1. TEXAS (3-1)
2. ARKANSAS (4-1)
3. HOUSTON (3-1)
Arkansas Quarterback Joe Ferguson played slightly more than a half, but that was time enough for him to throw 39-and 40-yard touchdown passes to Mike Reppond as the Razorbacks warmed up for Texas with a 35-7 win over Baylor. The Bears used the Wishbone T for the first time this season but did not operate it well, fumbling once and getting five passes intercepted. Soph Dicky Morton played well for Arkansas but finished the game on the sideline with bruised ribs. "We're out of tailbacks," said Coach Frank Broyles, "and with Texas coming up, that's not good."
Texas Tech Cornerback Marc Dove was more like a hawk against Texas A&M, running back punts, spoiling A&M's passing attack and recovering a fumble in the Red Raiders' 28-7 victory. Oklahoma State and Texas Christian tied 14-14 in Fort Worth.
October 17, 1971
1. ARIZONA STATE (4-0)
2. STANFORD (4-1)
3. WASHINGTON (4-1)
Maybe the entire Pacific Northwest peaked too soon. There was a lot of Rose Bowl talk in Seattle and many a citizen already had made his reservations in Pasadena. Sonny Sixkiller and the Washington Huskies had the fans more excited than at any time since the days of Hugh McElhenny. By last Friday night tickets for the Washington-Stanford game were being scalped for $40 apiece. For the first time in eight years Washington students held a Friday-night pep rally, at which Coach Jim Owens threw away all caution and predicted victory. He was wrong. A record Husky Stadium crowd of 60,777 saw Stanford's defensive line, nicknamed the "Thunder Chickens," harass Sixkiller unmercifully and help the Indians win 17-6.
By halftime Sixkiller had completed only five of 15 passes and Washington's running game had produced minus-26 yards. At game's end, Sixkiller had connected on only 12 of 46, with four interceptions—three by Indian Safety Benny Barnes, who also had fun running the safety blitz.
With three seconds to play, Cal was on Oregon State's seven-yard line. A field goal would give the Bears a 27-27 tie. But instead they gambled. Quarterback Jay Cruze tossed to 6'4" Flanker Steve Sweeney, who made a beautiful diving catch for a 30-27 victory. It was the pair's third TD-pass play of the afternoon. "We didn't play well again and we got beat," said disgusted USC Coach John McKay. Oregon Quarterback Harvey Winn, only 5'8" tall, did play well in L.A. and the Ducks upset heavily favored Troy for the second straight year, 28-23. "We came here to win and win we did," said Winn. Utah State beat Brigham Young 29-7 after Bob Wicks' 61-yard TD punt return lit the spark. Woody Green, Arizona State's fine sophomore runner, left campus for personal reasons, but it hardly mattered to the Sun Devils. They stomped Colorado State 42-0 as two substitute backs each averaged more than 13 yards a carry.
1. ALABAMA (5-0)
2. AUBURN (4-0)
3. GEORGIA (5-0)
Duke's injury list was so long it seemed the Blue Devils would have to turn to six-man football. It got so bad in Norfolk last Saturday that new Coach Mike McGee had to use three of his players both ways and would have put on pads himself if the rules allowed. The iron-man performances were not enough and Clemson handed Duke its first defeat, 3-0. The winning field goal was a 39-yarder by soccer-style kicker Eddie Seigler in the last 10 seconds of the third quarter.
But the previously winless Tigers did not beat Duke just because they were healthier. They wisely used squib kickoffs, short punts and excellent coverage to hold Duke to 30 yards in five returns. On the rare occasions they took to the air, they avoided the zone covered by Blue Devil Cornerback Ernie Jackson, whose punt returns and interceptions had helped beat South Carolina and Stanford.
Notre Dame starting Quarterback Bill Etter suffered torn knee ligaments, and outweighed, fired-up Miami held the Irish to a measly 3-0 first-half lead Saturday night in the Orange Bowl. But sophomore Cliff Brown, Etter's replacement, directed Notre Dame to two second-half touchdowns and a 17-0 victory. Miami, which had been averaging 240 yards rushing and 29 points a game, was held to just 60 yards net.
Fullback Curt Watson set a Tennessee career rushing record (1,914 yards, surpassing Beattie Feathers' 1,888) in the Vols' tough 10-6 victory over Georgia Tech, but he was not pleased. "I fumbled three times, missed a blocking assignment that let Tech block a punt and made just about every mistake I could make," he said, neglecting to mention his 19-yard TD run in the first minute. Kicker George Hunt provided the winning margin with an extra point and a 20-yard field goal. This season he has made eight of eight field-goal tries, the longest from 50 yards.
Florida State continued unbeaten in a sloppy 27-9 win over Mississippi State, a rainy day session that included 14 fumbles and five interceptions. Georgia stayed unbeaten, too, whipping Mississippi 38-7 at Jackson. It was the first time since 1946 that the Bulldogs had won their first five games. Offensive Guard John Jennings caught a fumble in midair and rumbled 39 yards for Georgia's first TD. "My wife isn't going to believe this," said the senior. "That's the first time I've touched the football since high school."
