Georgia behaved like the Bulldogs they are and Florida like the Gators they are as both were Southeastern Conference winners. After having three backs injured and blowing a 12-0 lead to fall behind Auburn 13-12, the Bulldogs bared their teeth, substitute Running Back Andy Reid rumbling for 112 yards and two TDs to give Georgia a 28-13 win and a spot in the Cotton Bowl. Following a 48-7 chewing up of Kentucky, Florida snapped up a bid to the Gator Bowl, where it will play Maryland. Meanwhile, Alabama's Tide ebbed and flowed and finally engulfed Southern Mississippi. "We've been going backward offensively," lamented Bear Bryant after stopping the Golden Eagles 27-6. What irked him were four lost fumbles and four major penalties against his offense. But Bryant was pleased to accept a Sugar Bowl invitation to play Penn State.
Maryland (4-0) took sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference when Mike Sochko's 29-yard field goal with eight seconds left knocked off Clemson 22-20. North Carolina State beat the clock, too. With 1:06 to go and Duke leading 21-13, the Wolfpack got the ball on their own 35. Timmy Johnson barged over from three yards out with 12 seconds remaining and Quarterback Dave Buckey salvaged a tie by passing to Ted Brown for a two-point conversion. Following the game, State accepted a Peach Bowl offer.
Another 29-yard field goal, this one by Chris Dennis with 13 seconds left on the clock, enabled Miami to frustrate Florida State 24-22. Georgia Tech beat Navy 14-13 when Adrian Rucker scored on a four-yard run with 1:28 left. Cutting it the closest was North Carolina, which overcame Tulane 17-15 on Tom Biddle's 40-yard field goal, which went through the uprights as time ran out. That was a letdown for Green Wave rooters in the Superdome, where the game was played, and at Tulane Stadium, where a unique protest demonstration took place. Tulane fans were upset about what they felt was shabby treatment by Superdome officials; a lack of practice time for their team and not enough good seats for students were two of the beefs. So some 2,500 people sat in Tulane Stadium and watched a thriller between the business school and Sigma Nu fraternity.
November 24, 1975
There was nothing close about Syracuse's 37-0 conquest of Virginia. The Orangemen piled up 607 yards against the Cavaliers, who have surrendered 1,306 yards in their past two games. Two other visitors won, West Virginia belting Richmond 31-13 and Colgate holding off William and Mary 21-17. Memphis State stopped Houston 14-7, Vanderbilt downed Army 23-14, and South Carolina beat Wake Forest 37-26.
1. Alabama (9-1)
2. Georgia (8-2)
3. Florida (8-2)
Texas A&M Fullback George Woodard gave Rice the shirt off his back. Seven, to be exact. To pay for all the torn jerseys, Woodard shredded the Owl defense for 167 yards. Said Rice Coach Al Conover, "Their game plan can be real simple with him in there. You could write the whole thing on a postage stamp." Helping cancel the Owls were kicker Tony Franklin, Safety Lester Hayes and Linebacker Robert Jackson. Franklin booted a 59-yard field goal and, with the Aggies trailing 14-13 late in the third period, Hayes and Jackson set up two TDs within 89 seconds. Hayes rushed the Rice punter hard and Jackson dropped him on the Owl 12, which led to the go-ahead score. Jackson then forced a fumble, Hayes recovered and A&M went on to win 33-14.
Time after time Texas Coach Darrell Royal has said that without Quarterback Marty Akins he did not have much of a team. A 27-11 defeat of TCU proved it. With Akins guiding the offense to 158 yards in 13 first-quarter plays, the Long-horns led 14-0. Then Akins was sidelined with a minor knee injury and for the rest of the game Rice played the Longhorns virtually even. The victory made Texas 6-0 in the Southwest Conference and set up a showdown against A&M (5-0).
