It was this kind of day for Texas: while on his back, the Longhorns' Darryl Clark made a spectacular catch of a pass from Donnie Little, who was trying to avoid being sacked by Southern Methodist tacklers. But Clark's acrobatics resulted in a five-yard loss. The Mustangs' ferocious defense held Long-horn runners to 90 yards while their own gained 283 during a shocking 20-6 upset in Austin. Craig James provided the needed running power, zipping 53 yards for a touchdown and finishing with 146 yards.
Baylor led by only 7-6 in the third period at Texas Christian when it was announced that Texas had lost. On the very next play, Bear Free Safety Vann McElroy made a diving interception, and six plays after that Mike Brannan fired a 40-yard scoring pass to Dennis Gentry. Steve Stamp of the Frogs completed 28 of 53 passes for a whopping 408 yards, but was intercepted four times and the TCU running game gained only 16 yards. The Bears' 21-6 victory left them 7-0—the best start in their 81-year history—and gave them a 1½-game edge over Houston in the SWC.
The Cougars moved up to second by jolting Arkansas 24-17 after trailing 14-3. Houston won despite continuing quarterbacking woes. Audrey McMillian, a third-stringer forced into a starting role, raced 30 yards on the first play from scrimmage, but suffered a shoulder separation when tackled. That brought in Brent Chinn, who had a sore thigh. Chinn, though, rallied the Cougars as he passed for 91 yards, ran for 136.
Despite making nary a first down in the second half. Rice won 10-6 at Texas A&M. Calvin Fance's 41-yard TD run on a flare pass and Kenneth Sam's 34-yard field goal, both in the second quarter, carried the Owls.
"I had a great defense set up for him," said Michigan State Coach Muddy Waters of how he planned to keep Purdue's Mark Herrmann "from getting the 72 yards he needed to become the alltime Division 1-A passing-yardage leader. "I took it to the defensive coaches and they said they had a better one. Mine only used 15 players. Theirs had 18." Fourteen seconds into the second period, Herrmann surpassed the mark held by Washington State's Jack Thompson with a 14-yard toss to Bart Burrell, a teammate of his since seventh grade. The Spartans led much of the way until Herrmann's 4-for-4 passing during an 80-yard drive helped put the Boilermakers in front for keeps at 26-25. When done, Herrmann had hit on 24 of 46 passes for 340 yards, giving him a career total of 8,087, not counting bowl games. That, plus five field goals by Rick Anderson, which equaled a Big Ten record, propelled Purdue to a 36-25 victory. A conference-record 102 passes were thrown. John Leister of the Spartans uncorked 54 passes, completed 18 and had five picked off". Purdue's Dave Young led all receivers with 12 catches for 172 yards.
Michigan and Ohio State remained tied with Purdue for the Big Ten lead as both won handily. John Wangler of the Wolverines passed five times to Anthony Carter for 121 yards and one touchdown, and Stanley Edwards ran for 152 yards during a 45-14 triumph over Illinois. Ohio State beat Wisconsin 21-0, Tim Spencer scoring on a 50-yard run and Art Schlichter going in for two shorties. Three touchdowns by Marion Barber led Minnesota past Iowa 24-6. And Indiana kept Northwestern winless, overcoming a 17-7 deficit to prevail 35-20 as Lonnie Johnson ran for 160 yards and two TDs.
Colorado knew it would need a miracle to beat Nebraska, and for a while it seemed the Buffalos might get one. Jarvis Redwine of the Huskers, who had missed two games because of a cracked rib, gained 64 yards in nine carries, then crashed into the Colorado bench and suffered a thigh bruise that finished him for the day. On the next play, his backup, Craig Johnson, hurt his shoulder and was through. However, third-string I-Back Roger Craig ran for 176 yards and three touchdowns in 21 carries as Nebraska won 45-7.
Missouri, which had beaten Colorado by an identical score the week before, also had to overcome an injury problem. Quarterback Phil Bradley, the Tigers' alltime offensive leader, was out with a bum shoulder. In his stead, Mike Hyde finally got the Tigers going at Kansas State, where they were deadlocked 3-3 entering the fourth period. Hyde guided Missouri downfield to set up a go-ahead 37-yard field goal by Ron Verrilli and later crashed over from the one for the game's only touchdown in Mizzou's 13-3 victory.
