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SPORTS San Diego County Cos Angeles Slimes Sunday, November 10, 1985 CCPart III Jim Murray He's the Quarterback of the Moment Not By Accident, Either When, after four years of waiting in the wings for his big chance, UCLA substitute quarterback David Norrie greeted his opportunity in spring training by getting in not one but two automobile accidents in a little more than a week, the campus wags were ready: "Johnny Unitas had such great peripheral vision he could see his ears. David Norrie can't even see a Cadillac." Others saw the bright side of it. "Those were the first completions David had all year," they noted. Still others viewed it as, "David Norrie can't even drive down the street without being intercepted." The coach, Terry Donahue, was philosophical: "I might let him play quarterback, but I wouldn't ride in a car with him." The school paper weighed whether to salute the occasion with "David Norrie Sacked Again." Neither accident was Nome's fault. Of course, neither was the Washington game. In the first accident, a lady came rolling out of a driveway and demolished his vehicle. In the second, 10 days later, a car came rushing out of a one-way alley, not realizing there was a street there. Norrie's rental car was slammed into a telephone pole. The same police officer responded to both accident calls. Said Norrie: "He must have thought I was either the world's worst driver or he had stumbled on the world's biggest insurance fraud." Both accidents were in broad daylight and they came at a time when they seemed to put just the right, fine, fitting climax to a career full of mishaps for David Doherty Norrie. The lady in the Cadillac seemed to have totaled more than a Volkswagen Rabbit. She had taken out a career. For four frustrating years, David Norrie had been trying to crack the varsity quarterback job at UCLA. He never made it. His only hope for playing time actually was that someone else would have an auto accident. He was the perennial third string. He had even red-shirted to outwait some of the talent the Bruins had at the passing game the Tom Ramseys, Rick Neuheisels, Steve Bonos. This was to have been his year. And he winds up as a hood ornament on a backing-up Cadillac. Coupe de Ville. v It was not fair. David D. Norrie with a football is a sight to gladden the heart of any red-blooded American football coach. Now 6-4V4 and 215 pounds, he played baseball, basketball and football in high school. He's as unexcitable as a monk, strong-armed enough to have been a baseball pitcher, agile enough to have been a basketball guard, a good enough student to be a top candidate for a Rhodes Scholarship. A recruiter's dream, he had his choices of places to play in colleges from Notre Dame to Alabama after an eight-letter career at Jesuit High in Portland, where he had been a High School Ail-American quarterback. But his career at UCLA had ranged from disappointing to non-existent. He didn't get in any games at all in 1983; he got to throw 2 passes in 1982 and 17 in 1984. So, when he showed up at spring practice after missing a week with his shoulder in a sling, Norrie had Please see MURRAY, Page 19 Trojan tailback Ryan Knight is upended by Bear linebacker John Johnson after a short gain in United Press International the third quarter at Berkeley. Knight gained 62 yards in 14 carries against Cal Saturday. Cal Sends USC on Road to Nowhere Upset Loss Virtually Eliminates Trojans From Rose Bowl By MAL FLORENCE. Times Staff Writer BERKELEY California's Marc Hicks scored a late touchdown in a most improbable manner to clinch a most improbable 14-6 victory over USC Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The Trojans, with a stagnant offense, got only two field goals and were virtually eliminated from the Rose Bowl race by a previously struggling, last-place team in the Pac-10. USC Coach Ted Tollner said the loss to a 10-point underdog was the lowest point since he became the school's coach in 1983. Quarterback Sean Salisbury echoed that sentiment. Although USC was inept offensively, it still had a chance to win while trailing, 7-6, midway through the fourth quarter. Al Washington, normally sure-handed in returning punts, couldn't handle a ball at midfield and fumbled to Cal. The Bears moved to a first down at the USC 16-yard line. Outside linebacker Marcus Cotton then jarred the ball loose from Cal quarterback Kevin Brown, who was trying to hand off to Hicks. Please see USC, Page 13 UCLA Escapes Tucson With 24-19 Victory By TRACY DODDS, Times Staff Writer TUCSON What with the last-minute theatrics that followed David Norrie's interception and the way the homecoming crowd finally got involved in the ballgame, UCLA had all kinds of trouble getting out of here Saturday night with a 24-19 victory over Arizona. Then, UCLA Coach Terry Donahue took on an even tougher task. "Now I'm going to have to do everything I can to keep the team from talking about the Rose Bowl," he said. "We're delighted to be in a position to control our own destiny, but the team has to realize that the Rose Bowl is a long way off." UCLA's well-deserved victory over Arizona left the Bruins and Arizona State as the only teams in the Pac-10 with just one defeat. If that is still the case after the last games are played, UCLA would be back in the Rose Bowl because of its victory over the Sun Devils in the fifth game of the season. Going into Saturday's games, five teams were tied with just one defeat. But Arizona State beat Washington and Cal beat USC. "I did mention the Washington loss and the USC loss prior to our game because those were games of Please see UCLA, Page 12 Minus 9 Players, Wyoming (2-7) Is Too Much for SDSU By STEVE DOLAN, Times Staff Writer LARAMIE, Wyo. While playing at an elevation of 7,220 feet Saturday afternoon, San Diego State's performance plunged well below sea level. The Aztecs lost their fifth straight game as they were embarrassed by Wyoming, 41-20, in front of an all-time low crowd of 1,946 at War Memorial Stadium. Pans were kept away by a minus-four degree wind chill factor and snow flurries that lasted through tne first quarter. The fact that Wyoming began the day with five straight losses