"All week we kept hearing 'What is Rutgers?' " said Scarlet Knight Flanker David Dorn following a 13-7 victory at Tennessee. "Now they know." What "they"—Volunteer rooters who had been heartened by the 4-2 showing of their team this season—knew was that the Vols had been bent out of shape by a school they vastly underestimated. When Tennessee, favored by three touchdowns, drove 84 yards to score on its first possession, Tennessee fans were certain they would have a fine day.
But then the Scarlet Knights hit on three successive big plays. With 20 seconds left in the first half, Ed Steward intercepted a Vol pass at the Rutgers 40. Next came a 23-yard Ed McMichael-to-Tim O'Dell pass. Then a 37-yard bomb to Dorn for a tying touchdown. Surely, the Tennessee folks felt, the second half would be more to their liking. It wasn't.
Early in the third quarter Steward intercepted another pass at the Vol 24, after which Kennan Startzell's 43-yard field goal made the score Rutgers 10, Tennessee 7. Before the period ended, Startzell upped it to 13-7 with a 32-yarder and the Vols had absorbed one of their most stunning upsets ever.
November 12, 1979
Another Southeastern Conference team to get a kick in the pants from an outsider was Georgia. The Bulldogs, who began the season with three losses, seemed to have righted themselves with four straight SEC wins. Last week, however, Georgia dropped its third game in as many tries against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents, this time being shocked 31-0 by Virginia as Todd Kirtley passed for 215 yards and two touchdowns.
After having been outscored 325-117 in its first seven outings, Vanderbilt finally won—and salvaged some prestige for the SEC—by defeating Memphis State 13-3.
The SEC's two Tigers—Auburn and Louisiana State—both struggled to conference victories. With its running game shut down by Florida, Auburn got a pair of field goals from Jorge Portela and a five-yard scoring pass from Charlie Trotman to Mike Locklear to come out on top 19-13. LSU, behind 17-0 in the second period at Mississippi, came back for a 28-24 triumph.
"Every time I wanted to throw, all I saw was orange," said Wake Forest's Jay Venuto, who felt more like a lemon after a 31-0 upset at Clemson. Venuto had passed for 2,000 yards going into the contest but was held to 119 by the orange-clad Tigers, who set up three touchdowns by intercepting passes.
North Carolina, too, was upended in an away game, 17-14 at Maryland. The Tar Heels overcame a 14-0 deficit with 14 points in the third quarter, but the Terps prevailed when, with 1:21 left, Dale Castro kicked a 43-yard field goal, his 16th straight, which tied an NCAA record.
When George Rogers wasn't busy carrying 30 times for 217 yards, teammate Spencer Clark was grinding out 103 yards in 18 cracks as independent South Carolina held off North Carolina State 30-28. Rogers, second in the country with a 144.5-yard-per-game rushing average, scored on a 25-yard scamper, Clark on two short bursts.
By stopping Northwestern Louisiana 44-13, McNeese (La.) State stayed unbeaten. Half a game still separated Ohio Valley leader Murray State and runner-up Eastern Kentucky. State downed Austin Peay 24-10 and Eastern shellacked Tennessee Tech 35-0.
Point-a-minute games are rare, but Furman and Davidson averaged almost two points a minute in their scoring binge. Davidson winged its way to a 21-0 first-period advantage, but the Paladins stormed back for a 63-55 win in the highest-scoring game since the NCAA started keeping records in 1937. Rallying Furman was Tim Sorrells, who came off the bench to run for two touchdowns and pass for three more.
1. ALABAMA (8-0)
2. FLORIDA STATE (8-0)
3. AUBURN (6-2)
Paul McDonald, Southern Cal's lefthanded passer, has proved he's no hamburger. Right from the start against Arizona, it was McDonald's passes—Golden Arches—that propelled the Trojans to a 34-7 victory. On the first play from scrimmage, McDonald checked off, opting for a pass instead of the called-for power sweep and bingo! McDonald flicked a 12-yarder to Danny Garcia and USC was on its way.
