Florida State put its best feet forward and booted Pittsburgh from the unbeaten ranks 36-22 as Bill Capece kicked a school-record five field goals and John Stark averaged 48.1 yards on seven punts. Capece's three-pointers were from 24, 43, 50, 30 and 44 yards. Stark, who boomed one punt 67 yards, would have had an even higher average had he not settled for a 25-yarder that rolled out of bounds at the Pitt 12.
The Panthers, shooting for their 15th consecutive victory, scored first when Dwight Collins caught a 39-yard pass from Dan Marino, whose 18 completions in 34 tries covered 286 yards. The Seminoles, who'd beaten Nebraska the previous week, pulled off their second major upset in a row with the aid of a flexible offense that included plays that could be run either to the left or the right. Quarterback Rick Stockstill, aware that the Pitt defense often overloads to one side, checked off more than half his plays at the line to take advantage of this. He passed for three touchdowns, and his runners went for 163 yards—123 of them by Sam Platt—against a defense that had been yielding an average of only 31 yards a game on the ground. Completing the job was a Florida State defense that forced five fumbles, recovering four of them, and gave up just 86 yards on the ground.
Maryland also thought it might spring a surprise when it went ahead of Penn State 10-3 early in the third period on Charlie Wysocki's five-yard run. But the Terps' visions of ending a streak of 17 losses to the Nittany Lions were short-lived. Less than three minutes later, Penn State's Booker Moore streaked 55 yards for a touchdown. Two TD passes then made the Nittany Lions winners. Freshman Kenny Jackson fought off two defenders to haul in a five-yard toss from Todd Blackledge. Then, on third and goal from the six, Tailback Jon Williams flicked a pass to Fullback Mike Meade to sew up the 24-10 win.
A 43-yard scoring run was part of a season-high 224 yards rushing by George Rogers of South Carolina in the Gamecocks' 20-7 victory over Duke. Teammate Johnnie Wright gained 162 yards in just 13 cracks.
North Carolina and Clemson were victors in ACC games. A pair of scoring strikes by Rod Elkins helped the Tar Heels knock off Wake Forest 27-9 and put them at 5-0 for the first time since 1948. Obed Ariri, a Nigerian who plays professional soccer, kicked a 52-yard field goal in the final six seconds to give Clemson a 27-24 triumph over Virginia. The Cavaliers took a 24-10 lead into the fourth quarter, thanks to the efforts of Quarterback Lindsay Delaney.
Georgia Tech also put up a good fight, holding heavily favored Tennessee to a 10-10 standoff through three periods. But the Yellow Jackets, whose entire starting backfield was sidelined with injuries by halftime, lost 23-10 as the Vols' Alan Duncan kicked fourth-quarter field goals of 40 and 55 yards.
Two winners in Southeastern Conference games also had to scramble. A 17-0 Georgia lead over Mississippi dwindled to 17-14 before the Bulldogs put on a late surge and won 28-21. Georgia's freshman whiz Herschel Walker, playing on a sprained ankle, was held to 44 yards rushing, but third-string Tailback Carnie Norris took over and raced for 150 yards on 15 carries. Louisiana State and Auburn fought like their nicknames—Tigers. Two interceptions by Strong Safety Marcus Quinn were instrumental in LSU's 21-17 triumph. Quinn's first steal set up a touchdown, and his second, at his own one-yard line with 49 seconds to go, cut off Auburn's last drive. James Brooks rushed for 210 yards, the most ever by an LSU opponent.
Although only 5'9" and 160 pounds, senior Wide Receiver Gerald Harp of Western Carolina has been a superb pass catcher. Harp's five grabs for 132 yards during a 28-21 loss to The Citadel made him the fourth collegiate receiver ever to gain 3,000 career yards.
FLORIDA STATE (5-1)
NORTH CAROLINA (5-0)
It was smoggy in Los Angeles, but what had Stanford coughing were the fumes left by UCLA's Freeman McNeil as he caught fire in the second half and burned his way to four touchdowns. Stanford built a 21-7 halftime advantage, with Darrin Nelson of the Cardinals scoring on runs of 17 and 30 yards and John Elway passing for another score on his way to a 20-for-34 performance good for 204 yards. Then McNeil took charge, scoring on the Bruins' first four possessions in the second half. After bolting 12 yards around right end for his initial score, McNeil went around left end, broke loose from three would-be tacklers and stormed 72 yards for another. In the fourth quarter, McNeil scampered six yards around the left side to put UCLA ahead and then broke off left tackle, left a slew of Cardinals empty-armed and went 42 yards for the last TD in the Bruins' 35-21 Pac-10 win.
