With 11 seconds left before halftime and the ball at the Penn State two-yard line, North Carolina State Coach Bo Rein decided to go for a field goal. But Running Back Ted Brown argued that the Wolfpack should go for a touchdown. Rein relented, Brown got the ball and the Wolfpack scored to take a 7-3 lead.
Penn State had no kicks with field-goal kicker Matt Bahr. Bahr, who had booted a 33-yarder in the second period, kicked three more in the third from 32, 37 and 30 yards out to put heavily favored Penn State on top 12-7. That gave Bahr 21 field goals in 26 tries this season, and enabled him to tie the NCAA record for three-pointers.
A 42-yard field goal by John Ritter cut the Wolfpack deficit to 12-10 in the fourth quarter. But then the Nittany Lions, the only major unbeaten team, sealed a 19-10 decision when Matt Suhey returned a punt 43 yards for a touchdown. In all, Suhey ran back five punts for 145 yards and rushed for 97 yards. Brown, who ran for 251 yards against Penn State last year, was held to 71 in 22 carries.
If for no other reason than the fact that it would be the last game at crumbling Arch-bold Stadium, the Navy-Syracuse matchup was bound to be memorable. Archbold, the second-oldest stadium in the nation (Harvard Stadium, built four years earlier in 1903, is the oldest), is to be demolished to make way for a 50,000-seat dome that will open in September of 1980.
As it turned out, the game was well worth remembering, because the Orangemen avoided being the first Syracuse team to go through a season without a win at Archbold. Syracuse stormed to a 14-0 lead in the first period, but the once-beaten Middies retaliated and forged a 17-17 tie in the fourth quarter. The Orangemen got their 20-17 upset on a 30-yard field goal by Dave Jacobs with 2:48 left.
Sophomore Ray (Rooster) Jones and Rick Trocano were at their best as Pittsburgh drubbed visiting West Virginia 52-7. Jones rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns, while Trocano gained 146 yards through the air as he connected on 13 of 17 passes.
"It's a nightmare," said Boston College Athletic Director William Flynn early in the week as he assessed his team's 0-6 start. But more peaceful sleep seemed in the offing as the Eagles opened up a 24-7 lead in the third period at Army. Then the Cadets woke up and scored the next 22 points to hand BC its seventh defeat, 29-26.
It took some doing but Rutgers won its eighth straight, beating Temple 13-10. A 31-yard field goal by Kennan Startzell with 38 seconds left provided the winning points for the Scarlet Knights.
The passing of Buddy Teevens (16 for 22, 169 yards, one touchdown) and the running of Jeff Dufresne (127 yards, three touchdowns) carried Dartmouth to a 31-21 victory at Brown. The battle for the Ivy League lead was deadlocked at 21-21 in the fourth period when Dufresne dashed eight yards for the go-ahead points. Dave Shula, a sophomore split end for the Big Green and son of Miami Dolphin Coach Don Shula, set a school single-season record of 41 receptions when he caught eight passes for 92 yards. Joe Holland's 189 yards rushing and three touchdowns enabled Cornell to wallop Columbia 35-14. Pennsylvania's Tom Roland, who rushed for 161 yards, was dropped for a nine-yard loss by Harvard Tackle Tim Palmer in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter to snuff out a Quaker threat and preserve the Crimson's 17-13 triumph. Pat O'Brien passed for 235 yards as Yale dumped Princeton 23-7.
Connecticut defeated Boston University 27-20 in a Yankee Conference game. Other conference winners were Massachusetts, which upset Holy Cross 33-8 as Dennis Dent ran for 203 yards, and Maine, which jolted Lehigh 21-18. John Tursky of the Black Bears completed two touchdown passes to Richard Camire in the final seven minutes of the game played in Orono, the second a 34-yarder with 17 seconds remaining.
For the sixth time since the Little Three conference was established in 1910, there is a three-way tie for first as Williams trimmed Amherst 7-2. In previous encounters, Amherst had beaten Wesleyan but the Cardinals had knocked off Williams.
1. PENN STATE (10-0)
2. NAVY (7-2)
3. PITTSBURGH (7-2)
With a 25-mph wind, a temperature of 20°, a wind-chill of—15° and a light snow falling in Falcon Stadium, one thing seemed certain: nobody was going to be able to do much on offense, especially those warm-weather runners from Georgia Tech. So much for certainties. Neither wind, nor cold, nor snow deterred Eddie Lee Ivery as the Rambling Wrecks whipped Air Force 42-21.
