Any doubt, ask Cliff Stoudt: slightly inaccurate, the report that he broke his passing arm riding one of those mechanical buckin' broncos or bulls. Actually, the Steelers' backup quarterback said, arm in sling last night, his urban cowboy ride in a Seattle lounge preceded a swing at a test-your-strength punching bag, and that's how he snapped his right forearm.

In Seattle, when it rains it pours, and after the 24-21 Pittsburgh loss Sunday, the team's flight home was fogged in, Stoudt passed time -- and now he can't pass a football. His punch glanced off the bag and his arm hit a holding stand.

Now who's No. 2 to Terry Bradshaw? Probably Mark Malone, the No. 3 who as fill-in wide receiver Sunday caught a 90-yard touchdown from No. 1 . . .

Saturday's NCAA-ABC leads with Alabama-Penn State, follows with regional fare -- on WJLA-7, Arkansas-Texas A&M (a look at Aggie officers of the day without sabers). So we miss the same-time-slot 'cast of the Brigham Young passing show at 7-0 Hawaii . . . The WAC is a horse race among Hawaii, Utah, BYU and Wyoming for the Dec. 19 Holiday Bowl date, maybe with Navy. And maybe not. The Holiday folks, in naval-oriented San Diego, like the Mids but also have eyes for Big Ten, Pac-10 or Big Eight nontitlists. And they don't regard far-off Hawaii as a potential gate disaster: upward of 2,000 fans followed the Rainbows for a regular-season date at San Diego State . . .

'Bama-Penn State: key for several bowls. If the Tide falls in this bid to get Bear Bryant his record-tying 314th coaching victory, the magic No. 315 (or 314, if Auburn intervenes later this month) would be at stake in postseason. A bit of a change in Sugar Bowl selection process this year, in event of a shared SEC title: instead of the team that waited longest since its last appearance getting the nod, the bowl committee can choose the cochampion it deems the better attraction. Georgia or Alabama? Herschel or the Bear? Something to chew on, with the Sugar now going to Jan. 1 night and head-on against the Orange.

Navy tailback Eddie Meyers is ECAC Division I-A offensive player of the week for his 298-yard Syracuse game -- and Rich Prather from Wheaton High is an ECAC Division III ditto for rolling up 270 ground yards and three touchdowns as Frostburg State tailback in the 21-20 win against Duquesne. Prather totaled 1,276 yards for this, his junior season and with 141.8 yards a game is in the division's top four nationally.

Another top junior tailback from Silver Spring, nice item with Larry Bird in town: Eric Robinson of Indiana State (Terre Haute). The former Kennedy High athlete stood No. 17 in last NCAA Division I-A stats with 107.8 rushing yards per game (647 yards, 5.3 a carry in six games before missing two hurt) and No. 17 in scoring average with eight (of ISU's first 13) touchdowns. Despite a still sore bruised knee, Robinson came back for his "average" 108 yards Saturday against West Texas State . . . And here he comes? Indiana State reports it tentatively has filled the open date, Oct. 9, College Park, on Maryland's 1982 schedule -- four weeks after the Terps open at Penn State, where his sophomore brother Mark Robinson starts at safety. . . .

Fran Curci is all but gone at 2-7 Kentucky, the Lexington Leader newspaper reports -- saying it learned that Curci has lost the support of UK President Otis Singletary . . .

A. Last Reno title fight: July 4, 1910: Jack Johnson KO'd Jim Jeffries in 15, retained heavyweight crown . . . Q. Whatever happened to Russ Potts?