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6 Section' 3 Chicago Tribune, Sunday, September 20, 1992 COLLEGE FOOTBALL Washington rolls on with Nebraska's help By Ed Sherman Chicago Tribune SEATTLE Last year is gone for Washington. For evidence, just look at those 1 1 Huskies who were drafted by the pros in April. "We can't live off of last year," said Washington corncrback Walter Bailey. "We have a lot of new players on this team. We have to make our identity." The 1992 Huskies took a major step Saturday night. No. 2 Washington stretched its winning streak to 17 games with a 29-14 victory over Nebraska in front of 73333 fans at Husky Stadium. With an inviting schedule (Southern Cal and Stanford are the lone toughies and both are at Washington), the No. 12 Cornhuskers could have been the Huskies' toughest obstacle to another undefeated season. Their trademark defense and big plays from quarterback Billy Joe Hobert provided Washington with a comfortable cushion for most of the night. The Cornhuskers also did their part, as they continued their recent trend of folding up against the elite. Since 1988, Nebraska is 0-8 against top 10 teams. Coach Tom Osborne tried to shake things up by going with a fake punt, and even, shockingly, using a shotgun. But those plays failed miserably, as Nebraska self-destructed too many times with turnovers Regional South Auburn 30, LSU 28 Scott Etheridge's fifth field goal, a 42-yarder with 8 seconds remaining, spoiled the Tigers' 21 -point comeback In the fourth quarter Saturday in Auburn, Ala. LSU (1-2, 1-1), which trailed 27-7 entering the final period, rallied behind its third quarterback of the day, freshman Jamie Howard (8 of 18 for 151 yards). He threw TD passes of 4 yards to Sheddrick Wilson and 55 yards to Scott Ray, then directed a drive that ended when Germaine Williams ran in from the 2 with 1:43 left, giving LSU a 28-27 lead. Auburn (2-1, 1-1) countered with an 11 -play, 58-yard drive that set up Etheridge's winning field goal.' Southern Mist. 16, La. Tech 13 In Hat-tiesburg, Miss., freshman Johnny Lomoro kicked a 46-yard field goal as time expired, snapping Louisiana Tech's 12-game unbeaten streak. With 1:03 remaining, comerback Terry) Uhner picked off Sam Hughes' pass at the Southern Miss 45 and returned H to the Tech 33. Three downs and five yards later, Lomoro kicked the winner that dropped Tech to 2-1. K was the second time that Lomoro had decided a game with a last-minute field goal. A 52-yarder with less than a minute left gave the Golden Eagles (2-1) a 23-21 victory over Memphis State two weeks ago. Louisiana Tech entered the game with the third-longest winning streak in Division l-A, behind Miami and Washington. . North Carolina 22, Army 9 Natrona Means, slowed by a stomach virus this week, rushed for 102 yards and scored three touchdowns (1, 11 and 3 yards) in Chapel Hid, N.C., as the tar Heels started a season 3-0 tar the first time since 1983. E Carolina 20, & Carolina 18 In Columbia, S.C., Michael Anderson (18 of 35 for 219 yards) threw TD passes of 7 and 6 yards to Clayton Driver and 3 yards to Cedric Van Buren and East Carolina (2-1) survived two missed field goals by the Gamecocks in the final 15 seconds to win for the first time in eight games at Williams-Brice Stadium. The loss was a school-record seven in a row for South Carolina (0-3). On third down with 15 seconds left, the Gamecocks called on Marty Simpson, whose 36-yard field goal was blocked by Thomas Jones. But South Carolina recovered, giving Simpson another shot Simpson, who had already hit four field goals, saw his 37-yard attempt saU wide right with 2 seconds left Duka 17, Rice 12 Steve Prince threw a 4-yard scoring pass to Stanley Dorsey and Robert Baldwin ran 3 yards for a score as Duke (1-2) endured a one-hour delay because of lightning in Durham, N.C. Rice fell to 0-2. The Citadel 28, East Tennessee