When Tech Coach Pepper Rodgers was told that Ivery's 57-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter gave him a shot at the alltime NCAA single-game rushing mark, he let his senior tailback go for it. Ivery, who had also scored on runs of 73 and 80 yards, responded by finishing with 356 yards in 26 carries. That was six yards more than Michigan State's Eric Allen ran for against Purdue in 1971.
In spite of the weather, there were other notable offensive statistics. Tech's Ray Friday scored twice and ran for 115 yards. And three Falcons amassed impressive numbers of their own, Shelby Ball rushing for 107 yards, and Dave Ziebart completing 18 of 41 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns, both scored by Cormac Carney. Altogether, Carney latched on to 11 passes for 204 yards, and his two TDs gave him a total of eight, an NCAA freshman record.
In Corvallis, Ore., where the skies were clear and the temperature 41°, Oregon State darkened UCLA's day with a 15-13 upset. The tenacious Beaver defenders allowed the Bruins only 45 yards and two first downs in the second half. With the score 10-10, UCLA intercepted a pass at the State 26-yard line in the third period, but the best the Bruins could do was go ahead by three on a 35-yard field goal by Peter Boermeester.
Beaver Punter John Misko bottled up UCLA early in the fourth quarter by kicking out of bounds inside the Bruin one-yard line. Unable to move the ball on three plays, UCLA's Matt McFarland stepped out of the end zone while attempting to punt, giving Oregon State a safety. That narrowed UCLA's lead to one point. Although McFarland now had a free kick, it turned out to be a costly one, traveling only to midfield and being returned seven yards. Then, on a fourth and one from the Bruin 34, Tim Sim gained two yards to keep the Beavers moving. When they stalled, Kieron Walford came in to try a 36-yard field goal. The ball slipped off the kicking tee, but Walford nonetheless booted a line drive between the uprights for the decisive points. In the closing minutes, the Beavers intercepted a pass, enabling State to retain its lead. Linebacker Kent Peyton, who stole the pass, bedeviled the Bruins throughout the game by recovering a fumble and making nine unassisted tackles.
UCLA's loss left the Bruins tied with USC, which it will meet this week in a showdown for the Pac-10 title and a trip to the Rose Bowl. Playing amid thunder and heavy rain in Los Angeles, USC decked Washington 28-10. "There was no footing to speak of," said Trojan Fullback Lynn Cain, who sloshed through the middle 25 times for 128 yards. "You had to run flat-footed instead of on the balls of your feet, and you had to be sure to plant your feet well." The Huskies led 3-0 going into the second quarter. All season the Trojans had dominated the second period, outscoring opponents 82-6. They continued this mastery to go in front 21-3 at halftime. When Cain was not slamming through the middle, Quarterback Paul McDonald was gaining yardage through the air, hitting on 12 of 16 passes—10 of them in a row—for 192 yards and two touchdowns.
"I had a whole new passing offense we never used today," said Arizona Coach Tony Mason. The reason he delayed its debut was a 15-mph wind and a high temperature of 41° at Oregon. That was almost 50° colder than the temperature in which the Wildcats had been practicing at home. Mason's revised game plan was to "just put two hands on the ball and run right at 'em." Only once did the Wildcats throw, and the pass was incomplete. "Running at 'em," Larry Heater gained 193 yards and Hubert Oliver 141, as the Wildcats ground out a 24-3 decision.
There were 20,000 no-shows at wind-whipped and rainy Arizona State, where Stanford's Steve Dils established a conference record for touchdown passes in a single season, throwing his 20th and 21st as the Cardinals came out on top 21-14. Dils hit on 11 of 20 for 153 yards, and with Jim Brown ripping off 108 yards on the ground the Cardinals built an 18-0 advantage which the Sun Devils couldn't overcome.
A 15-point second period and 232 yards rushing by Paul Jones was enough to give California a 22-14 victory over Washington State. A 75-yard scoring run by Ray Williams and Jack Thompson's 14th touchdown pass of the season were not enough for the Cougars.
Despite the first snow of the season in Provo, Utah and despite winding up with minus five yards rushing, Brigham Young beat San Diego State 21-3 to lock up the WAC championship and a berth in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego.
Also clinching a title was Northern Arizona, which took a 31-17 lead over defending Big Sky champ Boise State and prevailed for a 31-30 verdict. Allan Clark of the victorious Lumberjacks gained 250 yards and broke loose on scoring runs of 87 and 53 yards. Morris Bledsoe threw five touchdown passes as Weber State shocked Utah State 44-25 in frigid and windswept Logan. All told, Bledsoe connected on 25 of 34 for 320 yards. Ten of those passes, three of them for six-pointers, were caught by Randy Jordan.
