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6S The Des Moines Register! Monday, October 21, 1991 College Football The Week Ahead Iowa, ISU, IM APT0P25 (First-place votes, record, points, previous ranking) 1 IOWA (5-1, 2-1) Iowa Cuass in Polls Praise flows from Fry to Rodgers . Ktx ,. ,:-'m-4 1.496 1 1.416 2 1,408 3 1.308 4 1.249 5 1,212 6 .1.021 14 1.010 10 994 9 989 7 688 IS 845 11 752 19 686 18 684 8 617 22 514 13 412 24 408 21 383 23 . 311 12 . 194 16 , 115 20 , 114 17 . 85 - VtX '- J$S v V v v : ,a..Ja-fcjr.-X- irriiin -mi tit-'"laiMMewieMWtalti -t mnmi iimiirf IOWA STATE (2-4, 0-2) Opponent: Oklahoma State (0-6, 0-2) Whenwhere: 1 p.m. Saturday, Cyclone Stadium (homecoming), Ames Television: none Iowa State update: Kevin Caldwell's first season of college football has been interesting. He went from No. 2 quarterback to No. 1 tailback. After a 41-C loss to Kansas on Saturday, he became the No. 1 quarterback heading into the game against Oklahoma State. Caldwell, a second-year freshman, moved to the top by process of elimination No. 1 Chris Pedersen will miss the rest of the season with a dislocated shoulder, and No. 2 Bob Utter won't play this week because of an injured shoulder. He may not play again this season, Coach Jim Walden said Sunday. "We don't have any choice but to crash-course Caldwell and see what we can do to make him available," Walden said. "It doesn't make any difference who we put back there if we don't block any better than we did Saturday. I'm disappointed in my guys up front." Walden also was disappointed in the Cyclones' kicking teams. "The Wckoff team gave up the longest return in five years, it's the first time we have fielded a punt inside the 10-yard line in five years, we had a punt blocked for a touchdown for the first time in five years and we fumbled two kickoffs," said Walden, who is in hia sixth season as the coach. "It was a total collapse of our kicking game." The only area of Saturday's game that drew a positive response was the defense. Kansas scored 38 points on possessions that started in Iowa State territory. "Everybody spit in the face of our defense," Walden said. "But what people fail to realize is that Kansas didn't have to go very far for their scores. They had great field position all day." Oklahoma State update: Oklahoma State remained winless after a 41-7 loss to Missouri on Saturday. Oklahoma State turned the ball over three times on fumbles and twice on interceptions, and a second-quarter field-goal try was blocked. Oklahoma State tailback Rafael Denson gained 91 yards on 16 carries. Missouri quarterback Phil Johnson, operating a no-huddle offense on occasion, riddled the Cowboys' defense. Johnson, who tied a school record with four touchdown passes in the game, completed 18 of 31 for 260 yards with one interception. He also ran for 90 yards. Randy Peterson A 4 1 ' i V - tive week. Northern Iowa's defensive unit, which ranked fourth last week, was able to sharpen up for the option it faces in each of the next two games, Allen said. The Panther offense prepared a type of defense Allen said the Hilltoppers might use this weekend. "We got quite a lot done last week," Allen said. Northern Iowa injury update: No players are expected to miss the game, Allen said. Western Kentucky update: The Hilltoppers will take a three-game losing streak into the Northern Iowa game. Troy State beat Western Kentucky, 39-23, Saturday. Western Kentucky, as well as its opponents, has relied heavily on rushing the football this season. Nearly 69 percent of Western Kentucky's 2,355 net yards have come from the ground game. Opponents have rushed for 67 percent of their 1,871 total yards. HARRY BAUMERTTHE REGISTER Fans celebrate Iowa's 24-21 victory against Illinois Saturday by balancing on a downed goal post at Kinnick Stadium. NORTHERN IOWA (5-1, 1-1) This week: Western Kentucky (2-4). Whenwhere: 7 p.m., Saturday, L.T. Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, Ky. Northern Iowa update: After a week off, the Panthers play Western Kentucky for the first time in 12 years. Western Kentucky joins the Gateway Conference next season. It is the second of three straight road games for the Panthers, who are 5-1, ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division I-AA and have a three-game winning streak. "Each and every game for us is awfully important," Northern Iowa Coach Terry Allen said Sunday. "It's not a matter of it being a problem. It's a matter of going and doing it." Northern Iowa is 2-1 on the road this season, having won at Idaho and Illinois State. The Panthers have not : won three straight road games in a season since 1985, when they beat Kansas State, Southwest Missouri State and Western Illinois. The Panthers go back to work after what Allen said was a produc- By RONMALY Registkr Staff Writer Iowa City, la. If some of the nation's football fans still weren't aware of Matt Rodgers' abilities as Iowa's quarterback, Hayden Fry took care of the situation Sunday. "No question about it, when it comes to making big plays in the clutch, Rodgers is as good as any quarterback in America," Fry told a national television audience. Fry appeared on the Cable News Network's "College Coaches' Corner" show. The TV timing was perfect for Fry. He had another come-from-behind victory by his Hawkeyes to talk about, and he learned that Iowa jumped three spots to eighth in the coaches' poll. Iowa moved from 15th to 11th in The Associated Press poll. , The 24-21 victory over Illinois gave the Hawkeyes a 5-1 overall record and a 2-1 Big Ten Conference mark heading into a game Saturday at Purdue. The game starts at 11:35 a.m. CDT, and will be televised by ESPN. It will be a difficult assignment for Iowa, Fry said, because of Purdue's improvement and Iowa's injury situation. "Our players are pretty beaten up," he said. "Purdue is running the football now as well as throwing it. In addition, their defense is improved." The Boilermakers have a 3-3 overall record, and are tied with Iowa, Ohio State, Illinois and Indiana for second place in the Big Ten under first-year coach Jim Colletto. In Iowa's victory over Illinois, Rodgers led a 69-yard drive that resulted in the winning touchdown with 2 minutes 39 seconds to play. Rodgers scored the touchdown on a 1-yard run. Although performing with a right hand that has been injured for more than two weeks, Rodgers passed for 281 yards and two touchdowns. The victory improved Iowa's bowl chances, but Fry said it's going to be difficult to keep Michigan from representing the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl. ' "" ; :"'' ' The Wolverines handed Iowa its ' lone loss, 43-24, on Oct. 5, and are the Big Ten's only unbeaten team with a 3-0 record. "It's possible for Michigan to lose, but if they keep everyone healthy, they have an excellent opportunity (to go to the Rose Bowl)," Fry said. The only thing that might change the situation, Fry added, would be an iniiirv tn a Wpv Mirhitfnn nlnvpr "If Elvis Grbac, their quarterback, is injured, things could get rocky for Michigan," Fry said. Fry said he approves of the agreement the Big Ten made Saturday with the Holiday and Florida Citrus Bowls. ; The Big Ten runner-up will play in the Holiday Bowl this year, and in the Florida Citrus for three years, starting Jan. 1,1993. Starting in 1992, the Big Ten's third-place team goes to the Holiday Bowl. The champion plays in the Rose Bowl. "It was a very smart move by the , Big Ten," Fry said of the agreements with the Holiday and Florida Citrus Bowls. "The Rose, Holiday and Florida Citrus are all outstanding bowls. Traditionally, the Big Ten sends five or six teams to bowls, so the new agreements will be very lucrative to the conference." Fry said he sees the possibility that college football will have three ! or four "super conferences" in the i future. "The teams that don't qualify will be on financial need," he said. i Women s teams and athletes in non-revenue sports need the opportunity to participate in college athletics. "The money has to come from someplace. Basketball and football must raise the money, so that's why I think we might eventually have the 'super conferences.' " Opponent: Purdue (3-3, 2-1 ). Whenwhere: 1 1 :35 am. CDT, Saturday, Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, Ind. Television: ESPN. Iowa update: For the second game in a row, quarterback Matt Rodgers led the Hawkeyes on their winning touchdown drive. In Saturday's 24-21 victory over Illinois, Rodgers led a 14-play, 69-yard drive. Rodgers ran four times in the march, capping things with a 1-yard touchdown run with 2 minutes 39 seconds remaining in the game. Also in the drive, Rodgers completed passes of 22 and 6 yards to Danan Hughes. Coach Hayden Fry said Rodgers was operating under duress. "Against Wisconsin the week before, he had what I'd call a 'hamburger hand,' " Fry said. "He got it in the Michigan