While Texas was losing to Oklahoma (page 20), SWC rivals Texas A&M and Arkansas were winning impressively within the conference. The Aggies zoomed past Texas Tech 38-9 and the Razorbacks trounced Baylor 41-3.
Bubba Bean put on a dazzling show for A&M, scoring twice and boosting his career total to 2,469 to become the Aggies' alltime leading rusher. As Bean described it, his 94-yard jaunt was a laugher. "When I saw all that open field, for some reason I started laughing. Then I hyperventilated, and when I finally got to the end zone I almost passed out." Bucky Sams also scored twice, both times bursting in from inside the one.
Baylor made life easy for Arkansas by fumbling nine times, twice setting up Razor-back scoring drives of less than 50 yards and twice ending serious threats of its own inside the Arkansas 30. Quarterback Scott Bull tallied on runs of 67 and four yards. A third Southwest Conference game, played in the Cotton Bowl on Friday night, saw Southern Methodist hand Texas Christian its 15th straight loss, 28-13.
October 19, 1975
A fumble and a pass interception set up two Mississippi State touchdowns in the first 3:52 of action, and the Bulldogs went on to defeat Rice 28-14.
In the final quarter of Houston's 28-0 loss to North Texas State, Coach Bill Yeoman became so frustrated by his team's offensive ineptness that he sent a third-string freshman in to quarterback. But even Delrick Brown could not get the Cougars on the scoreboard.
1. Texas A&M (5-0)
2. Texas (4-1)
3. Arkansas (4-1)
The pitch-and-catch team of Steve Pisarkiewicz and Henry Marshall hounded Oklahoma State out of the unbeaten ranks and gave Missouri a stunning 41-14 victory. "I haven't seen anything like it since I've been here," said Tiger Coach Al Onofrio. "In fact, I've never seen a passing attack like that."
Both Pisarkiewicz and Marshall established school yardage records, with Zark the Shark completing 20 of 27 attempts for 371 yards and Marshall catching seven for 209. The two also combined on scoring strikes of 32 and 75 yards.
"I didn't dream we could play that poorly on defense," said the Cowboy Coach Jim Stanley. "When you get four, five or six seconds to throw, it becomes a lot easier," said Zark. The junior quarterback did not suffer an interception and missed his receiver on only two passes (a deflection and an overthrow) while five others were dropped. On one attempt, blocked by a charging lineman, Pisarkiewicz caught the ball himself and turned it into a four-yard gain. "When things go right, everything goes right," said Marshall.
Nebraska, which had not faced a Wishbone team all year, came up against one of the best in Kansas and won 16-0. "Nebraska was super on defense," said Jayhawk Quarterback Nolan Cromwell, who had been the Big Eight's Back of the Week following his last two games. "We thought we could move the ball against them, but they proved differently." Cromwell gained but 62 yards in 19 carries and the entire Kansas offense managed only 177 yards overall. The Corn-huskers had offensive problems of their own, however, managing only a field goal in each of the first three quarters before Terry Luck connected on a 26-yard touchdown pass to Brad Jenkins. "The victory wasn't a thing of beauty," said Fullback Tony Davis, "but we're 5-0 and we haven't been 5-0 since I've been at Nebraska."
Iowa State broke open a tight defensive struggle with 10 fourth-quarter points to pull away from Kansas State 17-7.
In the Big Ten, Michigan upended Michigan State 16-6, Ohio State blasted Iowa 49-0, Wisconsin nipped Purdue 17-14, Northwestern skunked Indiana 30-0 and Illinois pounded Minnesota 42-23.
The Wolverines' victory was the final piece of evidence that the status is still quo in the Big Ten this year. Gordon Bell's 19-yard run to the outside, following six straight thrusts into the Spartans' middle, broke a 6-6 fourth-quarter tie. Bob Wood's third field goal concluded the scoring. "We're not a great team," said Coach Bo Schembechler, "but I still think we can be a good one."
Unfortunately, Michigan must become better than good if it is to have a chance against Ohio State on Nov. 22. Listen to what Iowa Coach Bob Commings said after the Buckeyes' latest shellacking. "That's the best team in the country, fellas," he told reporters. "We've played some good teams in the last two years, but that's the best." Stronger than last year? "Yes—and I don't think it's by inches, either. If they have a weakness, I don't know what it would be. It's the same backfield, and it's still great. But the new offensive line is better. And the defense is much better."
Ohio State convinced Commings by scoring the first seven times it had the ball, missing on the eighth and last possession because the third-stringers fumbled at the Iowa seven. Archie Griffin gained 120 yards, Pete Johnson scored three touchdowns and Quarterback Cornelius Greene completed all eight of his passes for a total of 117 yards. Greene's substitute, Rod Gerald, turned his two carries into scoring runs of 45 and 14 yards.
Vince Lamia's 40-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining lifted Wisconsin past Purdue. Billy Marek gained 152 yards and scored eight points, making him the alltime leading scorer in the league with 242 points.
Greg Boykin ran for two touchdowns and passed for another to lead Northwestern, whose 2-0 conference record gives it a share of the Big Ten lead.
