1. PENN STATE (3-0)
2. ARMY (2-1)
3. DARTMOUTH (2-0)
King Fink sank Missouri quite as easily as if the clawful Tigers had been Navy. J. Kingsley Fink, that is. Army's second-line sophomore quarterback from Eau Gallie, Fla. came on in relief in the second quarter and tossed three touchdown passes to Cadets euphonically called Sanders, Simar and Simpson. The receptions by David, John and Bruce were the margin of the 22-6 win.
When Alberto Vitiello appeared on the Penn State campus he brought his own kicking shoes and football with him because he did not know the football team supplied such equipment. A uniform and a towel he thought, maybe. The left-footed, mustachioed soccer-style kicker, a recent arrival from Naples, Italy by way of Long Island, was about ready to throw the towel back in last Saturday. "I was standing on the sidelines thinking, 'I hope they score a touchdown so I don't have to go in,' " he admitted after the Nittany Lions' 16-14 squeaker over Air Force. Vitiello had missed an extra-point kick that enabled Air Force to get a 14-13 lead in the last quarter, and he had made only one field goal in five attempts. But Air Force held on the 14, Coach Joe Paterno confidently sent him in and Vitiello bisected the uprights with the winning three-pointer. Shortly preceding this, Fullback Franco Harris had fumbled forward on a sweep of left end and Quarterback John Hufnagel, leading the interference, had scooped up the ball without breaking stride, ending with a 27-yard gain to set up the field goal.
October 10, 1971
For the first time since 1945, seven years before most of its sophomores were born, Columbia defeated Princeton. The 22-20 win barely survived a 32-yard field goal attempt by Princeton in the last six seconds. Earlier Defensive Back Charlie Johnson had rifled through to prevent a game-tying two-point conversion. The Light Blue presented the game ball to Columbia President Bill McGill who, carried away with the moment, made a rather un-Ivy locker room appearance.
Ed Marinaro of nearby New Milford ruined home-state Rutgers at New Brunswick, N.J., by gaining 246 yards and scoring four touchdowns as Cornell won 31-17 and Marinaro came closer to the alltime NCAA yardage record.
1. ARIZONA STATE (3-0)
2. WASHINGTON (4-0)
3. USC (2-2)
Palo Alto and Durham had one thing in common Saturday evening: puzzlement as to why Duke had been a 14-point underdog. Stanford never crossed the goal line in a 9-3 upset. One good reason was Duke's fiendish seven-man deep pass defense, similar to the "prevent" defense usually used in waning minutes by a winning team, which conceded yardage to prohibit touchdowns. The perimeter defense worked perfectly as Stanford gained 362 yards to Duke's 139 but had to settle for field-goal tries. And placekicker Rod Garcia had a bad day, one for four. Ironically, Duke's touchdown also came because of the perimeter defense. Duke defender Ernie Jackson was a good eight yards off receiver Miles Moore when Stanford Quarterback Don Bunce overthrew Moore, putting the ball directly into Jackson's hands. Jackson was in fine position to run 54 yards for the game's only touchdown. It was a particularly ill-advised pass on Bunce's part, since he had been the one to predict Stanford would score six touchdowns, Duke none. He had a bad week all around.
Pepper Rodgers must be wondering why he ever went west from Kansas, for in four tries his UCLA team is winless. Oregon State crushed the Bruins 34-17 as Fullback Dave Schilling gained 103 yards and Quarterback Steve Endicott passed 10 times and completed them all. UCLA did lead 17-13 as late as the middle of the third quarter, but when Beaver Ray Taroli took a kickoff 100 yards in 12 seconds, the dam broke. Pepper doctored UCLA's weak ground game by calling in Quarterback Scott Henderson, a third-stringer, to run the I formation. Henderson was adequate, but UCLA fizzled.
Arizona State's Sun Devils burned Texas-El Paso with 478 yards of total offense to UTEP's 70. The score was a more modest 24-7, however, because the Miners' pass defense picked up three interceptions. Part of El Paso's paltry output was attributable to two ASU sophomore defensive ends—Bob Noble, who came in to replace injured starter Ah You, and Larry Shorter. Noble recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass deep in UTEP territory.
Brigham Young had a rocky afternoon. Literally. New Mexico Quarterback Rocky Long completed nine of 12 passes for 115 yards and ran 11 times for 110 yards as the Lobos won 14-0. What graveled BYU particularly is that Rocky's father, Rod Long, was a onetime Cougar star. BYU was as cold as Provo, failing to score early with first and goal on the New Mexico three-yard line, and never containing UNM's defensive star, Linebacker Herm Fredenberg.
