"I never thought it would end," Army Quarterback Bryan Allem said after being sacked six times and fumbling twice during a 45-7 drubbing by Pittsburgh. Although Panther signal-callers also suffered some indignities—they were intercepted seven times—they passed for 436 yards. Pitt's Rick Trocano completed 11 of 23 for 144 yards and two touchdowns, and Dan Marino, playing for the first time in almost a month since injuring his right knee, hit on 20 of 30 for 292 yards and two TDs.
"Into each life a little rain must fall, but I never thought the whole season would be pretty much a monsoon." So said Coach Wayne Hardin after a 50-7 loss to Penn State left Temple with a 4-6 record. Even though the Nittany Lions amassed 471 yards in total offense, it wasn't until Quarterback Jeff Hostetler came off the bench in the second period, with Temple ahead 7-3, that they began to click. Penn State finally went in front 13-7 when Joel Coles scored from three yards out, shortly before intermission. Then came the onslaught—31 points in the first 24 minutes of the second half. Hostetler, who passed for 111 yards and ran for 55, scored on two short runs, and Kevin Baugh got a TD on a dazzling, gear-shifting 62-yard punt return during which he reversed his field three times. Pitt and Penn State meet next week, then go to bowls, the Panthers to the Gator against South Carolina and the Nittany Lions to the Fiesta against the Big Ten runner-up.
Two other Pennsylvania teams—Bucknell and Lehigh—won impressively. Ken Jenkins of the Bisons rushed for 191 yards and established a Division 1-AA record by finishing the season with 1,884 yards of all-purpose running as Bucknell upset Boston University 30-17. Undefeated Lehigh beat Northeastern 42-19 as John Ahsler ran for 143 yards, Jimmy Evanko for 110 and Steve Plucinsky for 108.
November 24, 1980
Boston College and West Virginia rallied for victories. The Eagles, who trailed Syracuse 13-6 at halftime, were 27-16 winners as Shelby Gamble scored once in the third period and twice in the fourth. Three second-quarter touchdowns—two by Walter Easley—enabled the Mountaineers to erase a 7-0 deficit and win 24-15 at Rutgers.
Yale clinched at least a tie for the Ivy League title, winning at home against Princeton 25-13 as Rich Diana ran for 165 yards. Visiting teams won the other Ivy games: Dartmouth scored 21 points in the fourth period to overtake Brown 28-24; Harvard wiped out Penn's 14-0 advantage and went on to win 28-17; and Cornell beat Columbia 24-0.
PENN STATE (9-1)
Georgia caught Auburn off guard on the last play of the first half and on the first play of the last half. With nine seconds left in the second period, Bulldog Quarterback Buck Belue fumbled the snap at the Tiger one-yard line, whereupon 'the clock was stopped until officials could settle who had possession of the ball. Knowing he didn't have any time-outs remaining and that the clock would start as soon as the ball was marked, Belue immediately called "clock play." That was a signal to his teammates to line up and be ready to run a predetermined play as soon as the clock was restarted. On the ensuing snap, Norris Brown caught the Tigers napping as he zipped into the end zone to grab a pass from Belue for a 17-7 halftime lead.
Auburn protested the play so vigorously it was hit with a 15-yard penalty, applied at the start of the second half. Georgia then surprised Auburn with an onside kick, which the Bulldogs recovered and turned into another TD. Belue's 99 yards passing, 77 yards rushing and one-yard scoring plunge propelled Georgia to a 31-21 triumph, the Southeastern Conference championship and a berth in the Sugar Bowl against Notre Dame, which beat Alabama 7-0 (page 34).
It was no easy victory for the Bulldogs, who were ranked No. 1 in the nation for the first time in 38 years. Georgia trailed 7-0 early in the second period, didn't have a first down during the opening 12 minutes and wound up with a 350-339 edge in total yardage. Freddie Gilbert put the Bulldogs on top 10-7 when he ran a blocked punt back 27 yards, and Herschel Walker made it 31-7 with an 18-yard ramble. Walker, however, didn't have one of his customary big days, finishing with 77 yards in 27 carries, eight yards fewer than Auburn's James Brooks had in 21 cracks. Belue was Georgia's main man. Four times on third-and-long he scrambled for first downs, keeping alive three drives that paid off in touchdowns. Rex Robinson of Georgia became the SEC's alltime scoring leader, his 40-yard field goal and four PAT kicks increasing his career total to 261 points.
