"We were like a cat against the wall. We came out scratching and fighting." So said Nebraska Tight End Junior Miller after a 42-17 rout of Penn State. What had put the Huskers against the wall were two quick scores that got them behind 14-0: a 14-yard pass from Dayle Tate to Brad Scovill and a 30-yard run with an interception by Tom Wise. That was about it for the Nittany Lions, however. A four-touchdown Nebraska onslaught in the second period was triggered by a pair of Tim Hager-to-Miller pass-run plays, the first good for 11 yards, the second for 70. Moving with surprising ease, the Huskers ran for 298 yards—124 of them by I-Back Jarvis Red-wine—and passed for 232. Hager, a senior starting his first game, riddled Penn State by completing 14 of 22 throws for 215 yards.
In another major intersectional clash, Missouri was blanked 21-0 by Texas as barefoot Kicker John Goodson tied a Longhorn mark with four field goals ranging from 23 to 50 yards. A. J. (Jam) Jones, who had the game's only touchdown, ran for 142 yards, 49 more than the entire Tiger backfield.
Big Ten squads lost three of five out-of-conference tussles in the Midwest. In addition to Indiana's loss to Colorado, Illinois suffered a 13-12 setback to Navy, and Michigan State absorbed its first defeat, 27-3, at Notre Dame. The Middies' third straight victory was ensured when they picked off an Illini pass on a two-point conversion try with 3:51 to go. Spartan Linebacker Dan Bass took part in 24 tackles against the Irish and Ray Stachowicz averaged 46.8 yards on nine punts, but that wasn't enough. Notre Dame tacklers knocked State's top two quarterbacks out of commission and limited the Spartans to nine yards in passing. Meanwhile, Vagas Ferguson of the Irish had 24- and 48-yard scoring gallops among his 169 yards rushing.
Iowa State Nose Guard Chris Boskey aptly called it "a street fight" after a pow-whackzap battle at Iowa. "Last year [when the Cyclones won 31-0] we hit them in the mouth and they gave up. This year we hit them in the mouth and they hit back." The Hawkeyes hit back often enough to win 30-14.
Also taking a few lumps was Purdue's Mark Herrmann, who was sacked three times and lost a fumble to Oregon. Even though he had a mediocre day—he hit on 10 of 17 passes for 106 yards—Herrmann, a junior, became the Boilermakers' alltime leader in completions with 385. Taking up the slack were Tailback Wally Jones, who rushed for 156 yards, and Fullback John Macon, who ran for 105 yards. Score: Purdue 13, Oregon 7.
Michigan played an away game, but 61,143 fans showed up at Michigan Stadium anyway. They were there to see a Pennsylvania Conference tussle between Shippensburg State and Slippery Rock State. The contest was booked to bring in additional revenue and to treat fans to a look at Slippery Rock, whose name they, like others all over the country, have become enamored of. So last week Ann Arbor saw The Rock perform. It was the Red Raiders, though, who put on the show, freshman Fullback Steve Moskowitz rumbling 75 and 63 yards for touchdowns the first two times he got the ball. When it was all over. The Rock had been stoned 45-14.
Indiana State preserved a 28-27 win at Akron by deflecting a try for a two-point pass conversion with 2:17 left. That made the Sycamores 5-0, their best start ever.
