Eddie Lee Ivery of Georgia Tech was not about to let a pulled hamstring, sprained toe, hip pointer and groin-muscle pull sideline him. So he carried the ball 29 times for 157 yards against South Carolina. The score was 3-3 in the final quarter when the Yellowjackets began a nine-play, 53-yard drive in which Ivery accounted for 41 yards. But the march stalled and Johnny Smith, who earlier in the fourth quarter had booted a 35-yard field goal, kicked a 34-yarder with 57 seconds to go for Tech's 6-3 upset victory.
Also overcoming adversity was Florida State. The night before facing Cincinnati the Seminoles holed up in Thomasville, Ga. On the way to the game, their bus came to a screeching halt with a flat tire. Out of the bus poured the Seminoles, who thumbed rides with fans on their way to the game in Doak Campbell Stadium. Cincinnati led 21-14 in the final period, but State Quarterback Jimmy Jordan came off the bench to throw two fourth-down scoring passes. The second came on a fourth-and-22 play, Sam Piatt turning the reception into a 54-yard touchdown with 1:41 left that gave the Seminoles a 26-21 win.
Auburn also scored late against Miami, Joe Cribb's one-yard plunge with 1:26 to go climaxing an 80-yard drive. That plus a Charlie Trotman pass to Marc Robbins for a two-point conversion put the Tigers in front 15-14. But the Hurricanes came back with a march of their own, Ottis Anderson rambling 42 yards to the Auburn 12 on a fourth-and-five to keep the drive alive. After Miami ran down the clock, Danny Miller kicked a 24-yard field goal with six seconds left to topple previously unbeaten Auburn 17-15.
October 15, 1978
North Carolina State's ACC tussle at Maryland was touted as a showdown between the league's two finest runners, Ted Brown of the Wolfpack (616 yards in 120 carries going into the game) and Steve Atkins of the Terrapins (543 yards in 107 attempts). Brown, hampered by a bruised knee, picked up 79 yards in 19 trips. Atkins, though, was in fine fettle, rushing for 132 yards in 26 carries, and running back a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. Nine seconds after his TD, the Terps forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, recovering it for another six points that put them well on their way to a 31-7 win.
Duke downed Virginia 20-13, also in an ACC contest. Clemson breezed past independent Virginia Tech 38-7, but North Carolina was shocked by Miami of Ohio 7-3 as Don Treadwell fired a 65-yard pass to Mark Mattison.
Southeastern Conference teams, which had a 16-7-2 record against outsiders in previous weeks, lost four of six to them this time. In addition to Auburn's defeat by Miami, Southern Mississippi jolted Mississippi State 22-17, Vanderbilt was hammered 38-3 by Tulane and Kentucky 30-0 by Penn State. "We didn't come here for revenge, but to get a little respect from the people down here," said Quarterback Chuck Fusina of the Nittany Lions, whose only 1977 loss was to the Wildcats. State earned plenty of respect, Fusina passing for 211 yards and the defense yielding only 27 yards rushing while racking up its second straight shutout and third of the season. Alabama bumped off Washington on the West Coast and Tennessee throttled Army 31-13 for the SEC's nonleague wins.
In SEC matchups, Louisiana State's Charles Alexander carried 40 times for 156 yards during a 34-21 win at Florida, and Georgia thrashed Mississippi 42-3 as Willie (Tank) McClendon rushed for 145 yards in 24 tries, his fourth 100-yard effort in a row.
1. ALABAMA (4-1)
2. LSU (4-0)
3. MARYLAND (5-0)
With his "We have improved" statement following a 32-15 loss to Pittsburgh, Coach Ed Chlebek of Boston College established himself as a top-seeded optimist. Unfortunately for the rookie head coach, his winless Eagles' improvement was, at best, modest. One thing Chlebek had hoped for was that his players, who had fumbled 23 times in three games, would hang on to the ball. They didn't. On the first play from scrimmage, the Eagles fumbled the ball away. Before the game ended, they bobbled the ball five more times. They were also intercepted four times. And they gained 14 yards rushing. Meanwhile, the Panthers had converted a fumble recovery into a 21-yard field goal by Mark Schubert and a stolen pass into a TD to lead 10-0. What had brightened Chlebek's outlook was his Dennis Scala-to-Paul McCarty passing combination, which clicked eight times for 157 yards and two touchdowns.
After Quarterback Tom Roland's 28th carry of the night in an Ivy League game against Columbia, he had tied Reds Bagnell's (1950) and Adolph Bellizeare's (1972) Pennsylvania single-game rushing record with 214 yards. Then, on his next try, Roland was dumped for a one-yard loss—and from the record book. That, however, was one of the few disappointments for the Quakers, 31-19 winners over the Lions, who for the first time in 27 years had begun a season with two straight victories. Brown, which had scored only three points while losing its first two outings, zapped Princeton 44-16. That was the highest point production ever by the Bruins in this series, which dates back to 1898.
Other Ivy teams split four nonleague games. Cornell blanked Bucknell 24-0 and Harvard downed Colgate 24-21. A 20-17 decision over Dartmouth brought Boston U's record to 4-0, its finest start since 1954. All three Terrier touchdowns were scored by Mai Najarian. And Rutgers staved off Yale 28-27 when the Elis missed on a two-point pass play after scoring in the final minute.
