Illinois, which cut up Missouri last week, was cut down by Baylor 34-19. The Bears' Cleveland Franklin put on a one-man show, gaining 85 yards in 22 carries and tying his school's single-game scoring record with four touchdowns. Franklin, who broke Baylor's single-season rushing record last year with 1,112 yards, had missed this year's opener with a leg injury and was not at full strength two weeks ago against Auburn. Illinois held him to seven yards in the first period, but he ran for 60 and two touchdowns in the second quarter as Baylor took a commanding 17-7 halftime lead.
Miami set its defense to stop the deep draws of Colorado Tailback Tony Reed, who had gained 201 yards in the Buffaloes' first two games. The Hurricanes succeeded, but in the process left themselves open for two Jeff Austin bombs, which started Colorado on its way to a 33-3 win. In the first period Austin threw 55 yards to Split End Steve Gaunty. That set up a 47-yard Pete Dadiotis field goal. Dadiotis was hit after the kick by Miami Defensive Back Willie Jenkins and underwent knee surgery on Sunday. "That guy hit him way late," said Austin. "It made us mad and helped fire us up." Early in the second period Austin threw 68 yards to Wingback Emery Moorehead, who gathered the ball in and ran on to score for an 81-yard touchdown play. Meanwhile, the Buffalo defense held Miami's O. J. Anderson to 41 yards rushing. "There's only one O.J. and he plays for the Buffalo Bills," said Colorado Middle Guard Charlie Johnson.
Oklahoma had trouble early on with Florida State, which had been embarrassed by Miami 47-0 the week before. In fact, the Seminoles, playing nearly flawless football, led the Sooners at the end of the first quarter, 6-3. But then Halfback Horace Ivory took pitchouts 37 and 23 yards for second-period touchdowns and the Sooners went on to win 24-9.
October 3, 1976
Nebraska trailed TCU 3-0 and 10-7 but sparked by Dave Butterfield's 87-yard punt return finally took command and rolled to a 64-10 win. Quarterback Vince Ferragamo tied a Cornhusker record with four touchdown passes.
Jimmy Carter's school, Navy, got clobbered by Gerald Ford's, Michigan, 70-14. The Midshipmen led 14-12 late in the second quarter but the Wolverines rallied for 58 straight points. Michigan's 70 points were the most run up by the Wolverines since they beat Chicago 85-0 in 1939. Angry Middie Coach George Welsh said, "Bo Schembechler can do anything he wants. I wouldn't do it. I hate to see scores like that. You beat a team 21-14: that's enough."
Notre Dame routed Northwestern 48-0, Rick Slager getting an Irish passing record by completing 12 of 14 for 231 yards. His 85.7% completion mark topped the previous Irish standard of 81.3% set in 1949 by Bob Williams.
Miami of Ohio's stunning collapse continued. The Redskins lost their fourth straight, this time to archrival Cincinnati 17-0. It was the first shutout of a Miami team since 1971. Penalties were the Redskins' undoing. They accounted for 33 of the 39 yards in the Bearcats' second scoring drive.
Ricky Bell rushed for 177 yards and one touchdown as USC downed Purdue 31-13. The Trojans got two touchdowns from Mosi Tatupu on runs of one and 27 yards and Vince Evans passed for 168 yards.
Iowa State, which entered the game as the nation's highest-scoring team, easily defeated Kent State 47-7. The Cyclones rolled up 329 yards total offense in the first half while holding the Golden Flashes to two first downs.
Wisconsin's Mike Carroll passed for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth in leading the Badgers to a 35-26 win over Washington State. Minnesota defeated Western Michigan 21-10. Quarterback Art Yaroch ran for two touchdowns as Ball State downed Toledo 27-14. Wake Forest beat punchless Kansas State 13-0. San Diego State knocked off Bowling Green 27-15.