It also took Oklahoma a long time to get unpacked at Iowa State, but then the Sooners scored two touchdowns in the third period and three in the fourth to win 42-7 and stay tied for first with Nebraska and Missouri. Oklahoma broke open a 7-all game on a busted play on which Sooner Coach Barry Switzer felt his team should have been penalized. But the officials failed to see that Sooner Halfback David Overstreet had moved too soon and Quarterback J.C. Watts made the most of it by scrubbing the called-for handoff. "I was left there holding the ball," said Watts, who slid along the line, found a hole, cut across the grain, broke into the open, juked his way past a couple Cyclone defenders and finished up with a 45-yard scamper.
NOTRE DAME (6-0)
OHIO STATE (6-1)
Is Southern Mississippi for real? For a while the Golden Eagles indicated maybe so; in a game between two of the nation's eight major undefeated and untied teams they played Alabama to a 7-7 standoff for the first 22 minutes. Quarterback Don Jacobs of the Crimson Tide had begun the scoring with a 25-yard run late in the first period. Southern Mississippi retaliated early in the second quarter with a 75-yard drive that Sammy Winder climaxed by barging over from one yard out. From there on, though, it was all 'Bama as Jacobs ran 13 yards for another touchdown, and Peter Kim of South Korea kicked five PATs and George Mardini of Syria added a sixth. Alabama's 42-7 victory, its 28th in a row, was sure to keep it No. 1 in the polls. The Golden Eagles, who had just broken into the Top 20 for the first time ever, were outgained 325 yards to 114 on the ground but, with Reggie Collier connecting on 12 of 17 passes, came out in front 147-93 in the air.
A 100-yard kickoff return by Willie Gault gave Tennessee a 6-3 lead over Pittsburgh, but that was it for the Vols, who amassed 38 yards rushing in 38 tries and lost 30-6. Pulling the Panthers through was Rick Trocano, the erstwhile safety who again took over at quarterback for gimpy-legged Dan Marino. Four years ago, Trocano wanted to go to Tennessee but was bypassed by Johnny Majors, the Vols' coach. Majors, once the head man at Pitt, looked on wistfully as Trocano completed 14 of 25 passes for 237 yards and rushed for 76 yards, 31 of them on a scoring run.
Like Tennessee, Auburn came up with a 100-yard kickoff return—by Sam DeJarnette—but it, too, didn't come out on top. Two fourth-quarter defensive efforts enabled Mississippi State to defeat the Tigers 24-21. After Mardye McDole of the Bulldogs had scored what would be the game's final touchdown, on a 19-yard jaunt, State's defense thwarted Auburn on a fourth-and-goal at the one and then halted one last drive by intercepting a pass. Vanderbilt lost its 28th straight SEC game, 27-14 to Mississippi.
One streak that ended was Marshall's run of 19 Southern Conference losses in a row. The Thundering Herd did it the hard way, tying Western Carolina 13-13 when freshman Barry Childers booted a conference-record 59-yard field goal with seven seconds left. A tie was the last thing The Citadel wanted. By beating Newberry 37-0, the Bulldogs broke the NCAA mark for consecutive games without a draw, stretching their streak to 214. Southern leader Furman defeated Appalachian State 21-20 as Mike Glenn scored on runs of 88 and 10 yards.
All three ACC winners came from behind. Maryland, trailing 14-0 at the half, rallied for a 17-14 triumph at Duke. Charlie Wysocki of the Terps carried 50 times for 216 yards and two touchdowns, and Dale Castro supplied the decisive points, kicking a 25-yard field goal with 5:32 remaining. Wake Forest led 7-0, 14-10 and 21-17 before losing to Virginia 24-21 when Quarterback Todd Kirtley sneaked over from one yard out with 18 seconds remaining. And North Carolina State, which trailed Clemson 6-0 after Obed Ariri booted the first two of his four field goals, won 24-20 as Tol Avery ran for one touchdown and passed for another.
For the third time this season, Amos Lawrence and Kelvin Bryant of North Carolina both gained more than 100 yards in a game. With Lawrence ripping off 138 yards and Bryant 107, East Carolina went down 31-3.