LSU joyously took its turn pounding Florida, beating the Gators 48-7. Snapped Florida Coach Doug Dickey, "We were out-hustled, outrun, outhit and outplayed in every dimension of the game." Auburn had a tougher time than expected before beating Southern Mississippi 27-14. Alabama smacked Vanderbilt 42-0.
North Carolina Halfback Ike Oglesby missed the game because of recurring leg cramps and the Tar Heels were beaten for the first time, 37-29, by Tulane. South Carolina's defensive unit, nicknamed the Carolina Bandits, intercepted three passes, recovered four fumbles, blocked a punt and put two TDs on the scoreboard as the Gamecocks beat Virginia 34-14.
1. PENN STATE (4-0)
2. DARTMOUTH (3-0)
3. BOSTON COLLEGE (4-1)
Last October Pittsburgh was trailing West Virginia 35-8 and ended up winning 36-35. Last Saturday the Panthers rose from the dead again, falling behind Navy 35-10, then fighting back to win by—yep—36-35. Favored by 21 points, Pitt got into deep trouble when the Middies converted two fumbles and an interception into scores. But the Pitt defense held fast for the last two periods while the offense went to work. Dave Havern threw a six-yard pass to Les Block with 27 seconds left for the win.
"Army is a solid team, particularly on defense," said Penn State Coach Joe Paterno before the Cadets arrived. That may have been true against Georgia Tech and other teams, but it was not true Saturday. Penn State romped 42-0 as Halfback Ly-dell Mitchell gained 161 yards on 22 carries and scored three touchdowns.
Boston College made Villanova its fourth straight victim 23-7, rushing for 338 yards. Delaware's Blue Hens moved closer to the Lambert Cup by smashing previously undefeated Lafayette 49-0. Sophomore Quarterback Mickey Connolly threw three TD passes to help Holy Cross upset Colgate 28-14. Temple Coach Wayne Hardin was so upset over the death of his former assistant at Navy, Ernie Jorge, that he couldn't give his pregame talk. The Owls dedicated the game to Jorge's memory and beat Connecticut 38-0.
Harvard beat Columbia 21-19, Coach Joe Restic's first Ivy League victory. Ted DeMars switched from fullback to halfback and outgained all of Columbia's backs put together. Penn had a 3-3 tie with Dartmouth in the first half, but two Big Green quarterbacks stayed with their ground attack in the second half and wore the Quakers down 19-3. Ed Marinaro got 144 yards in 30 carries as Cornell beat Princeton 19-8.
1. NEBRASKA (5-0)
2. OKLAHOMA (4-0)
3. MICHIGAN (4-0)
A loser by 51 points last year, Iowa State was ready for powerful Colorado this time, and the fans in Ames, Iowa thought for a while that they were going to savor the Big Eight upset of the season. The Cyclones, unbeaten but rated low in the conference, had themselves a 14-14 tie with just 6½ minutes left. Then Colorado Defensive End J. B. Dean decided there had been enough fooling around. He kicked a 37-yard field goal and, in the last minute, intercepted a pass to set up Cliff Branch's clinching touchdown run—eight yards on an end sweep—that made the final score 24-14.
Undefeated in three games and studded with sophomore stars, Bowling Green was given a good chance to finally end Toledo's winning streak and firmly establish a MidAmerican Conference dynasty of its own. However, all the talk about an upset merely served to get Toledo stirred up and the Rockets won 24-7, their 28th in a row.
Michigan Halfback Bill Taylor injured his left shoulder in the first half against Michigan State and played only occasionally after that, but he still gained 117 yards in 15 carries and scored twice in the Wolverines' 24-13 win. Purdue Quarterback Gary Danielson had to leave the game because of a separated left shoulder, but not before he hit 15 of 20 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns in the Boilermakers' 27-13 victory over Minnesota. Another Big Ten signal-caller, Maurie Daigneau of Northwestern, had a happy day, leading his team to a 28-3 win over poor Iowa, which has lost five straight, just like Illinois.
Nebraska kept rolling, earning its first shutout of 1971, 36-0 over Missouri. Kansas sophomore David Jaynes came off the bench to throw three touchdown passes in 10 minutes as the Jayhawks beat Kansas State 39-13. Tight End John Schroll caught nine of his passes for 88 yards.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
THE LINEMAN: Stanford Defensive Guard Pete Lazetich spilled Washington's heralded quarterback, Sonny Sixkiller, four times, either solo or with help, and turned one completed Sixkiller screen pass into a five-yard loss.
THE BACK: Texas Tech Cornerback Marc Dove intercepted two Texas A&M passes—running one of them back 39 yards for a touchdown—recovered a fumble to set up another score and returned seven punts for 86 yards.