Arkansas stared fast and Texas came on strong, but both were SWC upset victims. The Hogs, despite the absence of several injured players, led Rice 16-0 in the fourth period. But then the Owls, who, Coach Ray Alborn said, "had just gotten a bellyful of losing," put on a memorable rally behind the passing of Randy Hertel. Kenneth Sam wrapped it up with a 31-yard field goal 17 seconds from the end, giving Rice a 17-16 victory. Playing before a home crowd in Lubbock, Tech scored 17 first-quarter points in slightly more than four minutes and went in front 24-0. Texas finally got going and cut the deficit to 24-20 by halftime, but that's the way the score wound up as the Red Raiders dealt the Longhorns their second straight loss.
Lending some sanity to the conference were Southern Methodist, a 27-0 winner over Texas A&M, and Houston, which defeated Texas Christian 37-5. SMU, which assured itself of a winning season for the first time since 1974, scored its first two touchdowns on long runs—59 yards by Byron Hunt after he blocked an Aggie punt and 66 yards by John Simmons on a punt return. Houston runners tore through TCU's Kleenex defense for 507 yards, a not-to-be-sneezed-at 143 of them by Brent Chinn, the most ever by a Cougar quarterback.
John Elway's fancy passing was no passing fancy. The Stanford quarterback kept firing away against Oregon State and when he was through he had set Pac-10 records for the most touchdown passes in a game (six) and in a season (25). Four of the scoring passes were caught by Ken Margerum for another Pac-10 mark. Elway, who has thrown 11 TD passes in two weeks, connected on 26 of 33 throws for 314 yards as the Cardinals prevailed 54-13.
WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE TROJANS? asked a headline in a Los Angeles newspaper. Another read: AT USC, FANS WANT MORE THAN YOUR BASIC OFFENSE. Trojan fans, so accustomed to pile-up-the-points-and-yardage victories, were apparently far from happy with their team. Not that being 5-0-1 was bad, but USC simply wasn't crunching opponents this year. The Trojans presumably got the headlines and fans off their backs with one of those old-fashioned wipeouts—60-7 over California. Marcus Allen scored twice and gained 133 of Southern Cal's 311 yards on the ground. Gordon Adams passed for 154 yards and, like his backup, Scott Tinsley, unfurled two touchdown throws. USC's defense put Rich Campbell, the Golden Bears' fine quarterback, out of commission in the first quarter. Campbell had surgery the next day for torn ligaments in his left knee and was through for the season.
Washington Coach Don James, annoyed by the previous week's 24-10 loss to Navy, devised a simpler game plan for Arizona State by chucking out some of his more sophisticated offensive patterns. James also stressed the basics to his defensive unit. It all worked. Washington won 25-0. Tom Flick of the Huskies passed for 162 yards, Washington runners gained 163 yards, Chuck Nelson booted three field goals, and the defense pounced on five fumbles and intercepted a pass.
Brigham Young doesn't have the only gifted passer in the WAC. Steve Fairchild of first-place Colorado State continued to prove this, raising his season's passing yardage to 2,098. After Wyoming had taken a 25-21 lead with 48 seconds to go, Fairchild rallied the Rams for a third and final time. It took him just 44 seconds and five straight completions to pull out a 28-25 victory, the finishing touch coming on a 19-yard pass to Mike Camp. The first three passes during that drive were to Split End Tony Goolsby, who gained 189 yards on a school-record 11 receptions.
While Alabama and UCLA, the only teams ranked ahead of Notre Dame, were upset, the Irish prevailed 33-0 over Navy. Notre Dame's Jim Stone scored on a 13-yard run, set up a touchdown with a 73-yard gain and finished with 211 yards rushing in this game at New Jersey's Meadowlands. It was Stone's fourth consecutive 100-yards-or-better game, breaking the team record held by one George Gipp. Harry Oliver also set a record for the Irish by raising his season's field-goal total to 15 with boots of 41 and 50 yards.