St 7 QB Jack Douglas ran for 174 yards and two TDs (3 and 39 yards), and Everette Sands rushed for 192 and two TDs (68 and 34 yards) in Charleston, S.C. The Bulldogs (3-0, 1- 0) rushed for a school-high 570 yards. East Tennessee State fel to 2-1, 1-1. Marshall 34, VMI 16 Orlando Hatchett rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns in Lexington, Va. Leading 20-16 in the fourth quarter, Marshall (3-0, 1-0) put together a nine-play, 83-yard drive capped by Hatchett's 2- yard run to put the Keydets (0-3, 0-2) out of the game. The Thundering Herd, ranked No. 2 in Division l-AA, added another fourth-quarter score, a 3-yard run by Chris Grose. E. Kentucky 26, NE Louisiana 21 Sean Little recovered a botched punt snap in the Northeast Louisiana end zone as time expired to win it for Eastern (2-0) in Richmond, Ky. Southern U. 19, S. Carolina St 18 Duane Fuller kicked four field goals, including a 42-yarder with 12 seconds left before 55,296 In the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Fuller, a true freshman, also booted field goals of 47, 35 and 49 yards for Southern (1-f). N. Illinois Special to th Tribune JONESBORO, Ark. At this rate, Ray Perkins is going to wish he still missed coaching college football. Northern Illinois became the third straight team to blank Perkins' outmanncd Arkansas State Indians, rolling to a 31-0 victory Saturday. Arkansas State (0-3) has been outscored 141-0 this season, Perkins' first at the school after a year away from coaching. "Football is not that difficult," said Perkins, the former Alabama Ohio State Continued from page 1 much of the game trying to avoid a pass rush led by 260-pound end Derrick Foster, who was credited with 2'j sacks. Tim Walton, Chico Nelson, Steve Tovar and Brent Johnson each had interceptions and penalties. Washington took a commanding lead after scoring two touchdowns within 42 seconds late in the second quarter. The explosion came after a big play by Nebraska. Trailing 9-0 midway through the second quarter, Cornhuskers running back Calvin Jones took a pitch on the option and streaked 73 yards for the TD. But the momentum lasted as long as it took Washington's Napoleon Kaufman to turn the comer, which he did often on the ensuing drive. The super sophomore, who runs a 4.22 in the 40, ran for 55 yards on the Huskies' 80-yard scoring drive, including a 34-yard run to the Nebraska 2. Kaufman went the rest of the way to put the Huskies up 16-7. The Cornhuskers then put themselves out of the game on the next play. The suddenly pass-happy Osborne saw Mike Grant throw an interception to Bailey. The Huskies needed just three plays to go 47 yards, with Hobert hitting Joe Kralik, who made a diving, if not questionable, grab at the edge of the end zone for a 29-yard touchdown. Kralik didn't appear to have possession, but it counted, giving Washington a 23-7 halftime lead. Defense dominated the first quarter, as 20 of the 31 plays went for two yards or less. Washington sustained the first drive, as a 25-yard pass from Hobert to Eric Bjomson roundups Liberty 28, Concord 8 Robby Justlno threw a 45-yard pass to Maurice Jones for one score and Wayne Monroe returned an interception 48 yards for another as Liberty (2- . 1) overcame an 8-3 halftime deficit in Lynchburg, Va. Midwest Cent Michigan 24, Ohio 0 Brian Pruitt rushed for 147 yards and scored two touchdowns for the Chippewas (2-1, 1-0) in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. Pruitt capped a 10-play, 80-yard drive with a 3-yard TD run with 9:09 left in the second quarter. With 4:44 left before halftime, he caught a 39-yard TD pass from Joe Youngblood (8 of 14 for 167 yards) to complete a four-play, 80-yard drive. Miami (Ohio) 17, Cincinnati 14 Chad Seta kicked a 21-yard field goal as time ran out in Oxford, Ohio. Miami (1-1-1) held the ball for the final six minutes and put together a 77-yard drive. The