With alltime leading rusher Joe Steele having undergone knee surgery, Washington called on Vince Coby to score on three short smashes at California. But Rich Campbell had the Golden Bears in front 24-21 by the fourth quarter, hitting on 21 of 35 throws for 322 yards and two touchdowns, one of them to Matt Bouza, who caught 11 for 175 yards. In the end, though, Mark Lee made the Huskies 28-24 winners when he ran back a punt 64 yards with 6:06 left.
Stanford knocked Arizona State out of Pac-10 contention 28-21 as Turk Schonert was on target with 13 of 18 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns. Schonert pegged a 20-yard scoring toss to Andre Tyler in the third period to knot the score at 21-all. In the fourth quarter, just when Schonert appeared to be sacked in the end zone, he slithered loose and uncorked a 43-yard pass to Ken Margerum. Five plays later, Schonert threw a decisive nine-yard strike to Mike Dotterer.
Scott Richardson of Oregon State passed for four touchdowns and ran for a fifth against Washington State. It wasn't enough. The Cougars, with Ray Williams and Tali Ena each scoring twice—Ena once on an 80-yard dash—won 45-42. All the scoring in this wild affair came in the first three periods and was concluded when Mike DeSanto of Washington State booted a 19-yard field goal.
Going into the fourth period at Colorado State, unbeaten Brigham Young led by only 16-7 and Marc Wilson had passed for 177 yards, for him a mediocre effort that endangered his chances for an NCAA-record fifth straight 300-yard performance. In the fourth quarter, though, Wilson racked up another 181 yards. For the day, he hit on 24 of 40 for 358 yards and four TDs as the Cougars took this WAC encounter 30-7.
Somewhere, over, around and through the Rainbows—that's not how the song goes, but that's how Temple went to win 34-31 at Hawaii. The Rainbows fell short despite sophomore Gary Allen's theatrics. Allen's feats: 141 yards rushing, including scoring runs of 77 and 55 yards; 91 yards on seven pass receptions, one good for 33 yards and six points; and one pass completion for 17 yards. But Mark Bright of the Owls ran around and through Hawaii for 153 yards and three scores. Ron Fioravanti snapped a 31-31 tie with a 31-yard field goal.
The Air Force stuck to the ground. Army just plain stuck. Thus did the Falcons break an 11-game losing streak—the longest among major-college teams. Instead of taking to the air, the Falcons trudged through the Cadet defense for 305 yards in a 28-7 victory.
1. USC (8-0-1)
2. BYU (8-0)
3. WASHINGTON (7-2)
A local newspaper story, predicting that the final score would be Penn State 42, Miami 0, was headlined: MIAMI'S TIME IS COMING—IN 1984. Wrong. The Hurricanes' time came five years early as they shocked Penn State 26-10. In his first start, Miami freshman Jim Kelly hit on 18 of 30 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns. Kelly, who is from East Brady, Pa. and who had passed for 3,915 yards in high school, went to Miami because Nittany Lion Coach Joe Paterno wanted to make him a linebacker. "I didn't want to be another Jack Ham," Kelly said. "I wanted to be another Terry Bradshaw."
Pittsburgh's Dan Marino, another freshman making his first start, hurled two touchdown passes as the Panthers held off Syracuse 28-21. Marino completed 18 of 26 attempts for 170 yards, and Terry White galloped 85 with a punt return.
Forty-seven seconds before it would have lost its 200th game in 107 years of competition, Yale scored on a 12-yard pass to beat Cornell 23-20 for its 700th victory. No team has won more often than the Elis. Yale's John Rogan, who earlier had teamed up with Bob Rostomily on a 43-yard scoring pass, hit him again with a 12-yarder that kept the Bulldogs undefeated and in first in the Ivy League. Second on the all-time victory chart is Princeton, which notched No. 630 with a 38-10 conquest of Penn, which is fourth with 615 wins. Brown squelched Harvard's try for a 630th triumph, 23-14. And Dartmouth blanked Columbia 17-0.
1. PITTSBURGH (7-1)
2. TEMPLE (7-1)
3. PENN STATE (5-3)
Texas fiddled with its quarterbacks during a squeaky win, while signal-callers at Arkansas and Texas A&M strummed their way to tuneful triumphs. Early in the week, Longhorn Coach Fred Akers decided his second-string quarterback would make a better sixth-string defensive back. Against Texas Tech, he started with sophomore Donnie Little and then went to a couple of freshmen, 5'9" Herkie Walls and 6'4" Rick McIvor. It was McIvor, who throws armor-piercing passes, who finally got Texas going. After launching a 51-yard missile to Les Koenning, McIvor wrapped up a 98-yard drive with an 11-yard pass to Johnny (Lam) Jones to give the Longhorns a 7-3 halftime edge. Tech pulled to within 7-6, but Brad Beck's 11-yard scoring run made Texas a 14-6 winner.