game (Oct. 5). "When he scored against Michigan, a Michigan player's headgear jammed Matt's fingers. His hand is swollen. "He threw very little in practice last week because he could hardly grip the ball. He had the hand treated two and three times a day. "He'd stand there in practice and let Jim Hartlieb (the No. 2 quarterback) run the offense. "We never let him throw more than one deep pass in practice all week." Rodgers completed 24 of 32 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns Saturday. The yardage total was his second-best at Iowa, following 291 against Illinois in 1989. Fry said the reason he thinks Rodgers is a better quarterback than Jason Verduzco, Illinois' Heisman Trophy candidate, is because Rodgers complements his passing game with running ability. Iowa injury update: Missing the game were nose guard Rod Davis, who has had arthroscopic surgery on a knee; defensive tackle Jeff Nelson; defensive end Moses Santos; and reserve tailback Scooter Lampkin. Purdue update: Boilermakers are making strides under first-year coach Jim Colletto. A 28-7 victory Saturday over Wisconsin gave them a 3-3 overall record and a 2-1 mark in the Big Ten. Purdue won only two games in the 1990 season under Fred Akers. Colletto has installed a rushing game into Purdue's offense. The Boilermakers finished last in the nation with an average of 56 rushing yards in 1990, but totaled 220 against Wisconsin. RonMaly EBK Trainer Frank Randall is rapidly turning into the most valuable member of the Iowa State football entourage. At least he's among the busiest. Nine of the top 44 players have been lost for the season: Quarterback Chris Pedersen (shoulder); defensive back Andrew Buggs (shoulder); tight end Hussein Warmack (knee); defensive linemen George Conditt (arm), Shane Dunlevy (arm) and Todd Miller (knee), running backs Angelo Provensa (foot) and Blaise Roberts (shoulder); and linebacker Jay Jordan (neck). The bulk of the other injuries have been on offense. Wide receiver Matt Rouse missed the Oklahoma game because of a knee injury, quarterback Bob Utter missed the Kansas game with a shulder injury, running back Sherman Williams missed three games because of a sprained ankle, running back Leonard Holmes did not play against Rice because of an ankle injury, offensive lineman Doug Skart-vedt did not play against Wisconsin because of a leg injury and offensive lineman Lawrence Roberts missed two games with a shoulder injury. Others, including offensive linemen Scott Armbrust, Todd McClish and Lance Keller, have played despite injuries. week. We had a great week of practice, not only me but the entire team." Pedersen said he doesn't know what his role will be for the remainder of the season. "I want to do something to help this team, but I don't know what it's going to be," he said. "This isn't the end of the world." It's just the end of his season. "I put a lot of big expectations on myself," he said. "I wanted to do good things. That didn't happen." Others receiving votes Auburn 80. UCLA 77, Fresno St. 68. Texas Christian 36. Indiana 21 . Air Force 20. Virginia 1 7, Arizona St. 14, Kansas St 13. Mississippi 1 1 . Mississippi St. 1 1 , West Virginia 8. Kansas 7, Missouri 5. Utah 1. COACHES' TOP 25 (First-plice votes, record, points, previous ranking) 1. Florida State (53) (7-0) 1,465 1 2. Miami (Fla.) (4) (6-0) 1,406 2 3 Washington (2) (6-0) 1 .370 3 4. Michigan (5-1) 1.289 4 5. Notre Dame (6-1) 1,228 5 6. Florida (6-1) 1.193 6 - 7. Nebraska (5-1) 1,027 7 .8. towa (5-1) 964 11 9. Alabama (6-1) 944 14 1 0. North Carolina State (6-0) 933 9 -ll.Penn State (6-2) 902 15 12. Calrfornia(5-l) 804 8 13. TexasA4M(4-l) 709 19 .14. Ohio State (5-1) 687 18 15. Colorado (4-2) 587 22 -16. Tennessee (4-2) 554 10 17. Illinois (4-2) 463 13 18. Clemson (3-1-1) 425 21 19. Syracuse (5-2) 370 - 20. Oklahoma (4-2) 349 12 21. Auburn (4-2) 225 23 22. Fresno State (6-0) 212 25 23. Baylor (5-2) 188 16 24. East Carolina (5-1) 164 - 25. Pittsburgh (5-2) 126 20 Others receiving votes Georgia 125, UCLA 90, Texas Christian 79, Arizona State 67, Arkansas 58, Indiana 27. Air Force 27, Mississippi 17, Southern Mississippi 13. Virginia Tech 13, West Virginia 12. Brigham Young 12. Southern California 10. Georgia Tech 8. San Diego State 6. Utah 5. Texas 4. San Jose State 4. Vir- rnia 4. Tulsa 3. Rutgers 2. Colorado State 1. Stanford South Carolina 1. Kansas Slate 1. Bowling Green 1. 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