1. OKLAHOMA (7-0)
2. NEBRASKA (8-0)
3. MICHIGAN (8-0)
Iowa State tackled an official (he was sidelined for 10 minutes) better than it did the Oklahoma ballcarriers, so the Sooners enjoyed another romp 43-12. Quarterback Jack Mildren broke Halfback Greg Pruitt's week-old school offense record by rushing and passing for 323 yards, good for four touchdowns. Said Pruitt, "I'll get it back." He was pretty much stymied by the Cyclone defense, however, which put as many as 10 men on the line. Pruitt's 159 yards in 24 carries was nothing to be embarrassed about but was well below his per-game (185.5) and per-carry (12) averages. Mildren's most spectacular performance this season occurred with perhaps bigger things on his mind; he announced after the game a Jan. 14 wedding date. In other Big Eight games Oklahoma State defeated Kansas 17-10 and Missouri took Kansas State's place in the cellar, losing to the Wildcats 28-12.
Michigan and Ohio State remained unbeaten in the Big Ten, but there was no doubt about which of the two powerhouses was the more impressive. The Wolverines swamped Indiana 61-7, while the Buckeyes squeaked by Minnesota 14-12. The Gophers actually had a chance to tie the game in the last minute after Quarterback Craig Curry capped an 80-yard touchdown drive with a two-yard rollout. He tried the same play for the two-point conversion but was tackled inches short. "We were confident he'd try it again," said Ohio State Defensive Coordinator George Hill. "Lucky for us we were there to stop it."
November 8, 1971
The Buckeyes were lucky, too, that Minnesota declined to receive the second-half kickoff. Leading 6-0, Coach Murray Warmath figured his Gophers could continue to contain Ohio State as well as they had in the first half, and elected to kick off instead. The Buckeyes then ground out 80 yards in nearly eight minutes to score and move ahead 7-6. "I was surprised when he decided to kick to us," said Woody Hayes, "but that was a good old-fashioned Ohio State drive."
It was more like an avalanche at Ann Arbor. Michigan rolled up 489 yards on Indiana, all but 37 rushing. Billy Taylor gained 172 yards and scored two touchdowns on only 11 carries. For the Wolverines it was the kind of day when Taylor could fumble deep in Indiana territory, only to have Quarterback Tom Slade pick the ball up and run 13 yards into the end zone.
Eric Allen set an NCAA single-game rushing record with 350 yards in 29 carries as Michigan State routed Purdue 43-10. The Spartans turned four Boilermaker fumbles and one interception into four touchdowns and a field goal.
Winless Iowa's 20-16 upset of Wisconsin was such a surprise that even Jeanne Dixon, the famous seer, missed predicting it. On a recent visit to Des Moines she was asked when the hapless Hawkeyes would win again. "No vibrations," said Mrs. Dixon. There were lots of vibrations in the last minute of play, however, when a pass interference call gave Iowa the ball at the five and an offside penalty moved it to the 2½. From there Steve Penney scored the winning touchdown. The Hawkeyes even won without injured running star Levi Mitchell; his replacement, Craig Johnson, gained 102 yards.
New Coach Bob Blackman, so successful at Dartmouth in previous years, seems to have turned Illinois around. After six losses, the Illini won their second straight, defeating Northwestern 24-7.
Notre Dame, which used to roll up the score after a loss, could only zap Navy 21-0.
1. ALABAMA (8-0)
2. AUBURN (7-0)
3. GEORGIA (8-0)
When the sun shines, take Mississippi and the points. Ole Miss has not lost to LSU in a daytime game since 1934, and the Rebels kept the streak intact with a 24-22 victory. Only a year ago, in a nationally televised night game, the Tigers romped 61-17. They almost upset tradition this year, scoring two touchdowns in the last two minutes and nine seconds after trailing 24-7. As the game ended, Andy Hamilton was struggling to get out of bounds after catching a pass that moved the Tigers to the Rebels' 42-yard line. But it was a 39-yard field goal by Mississippi's Cloyce Hinton that provided the margin which all but knocked the defending SEC champions out of contention.
In this corner was Auburn's Pat Sullivan, and in that corner was Florida's John Reaves, the No. 3 and No. 4 passers in the country. An aerial circus in store, no doubt? Well, yes and no. Auburn Coach Shug Jordan had a different idea. "We have picked up the reputation of a passing team," he said, "but we really like to run the ball." So the first two times the Tigers had the ball, they crunched out scoring drives of 97 and 54 yards without completing a pass. Sullivan ran for both touchdowns, but with a slim halftime lead of 12-7 Jordan decided to pass more often. Sullivan ended up with 15 completions in 30 attempts for 241 yards and two more TDs in a 40-7 romp. Reaves, meanwhile, completed 18 of 37 for 185 yards and one score. With so much early running, Auburn had two backs with more than 100 yards rushing—Terry Henley with 139 and Tommy Lowry with 101.
Bear Bryant spoke glowingly of Mississippi State after Alabama posted a 41-10 victory. "I'm thankful to get out alive," he said, noting the score was 17-10 entering the final period. "They just lined up across there and whipped us." Bryant said injuries had kept the team from scrimmaging during the last two weeks. "It makes a big difference when you've been leaning against dummies and then have to play against men on Saturday."
