After threatening Oklahoma and scaring Missouri, Baylor finally upset a nationally ranked Big Eight team with a 31-14 victory over Oklahoma State. The Bears ended their nine-game losing streak in a big way, holding the Cowboys to 85 offensive yards and a couple of cheap touchdowns. Both were the result of fumble recoveries by Phillip Dokes; the first gave State the ball on the 33 and the second was corralled in the end zone. "I waited until the ball rolled in," said Dokes of the TD. "I guess it was one of the few correct plays we made all night."
His coach, Jim Stanley, would agree. "We came into this game thinking we were supermen," he said. "I guess everybody found out we weren't."
The Cowboy errors began when they fumbled the opening kickoff, setting up a field goal. That three-point margin held until the fourth quarter when Neal Jeffrey's third touchdown pass and Tailback Steve Beaird's third TD made it 31-14. "Baylor," said one fallen Cowboy, "is the most determined team we played this season."
October 6, 1974
The Southwest Conference is giving Louisiana State more trouble than it can stand. Two weeks ago the Tigers lost to Texas A&M and last week they had to struggle to tie Rice 10-10. LSU overcame seven fumbles to avoid defeat on Rusty Jackson's 27-yard field goal with three seconds left. The greater disappointment was felt by the Owl players, who squandered a 10-0 halftime lead. "It did not feel good losing—I mean tying," said Running Back Gary Ferguson.
Arkansas would have beaten Tulsa without any help, but the Golden Hurricane seemed anxious to contribute everything it could. The Razorbacks won 60-0, turning six turnovers into touchdown drives of 21, 10, 19, 18, 12 and 29 yards. Alternating Quarterbacks Mark Miller and Scott Bull accounted for five scores, one of them a 62-yard run by Miller.
1. Texas A&M (3-0)
2. Texas Tech (2-0-1)
3. Texas (2-1)
Before Tampa played Miami the question was not what could Freddy do, but rather, could Freddy do enough. As it turned out, Freddy did it all, but Tampa still lost 28-26. Freddy is Freddy Solomon, the finest running quarterback in the nation, of whom Miami Coach Pete Elliott once said, "I'd rather see him complete a pass than start carrying the ball." Of whom his own teammate, Tackle Darryl Carlton, says, "You never know where he's at or where he's going." And finally, of whom Miami Tailback Woody Thompson says, "I wish I had his feet."
Solomon gained 182 yards in 19 carries against the Hurricanes, scoring touchdowns of 75 and five yards and enjoying assorted other romps of 32, 27 and 25 yards. Though not a particularly good thrower, he also completed one pass for a touchdown. Tampa lost because Miami Defensive Back Paul Horshel blocked two short-range field-goal attempts by Kinney Jordan, who earlier had made good from 47 and 51 yards.
Later Solomon admitted, "Running the ball is not that much fun when you lose." But Elliott could afford to be expansive, "Fred is not just great. He's in another category."
Auburn won its third straight without allowing a touchdown from scrimmage 21-0 over Tennessee, as Ken Burks scored three times. Florida tamed Mississippi State 29-13. Bear Bryant was not happy with Alabama's 23-10 victory over Vanderbilt. "Our offense is not as good as last year's," he said, "and it isn't going to be unless we knock some people down out there."
Quarterback Matt Robinson directed the Georgia Bulldogs to a school-record 502 yards rushing and a 52-14 victory over South Carolina. Sonny Collins gained 160 yards and set up two touchdowns to lead Kentucky past Indiana 28-22. Mississippi struggled to beat Southern Mississippi 20-14.
Clemson, playing at home against Georgia Tech for the first time in their 43-game series, upset the Yellow Jackets 21-17. The Tigers won it on Mike O'Cain's fourth-down four-yard pass in the final quarter to Bennie Cunningham. Tulane also scored in the fourth quarter to edge West Virginia 17-14. "It's amazing we're unbeaten after playing so poorly," said Green Wave Quarterback Steve Foley.
Maryland entered the security of the Atlantic Coast Conference to defeat North Carolina 24-12 for its first win. Louis Carter rushed and received for 205 yards and two touchdowns. Virginia Coach Sonny Randle is winning neither friends nor games. Players have quit, the school newspaper has criticized his tough regimen, and last week Duke beat the Cavaliers 27-7. "If we can't get 11 players who will play," Randle said, "we'll forfeit. If we find 11 who will play, they'll go both ways."