Two Eastern teams—Pitt and Penn State—were also bound to move up in the polls as a result of the biggest flurry of upsets this year (page 34). With its defense holding Syracuse to a mere 62 yards rushing, Pittsburgh earned a 43-6 triumph. The most intimidating Panther defender was, as usual, End Hugh Green, who was at his best after the Orangemen intercepted a pass at their own 42 in the second quarter. On the next three plays, Green held Joe Morris to a two-yard gain, sacked David Warner for an eight-yard loss and tackled Ken Mandeville for a one-yard loss on a third-down pass. But Warner became the first player to run for a TD against Pitt this season when he cracked over from the one on the final play of the first half. Randy McMillan of the Panthers, who picked up 136 yards, scored on second-period runs of 39 and 45 yards. Pitt's last scores came when Dwight Collins and Rick Trocano combined on pass plays covering 54 and eight yards. In all, Trocano passed for 276 yards, completing 20 of 35.
Miami's hopes of upsetting Penn State for the second year in a row rested on the arm of Jim Kelly, who had passed the Hurricanes to victory last season, and on its stout defense. Kelly had little success this time, and the Hurricane defense gave up 459 yards, almost twice its average. What's more, Miami gained just 48 yards rushing and had six turnovers. The Nittany Lions, 27-12 winners, got 146 yards rushing from Curt Warner and scored on two 25-yard passes. Kenny Jackson grabbed the first, from Tailback Joel Coles, and Vyto Kab caught the other, thrown by Quarterback Todd Blackledge.
Lorenzo Bouier ran for a school-record 302 yards as Maine beat Northeastern.
Yale, with Rich Diana rambling for 124 yards, defeated Dartmouth 35-7 to remain unbeaten in Ivy League play. Princeton downed Penn 28-21 and Harvard held off Brown 17-16 in other Ivy games. In non-league games, Bucknell drubbed Cornell 33-16 and Holy Cross whitewashed Columbia 26-0.
PENN STATE (7-1)
Although Nebraska was favored, Missouri had reason to be optimistic: the Tigers had won their last three games in Lincoln. However, despite six Husker turnovers, Missouri lost 38-16. Nebraska won largely because it was more opportunistic, Jarvis Redwine scoring on a 15-yard scamper after the Tigers lost a fumble at their own 26 and Kim Baker picking off a Missouri pass and returning it 77 yards for another score. Most of the Huskers' 331 yards on the ground were gotten by Red-wine (129) and Andra Franklin, who slammed through for 122. Jeff Quinn kept the Tigers guessing by interspersing 16 passes, 11 of them good, for 151 yards, among the running plays. The one that had the most melodic ring to it was a 17-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Quinn to Jeff Finn. By winning, Nebraska took a half-game lead over Oklahoma in the Big Eight race.
Included in last week's passel of surprises was Colorado's 17-9 defeat of Iowa State. The Buffalos, who had lost seven games in a row, outrushed the Cyclones 307 yards to 96, built a 17-0 advantage and then hung on.
Kerwin Bell, the No. 2 freshman ground-gainer in the nation, ran for 216 yards as Kansas won 20-18 at Kansas State. With 932 yards rushing, Bell has already become the Big Eight's alltime leading freshman runner.
Two NCAA career records were surpassed by Purdue's Mark Herrmann during a 52-31 victory at Northwestern. Herrmann replaced SMU's Chuck Hixson as the leader in completions with 651 and Georgia's Zeke Bratkowski as the leader in interceptions with 69. Before leaving with a twisted right ankle, Herrmann was on target with 17 of 21 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns. Jimmy Smith of the Boilermakers ran for 190 yards and three touchdowns and also caught a nine-yard scoring pass. The Wildcats had some impressive numbers, too. Split End Todd Sheets caught 11 passes and tied a Big Ten mark by amassing 226 yards' worth of receptions. And Northwestern's Mike Kerrigan set a school record by throwing 47 passes. He was good on 23 of them, for 316 yards and four touchdowns.