Georgia, which has not played a close game all year, defeated South Carolina 24-0. It was the third straight shutout by the Bulldogs and the fourth in six games. The Gamecock running attack lost 23 yards, but Quarterback Glenn Morris probed the questionable Georgia secondary for 175 yards. Quarterback James Ray, a starter last season for Georgia, had lost his job to sophomore Andy Johnson in preseason practice. But Johnson went out with a bruised thigh on the third series of the game, and Ray rushed for 151 yards and scored twice, once on an 84-yard run.
Tennessee Coach Bill Battle also found success by going to the bench for a new quarterback. Jim Maxwell, a fourth-stringer making his first start, guided the heretofore sputtering Vol offense to a 38-3 rout of Tulsa.
Surprising Clemson remained unbeaten in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 10-9 victory over Wake Forest as Eddie Seigler booted a 30-yard field goal with 37 seconds left. North Carolina, the ACC favorite, had a tough time with William & Mary, the best team in the Southern Conference, but eventually won 36-35. The two teams exchanged touchdowns all afternoon, the Tar Heels moving the ball on the ground and the Indians through the air. Quarterback Paul Miller, who scored twice and passed for another TD, finally won the game with a two-point conversion toss to Lewis Jolley.
Georgia Tech evened its record at 4-4 with its second straight win, shutting out Duke 21-0. In a Friday night game, Army led Miami 13-3, then the Hurricane blew past the Cadets 24-13. Army had roared to its brief 10-point margin seconds before a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Miami's Tom Sullivan.
1. HOUSTON (5-2)
2. ARKANSAS (6-2)
3. TEXAS (5-2)
It was halftime when the Texas Christian football team officially learned that Coach Jim Pittman's first-quarter heart attack had been fatal. Grief-stricken, it returned to the field, fell behind 27-20 and then charged back with two touchdowns to defeat Baylor 34-27. Quarterback Steve Judy, who ran and passed for four scores, said, "The game itself is not that important, except that we won for him." The death of the first-year coach and his team's comeback victory overshadowed Baylor's best offensive display of the season. The loss was the Bears' 24th in 27 games under Coach Bill Beall.
Texas A&M shut off the Arkansas ground game and turned three Razorback errors into points in a shocking 17-9 upset. "We played conservatively, we whipped them physically," said A&M Coach Gene Stallings. "We never shut them down, we just tried not to give them the easy score." Arkansas Quarterback Joe Ferguson completed 31 of 51 passes for 345 yards, but the Razorback runners were stopped cold—50 yards in 32 carries. Mark Green scored both Aggie touchdowns and gained 102 yards in 27 carries as A&M pounded away at the tackles and didn't make a single turnover.
Arkansas continues to have the best chance for the Cotton Bowl trip, but there are now four teams with only one Southwest Conference loss. Texas stayed in contention, but just barely, by staggering to a 22-18 win over SMU. The Longhorns' Wishbone had its poorest showing with only 124 yards rushing. Quarterback Donnie Wigginton, who said he would rather throw the ball, anyway, accounted for 189 yards on 11 of 18 completions. SMU's unhappiness with the outcome was no worse than its dismay over a couple of referee decisions. Mustang Fullback Dennis Howell was ruled short of the goal line on a fourth-down plunge, but Texas Fullback Bobby Callison was given the TD on a similar close call. Callison's score was the difference in the game.
Texas Tech bumbled along as one of the season's major disappointments by losing to Rice 9-7. The Owls' Mark Williams kicked three medium-range field goals, and the Raiders' record dropped to 3-5.
The running of Robert Newhouse and outstanding play by the defensive secondary lifted Houston to a 14-7 victory over Florida State. Newhouse gained 192 yards in 34 carries to top the 100-yard mark for the 11th time in his last 12 games (he had 99 yards in the other). His 16-yard scoring dash in the second quarter put the Cougars ahead to stay. The Houston defense frustrated Gary Huff, the nation's leading passer, with three interceptions around the goal line and by limiting his top receiver, Rhett Dawson, to one catch.
1. ARIZONA STATE (6-1)
2. STANFORD (6-2)
3. WASHINGTON (6-2)
The offspring of one Arizona State hero and the kid brother of another propelled the Sun Devils to a 44-28 romp past Air Force. Sophomore Quarterback Danny White, son of Wilford (Whizzer) White, had three TD passes among his 17 completions for 334 yards. Ben Malone, another sophomore and the brother of onetime Arizona State standout Art Malone, gained 192 yards in 22 carries and scored twice. The Sun Devils trailed at the half 15-10, but a four-touchdown burst in the third quarter broke the game open. In all, Arizona State had 585 yards total offense against a Falcon team that had not allowed more than 19 points in a game all season.
Late in the first half at Corvallis, Oregon State was leading Stanford 24-3, and the Beavers were driving from the Indian 37. The game turned completely around, however, when Quarterback Jim Kilmartin, a surprise starter, fumbled while attempting to pass. On the next play Stanford's Don Bunce, who was in danger of being lifted by Coach John Ralston, escaped three rushing linemen and threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to John Winesberry. The Indians made defensive adjustments in the second half to stop the Beavers' brand new Wishbone-Veer, but had still not caught up by the fourth quarter. Then Oregon State made it easy by fumbling twice more inside the 50, and the Indians stampeded to a 31-24 win.