In the Southern Conference, East Carolina edged visiting Southern Illinois 17-16, Furman blanked William & Mary 10-0, Richmond nipped The Citadel 27-24 and VMI blasted Davidson 43-7. Houston clobbered Virginia Tech 49-12.
1. Alabama (3-0)
2. Auburn (3-0)
3. Florida (3-0)
Washington slowed Texas A&M's running game but still suffered a 28-15 defeat when the Aggies discovered a little-used passing attack. Halfback Skip Walker scored three touchdowns, and the big play was a 61-yard screen pass from David Walker, who completed six of 11 attempts.
UCLA's first victory was a 56-14 romp past Michigan State. The game's outstanding player was Quarterback John Sciarra, who ran and passed for 237 yards and three touchdowns. "I doubt seriously there is a better all-around quarterback in the country," Coach Dick Vermeil said afterward. Sciarra got the Bruins started early by faking a pass and setting out on a 41-yard scoring jaunt on the fifth play of the game. "After that we knew we were in for a bad evening," said the Spartans' Denny Stolz.
Three other Pacific Eight teams avoided defeat by coming from behind against outside opponents. California took Army 27-14 after trailing 14-0 at halftime. Oregon recovered from a 16-3 deficit to edge Utah 23-16, and Stanford, down at one point by two touchdowns, battled San Jose State to a 21-21 tie.
Arizona won the Kit Carson Rifle Trophy by defeating Western Athletic Conference rival New Mexico 15-10. Though the victory was genuine, the rifle is not. Kit never laid his hands on it. Wyoming defeated Air Force 20-16 as freshman Quarterback Rick Costello completed 10 of 21 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown and kicked two field goals. Colorado State fell to Memphis State 20-18, and PCAA favorite San Diego State got by Texas-El Paso 26-12.
1. Arizona (3-0)
2. USC (1-1)
3. Arizona State (2-1)
Transfers—the tired, the poor and the huddled masses of college football—have turned Temple into a regional power. The Owls avenged their only loss of last year by drubbing Boston College 34-7, but Penn State, Pittsburgh and Florida A&M contributed to the victory.
Quarterback Steve Joachim, a former Nittany Lion, completed 21 of 33 passes for 205 yards and three touchdowns. Two of the scores went to Tight End Jeff Stempel, who originally intended to be a Panther. And Bob Harris, who once rattled with the Rattlers, scored another TD on a 22-yard run.
Faced with an eight-man defensive line, Joachim put the ball in the damp Philadelphia air nine times on the first 11 plays. "We just took what they gave us," Temple's Wayne Hardin said. "They sure weren't giving us the run." Joachim's passing softened up the Eagles for Henry Hynoski, who gained 138 yards in 20 carries.
"This probably was the biggest game I've ever been associated with," said Hardin, the former Navy coach. His Owls had dropped three in a row to BC by a cumulative score of 111-30.
Transfers have made the difference, and seven more will become eligible next year. "Coach Hardin reminds you about being able to play close to home," says Stempel. "You know, where your parents and friends can come and watch. Pretty soon it all begins to make sense."
North Carolina State stayed unbeaten with a surprisingly difficult 28-22 victory over Syracuse. Wolfpack Coach Lou Holtz was not one to quibble, however. "We're not like alumni," he said. "A win is a win."
After a 14-14 half, State's Roland Hooks provided the margin of victory with two third-quarter touchdowns. The close score and the Orange's 316 yards of total offense had Coach Frank Malone babbling strange things when it was over. "We can beat anybody left on the schedule," he said confidently. Someone tell Frank that Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Miami are waiting.
It was a good week for the Ivy League, which posted five victories and an unusual tie in eight games against outside opponents. On the minus side were Columbia's 15-0 defeat by Lafayette and Dartmouth's 14-0 loss to Massachusetts. The Minutemen's triumph ended a 21-game, 72-year famine against Dartmouth.
In the victories, Brown bombed Rhode Island 45-15, Cornell ripped Colgate 40-21, Yale topped Connecticut 20-7, and Harvard beat Holy Cross 24-14.