Illinois also stayed unbeaten in the league, Jim Phillips scoring three times in the second quarter to climax drives of 51, 75 and 28 yards. The Gophers had entered the game as the nation's sixth best team in scoring defense.
A safety and a 30-yard scoring pass with 21 seconds remaining in the first half gave Mid-American co-leader Miami of Ohio all its points in a 10-0 defeat of Dayton. The recovery of a fumbled punt set up a late 23-yard scoring drive that enabled Kent State to beat Western Michigan 22-17. In a non-conference game, Walt Hodges scored twice and gained more than 100 yards for the 17th time in his career as Central Michigan whipped Eastern Michigan 20-7.
1. Ohio State (5-0)
2. Oklahoma (5-0)
3. Nebraska (5-0)
The long and bloody Eastern domination of Penn State did not come to an end last week against West Virginia. It got longer and bloodier. The Mountaineers certainly looked like a worthy challenger. They were 4-0, averaging 35 points and 411 yards a game. They had incentive, not having beaten the Lions since 1955. They even had a sense of humor. "We're calling this Penn State against the Penn State rejects," quipped Quarterback Dan Kendra.
What they did not have was the hosses. Will West Virginia ever beat Penn State, Coach Joe Paterno was asked following the 39-0 rout. "When they have better players," he answered politely.
Penn State's better players maintained ball control for more than two-thirds of the game, scoring in every quarter, outgaining the Mountaineers 435 yards to 200 and forcing six turnovers.
Woody Petchel and Chris Bahr were the offensive stars, Petchel rushing for 120 yards and a touchdown and Bahr kicking three field goals to break his single-season school record of 11. Petchel, who suffered a serious knee injury two years ago, was particularly pleased. "I always believed I was capable of a game like this, but since the injury I've had my doubts," he said. "All the pain and work is worthwhile today. I just wish today could last forever."
Pittsburgh, which ends its season against Penn State on Nov. 22, steamrolled Temple 55-6. Tony Dorsett scored twice, as did Defensive Back J.C. Wilson. Mark Weaver gained 144 yards on 12 carries in Lehigh's 34-20 upset of Rutgers and Jerry Andrewlavage's two field goals lifted Colgate over Holy Cross 20-14. Long passes by Buddy Gilbert set up a touchdown and produced another as Tulane beat Boston College 17-7.
Navy continued to play well, edging Syracuse 10-6 while Army fell to Duke 21-10. The Middie defense, ranked third nationally, allowed only two field goals and 131 offensive yards. Two fumbles and three interceptions, including one which was returned 68 yards for a touchdown, killed the Cadets.
In the Ivy League, Brown scored an important 27-12 victory over Yale, Harvard held off aroused Columbia 35-30, Dartmouth tripped Pennsylvania 19-14 and Princeton topped Cornell 16-8.
The Bruins' seventh straight triumph over two seasons came on the 50th anniversary of Brown Stadium. Four second-quarter touchdowns gave Harvard the margin it needed as Quarterback Jim Kubacki set a school total offense record with 310 yards. Dartmouth had to overcome an aerial barrage by the Quakers' Bob Graustein, who completed 20 of 29 passes for 230 yards. Princeton stayed unbeaten on three field goals by Scott Morrison.
1. Penn State (5-1)
2. Pitt (4-1)
3. West Virginia (4-1)
Alabama and Florida are not scheduled to play each other this season, but at least one Southeastern Conference player has a definite opinion of which is better. "Florida," said Vanderbilt Tight End Barry Burton after the Gators whipped his team 35-0. To which Coach Fred Pan-coast added, "This is a great Florida team. They put second-and third-team backs in there that are as big as some of my linemen."
Jimmy DuBose's 80-yard touchdown run put the Gators ahead on the first play from scrimmage. Larry Brinson scored the next three touchdowns on two short runs and a 10-yard pass reception from Quarterback Don Gaffney. Florida's offense rushed for 438 yards and passed for 59 more and the defense gave up only 167 yards overall.
Tennessee, which plays Alabama this weekend, pulled away from Louisiana State in the fourth period to win 24-10. Reminiscent of his performance of two weeks ago against Auburn Split End Larry Seivers made two key catches in an 80-yard drive that broke a 10-10 tic.
Other conference games saw Auburn defeat Kentucky 15-9 and Mississippi upset Georgia 28-13. Outside the conference, Alabama blistered Washington 52-0.
Auburn scored twice within 90 seconds in the fourth quarter to overtake the Wildcats and notch its first victory of the year. A 72-yard pass from Clyde Baumgartner to Jeff Gilligan produced the first score, and three plays after the fumbled kickoff Kenny Burks dashed in from the 17 for the second touchdown. James Reed tallied twice for Ole Miss, which had not won a league game since 1973.
The Alabama-Washington game was a renewal of the 1926 Rose Bowl matchup, when the Crimson Tide won 20-19 by scoring three touchdowns within seven minutes. In this game, Alabama scored three touchdowns in less than three minutes—on an eight-yard run by Quarterback Richard Todd, an 84-yard punt return by Willie Shelby and a 31-yard gallop by second-team Fullback Johnny Davis. Taking advantage of an injury to Calvin Culliver, Davis ground out 155 yards and three touchdowns in 13 carries.
