Boston College shook off its Monday night loss to Notre Dame and whipped Temple 27-9 after just four days of preparation. The Eagles parlayed strong running, timely passing and opportunistic defense to score in every quarter. The first of three pass interceptions set up the opening touchdown, a six-yard run by Glen Capriola, and Keith Barnette romped 70 yards for the second. Fred Steinfort's two field goals and three PATs and a 36-yard pass from Mike Kruczek to Don Petersen gave Boston College its other points. The defense held Temple to 76 yards rushing and allowed but nine completions in 30 passing attempts. After that poor performance Owl Coach Wayne Hardin was happy to see an open date scheduled for this week. "I think a bye right now is in order," he said.
Army and Navy stayed unbeaten with overwhelming offensive games against College Division opponents. The Cadets bombarded Lehigh 54-32, while the Middies torpedoed Connecticut 55-7.
Army's 644 yards of offense was its biggest output since the Blanchard-Davis days. Brad Dodrill gained 153 yards in 13 carries, Tony Pyne carried for two touchdowns and 117 yards and Quarterback Scott Gillogly rushed and passed for 113 yards and three scores. When Gillogly was on the sidelines 6'5" sophomore Leamon Hall was completing 14 of 19 passes for 184 yards and two TDs. Most of Lehigh's offense was provided by Quarterback Joe Sterrett, whose 14 completions in 22 attempts produced 301 yards and three touchdowns.
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A 25-yard return of an interception by Ed Jeter started Navy on the way to its highest point production in 22 years. Six different players took part in the scoring, including Larry Muczynski, who kicked two field goals, and Ed Gilmore, who dashed six and 47 yards for touchdowns. Navy amassed 512 yards overall and allowed but 53 and two first downs, both in the last five minutes.
After freshman Dave Jacobs' 41-yard field goal with 22 seconds left gave Syracuse a 10-7 lead over Iowa the Orange coaches and players rushed out on the field to congratulate him. That show of enthusiasm brought a 15-yard penalty on the following kickoff, but the Orange held on to win its second straight game. Villanova also pulled out a narrow victory when Brian Sikorski's 14-yard pass to John Mastronardo in the last 38 seconds beat Toledo 14-10. The touchdown was the Wildcats' second in the period, the first coming on a one-yard run by Mike Frazier.
Rutgers trounced Bucknell 47-3 as Matt Allison, a former outfielder in the Philadelphia Phillies' minor-league system, completed four touchdown passes. The 21-year-old lefthander started his first college game because of an injury to Bert Kosup. Allison completed 10 of 13 passes for 167 yards and had scoring strikes of 48 and 55 yards to Mark Twitty and a pair of seven yarders to Tight End Jon Walling and Fullback Curt Edwards.
Mark Murphy intercepted three passes and Jerry Andrewlavage kicked three field goals to spark Colgate's 16-0 defeat of The Citadel.
1. Penn State (2-1)
2. West Virginia (2-0)
3. Pitt (1-1)
Because the Auburn defense could not do everything and the offense could not do anything, the Tigers had to settle for a 10-10 tie with Baylor. Auburn Quarterback Phil Gargis admitted, "We were lucky to come out with that."
The only positive contribution by the Tigers' offense was Chris Wilson's 20-yard field goal. The defense scored the touchdown when End Jim Pitts blocked a punt and Linebacker Kim Sellers carried it 56 yards into the end zone. Baylor came back to tie the game after Auburn fumbles at the 37- and eight-yard lines set up a 36-yard field goal by Bubba Hicks and a two-yard pass from Charlie Parker to Ronnie Lee.
The Tigers' best chance to win came with 10:51 remaining in the game when they had fourth and two at the Bear 13. But instead of trying a 30-yard field goal, Coach Shug Jordan sent Mitzi Jackson into the middle for a first down. Waiting to meet him was Linebacker Shane Nelson. "I'm still trying to figure out why they went for it," Baylor Coach Grant Teaff said after the game. "Does anybody know why? I sure don't, but I was tickled when they did."
Jordan's explanation was simple enough: "I thought we could make it." But it was his team's two fumbles and two intercepted passes that bothered him most. "Turnovers have hurt us the last two weeks," he said. "Right now our defense is farther along than the offense, and that's our problem. With so many new faces on defense, it should be behind."