1. NEBRASKA (3-0)
2. OKLAHOMA (3-0)
3. PURDUE (3-1)
Using a bunch of fakers on its defensive line, an ailing quarterback, a walk-on freshman punter, a defensive back to snap on kicks and a pass receiver to lead cheers, Kentucky shocked Maryland 14-7. "We noticed their offensive line didn't have quick feet," said Kevin Kearns, a defensive end for the Wildcats. "So we'd fake one way and go another, and they got their feet mixed up." Lacking his customary blocking, Charlie Wysocki, who went into the game as the nation's leading rusher, gained just 59 yards in 23 carries. With Randy Jenkins hitting Felix Wilson on three passes covering 49 yards, Kentucky moved the ball well at the outset. But then Jenkins suffered a fractured ankle. In came Mike Shutt, whose throwing arm was so sore he could barely lift it. Shutt, however, wrapped up the Wildcats' 73-yard drive with a three-yard run to put Kentucky ahead 7-0 and then made it 14-0 by directing a 52-yard, second-period march. Taking over Jenkins' punting chores was the walk-on, Chris Poulton, who averaged 39.7 yards on 10 kicks. After Ken Roark suffered a sprained knee in the second period, Defensive Back John Bow snapped the ball back on kicks. As for Wilson, he didn't catch another pass but he did lead the east end of Commonwealth Stadium in cheering the Wildcats on to their improbable win.
A record crowd of 85,936 at Tennessee saw the Vols beat Auburn 35-17. Gary Moore started the Vols off by returning the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. And Jimmy Streater kept Tennessee rolling as he passed for 158 yards and ran for 106.
Alabama also started fast. Quarterback Steadman Shealy racing 64 yards for a score on the second play of the game as the Tide overwhelmed Vanderbilt 66-3. But Georgia's quick getaway-a 66-yard scoring pass on the game's first play-couldn't keep the Bulldogs from losing again. With George Rogers rushing for 152 yards, South Carolina came back for a 27-20 victory that left Georgia 0-3.
In a pair of games between unbeaten teams, North Carolina State beat Wake Forest 17-14, and Florida State stopped Virginia Tech 17-10. Nathan Ritter of the Wolfpack settled the ACC showdown with a 41-yard field goal with 5:13 left. Tech, which was averaging 323 yards a game rushing, was held to 164. State's Wally Woodham and Jimmy Jordan passed for a total of 322 yards.
Texas A&M broke a tie with a 10-point fourth quarter and beat Memphis State 17-7. Curtis Dickey ran for 137 yards for the Aggies; State runners wound up with minus-13 yards. SMU lost 24-17 at Tulane.
1. ALABAMA (3-0)
2. N.C. STATE (4-0)
3. FLORIDA STATE (4-0)
With Archbold Stadium torn down and a new domed stadium not scheduled for completion until next year, Syracuse has played its "home" games on the road this season. Last week the Orangemen played in Buffalo's Rich Stadium, 150 miles west of their campus. It was a homecoming of sorts for Quarterback Bill Hurley, who grew up in Buffalo and who celebrated by running for 107 yards and two touchdowns and passing for a third score as Syracuse walloped Washington State 52-25. Two more Orange touchdowns were scored by Joe Morris, who rushed for 159 yards on 21 carries.
Temple, which lost to Pittsburgh 76-0 in 1977 and 20-12 last year, came closer last week. The Owls went ahead 9-7 in the third period when Ron Fioravanti, who earlier had field goals of 23 and 47 yards, booted a 44-yarder. Mark Schubert, though, pulled out a 10-9 victory for the Panthers by kicking a 46-yard field goal with 3:53 left.
North Carolina's Amos Lawrence ripped through Army for 209 yards and two TDs. Altogether, the Tar Heels piled up 534 yards in total offense as they won 41-3.
In non-league competition, the Ivies were 3-4-1. The scores: Brown 31, Rhode Island 13; Cornell 26, Colgate 21; Yale 24, Connecticut 17; Lehigh 31, Penn 7; Rutgers 38, Princeton 14; Massachusetts 20, Harvard 7; Lafayette 14, Columbia 7; and New Hampshire 10, Dartmouth 10.
Mai Najarian set a Boston U. mark by rushing for 244 yards on 41 carries in a 35-10 win over Northeastern.
1. SYRACUSE (3-1)
2. PITTSBURGH (2-1)
3. PENN STATE (1-2)
Pac 10 teams beat visitors who came from both coasts, but couldn't handle two rivals from the Midwest. For the second time this season an offside penalty was instrumental in UCLA's losing, this time 17-13 to Ohio State. What would have been a first down on the Buckeye 14 late in the fourth quarter was nullified by the ruling, which was followed by a missed 37-yard field-goal attempt. However, Ohio State was penalized for roughing the kicker, so the Bruins kept the ball, drove to the six-yard line-and then missed another field-goal try.