1. MICHIGAN (3-0)
2. OKLAHOMA (3-0)
3. NEBRASKA (2-0-1)
The University of Houston, a newcomer to Southwest Conference football, took the league lead with a 2-0 record by upsetting Texas A&M 21-10. "I know the kids have more enthusiasm for Southwest Conference games than they used to have as an independent," said Coach Bill Yeoman afterward. Certainly Houston fans are showing more spirit. A record crowd of 70,001 turned out at Rice Stadium to watch the Cougars attack the Aggies through the air. "Little as we are and big as they are, there was no way we were going to run over them," explained Yeoman. Sophomore Quarterback Danny Davis passed for three first-half touchdowns. Houston racked up 294 yards against the nation's No. 1 defense. For its part, the Cougar defense recovered an Aggie fumble, intercepted three passes and held George Woodard, the nation's 10th leading rusher with a 144-yards-a-game average, to 15 yards on nine carries. Yeoman thought his team's familiarity with the wishbone offense A&M uses helped greatly. The week before, Florida, which also uses the wishbone, had run up 615 yards and 49 points against Houston. "This time," said Yeoman, "our defense was definitely more knowledgeable since we had another week to practice against it."
In a battle of defense and kicking Tulsa upset Arkansas 9-3. The Razorbacks' famed Steve Little made a 61-yard field goal, a Southwest Conference record, but he missed four other attempts. Tulsa's Steve Cox, an unheralded freshman kicker from Charleston, Ark., won the game by making all three of his field-goal attempts—from 39, 28 and 40 yards. The loss snapped Arkansas' eight-game winning streak. "Their defense played out of sight," said Razorback Coach Frank Broyles. "It hurts. All we needed was a touchdown. We had our chances and didn't cash in."
Before the season began, the Louisiana Tech-Arkansas State game shaped up as one of the crucial contests on the Southland Conference schedule. Tech had dominated the Southland from 1971 to 1974, and ASU had gone 11-0 in 1975. As it turned out, Louisiana Tech won easily, 27-13. The Bulldogs started their No. 2 quarterback, senior Randy Robertson, and he steered them to three straight touchdowns on drives of 82, 77 and 85 yards. Louisiana Tech outgained the Indians 470 to 200.
In a wild nonconference game, SMU out-scored North Texas State 38-31. Arthur Whittington scored on runs of five, 11 and 68 yards for the Mustangs.
1. TEXAS (1-1)
2. TEXAS TECH (2-0)
3. HOUSTON (2-1)
Many people have been saying that Auburn Quarter back Phil Gargis can't pass, but not his mother, Mrs. Lila Gargis of Ford City, Ala. "I've always known he could pass," she said. "I've seen him throw rocks at his brothers all his life." Last Saturday Gargis threw footballs at Tennessee. He completed 10 of his 13 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns as Auburn won 38-28. Flanker Chris Vacarella caught four of Gargis' passes for 141 yards and one touchdown. Nine touchdowns were scored in the game and every drive covered 73 yards or more. There was not a single turnover as the lead changed hands seven times. The win was Doug Barfield's first as Auburn's head coach. "I don't want to go crazy just because we won a football game," he said, "but I feel like it." Tennessee Coach Bill Battle has now brought six teams to Birmingham, his hometown, and has yet to win.
For the first time this year Alabama scored in the first quarter. In fact, the Crimson Tide scored the first three times it had the ball. The game against Vanderbilt started at 4 p.m. At 4:15 it was 21-0. On the first play Quarterback Jack O'Rear called a surprise pass and had a receiver wide open behind the defense but missed him. Undaunted, he kept the ball himself on the next play and ran 52 yards for a touchdown. Coach Bear Bryant wasn't pleased with the Tide's four fumbles, eight penalties and "tons of missed tackles." He said if Alabama had been playing this week's opponent, Georgia, it would have lost.
Georgia was also ragged, but overcame a 12-7 halftime deficit to beat South Carolina 20-12. Same as Alabama, the Bulldogs fumbled four times, losing the ball each time. "I'd like to think that we can lose four fumbles against Alabama and still win," said Georgia Quarterback Ray Goff, "but I don't really think we could."
"I don't believe the best team won," said winning Coach Pat Dye after East Carolina edged William & Mary 20-19. "They [the Indians] were better prepared and more ready to play. But I'm also proud of our own boys, especially the way they fought back when we easily could have lost. I don't want to take anything away from them, but our team was listless, unemotional and just not ready to play after beating N.C. State last week." The winning points came on Pete Conaty's 36-yard field goal in the last four minutes.
