Chicago was not invited to a bowl last week, but other teams were. Here is the lineup: Rose: USC vs. Michigan or Ohio State. Orange: Nebraska vs. Notre Dame. Cotton: Alabama vs. Texas. Sugar: Oklahoma vs. Penn State. Gator: Colorado vs. Auburn. Astro-Bluebonnet: LSU vs. Tennessee. Sun: North Carolina vs. Texas Tech. Liberty: Georgia Tech vs. Iowa State. Tangerine: Kent State vs. Tampa. Fiesta: Missouri vs. WAC champion. Peach: North Carolina State vs. West Virginia.
1. MICHIGAN (10-0)
2. OKLAHOMA (8-1)
3. NEBRASKA (8-1-1)
Purdue played brilliantly for 57 minutes against Michigan but a brief, though not unexpected, letdown was all the Wolverines needed for a 9-6 victory. Michigan won with one minute left on a 30-yard field goal by a left-footed Vietnam veteran with water on the knee who had earlier missed an extra point. Coach Bo Schembechler suggested afterward that the error by Mike Lantry was "why we had to go through all this," but a better reason seemed to be the inspired play of Purdue. After a Michigan pass interception with 3:03 remaining, Purdue seemed to fit Coach Bob DeMoss' postgame analysis. "This was one of the best efforts Purdue has ever made," he said, "but when we had to stop them we couldn't."
November 27, 1972
The Wolverines, held to a season-low 100 yards rushing, gained 39 of them on successive running bursts to move within field-goal range. "Just like in practice," Schembechler advised Lantry, whose game performance had been less than inspiring. "I tried to be as cool as I could," said Lantry. "I looked up and it was going through."
With its ground attack shut off, Michigan showed unaccustomed passing ability. Dennis Franklin completed 10 of 15 passes for 143 yards and the game's only touchdown in bringing the Wolverines back from their first deficit of the year.
Duffy Daugherty won't get that winning season his Michigan State players promised, but a 14-10 loss to Minnesota does maintain his winless record in the Gopher hole—Minneapolis. It was a frustrating defeat for the retiring Daugherty, whose team gave up one touchdown on a 36-yard return of an intercepted lateral and was twice stopped on fourth-down plays at the Minnesota three in the final period.
Ohio State Fullback Champ Henson set two school records in a tough 27-14 win over Northwestern but it was the play-action passing of Greg Hare that sustained the Buckeyes. Hare's seven completions in 12 attempts set up three of Henson's four scoring plunges. "When they put 11 men on the line of scrimmage, you have to throw a little," reasoned Woody Hayes. Henson has a record 19 touchdowns for the season and his 44 carries in the game set another mark. "I kind of wish he waited until next week," said Woody, who faces Michigan Saturday. In other Big Ten games, Indiana snapped a four-game skid by beating Iowa 16-8, and Illinois captured its third straight, 27-7 over Wisconsin. Chris Gartner's three field goals paced the Hoosiers while the Illini took advantage of a Badger team that has not won on the road in two years.
Missouri defeated Iowa State 6-5 on a pair of three-run homers, uh, field goals, by Greg Hill. The first came with two seconds left in the half and the second with 1:27 remaining in the game. Cyclone Coach John Majors tried to add a little pressure to the situation by calling a time-out before the winning kick but Hill would not wilt. "This is my biggest loss as a coach," said Majors.
Kansas Coach Don Fambrough invited interested parties to submit game plans for use against Oklahoma. The one he finally decided on did not work too well. The Sooners romped 31-7, although Coach Chuck Fairbanks was disappointed in his team's performance. "We really slopped around out there," he said. Greg Pruitt rushed 16 times for 135 yards but missed the second half with a bruised ankle.
Bob Devaney upset the Nebraska agricultural population two weeks ago when he compared his players to "a bunch of farmers standing around at a picnic." Last week, following a 59-7 crushing of Kansas State, Devaney tried to make amends. "We looked like a bunch of farmers with a harvest to bring in who did their typically expert job," he said.
More expert than most was Johnny Rodgers, who caught five passes and scored two touchdowns, one on his seventh all-the-way punt return of the season to tie the NCAA record. "Rodgers is not only the most exciting offensive player of the year," said Kansas State's Vince Gibson, "but he might just be the greatest college player of all time."
Colorado won the Rarefied Air Bowl with Air Force 38-7 by scoring three times after turnovers gave it opportune field position. "I thought we were ready to play a hell of a game today," said the Falcons" Ben Martin, "but I guess somebody up there didn't like me."
Miami set out or two fourth-quarter scoring drives that narrowed Notre Dame's lead to 20-17 but a missed field goal with 1:31 remaining left the comeback short. Kent State won its first Mid-American championship in 22 years, defeating Toledo 27-9.