key play on the 16-play drive was a 28-yard pass from Neil Dougherty to Jeff Pegues. Deland McCullough gained 131 yards on 25 carries, including a 7-yard touchdown run. David Small carried 20 times for 58 yards and two TDs for Cincinnati (0-2). Bal St 10, Kent 6 Tailback Corey Croom rushed for 115 yards, including an 11 -yard TD run, to lead Ball State (1-2, 1-0) in Kent, Ohio. Kent is 0-3. W. Michigan 24, Akron 20 Ulric King's diving 41 -yard touchdown catch with 11 seconds to play capped a furious final minute for the Broncos (1-1-1, 1-1) in Kalamazoo, Mich. King (8 catches for 169 yards) beat double coverage down the middle of the field and hauled in the winning catch from Brad Tayles (15 of 35 for 224 yards) just 34 seconds after Akron (2-1, 2-1) had taken a 20-17 lead on Marcel Weems' 4-yard TD run. Weems carried 25 times for 149 yards and completed 8 of 16 passes for 120 yards. Iowa St 38, Tulane 14 Andrew Buggs ran back an interception 34 yards for a touchdown and James McMillion scored on an 87-yard punt return 2'i minutes later, sparking the Cyclones (2-1) in Ames, Iowa, ft was the third-longest punt return in Iowa State history and the Cyclones' first for a touchdown since 1978. McMillion finished with a school-record 137 yards on five returns. Grand Valley St 21, Butler 10 Jamarl Eiland carried 21 times for 112 yards and one touchdown for Grand Valley State (2-1, 2-0) In Allendale, Mich. Butler fell to 2-1, 2-1. Wis.-La Crosse 19, Wis.-Stevens Point 17 Erik Richards rushed for 109 yards and scored on a 47-yard run for visiting La Crosse (2-0, 1-0). Valparaiso 23, Wayne St. 10 Scott Krzeminski returned a fumble 64 yards to set an MIFC record, one of six turnovers recorded by Valparaiso (1-2, 1-2) as It snapped a 23-game winless streak at home. The Crusaders, who last won at home in 1987, intercepted two passes and recovered four fumbles by Wayne State (1-2. 1-2). Southwest Kansas 40, Tulsa 7 Maurice Douglas scored on runs of 1, 15 and 4 yards as unbeaten Kansas used a strong defense and a time-consuming rushing attack In Tulsa. Charley Bowen returned an Interception 63 yards for another touchdown and Dan Eichloff kicked four field goals for the Jayhawks, who are 3-0 for the second straight year. The Golden Hurricane (1-2) managed just 199 yards of offense. Douglas led all Kansas rushers with 74 yards on 13 carries as the Jayhawks ran for 258 yards. Chip Hilleary completed his first six passes and wound up 14 of 23 for 180 yards. He was equally effective scrambling, throwing one 42-yard pass to Matt Gay on the run and avoiding a sack to hit Gay with a 20-yard pass to set up lays another goose and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach whose young club certainly makes it look tough. "You stop people defensively and turn the ball over to the offense. The offense is supposed to execute and take the ball down the field and go score." Northern (2-1) was able to follow that simple formula. Senior quarterback Rob Rugai had a career day, completing 17 of 20 passes for 219 yards and scoring on a 1-yard run. LeShon Johnson (99 yards on 18 carries) added a 16-yard TD run, for Ohio State, which took charge early. The defeat could be even more painful to Syracuse if Qadry Ismail is lost for any period of time. Ismail incurred what was diagnosed as a bruised shoulder and missed the fourth quarter. Graves scored from the 1 to cut the deficit to 21-12 with 5 minutes 50 seconds left in the third, but ri. Nebraska quarterback Mike Grant is sacked in in the first quarter the end zone by Washington's Tommie Smith gave Washington an helped put the Huskies on the Nebraska 33-yard line. But with Washington needing just a yard to get the first down, the Cornhuskers defense held. Osborne then tried to get tricky. Punting from their own 48, punter Mike Stigge tried the fake punt He didn't fake Bailey, however, who came through like