Larry Worman of Nevada-Reno also passed for five touchdowns. Undismayed by a snowstorm in Reno, Worman made good on 14 of 26 passes for 286 yards as the Wolfpack won 50-7.
San Jose State trailed visiting Pacific University 28-7 before rallying for a 33-31 victory. Ed Luther's five-yard touchdown pass to Rick Parma on the game's last play gained the win and a tie with Utah State for first place in the Pacific Coast AA.
1. USC (8-1)
2. UCLA (8-2)
3. STANFORD (6-4)
At 6'2" and 240 pounds, it would seem little could scare James Hadnot of Texas Tech. Hadnot, though, admits he was frightened of being shifted from tight end to running back, a position he had come to dislike while in high school in Jasper, Tex. "It was a real fear," says teammate Brian Nelson, "and he always promised that if he was shifted to the backfield he'd be on the next bus out to Jasper."
Five days into this season's practice, Coach Rex Dockery moved Hadnot to running back, because, "I had no one else who could play there." Hadnot didn't head for the bus station, however. Overcoming his fears that he "wouldn't handle the position well enough to keep it," Hadnot has become the Southwest Conference's leading rusher. During a 27-17 victory at Texas Christian, the hard-running junior scored on a 23-yard run and picked up 166 in 26 carries. That left him with 1,029 yards, just 40 short of Doug McCutchen's team rushing record.
Quite a few teams have padded their statistics at Rice's expense. Last week it was Southern Methodist's turn and Emanuel Tolbert, Mike Ford, Darold Turner and Eddie Garcia went to town as the Mustangs trampled the Owls 58-0. Tolbert scored on a 69-yard pass from Ford, and gained 179 yards on seven receptions, raising his season's totals to 54 catches, 10 for touchdowns. Ford's 18-for-29 passing netted 315 yards. Turner scored on four short runs, Garcia booted three field goals and the defense recovered three fumbles and made four interceptions.
Arkansas thundered to a 27-0 lead at Baylor behind the running of Ben Cowins (110 yards) and the passing of Ron Calcagni (seven for 10 for 116 yards). Baylor stymied itself by losing the ball seven times on fumbles and interceptions. In the last three games, the Bears have turned over the ball 21 times. Two late scoring passes by Steve Smith merely made Baylor more respectable 27-14 losers to the Razorbacks.
Three touchdown runs by George Yates and 194 yards passing by Keith Thibodeaux helped Louisiana Tech to a 24-10 triumph over Arkansas State. That guaranteed the Bulldogs at least a share of the Southland Conference title and a berth in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 16.
1. HOUSTON (8-1)
2. TEXAS (6-2)
3. ARKANSAS (6-2)
An old ploy and a stubborn defense enabled Georgia to win 24-22 at Florida. The Bulldogs' final touchdown came on a similar play that had knocked the Gators out of the Southeastern Conference championship three years ago, a flanker pass, this time a 44-yarder from Anthony Arnold to Lindsay Scott. That put Georgia in front 24-10, and Florida just couldn't make up the deficit. A victory over Auburn this week would assure the Bulldogs at least a first-place tie with Alabama in the Southeastern Conference and a Sugar Bowl spot, because 'Bama spent New Year's Day 1978 in New Orleans.
Alabama kept its Sugar Bowl hopes alive with a 31-10 triumph over Louisiana State, which had an 80-yard scoring run called back because of a clip and a field goal nullified by an illegal-formation penalty. Alabama rallied to score after both those misplays, first on a 29-yard run by Quarterback Steadman Shealy and then on a one-yard plunge by Major Ogilvie. The Tide held Charles Alexander to 46 yards in 14 carries.
In other SEC contests, Kentucky steam-rollered Vanderbilt 53-2, and Auburn downed Mississippi State 6-0 on a pair of field goals by Jorge Portela. Mississippi defeated outsider Tulane 13-3.
Clemson and Maryland labored for wins to set up this week's clash for the Atlantic-Coast title. The Tigers bumped off North Carolina 13-9, Lester Brown carrying on eight of 11 plays during an 80-yard scoring drive. He climaxed the fourth-quarter march by barging over from one yard out. Maryland Quarterback Tim O'Hare, who came into the game at Virginia with minus 81 yards rushing for the season, ran for 102 yards as the Terps won 17-7. O'Hare also passed for 222 yards to set a school record of 324 yards in total offense.
Florida State's Homes Johnson was glad his mother had talked him out of quitting the team a few weeks earlier when he was not playing well. Johnson ran for 152 yards and a touchdown as the Seminoles fought back from a 14-3 deficit to beat Virginia Tech 24-14.