Washington and California fueled their Rose Bowl hopes by winning handily. While drubbing Oregon State 41-6 the Huskies got two touchdowns apiece from Toussaint Tyler, who rushed for 99 yards, and Kyle Stevens, who ran for 92 yards. Rich Campbell led the Golden Bears past Oregon 31-6 by completing 27 of 34 passes for 293 yards. Campbell, who had connected on his last 15 throws against Michigan the week before, set an NCAA Division I-A record by extending his string of completions to 21 before missing.
Southern Cal built an early lead that led to victory. USC, which held a 13-0 halftime edge at Arizona, triumphed 27-10 as Marcus Allen ran for 201 yards and three touchdowns and Gordon Adams passed for 209 yards. But Arizona State squandered a 17-0 advantage against Washington State, fell behind 21-17 and then rallied for a 27-21 victory. Putting the Sun Devils back on top was a 31-yard pass from Mike Pagel to John Mistier with 3:52 left. Pagel outpassed the Cougars' Samoa Samoa 204 yards to 200.
Brigham Young's Jim McMahon outdid both those passers, gaining 408 yards through the air during a 52-17 WAC romp over Wyoming. McMahon, who was not bothered in the least by the Cowboys' eight-man line, had four TD passes, giving him 17 in five outings.
A 34-yard toss from Marty Louthan to Andy Bark in the final minute enabled Air Force to sink Navy 21-20.
With their team off to its best start (4-0) in 26 seasons, some Miami fans described a showdown at Notre Dame as "our most important game ever." The Hurricanes' defense, the staunchest in the land against the rush with a per-game yield of 15.7 yards, gave those rooters hopes. So did the unavailability of Phil Carter of the Irish, the nation's No. 2 runner, who was out with a severely bruised thigh. After Friday's practice in South Bend, Miami Coach Howard Schnellengerger ordered the bus driver to give his players a tour of the campus, perhaps to get rid of the ghosts and goblins that are part of the Notre Dame mystique. Instead of ghosts and goblins, the Irish relied on a defense that gave up only three first downs in the first three quarters. And instead of Carter, Notre Dame sent out Jim Stone, who picked up 224 of his team's 302 yards rushing as the Irish won 32-14.
"So, ol' Bo ain't so dumb after all," said Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler after a 27-23 Big Ten conquest of Michigan State. What made Bo look smart was his decision, following a roughing-the-kicker penalty called on the Spartans, to give up a field goal that had put the Wolverines ahead 16-13 and go for a touchdown. Schembechler came up smelling like a possible Rose Bowler when John Wangler flipped a four-yard scoring pass. The four extra points garnered by Bo's gamble provided the margin of victory.
About the biggest decision Ohio State's Earle Bruce had to make was when to yank his starters in the Buckeyes' 63-0 wipeout of Northwestern. There was also little for Indiana's Lee Corso to mull over as his Hoosiers shut out Wisconsin for the second straight year, this time 24-0. And Purdue's Jim Young had fewer decisions to make than ever; he stuck with his move of the week before and let Quarterback Mark Herrmann call his own plays. Herrmann rewarded Young's faith by moving the Boilermakers steadily from both the shotgun and pro-set formations and by hitting on 16 of 23 passes for 191 yards in a 21-7 victory over Minnesota. Illinois took a 20-0 lead at Iowa and hung on for a 20-14 triumph.
Iowa State Tailback Dwayne Crutchfield gave Kansas State the shirts off his back—five of his team's new tear-away jerseys—during a 31-7 Big Eight victory. Tatters were often all that Wildcat tacklers got when they went after Crutchfield, who bulled for 165 yards.
Missouri gained only 66 yards in the first half at Oklahoma State and trailed 7-0 in the third period before busting loose. Phil Bradley hit on nine of 12 second-half passes for 162 yards. Many of those on-target throws, including two that went for touchdowns, came during a 23-point fourth period that made the Tigers 30-7 victors.
Craig Johnson of Nebraska continued to excel against Kansas. In 1978 and 1979 Johnson came off the bench to rush for 192 and 138 yards, respectively, against the Jayhawks. This time, Johnson filled in for Jarvis Redwine, who was out with a rib injury, and ran for 109 yards as the Huskers breezed 54-0.