1. PENN STATE (9-1)
2. DELAWARE (10-0)
3. WEST VIRGINIA (8-3)
For more than a half it was just like an old-time movie-house sing-along as everyone followed the bounding ball. Then Penn State got its defense in order while Quarterback John Hufnagel just kept on trucking. Boston College, which had matched the Nittany Lions tit for tat and TD for TD from the start, finally succumbed 45-26. Hufnagel broke it open with a 76-yard scoring completion to Jimmy Scott and a 57-yard run. His day's work produced a school record 363 yards, two touchdowns passing and two running. John Cappelletti rushed for 107 yards and joined Lenny Moore and Lydell Mitchell on the Lions' 1,000-yard roster.
Boston College scored on its first play, an 83-yard pass from Gary Marangi to Mel Briggs. Marangi also concluded the point fest with a 48-yard connection to Mike Esposito. In defeating the Eagles, Penn State extended a 40-year-old unbeaten streak against New England teams to 26 games.
Syracuse suffered a 43-12 loss to West Virginia, giving Orange Coach Ben Schwartzwalder only the second losing season of his career and the first in 23 years. Ben, who faces mandatory retirement after next season, was done in by a sophomore, Danny (Lightning) Buggs, who carried four times for 159 yards, caught two passes for 76 and scored three touchdowns. "If there is a better runner or a more dangerous runner. I have not seen him," said West Virginia Coach Bobby Bowden.
Kingsley Fink passed for a late touchdown and set up the winning field goal with a 39-yard pass play to Barry Armstrong as Army came from behind to beat Holy Cross 15-13. Jim Barclay's kick from 20 yards out was good with 38 seconds remaining. Less than five minutes earlier Fink had completed a 10-yard scoring pass to Jim Ward. Bucknell gave small-college leader Delaware unexpected trouble before the Blue Hens won their 14th straight, 20-3. After a scoreless first half Bucknell took a 3-0 lead with the only third-quarter points Delaware has allowed this year. A 12-yard run by Blair Caviness put the Hens ahead to stay. Williams scuttled Amherst's unbeaten hopes with a 21-12 victory in the Little Three championship game. In its 108th game with Lafayette, Lehigh won 14-6 by stopping the Leopards on the one in the final three minutes. Tom Parr paced Colgate past Boston University 26-0 with 112 yards rushing, 101 passing and two touchdowns. Temple and Villanova wanted no repeat of last year's tie, so the coaches agreed to sudden death if this year's game was deadlocked after regulation play. It was close, but not that close. Temple won 12-10 and the only thing in danger of dying suddenly is the Villanova program, which school critics want to end.
The Ivy League race came down to next week's Dartmouth-Penn and Harvard-Yale games. Dartmouth whipped Cornell 31-22 and Penn topped Columbia 20-14. Penn had the tougher time, trailing 14-0 before getting untracked. Yale maintained its chance for a share of the championship by blasting Princeton 31-7 behind Dick Jauron's three touchdowns. Rod Foster came off the bench to gain 159 yards in 13 carries and score two TDs in Harvard's 21-14 victory over Brown.
Rutgers repeated last year's victory in the first Urban Classic by routing Morgan State 37-14.
1. USC (10-0)
2. UCLA (8-3)
3. ARIZONA STATE (8-2)
Arizona State seemed locked out of its familiar place atop the Western Athletic Conference standings until Utah and Arizona nose-dived last week. While State was bombing San Jose State 51-21 in a nonconference victory, Brigham Young was frustrating the Utes 16-7 and Wyoming was stunning the Wildcats 22-14. The Sun Devils, who were led by Woody Green's 201 yards and two touchdowns, can win the WAC by defeating Arizona this week. Utah could have had the inside track but in the final 3:30 two fumbles and a pass interception cost the Utes the game and probably the conference title. Also in the wacky WAC, Colorado State ended the nation's longest losing streak at nine games by defeating Texas-El Paso 35-22 on Willie Miller's two scoring receptions in the fourth period.
While most of the nation was following the Pacific Eight leaders in their annual playoff for the Los Angeles area championship, other local rivalries were also being settled. Washington State's harassing defense intercepted three passes, all by Eric Johnson, and nailed Sonny Sixkiller six times in a 27-10 defeat of Washington. Sixkiller was so addled he fumbled three snaps from center. Oregon defeated Oregon State for the first time in nine years, 30-3. Don Reynolds took the Ducks' first scrimmage play 60 yards for a touchdown. California won the San Francisco area championship by upsetting Stanford 24-21. Steve Sweeney's diving catch on a fourth-and-goal pass from the seven won the game as time ran out.
If a team cannot hold that line, it matters little that the nation's leading punter is awaiting the snap from center. This is what Southern Mississippi discovered when Utah State recovered Ray Guy's blocked punt in the end zone with five seconds left to break a deadlock and defeat the Southerners 27-21. Earlier Guy had kicked three field goals, one a 61-yarder that broke the NCAA record. Mitchell True gained a school and PCAA conference record 310 yards in 37 carries as Pacific upset previously unbeaten University of California-Davis 36-26.
