, Florence responded, "Don't you remember the 98-yard run against Notre Dame?"

To which his caller replied, "Oh, sorry."

Said Florence: "I hung up quick so the guy didn't think about it a lot."

HOW QUICKLY THEY FORGET

Another inductee honored was a former world-class track star, world-record holder in the 100 and 220, a man who won the Olympic gold medal in the 200 meters in the 1948 London Games. His name is Mel Patton. He was announced as Mel Pattoni.

JUST RUN FOR DAYLIGHT

Ohio State tailback Eddie George couldn't believe his luck when a miscommunication on Wisconsin's defensive line created a hole for him to run through with less than seven minutes to play at Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium.

But once he saw the opening, he didn't waste time dashing through it for a 49-yard run that clinched Ohio State's 27-16 victory.

"I thought, 'Now, let me get into the end zone . . . and get out of here with a win,' " George said.

HE'S NOT WILD ABOUT WILDCATS

Kansas State fans might have gotten spoiled by watching the Wildcats shut out three consecutive opponents.

They had a few nervous moments Saturday, but Kansas State hung on to beat Oklahoma State, 23-17, for its 11th consecutive regular-season victory and sixth in a row over the Cowboys.

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