Maryland quarterback Calvin McCall has been ruled out of Saturday's road game against top-ranked Florida State with what an MRI exam yesterday showed was a complete isolated tear of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
Coach Ron Vanderlinden said that freshman Latrez Harrison, the centerpiece of Maryland's latest recruiting class, would replace McCall in the Atlantic Coast Conference game. Vanderlinden did not rule out McCall playing in the last regular season game, Nov. 20 at home against Virginia, saying his condition would "continue to be evaluated."
As expected, Vanderlinden confirmed that starting linebacker Kevin Bishop suffered more serious ligament damage in his left knee and will require surgery. Both McCall and Bishop were injured during the fourth quarter of Maryland's 30-17 loss to North Carolina State on Saturday in Raleigh. Sophomore E.J. Henderson will replace Bishop.
This will be the 14th time in the last 16 games that Maryland's quarterback has been either a true or redshirt freshman. Randall Jones started four times last season as a true freshman and was moved to safety after the season opener this season. McCall, a redshirt freshman, started all nine games this season. Vanderlinden said he handled the numerous situations that required quick thinking at the line of scrimmage well but needed to improve his passing.
Harrison played the final four-plus minutes Saturday after McCall was injured and was intercepted twice. That was excusable, because Maryland was so far behind. What surely concerned Vanderlinden was Harrison's poise after McCall had to leave the game for one play midway through the third quarter. On third and 12, Harrison went beyond the line of scrimmage before throwing a pass that was tipped and then intercepted.
Va. Tech Up a Notch
Virginia Tech moved one step closer to the top spot in college football.
The Hokies (8-0) edged West Virginia, 22-20, on a last-second field goal and jumped from No. 3 to No. 2--their highest ranking ever--in the Associated Press top 25 by virtue of then-No. 2 Penn State's 24-23 upset loss to Minnesota. The Nittany Lions (9-1) slipped to No. 6.
Florida State (9-0), which was idle, remained at No. 1. Tennessee (7-1) improved from No. 4 to No. 3 with its 38-14 win over Notre Dame. Florida (8-1) rose from No. 5 to No. 4 after beating Vanderbilt, 13-6, and Kansas State (9-0) went from No. 6 to No. 5 after downing Colorado, 20-14.
Hans Olsen, a nephew of NFL Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen, returned a fumble 24 yards for a touchdown and Kevin Feterik threw two touchdowns as No. 15 Brigham Young beat San Diego State, 30-7, in San Diego.
The win, coupled with Wyoming's 43-29 victory over Utah, assured the Cougars of no worse than a tie for the first Mountain West Conference championship and a berth in either the Liberty or Las Vegas bowls.
Olsen's score gave the Cougars (8-1, 5-0) a 20-7 lead with 13 minutes 11 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
"This is the first time I've ever had a ball in my hands during a game," Olsen said. "I was doing everything to keep from being hit, because I knew if I was going to get hit the ball was going to come out like a banana." . . .
Oregon's Joey Harrington threw three touchdown passes and ran for another in his first start to lead the Ducks to a 52-10 Pacific-10 Conference victory over Washington State in Eugene, Ore.
Oregon (6-3, 4-2) clinched a winning season--its sixth straight--and became eligible for a bowl bid. . . .
Deuce McAllister returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a score and rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns as Mississippi (7-2, 4-2) beat Arkansas (5-3, 2-3), 38-16, in a Southeastern Conference game in Oxford, Miss. McAllister had a career-high 317 all-purpose yards, his third straight game with more than 250. The Rebels moved from No. 23 to No. 18.
Special correspondent John Mullen contributed to this report from news services.