When coach Ken Hatfield asked Clemson quarterback DeChane Cameron to run the offense through a cold rain Saturday night, he took the coach at his word.
Told he would need to run for 100 yards to give the 15th-ranked Tigers (6-1-1, 4-0-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) a chance to win, Cameron delivered 117 and also scored two touchdowns in a 21-6 victory over North Carolina (5-4, 2-4) in Chapel Hill, N.C.
"When I first thought about it, I thought it was impossible because I've never gained 100 yards before," Cameron said. "When he said in order for us to win I would have to rush for 100 yards, it was extra pressure, but I'm sure every quarterback in America has pressure on him.
"To be a winner, you've got to go out and handle pressure, and that's what I did today," Cameron said.
* STANFORD: Thanks to Steve Stenstrom, the Cardinal is a bowl contender.
Stenstrom, who improved his record to 5-0 as Stanford's starting quarterback, led the Cardinal (6-3, 4-2 in the Pacific-10) to a 27-10 victory over now-unranked UCLA (6-3, 4-2) in Stanford, Calif.
"It's been a great turnaround for us," Stenstrom said. "We're taking each game by itself, but we think we can play with anybody."
With five wins against I-A opponents, Stanford needs one more to be eligible for a bowl.
* FRESNO STATE: The top two offenses in the country met in Stockton, Calif., and guess what happened? Seventy-three points and 951 yards.
Fresno State (8-1, 4-1 in the Big West) picked up the majority of each on its way to a 59-14 win over Pacific (4-6, 3-2).
Pacific entered the game averaging a Division I-A-leading 545 yards per game, 2 more than Fresno State, and was No. 1 in passing with 359 yards per game.
Fresno State exceeded its average, gaining 601 yards, and limited the Tigers to 350, just 217 through the air. Pacific quarterback Troy Kopp was 11-for-27 for 189 yards with two interceptions before being lifted.
* SAN DIEGO STATE: Freshman sensation Marshall Faulk, who returned after a three-game injury absence Saturday night, tied Emmitt Smith's record by reaching 1,000 yards in his seventh game.
Faulk, who gained 174 yards in San Diego State's 42-32 victory over Colorado State on Saturday night, broke the freshman record for touchdowns by scoring his 19th.