It was a big week for the South: its favorite son won an election, and three of its teams registered impressive wins over northern visitors. Georgia Tech came from behind to shock Notre Dame, Miami rallied to topple Boston College and Maryland was a convincing victor over Cincinnati.
Notre Dame built a 14-3 lead on a pair of short touchdown runs by Tailback Al Hunter, but Tech, which had won just three of eight games, did not fold. Coach Pepper Rodgers' decision to return to the wishbone he had junked earlier in the year accomplished little until midway through the second period. Then the Yellow Jackets got their act together. They did not throw a single pass all day. They didn't have to. Their backs rushed for 368 yards against an Irish defense that had allowed an average of only 98 yards per game on the ground in a 23-14 triumph. Halfback David Sims rushed 15 times for 122 yards and a couple of touchdowns as Tech regrouped. Doing a job, too, was the Yellow Jacket defense, which limited the Irish to 144 yards in the first half and only 34 in the second half.
Tim Moorman's two field goals gave Boston College a 6-0 halftime advantage. From then on, however, Miami took charge. Quarterback E. J. Baker passed five yards for one touchdown, ran 17 yards for another and the Hurricanes emerged 13-6 winners.
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Cincinnati, which had lost just once, was overpowered by Maryland 21-0. The Terp defenders limited the Bearcats to 10 first downs, four of them during the first three periods. Quarterback Mark Manges ran for 72 yards and passed for 151 and two touchdowns.
In Atlantic Coast Conference battles, North Carolina got three touchdowns from Tailback Mike Voight to trim Clemson 27-23, and Wake Forest stopped Duke 38-17.
Although the matchup did not attract national attention, the Tennessee-Memphis State showdown was significant to both teams. For Memphis it was a chance to attain some sort of parity with its cross-state rival, to gain prestige and to help recruiting. Volunteer Coach Bill Battle also had more than a casual interest in the game: his job was on the line. An over-capacity crowd of 52,341 showed up for the game in Memphis' Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. At halftime the Tigers were in front 14-7 and Tailback Terdell Middleton had lugged the ball 99 yards. That was it for State, though. In the second half Middleton lost three yards. Vol Wingback Stanley Morgan, who wound up with 98 yards, scored his second touchdown of the game, and Quarterback Joe Hough went over from six yards out for the winning TD in the fourth period. That gave Tennessee a 21-14 win and gave Battle a reprieve.
"There's the big 'if' again," said LSU Quarterback Pat Lyons after a 28-17 Southeastern Conference loss to Alabama. "Losers sit around saying 'if' while the winners laugh and tell jokes about the losers." The "if" in question concerned a motion penalty against the Tigers that snuffed out a third-period drive that had taken them to the Tide 10-yard line while trailing 21-10. Fullback Johnny Davis barged for 130 yards and touchdown runs of 13 and 58 yards for Alabama.
Quarterback Derrick Ramsey rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown as Kentucky beat Vanderbilt 14-0 in another SEC contest. Mississippi State downed Auburn 28-19.
Late rallies carried several teams to victories. West Virginia was behind 28-17 going into the fourth quarter at Tulane, but won 32-28 on short scoring bursts by Paul Lumley and, with 34 seconds remaining, by Dan Kendra. Virginia Tech led 31-21 over Tulsa, which scored two touchdowns in the final period to win 35-31. Scoring three TDs in the last quarter was Florida State, Tailback Rudy Thomas tallying them on runs of 10 and four yards and on a 95-yard pass from Quarterback Jimmy Black. That was enough—barely—to overcome a 27-10 deficit and defeat Southern Mississippi 30-27. William and Mary Quarterback Tom Rozantz and Tight End Ken Cloud teamed up on their second scoring pass of the day with 4:04 left to edge Appalachian State 23-22.
Elon, an NAIA Division I school, won its ninth straight game by toppling South Atlantic Conference opponent Newberry 19-13.