1. TEXAS (8-1)
2. TEXAS TECH (8-2)
3. HOUSTON (5-4-1)
Although the distinction may not be as impressive as it was when the Southwest Conference annually produced two or three teams among the nation's leaders, Texas is the league champion for the fifth successive year. The Longhorns clinched the title with their third straight shutout of Texas Christian and first of the season, 27-0. The Horned Frogs never drove inside the Texas 40, while all the Longhorn touchdowns came on quarterback sneaks, three by Alan Lowry. Sloppy conditions caused 15 fumbles, each team losing four. Roosevelt Leaks carried just three times in the fourth quarter and finished with 96 yards rushing, the sophomore's first game under 100 in six weeks.
Texas Tech defeated Baylor 13-7 as the Bears were stymied by five fumbles and two pass interceptions. Turnovers also cost Arkansas, the preseason conference favorite, which suffered its fourth loss in five games 22-7. Southern Methodist converted two fumbles and a pass interception into short scoring drives. Arkansas lost six fumbles.
Al Conover prepared no gimmicks for Rice's game with Texas A&M but he did loosen up following the Owls' 20-14 victory. Unable to find Aggie Coach Emory Bellard for the usual postgame handshake, he turned to the A&M band and conducted a brief musical interlude. "One helluva fine band," said Jolly Al.
His team wasn't too bad either, rallying from a 14-0 deficit to win on a pair of fourth-quarter field goals by Mark Williams. Freshman Roland Boyce continued his clutch ball carrying. His three yards in three carries produced a touchdown; he also got the needed distance on two third-down plays.
Puddin Jones tallied three times and his 184 yards in 30 carries pushed him above the 1,000-yard mark for the season in Houston's 33-14 romp past New Mexico. D.C. Nobles contributed two third-quarter scoring passes.
1. ALABAMA (10-0)
2. LSU (8-1)
3. AUBURN (8-1)
"It gets right down to the men themselves. They went out determined to do what it took to win. They asked no quarter. They just did what needed to be done." Wellington at Waterloo? Grant at Appomattox? George C. Scott at the Bijou? No, Shug Jordan at Cliff Hare Stadium in Auburn, explaining how his Tigers have managed to win eight of nine games this season. Georgia became the latest chapter in the Southeastern Conference's most surprising success story by falling 27-10. Auburn entered the game without Terry Henley, the league's leading rusher, but substitute Chris Linderman filled in admirably. He gained 26 yards on the Tigers' first play and 47 yards for a touchdown on the second. The sophomore finished with 149 yards in 28 carries.
Tennessee recorded its second straight shutout in a 17-0 victory over Ole Miss, which will not attend a postseason bowl game for the first time in 16 years. Haskel Stanback scored twice for the Volunteers and Neil Clabo kept the Rebel offense backed up by averaging 47 yards on five punts. Louisiana State needed two fourth-quarter touchdowns to get past Mississippi Suite 28-14. Bert Jones, who threw for one touchdown and ran for another, surpassed the school's career total offense mark. Kentucky gave up the ball nine times in a 40-0 loss to Florida. Nat Moore gained 111 of his 146 yards in the first quarter. Alabama crushed Virginia Tech 52-13 with six different players scoring touchdowns. The Crimson Tide defense gave Don Strock, the nation's leading passer, a thorough going over with four interceptions. He completed only 15 of 35 passes for a paltry 98 yards. "Whatever Alabama is running for," said Gobbler Coach Charlie Coffey, "it has my vote."
The nation's third-leading passer did not do too well either. Gary Huff also was intercepted four times and three of them led to scores as South Carolina upset Florida State 24-21. Huff did pass for three touchdowns but the total was matched by Gamecock sophomore Dobby Grossman. The winning points came on a 38-yard field goal by Bobby Marino with 1:28 left. Paul Dietzel called on the freshman after his regular specialist missed two previous attempts. Georgia Tech devastated Navy 30-7 as the passing of Eddie McAshan increased his load of career records held or shared to 15. Middie sophomore Cleveland Cooper entered his school's record book also, replacing Heisman Trophy winner Joe Bellino. Cooper gained 112 yards, giving him 911 for the year, or 77 more than Bellino's best mark in 1960. Tulane defeated Vanderbilt 21-7 and Tampa's Ernie Dubose led a 29-22 defeat of Bowling Green by scoring three touchdowns, gaining 95 yards on 20 carries and catching five passes for 83 more.
North Carolina completed its second straight unbeaten season in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 14-0 defeat of old rival Duke. The Blue Devil defense limited the Tar Heels' ground game to 105 yards and held them scoreless until the last 10 minutes. A pair of touchdown passes from Nick Vidnovic to Ken Taylor of 17 and 16 yards produced the only touchdowns. The Tar Heel defense, which has allowed just 13 points in the team's last four games, intercepted Duke six times. North Carolina State exploded for four touchdowns in the second quarter in a 42-17 crush of Clemson. The Wolfpack established ACC single-season records for total offense, first downs and points scored.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
THE BACK: South Carolina Defensive Back Neville Files was Gary Huff's chief nemesis in the Gamecocks' 24-21 upset victory over Florida State. Files intercepted three passes, recovered a fumble and made five unassisted tackles.
THE LINEMAN: California End Steve Sweeney's winning catch against Stanford was his 13th TD reception of the year, a Pacific Eight record. His 52 catches tics Cal's single-season high and his three-sear total of 132 is a career mark.