After a loss and a tie, Jordan is still looking for his first win in this, his farewell season. Saturday's game in Knoxville against Tennessee may not be the place to find it.
Probably the only man rooting for a tie last week was Jess Neely, who spent the first half of the Vanderbilt-Rice game on the Commodores' side of the field and the second half with the Owls. The nonpartisanship of the Vanderbilt graduate, who spent 27 years as head coach and athletic director at Rice and three years as his alma mater's AD, almost paid off. After 59 minutes and 28 seconds of play the teams were in a 6-6 deadlock. Then Mark Adams' third field goal, from the 15-yard line, enabled the Commodores to win. The Owls' points also came on field goals, by Alvero Arenas.
Texas Tech rallied twice in a wide-open first half to outscore New Mexico three touchdowns to two and held on for a 24-17 victory. The Raider TDs came on short runs by alternating Fullbacks Rufus Myers and Cliff Hoskins while the Lobos struck twice on passes by Steve Myer to Preston Dennard and Gil Stewart. The teams traded field goals and turnovers in the second half.
A 95-yard pass play from Fred Mortensen to John Jefferson helped Arizona State defeat Texas Christian 33-10.
1. Texas (2-0)
2. Texas A&M (2-0)
3. Baylor (1-0-1)
A safety off a blocked punt opened the floodgates, and when they were closed, Alabama had inundated Clemson 56-0. In the first half the Crimson Tide held a 35-0 advantage and outgained the Tigers 270 yards to 52.
The going was not so easy for the rest of the Southeastern Conference as Texas A&M smashed LSU 39-8, Kansas conked Kentucky 14-10, Tulane topped Mississippi 14-3 and N.C. State stopped Florida 8-7. In the lone conference contest Georgia roared to four second-half touchdowns to overtake Mississippi State 28-6.
Texas A&M struck from far out to defeat LSU, Bubba Bean, David Shipman and George Woodard scoring on runs of 41, 42 and 66 yards. The Aggies finished with 403 yards total offense to 114 for the Tigers.
With eight minutes remaining, Kentucky seemed to be in excellent shape against Kansas. The Wildcats led 10-7 and had the ball on the Kansas 41. On third and seven, however, Coach Fran Curci ordered an end-around play that he immediately regretted. "I thought about calling time-out, but it was too late," he said. "I screwed up the game. I can't believe I did that. It was a gamble, and there was no need to gamble."
The Wildcats fumbled on the play, and after two 15-yard penalties and a 16-yard run by Laverne Smith they were behind 14-10—for good.
Florida lost after fumbling at its own 38 with 3:25 remaining. On the next play Quarterback Dave Buckey passed 38 yards to Wide Receiver Elijah Marshall for a touchdown and John Evans ran wide for the winning two-point conversion.
In other nonleague games involving Atlantic Coast Conference teams Virginia edged VMI 22-21, Wake Forest fell to Appalachian State 19-17 and Duke dropped a 24-16 decision to South Carolina. Maryland defeated North Carolina in a key league contest 34-7.
Among the independents, Danny Myers ran for three touchdowns and passed for another as Georgia Tech trounced Miami 38-23 and Clyde Walker's two touchdown tosses lifted Florida State past Utah State 17-8.
1. Alabama (1-1)
2. Florida (1-1)
3. Tennessee (1-1)
On the fifth play of the game Tailback Ricky Bell turned 28 Pitch into a 53-yard scoring jaunt, which propelled USC to a 24-7 licking of Oregon State. But even though the junior sensation finished with 215 yards and two touchdowns in 28 carries—giving him 471 yards and six touchdowns in two games—Coach John McKay said he may occasionally use Bell at fullback the rest of the year. This prospect arose after the Trojans' Dave Farmer suffered a fractured fibula in the third quarter.
Bell's performance was about the only aspect of the game McKay found pleasing. "We weren't worth a damn," he snapped. "Oregon State outhit us and outperformed us. The reason we won is that we have more people who can play the game than Dee [Andros] has."
McKay added that if Bell "continues to get the same blocking he did against Oregon State, he'll be dead by the fifth game."
