1. PENN STATE (8-1)
2. DELAWARE (9-0)
3. WEST VIRGINIA (7-3)
Penn State, facing its toughest opponent since losing its opener to Tennessee, blasted North Carolina State 37-22. The Wolf-pack came in with five straight victories, but let the game get away early. Penn State gained 315 yards in the first half and took a 23-0 lead while holding the visitors to 53 yards. Quarterback John Hufnagel scored two touchdowns and passed to John Cappelletti for another. Cappelletti also rushed for 129 yards on 22 carries, the fifth time he has topped 100.
N.C. State failed to score until the fourth period, when Quarterback Bruce Shaw threw passes of eight and 98 yards to Pat Kenney. "Penn State can play with Nebraska or any other team in the country," said Wolf-pack Coach Lou Holtz. That's nice of Lou to say, but it should be pointed out that he has been no farther west than Athens, Ga. this year.
November 20, 1972
Syracuse, desperately trying to avoid its first losing season under Ben Schwartzwalder since 1949, overpowered Army 27-6. The Orange were able to limit their turnovers to one interception, giving life to an offense that had been shut out two of the previous three weeks. Marty Januszkiewicz showed the way by gaining 127 yards while the defense held Army to 36 on the ground and 10 completions in 28 attempts for 134 yards in the air. Navy, the only service academy team to post a victory, ran over poor Pittsburgh 28-13. Sophomore Cleveland Cooper provided the power, rushing for 158 yards, while Dan Howard got the glory by scoring three times.
West Virginia, closing out its unbeaten 11-game series with Virginia Military, clouted the Keydets 50-24. Bernie Galiffa passed for 194 yards and became the first Mountaineer quarterback to total 2,000 yards in a season. The easy win also featured the all-purpose running of sophomore Danny Buggs, who scored on a 52-yard punt return, a 55-yard flanker reverse and a 32-yard pass reception.
Delaware showed unusual air power in a 62-0 slaughter of Maine. The Blue liens passed for four touchdowns and gained 203 of their 426 offensive yards with the throwing of three different quarterbacks. Maine couldn't even kick with success. Two center snaps sailed over the head of Punter Mike Porter, who dropped a third, while a fourth attempt was blocked. Villanova ended a six-game losing streak by picking on Xavier 40-13, and Rutgers bombed Boston University 51-7 after trailing 7-3 entering the second quarter.
The Ivy League scramble may resolve itself with Dartmouth finishing where it often does—on top. The Big Green moved back into the lead by crushing Columbia 38-8 while Pennsylvania was upsetting Yale 48-30. The first of five Columbia fumbles opened the way for Dartmouth, which passed consistently against the third-ranking air defense in the country. Steve Stetson completed 16 of 24 passes for 186 yards and one touchdown. Penn's fourth straight win secured its first sweep of Harvard, Princeton and Yale in 31 years. The Quakers, guided by Marc Mandel, their third starting quarterback in three weeks, led 41-0 before the Elis scored. A 37-yard field goal by John Bartges with 5:17 remaining gave Princeton a 10-7 win over Harvard, whose complicated, multi-formation offense gained only 162 yards. Mark Allen passed for four touchdowns in the second period as Cornell steamrolled Brown 48-28. The Bruins also passed well as Chip Regine tied an Ivy League record with 12 receptions, two for touchdowns.
1. ALABAMA (9-0)
2. LSU (7-1)
3. AUBURN (7-1)
This was Tom Harper's first season as head coach at Wake Forest, and it will be his last. When the team learned he had been fired after one win and seven losses, it rose up to beat Duke 9-7. Said Harper, a former assistant who took over only 10 months ago, "Winning one like this makes it all worthwhile. I knew it was coming. I love these kids. I wish I could come back and play with them." Duke's Steve Jones gained 201 yards in 37 rushes, but Wake Forest won on a late touchdown by Ken Garrett after numerous earlier opportunities had been wasted.
The Blue Devils' loss gave the Atlantic Coast Conference championship to North Carolina, which defeated Virginia 23-3. The Tar Heels, 7-1 and unbeaten in 14 consecutive league games, overcame five fumbles to win. Quarterback Nick Vidnovic completed only four of his 10 passes, but two went for touchdowns, and he scored a third himself. Maryland was assured of its first non-losing season in eight years by beating Clemson 31-6. The Terrapins led only 10-6 entering the fourth quarter, but two turnovers and a punt return let them break the game open.
