A sign posted by a shrimp wholesaler along the North Carolina coast said it all: "Notice to boat captains. State plays Carolina Saturday. We have tickets. If you plan to work that day, please take enough ice to hold until Monday." And so the fans came to Chapel Hill for the Atlantic Coast Conference showdown. What they saw was a 33-14 Tar Heel victory in which Tackle Rod Broadway came up with a Wolfpack fumble, blocked a pass and three times lowered the boom on State quarterbacks.
Wake Forest lost to Maryland 47-0, running its string of scoreless periods to 18. During that span the Deacons have been out-scored 210-0. Coach Chuck Mills, speaking out against Wake Forest's high academic requirements, noted, "As the Japanese say, tako no tomo gui—destroying one's self as the octopus eats its own tentacles when it becomes hungry. The obvious thing wrong with college athletics is that the policies are made by people not in the trenches. Let's use the Greek. The word is Thanatos. It's an instinctive desire for death."
Clemson held off Duke three times within its 10-yard line to salvage a 17-13 win, and Virginia squeaked past Virginia Tech 28-27.
October 28, 1974
On hand to see if Kentucky could beat LSU for the first time since 1960 were 57,000 people, the largest crowd ever to see a sporting event other than the Derby in the state. They liked what they saw as John Pierce gave the Wildcats a 6-3 halftime lead with field goals of 37 and 48 yards. In pulling off a 20-13 Southeastern Conference upset the Wildcats pounced on three Tiger fumbles. Still, it remained for Sonny Collins to break a 13-all tie by carrying five times in a row and scoring on the last effort.
Robert Fraley of Alabama went into a game against Tennessee as the team's No. 3 quarterback and emerged as No. 1. Gary Rutledge and Richard Todd, the two best signal callers for the Crimson Tide, were injured earlier in the year, and when Fraley directed Alabama to all four of its touchdowns, he earned top billing. Also helping out was Willie Shelby, who bolted 13 and 19 yards for TDs as Alabama took this SEC affair 28-6.
Matt Robinson plunged one yard for a touchdown with 24 seconds left, giving Georgia a 38-31 win over Vanderbilt. The other conference teams beat outsiders, though Auburn's defense, best in the nation going into a game against Georgia Tech, was badly tarnished. Tech ran for 280 yards and gained 335 overall, but two blocked punts helped the Tigers build a 17-0 lead on the way to a 31-22 victory. Florida Quarterback Don Gaffney, who had been heavily booed in earlier games, took the Gators in for a TD on his first series of downs en route to a 24-14 win. He threw only twice, but both times was on the money. First came a 36-yarder that set up a field goal. Then, with a third-and-one play in the third quarter, he checked off at the line, called a pass to Tight End Alvis Darby and turned it into a 63-yard TD. South Carolina beat Mississippi 10-7 and freshman Dennis Johnson set a school record by rushing for 198 yards as Mississippi State nipped Memphis State 29-28 on Rocky Felker's two-point conversion.
1. Alabama (6-0)
2. Auburn (6-0)
3. Maryland (4-2)
USC Coach John McKay, who usually can find something bright to say even on the cloudiest day, was strangely silent after the Trojans' unspectacular 16-7 win over Oregon. As for Anthony Davis and Chris Limahelu, they let their feet do the talking. Davis had 160 yards on 38 carries and Limahelu, a 5'5" 130-pounder who was the MVP on his high school tennis and wrestling teams, hit three field goals.
Washington State, trailing 17-13, drove to the UCLA one-yard line in the fourth quarter. Four cracks at the middle failed, and the Bruins then ran out the clock. It was on the three-yard line that California stopped Oregon State to preserve a 17-14 win. In another Pacific Eight game Stanford doubled up on Washington 34-17.
Down 16-6 to Navy in the fourth period, Air Force seemed on the way to its fifth loss in a row. Then the Falcons scored 13 points in the last 8½ minutes to prevail 19-16.
Two freshman quarterbacks—Dennis Sproul and Bruce Hardy—led Arizona State past Utah 32-0. Sproul tossed two touchdown passes and built up a 20-0 margin before Hardy (SI, April 29, 1973) made his varsity debut. Earlier in the day, in a freshman game in Albuquerque, Hardy had completed 14 of 25 for 198 yards and two touchdowns as the Sun Devils beat New Mexico 54-27. After flying back to Tempe for a night contest against the Utes, he was on target with five of six attempts for 73 yards and added 28 yards on six runs.