With Quarterback Bill Hurley playing for the first time since cracking three ribs in the season opener, Syracuse won 31-15 at West Virginia. Hurley rushed for 143 yards as the Orangemen ended a four-game losing streak.
Villanova defeated Richmond 17-14 on a last-second 33-yard field goal by freshman Chuck Bushbeck. Lehigh topped Delaware 27-17. And Ithaca (Division III) shut out Clarion State (Division II) 17-0 in a battle of undefeated small colleges.
1. PENN STATE (6-0)
2. PITTSBURGH (4-0)
3. NAVY (4-0)
Texans like to do things big, but Ron Vandiver would be happier if his beloved Texas A&M would start winning by smaller margins. Vandiver's local dry-cleaning establishment offers weekly discount percentages, the percentage equaling the points by which the Aggies triumph. After the Aggies had trounced Boston College 37-2 and Memphis State 58-0 earlier this season, Vandiver said, "They're killing us." Last week's 38-9 pummeling of Texas Tech was not quite as lethal, but Vandiver admitted that the way the Aggies have been cleaning up, he is in danger of being cleaned out.
Vandiver was fortunate he had not promised discounts matching the Aggies' total yardage. Texas A&M, which entered the game with the best defense in the country (117 yards a game) and the third-best offense (474 yards a game), outgained Tech 520 yards to 290. After running almost exclusively from the wishbone in the first half, the Aggies went to the I in the third period, and within 10 minutes of play Curtis Dickey gained 127 of his 161 yards rushing.
In another Southwest Conference skirmish, Arkansas gave up 234 yards through the air but intercepted three passes and just once let Texas Christian within 30 yards of the goal line. The Razorbacks won 42-3 as Michael Forrest scored on runs of 17 and two yards, and Jerry Eckwood on two short bursts.
Baylor, a loser by two, four and six points this season, led Houston 18-14 with 6:11 to go. But then the Bears fumbled the ball away at the Cougar 33. Houston's Danny Davis uncorked a 38-yard pass to Eric Herring and then concluded the drive with a two-yard run that gave the Cougars a 20-18 SWC win and Baylor another two-point miss.
1. ARKANSAS (4-0)
2. TEXAS A&M (4-0)
3. TEXAS (3-1)
It was a sobering week for the Big Ten, which emerged from eight games against outsiders with a 2-5-1 record. Most shocking of all was not the losses, but Southern Methodist's 35-35 tie with Ohio State in Columbus. Buckeye Quarterback Art Schlichter continued to be a more proficient runner (77 yards in 19 carries, including scoring runs of 23 and five yards) than passer (three for 16 for 50 yards and four interceptions). Outdoing him was Mustang signal-caller Mike Ford, a 6'3", 238-pound sophomore. Ford, who was intercepted seven times during last season's 35-7 loss to Ohio State, engineered a dazzling 107-play attack that netted 501 yards. And it was Ford who scored SMU's last three TDs on sneaks, two in the fourth period after the Buckeyes had gone ahead 35-21. SMU achieved its tie when Ford followed up his final six-pointer with a two-point conversion run.
Two not-so-big Big Ten squads were walloped, Illinois losing to Missouri 45-3 and Northwestern absorbing a 56-14 pounding from Arizona State, whose Mark Malone passed for three touchdowns and ran for two. Three other conference schools were not so easily dispatched, Minnesota losing to Oregon State 17-14, Iowa being victimized by Utah 13-9 and Michigan State dropping a 29-25 tussle to Notre Dame. The Spartans lost despite the passing of Ed Smith, who connected for three touchdowns and 306 yards as he completed 27 of 41. The Irish got 140 yards rushing from Vagas Ferguson and a 45-yard scoring run from Safety Jim Browner, who snatched the ball out of Spartan Receiver Andy Schramm's hands.
In both out-of-conference victories, the Big Ten representatives had close calls. Purdue overcame Wake Forest's 7-6 fourth-period advantage with a late touchdown by Russell Pope on a two-yard run for a 14-7 Boilermaker triumph. Arizona, a 20-point underdog, led Michigan 17-7 in the second quarter, then the Wolverines began grinding out yardage and the game came down to a fourth-and-inches play at the Wildcat goal line with 5:25 remaining. On that play, the ball went to Russell Davis ("They were saying no, and I was saying yes," he said later), who scored for a 21-17 Wolverine win.
Exactly a year after Wisconsin had been described as "the worst 4-0 team in the country," the Badgers were 3-0 and once again scorned. Last season the Badgers proved their detractors right by losing their final six games. This time they may have converted the skeptics with a 34-7 drubbing of favored Indiana in the week's only conference game. Leading the onslaught was Tailback Ira Matthews, who scored on a 71-yard punt return and on runs of six and 26 yards.
