Arkansas took a calculated risk against Texas by playing a stunting, eight-man defensive front that put pressure on the Longhorns but also left the Razorbacks vulnerable to the long pass. The strategy worked for the most part; Arkansas trailed only 7-3 at the half and allowed just five first downs by rushing all day. But Texas did hit the long throws—a 56-yarder from Rob Moerschell to Wide Receiver Bill Boy Bryant and touchdown passes of 54 and 43 yards to Brent Duhon. Those plays, along with a 54-yard scoring run by Tailback Mike Luck and an 11-yard runback of an interception by Cornerback Mossy Cade to the Arkansas 25, were enough to secure a 31-3 victory for the Longhorns.
With 33 seconds to go and the score tied 13-13 between Texas A&M and Baylor, Aggie Kicker Alan Smith lined up to try a 42-yard field goal. Bears Coach Grant Teaff called the usual time-out and told freshman Defensive Back Thomas Everett that "he simply had to block that kick." Everett, following the rush of Linebacker Alan Jamison, made the block to preserve the tie.
"I feel like I'm jinxed against Oregon," said Arizona Quarterback Tom Tunnicliffe. A year ago the Ducks upset the Wildcats 13-7. This season they won 19-10, sacking Tunnicliffe twice, intercepting him four times and deflecting seven of his passes. Though the victory brought Oregon's Pac-10 record to 2-0, Coach Rich Brooks wasn't talking Rose Bowl: "We're not out of it; we're just not in it. We played a hell of a game. We got the breaks. But we're not that good to be talking about the Rose Bowl."
Arizona State's players hold a far loftier opinion of themselves. As they marched through the tunnel to their dressing room following their 34-14 romp over Southern Cal at the L.A. Coliseum, the Sun Devils chanted, "Rose Bowl! Rose Bowl! Rose Bowl!" and "We'll be back the first [of January]!" "It's the greatest win of my life," said Arizona State Quarterback Todd Hons, who completed 21 of 29 passes for 346 yards. "Everything we prepared clicked for us."
At New Mexico, Brigham Young was facing the seventh-ranked defense in the nation. It made little difference as the Cougars racked up 777 yards of offense to win 66-21. BYU Quarterback Steve Young connected on 24 of 30 passes for 340 yards in only three quarters and threw for four TDs, three of them to Wide Receiver Kirk Pendleton, who caught nine passes overall for 183 yards and four scores. "They didn't just beat us," said Lobo Coach Joe Lee Dunn. "They abused us. They annihilated us. They took our all-stars and made them look bad. If they aren't the best offensive team in the nation, I don't know who is. They might be better than Nebraska."
Penn State returned to its sputtering ways against Syracuse. Trailing 3-0 at the half, Nittany Lions Coach Joe Paterno told his troops to "get out there and make something good happen if you want to win. If you don't want to win, we might just as well pack up now and go home." The Penn State defense made two good things happen: It recovered a fumbled punt on the Syracuse 37 and intercepted a pass on the Syracuse 26 to set up two touchdowns. The offense then chewed up the last 8:48 of the game with a 72-yard drive that resulted in a 21-yard field goal. Final score: Penn State 17, Syracuse 6.
Defense was the story in West Virginia's 13-0 win over Virginia Tech. The Gobblers, ranked No. 2 in total defense going into the game, recovered one fumble on their own one-yard line, intercepted a Jeff Hostetler pass in their end zone and gave up only 138 yards on the ground to hold the Mountaineers to their lowest point total of the year. For its part, the West Virginia defense had nine sacks and held Tech to 221 total yards.
Navy's 37-29 win over Princeton showcased Tailback Napoleon McCallum. Although he left the game with blurred vision just five plays into the second half, McCallum, who ranks first in the nation in rushing with a 157.7 yards-per-game average, ran for 229 yards and three touchdowns on 37 carries, caught three passes for 37 yards, returned a punt for 45 and ran back a kickoff for 21.
