No. 23 Iowa aside, top 25 teams have things their way

September 07, 1992|By Marc Bouchard | Marc Bouchard,Staff Writer

The first Saturday of the 1992 college football season passed as coaches of nationally ranked teams had hoped it would: quietly.

When the season's first full-schedule weekend ended early yesterday, all but one of the teams in the top 25 found their records unblemished .

No. 23 Iowa was the only ranked team to lose, falling to No. 1 Miami, 24-7, in the Hurricanes' season opener. Gino Torreta passed for 433 yards and two touchdowns, leading Miami to its 19th straight win.

Napoleon Kaufman ran 63 yards for a touchdown on his first carry and went 70 on his second to set up another score as No. 2 Washington won its 15th consecutive game, beating Arizona State, 31-7.

Even No. 4 Florida State, which has a history of stumbling early, survived the first week of the season with a 48-21 win over Duke in their Atlantic Coast Conference debut. The Seminoles had lost two of their past four openers.

On average, teams in the Top 25 beat their opponents by almost 19 points. No. 22 Tennessee had the largest margin of victory -- 35 points over Southwest Louisiana -- and No. 17 Ohio State edged Louisville, 20-19, for the smallest margin.

A short season

When The Citadel, a member of Division I-AA's Southern Conference, provided Saturday's biggest surprise with a 10-3 upset over Arkansas of the Southeastern Conference, Razorbacks coach Jack Crowe did not take the loss lightly.

Yesterday, Crowe announced his resignation, saying, "The program is not where we want it to be and not where it should be."

Athletic director Frank Broyles said he and Crowe discussed the status of the football program during Crowe's tenure as head coach and agreed with Crowe's assessment.

Police blotter

* State troopers arrested Alabama football player David Palmer on a drunken driving charge early yesterday, hours after coach Gene Stallings benched him in the season opener for another DUI case.

Officers stopped Palmer for speeding on U.S. 11 near Tuscaloosa about 2:30 a.m., said Capt. Roy Smith, a trooper spokesman. Palmer, 19, refused a blood-alcohol test and was charged with driving under the influence, Smith said.

Stallings held Palmer out of Saturday's 25-8 win over Vanderbilt as punishment for a June wreck that resulted in a drunken driving charge. Palmer was granted youthful offender status in that case, so the outcome will not be made public.

"He's one of our better players, there's no question about that," Stallings said yesterday. "I just don't know [how they would replace him]."

Palmer was Alabama's top offensive threat in 1991 with 1,113 total yards and seven touchdowns. He set a school record by returning three punts for touchdowns. Palmer was MVP of the Blockbuster Bowl when Alabama beat Colorado, 30-25.

* Former Nebraska running back Scott Baldwin was in serious condition yesterday following surgery after he was shot in a fight with police in Omaha, Neb., a hospital spokeswoman said.

Baldwin, undergoing psychiatric care after being found not responsible by reason of insanity in the beating of a Lincoln woman in January, was wounded in the lower left chest in Saturday's 11:43 p.m. CDT shooting.

Nebraska coach Tom Osborne said Baldwin, 23, admitted to team psychologist Jack Stark that he stopped taking medication to treat depression Wednesday and had been drinking alcohol before his arrest.

Charles in charge

Charlie Ward, who plays point guard for Florida State's basketball team, debuted at quarterback for the Seminoles in their 48-21 win over Duke, throwing four touchdown passes and rushing for a score. But the junior won't be trading in his high-tops for the NFL just yet: He also threw four interceptions and fumbled once.

Leading the charge

Kordell Stewart, a sophomore making his first start for Colorado, threw for a school-record 409 yards and four %o touchdowns, as the No. 12 Buffaloes, using a new one-back, pass-oriented offense, beat Colorado State, 37-17.

How the AP top 25 fared

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Team (record) ... Last week ... Saturday

Miami (1-0-0) ... beat Iowa, 24-7 Florida A&M, Sept. 19

2. Washington (1-0-0) ... beat Arizona State, 31-7 ... Wisconsin

3. Notre Dame (1-0-0) ... beat Northwestern, 42-7 ... Michigan

4. Florida State (1-0-0) ... beat Duke,48-21 ... at Clemson

5. Michigan (0-0-0) ... idle ... at Notre Dame

6. Florida (0-0-0) ... idle ... Kentucky

7. Texas A&M (2-0-0) ... beat LSU, 31-22 ... Tulsa, Sept. 19

8. Penn State (1-0-0) ... beat Cincinnati, 24-20 ... Temple

9. Alabama (1-0-0) ... beat Vanderbilt, 25-8 ... So. Mississippi

10. Syracuse (0-0-0) ... beat East Carolina, 42-21 ... Texas

11. Nebraska (1-0-0) ... beat Utah, 49-22 ... Middle Tenn. State

12. Colorado (1-0-0) ... beat Colorado State, 37-17 ... at Baylor

13. Clemson (1-0-0) ... beat Ball State, 24-10 ... Florida State

14. Georgia (1-0-0) ... beat South Carolina, 28-6 ... Tennessee

15. Oklahoma (1-0-0) ... idle ... Arkansas State

UCLA (0-0-0) ... idle ... Cal. St.-Fullerton

Ohio State (1-0-0) ... beat Louisville, 20-19 ... Bowling Green

18. N.C. State (2-0-0) .. beat Appalachian St., 35-10 .. at Maryland

19. California (1-0-0) ... beat San Jose State, 46-16 ... at Purdue

20. Stanford (0-1-0) ... idle ... Oregon

21. Mississippi State (1-0-0) beat Texas, 28-10 at Louisiana State

22. Tennessee (1-0-0) ... beat SW Louisiana, 38-3 ... at Georgia

23. Iowa (0-2-0) ... lost to Miami, 24-7 ... Iowa State

24. Georgia Tech (0-0-0) ... idle ... Western Carolina

25. Virginia (1-0-0) ... beat Maryland, 28-15 ... at Navy

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