a shot and tackled Stigge for a 4-yard loss. The Huskies didn't move the ball, Douglas' 15-yard TD. Baylor 45, Utah State 10 J.J. Joe (6 of 10 for 175 yards) threw touchdown passes of 20, 37, and 51 yards to Melvin Bonner, and Keith Caldwell returned an interception 42 yards for a score as Baylor Improved to 1-2 in Waco, Texas. With the field thermometer registering 104 degrees, Utah State wilted to 0-3. Idaho 52, Weber St 24 The Vandals (3-0) ran up a 35-0 lead at halftime en route to the Big Sky rout in Moscow, Idaho. Sherriden May led the Idaho attack, rushing for 202 yards on 31 carries and three touchdowns, fnduding a 66-yarder. Doug Nussmeier was 13 of 19 for 188 yards and four TDs. SMU 20, New Mexico 13 In Albuquerque, Kevin Shepard ran for 156 yards and defensive end Chad Patton blocked a punt that set up a second-quarter touchdown as SMU's second straight win equaled the most wins In a season for the Mustangs since they came off the NCAA-imposed two-year death penalty In 1989. West Air Fore 42, Wyoming 28 Joe Pastorello (128 yards on 9 carries) scored twice, including a 62-yard run, as Air Force held off mistake-prone Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo. The Falcons (2-1, 1-1) made a school-record six interceptions to offset Wyoming's 531 yards on total offense. Obasl Ohuoha had a 78-yard TD run for the Air Force and Carlton McDonald added a 78-yard interception for a TD. The loss for Wyoming (1-2, 0-1 overshadowed a fine performance by Ryan Yar-borough, who had a school-record 13 catches for 202 yards and two touchdowns. Arizona 14, Oregon St 14 Mark Otford ran 4 yards for a touchdown, then leaped across the goal Kne for the 2-point conversion with 1:47 to play to give Oregon State the Pac-10 tie in Corvallis, Ore. Steve McLaughlin missed a 44-yard field goal attempt with 21 seconds to play that would have given the victory to Arizona (1-1-1, 0-1-1). Oregon State (1-1-1, 0-0-1) drove 73 yards in 13 plays to tie the game after trailing throughout. n Oregon 16, Texas Tech 13 Barefoot kicker Tommy Thompson booted three field goals as Oregon (1-2) broke the nation's longest Division I losing streak at eight In Eugene, Ore. The winning kick was a 47-yarder 2:28 into the second naif. Texas Tech is 1-2. Nevada 31, McNeese St 21 Chris Vargas threw for 466 yards and three touchdowns in Reno. Vargas set a Big West Conference record with 43 completions in 75 attempts, with scoring strikes of 1, 17 and 28 yards, as the Wolfpack (2-1) racked up 546 yards overall. Wide receiver Bryan Reeves and tight end Tom Matter hauled in 10 passes each for the Wolfpack, which controlled the ball for just over 40 minutes despite committing five turnovers. Nevada ran 111 plays to 55 for the Cowboys (1-2) of the Southland Conference. Illinois schools Dayton 44, Wheaton 3 The Division III showdown between the two top-10 teams turned out to be a disaster for host wheaton. Keith Miller scored on runs of 7 and 8 yards, and Steve Keller (11 of 21 of 156 yards) threw touchdown passes of 20 yards to Jeff Wright and 36 yards to Sean Taylor for No. 2 Dayton (2-0). No. 9 Wheaton (1-1), which blanked Lake Forest 29-0 In Its opener, was held to 129 total yards and managed only a 37-yard fourth-quarter field goal by Chad Smith. Drake 39, Augustana 19 Chad Briley rushed for 222 yards and Jamey DeAngelo threw for two TDs, including a 43-yard strike to Briley in the second quarter in Des Moines. The Bulldogs (1-0-1) never trailed after taking a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Greg Gerlach to Jeff Bregar. Augustana (0-2) got on the board In the second quarter on a 2-yard run by John Carlson, but Drake answered with 25 points to take a 32-7 halftime lead. Brian Steger had a 22-yard field goal, linebacker Gerald Nickclber-ry, from nearby Memphis, returned an interception 44 yards for a score and George Anthony scored on a 1-yard