1. MARYLAND (9-0)
2. GEORGIA (8-1)
3. FLORIDA (6-2)
After beating Oklahoma State 14-10, Nebraska, which two weeks before had been in a five-way tie for the Big Eight lead, had first place all to itself. Cowboy Running Back Terry Miller carried the ball 30 times for 145 yards, once darting through a hole in the Huskers' stacked defense late in the third period for a 15-yard TD run and a 10-7 lead. Nebraska's Vince Ferragamo, who completed 17 of 25 passes for 235 yards, had hit Split End Chuck Malito with a 34-yard scoring pass for the Big Red's first touchdown. The two later collaborated on a 26-yard dazzler, Malito snagging the ball away from six defenders to set up Nebraska's other touchdown, a six-yard toss to Tight End Ken Spaeth early in the fourth period. Still, the Huskers might not have won had it not been for Linebacker Clete Pillen, who made 14 unassisted tackles and helped out on 16 others.
Colorado's turnovers in the first half and Missouri's stern defense in the second half led to a 16-7 Tiger victory. Pete Woods came off the bench late in the third period with the score 7-7 and quarterbacked Missouri 73 yards in 10 plays to the winning score.
Sophomore Thomas Lott scampered for three touchdowns and 195 yards—the most ever by an Oklahoma quarterback—and Halfback Horace Ivory scored on three short sprints in a 49-20 romp over Kansas State. That nullified the efforts of Wendell Henrikson, a walk-on who began the season as fifth-string signal caller. Henrikson hit on 18 of 36 passes for 283 yards for State. Iowa State rumbled past Kansas 31-17 in another Big Eight contest.
With Purdue having knocked off Michigan (page 22), Ohio State took over the Big Ten lead by beating Illinois 42-10. Buckeye Fullback Pete Johnson picked up only 56 yards but scored four touchdowns to give him 53 for his career. Only Glenn Davis, Steve Owens, Ed Marinaro and Anthony Davis, the record-holder with 59, have scored more.
Wisconsin trailed Iowa 14-0, then stormed back for a 38-21 win. Michigan State blanked Indiana 23-0. Minnesota trounced winless Northwestern 38-10.
In Mid-American games it was Ohio University 31-26 over Bowling Green, Miami of Ohio 31-0 over Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan 30-27 over Central Michigan. First-place Ball State whipped Indiana State 24-9 in a non-conference tussle.
1. OHIO STATE (7-1-1)
2. NEBRASKA (7-1-1)
3. MICHIGAN (8-1)
Oregon Coach Don Read had every right to feel apprehensive about facing UCLA. The Bruins were so heavily favored that in many areas oddsmakers refused to post a line. Then, just before the opening kickoff, the P.A. announcer fanned UCLA's hopes of being No. 1 in the polls by divulging a score: "Purdue 16, Michigan 14." Said Read, "I had a feeling right then UCLA was going to be ready to play." UCLA did precisely that, winning 46-0. The Bruins used all 54 players, gained 511 yards and held the Ducks to 91 yards, an average of 1.6 a play. With the outcome never in doubt, much of the interest centered around the Bruins' kicking specialist, 6'1", 236-pound Frank Corral. He booted three field goals, one from 55 yards out for a UCLA record.
USC also remained unbeaten in Pac-8 competition, bopping Stanford 48-24. The Trojans intercepted four passes, three by Cornerback Ricky Odom. On offense they didn't even miss ailing Ricky Bell; his substitute, freshman Charles White, ran for 136 yards. And Quarterback Vince Evans and Flanker Shelton Diggs teamed up on three touchdown passes that covered 100 yards.
The other two conference games were much closer. Washington State's Throwin' Samoan, Jack Thompson, came through in the clutch once again, this time rifling a 12-yard pass to Split Receiver Mike Levenseller for the decisive points with 1:13 remaining. Thus it was that the Cougars, who had trailed Oregon State 10-0, 17-9 and 24-23, came out on top 29-24. California nudged Washington 7-0, Fullback Tom Newton climaxing an 80-yard fourth-quarter drive with a two-yard run. The Huskies' deepest penetration was to the Bears' 30. That march fizzled when Quarterback Warren Moon, apparently trying to stop the clock before the first half ran out, threw the ball out of bounds. Moon's strategy was fine except for one thing: his throwaway came on fourth down.
