At 6 a.m. on Thursday, the Arkansas coaches met for their weekly Bible study. They smiled inwardly as Rev. H. D. McCarty spoke about how David had slain Goliath by using his best weapon. Although Razorback Coach Lou Holtz did not have a slingshot, he planned to take on Texas with his best weapon, albeit a disguised one. To beat the Longhorns in this SWC shootout, Holtz felt he had to decoy Safety Johnnie Johnson so he could not mess up the plays Lou was banking on—straight-ahead runs.
In an effort to keep Johnson out of the way, Arkansas unleashed several long passes on which he had to cover. The Hogs gained only 54 yards passing and 135 running, but got vital yardage when needed, including a 28-yard run by Gary Anderson for a touchdown that made the score 7-7. After the Hogs recovered a fumble at the Longhom 29, they hammered their way down to the seven. From there, Kevin Scanlon passed to Darryl Mason, who made a diving, rolling catch in the end zone. A 31-yard field goal by Ish Ordonez, an NCAA-record 15th without a miss, put the Hogs ahead 17-7 and they held on to win 17-14.
Houston clung to its tie with Arkansas for the SWC lead by pummeling SMU 37-10. The Mustangs, who had lost only five fumbles in five games, coughed up five to the Cougars and also had two of their passes stolen.
October 29, 1979
1. ARKANSAS (6-0)
2. TEXAS (4-1)
3. HOUSTON (6-0)
Brian Broomell of Temple and Dayle Tate of Penn State took to the air to bring Cincinnati and Syracuse down to earth. It required only 18 seconds for the Owls to start winging their way to a 35-14 rout of the Bearcats. Broomell teaming up with Wiley Pitts on a 64-yard scoring pass. Broomell, who according to the NCAA's complex formula is the most efficient passer in the nation, hit on 14 of 22 throws for 313 yards and all five Temple TDs in three quarters. Grabbing eight of those passes for 181 yards was Gerald (Sweetfeet) Lucear, who scored on pass-run plays covering 41, 16 and 44 yards.
Tate, whose passing had been erratic early in the season, was on the mark with 14 of 18 attempts during a 35-7 scuttling of Syracuse. Those tosses resulted in 199 yards and three touchdowns, two by Brad Scovill.
Navy used a sub to torpedo Virginia 17-10 for its sixth win without a loss. With their No. 1 and No. 2 tailbacks hurt, the Middies resorted to Duane Flowers, who blossomed. Flowers ran for 136 yards and scored on a 28-yard burst.
War may be hell, but losing 55-0 is no piece of cake, either. That was the score inflicted upon Army by Baylor. The Bears forced an all-out Cadet retreat, rushing for 331 yards, passing for 281, intercepting five passes and pouncing on three Army fumbles.
West Virginia had Luck on its side—Oliver Luck, that is—during a 27-17 upset of Tulane. Luck passed and ran for 228 yards.
Only one team remained undefeated in Ivy League competition—Yale. The Bulldogs, 3-0 in the league and 5-0 overall, beat Columbia 37-7. In the process, Yale allowed the Lions only 45 yards and lowered its total defense to 143.8 yards a game, the stingiest in the country. Brown stayed within half a length of the Elis by downing Cornell 28-7, while Dartmouth stopped Harvard 10-7 in the only other league contests.
1. PITTSBURGH (5-1)
2. TEMPLE (6-1)
3. PENN STATE (4-2)
Wyoming's Cowboys were left shivering by a snowstorm that swept through Laramie and by the cool passing of Marc Wilson of Brigham Young. Undeterred by the snow, Wilson connected on a WAC-record 33 passes in 48 tries for 448 yards and four TDs as the Cougars won 54-14.
Deft passes also led Stanford and UCLA to Pac-10 triumphs. Turk Schonert's 17-for-20 passing resulted in 194 yards and three touchdowns as the Cardinals came out on top 30-10 at Arizona. For UCLA, the big gun was freshman Bernard Durwin Quarles. It was Quarles who played the last three quarters, hit on eight of 13 tosses for 103 yards, rushed for 80 more and brought the Bruins from a 20-0 deficit to a 28-27 victory over California. Scoring all four UCLA touchdowns was Freeman McNeil, who ran for 192 yards.
Washington scored against Pittsburgh from far out (Anthony Allen ran back a kickoff 99 yards) and close in (Joe Steele slammed over from one yard out). The Huskies also had a small edge in total yardage (281 to 249), but the game belonged to the Panthers. 26-14. as they hounded the Huskies by picking off three of their passes and falling on three fumbles. Pitt scored after four such turnovers.