Maryland ran its Atlantic Coast Conference winning streak to 12 games with a 37-22 defeat of North Carolina State. A 96-yard kickoff return by Rick Jennings, his second field-length touchdown run this year, sparked the Terrapins. Maryland also showed some timely defensive play when it protected a 24-14 third-quarter lead by pushing the Wolfpack back to the 47 after they reached a first down at the Terrapins' 17. "I don't want to sound like an egotistical fool," Defensive End Leroy Hughes said later, "but my getting in there got us going." N.C. State blew its next two offensive possessions with fumbles, which Maryland turned into score-padding touchdowns.
Clemson won its first game, Willie Jordan's 34-yard field goal with five seconds remaining edging Wake Forest 16-14. Outside the conference, North Carolina lost its shutout—and the game—when Notre Dame scored three times in the fourth quarter to win 21-14. The last TD came with 1:03 left, after a Tar Heel defensive error let Ted Burgmeier turn a short down-and-out pattern into an 80-yard scoring play. "I hollered at him when he went by," said Carolina Coach Bill Dooley, "but it didn't bother him."
Notre Dame Coach Dan Devine called it "my best win ever. I don't mean to slight the fine players I had at Arizona State, Missouri or Green Bay, but these kids could hardly stand up late in the game."
David Sims and Drew Hill led an army of Georgia Tech running backs that rushed for a school-record 558 yards in a 38-10 romp over Virginia Military. Sims scored three touchdowns on runs of 51, two and one yards and Hill tallied from the 36-and nine-yard lines. South Carolina blasted Virginia 41-14 as Quarterback Jeff Grantz also raced to three TDs. following a 23-10 loss to Colorado, overscheduled Miami was no longer the best 0-3 team in the country. They are now the best 0-4 team in the country.
Lenoir Rhyne, an NAIA member, surpassed the NCAA record for rushing yardage and total offense in a 69-14 swamping of Davidson. With Scott Crawford running for 247 yards and four touchdowns, the Bears amassed 837 yards on the ground and 914 yards overall.
1. Alabama (4-1)
2. Florida (4-1)
3. Tennessee (3-1)
Few things are as hard to come by this year as a touchdown against Arizona. The Wildcats, who have allowed only two field goals all season, posted their third shutout of the season with a 36-0 triumph over Texas-El Paso. Western Athletic Conference rival Arizona State also remained unbeaten, dumping New Mexico 16-10. Bruce Hill was Arizona's offensive star, passing and running for three touchdowns while Arizona State's Freddie Williams led the Sun Devils, rushing for 201 yards and a TD in 37 carries.
Brigham Young celebrated its 100th anniversary with a 28-14 nonconference win over Air Force. Independent Utah Stale scored three times in the final period to overtake West Texas State 21-17.
Ricky Bell rolled to his third 200-yard game of the season as Southern California socked Washington State 28-10. The 215-pound back gained 217 yards on 38 carries and had a 40-yard scoring jaunt called back. "I don't care how many times he carries the ball," Coach John McKay said afterward. "If he's tired he'll tell me." A 64-yard punt return by Danny Reece produced another touchdown. Alas, the victory was costly: Linebacker Mario Celotto and Defensive Backs Ricky Odom and Ted Roberson were all sidelined with injuries.
Even though USC extended its unbeaten streak to 16 games (and its Pacific Eight unbeaten skein to 27), Stanford Assistant Coach Gunther Cunningham was talking up UCLA's Rose Bowl chances following the Cardinals' 31-21 loss to the Bruins. "If John Sciarra stays healthy, UCLA is a Rose Bowl team," Cunningham said after the quarterback rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns. The Bruins' Wendell Tyler was even more productive, gaining 180 yards.
While Sciarra and Tyler were inflicting the physical damage, Stanford's fans were adding verbal abuse, booing Quarterback Mike Cordova and Coach Jack Christiansen. "It's too bad when the home team feels like it's playing in a visiting park," said Christiansen. Cordova added, "I enjoyed playing before 90,000 at Michigan when I knew the fans were for the other team. But I don't enjoy it when our own fans are also for the other team."
California and Colorado State kept Oregon and Oregon State winless, blasting them 34-7 and 17-8. Chuck Muncie gained 207 yards and scored three touchdowns for the Bears, who were the recipients of eight turnovers. Colorado State's victory was its first ever over a Pac-8 team.
1. USC (5-0)
2. Arizona (4-0)
3. Arizona State (5-0)
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
DEFENSE: Pittsburgh Cornerback J.C. Wilson scored two touchdowns on a 52-yard return of a blocked field goal and a six-yard return of an intercepted pass, set up another TD with a second interception and recovered two fumbles.
OFFENSE: Scoring on runs of 47 and 94 yards and gaining 180 yards in only nine carries, Texas A&M Halfback Bubba Bean became the Aggies' alltime leading rusher and moved to eighth place on the Southwest Conference list.