Futility. That's what Arizona experienced at home against Wyoming in a vital WAC encounter. The Wildcats led 21-19 at halftime, but despite getting inside the Cowboys' 20-yard line three times in the second half they could add only one field goal. Arizona led in yards gained, 478 to 349. But with Halfback Latrail Jones scoring twice and with Fullback Robbie Wright adding 144 yards and another pair of touchdowns, the Cowboys pulled out a 26-24 win.
Brigham Young stayed within half a game of first-place Wyoming, Gifford Nielsen throwing four touchdown passes in a 40-27 victory over Texas-El Paso.
A 19-point splurge in the final period lifted Air Force past Arizona State 31-30. The game boiled down to a passing duel between freshman Dave Ziebart of the Falcons (16 of 33 for 231 yards) and Dennis Sproul of the Sun Devils (17 of 31 for 244 yards). Both passed for two touchdowns, Ziebart getting the game-clincher on a 22-yarder to Split End Paul Williams in the last 10 seconds.
San Diego State improved its record to 7-1 by knocking off San Jose State 30-17. Aztec Tailback Binky Benton, a 5'5½" 180-pounder, gained 152 yards in 29 carries.
1. UCLA (8-0-1)
2. USC (7-1)
3. WYOMING (7-2)
Pittsburgh's Tony Dorsett continued to star in his one-man show: Take the Record Book and Run. During a 37-7 romp over Army he rushed for 212 yards and three touchdowns in 33 carries. In the process, he set two more records. Dorsett broke Archie Griffin's mark for career all-purpose rushing (yards gained on runs, pass receptions and kick returns) as he raised his total to 6,192. And by bringing his season's rushing yardage to 1,525, he became the first to gain 1,500 yards in three different seasons. Bolstering the offense were Carson Long, who kicked three field goals, and Quarterback Matt Cavanaugh, who showed he had recuperated from a fractured fibula by completing eight of 12 passes and running for 76 yards.
Also displaying offensive might was Penn State, which won its fifth straight by downing North Carolina State 41-20. The Nittany Lions amassed 530 yards on offense, alternating Tailbacks Steve Geise and Mike Guman leading the way. Geise broke loose for 145 yards, including a 64-yard scoring run. Guman, who scored from 46 yards out, wound up with 102 yards. The defense showed its stuff, too, recovering four Wolfpack fumbles and stealing two passes.
Rutgers fumbled the ball away four times but still had no difficulty in manhandling Louisville 34-0. "On film, Rutgers didn't look that good," said Cardinal Coach Vince Gibson. "On the field, they're something else." Especially on defense: the Scarlet Knights gave up just three first downs and 62 yards.
Brown went to the air and Yale stayed on the ground, and both wound up winners. Paul Michalko found his receivers on 19 of 29 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns as the Bruins beat Dartmouth for the first time since 1955, 35-21. Latching on to a dozen of those passes was Split End Bob Farnham, who scored on 48- and 29-yard plays and raised his three-year career total to 112 receptions. The Elis gained 388 of their 465 yards on the ground as they walloped Princeton 39-7 to remain tied with the Bruins for the Ivy League lead. Halfback John Pagliaro, who ran for 95 yards, scored three times and set a Yale season record by bringing his touchdown total to 15. Columbia stopped Cornell 35-17, Quarterback Kevin Burns passing for two touchdowns and running for another. Penn had nine turnovers in a 20-8 loss to Harvard.
When Navy played in the 1955 Sugar Bowl, its quarterback was George Welsh and one of its halfbacks was Joe Gattuso. Now the coach of the Middies, Welsh got plenty of help from Joe's son during a 27-10 triumph at Syracuse. Young Joe Gattuso, a tailback, ran for 159 yards and two touchdowns against the Orangemen. Middie Quarterback Bob Leszczynski hit on 18 of 25 passes, 12 of them in a row.