1. ALABAMA (4-0)
2. AUBURN (3-0)
3. GEORGIA (4-0)
Ralph Jordan said Auburn did not play with enthusiasm. Auburn Quarterback Pat Sullivan said he "piddled around all afternoon." Kentucky Coach John Ray said Auburn's defense was not nearly as strong as last year. The scoreboard said Auburn beat Kentucky 38-6. Sullivan hit 16 of 25 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns and Terry Beasley caught nine for 194 yards. "I've seen Sullivan and Beasley better," Shug Jordan said. Auburn gained 304 yards in the air. "I hate to see us fall in the category of a passing team," Jordan remarked. Auburn held Kentucky to one touchdown and no placekicks. "Our defense buckles and bends, swings and sways," Jordan said. He did admit that "somehow it keeps people out of the end zone." So much for Auburn postmortems.
Tennessee drove 99½ yards for the third-quarter touchdown that beat Florida 20-13. It would have been only 99 yards, except that Volunteer Coach Bill Battle remembered a golden maxim that once fell from the lips of his old mentor, Bear Bryant. "The only time you can afford the luxury of going on the field to protest is when the ball is on your one-yard line. Then they can only penalize you half a yard," said Bryant. And here came the angry Battle, and the penalty, so replacement Quarterback Phil Pierce's leadership of Tennessee's march, culminating in a 20-yard TD pass, was 18 inches more glorious.
Georgia Tech Quarterback Eddie McAshan, the school's first black football player, fanned the fire under Coach Bud Carson by allegedly telling the newspapers, "We didn't come out attacking" after the upset by Army the week before. For the implication, the coaches asked McAshan to stay away from Tuesday's practice session until the entire situation had been checked. Convinced McAshan's statements had been misrepresented, Carson gave his quarterback another chance. McAshan reacted by completing 14 of 24 for 102 yards and running for two touchdowns in a 24-14 victory over Clemson.
Georgia flooded out Mississippi State 35-7 as sophomore Quarterback Andy Johnson ran 132 yards in 16 carries. Oregon State, Tulane and Clemson had also fallen to the Athens bunch, but people still raised questions about Georgia's muscle. State Quarterback Hal Chealander had no questions. "The bruises on my body say they aren't weak," he observed.
LSU's Tigers swallowed Rice 38-3 and North Carolina ripped North Carolina State 27-7. Florida State Quarterback Gary Huff completed 21 of 25 passes good for 374 yards and both touchdowns as the Seminoles won their fourth straight, 17-3 over VPI.
Maryland dominated Wake Forest for the first half. Then the Demon Deacons mended their ways, intercepted four Al Neville passes—two inside the 10-yard line—and converted the game into a visitors' camp meeting, with the running of Gary Johnson and Larry Hopkins doing the heavy persuading in an 18-14 win.
1. TEXAS (3-0)
2. ARKANSAS (3-1)
3. HOUSTON (3-1)
These are the real Arkansas Razorbacks, fans. Notice the bony hard backs, the stubbly chin whiskers, the mean look around the mouth. Accept no substitutes. No goats, for instance. Those were goats that lost to Tulsa last week. These are definitely Hogs. Only Hogs would swallow Horned Frogs whole, as Arkansas did in extinguishing TCU 49-15. Only Hogs would monopolize every department: first downs, rushing yardage, passing yardage, interceptions, even yards penalized (119-0). Hogs alone would throw in an 83-yard kickoff return, a 61-yard scoring interception of a pass, a record-equaling number of points in a league game.
With hamstringed first-stringer Eddie Phillips on the bench in street clothes for the second half, substitute Texas Quarterback Donnie Wigginton led the Horns to a 35-7 rout of Oregon. Wigginton became the game's leading gainer with 116 yards on 13 carries in only three quarters. The 5'8" sub also scored two touchdowns. But Texans did not rejoice. Phillips came away limping worse, End Jim Moore suffered a severe knee sprain, Fullback Bobby Callison got a shoulder bruise and star Jim Bertelsen reinjured his already-ailing shoulder.
Though soph field leader Joe Pisarcik broke NMSU's school record for pass completions with 22, the SMU Mustangs edged New Mexico State 28-25 for their first win. Gary Hammond scored the winning touchdown late in the game on a 15-yard keep.
While considerably winded after blowing down mighty Arkansas last week, Tulsa's Golden Hurricane had enough left to beat West Texas. The Tulsans did not exactly breeze, though. They had 94-and four-yard touchdowns called back and stopped West Texas by inches on their own 38 before winning 17-13.