In other Western AC competition, New Mexico rallied from a 21-3 deficit, got a 100-yard scoring run on an interception by Bob Johnson and shocked Wyoming 32-21, and Gary Sheide passed for 388 yards and five TDs as BYU initialed UTEP 45-21.
San Diego State trounced San Jose State 40-14 in a matchup of Pacific Coast AC favorites, shredding the Spartan defense for 472 yards, 230 of them on the 17-for-24 passing of Craig Penrose.
1. USC (4-1)
2. Arizona (5-1)
3. Arizona State (4-1)
Aided by a controversial ruling and a successful fourth-down gamble, Miami nipped West Virginia 21-20. Late in the fourth period the Mountaineers argued that their punt to midfield had struck a Hurricane player's foot, and that they had recovered the ball. Ernie Jones, the player in question, admitted after the game that the ball had hit him, but what counted was the officials' verdict that it had not. Then, at fourth-and-16, Miami went for it. Kary Baker passed. Split End Steve Marcantonio hurtled through the air, caught the ball one-handed, and the Hurricanes were on the Mountaineer 22. A 12-yard pass from Baker to Larry Bates tied the score and Chris Dennis kicked the decisive PAT.
Tony Dorsett of Pitt scampered 191 yards in 14 carries against Boston College. Included in his three-touchdown performance were gallops of 61 and 74 yards as the Panthers frolicked 35-11.
Penn State, frequently suffering from shoddy play at the outset of its games this season, was again caught off guard. This time it was Syracuse that threw the scare, a 77-yard scoring pass from Jim Donoghue to Split End Lonnie Allgood on the first play from scrimmage. The Orangemen built their lead to 14-3 before the Nittany Lions wore them down, amassing 530 yards in a 30-14 victory.
Halfback John Souba broke loose on an off-tackle play designed for short yardage and went 51 yards for the game's only touchdown as Dartmouth held off Brown 7-6 in an Ivy League tussle. Harvard, behind 21-10 at the half, came up with 29 third-period points to put down Cornell 39-27. Yale bopped Columbia 42-2, and in non-conference games Penn beat Lafayette 37-7 and Princeton brushed off Colgate 33-24.
1. Penn State (5-1)
2. Pittsburgh (4-2)
3. Temple (5-0)
"If they have a weakness, we'll exploit it," said Indiana Coach Lee Corso before taking on Ohio State. Final score: Ohio State 49, Exploiters 9. For the first time since the invention of Woody Hayes, the Buckeyes threw passes on their first two downs. Only one was complete, but from there on they did little wrong. In all, 84 Buckeyes played as the offense accumulated 568 yards, an average of 8.2 a try. Archie Griffin rambled for 146 yards in 22 trips, scored twice and set a Big Ten alltime rushing record with a total of 3,321 yards, though only midway through his junior year. Quarterback Cornelius Greene had 330 yards in total offense—nine of 11 passes for 235 yards, 11 rushes for 95 more. When it was all over Corso said, "Greene gets through holes that aren't even on the black-board—phfft. It was a thrill for us today—really neat—because we learned a lot."
Wisconsin put up a rousing struggle before succumbing to Michigan 24-20. Badger Quarterback Gregg Bohlig may have been right when he said, "We needed just another minute or two," for he brought his team back from a 21-7 disadvantage
Fifty years ago Red Grange and Memorial Stadium in Champaign were the pride of Illinois, especially when the Galloping Ghost put on his five-touchdown performance against Michigan in the first game there. Last week Grange helped commemorate the anniversary of that event at the now-crumbling stadium. "I guess I'm a lousy football fan," he said. "I can't watch a full game." But Grange did watch as the Illini fought Michigan Stale to a 21-21 standstill.
Three short touchdown runs by Quarterback Mark Vitali lifted Purdue over Northwestern 31-26 in another Big Ten encounter, and Rick Upchurch raced 86 yards for a TD on Minnesota's first offensive play, winding up with 210 yards in 21 carries as the Gophers downed Iowa 23-17.
"The holes were so numerous that sometimes I didn't know which ones to go through," said Joe Washington after scoring four touchdowns as Oklahoma crunched Big Eight foe Colorado 49-14. Washington's 200 yards rushing were the most ever by one runner against the Buffaloes, who were also roughed up for the most yards rushing (594) and the highest total yardage (641) they have ever yielded in one game.