Arkansas (4-1) kept its faint SWC hopes alive by drubbing SMU 35-7. Offsetting 163 yards rushing by the Mustangs' Wayne Morris were Razorback Quarterback Scott Bull, who ran for 123 yards, and Rolland Fuchs, who took over for Ike Forte and gained 101. Forte was hurt on a 38-yard scoring run when he started his prancing act just before he got to the end zone and was tackled from behind, suffering three dislocated toes. Brian Hall of Texas Tech kicked four field goals as the Red Raiders racked up Baylor 33-10.
1. Texas A&M (9-0)
2. Texas (9-1)
3. Arkansas (7-2)
Tony Dorsett of Pitt did not beat Notre Dame single-handedly. It just seemed that way. Putting on one of the finest performances in a season dominated by running backs (page 30) in the Panthers' 34-20 upset of the Irish, Dorsett accumulated 374 yards on rushes and pass catches, 67 more than the entire Irish offense. His longest gainers were a 57-yard run to the left, a 71-yard touchdown sprint to the right and a pass play called "Ice" on which Dorsett left defenders out in the cold as he scooted 49 yards for another score. After the game, Pitt accepted a bid to the Sun Bowl.
For the first time since 1932 there was a sellout at Brown. A pep rally, almost as rare, was also part of the scene. Causing all the hoopla was something even more uncommon: a chance for the Bruins to all but lock up their first Ivy League title. Alas, Harvard beat the Bruins 45-26. Most responsible for turning the joy into gloom was Jim Kubacki, the Crimson quarterback. Kubacki, who missed the previous game because of a slight shoulder separation, completed 15 of 18 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns. Thus the Ivy championship will be settled in The Game this weekend when Harvard plays at Yale. The Bulldogs tied for first place by stopping Princeton 24-13 with the help of a 97-yard scoring pass, the longest in Yale history. Halfback Don Gesicki tossed the ball and Split End Gary Fencik caught it on his 35, broke two tackles and went all the way. Dartmouth, too, scored through the air, Mike Brait firing three touchdown passes to Tom Fleming in a 33-10 win over Cornell. Columbia relied on the rushing of Doug Jackson, whose 194 yards and three TDs led to a 28-25 defeat of Penn.
Running Backs Clifford Martin of Grambling and Curt Edwards of Rutgers powered their teams to wins. With Martin grinding out 171 yards, the Tigers beat Norfolk State 26-0 in the Whitney M. Young Jr. Classic in New York's Shea Stadium. The Scarlet Knights trampled Boston University 41-3 as Edwards plowed for 151 yards.
1. Penn State (8-2)
2. Pittsburgh (7-3)
3. West Virginia (8-2)
Oregon State Coach Dee Andros missed a team meeting a few hours before his Beavers faced UCLA because an elevator he was on got stuck between floors. During the game, Andros watched as UCLA stuck it to State 31-9. Bruin Tight End Rick Walker, who had caught only five passes for 50 yards heretofore, latched on to four of John Sciarra's tosses for 145 yards and one TD. The win moved UCLA into a tie for the Pacific Eight lead with Stanford and California, which will play each other Saturday, while the Bruins take on USC a week later. Stanford squirmed its way into Rose Bowl contention by taking a 26-0 lead over Oregon and hanging on for a 33-30 decision. Cal, warming up for the big one, won a nonconference game from Air Force 31-14.
"I'm too old to be angry," said USC Coach John McKay after his third straight defeat—and his third since accepting the head coaching job with the NFL Tampa Buccaneers—an 8-7 loss to Washington. The Huskies forced six fumbles and recovered four of them. They also scored a safety, got a touchdown on a 12-yard run by Greg Martin, blocked a field-goal try with 3:22 left and fell on a USC bobble with 34 seconds to go. Despite the setback, the Trojans accepted a berth in the Liberty Bowl.
San Jose State won the Pacific Coast AA title, tripping San Diego State 31-7. A 34-point outburst in the second period helped Arizona State drub Pacific 55-14.
Clark Kemble, a Colorado State walkon, set an NCAA record with a 63-yard field goal. He also made good on kicks of 54 and 47 yards for all his team's scoring in a 31-9 loss to Arizona. Another kicking mark was set by Chuck Diedrick, who booted 12 PATs as Washington State squashed Idaho 84-27. The Cougars racked up their biggest score since 1907 when they stomped Blair Business College 86-0.