1. USC (6-0-1)
2. BYU (6-0)
3. STANFORD (4-2-1)
Big numbers. Lots of them were generated as Southern Cal beat Notre Dame 42-23. The two teams combined for 1,126 yards in total offense in 164 plays, almost 6.9 yards a try. Charles White scored on four short runs for USC, which had 280 yards on the ground. And Paul McDonald tacked on 311 yards by being on target with 21 of 32 passes, two good for touchdowns. Pulling down eight of those throws for 149 yards was Dan Garcia. The Irish, who churned out 535 yards, were led by Vagas Ferguson's 185-yard rushing effort.
"Before the game, I felt like a man hanging on a cliff with somebody stepping on my fingers," said Oklahoma State Coach Jimmy Johnson. The Cowboys kept their unbeaten streak alive, though—by winning the pregame coin toss for the sixth straight time. But then Nebraska stomped all over Johnson's fingers, winning 36-0. The Huskers, the mightiest offensive unit in the land with an average of 523.5 yards a game, passed and ran for 596 yards. Their defense, which has also done a job, yielded only 116 yards and ran its scoreless streak to 13 quarters. Kenny Brown became the first Nebraska wingback in modern times to rush for more than 100 yards, picking up 111 in the Big Eight matchup.
All of the many offensive sets tried by Oklahoma during the first half at Kansas State were unproductive. By the time intermission rolled around, the Sooners had rushed for a mere 89 yards and trailed 6-3. Then, as Oklahoma Quarterback J. C. Watts put it. "We went out and danced with the lady that brought us." That lady, otherwise known as the wishbone attack, enabled the Sooners to win 38-6, their runners rockin' and rollin' for 356 yards in the last two periods. Bruised rib cartilage restricted Billy Sims to 67 yards, but the slack was taken up by Watts (118 yards), second-string signal caller Kelly Phelps (112 yards in eight carries) and freshman Fullback Stanley Wilson (75 yards in nine cracks).
With Art Schlichter running for two touchdowns and passing for 150 yards and two more, Ohio State whipped Wisconsin for the 20th time in a row, 59-0. A herd of tailbacks, led by Cal Murray with 135 yards, gained 258 of the Buckeyes' 374 ground yards.
Michigan remained in a tie with Ohio State for the Big Ten lead, breaking open a scoreless game at Illinois with two third-period touchdowns. By the time the final gun sounded. Butch Woolfolk had scored three times and the Wolverines were 27-7 winners.
It seemed fitting that all three touchdowns during Purdue's rather prosaic 14-7 win at Michigan State were produced by players named Smith. Wayne Smith got the Boilermakers going when he scored on a 42-yard interception return. Jimmy Smith made it 14-0 with a one-yard plunge. And the Spartans avoided a shutout, scoring with 34 seconds left on a one-yard smash by Steve Smith.
Floyd of Rosedale, the 44-year-old, 15½-inch-high bronze pig that is the game trophy, stayed in Minnesota after the Gophers left Iowa wallowing, 24-7. Mark Carlson of Minnesota bull's-eyed 14 of 17 passes, six of them to Elmer Bailey for 158 yards and two touchdowns.
Not even a 24-0 Ball State lead could deter unbeaten Central Michigan. As Gary Hogeboom passed with precision, Marty Terry did much of the catching, Willie Todd scored on two short runs and Novo Bojovic booted a 20-yard field goal with eight seconds left, the Chippewas won 31-30.
1. NEBRASKA (6-0)
2. OKLAHOMA (5-1)
3. OHIO STATE (7-0).
For almost three quarters, Kentucky dominated LSU, leading 19-3 on the scoreboard and 316 yards to 104 in total offense. The Tigers, however, salvaged a 23-19 SEC win by scoring on three of their next four possessions.
Because Amos Lawrence was ailing, Doug Paschal moved from fullback to tailback, gained 117 yards, scored three times and carried North Carolina past North Carolina State 35-21 in an ACC contest. Wake Forest, off to its best start (6-1) since 1944, beat Maryland 25-17 behind the passing of Jay Venuto: 20 of 37 for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Dale Castro of the Terps ran his string of successful field-goal tries to 13 by kicking three.
Auburn continued its high-scoring ways with a 38-14 victory at Georgia Tech. On the Tigers' first play from scrimmage, James Brooks raced 68 yards for a touchdown. He scored another in a 175-yard day.
1. ALABAMA (6-0)
2. FLORIDA STATE (6-0)
3. TENNESSEE (4-2)
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE: Charles White, Southern Cal's six-foot, 185-pound senior tailback, ran for a career-high 261 yards, scored four times and caught three passes as the Trojans exploded for a 42-23 victory over Notre Dame.
DEFENSE: Skip Porter, Yale's 6'1", 210-pound senior linebacker, made eight tackles and set up two touchdowns by returning interceptions 11 and 21 yards, all of which helped the Elis knock off Columbia 37-7.