Mississippi State, which had shocked Alabama 6-3 two weeks earlier, came back from a week's layoff to outlast Louisiana State 55-31. Glen Young of Mississippi State broke a 24-24 tie by running back the second-half kickoff 100 yards. That started a four-touchdown, third-quarter spree by the Bulldogs. Freshman John Bond of Mississippi State, who had begun the day's scoring by teaming up with David Ellis on a 50-yard pass, added a 69-yarder to Mardye McDole during the third-period outburst. This week Mississippi State will take on Mississippi, a 20-9 victor at Tennessee, and then will go to the Sun Bowl, where its opponent will probably be the loser of the Nebraska-Oklahoma game.
For the second time in three weeks Kentucky lost in the waning moments amid confusion and controversy. On Nov. 1 a pair of pass-interference rulings against the Wildcats enabled Tulane to kick a game-deciding field goal after time had run out. Last week Kentucky led 15-14 with 34 seconds remaining and Florida in possession on its own 32. The Gators, who had used all their time-outs, gained 51 quick yards as freshman Wayne Peace completed three of four passes. Cris Collinsworth caught the third of those throws, a 21-yarder, at the Wildcat 17. Kentucky Coach Fran Curci argued in vain that the catch had been made out of bounds. The Gators' Brian Clark then booted a 34-yard field goal with no time left to pull out a 17-15 victory. Florida, which was 0-10-1 last season, is now 7-2 with three games to go, the biggest improvement by any team in the nation. The Gators' 6½-game turnaround is one of the 15 best ever, and two more wins would surpass the alltime mark of eight by Purdue, which went from 1-8 in 1942 to 9-0 the next year. Florida's final three matchups will be against Miami, Florida State and Maryland. Vanderbilt, hoping to double last season's total of one victory, led Miami 14-7 in the second period. But the Hurricanes pulled out a 24-17 triumph. Maryland, which knocked off Clemson 34-7, will take on Florida in the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando. That's the hometown of Chris Havener, a Terp walk-on who caught six of Mike Tice's passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns.
In another ACC game, first-place North Carolina defeated Virginia 26-3; Kelvin Bryant's 81-yard scoring run was the big play of the day. He finished with 111 yards, while fellow Tar Heel Amos Lawrence ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns. That left Lawrence with 4,248 yards, the ninth highest career figure in NCAA history.
George Rogers of South Carolina moved up to fourth on that alltime list by raising his total to 4,790 yards rushing with a 177-yard performance during a 39-38 triumph over Wake Forest. TD runs of two and 24 yards by Rogers gave the Gamecocks a 14-7 lead, but Jay Venuto kept rallying the Deacons with 28-for-50 passing that was good for 447 yards and four touchdowns. The last of his scoring passes was caught by Wayne Baumgardner, who latched on to 12 for 271 yards and two touchdowns. That put Wake Forest ahead 38-31 with 1:16 to be played. After completing an 18-yard toss, South Carolina's Garry Harper unfurled a bomb that glanced off the hands of a Deacon defender and into the mitts of Horace Smith, who ran the final 20 yards to the end zone. That still left the Gamecocks one point short at 38-37. So Harper went to the sure-handed Smith on a two-point pass that wrapped up the scoring. In all, Harper passed for 266 yards and three TDs.
Georgia Tech, which had tied Notre Dame the week before, ran out of magic against Navy, losing 19-8. The Yellow Jackets gained only 41 yards in the first half, didn't complete a pass until late in the third period and failed to cross midfield until the fourth quarter. Tech's defense, though more worthy than its offense, had difficulty bringing down Eddie Meyers, who ran far 148 yards.
Virginia Tech, which beat VMI 21-6, is also bowl-bound. The Gobblers will play in the Peach Bowl against a mystery guest.
Grambling State spoiled South Carolina State's try for a perfect season, 26-3. That left only one unbeaten and untied team in Division 1-AA, idle Western Kentucky.