After Washington took a 3-0 first quarter lead over Texas, one Longhorn lineman advised a teammate warily, "Coach Royal is really mad. Nobody was supposed to score on us until Oklahoma." The Huskies managed to score again, on a 35-yard pass off a fake field goal attempt, but the Longhorns prevailed 28-10. Fullback Earl Campbell tallied three touchdowns, one on a 61-yard gallop, and gained 198 yards. Quarterback Marty Akins added 140 more.
West Virginia broke loose from a 7-7 half-time tie to defeat California 28-10. While the Bears concentrated on stopping Artie Owens, who nevertheless managed 118 yards and a touchdown, Fullback Heywood Smith gained 146 and scored twice and his substitute, Ron Lee, plugged for 58 yards and another TD.
Pat Degnan's passing put Utah on the scoreboard first, but it was the running of Dan Doornink that lifted Washington State to a 30-14 victory. The sophomore tailback rushed for 125 yards and three touchdowns.
Brigham Young lost to Colorado State 21-17 in a Western Athletic Conference game when Jeff Blanc fumbled twice in the fourth quarter, ending a drive at the Rams' eight and starting one for the winners at the Cougars' 20. Outside the league, field goals helped Arizona beat Pacific 16-0 and Texas-El Paso top East Tennessee State 6-3.
San Diego State won its third straight 30-12 over North Texas State as Mel Jacobs returned the opening kickoff 100 yards and caught a 42-yard scoring pass from Craig Penrose.
1. USC (2-0)
2. UCLA (2-0)
3. Arizona State (2-0)
Riddled by injuries, fumbles and Mike Cordova's passing, Michigan lost its No. 2 national ranking in a 19-19 tie with Stanford. The Cardinals deadlocked the game on Mike Langford's 33-yard field goal with nine seconds left. Only 1:27 earlier Bob Wood had put Michigan ahead for the third time with his fourth field goal.
Quarterback Cordova destroyed the Wolverines' young zone defense with 24 completions in 44 attempts for 285 yards and two touchdowns. His scoring tosses of 25 yards to Tony Hill in the first quarter and a deflected four-yarder that Center Todd Anderson caught early in the fourth completed drives of 62 and 98 yards.
Michigan's only touchdown came on a 48-yard pass from Rick Leach to Jim Smith at the end of the first half. Despite the loss of two offensive linemen during practice on Wednesday, the Wolverines gained 322 of their 467 yards on the ground. Fumbles by Gordon Bell at the Stanford 29- and seven-yard lines thwarted scoring opportunities, however, and another drive ended on downs at the 22.
Michigan's most dependable weapon was Wood, who now has seven field goals in two games. "When we don't move the football and have to kick a field goal, I'm not satisfied," said Coach Bo Schembechler. "That's the crux of our problem. We move the ball between the 20-yard lines and not inside the 20."
Stanford Coach Jack Christiansen, who drilled his team in Berea, Ohio all week after an opening game loss at Penn State, was happy to have a tie. "When they have you put down [to lose] by 27 points, and you are playing at Michigan's home field, which is worth seven to 10 points, a lie is fine," he said. "I feel like a winner."
In four previous meetings all played in Columbus and three during Woody Hayes' tenure, Ohio State had never beaten Penn State. But when the teams met again last week, the Buckeyes' superior manpower was the difference in a 17-9 victory.
"It was a squeaker," Hayes sighed afterward, but it certainly did not start out that way. Ohio State drove 80 yards in eight plays following the opening kickoff to lead 7-0 and added a field goal on its second possession. Then the Lions got serious on defense and drew to within one point on three field goals by Chris Bahr.
The Buckeyes put the game out of reach with another 80-yard scoring drive, this one in the fourth quarter. Fullback Pete Johnson went the final 11 yards to tally his second TD, but it was passing that made the march successful. On third and 15 at his own 20, Quarterback Cornelius Greene had overthrown Len Willis when Penn State's John Bush committed pass interference. The Buckeyes got a second first down on a third and long when Archie Griffin made a diving catch for a 23-yard gain at the Lion 45.
Griffin the runner finished with 128 yards on 24 carries and the 237-pound Johnson had 112 on 23. "Griffin's catch was one of the big plays of the game," said Joe Paterno, "but we didn't realize Johnson was quite so strong."