Before a Superdome crowd of 20,235, including President Ford, Boston College drubbed Tulane 27-3. "We felt the heat out there," said Eagle Coach Joe Yukica, "and having President Ford in the stands was part of the heat." The Eagles didn't look nervous rolling up 388 total yards, 315 of them on the ground, 144 of those by Glen Capriola in 37 carries. Tulane, now 0-3 under new Coach Larry Smith and 1-8 in the Superdome dating back to last fall, lost four fumbles and had two passes intercepted. The Green Wave has fumbled 14 times in its first three games.
Running Back Willie Wilder, a 189-pounder who last winter beat Ivory Crockett in an indoor 60-yard dash, raced 91 yards for a touchdown to help Florida come from behind and beat Mississippi State 34-30.
Michigan State rallied four times to tie North Carolina State 31-31. Spartan Quarterback Ed Smith threw three touchdown passes, including a 37-yarder to Kirk Gibson that evened the score at 31 with 2:53 left to play. Georgia Tech came from behind late in the fourth quarter to earn a 24-24 tie with Clemson.
Virginia, which has not scored a touchdown in its last 10 quarters of play, extended its losing streak to 12 games by dropping a 21-6 decision to Duke. Southern Mississippi played its first home game since 1973 in renovated Roberts Stadium, but the home-field advantage proved of no value. Mississippi beat the Golden Eagles 28-0.
Senior Tailback Terry Robiskie set an LSU record with 214 yards rushing and scored a touchdown as the Tigers defeated Rice 31-0. Kentucky beat West Virginia 14-10, and The Citadel came from behind to edge Furman 17-16.
1. MARYLAND (3-0)
2. MISSISSIPPI (3-1)
3. GEORGIA (3-0)
With 23 seconds left to play, it appeared that Brigham Young and Arizona were headed for a 16-16 tie. Then Arizona punter Wid Knight, who had averaged 40 yards on six kicks, got off an 18-yarder that gave BYU the ball on the Wildcat 43-yard line. Cougar Coach Lavell Edwards inserted three wide receivers. His plan was to send Split End George Harris to the right flat, Flanker Jeff Nilsson to the left flat and throw down the middle underneath the coverage to Split End John Vanderwouden in an attempt to get within field-goal range. But Harris, who had not caught a pass all year, noted that the Arizona linebackers had dropped back to cover the short pass, so he streaked to the end zone. Quarterback Gifford Neilsen lofted a 43-yard strike to Harris for the winning score with just three seconds remaining. "If we had planned it that way, it probably wouldn't have worked," said Edwards after the 23-16 win.
When Arizona State Coach Frank Kush cried wolf, it was passed over as humility or strategy. People may start to believe him now that the Sun Devils have lost their second game in two starts, to California 31-22. Cal pounded out 276 yards on the ground against a derelict Arizona State defense. The brightest spot for the Sun Devils was the passing of Quarterback Dennis Sproul, who connected on 12 of his 23 throws for 232 yards and two TDs. Cal Quarterback Joe Roth, touted by some as a Heisman Trophy candidate, could only complete 10 of his 27 passes. He didn't throw for any TDs and was intercepted twice.
On the final play of the second quarter in the Stanford-San Jose State game, Spartan Running Back Walt Robinson slammed into right tackle for what appeared to be a touchdown. That's the way Duffy Daugherty called the play in the TV booth and the TV monitor seemed to confirm that as Robinson fell the ball landed an inch beyond the goal line. The officials, however, ruled that Stanford Linebacker Gordy Ceresino had made the stop an inch short of the line, so the Cardinals went into the dressing room leading 14-9 instead of trailing 16-14. That difference proved crucial. San Jose rallied in the third quarter and built a 23-14 lead, but Stanford came back with an unexpected ground game in the fourth quarter for two touchdowns and a 28-23 win. Before the rushing attack gave the Cardinals the win, second-team Quarterback Guy Benjamin got himself a starting job by completing 25 of 41 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns.
Tailback Wendell Tyler set a UCLA career rushing record when he gained 156 yards in the Bruins' 40-7 rout of Air Force. The 5'10", 190-pound Tyler now has rushed for 2,519 yards, 24 more than the old mark set by Kermit Johnson.