run. Sophomore end Vaurice Patterson caught eight passes for 101 yards. The victory snapped an eight-game road losing streak for the Huskies, who became the first team to shut out Arkansas State on its home turf since Louisiana Tech did it in 1980. The last time ASU was whitewashed three straight games Ohio State put the game away when Robert Smith scored on a 16-yard run with 3:17 left, making it 28-12. "A lot of people doubted us. All we were hearing was about Qadry and Marvin," said freshman tailback Eddie George, who had three short TD runs for Ohio State. "This should show the country Ohio State is back.; iff - ' ' f Vaw ' ' ' , A. u w v . - "... . .... -. - ... - - but their punter John Werdel set up their first points by nailing the Cornhuskers at their three. Rover Tommie Smith then came up with the big play, tackling quarterback Mike Grant for a safety. Washington went up 9-0 when it converted on a Grant rumble that gave the Huskies the ball at the Nebraska 43. An 18-yard pass from Hobert to Mark Brunner moved the ball to the one, and Beno Bryant AP Laserphoto Weylan Harding (32) and Dwayne Armstrong nail Tulane receiver Steve Ballard during Iowa State's 38-14 victory Saturday in Ames, Iowa. Illinois Wasleyan 33, Hope 20 Chris Bisaillon returned a punt 66 yards for a touchdown the first time he touched the ball this season and Anthony Houston scored three times (5- and 9-yard runs, 66-yard pass from Tom Monken) as the Titans (1-0) rolled in Bkxynington, III. The Wesleyan defense intercepted five passes by Hope (0-2). I. Benedictine 49, Ehnhuret 20 Ed Smith (17 of 22 for 281 yards) threw four touchdown passes to Eric Green (9 catches for 124 yards) for IBC (2-1) in Elmhurst. Jack Lamb connected on 19 of 34 passes for 271 yards and one TD for Elmhurst (0-1). Chicago 37, Lawrence 0 Frank Baker gained 243 yards on 17 carries, including TD runs of 78 and 92 yards, as the Maroons (2-1) ran up a school-record 615 yards on the ground. The rushing total was only 27 yards short of the Division III record of 642 yards set by Wisconsin-River Falls against Wisconsin-Superior on October 14, 1969. Lawrence is 1-1. Du Page 25, Triton 7 Dwayne Gray rushed for 86 yards on 21 carries, scored on a 57-yard run and caught an 18-yard TD pass from Brendan Curtin for COD (2-1, 1-1) in Glen Ellyn. Curtin also threw a 29-yard TD pass to Greg Pope and Damion Henderson added a 21 -yard scoring run. COD held Triton (2-1, 2-1) to three yards rushing. Aurora 23, Trinity 0 Derek Tieman ran for 215 yards and two touchdowns for the Spartans (2-0) in Deerfield. Tieman scored on runs of 57 and 65 yards and David Dixon added a 3-yard TD run. Trinity is 1-1-1. Eureka 32, North Central 14 Kenton Can-was 9 of 14 for 216 yards and three TDs in Naperville. Carr threw scoring passes of 59 and 18 yards to Shoan Thomas and also connected on a 25-yarder to Scott Watson. Derrick Harris, who rushed for 181 yards on 32 egg on Arkansas St. was in 1941. "At halftime, one thing we wanted to do was preserve the shutout, and we did that," said NIU coach Charlie Sadler. "Our defense had a long, way to come after last year. Since we gave up 300-400 yards in our first two games, holding anyone under 300 ASU had 275 yards of total offense is a major accomplishment." N. IHtnote Arfcanaaa 81 7 10 0 1431 e o o oo NIU: Johnson 16 run (Stager kick) NIU: FQ Steger 22 NIU: Rugal f run (Steger kick) Ohio State 35, Syracuse 12 Ohio 81 14 7 0 1438 0 6 6 012 Syracuae OSU: Statxsin 46 pass from Herbstrelt (Williams kick) OSU: George 1 run (Williams kick) Syn FQ Biskup 24 OSU: George 1 run (Wllllama kick) Syn FG Biskup 32 Syr Gravea 1 run (run failed) OSU: Smith 16 run IWIIiame kick) OSU: George 2 run (Williams kick) Category OSU Syr First downa Rushes-yards Passing 21 18 45-159 42-133 158 AP Laserphoto Saturday night. The safety early 2-0 lead. went over for the touchdown. Nebraska opened the