Florida State quarterback Bob Davis, whose 10-yard touchdown pass to flanker Jessie Hester with six seconds left Saturday night beat Arizona State, 29-26, says he could barely see his receivers because of a lost contact lens.
"My vision without my contacts is fair at best," said Davis, a junior who was pressed into service when starter Kelly Lowrey twisted his left knee early in the fourth quarter. "I had to squint a lot out there to see who I was throwing to. I just started wearing contacts two weeks ago, but one fell out the morning of the game so I decided not to wear any at all."
Davis, who hadn't played at all until two weeks ago and had six career completions in 11 attempts, hit on eight of 12 passes for 140 yards as Florida State (5-3) rallied to win its third straight game.
With no timeouts left, the Seminoles drove 82 yards in 10 plays over a 1:22 span and Davis threw across his body to Hester, who was wide open deep in the end zone.
"I was a little off-balance when I threw it," said Davis. "At first, I was afraid I'd underthrown it, but it got there with plenty to spare."
Seminoles Coach Bobby Bowden said he's had people ask, 'Why don't you play Davis more?' I hadn't played him because I didn't know how he would respond to pressure. We needed a real mobile quarterback against a team like this. I didn't think Davis could do it. But you never know until you try. Boy, did he come through!"
The game-winning drive came just five minutes after Arizona State quarterback Todd Hons had thrown a 35-yard touchdown pass to split end Doug Allen for a 26-22 lead.
In Little Rock, Arkansas finally got even with Rice. The Owls had led their all-time SWC series with the Razorbacks, 28-27-1, but Brad Taylor took care of it. The quarterback threw four touchdown passes in a 35-0 victory as scouts from the Liberty and Sun bowls looked on.
It was the first time Rice had been shut out since the last game of 1979. For the fourth straight game, the Rice offense went without scoring a touchdown.
In Honolulu, Dino Babers dived over from two yards out and Raphel Cherry passed to Shephard Killen for the two-point conversion with 1:29 left to give Hawaii a 25-24 Western Athletic Conference victory over Texas-El Paso.
The winning Hawaii drive started with 3:36 left and less than two minutes after failing to score from the UTEP two.
In other night games, South Carolina defeated North Carolina State, 31-17, and Cincinnati and Kentucky played to a 13-13 tie.