Saving the best for last—Princeton's game with Rutgers ended in a 6-6 tie because the Tigers failed to complete a two-point conversion pass after tying the game with 22 seconds left. And why, you ask, was Princeton going for two?
It seems that the visiting Rutgers fans were so certain of victory that they tore down the goal posts with two minutes left. After Referee Thomas Elliott refused to wait for an extra set to be erected, Princeton had no other choice. The Tigers' Bob Casciola said he would not protest, but even Rutgers Coach Frank Burns admitted that Princeton should have been allowed to kick for the extra point. The tie was the first in the history of the nation's oldest collegiate rivalry.
1. Pittsburgh (2-1)
2. Penn State (2-1)
3. Temple (2-0)
Missouri used a little bit of offense and a whole lot of defense to throttle Arizona State 9-0. The Sun Devils managed only 117 yards rushing and never got closer than the Tiger 27. Missouri's drive for the game's only touchdown was aided by a 19-yard gain on an interception-fumble exchange. It was second and five at the Tigers' 45 when Arizona State Linebacker Bob Breunig intercepted a pass at his own 40. But the ball slipped out of his hands and Mark Miller fell on it at the 36, producing a nifty 19-yard gain. Miller picked up 18 yards on the next play and seconds later caught an 18-yard scoring pass from Ray Smith.
"Arizona State came to town saying a lot of things—like the Big Eight is overrated," said Smith. "Well, I think Missouri is underrated." Sun Devil Coach Frank Kush pointed to his team's 2-1 record and said, "Before the season that would have looked pretty good. But not now."
Colorado's Billy Waddy has rushed for 742 yards in his career, 353 of them in victories over Wisconsin. Waddy gained 151 yards against the Badgers Saturday and scored a touchdown in a 24-21 victory.
Penn State used fourth-string Tight End Dave Stutts at tailback against Iowa and, though he gained only 15 yards in 12 carries, he did score two touchdowns. In winning 27-0 the Lions kept the Hawkeyes from crossing the 50 until the final minute.
Oklahoma scored six times in the first quarter against Utah State, so at halftime Coach Barry Switzer watched Texas, next week's opponent, on television. The final score was 72-3. Iowa State trounced Brigham Young 34-7 as Mike Strachan surpassed the school's career rushing record with a 119-yard effort. Kansas State went to 3-0 with a 38-7 victory over Pacific. The Wildcats have not opened this strong since 1939. Kansas swamped Florida State 40-9.
After Ohio State beat Southern Methodist 28-9, it was Woody Hayes himself who pointed out, "We didn't work, on this team like we might some others." The Buckeye fullbacks carried only four times for five yards, but Tailback Archie Griffin gained his normal 159 and Wingback Brian Baschnagel got loose for 140 on only seven tries. Griffin and Baschnagel also scored twice. Woody explained that the big reason he did not run his fullbacks more "weighed 275 pounds and was really special. I don't know his name or his number." Name's Louie Kelcher, coach; number's 72. Plays tackle for SMU.
Illinois nipped Washington State 21-19, Minnesota edged Texas Christian 9-7 and Michigan bludgeoned Navy 52-0. The Wolverines treated their second-largest crowd ever, 104,232, to 26 first downs and 459 yards of total offense. Gordon Bell ran for three TDs and Chuck Heater two. "We got inundated," said Navy's George Welsh. Illinois trailed 10-0 at the half, took the lead for a while, but had to pull the game out in the final minute. After a holding penalty erased one scoring toss, Jeff Hollenbach found Jeff Chrystal with another, from 22 yards out with 34 seconds remaining. Minnesota survived when TCU missed a 40-yard field goal with 12 seconds left.
1. Ohio State (3-0)
2. Michigan (3-0)
3. Oklahoma (2-0)
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
DEFENSE: Missouri Tackle Mark Johnson, a 6'3", 233-pound senior, spearheaded the Tiger defense that handed Arizona State its first shutout in 97 games, dating back to 1965. Johnson took part in 11 tackles, several for losses.
OFFENSE: Texas Tech Quarterback Tommy Duniven, a sophomore who was redshirted last year, completed all seven passes he attempted against Texas, for 145 yards and three touchdowns, as the Red Raiders triumphed 26-3.