Colgate remained unbeaten, zapping Bucknell 24-13 as Bob Relph passed for a pair of touchdowns. Delaware stomped all over Davidson, 63-0.
1. PITTSBURGH (9-0)
2. RUTGERS (9-0)
3. PENN STATE (6-3)
"Our players realized that no bleacher, no wall, no grandstand seat was going to come out and make a tackle," said Houston Coach Bill Yeoman after his team made itself at home on Texas' range. The Longhorns, who had won 42 consecutive times at home, were smothered 30-0 in Austin. Their wishbone, which had often enabled them to rip off huge yardage since they installed it in 1968, proved to be more wish than bone as Longhorn runners gained a paltry 24 yards, an alltime team low. Cougar Quarterback Danny Davis passed for 103 yards and had a 28-yard scoring run.
Before facing Arkansas at home after an unusual 20-day layoff, Coach Grant Teaff said, "I think it's the greatest thing that ever happened to Baylor football. I'll figure out why later." Teaff felt much the same after the game, a 7-7 tie that dropped Arkansas from a first-place tie with Texas Tech. A year ago the Razorbacks trampled the Bears 41-3, mainly by running wide. Nevertheless, Teaff set his defenses to encourage them to go outside again in the hopes of corralling Ben Cowins, who led the nation with a 7.7-yard rushing average. Explained Teaff, "We had a crippled safety last year who was always about a step behind the play. This year we had a healthy safety." Baylor held Cowins to 51 yards in 13 carries, limited Arkansas to 195 yards in total offense, and Cornerback Ken Griffin blocked a 22-yard field-goal attempt. Arkansas scored in the third period on a 41-yard pass from Ron Calcagni to Split Receiver Bruce Hay, Baylor in the fourth when Quarterback Mark Jackson culminated an 80-yard drive with a one-yard plunge.
Texas Tech took over undisputed possession of the conference lead with a harrowing 14-10 defeat of TCU. The unbeaten Red Raiders, who had been averaging 32 points a game, labored almost all the way against the winless Horned Frogs, who had been yielding 43 points a game. Tech Quarterback Rodney Allison connected with Split End Brian Nelson on an 88-yard scoring pass and then ran three yards for another touchdown. That gave Tech a 14-0 first-quarter lead. But TCU came back on a 77-yard pass from substitute Quarterback Steve Bayuk to Wide Receiver Mike Renfro (Ray Renfro's son) and a 22-yard field goal by Ruben Ray. Bayuk again had TCU on the march in the closing minutes, but Free Safety Eric Felton picked off one of his passes on the Tech nine-yard line to snuff out the threat.
With Tailback Arthur Whittington rambling for 174 yards and three touchdowns, SMU led Rice 34-20 going into the fourth period. Then Quarterback Tommy Kramer rallied his Owls, bringing them to 34-33 with a seven-yard pass to Wide Receiver Doug Cunningham with 3:52 to go. Rice Coach Homer Rice had so much faith in Kramer that he went for the one-point PAT to make the score 34-34. Sure enough, Kramer came through. After Outside Linebacker Mark Bockeloh stole a Mustang pass, Kramer flipped a seven-yarder to Tight End Kenneth Roy with 1:20 left to wrap up the 41-34 comeback victory.
Two NAIA teams remained undefeated. Texas A&I, the defending Division I national champion, took a Lone Star Conference battle from Sam Houston State 41-10 for its 35th straight victory, longest winning streak in the nation. And Texas Lutheran of Division II knocked off Bishop 30-3.
1. TEXAS TECH (7-0)
2. HOUSTON (6-2)
3. ARKANSAS (5-1-1)
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE: The nation's top passer, Tommy Kramer of Rice, raised his season's totals to 200 completions in 369 tries with a 29-for-45 effort good for 386 yards—and two touchdowns in the last 3:52—to top SMU 41-34.
DEFENSE: Sophomore Rock Supan, who booted the winning 23-yard field goal in Purdue's 16-14 upset of top-ranked Michigan, also did a job as free safety for the Boilermakers, making 11 individual tackles.