In New Hampshire's 52-28 defeat of Lehigh, Andre Garron, a sophomore split end starting his first game at tailback, ran wild. Garron, whose father, Larry, was an All-AFL halfback with the Boston Patriots, returned the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown, carried 24 times for 149 yards and two more TDs and grabbed two passes for 90 yards and two more scores.
Columbia, looking for its first win, used a single-back offense for much of its game with Yale, which also was winless. Lions Coach Bob Naso didn't make the move for strategic purposes; with six tailbacks injured, he was out of runners. Fullback Mike Goldman responded with 120 yards on 30 carries, and John Witkowski completed 20 of 27 passes for 259 yards to lead Columbia to a 21-18 victory that broke a 10-game losing streak.
Carnegie-Mellon, ranked No. 2 in Division III, was inspired to its 20-0 win over Washington and Jefferson by a homecoming contingent of five members of the Hill Street Blues cast and crew, all of whom are alumni. On hand were Charles (Andy Renko) Haid, Bruce (Mick Belker) Weitz, Barbara (Fay Furillo) Bosson, Producer Steven Bochco and Story Editor Mark Frost. They rode into the stadium on a fire truck and were introduced to a crowd estimated at 5,500 by President Richard M. Cyert. Each spoke briefly to the fans. Said Haid, "I wish I could say in the words of Andy Renko what we're going to do to this other football team, but I just can't bring myself to do it."
I just came out of a steamy, hot, sweltering and excited dressing room," said Tennessee Coach Johnny Majors, whose team had twice rallied from 10 points behind to beat Alabama 41-34. "I'm as excited as heck. This had to be one of the most exciting games in college football—anywhere, anytime. Obviously, it was more exciting to me because we won it." The excitement started early. On the Vols' first play, Quarterback Alan Cockrell hit Split End Lenny Taylor with a bomb that resulted in an 80-yard touchdown. Later, with 'Bama leading 27-17 in the third quarter, Cockrell tossed a screen pass to Split End Clyde Duncan, who dashed 80 yards for a TD. After the Crimson Tide went in front 34-24, Cockrell threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Duncan, and then Fuad Reveiz tied the score with a 37-yard field goal. Finally, with three minutes to play, Tennessee had the ball on its own 34. The play, a 49 Option, was designed to go right, with Halfback Johnnie Jones receiving a pitch, but Cockrell checked off at the line of scrimmage to send the play to the left. On an earlier 49 Option, Jones had gotten confused and run the wrong way, leaving Cockrell's pitch for the 'Bama defenders. This time Jones went 66 yards for the winning TD.
Alabama had one more possession, but with the Tide facing a fourth-and-19 on its own 18-yard line with 1:42 remaining, Coach Ray Perkins elected to punt. "In that situation you have to punt," said Perkins. "The percentages just aren't good when it's fourth-and-19. You're talking about one play—either you make it or break it on that one play. If you punt, it at least gives the defense two or three plays to force a fumble."
LSU Coach Jerry Stovall also set himself up for second-guessing by the crowd at Tiger Stadium when he called for a field goal with 7:55 left against Kentucky. The Tigers still trailed by eight points after the successful kick, but, noted Stovall, "We were looking to get the ball back two or three times." That was not to be, however, as Kentucky won 21-13. It was the third straight game in which LSU's running attack had been held to fewer than 100 yards. Not coincidentally, it was also LSU's third straight loss.
Playing against Vanderbilt despite a case of tendinitis in his knees, All-America Roverback Terry Hoage of Georgia intercepted a pass on his own five-yard line in the first half and then, in the closing seconds of the game, batted away what, might have been the winning touchdown to preserve the Bulldogs' 20-13 victory. Said Georgia Coach Vince Dooley, "I told our team after the game that Terry Hoage is the best defensive player I've coached in 20 years. His play in the end zone, breaking up the pass, was unbelievable."