1. NOTRE DAME (3-0)
2. NEBRASKA (4-0)
3. MICHIGAN (3-0)
A year ago, after spectacularly ending Penn State's record of 31 games without a loss with a 41-13 upset, Colorado's Buffaloes were exterminated by unprepossessing Kansas State as Lynn Dickey had a passable day. This year it was happening again. After soaring to sixth in the national rankings by upsetting Ohio State at Columbus, the Buffs were losing to Kansas State 21-17 midway in the third quarter. Unstoppable sophomore Tailback Charlie Davis, who had rushed 418 yards in Colorado's previous victories over LSU, Wyoming and Ohio State, managed only 16 yards in 14 carries. The whole CU offense had 97 yards, with a big minus-seven rushing in the first half. State must have begun to think Colorado's main claim to fame was the fact that its mascot was a pregnant buffalo named Ralphie. But then Colorado pulled a surprise. Going to the air, Quarterback Ken Johnson set a CU passing record with 276 yards and the Buffs won 31-21.
Oklahoma offensive Coach Barry Switzer said all week he was going to give Halfbacks Greg Pruitt and Joe Wylie new jerseys with no number or name. All they would have on them was "Hello" on the front and "Goodby" on the back. Switzer didn't deliver, but Pruitt and Wylie did against USC. Oklahoma's 33-20 runaway was led by Pruitt's 205 yards on only 16 tries, including touchdown jaunts of 75,42 and seven yards, as Wylie turned into a beautiful blocker. The Sooners had a total of over 500 yards rushing. They threw just one pass. "Why should we throw?" Quarterback Jack Mildren asked. "If Switzer ever sends down word to pass, I ain't gonna call it." Head Coach Chuck Fairbanks said tongue-in-cheekily, "We threw that pass to keep them loose."
Duffy Daugherty felt the officials were picking on him. The officials, however, claimed Michigan State was picking on Notre Dame—that is, the secondary receivers were blocking for the intended receiver before he even caught the ball, football's equivalent of the "moving pick" in basketball. "I've seen it called once every 10 years," fumed Daugherty after the Spartans lost 14-2. He didn't see roughing the kicker called often enough to suit him, though. Daugherty called this omission to the officials' attention twice, both times from a few yards onto the playing field.
Illinois has scored at last for new Coach Bob Blackman. Scored, that is, not won. Indeed, the underdog Illini twice seemed to have a lead against Washington and Sonny Sixkiller. They scored the first time they had the ball, but the touchdown was called back. Then, trailing only 17-14 in the third period, Illinois recovered a punt in the Washington end zone for a 20-17 lead—or so the official nearest the ball said. But he was overruled and Sixkiller proceeded to set matters straight 52-14. He passed for 180 yards as Washington scored five touchdowns in 22 minutes. Ball-controlling Northwestern allowed Wisconsin only three points in the first 60 minutes of a 24-11 victory. The other eight came after the gun.
Syracuse, which had big preseason plans to beat three Big Ten teams, finally salvaged one win by handing Indiana's hapless Hoosiers their third shutout in four games, 7-0. Marty (Jan the Man) Januszkiewicz, who had gained 769 yards last season, gained only 30 to bring his season total to 104. "Maybe we ought to just call him Jan," a Syracuse spokesman said. But Januszkiewicz did score the game's only TD on a one-yard dive after Tommy Myers' 58-yard punt return.
Poor Utah State got its 3-0 record into trouble by taking on Nebraska. To the intense approval of 67,421 fans in Lincoln, the Cornhuskers varied their boring pattern of defeating their three previous opponents five touchdowns to one. The Huskers beat the Aggies six touchdowns to one, 42-6. Quarterback Jerry Tagge was responsible for four of them. He sneaked across twice and threw TD passes to Fullback Bill Olds and Slotback Johnny Rodgers.
Ohio State has Woody Hayes glowing again, as his sophomores whipped California 35-3. The latest OSU youngster to come of age is Quarterback Greg Hare, who took over for injured Don Lamka. On one drive Hare pitched 24 yards to sophomore Tight End Rick Middleton, handed off for three smashes by sophomore Fullback Randy Keith, then picked up the remaining 40 yards on a keeper after a good block by Keith.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
THE LINEMAN: New Mexico Linebacker Herm Fredenberg, a 217-pound senior from Window Rock, Ariz. who, in addition to 16 tackles, contributed two big interceptions and keystoned a goal-line stand in his team's 14-0 win over BYU.
THE BACK: Halfback Greg Pruitt of Oklahoma who gained 205 yards for an average of 13 a carry, jaunting 75, 42 and seven for touchdowns to provide more than the margin of victory as the Sooners beat Southern Cal 33-20.