As early as Wednesday morning, Iowa State fans began lining up for seats for Saturday's Big Eight showdown against Nebraska, nestling down in sleeping bags and tents. Some Cyclone students, though, scalped their tickets for as much as $75 apiece. Among the record SRO crowd of 51,450 at Iowa State Stadium were some nervous as well as poorer Husker enthusiasts. The Nebraskans were concerned that a car that had broken down earlier in the week might hamper their chances. That breakdown had caused starting backs I.M. Hipp and Andra Franklin to be late for practice, and as a result, Coach Tom Osborne announced that neither would start at Ames. "I appreciate that their car broke down, but they should have telephoned," Osborne explained. Taking over at tailback for Franklin was 5'7", 170-pound Tim Wurth, who scored once and broke loose for 102 yards in 18 carries as the Huskers won 23-0. "Nebraska's defensive line manhandled our offensive line," said Coach Earle Bruce, whose Cyclones were held to a total offense of 82 yards, their lowest in nine years.
Booming punts by Mike Hubach of Kansas (a 48.7-yard average) and Lance Olander of Colorado (a 45.6-yard average) meant both offenses had their work cut out. The Buffaloes responded by piling up 498 yards in total offense while the defense allowed only one TD for the fifth game in a row as Colorado came out on top 17-7. After the Buffaloes had held on a Kansas first-and-goal from the two in the second period, James Mayberry, who rushed for 106 yards, capped Colorado's subsequent 96-yard drive with a four-yard scoring burst.
Among the happiest Big Eight winners were Kansas State's Wildcats. They broke a 21-game conference losing streak with an 18-7 triumph over Oklahoma State.
1. OKLAHOMA (5-0)
2. MICHIGAN (4-0)
3. COLORADO (5-0)
Saturday Night Fever—that would be a fair description of the frenetic action in the L.A. Coliseum last Saturday night as Stanford and UCLA met. Before the action stopped the score was tied twice and each team led four times. It was the passing of Steve Dils, who hit on 21 of 35 for 262 yards and two touchdowns, that kept the Cardinals going. And it was Ken Naber's second field goal of the night, a 30-yarder with 3:36 left, that put Stanford in front 26-24. Keeping UCLA rolling were James Owens, who rushed for 102 yards and scored twice, and Theotis Brown, who rushed for 66 yards and ran back five kicks for 188 more, including a 93-yard touchdown romp with a kickoff return. Constantly pestering the Cardinals was All-America Bruin Linebacker Jerry Robinson. In the end, though, it all came down to the toe of Peter Boermeester, UCLA's walk-on kicker, who was born in Indonesia, reared in New Guinea and Holland, and came to the U.S. at age 11. There were 20 seconds left and Stanford had its 26-24 edge when Boermeester tried a 37-yard field goal. Boermeester, whose ambition is to be a millionaire, came through with a good-as-gold kick that made UCLA a 27-26 winner. In another Pac-10 game, California stopped Oregon 21-18. Southern Cal was idle.
More than 5,000 Alabamans went to Seattle to see the Tide battle Washington, and at least that many more watched on closed-circuit TV back home in Tuscaloosa. Those Tide rooters were numbed when Quarterback Tom Porras teamed up with Spider Gaines on a 74-yard scoring pass and Mike Lansford kicked a 37-yard field goal to put the Huskies ahead 10-7 at halftime. Alabama's go-ahead touchdown was set up in the third period when Defensive End E.J. Junior tackled Punter Aaron Wilson for a 13-yard loss at the Huskies' 16. Four plays later, Tony Nathan of the Tide plowed over from a yard out. Alabama went in front 20-10 when Jeff Rutledge hit Rick Neal with a 36-yard scoring pass in the fourth quarter. A second long Porras-to-Gaines pass, this one for 58 yards, made the score 20-17, which is how it wound up after Washington's final drive ended with a lost fumble at the Tide 36.
Utah State, embarrassed 65-6 by Brigham Young at home last year, dumped the Cougars in Provo 24-7. Eric Hipple of the unbeaten Aggies (5-0) was on target with 11 of 14 first-half passes for 97 yards.
In the season's first matchup between military academies, Navy outgained Air Force 508 yards to 167 en route to a 37-8 victory. Navy's offense featured the running of Steve Callahan (159 yards), a 36-yard scoring pass and two end-around touchdown plays of 19 and 17 yards. The Middie defense, which ranked second in the nation against the rush, gave up a paltry 48 yards to Falcon runners.
It was B Day at Colorado State. High school bands tootled and strutted, and fans gritted back on "the biggest beef barbecue in the history of Larimer County. All the beef you can eat, beans and cole slaw...for only $3." For dessert, the Rams beat Texas-El Paso 39-29. In another WAC contest. New Mexico downed Wyoming 19-15.
1. USC (4-0)
2. UCLA (4-1)
3. STANFORD (3-2)
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE: Mike Ford hit on 36 of 57 passes for 341 yards and one touchdown, sneaked a yard for each of SMU's last three touchdowns, passed for a two-point conversion and then ran for another to deadlock Ohio State 35-35.
DEFENSE: Jerry Robinson, a 6'2½", 209-pound senior linebacker, took part in 15 tackles, sacked the quarterback once and broke up two pass plays as UCLA's Bruins overcame Stanford 27-26 in a Pac-10 thriller.