In the week preceding Duke's game with Clemson, Blue Devils Coach Steve Sloan made with the jokes. "Clemson has a very dominant defensive team," he said. "In William Perry they possess two of the bigger and better defensive linemen in the country. To resemble Perry, we have rented a Winnebago for our offensive line to practice against." However, in the game the Tigers did all the laughing as they went ahead 31-10 in the third quarter. But Duke Quarterback Ben Bennett rallied the Blue Devils to three touchdowns, and with 1:01 left the score was Clemson 38, Duke 31. At that point Bennett's fourth-and-goal pass from the five was deflected, leaving Duke at 0-6.
Before his school's showdown with Ohio State, Illinois Chancellor John E. Cribbet said he was concerned that "the flow of adrenaline and exuberance surrounding a championship-quality football team" would lead to the kind of unseemly conduct Illini fans had displayed in demolishing a goalpost following their team's 33-0 upset of Iowa three weeks ago. This time, after Illinois beat Ohio State 17-13 for its first victory over the Buckeyes since 1967, Illini supporters tore down both goalposts and had to be dissuaded from jamming one of them through the Illini dressing-room door. A turning point in the game came in the first quarter when Illinois Defensive End Terry Cole belted Ohio State Quarterback Mike Tomczak from behind while Tomczak was throwing. Tomczak wobbled to the sidelines, where he convinced Coach Earle Bruce that he was unhurt. Tomczak returned to the game after missing just one play and promptly threw an interception to David Edwards, who returned it 47 yards for a touchdown to put Illinois up 7-0. When Tomczak had another pass picked off, the team doctors decided he had suffered a concussion and pulled him from the game.
With 1:47 to play, the Buckeyes were leading 13-10 and driving. Facing a fourth-and-four situation at the Illinois 19, Bruce called for a pass over the middle to Tight End John Frank. Quarterback Jim Karsatos, a second-year freshman, argued that he could pick up the four yards on a bootleg. Bruce relented, and Karsatos got only two yards. Illini Quarterback Jack Trudeau then completed passes of 24 and 22 yards and scrambled for another 16. With 1:06 to go and the ball at the Ohio State 21, Trudeau, who had called a draw in the huddle, noticed a Buckeye linebacker lined up to blitz. So at the line Trudeau changed his call to a pitch to Thomas Rooks, who ran right for the winning TD.
Because of injuries, Iowa had to start four reserves in its 31-14 defeat of Purdue. One of them was Left Tackle Jeff Drost, who was playing in place of standout Paul Hufford. Early in the game the Boilermakers ran most of their plays over Drost. "It was like getting run over by a train," said Drost. "If I'd been Purdue I would have run over me, too. If I'd been the Iowa coaching staff, I would have pulled me out of there." Drost recovered to make seven tackles, including a sack.
Culver-Stockton College, an NAIA school in Canton, Mo., ended the longest losing streak in the nation at 28 with a 21-7 victory over Southwest Baptist University of Bolivar, Mo. This is Southwest Baptist's first year of varsity competition.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE: In a 52-28 win over Lehigh, New Hampshire Tailback Andre Garron ran for 149 yards and two touchdowns, caught TD passes of 27 and 63 yards and returned a kickoff for yet another score.
DEFENSE: Safety David Edwards led Illinois to a 17-13 upset of Ohio State with six tackles and two interceptions. He returned the first interception for a TD, and the second stopped State's last threat.
SI TOP 20
1. NEBRASKA (7-0)
2. TEXAS (5-0)
3. N. CAROLINA (7-0)
4. WEST VIRGINIA (6-0)
5. FLORIDA (5-0-1)
6. MICHIGAN (5-1)
7. GEORGIA (5-0-1)
8. AUBURN (5-1)
9. MIAMI (6-1)
10. MARYLAND (5-1)
11. ILLINOIS (5-1)
12. WASHINGTON (5-1)
13. BOSTON COLL. (5-1)
14. IOWA (5-1)
15. BYU (5-1)
16. ARIZONA ST. (4-0-1)
17. SMU (5-0)
18. CLEMSON (4-1-1)
19. KENTUCKY (5-1)
20. E. CAROLINA (5-1)