1. PENN STATE (6-0)
2. PITT (3-2-1)
3. HARVARD (4-0)
It was an occasion for football historians, Notre Dame's first visit to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 51 years. Then the Irish wrote some more history by romping to the most lopsided score in the 60-year-old series, 62-3. Curiously, Army scored first when Bob Johnson intercepted a Tom Clements pass to set up a 22-yard field goal by Jim Barclay, and led 3-0 at the end of the first quarter. It was a brief thrill, however, as the Thin Gray Line was quickly blown apart by the Irish running attack. Notre Dame scored four touchdowns in the second quarter and three more in the third. Clements squirted through the Cadet defense on keepers, gaining 94 yards on nine carries, and Coach Ara Parseghian cleared his bench as the Irish coasted to their fifth straight.
At Syracuse, another ancient classic was renewed with a record drubbing as undefeated Penn State helped make Crush out of Orrange Coach Ben Schwartzwalder's last year before retirement. Chris Bahr booted three field goals (one a 50-yarder) and six other Nittany Lions scored a touchdown apiece, including Tight End Dan Natale, who grabbed a fumble by teammate Duane Taylor and raced 78 yards into the end zone. Penn State won 49-6, the highest score ever run up in this 51-year-old rivalry.
October 29, 1973
The longest college football winning streak in the country came to an end in New Brunswick, N.J. when Rutgers stunned Delaware 24-7. The nation's leading rusher, J. J. Jennings, added another 131 yards while the Scarlet Knights' defense stifled the usually volatile Blue Hen attack in the second half to pull away from a 7-7 halftime tie.
Pitt's freshman running back, Tony Dorsett, scored twice and gained 109 yards as the Panthers clawed out a 28-14 win over Boston College. At Annapolis, Navy gained a leg on the Commander-in-Chiefs Trophy for supremacy among the service academics, blitzing Air Force before the flyboys could even get off the ground. Middie Quarterback Al Glenny kept everything shipshape with three touchdown passes, and Cleveland Cooper added three scores on runs of 39, 12 and two yards as Navy sailed away to a 28-0 halftime lead and coasted home 42-6.
The first big game of the Ivy League season took place in Ithaca, N.Y., and surprising Harvard, low-rated before the season, came out of it still surprising and still undefeated. The Crimson held off previously undefeated Cornell 21-15. The Cantab defense, having yielded only 31.3 yards total offense and 2.3 points per game, was ranked, statistically at least, as the best in the nation, but had to survive a statistical blizzard by Mark Allen, Cornell's senior quarterback. Allen set three school passing records during a 21 for 51 afternoon, but did not hit on a scoring aerial until Harvard had locked up the game. Meanwhile Harvard Quarterback Jim Stoeckel deftly guided a solid ball-control offense with his opportunistic passing and rushing. Stoeckel hit 6'6" End Pat McInally with a 10-yard scoring toss to give the Crimson a 7-0 first-quarter lead, Alky Tsitsos socked across from one yard out for Harvard's second touchdown and Stoeckel himself, after the Big Red had closed to 14-9 in the fourth quarter, provided the clincher with a 10-yard touchdown scamper.
Dartmouth, once the king of the Ivies, finally won its first game of the season, beating Brown, at Providence, 28-16. The Bruins took an early 3-0 lead on a 48-yard field goal by Jose Violante, but their high hopes for a first-ever Ivy League win over the Big Green were trampled in the second and third quarters when Dartmouth scored all its touchdowns. In New York, Yale caged the clawless Columbia Lions 29-0 with Brian Clarke kicking field goals of 47, 28 and 25 yards. In non-league action, Princeton whipped Colgate 37-21 as the loser's passing whiz, Tom Parr, out with a first-quarter shin injury, watched glumly from the bench. Penn struggled to a 27-20 win over Lehigh.
1. USC (5-0-1)
2. ARIZONA STATE (6-0)
3. UCLA (5-1)
Coach John McKay of Southern California is now using what might be called the Triple Tailback Formation; not three all at once, just one after the other. "We keep them fresh that way," said McKay after Tailbacks Anthony Davis, Rod McNeil and Allen Carter had accumulated 227 yards rushing on 39 carries in the 31-10 pasting of Oregon at Los Angeles. "By doing this we also keep their friends and parents happy." When Davis, McNeil and Carter weren't running with the ball, Quarterback Pat Haden was throwing it. He hit on 13 of 23 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns. Haden opened the scoring with a 35-yarder to Jake McKay, the coach's son, and closed it with a screen pass to Flanker Lynn Swann, who was sprung loose by crisp blocking, then outhustled Safety Tim Slapnicka to the end zone on a 55-yard play.