After being whomped 56-0 by Nebraska, Kansas Coach Don Fambrough said, "This was the most embarrassing day of my life." For David Humm of the Huskers it was the finest day as he connected on 23 of 27 passes for 230 yards and hit Don Westbrook for three touchdowns.
In another Big Eight confrontation, sophomore Tailback Mike Williams ran for 162 yards as Iowa State defeated Kansas State 23-18. And up-again-down-again Missouri went down 31-7 to Oklahoma State, which got 152 yards rushing from George Palmer.
Another 50th anniversary was celebrated at South Bend with the reuniting of the 1924 Notre Dame team that Grantland Rice helped memorialize with his account of how the Four Horsemen trampled Army that day 13-7. Army would gladly have settled for that score again. As it turned out, the Cadets were annihilated 48-0. Doing the most damage were Wayne Bullock, who ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns, and lithe Al Samuel, who scooted for 124 yards.
Miami of Ohio won a Mid-American game from Bowling Green 34-10. In non-conference battles, Toledo beat Dayton 38-27, Ohio blitzed Morehead State 49-10 and Kent State lost to Utah State 27-24. Independent Cincinnati whipped Wichita State 43-0.
In the third period of a game between Defiance and Wilmington at the hitter's home grounds in Ohio on Oct. 12, Ron Early of the host Quakers took off with the ball from his 38-yard line. He broke loose and then suddenly realized a runner's dream as he literally vanished. The fog had become so pea-soupy that it enveloped him and he was credited with a 62-yard TD run by an official who followed him into the eerie dimness. That put Wilmington in front 17-7. It also brought about a suspension of the game until the following Monday, when the final 28:48 was played without a score. Five days later, in bright sunshine, Wilmington registered a more conventional win by drubbing Manchester (Ind.) 31-10.
1. Ohio State (6-0)
2. Oklahoma (5-0)
3. Michigan (6-0)
Undefeated Arizona, averaging 435 yards and 30 points a game, visited Texas Tech and lost for the first time, 17-8. Red Raider Quarterback Tommy Duniven completed six of 10 passes before being hurt late in the first half of what was then a scoreless game, but Don Roberts did a fine job of guiding the team thereafter. Faced with a third-and-five at the Wildcat 14, Roberts passed six yards to keep the drive going. Later he hit Lawrence Williams with a six-yard scoring pass and the Raiders were on their way. The defense did its job, too, limiting the Wildcats to 280 yards.
Some Texas fans were edgy when the Longhorns took a 3-0 lead over Arkansas on a 45-yard field goal by Mike Dean. After all, the last four times they had led by that score the Longhorns had wound up losing. Other Texans still fretted about Fullback Roosevelt Leaks' off-season knee operation. But soon it was hook 'em horns all over the place as Texas crushed the Razorbacks in a Southwest Conference meeting 38-7. Doing the most to dispel Texans' fears was Earl Campbell, a 225-pound freshman who rumbled 68 yards for the first Longhorn TD and set up another when, serving as a middle guard, he blocked a punt. As for Leaks, he carried nine times for 58 yards.
TCU was stymied by Texas A&M, which stole five tosses and allowed eight completions. Aggie defenders sacked Horned Frog quarterbacks 13 times for 121 yards in losses, leaving TCU with a net loss of 58 yards rushing. Although the Aggies lost five fumbles, David Walker kept the offense clicking by passing for 220 yards in a 17-0 win.
In further SWC action, sophomore Ricky Wesson atoned for two fourth-quarter bobbles by passing 13 yards to Freeman Johns for a score with 17 seconds to go as SMU overhauled Rice 19-14. Houston buried Villanova quarterbacks eight times, picked up 517 yards on offense and won 35-0.
1. Texas A&M (5-1)
2. Texas Tech (4-1-1)
3. Texas (4-2)
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE: During a 56-0 conquest of Kansas. Nebraska Quarterback David Humm set three Big Eight passing records as he hit on 15 tosses in a row, made good on 85% of his tries and raised his career touchdown total to 36.
DEFENSE: Rick Kukulica made eight unassisted tackles from his defensive tackle spot, was in on two others and anchored a goal-line stand late in the fourth quarter chat helped UCLA hold off a stubborn Washington State 17-13.