1. ALABAMA (9-1)
2. GEORGIA (8-1)
3. MARYLAND (9-1)
Wisconsin, outscored 146-16 in the past three weeks, figured to be a pushover for Purdue on its way to the Rose Bowl. But the Badgers, behind 24-6 in the fourth period, pulled out a 24-24 tie. Helping the Boilermakers build their big lead was Mark Herrmann, who was on target with 18 of 29 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns. Rallying Wisconsin was Mike Kalasmiki, whose 31-yard scoring pass to Wayne Souza brought the Badgers up to 24-13. Then, after a 10-yard Purdue punt, Steve Veith kicked a 32-yard field goal to make it 24-16. Resurgent Wisconsin next blocked a punt and recovered the ball at the Purdue 12. Twice more Kalasmiki delivered, firing a three-yard TD pass to David Charles with 25 seconds left and then a game-tying two-point conversion pass to Souza.
Tied for second place in the Big Ten race are Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State, all easy winners. With Rick Leach running for three touchdowns and passing for two more, Michigan stomped Northwestern 59-14. Leach thus set an NCAA record by having taken part in 75 TDs during his four-year career. A 31-point second-half spurt led Ohio State past Illinois 45-7, Art Schlicter running seven, seven and five yards for scores, and hitting on nine of 15 passes for 109 yards. Minnesota was flattened 33-9 by Michigan State as Ed Smith completed 26 of 42 passes for 296 yards. Hauling in eight of Smith's passes for 122 yards was Kirk Gibson; another six were caught by Eugene Byrd, who turned two of them into touchdowns. Indiana overwhelmed Iowa 34-14.
While Nebraska wrested the Big Eight lead from Oklahoma (page 22), Kansas State, Iowa State and Missouri also picked up conference victories. Kansas State was expected to be outmanned by visiting Colorado, so it was no surprise that the Wildcats trailed 10-0 at halftime. But things didn't follow form after that, as State came on to astonish the Buffaloes 20-10. Charlie Green, who on Friday became the father of a baby boy, ignited the comeback by running 73 yards for the Wildcats' first punt-return touchdown since 1970. L. J. Brown, who rushed for 138 yards, topped off the Kansas State surge with a 30-yard TD run. Another Green, Iowa State's Dexter, scored on two short runs for a 28-15 win at Oklahoma State. At halftime of the Kansas-at-Missouri contest, a fan ran through the Jayhawk band while it was performing. After knocking down a couple of the musicians, he was tackled by a tuba player. The Jayhawks could have used a few tuba players against the Tigers, who gained 552 yards while winning 48-0. Missouri's James Wilder ran for 160 yards, and Earl Gant for 134 as he scored a team-record four touchdowns.
Linebackers Bob Golic and Steve Heimkreiter each took part in 17 tackles as Notre Dame dumped Tennessee 31-14. The Irish, trailing 7-6 at halftime, scored 18 points within nine minutes in the third period, blocking a punt, returning a kick 46 yards and then recovering a fumble to set up their scores.
Ball State's defenders, No. 1 in the country in total defense (199.8 yards a game) and scoring (6.1 points), and No. 2 in rushing defense (92.7 yards), decided to concentrate on stopping Western Michigan's Jerome Persell. In the past two seasons, Persell had gained a total of 409 yards against State. But this time the Cardinal Crush defense held him to 47 yards in 17 carries, his lowest total ever, and gave up only 99 yards passing and 46 rushing, all told. Despite that and a 14-6 lead. Ball State had to hold on for a 20-14 win and the No. 1 spot in the Mid-American Conference.
Allen Harvin, Cincinnati's 5'9", 190-pound block-buster, became the 10th freshman in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards. Harvin picked up 132 yards for a season total of 1,002 as the Bearcats beat Ohio University 35-0. For Harvin, the only freshman among the top 50 Division 1-A runners, it was his third straight 100-yard-plus game.
Rick VanEss ran for 109 yards and scored twice as Grand Valley (Mich.) State won the Great Lakes Conference title by defeating Wayne State 24-10.
1. NEBRASKA (9-1)
2. OKLAHOMA (9-1)
3. MICHIGAN (8-1)
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE: Eddie Lee Ivery, a senior running back for Georgia Tech, ran for an NCAA-record 356 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets defeated Air Force 42-21 for their seventh win in nine games.
DEFENSE: Dave Ahrens, a 6'3", 216-pound sophomore linebacker for Wisconsin, gave a homecoming crowd of 78,986 plenty to cheer about, making 14 solo tackles and assisting on four more as the Badgers tied Purdue 24-24.