Up north in Spokane, heavily favored UCLA seized on four of Washington State's nine fumbles and put down the stubborn if sloppy Cougars 24-13. "The best 1-5 team in the country," said the Bruins' Pepper Rodgers when it was over. UCLA broke the game open in the third quarter when it scored three touchdowns, one on a 54-yard eruption by reserve Fullback Charlie Schuhmann. Kermit Johnson also pitched in with a big day for UCLA. He scored twice on short plunges and gained 92 yards rushing. His career total of 1,992 yards has now surpassed Kenny Washington's old school mark of 1,915.
In Seattle, a booing, rain-soaked crowd of 51,500 watched Stanford take a 16-0 lead, then survive a fourth-quarter Washington revival to win 23-14. The Cardinals tipped Skip Boyd's 22-yard field goal attempt late in the game that would have put the Huskies ahead, and Stanford clinched the win with a pass interception with less than a minute to go. The final Pacific Eight Conference game of the day went to California, by 24-14 over Oregon State.
In the Western Athletic Conference, Arizona State, playing a rare daylight game, ripped out yardage in huge, greedy bites as the Sun Devils demolished Brigham Young 52-12. Quarterback Danny White and Running Back Woody Green were served a feast by the BYU defense. White hit on 17 of 25 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns, one a 77-yard missile to Wingback Morris Owens, and Green gobbled up 128 yards rushing on 17 carries to push the nation's best major school winning streak to 11.
The scoring was explosive in the rest of the WAC as well. In Tucson, Texas Tech out-scrambled Arizona, handing the Wildcats their first loss in six games, 31-17. New Mexico enjoyed a breather in its own thin, clear desert air at Albuquerque, snuffing out Texas-El Paso 49-0.
1. ALABAMA (6-0)
2. LSU (6-0)
3. TENNESSEE (5-1)
While Alabama and Tennessee were tearing at each other in Birmingham (page 28), LSU survived a wild one at home in Baton Rouge against Kentucky, keeping its record clean. The Bengal defense scored on the very first play of the game when Cornerback Mike Williams jumped on an end-zone fumble by Wildcat Tailback Sonny Collins, but it took some more bravura work by Williams in the closing moments to preserve a 28-21 win. Kentucky rebounded from that opening-play disaster, getting three quick touchdowns, two of them on long scoring strikes from Quarterback Mike Fanuzzi to Elmore Stephens (63 yards) and Fred Bishop (31 yards). Then the home side pulled itself together with a 74-yard scoring march just before halftime to make it 21-14, crept within a point on a 53-yard drive following the second-half kickoff, and finally regained the lead for good on a nine-yard touchdown sweep by Richard Romain to climax a fourth-quarter drive. Kentucky made several furious attempts to even things, but each time the LSU defense, led by Williams, turned the Wildcats aside.
It was the third quarter and Vanderbilt's Hawkins Golden had just hit on a 47-yard field goal and now Barry Burton had punted 79 yards to the Georgia one-yard line. "I could sense that the players knew something big was about to happen," Commodore Coach Steve Sloan said later. What happened was that Vandy, a 17-point underdog, was about to overcome an early 14-3 Bulldog lead and score a stunning 18-14 upset before the delirious homefolks in Nashville. Georgia scored first, after a short march of 34 yards, on a one-yard keeper by Quarterback Andy Johnson, then scored again, after a 36-yard Golden field goal, on a 45-yard Johnson to Horace King pass. But in the second half Golden and Burton really put the boot to the Bulldogs. In Vandy's first possession following his devastating punt, Burton scooped in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Fred Fisher. In the fourth quarter Golden added field goals three and four, from 24 and 38 yards, to give the Commodores their first win over Georgia since 1961.