Ohio State and Michigan romped to easy wins to remain tied with Purdue for the top spot in the Big Ten. Art Schlichter of the Buckeyes threw two touchdown passes to Gary Williams, completed 10 of 22 for 212 yards and ran for 46 yards and one touchdown. That was just part of 603 yards in total offense by Ohio State as it rolled past Michigan State 48-16. Michigan defeated Indiana 35-0 as Lawrence Ricks scored on runs of 29 and three yards within a span of 28 seconds.
Dana Noel ran back a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to give Minnesota a 21-18 victory at Illinois. A big play also helped Iowa to knock off Wisconsin 22-13, Pete Gales firing a 54-yard scoring pass to Keith Chappelle.
Western Michigan clung to its Mid-American lead—barely. Ohio, which had moved from its own 34 to inside Western's one, wound up a 13-7 loser when a plunge on the game's last play was stopped short. Second-place Central Michigan piled up 425 yards on the ground, held Eastern Michigan to 17 yards rushing and won 51-15.
Walter Ross. It's a name worth remembering. Some big-time teams will surely try to land Ross for next season considering his performances at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Minnesota. Last Saturday Ross ran for 404 yards and three touchdowns in 26 carries during a 64-7 drubbing of Inver Hills in a junior college game. Ross has run for 1,546 yards in eight games.
NOTRE DAME (7-0)
OHIO STATE (7-1)
"I wasn't anywhere near him as a freshman," said George Rogers, South Carolina's powerful senior tailback, of Georgia's Herschel Walker. In a confrontation of the two super runners, Walker lugged the ball 43 times for 219 yards and broke loose for the game's biggest gainer, a 76-yard scoring jaunt that put the Bulldogs ahead 10-0 in the third period. The Gamecocks narrowed the score to 13-10 and seemed to be on their way to a go-ahead touchdown. But Rogers, who gained 168 yards in 35 carries, lost a fumble at the Georgia 17 with 5:22 left. Rex Robinson had given the Bulldogs a 3-0 halftime advantage with a 57-yard field goal and later kicked a 51-yarder.
Louisiana State recovered four Mississippi fumbles during a 38-16 SEC victory. Surprising Florida knocked off Auburn 21-10 for its sixth win in seven outings. In non-conference games, Kentucky lost to Tulane 24-22, Tennessee was upended by Virginia 16-13, and Vanderbilt ended a nine-game losing streak by beating Memphis State 14-10. Tulane won when Vince Manalla kicked a 22-yard field goal after time ran out, his attempt being allowed because the Wildcats had been called for pass interference on the final play and a game cannot end on a defensive foul.
Tulsa's defense was done in by the passing of Florida State's Rick Stockstill in the first half and by the running of Sam Piatt in the second half. Stockstill's 14-for-18 passing resulted in 171 yards and two TDs, and Piatt gained 113 yards. The Golden Hurricane offense was no less sorely tried, suffering nine quarterback sacks and failing to score after getting a first down inside the Seminole one. It all added up to a 45-2 Florida State romp.
A 35-0 triumph over Marshall gave Fur-man its first outright Southern Conference title. During a 35-3 defeat of Wofford, Lavonia Albert (Stump) Mitchell of The Citadel ran for 179 yards to become the Division I-A leader in rushing yardage (1,264) and per-game average (158).
Maryland kept its ACC hopes alive by handing North Carolina State its first shutout in 113 games, 24-0. Charlie Wysocki of the Terps bulled his way for 132 yards and a touchdown, and sophomore John Nash, on the first carry of his career, dashed 30 yards for another six-pointer.
FLORIDA STATE (8-1)
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE: Steve Fairchild, Colorado State's senior quarterback, passed for a team-record 406 yards as he completed 28 of 35 throws. His third touchdown toss of the day, with four seconds left, defeated Wyoming 28-25.
DEFENSE: Billy Jackson, a 6'1", 215-pound freshman end, helped Mississippi State shock Alabama 6-3. He made 12 unassisted tackles, had three sacks and recovered two fumbles, the second proving to be the game-winner.