When DePaul defeated UCLA, 99-94, on Saturday it marked only the eighth time in years that the Bruins have been beaten in Pauley Pavillion. It was also UCLA's second loss in a row, only the third time in 14 years that has happened.

Some are saying that the Bruins, 3-2 under new Coach Larry Brown, have had it and are picking Oregon State to unseat them for the Pac 10 crown. Don't bet the mortgage on it.

The Bruins have three superb freshmen who should come on as the season progresses. If Brown gets any patience from the superspoiled UCLA fans he will put it back together in Westwood.

Billy Sims, Oklahoma's 1978 Heisman Trophy winner, will probably be one of the first three players selected in next spring's NFL draft. But Sims says he does not expect to equal the feats of Earl Campbell, who won the Heisman trophy in 1977 and has gone on to win back-to-back rushing titles as a pro in Houston.

Sims has a simple explanation when asked what makes Campbell special. "It's simple," he said. "Earl ain't human."

NFL defenders might agree.

George Washington, off for 11 days because of exams, returns to action Wednesday night hosting Mount St. Mary's (5-0), but the game should be a breather for the 2-2 Colonials.

Saturday, however, they travel to Richmond. The Spiders, 4-2, may be one of the most improved teams in the country under second-year Coach Lou Goetz. Last year the Spiders improved from 4-22 to 10-16 under Goetz and lost several close games. This year, with four freshmen, two of them starters, they are playing even better, their losses being by to two points each to Connecticut and Virginia Commonweath . . . How good is very underrated Old Dominion? Good enough that no one in the state -- Virginia Tech, Richmond, William and Mary -- wants to play them.

North Carolina Coach Dean Smith likes to downplay the role of his freshmen, only three have started for him -- Phil Ford, Mike O'Koren and this year James Worthy. But with the Tar Heels struggling somewhat, Worthy has had to play an important role. He scored the winning basket in a 68-63 win over Cincinnati and had 24 points Saturday against Detroit . . . Great as Worthy is, those who have seen Ohio State 6-8 Clark Kellogg say he is the best freshman in the country.

Although few people noticed, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville's 3-2 win over Clemson a week ago for the NCAA soccer championship may have represented a major step forward for American soccer players.

Clemson's team, as always, was made up mostly of African players. SIU- Edwardsville was American-dominated and the Americans won the game. Two days later, six of SIU-Edwardsville's players were chosen in the NASL draft, including two in the first round.

The loss in the championship game continued the frustration of Clemson Coach Ibrahim Ibrahim, who has been to the final four in soccer four of the last five years without winning a championship.

Ibrahim, despite the success he has had in 13 years at Clemson, is not the most popular figure in the athletic department. This year, in fact, he lost his on-campus office and has taken to working out of his store located in downtown Clemson.

George Washington may switch from a tartan surface in Smith Center to a wood surface next season. Basketball coach Bob Tallent believes the numerous ankle injuries his team has suffered the last three seasons -- including a serious one this preseason to leading scorer Mike Zagardo -- are at least partly caused by the tartan surface, which has little give.

American guard Robin Hoey, a junior college transfer in his first season with the Eagles, scored a career-high 21 points Saturday in AU's win over Delaware. Hoey should have success if geography has anything to do with talent: He grew up on the same street in Shelby, N.C., as David Thompson.

ACC teams have a combined record of 36-8 with Duke, Virginia and Clemson undefeated . . . Boston College, which faces Duke Friday, has beaten four opponents by an average of 23 points a game and averaged 20 rebounds more per game then its opponents, despite starting only one player over 6 foot-5. "That's our secret," said former Maryland and AU assistant Tom Davis, BC's head coach. "Our opponents laugh at us when we get introduced on the court" . . . Maryland Coach lefty Driesell says in his top 10 Ohio State is No. 1.

They should rename the Garden State Bowl the NCAA's Folly. In spite of the fact that several New Jersey casinos bought up nearly 20,000 tickets (and gave them to local high school players) for the second annual game this year between Temple and California, the crowd in Giant Stadium was only 40,000.