and a 1 -7 record didn't help. SDSU should have been helped by the absences of nine Wyoming players, including three defensive starters, who were suspended for the game because they missed the team bus to a Friday night movie. But that didn't matter. What matters to the Aztecs is that they are 3-6 in a season in which they expected to do much better. And as the losses mount, the more the players shake their heads and wonder why. "Losing to Wyoming hurts us bad," safety Steve Lauter said. "We were supposed to win this game. Coming to Wyoming in a blizzard must have tripped our players out." Said linebacker Todd Richards: "We should've beaten these guys handily. I don't know what happened. It happens each week." Said runnning back Casey Brown: "We've lost Please see AZTECS, Page 13 Big Al Is Still King of Road Al Unser Jr. Third but Falls Point Shy By SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer MIAMI, Fla. The patience gained from 25 years of driving race cars from Pikes Peak to Indianapolis, from Langhorne to Long Beach, paid off Saturday for Al Unser as he kept his 23-year-old son from winning his first national championship. Big Al, driving cautiously and passing only when necessary, finished fourth in the Beatrice Indy Challenge at Tamiami Park, a few car-lengths behind Al Jr. But it was enough for father to finish the 15-race season with 151 points to 150 for his son. The elder Unser will collect $300,000 at tonight's CARTPPG Indy Car World Series banquet. Little Al will take $200,000 back to Albuquerque, N.M., home base of the legendary Unser clan. Danny Sullivan, the Indianapolis 500 winner from Louisville, Ky., won the 200-mile race on a sunny South Florida afternoon before approximately 60,000 spectators. Pole -sitter Bobby Rahal 3i 2t V mi Al Unser Jr. edged him Associated Press (left) celebrates with his father after the latter by one point for the Indy car championship. of Dublin, Ohio, who led most of the way, finished second. Nothing was close except the national championship points. Had Al Sr. not been able to pass Brazilian Roberto Moreno four laps from the finish and move from fifth to fourth, Al Jr. would have won the championship by a single point. The elder Unser started the race three points ahead. "I have mixed emotions," Al Unser said as his wife Karen wiped the tears from his eyes. "I'd like to have seen him ( Al Jr.) win, but we're both too Please see UNSER, Page 16 Georgia Knocks Off No. 1 Florida From Times Wire Services JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-It was so much more than Vince Dooley had expected. "I thought that we had a chance to win, but never did I think that we'd win by such a large margin," Dooley said Saturday after his 17th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs ended the nation's longest college football unbeaten string at 18 games with a 24-3 victory over top-ranked Florida. "I never dreamed that we would make the long plays, nor that we could hold Florida to three points," Dooley said. "All we wanted was for our defense to minimize Florida's big-play capability. Our defense did a superb job." Georgia's big plays came from a pair of freshmen running backs on touchdown sprints of 76 and 32 yards by Keith Henderson in the first half, and of 89 yards by Tim Worley in the final quarter. And although it yielded 408 yards passing to the Gators, a swarming Georgia defense never allowed Florida any offensive continuity while sacking quarterback Kerwin Bell five times and keeping him under constant pressure. Dooley figured Florida was ripe for an upset when the Gators appeared at the top of the Associated Press poll for the first time after last week's victory over then sixth-ranked Auburn. "Florida was in the difficult position of winning big last week, being ranked No. 1 by AP and Please see GEORGIA, Page 8 Sky's the Limit Now for Air Force, 45-7 By RICHARD HOFFER, Times Staff Writer COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-You can talk about No. 1 and you can play for it, but it'll never match the intensity of talking about and playing for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, a giant glob of ore containing enough silver to shame the Hunt brothers, or whichever academy doesn't happen to have it. This is the real thing, transcending college football. Saturday, in freezing winds that swept off the eastern Colorado prairie, undefeated Air Force reclaimed the trophy, beating Army, 45-7. How big a win was it? Well it was a big enough victory that the Academy's governing powers granted its cadets amnesty. This is no small thing, but more on that later. It was also big enough that Air Force (10-0), whose players average some 180 pounds, can now be mentioned with the big boys. If it were to get by Brigham Young next week, well, it would clinch more than just the Western Athletic Conference championship. But, really, what does that matter? "If we hadn't won a game all year," explained Air Force quarterback Bart Weiss, "the season would still be there for the Army game. That's how it is." These interservice rivalries have lives of their own, and the rest of Please see AIR FORCE, Page 11 HOW THE TOP TEAMS FARED 2. Penn St 31 6. Iowa 59 9. Michigan 47 Cincinnati 10 Illinois O Purdue O Please see Page 10 Please see Page 6 Please see Page 6 3. Nebraska 49 7. Oklahoma 51 1 3. Oklahoma St. .35 Iowa St O Missouri 6 Kansas St 3 Please see Page 6 Please see Page 6 Please see Page 6 4. Ohio St 35 8. Miami (Fla.) ...29 12. Arkansas 20 Northwestern .17 Maryland 22 1 1.Baylor 14 Please see Page 6 Please see Page 8 Please see Page 9 13. Auburn 35 East Carolina . . 10 Please see Page 8 15. LSU 14 20. Alabama 14 Please see Page 8 16. Florida St 56 South Carolina 14 Please see Page 8 INDEX Big Ten Page 6 Pacific 10 Page 7 South, SEC Page 8 Southwest Page 9 East Page 10 Scores Page 17 Summaries . . .Pages 17, 18 Chargers Face Raiders The Chargers must slow down the Raiders' pass rush if they hope to win their rematch in San Diego. Please see Page 3. Sockers Beat Sting Hugo Perez scored with 1:48 remaining to give the Sockers a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Sting. Please see Page 4.

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