1. Arizona State (10-0)
2. UCLA (7-2-1)
3. California (7-3)
It was Pork Day at Illinois. The singer of the national anthem messed up the lyrics and sausage salesman-entertainer Jimmy Dean was booed at halftime. Dean tried to cheer Illini fans—their team trailed Michigan 14-0—by saying, "I always like to see a good football game. I can't wait to get back to my hotel to see one on TV. That's a joke, folks." The Fighting Illini did not think so. They scored 15 points in the fourth quarter but still lost 21-15. Michigan, which faces Ohio State this week at home, kept its offense pretty much under wraps. What the Wolverines could not hide, however, was six fumbles, four of which they lost. The winner of the Buckeye-Wolverine game will earn the Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl trip. The loser, Big Ten Commissioner Wayne Duke announced, will go to the Orange Bowl.
After playing Ohio State, Minnesota's Tony Dungy said he had chatted with Archie Griffin before the game and with Cornelius Greene after. "I had a nice time before and a nice time after, but during the game it wasn't so nice," Dungy said in summation. Dungy, the Big Ten's top passer, had three passes intercepted, did not complete one until the third period and the Gophers wound up a 38-6 loser. Ohio State's 44th consecutive sellout crowd saw Griffin run for 124 yards and Greene account for four touchdowns, two on passes he threw and two on runs he made.
Michigan State scored six second-half TDs in a 47-14 rout of Northwestern. Purdue nipped Iowa 19-18 when Scott Dierking scored his third touchdown with five seconds to go.
Oklahoma and Colorado, which are used to cooling opponents, had to sweat to come out ahead in Big Eight skirmishes. Trailing Oklahoma 20-0 at the half, Missouri ran through the Sooners to take a 27-20 lead in the fourth quarter. Curtis Brown, a substitute tailback, gained 153 yards for the Tigers and Split End Henry Marshall caught six of Steve Pisarkiewicz' passes for 199 yards. But Joe Washington bolted 71 yards for a touchdown with 4:20 left and put the Sooners in front for keeps 28-27 when he barely made it into the end zone for the two-point conversion.
The Lawrence, Kans. city council was not as euphoric as the rest of the community about the Jayhawks' upset of Oklahoma the week before. It had asked three taverns near the campus, where fans the week before had created havoc with their celebrating, to close on the afternoon of the Colorado game. No dice. No matter. Colorado took the partying out of Kansas 24-21 and signed up to play in the Astro Bluebonnet Bowl. Colorado's Dave Williams hit on 12 of 15 passes for 189 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown throw that put the Buffaloes ahead to stay. The Jayhawks' offensive star was Nolan Cromwell, who rushed for 130 yards to become the third quarterback in NCAA history to go over the 1,000-yard mark in one year.
Nebraska had it easy, crushing Iowa State 52-0. With the Huskers leading 31-0, Quarterback Vince Farragamo sat out the second half. He earned the rest, having completed seven of nine passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Nebraska played near-perfect ball, gaining 567 yards, not committing a turnover and registering its third league shutout. All of which means that a trip to the Orange Bowl will go to the winner of this week's Nebraska-at-Oklahoma confrontation.
Oklahoma State won 56-3 over Kansas State, which has not scored a touchdown in 22 quarters.
Dan Shepherd's two field goals carried Cincinnati past Ohio U. 6-5.
1. Ohio State (10-0)
2. Nebraska (10-0)
3. Oklahoma (9-1)
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE: Pittsburgh's Tony Dorsett was at his best in a 34-20 upset of Notre Dame, rushing for 303 yards (the most ever by a Panther) and a touchdown in 23 carries, catching three passes for 71 yards and another TD.
DEFENSE: A special safety blitz, featuring Weak Safety Al Burleson, was vital in Washington's 8-7 upset of suddenly inept USC. Burleson made 14 tackles and was responsible for several bad center snaps and a couple of fumbles.