California was geared up for the long passes that USC tossed to upset Notre Dame the week before. Unhappily for the Bears, the Trojans threw short and won 28-0. Jimmy Jones accounted for three touchdowns, completing 13 of 17 passes for 144 yards and adding 38 yards rushing in seven carries.
Washington State kept alive its chance of winning the Pacific Eight title and going to the Rose Bowl by defeating Oregon 31-21 on a trick play. Midway through the fourth quarter, with the Cougars trailing 21-17, it was fourth and seven at the Oregon 46. Jim Dodd was in punt formation, but the snap went to Ken Grand berry, who handed the ball to Bernard Jackson, who just stood still while Grandberry faked another handoff. Finally Jackson took off around left end and raced 46 yards for the winning touchdown. "We worked on that one all week," said Coach Jim Sweeney after the game. "It's an old play and we planned to run it earlier, but I'm glad we didn't. We call it the 'momentum changer' and it certainly did that, didn't it?"
Jackson, in a duel with Oregon's Bobby Moore for league rushing honors, gained 261 yards in 21 carries and scored one other touchdown. Moore had 161 yards in 35 tries and also scored twice. All Washington State needs for a Rose Bowl trip is wins over USC, Oregon State and Washington. There is still a long trail awinding.
UCLA was in a blitz, so Split End Tom Scott made a hook instead of a bend and took off to catch a 50-yard TD pass from Sonny Sixkiller that put away a 23-12 victory. Earlier Scott hauled in a 66-yard TD pass from Sixkiller, who threw for 206 yards.
Bruin Coach Pepper Rodgers was not too unhappy with his team's defense, which forced Washington into five turnovers, but the offensive play left him cold. "Offense is no great problem if you're blocking," he said, "but we weren't." All of UCLA's points came from 5'10" Efren Herrera, who kicked field goals from 29, 48, 45 and 43 yards out and missed three other long ones.
1. PENN STATE (7-0)
2. CORNELL (6-0)
3. WEST VIRGINIA (6-2)
Midway through the third quarter in Morgantown, Penn State and West Virginia, the top contenders for Eastern football's Lambert Trophy, were locked in a 7-7 tie. Then the Lions recovered a fumbled punt and the game turned into a rout, State winning 35-7. "God knows what might have happened if we don't get that fumble," said Coach Joe Paterno, "and I'm not sure we got it." Neither was West Virginia Coach Bobby Bowden, whose offense was minus a pair of backs with more than 1,400 yards to their credit. The Mountaineer defense, meanwhile, lost four starters before the game reached the fourth quarter. Despite a slow start, Lion Quarterback John Hufnagel completed 11 of 14 passes for two touchdowns, and Halfback Lydell Mitchell gained 128 yards on 24 carries and scored twice.
Ed Marinaro set an NCAA career rushing record and became the first major-college player to top 4,000 yards as Cornell edged Columbia 24-21. Marinaro, who gained 272 yards and scored two touchdowns, broke Steve Owens' mark of 3,867 on his second carry. The record came on the 750th carry of his 24th game, while Owens did it with 905 attempts in 30 games. It took a 37-yard field goal by John Killian in the final quarter to beat Columbia, however. The Lions' record dropped to 3-3, with all its games decided by three points or less.
A late field goal also kept Dartmouth even with Cornell in the Ivy League race. Ted Perry kicked a 40-yarder with 59 seconds remaining—his second last-minute winning field goal in two weeks—to defeat Yale 17-15. In other Ivy League games, Princeton walloped Brown 49-21 and Penn missed a two-point conversion attempt in the final three minutes to fall short of Harvard 28-27. The Quakers' Don Clune caught eight passes, three of them for touchdowns, and totaled a league-record 284 yards.
Pittsburgh scored an upset 31-21 victory over Syracuse by outscoring the Orangemen 17-0 in the final quarter. Delaware, previously unbeaten and the nation's top college division team, was stunned by Temple 32-27. The Owls practiced for the game in Valley Forge, Pa. because a strike of maintenance workers had turned Temple's campus into a "pigsty," according to Coach Wayne Hardin. "Some of my boys had gone five or six days without a decent meal and five or six days without enough sleep," said Hardin. "What with fire drills going on all hours of the night [caused by strike sympathizers pulling false alarms in dormitories] it was an impossible situation." Halfback Paul Loughran, whose weight had fallen from 198 to 175 pounds during the strike, scored the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 71-yard punt return.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
THE BACK: Michigan State Halfback Eric Allen added three yards to the NCAA single-game rushing record of 347 set in 1968 by Michigan's Ron Johnson. He also scored four touchdowns on runs of 24, 59, 30 and 25 yards.
THE LINEMAN: Flanker Mike Siani caught 12 passes for 288 yards and five touchdowns in Villanova's victory over Xavier. His spree broke four Wildcat records and gave him school career marks for TDs (29) and points (178).