Texas Tech splits its quarterbacking between Tommy Duniven and Rodney Allison. Against New Mexico each threw a touchdown pass. Duniven's traveled nine yards to Brian Nelson, and Allison's 69 yards to Godfrey Turner. Those scores and two Brian Hall field goals were just enough as the Red Raiders edged the Lobos 20-16. New Mexico's chances for an upset were thwarted by two fourth-quarter interceptions of Noel Mazzone passes.
Indiana downed Washington 20-13, Oregon beat Utah 21-13 and Wyoming defeated Utah State 20-3.
1. UCLA (3-0)
2. USC (2-1)
3. SAN DIEGO STATE (3-0)
Penn State failed on a two-point conversion try and missed a short field goal in losing 7-6 to Iowa. The Hawkeyes got their seven points on a first-quarter, two-yard touchdown run by Tom Renn and a conversion by Nick Quartaro. The Nittany Lions were unable to score until 9:01 remained in the game. Matt Suhey dived one yard for Penn State's touchdown but a two-point-try pass was incomplete, following an Iowa fumble at its 30. With 2:09 left, Nittany Lion Linebacker Ron Hostetler recovered a Renn fumble at the Hawkeye 26-yard line. Penn State got down to the five but stalled and freshman Herb Menhardt's 25-yard field-goal attempt was wide. "If he made it, we would have lucked out," Coach Joe Paterno said. "The Hawkeyes deserved to win. They kicked our ears in."
Tony Dorsett, hobbled by a leg bruise, still gained 112 rushing as Pittsburgh downed Temple 21-7. It was Dorsett's 10th straight regular-season 100-yard game and left him 637 yards short of Archie Griffin's collegiate rushing record of 5,177 yards. The Owls, who lost to Pitt 55-6 last year, led at halftime 7-6. Their touchdown came on Safety Chuck Gill's 15-yard run with a blocked punt.
Rutgers won its 10th game in a row, beating Princeton 17-0. The Scarlet Knights share the longest major-college winning streak in the nation with Ball State of Indiana. In his first start, 5'9", 175-pound Rutgers sophomore Glen Kehler rushed for 131 yards, but the real difference in the game was the Scarlet Knights' defense, led by Nate Toran and John Alexander. It held Princeton's runners to 39 yards. Two years ago Rutgers and Princeton tied 6-6 when Rutgers fans tore down the goalposts in Princeton's Palmer Stadium late in the game, preventing the Tigers from kicking an extra point. This year they waited until the game ended, then trampled a small force of police in a mob rush on the goalposts. The posts at one end of the field fell in 9½ seconds, those at the other end in 11 seconds. The crowd wasn't totally uncivilized, however. When one disgusted Princeton fan lobbed an empty whiskey bottle onto the field during the course of the game, people all around him stood up and pointed at him until police arrived and removed him from the stadium.
Harvard's Jim Kubacki ran for two touchdowns, passed for a third and ran for a two-point conversion as the Crimson overcame a 13-3 deficit to beat Massachusetts 24-13. Dartmouth downed New Hampshire by the same score; Yale defeated Connecticut 21-10 and Brown edged Rhode Island 3-0. Ed Backus returned two interceptions for touchdowns as Columbia beat Lafayette 38-31.
North Carolina remained undefeated but just barely, nipping Army 34-32 to improve its record to 4-0. The Tar Heels got 168 yards rushing and four three-yard touchdowns from senior Tailback Mike Voight but were almost undone by the passing of Army's Leamon Hall. Hall set Cadet records for pass attempts (55), completions (28), passing yardage (385) and total yardage (378). He threw for four touchdowns, which tied a Cadet record. For all that, two Hall interceptions led to North Carolina touchdowns and a third stopped an Army scoring drive on the Tar Heels' two-yard line as the first half ended.
1. PITTSBURGH (3-0)
2. B.C. (2-0)
3. PENN STATE (1-2)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DEFENSE: Iowa Linebacker Dean Moore made 11 solo tackles, including one for a quarterback sack and another for a crucial three-yard loss on third and goal late in the fourth quarter as the Hawkeyes beat Penn State 7-6.
OFFENSE: Sophomore Danny Davis completed 11 of 19 passes for 173 yards, three of them good for first-half touchdowns of 50, 32 and 18 yards as he quarterbacked the Houston Cougars to a 21-10 upset of Texas A&M.