Offensive errors also plagued Florida in a 10-7 loss to Georgia. The Bulldogs came from behind in the fourth quarter on a 44-yard pass from Andy Johnson to Rex Putnal and a 37-yard field goal by Kim Bras-well with 50 seconds left. An interception by Buz Rosenberg set up the first score and a fumble recovery at Florida's 30 led to the second. Kentucky freshman Sonny Collins was the whole show in a fourth-quarter drive that beat Vanderbilt 14-13. He ran for 42 of the 83 yards, scored the touchdown and added the decisive two-point conversion.
Florida State, with more hurts and bruises than Our Lady of Mercy, held on to defeat Tulsa 23-21. Gary Huff passed for all three Seminole touchdowns, but it was the running of Mike Davison, who gained 155 yards in 23 carries, that maintained the ball control attack. Tulsa took advantage of its infrequent possessions in the second half to score on two long pass plays. Virginia Tech shelled South Carolina 45-20 as Don Strock completed 29 of 44 attempts for 349 yards. The Gamecocks had shown good pass defense during the season, but Strock was quick to remind that "They hadn't played anybody who throws like we do. There was no point humiliating them, even though we could have poured it on."
East Carolina won its first outright Southern Conference championship with a 21-15 victory over William and Mary. Carlester Crumpler scored three touchdowns for the Pirates, who are 8-1. Georgia Tech crushed Boston College 42-10 to continue its inconsistent form and Mike Waller tossed three scoring passes in Tulsa's 44-6 victory over Ohio. Morris LaGrand provided the game's only touchdown with an 18-yard scamper as Tampa defeated Miami 7-0. The Hurricanes fumbled twice inside Tampa's 10.
1. USC (9-0)
2. WASHINGTON (8-2)
3. UCLA (8-2)
UCLA's Pacific Eight showdown with Southern California lost some luster as Sonny Sixkiller returned to the Washington attack and sparked a 30-21 victory over the Bruins. UCLA seemed to have overcome a 14-year-old Seattle famine with touchdowns in its first two possessions, but Sixkiller was in excellent form despite a three-week injury absence. He threw a 72-yard pass to Tom Scott in the Huskies' first series and set up four other scores by Fullback Pete Taggares. For the day, Sixkiller hit nine of 22 for 212 yards. Washington State also notched a surprising victory that assured the Cougars their first winning season in seven years, tripping Stanford 27-13 as Ken Grandberry gained 149 yards. Oregon's two Pacific Eight teams won their games, also. Oregon State turned back California 26-23 to end a five-game slide and Oregon came alive after a scoreless first half to club San Jose State 27-2. Duck Quarterback Dan Fonts passed for two touchdowns.
Notre Dame's 21-7 defeat of Air Force was its 15th straight against a service academy team. Ara Parseghian thought the referees' whistles kept the game close, noting that four long Irish pass plays were nullified by penalties. "It was almost as if the officials were the important people, and the two teams were unnoticed," said Ara. Arizona State, which already was leading the nation in total offense with 493 yards per game, amassed an impressive 574 in a 60-7 romp over New Mexico. Woody Green did most of the legwork with 116 yards and two touchdowns. Utah State won its fourth without a loss against Western Athletic Conference competition, and the victim this week was league leader Utah. Aggie Quarterback Tony Adams was the whole show in the 44-16 victory, completing 30 of 43 passes for 561 yards and five touchdowns. Craig Clark caught eight for 224 yards and three scores. "They ran so many different patterns and Adams was so on target, we were dizzy," said Utah Defensive Back John Frech.
1. TEXAS (7-1)
2. TEXAS TECH (7-2)
3. HOUSTON (4-4-1)
A Wishbone offense that does not run outside really isn't a Wishbone. And one that cannot produce inside, either, really isn't an offense. That was pretty much Texas' situation through three quarters against Baylor. Then the Longhorns began to block in earnest with the addition of a new tight end and the return of Tackle Jerry Sisemore after a second-period injury. "The holes finally came, and I was just running where I wanted to," said Fullback Roosevelt Leaks, whose two touchdowns broke a 3-3 deadlock and produced a 17-3 victory. Leaks gained 97 of his 162 yards in the two scoring drives. Afterward Baylor Coach Grant Teaff called the sophomore "the best fullback I've ever seen."
TCU, led into battle by a converted safety, overwhelmed Texas Tech 31-7. The newcomer was Terry Drennan, who went right to work at quarterback by taking the Horned Frogs to a touchdown the first time they had the ball. The defense, meanwhile, dropped Tech's Joe Barnes eight times for 67 yards in losses and a safety. "They're bigger than we are," said Raider Coach Jim Carlen of the upset, "and that's what I was afraid of all week."