third quarter with an impressive 80-yard scoring drive. A 32-yard run by Derek Brown put the Cornhuskers in scoring position, and Grant eventually went over from the 1. But the Cornhuskers self-destructed again, as Grant fumbled on his own 20. The turnover set up Washington's Travis Hanson for a 42-yard field goal. w1,. wrw; 'o-': -f:i carries, scored on runs of 6 and 33 yards for Eureka (2-1). Bob Murray scored two touchdowns for North Central (0-2) on runs of 4 and 1 yard. St Francis 42, Mina-Duhrth 17 Quarterback Paul Myszka ran for two touchdowns and passed for another in Joliet. Following a 22-yard field goal by Duluth's Noble Rainville in the opening quarter, St Francis came up with 35 straight points. Myszka scored on runs of 6 and 1 yards. He also threw a 15-yard scoring pass to Rob Stanek. Steve Tomczak, Mike Nunziato and Phil Barbour also scored for St. Francis (1-2). Olivet Nazarene 34, Cumberland (Ky.) 13 Ray Caldwell rushed for 162 yards and scored on runs of 19, 7 and 14 yards for Olivet (1-1) In Kankakee. Jo Jo Jones added 138 yards rushing for Olivet and scored on runs of 20 and 26 yards. Cumberland is 1-2. Concordia 13, Northwestern (Wis.) 11 Lonnie Pries caught a 3-yard TD pass from Jeff Braun with 11:25 left In the fourth quarter to give Concordia (1-1) the victory in Water-town, Wis. Northwestern is 0-2. MacMurray 21, Monmouth 13 Scott ON rushed for 68 yards on 17 carries and one TD for visiting MacMurray (1-1). Monmouth is 1-1. Principle 38, Qrinnell 13 Matt Newton caught 10 passes for a school-record 263 yards and three touchdowns to lead Pnncipia to the road victory in Grinnell, Iowa. Newton also recovered two fumbles and intercepted two passes. Newton, who plays wide receiver and linebacker, had a 70-yard reception, his longest, with 1:18 to go in the first half to put the Panthers (2-1) anead 21-13. Principia's Jordan Poznick completed 27 of 56 passes for a school-record 385 yards and four TDs. From Chicago Tribune wires NIU: NMelbry 44 mtrcepton return (Stag kick) NIU: Anmooy 1 run CaWaory NIU ASU First downa 23 18 Rushea-yama 46-223 Sft-126 Pasting yarda 219 149 Return yarda 52 25 Comp-att-M 17-20-0 11-29-3 Punts 4-41 6-30 Fumtxea-loat 1-1 3-1 Penalties-yards 9-62 3-20 Time ol possession 33:42 26:16 HUSHING: N. Minors. Johnson. 18-99, Cotton 9-52, Rodgers 4-27. Rugal 9-20. Aifcaneaa St, Mabona 14-64, Crockett 12-32. PASSIM: N. Mlnoia, Rugal 17-20-0-219. AriiantM) t, Seera 11-25-2-149, Covington 0-4-1-0. ReCEnINO: N. IMnole. Patterson 6-101. Wynn 8-54, Schroeoer 2-37. Arkaneae 81, Demaon 3-48, Bed 3-30, Douerhioe 2-4S, Madden 2-17. Return yarda Comp-att-lnt Punta Fumblea-lost Penalties-yards Time of possession 38 28 10-19-1 12-28-4 4-41 3-40 1-0 2-0 3-26 8-67 27:57 32:03 kidtvMuel statiirlca RUSHINQ: Ohio St. Smith 14-82, Cothran 8-39, Harris 10-27. George 9-23. Stableln 1-10. Herbstrelt 5-(mlnua 22). Syraciiee, Richardson 11-66. Walker 11-73. Woolen 3-16, DarDar 1-4, Ismail 1-3, Lea 1-1, Graves 11 -(minus 501. PASSING: Ohio St., Herbstrelt 10-19-1-154. Syracuse Graves 12-25-4-158, Walker 0-1-0-0. RECEIVING: Ohio 81, Stableln 3-68. Sanders 2-25, Smltn 2-17. DeQreffenreld 1-17. Saunders 1-14. Beany 1-13. Syracuae, Hill 7-122, Gedney 2-23. tamall 1-16. . Walker Wmlnus It. Richardson Hmlnu No. 2 Huskies best team . nobody sees; By Ed Sherman Chicago Tribune SEATTLE Last year, the gfeat debate was whether Washington or Miami was No. 1. The polls probably decided it appropriately, with the media selecting Miami and the coaches going for Washington. Everyone seemed happy in the end: On this subject, however, therfc is no debate: Washington is the greatest team never seen east of the Mississippi. As Huskies offensive tackle Lincoln Kennedy said before Saturday's game with Nebraska, "We're a dynasty in the making." Washington went 12-0 last year, many predicted a similar run this year. That would put the Huskies' winning