John Gagliardi of St. John's (Minn.) became the ninth NCAA coach and the 14th overall to get 200 victories. A 42-10 thrashing of Bethel earned him that distinction.
Central Michigan's 23-game winning streak was ended 24-9 by Ohio University.
NOTRE DAME (4-0)
OHIO STATE (4-1)
What is likely to be best remembered about Syracuse's 31-7 drubbing of Temple is not that Dave Warner of the Orangemen ran 12 yards for one score and passed 66 yards to Chris Jilleba for another. Overshadowing that was Owl Coach Wayne Hardin's removal of his team from the field for 12 minutes in the fourth period. Hardin did that to avoid a clash between his players and Syracuse rooters. Before Hardin intervened, fans had taunted some of the Owls and doused them with beer. Said Hardin, "They smelled like a brewery."
Army salvaged a 24-24 tie with Lehigh when Dave Aucoin kicked a 52-yard field goal, the longest ever by a Cadet, as time ran out. Mike Fahnestock set another Army record: 186 yards on seven catches.
While Harvard remained one of 14 Division I-A unbeatens, Yale was one of nine to lose for the first time. Boston College defeated the Elis 27-9 in their first meeting since 1920. Dartmouth also lost, 17-14, at William & Mary. In Ivy League games, Princeton beat Columbia 31-19 as Cris Crissy caught 11 passes, and Brown defeated Penn 42-22.
PENN STATE (4-1)
"The only two-day game of the century, Houston vs. Texas A&M, Oct. 11-12 1980." That was the wording on 1,200 T shirts sold for $5 each to commemorate a bizarre Southwest Conference clash. Ninety years ago, Yale beat Springfield 16-10 in the first "two-day" indoor game, a late-nighter in Madison Square Garden. Last week's tussle in the Astrodome did not begin until 11:33 p.m., having been delayed by the Phillie-Astro playoff game and by a four-hour conversion process that transformed the field from a diamond into a gridiron.
When it was over, Texans joked that A&M had won Saturday's game 7-0 and that Houston had beaten the Aggies 17-6 on Sunday. Indeed, A&M scored shortly before midnight, was caught at 7-7 early Sunday morning and lost 17-13 after having committed seven turnovers. Terald Clark of the Cougars rushed for 103 yards, and Quarterback Brent Chinn ran 13 yards for the go-ahead score along about 1:30 a.m. All 46,525 tickets for the game were sold, about 36,000 spectators showed up and almost 19,000 hardy souls lingered until the end at 2:48 a.m.
Despite playing at a more decent hour, Oklahoma and Texas were guilty of 14 turnovers, eight by the Sooners. The Longhoms, who led 10-0 at halftime, fell behind 13-10 early in the fourth quarter and then were led to a pair of scores by Quarterback Donnie Little. In keeping the Longhorns unbeaten, Little ran for 110 yards and passed for 99.
There were some rather haunting similarities between last week's Southern Methodist-at-Baylor game and its 1978 predecessor. Two years ago, the Bears led 21-0 only to lose 28-21. This time, the Mustangs were up 21-0 and lost 32-28. In '78, Mike Ford brought SMU from behind with four TD passes after the Baylor quarterback had fumbled at the Mustang one. This time it was Ford who erred, failing to get a first down on fourth-and-two at the Baylor eight with 18 seconds left. One thing was different: for the first time in their 63-year rivalry both teams went into the game with perfect records.
Rice, too, used a rousing comeback to keep Texas Christian winless. The Owls, down 24-7 at the half, climaxed their resurgence by driving 79 yards in 74 seconds, the last nine on a strike to Hosea Fortunè with 50 seconds to be played, to make the score 28-24 in Rice's favor.
Arkansas Coach Lou Holtz warned his team that Wichita State's Prince McJunkins was "the fastest quarterback on this planet." Thus alerted, the Razorbacks firmly planted McJunkins on earth en route to a 27-7 non-conference triumph.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE: Freeman McNeil, a 5'11", 225-pound senior tailback for UCLA, gained only 28 yards in nine first-half rushes but added 220 more yards and four TDs on 20 carries in the second half to help beat Stanford 35-21.
DEFENSE: Mark Carlson, a 214-pound middle linebacker, was the ringleader of Iowa State's all-sophomore linebacking corps as he made 13 solo tackles and helped on eight more during a 31-7 victory over Kansas State.