The Buckeyes, down 13-10 at that point (with 2:21 left), were led downfield by Quarterback Art Schlichter. With 36 seconds to go, Schlichter lobbed a two-yard pass to Paul Campbell for the decisive score.
Despite missing all five of its field-goal attempts, Michigan held off California 14-10. The Golden Bears led 10-0 when they fumbled away the second-half kickoff at their nine-yard line. On the next two plays Tailback Stan Edwards bulled his way for six yards and then three to put the Wolverines back in the game. Another three-yard burst, this by Fullback Lawrence Reid, climaxed a 77-yard Michigan drive later in the third quarter. Michigan defenders were devastating: they had nine quarterback sacks, held the Golden Bears to minus-14 yards rushing and forced five second-half fumbles.
Washington, which trailed Fresno State 14-13 late in the first half, came on strong to win 49-14. Joe Steele of the Huskies gained 133 yards and scored on a 69-yard run on Washington's first play of the third period.
Boston College lost 33-14 at Stanford as the Cardinals, who took up football in 1891, gained their 500th victory. Quarterback John Elway set a Stanford single-game record for a freshman by passing for three touchdowns. And Ken Margerum, who led the Pac 10 last season with 53 receptions, hauled in nine passes while equaling a Cardinal mark with three TD catches.
Although sacked five times, Marc Wilson of Brigham Young hit on 26 of 44 passes for 326 yards, as the Cougars put away Texas-El Paso 31 -7 in a WAC contest.
1. USC (4-0)
2. WASHINGTON (4-0)
3. UCLA (2-2)
Two highly rated teams, Houston and Oklahoma, were scheduled to play in Houston on Saturday. As far as most fans were concerned, the only thing wrong was that they weren't facing each other. Instead, Houston drubbed West Texas State 49-10 and Oklahoma mauled Rice 63-21. The Cougars ran up 501 net yards and got three touchdowns from David Barrett. The Sooners swept to a 42-0 halftime lead as Billy Sims galloped for 103 yards and three touchdowns. There was only one disappointment for Oklahoma: its NCAA record for successful PAT kicks was ended after 135 in a row.
Arkansas Coach Lou Holtz decided to hold out Quarterback Kevin Scanlon for two weeks so his bruised throwing arm would be healed in time for big upcoming SWC games. In his place, Holtz used freshman Tom Jones against Tulsa. Jones tossed a 39-yard scoring pass to Bobby Duckworth as the Razorbacks breezed 33-8. Texas Tech played at Baylor in the only SWC confrontation. Mickey Elam, who had competed for Tech in 1975, guided the Bears to a 27-17 upset of his former team. After failing to get a scholarship from Baylor four years ago, Elam went to Tech, where he hoped to play quarterback. After being used as a defensive back in his freshman year, Elam transferred to Baylor as a walk-on. Last season he was used sparingly as a running back but then, in the last game of the year, quarterbacked the Bears to a stunning 38-14 upset of Texas. Last week Elam rushed for 109 yards, 58 of them in four carries during a hurry-up, six-play, 50-second drive that covered 84 yards, the final 22 on a pass to Dennis Gentry.
1. TEXAS (2-0)
2. HOUSTON (3-0)
3. ARKANSAS (3-0)
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE: Dennis Mosley, a 179-pound senior tailback for Iowa, set a school mark by carrying 39 times. He rushed for 229 yards, scoring twice on runs and once on a nine-yard pass as the Hawkeyes upset Iowa State 30-14.
DEFENSE: Val Barksdale, Tennessee's 6'1", 175-pound junior free safety, helped the Volunteers knock off Auburn 35-17 in an SEC game by taking part in 15 tackles and intercepting a pair of passes by the Tigers.