streak at 26 games. ' Yet in the state where "Northern Exposure" is filmed, Washington still is getting very little exposure beyond regional telecasts to the Pacific Coast. Saturday's game was a case in point. It arguably was the best game of the day. Here was No. 12 Nebraska, a traditional power, going up against the No. 2 Huskies in their toughest test of-the season. In last year's match, the Huskies won a 36-21 thriller in Lincoln., 2 But instead of being the primary telecast of the day on ABC, ttiis marquee matchup was relegated to the last time slot of ESPN's triple-header, an 8:30 p.m. (Chicago) kickoff. ABC decided to go national with the Notre Dame-Michigan State game. The decision for the network was easy. With the Irish's home' games sold to NBC, ABC has. to take whatever opportunity it can get to cash in on the Notre Dame ratings cash cow. "You're going to tell me that Notre Dame-Michigan State is bigger than our game, Kennedy said. "Yeah, right. I expected this. People still don't recognize Washington." , Kennedy is right. Notre Dame is on television all the time. Miami probably will have three, and perhaps four, coast-to-coast national games on ABC this year. Teams such as Florida State and Michigan have little trouble squeezing themselves on the tube. Washington, which can make history this year, probably won't have one national telecast again this season. Besides the Rose Bowl, the Washington-Nebraska game was the only time the Huskies appeared on Chicago television last year. On the East Coast that night, however, those viewers saw Penn State-Brigham Young. For his part, Washington coach Don James downplays any slights to the program. Like most coaches, he takes the political approach. "I don't think about it as- a coach," James said. "ABC or ESPN, it doesn't matter to me." But it does matter. Because college football's national championship is determined not on the field but in the polls, exposure is crucial. Last year, many of the voters never even saw Washington play a game. Whether real or not, the locals perceive an Eastern bias against the Huskies. 'i "The coach feels if you're a top program, people are going to know about you," said sports information director Jim Daves. "But people out here feel there's an Eastern bias, especially when it's Notre Dame-Michigan State, not Washington-Nebraska, selected as the big national game." Daves doesn't have to be told of the Notre Dame mystique. He Was assistant sports information director for the Irish before coming to Seattle in June. He remembered wanting to watch last year's Washington-Nebraska game, but he couldn't because it wasn't available in South Bend. "I think a lot of casual fans would like to see the other teams play, especially one like Washington," Daves said. - Daves is borrowing from the tactics of the Notre Dame public relations machine to get the word out on the Huskies. Like Notre Dame, he has initiated a weekly teleconference for coaches and players. He also is sending clip packets to national writers around the country to keep them updated on the Huskies. Washington's future schedule also should help it get more exposure. Next year, the Huskies play &t Ohio State, which should be a big national game. There's little doubt a 1994 matchup against Miami won't go coast-to-coast. If Washington needed any guarantees, n 1995 and 1996, it has a two-game scries with Notre Dame. If Washington keeps winning, Kennedy hopes the networks will have to respond. He envisions the day when the Huskies will be a drawing power on television, just like Miami and Notre Dame. "The same thing happened when Miami first started to come up (in the early '80s," Kennedy said. "Two or three years down the road, I'm going to turn on my tele vision,' and I expect to sec Washington on, just because it's Wash ington. . I'

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