FLORIDA STATE (9-1)
Not surprisingly, Grant Teaff, the Baylor coach, spent some time early last week pushing the All-America candidacy of his prize running back, Walter Abercrombie. Abercrombie then returned the favor—and strengthened his credentials—by racing 79 yards to the Rice one on the Bears' first play of the game. On the next play, he rammed into the end zone to start Baylor on its way to a 16-6 triumph that clinched the Southwest Conference championship. For the day, Abercrombie gained 168 yards.
Quarterback Donnie Little of Texas, who had been demoted to second string two weeks ago, got a chance to start once again when his replacement was hurt. Little came through, completing 12 passes in a row in one span and winding up with 334 yards in total offense while the Longhorns beat Texas Christian 51-26. Little completed 16 of 22 passes for 215 yards and one TD, and in 16 carries he gained 119 yards and scored twice.
Arkansas, which led 24-0 at the intermission, was caught at 24-all by Texas A&M after 17 minutes of the second half. The Aggie rally went for naught, however, when Ish Ordonez kicked a 27-yard field goal with eight seconds to go for a 27-24 Hog victory.
Southern Methodist's Mustangs expected a cakewalk at Texas Tech. What they got was a pie in the face. Ron Reeves of the Red Raiders tossed a 12-yard scoring pass to Jamie Harris and set up another touchdown by hitting him with a 38-yarder to the SMU one. That was enough to give Tech a stunning 14-0 win. Nevertheless, the Mustangs were one of five SWC teams to accept bowl invitations. The lineup: SMU vs. the WAC champ in the Holiday Bowl; Baylor vs. Alabama in the Cotton; Texas vs. North Carolina in the Blue-bonnet; Houston vs. Navy in the Garden State; and Arkansas vs. Tulane in the Hall of Fame.
"The idea was Coach McCartney's," said Bo Schembechler of Michigan Defensive Coordinator Bill McCartney's plan to deploy six defensive backs in an attempt to thwart the passing of Purdue's Mark Herrmann. McCartney's scheme worked well: of Herrmann's 34 passes, three were intercepted by those backs and one by Linebacker Andy Cannavino. He completed 21 for a measly 129 yards. Wolverine Quarterback John Wangler and Wide Receiver Anthony Carter accounted for more than that all by themselves, collaborating on eight passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns. That, plus 164 yards and one TD rushing by Stanley Edwards, made Michigan a 26-0 victor. The shutout was the Wolverines' third straight.
For Iowa, the nicest thing about its 41-7 loss to the Buckeyes was that it was the last time it will meet Ohio State until 1983. Art Schlichter riddled the Hawkeyes by completing nine passes in a row and 13 of 18 for 195 yards and two touchdowns. Two of those tosses—one for a TD—were grabbed by Tailback 'Calvin Murray, who also ran for 183 yards in 25 carries. Murray's 208 all-purpose yards were 61 more than Iowa had all afternoon.
Michigan State beat Minnesota 30-12, Wisconsin defeated Northwestern 39-19, and Indiana hung on to edge Illinois 26-24. When Mike Harkrader of the Hoosiers banged up his left knee in the first period, the tailback duties fell to Lonnie Johnson, who set up a touchdown with a 41-yard pass reception and ran for three scores. Johnson combined with Quarterback Tim Clifford to rally Indiana from an 18-7 deficit. Clifford, who'd suffered a shoulder injury the week before, entered the game in the third period, passed for 119 yards and put the Hoosiers on top 26-18 with a seven-yard pass to Dave Harangody. David Wilson of Illinois, who completed 24 of 41 for 403 yards and three touchdowns, guided his team 84 yards for the final score, but his try for a game-tying two-point conversion on a pass was intercepted by Tim Wilbur.
Nebraska and Oklahoma both won—meaning that this week's encounter between the two will decide which of them will play in the Orange Bowl against Florida State. The Huskers pounced on six Iowa State fumbles while winning 35-0. Andra Franklin of Nebraska rushed for 104 yards on 10 carries, and Jeff Quinn ran for two touchdowns and passed for a third. Oklahoma kept pace by playing its best defense of the year during a 17-7 victory over Missouri. The Tigers, who had been averaging more than 375 yards a game, got only 210 against the Sooners. Nonetheless Mizzou earned a consolation prize: a trip to the Liberty Bowl to face Purdue. Despite injuries that sidelined starting Halfback David Overstreet and the top two fullbacks. Oklahoma rushed for 310 yards. Second-string Halfback Buster Rhymes filled in well, racking up 132 yards and scoring on runs of five and 55 yards. In other conference games, Oklahoma State defeated Kansas State 10-0 and Kansas routed Colorado 42-3.