In another Southeastern Conference dogfight at Atlanta, Auburn seized on some fortuitous bounces to hand Georgia Tech a 24-10 setback. With his team trailing 10-7 in the second quarter, Auburn's Mitzi Jackson retrieved a wild pitchout that had been thrown behind him, reversed directions and ran 25 yards to the Tech four, setting up his own touchdown from two yards out. With his team leading 17-10 in the fourth quarter, the Tigers' Chris Linderman fumbled into the Tech end zone, but the ball was recovered for a touchdown by teammate Chris Vacarella, the freshman quarterback who had handed Linderman the ball when the play first began 18 yards upfield.
Mississippi edged Florida 13-10 on two field goals by Steve Lavinghouze and a late-game scoring pass of eight yards from Quarterback Bill Malouf to Flanker Rick Kimbrough, which was deflected by not one but two Gator defenders.
"It sure feels good to be five and 0!" whooped Tulane junior Tom Former after the Greenies had shut out North Carolina 16-0 and vaulted off to the school's fastest start since the 1934 team began its season with six straight wins. Tulane took the opening kickoff and marched 49 yards to a touchdown. Doug Bynum, who scored twice, carried it over from six yards out. Tulane then spent most of the rest of the night pounding on the Tar Heel goal line with only moderate results. "It was our best game of the year," conceded Coach Bennie Ellender, "but I think we need work on our short game."
Elsewhere in the Southland, Richmond beat West Virginia 38-17, Clemson whomped Duke 24-8, South Carolina riddled Ohio U. 38-22 and Maryland clobbered WakeForest 37-0. Houston had a surprisingly easy time with Miami, blasting the Hurricanes in the Orange Bowl 30-7. The Cougars broke open a 7-7 tie during one dizzying 20-second spell in the third quarter. They scored the go-ahead touchdown when Reggie Cherry hooked on to a deflected pass from Quarterback D. C. Nobles, and scored again by following a fumble recovery of the ensuing kickoff at the Miami 21. A Nobles pass and a one-yard burst by Leonard Parker did it.
1. OHIO STATE (5-0)
2. MICHIGAN (6-0)
3. OKLAHOMA (4-0-1)
Ohio State continues to dispatch opponents in the Big Ten and the Buckeyes enjoy doing it with a club rather than a rapier. This time the 97-pound weakling was Indiana—by 37-7. Quarterback Corny Greene passed only once, for a 12-yard gain, as his offense pounded out 367 yards along the ground. Of course, with the elusive Archie Griffin in your backfield, why throw? The sophomore tailback hacked out 130 yards on 25 carries and was ably matched by Fullback Bruce Elia, who kicked the Indiana defense around for another 123 yards and two touchdowns. The Hoosiers needled out a small measure of revenge late in the game against the Buckeye subs, scoring on a 51-yard razzle-dazzle end-around pass from Mike Flanagan to Trent Smock, but then Coach Woody Hayes just bludgeoned them one more time. He rushed Griffin and Elia back in and the Buckeyes thundered 80 yards for their final score.
At Ann Arbor, Michigan gave up points for the first time in four games but sailed blithely forward to its ultimate destiny—the Big Ten championship game with Ohio State Nov. 24. The Wolverines pulverized Wisconsin 35-6. Their first score came on a 46-yard pass from Dennis Franklin to Paul Seal, but the ground game, rolling up 415 yards, set the tone. "We were a little better offensively," said Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler. "I think Franklin is beginning to come around."
In other Big Ten games, Minnesota beat Iowa 31-23, Purdue bopped Northwestern 21-10 and Illinois nosed out Michigan State on two field goals by Dan Beaver 6-3.
In the Mid-American, Miami of Ohio scored a surprising rout over Bowling Green 31-8, Kent State out scored Eastern Michigan 34-20 and, in non-league games, Toledo beat Dayton 14-10 and Western Michigan swept past Marshall 21-7.
The game at Lincoln promised to be a classic quarterback duel, David Humm of Nebraska vs. David Jaynes of Kansas. Instead it turned out to be a clash of frustration vs. ineptitude. Missed extra points, critical lost fumbles and a disastrous pass interception formed the theme of the Cornhuskers' lurching, 10-9 win over the Jayhawks. Humm passed hardly at all, completing four of seven and sitting out most of the second half when Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne inserted running Quarterback Steve Runty. Jaynes was something less than a showstopper, completing only 10 of 32 passes for 90 yards. Nebraska was first on the scoreboard with a 15-play, 85-yard march. Kansas came back following a Nebraska fumble, scoring on a 26-yard field goal by Bob Swift, who kicks barefoot, and then again on a seven-yard Delvin Williams run after another Cornhusker fumble. But Swift blew the extra-point try. The winner's margin came early in the fourth quarter when Nebraska's Rich Sanger hit on a 28-yard field goal try after Linebacker Bob Nelson had picked off a Jaynes pass and carried it back to the Kansas 16.