"We heard them in their dressing room yelling like they were ahead," Arkansas Quarterback Kevin Scanlon said of Rice, which trailed 14-7 at halftime. From there on, there was no glee for the Owls, four-touchdown underdogs who wound up losing 34-7. Scanlon got the job done by completing 16 of 20 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns and by running for a pair of six-pointers.
Also displaying fast feet and a hot hand was Quarterback Mike Mosley of Texas A&M, which blasted Southern Methodist 47-14, the biggest scoring spree the Aggies have had against the Mustangs since 1916. Mosley, a 9.4 sprinter, scored on runs of one and 16 yards and passed for 165 yards.
1. HOUSTON (8-0)
2. ARKANSAS (7-1)
3. TEXAS (6-1)
Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler finds clouds on the sunniest days. "I don't think we had great consistency offensively," Bo said after facing Wisconsin. All his Wolverines did was pile up 590 yards while scoring 54 points. Butch Woolfolk, who gained 190 yards in 19 carries, had touchdown runs of one, 30 and 92 yards, the last a Michigan record. "They moved the ball on us much more than I like to see," Bo said of the Badgers, who did not score a single point.
"I kept praying to the Lord that I would get a chance to show what I could do," said Purdue's Ben McCall, a junior who had gained only 80 yards as a Boilermaker. McCall got the call against Iowa. He showed what he could do by playing at both tailback and fullback, rushing for 96 yards, catching eight passes for 95 yards and scoring twice as Purdue won 20-14. There were plenty of passes, Mark Herrmann of Purdue hitting on 21 of 38 for 236 yards, Phil Suess of the Hawkeyes on 21 of 34 for 248 yards.
Indiana assured itself of its first winning season since 1968 by flooring Minnesota 42-24. The Hoosiers set a team mark for yardage against a Big Ten foe (548) as Tim Clifford passed for 187 yards and Mike Harkrader rushed for 132.
Coach George Welsh was brooding about his Navy squad: "I've been in major-college football 18 years and I've never been around a team hurt as much as this one." Dan Devine of Notre Dame, the Middies' opponent, could empathize, having lost 19 players for the season. Vagas Ferguson, one of the Irish walking wounded, carried 34 times for 155 yards as Notre Dame limped to a 14-0 win.
For the third straight week Oklahoma scored 38 points. And for the third time in a row that was plenty, the Sooners allowing Oklahoma State only seven points. Billy Sims' chances for a second consecutive Heisman Trophy were dimmed even though he scored four times, because he gained only 71 yards.
Kansas outlasted Kansas State 36-28 in another Big Eight contest. Altogether, 929 yards of offense were churned out in the game, with Mike Higgins of the Jayhawks rushing for 165 yards and three touchdowns and Darrell Dickey of the Wildcats hitting on 19 of 29 passes for 306 yards.
Central Michigan's 14-game winning streak was ended. But the Chippewas salvaged a 7-7 tie with Toledo to retain their half-game Mid-American lead over the Rockets.
Although hardly a candidate for No. 1 ranking (page 36), Bethany, an NAIA Division II powerhouse from Lindsborg, Kans., stretched college football's longest victory string to 28 games. The Swedes accomplished this by flattening Bethel College 27-3.
1. NEBRASKA (8-0)
2. OKLAHOMA (7-1)
3. OHIO STATE (9-0)
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE: Paul McDonald, Southern Cal's 6'2", 180-pound senior quarterback, set team single-game records for passing yardage (380) and completions (25 in 35 tries) and tossed three TD passes as USC beat Arizona 34-7.
DEFENSE: Tim Flanagan, a 6'2½", 220-pound sophomore end for Miami, was in on 14 tackles—six of them behind the line of scrimmage and 11 of them solo efforts—as the Hurricanes jolted Penn State 26-10.