A Mid-American Conference-record crowd of 32,139 crammed into Western Michigan's Waldo Stadium and overflowed onto a slope nearby. The occasion: a game with Central Michigan for the league title. The crowd cheered three Central students who ran onto the field with the game ball, which had been carried by a relay of runners from the Chippewas' campus some 100 miles away. The Broncos built a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter but from there on, it was all Central as Quarterback Kevin Northup scored twice. That, as well as 20 tackles by Linebacker Ray Bentley, enabled Central to take its second championship in a row, 22-10.
NOTRE DAME (8-0-1)
OHIO STATE (9-1)
"USC's November, the Trojan month." is the way Southern Cal Coach John Robinson liked to refer to it. According to Robinson's calendar, victories over Washington and UCLA on Nov. 15 and 22, respectively, would give the Trojans the Pac-10 title and bragging rights around Los Angeles. It would also keep Southern Cal's non-losing streak going and perhaps make USC's Dec. 6 confrontation with Notre Dame a battle for No. 1. Nice dream. Washington turned it into a nightmare by winning at Southern Cal for the first time since 1964. And the Huskies did it without their leading rusher, Toussaint Tyler, who was out with a bruised knee. En route to its 20-10 victory, Washington scored twice in the third quarter, first on Ray Horton's 73-yard punt return and then on a 10-yard Tom Flick-to-Paul Skansi pass. Marcus Allen's 216 yards rushing helped the Trojans to a 404-212 margin in total yardage. But Allen hurt his right arm late in the game and couldn't return, and Quarterback Gordon Adams went out when he tore up his right knee late in the first half. What finished off USC, though, was the loss of four fumbles and four intercepted passes. Washington thus ended the Trojans' longest-ever unbeaten string at 28 games and assured itself of a berth in the Rose Bowl.
UCLA recovered from what Coach Terry Donahue called "a severe case of mental flu," i.e., successive losses to Arizona and Oregon. Providing the cure was Jay Schroeder, who came off the bench to direct three TD drives, two of which he climaxed with passes, as the Bruins won 23-14 at Arizona State.
When rookie Coach Joe Avezzano took over at Oregon State, he declared "war" on Oregon and promised to increase local interest in the annual game between the two teams. Although the Beavers were winless, Avezzano sure enough built up interest, and a record 41,600 jammed into OSU's Parker Stadium. Oregon won 40-21, thanks mostly to Quarterback Reggie Ogburn, who gained 173 yards rushing in only 14 carries.
Samoa Samoa twice slammed into the end zone from one yard out and passed to Jeff Keller for a 69-yard score as Washington State defeated California 31-17. Arizona equaled a school record with 42 first-half points and routed University of the Pacific 63-35.
Brigham Young took over first place in the Western AC by clobbering Colorado State 45-14 as Jim McMahon continued to set passing records. He connected on 23 of 33 throws for five touchdowns, and his 441 yards through the air gave him 3,834 for the season, an NCAA mark. McMahon also extended two of his own records by passing for more than 300 yards for the ninth time in a row and by passing for more than 400 for the fifth consecutive game.
Air Force got its first WAC triumph by toppling Wyoming 25-7. Leading the way were Scott Schafer, who had two TD passes, and Sean Pavlich, who kicked four field goals.
BRIGHAM YOUNG (9-1)
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE: Lonnie Johnson, a 6'1", 205-pound senior tailback, ran for a team-record 237 yards and three touchdowns in 37 carries and caught three passes for another 56 yards as Indiana handed Illinois a 26-24 setback.
DEFENSE: Ricky Jackson, a 6'2½", 217-pound senior end, wrecked Army as Pitt won 45-7. He made 12 tackles, including three sacks, blocked a punt, intercepted a pass, caused a fumble and forced two bad throws.