Rice defeated Arkansas 23-20 when freshman Roland Boyce ended a penalty-aided drive by plunging in from the one in the last second. It was enough to bring Coach Al Conover onto the field, somersaulting. Boyce, who netted only four yards in five carries, scored earlier in another goal-line appearance. The Owls' other points came from Mark Williams, who kicked three field goals. Arkansas experimented with a Wishbone formation, but Coach Frank Broyles probably wishes he hadn't. The Razorbacks did not move the ball beyond their 20 in the fourth quarter.
Southern Methodist lost to Texas A&M 27-17 after fighting back to a tie with two touchdowns and a field goal. Part of the trouble in the Mustangs' third straight loss was the secondary, which confused signals at an unfortunate moment. On a play when Robert Popelka was calling for "sky" coverage, Kris Silverthorn was thinking "cloud," Both men rushed, and the Aggies completed a long pass that set up the field goal that put them in control again. So much for codes. A&M used nine freshmen in its second consecutive conference victory, and two of them, Skip Walker and Ronnie Hubby, scored the touchdowns.
Most of the excitement in Houston's 48-13 defeat of Colorado State was crammed into the final six minutes of the first half when the teams scored four touchdowns. Three of them were by the Cougars, which is how it's been all year for the winless Rams. First blood in the spree came on a D. C. Nobles pass, one of four touchdowns he accounted for in the game. Moments later Houston Cornerback Robert Giblin headed for the end zone with an intercepted pass. Then the Rams' Johnny Square went the other way with the following kickoff. Before the half ended, D. C. ran another in from the six.
1. MICHIGAN (9-0)
2. OKLAHOMA (7-1)
3. NEBRASKA (7-1-1)
Duffy Daugherty credits his "little Dutch treat" for Michigan State's 19-12 win over Ohio State. Dirk Krijt, a 165-pound transfer student from The Netherlands, kicked four field goals in his varsity debut. "They had a tryout, and they hired me right away," said Dirk, whose first-half footwork gave the Spartans a 12-12 tie. The deciding points came on a determined six-yard run by Mark Niesen following one of five Ohio State turnovers. The Michigan State defense held the Buckeyes to only 107 yards rushing. "We took a real good whipping from them, and we deserved it," said Woody Hayes. Daugherty, meanwhile, told Athletic Director Burt Smith, "I hope you can get a new coach as good as me."
Following Ohio State's loss and its own 31-0 victory over Iowa, Michigan had the Big Ten lead to itself. "This Michigan team is better than the one that beat us 63-7 last year," said the Hawkeyes' Frank Lauterbur. Three scoring bursts by Otis Armstrong—on a kickoff return and two running plays—propelled Purdue past Wisconsin 27-6. Armstrong gained 169 yards in 19 carries. George Uremovich got three touchdowns the same way as Illinois smothered Indiana 37-20, while teammate Lonnie Perrin was even more versatile, totaling 271 yards running, receiving and passing. Minnesota pounded Northwestern with 478 offensive yards, all on the ground, in a 35-29 win. John King gained 188 and Doug Beaudoin 157.
Iowa State came within an extra point of defeating Nebraska, but had to settle for a 23-23 tie when Tom Goedjen's kick went awry. The Cyclones scored what appeared to be the winner with 23 seconds left after four George Amundson passes took them 74 yards in 35 seconds. With the touchdown, a 24-yarder to Willie Jones, came bedlam. Spectators flowed onto the field, and it took contingents of campus, city and state police to clear them off. "It was tough on Tom," said Amundson. "All he could do was stand there for two or three minutes and look at the goalposts, knowing the game depended on him." Amundson guided Iowa State to the biggest output of the year against the Cornhuskers, 356 yards. None of this set too well with Nebraska's Bob Devaney. "I've never been so disgusted with a team," he said of the bumbling that led to eight turnovers.
Oklahoma's Greg Pruitt had his biggest day with 195 yards on 27 carries in a 17-6 conquest of Missouri. The Tigers became only the second team to score a touchdown against the Sooners, although it was set up by an interception return to the O.U. 11. Colorado led Kansas only 9-0 at the half on three of Fred Lima's four field goals, but two touchdowns 18 seconds apart in the third quarter sent the Buffaloes on the way to 33-8 victory. Oklahoma State's defense scored three touchdowns in a 45-14 win over Kansas State.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
THE BACK: Tony Adams of Utah State, the nation's third leading passer, broke the NCAA single-game record with 561 yards in the rout of Utah. In his last two games he has completed 62 of 90 for 967 yards and 10 touchdowns.
THE LINEMAN: Defensive End Merv Krakau made seven unassisted tackles, threw the quarterback for losses three times, forced two fumbles, recovered two others and batted down three passes as Iowa State tied Nebraska 23-23.