No one would say that Missouri thrives on squeakers, but it does win them and the Tigers are still undefeated after a successful 13-9 struggle with Oklahoma State, at home in Columbia. The Cowboys seemed determined to play Mr. Nice Guy. Three times they fumbled the ball away to set up all of Missouri's scoring. But the winner's most successful offensive move of the day was a 79-yard march that failed. The Tigers had fashioned a 13-3 lead on a 35-yard John Cherry to Jim Sharp pass and two Greg Hill field goals, when it took possession on its own 20 midway through the fourth period. Five and a half minutes later the Missouri drive died at the OSU one, but so did the Cowboy chances. They had time enough for only one touchdown march and when an onside kick failed the Tigers ran out the clock to win.
Kansas State had a close one in the Big Eight, too, getting by Iowa State at Manhattan 21 19, but Oklahoma had an easy time in Norman against Colorado 34-7. Sooner Safety Randy Hughes turned the game around early in the second quarter, picking off a Clyde Crutchmer pass, returning it 95 yards for a touchdown and a 14-7 Oklahoma lead just when it seemed the Buffaloes would go ahead.
1. HOUSTON (6-0)
2. SMU (4-1)
3. TEXAS (3-2)
Poor Arkansas. There the squad was, all suited up for a friendly game of football and what it got instead before a record crowd at Razorback Stadium was a public goring, Longhorn style. Football hath no fury like a team humiliated, and Texas, all but drawn and quartered by Oklahoma the week before, was determined to save face, to take its frustrations out on the first thing that moved. Poor Arkansas, alas, moved.
Or rather it tried to move. The Razorbacks threatened but once when they drove to a fourth-and-one situation on the Texas five early in the first quarter. But the Longhorn defense, led by Doug English and Glen Gaspard, stopped Dickey Morton cold on a pitchout, and Arkansas never figured offensively again. Texas, meanwhile, savored every long, grinding, revengeful moment of a 94-yard scoring drive that endured for nine minutes, 57 seconds and gave the Longhorns a 6-0 lead at halftime.
The second half was pure Longhorn stampede. Junior Fullback Roosevelt Leaks, romping for touchdown runs of 43 and 59 yards, amassed a runaway total of 209 yards on 24 carries. Jimmy Moore scored on a 73-yard punt return, and an unheralded freshman, Raymond Clayborn, added six more points on an 85-yard scamper. In losing 34-6, the hapless Razorbacks did some belated face-saving of their own—and avoided their first Texas shutout since 1957—when Rollen Smith recovered a blocked punt in the Longhorn end zone with 13 seconds left.
In his first five starts this season Texas A&M Quarterback Mike Jay was threatening to break a school mark—the wrong kind of mark. Jay's 11 interceptions were closing in on the Aggie record of 19 so swiftly, in fact, that for last week's game with TCU, A&M Coach Emory Bellard replaced Jay, a seasoned ex-marine, with the youngest Aggie of them all, 17-year-old freshman David Walker. Walker coolly rose to the moment, directing the Aggies' T-bone attack to a 35-16 win over TCU. Walker, who ran for 81 yards, second only to Aggie sophomore Skip Walker's (no relation) 122 yards, threw no interceptions, perhaps mainly because he threw so little: of the 364 yards the Aggies rolled up in total offense, all but 11 were on the ground.
SMU edged Rice 27-16 with the help of two high school teammates from Dallas. Freshman Ricky Wesson, who took over at quarterback when Keith Bobo was injured, gained 107 yards, and Wayne Morris churned his way to 166 yards and three touchdowns. It was SMU's fourth win in five starts.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
THE BACK: LSU Cornerback Mike Williams scored on an end-zone fumble recovery in his team's 28-21 win over Kentucky, then stopped late Wildcat attacks as he forced a second fumble, intercepted a pass and broke up another.
THE LINEMAN: "We believe in ourselves now." Vanderbilt's sophomore Linebacker Tom Galbierz was able to say after he had helped the Commodores upset heavily favored Georgia 18-14 with eight tackles and four assists.