Michigan State ended Miami of Ohio's 24-game unbeaten streak with a 14-13 victory. Neither team really seemed interested in winning, the Spartans fumbling on three straight possessions in the second half while the Redskins' Norm Trowbridge was missing four field goals and an extra point. Miami Coach Dick Crum said he did not "give a damn" about the streak ending, but he was bothered by "Miami's worst football game in seven years." Redskin Quarterback Sherman Smith, who ran and passed for 148 yards, agreed. "I didn't think the loss would be a game we gave away, but that's just the way I feel. We gave it to them."
The winning touchdown came on a 56-yard pass from Quarterback Charlie Baggett to Kirk Gibson in the third quarter. That play also helped Baggett overtake Eric Allen as the Spartans' career offense leader. Allen now has 2,704 yards.
Three other Big Ten teams also won non-conference games, Wisconsin blasting South Dakota 48-7, Minnesota pounding Western Michigan 38-0 and Northwestern edging Northern Illinois 10-3.
The Badgers intercepted five passes in their rout of South Dakota, two by Steve Wagner, who returned one for a touchdown. Billy Marek scored three times for Wisconsin on runs of one, six and four yards.
The Gophers did not get uncranked against Western Michigan until Quarterback Tony Dungy ran for one touchdown and passed for another in the last two minutes of the first half.
By defeating Northern Illinois for its second straight win, Northwestern is off to its best start in 11 years. The winning touchdown came with 1:55 to play on an 18-yard run by Greg Boykin, his sixth straight carry in a 53-yard drive.
Illinois and Indiana did not do as well against the Big Eight, losing 30-20 to Missouri and 45-0 to Nebraska, respectively. The Illini led 20-16 entering the final period thanks to Kurt Steger, who passed and ran for three touchdowns. But Tony Galbreath's second TD of the day climaxed an 83-yard drive and put the Tigers on top to stay. Quarterback Steve Pisarkiewicz added to the margin with a 51-yard pass to Henry Marshall.
Stinging from criticism of their unimpressive job two weeks ago against LSU, Nebraska's offensive linemen volunteered for extra work before the Indiana game. The special-duty "Alpine" sprints up the Memorial Stadium steps led to an easy victory. "They got us in better shape," said Tackle Bob Lingenfelter. "I can't say they won the game, but I'm not as tired this week."
Improved interior blocking helped Nebraska to an offensive advantage of 470 yards to 97 and to scoring drives that ranged from 22 to 92 yards. "This is the big time," Hoosier Coach Lee Corso lamented. "We learned something."
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State both knocked off nationally ranked opponents, the Sooners blitzing Pittsburgh 46-10 and the Cowboys taking Arkansas 20-13. Joe Washington easily won his duel with Tony Dorsett, outgaining him 166 yards (in 23 carries) to 17 (in 12 carries) and outscoring him three touchdowns to one. "He's a supreme back," Panther Coach Johnny Majors said. "In my five years in the Big Eight [at Iowa State] and three years at Pitt we've never faced a runner who devastates you like he does." Pitt Safely Dennis Moorehead, who took part in 27 tackles, said, "Trying to tackle him was a joke. He doesn't have to run on the ground. He can run in the air."
After Arkansas took a 13-7 lead by marching 72 yards with the second-half kickoff, Oklahoma State roared back on the running of Robert Turner and Terry Miller. Both finished with more than 100 yards and scored a touchdown apiece.
In other Big Eight games, Terry Kunz gained 152 yards and scored twice as Colorado beat Wyoming 27-10; Iowa State dedicated its $7.6 million, 42,500-seat stadium with a 17-12 defeat of the Air Force; and Mike Harris tallied three times in Kansas State's 32-0 trouncing of Wichita State. The Cyclones' victory overshadowed an NCAA record field goal of 62 yards by the Falcons' Dave Lawson.
1. Oklahoma (2-0)
2. Ohio State (2-0)
3. Notre Dame (2-0)
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
DEFENSE: The brunt of Oklahoma's constant harassment of Tony Dorsett and the rest of the Pittsburgh offense was 210-pound senior Defensive End Jimbo Elrod, who made 17 tackles, recovered two fumbles and broke up a pass.
OFFENSE: Stanford's Mike Cordova engineered two touchdowns and a late march against the clock that set up the field goal that tied Michigan. The junior quarterback completed 24 of 44 passes for 285 yards and two TDs.