Memphis State Defensive End Stanley Adams seemed to have done his job well when he batted away a pass by Florida State Quarterback Rick Stockstill. Trouble was, Adams swatted the ball back into the hands of Stock-still, who caught his own pass and ran for 31 yards. Sam Platt of the Seminoles used more conventional methods, rushing for 188 yards during the 24-3 victory over the Tigers.
McNeese State began its defense of its Southland title with a 36-28 defeat of Arkansas State. Stephan Starring, who set a Cowboy rushing record of 234 yards, ran for two scores and passed 21 yards for another, and teammate Theron McClendon ran for 189 yards.
Co-leaders Murray State and Western Kentucky were both 13-10 winners in Ohio Valley Conference games. The Racers defeated Akron, while Western beat Eastern Kentucky.
Richmond ended its five-game losing streak by upsetting Virginia Tech 18-7. Barry Redden of the Spiders carried 48 times for 233 yards against the Hokies, who were second nationally in total defense and scoring defense.
FLORIDA STATE (7-1)
"I'm so confused now I have no idea where we are," said Washington Coach Don James after being upset by Navy 24-10. Two things in particular baffled James: his team's inability to score more points and the Middies' ability to run for 292 yards. Navy's staunch defense shouldn't have been a surprise, the Middies having entered the game tied with Alabama for the fourth-best scoring defense in the land. But with Eddie Meyers unexpectedly running for 114 yards and with Fred Reitzel scoring three times, Navy controlled the ball—and the ball game.
Arizona Coach Larry Smith hoped his silence would be golden. So he refused to say who would start at quarterback against Notre Dame. Would it be freshman Tom Tunnicliffe, a deft passer, or sophomore Kevin Ward, a better runner? Smith's silence turned out to be worth maybe a nickel or so. Tunnicliffe, who started, passed for just 95 yards. What's more, the Irish shut down the Wildcats' ground game, limiting them to 71 yards. Meanwhile, Notre Dame's version of silence led to a priceless play. When freshman Quarterback-Punter Blair Kiel lined up in punt formation and spotted a hand signal from Irish Coach Dan Devine, he knew what to do. Kiel took advantage of the Wildcats' 10-man rush by galloping 80 yards for a touchdown that helped Notre Dame win 20-3.
Stanford continued to flex its mighty offensive muscles during a 48-34 Pac-10 triumph at Washington State. As usual, much of the punch was supplied by John Elway and Darrin Nelson. Elway completed 29 of 36 passes for 379 yards and five touchdowns and ran for another. Even more dazzling was Nelson, who had 369 yards in all-purpose running, 28 shy of Eric Allen's 1971 NCAA record, and turned two of Elway's throws into TDs covering 44 and 24 yards. Cougar Quarterback Samoa Samoa was no slouch either, accumulating 340 yards—134 rushing and 206 on 16 of 35 passing.
Rich Campbell of California also did a lot of passing in vain. Despite Campbell's 225 yards through the air, the Golden Bears lost to UCLA and its more diversified offense 32-9. Freeman McNeil of the Bruins rushed for 115 yards, Tom Ramsey completed 11 of 16 passes for 154 yards, and Jojo Townsell ran a kickoff back 100 yards for a TD.
When it came to numbers, Portland State had the weekend's single most impressive one: 93. That's how many points the Vikings had against Cal Poly Pomona, which avoided a shutout by scoring a touchdown with 2:17 left. The Vikings' 93 points eclipsed the NCAA Division I-AA mark of 72 it set last year against Puget Sound. Almost all of the Vikings' total yardage—603 out of 657—came through the air. Neil Lomax, the all-time college passing-yardage leader, raised his total to 11,664 yards, completing 13 of 20 passes for 339 yards and three touchdowns. His replacement, Lloyd LaFrance, added 264 yards and four more scores with his 15-for-17 marksmanship.
Brigham Young's Jim McMahon turned in what for him was rather a commonplace performance, clicking on 31 of 60 passes for 389 yards. Not bad for a player nursing a rotator-cuff tear on his throwing side. McMahon's feats led to a 34-7 WAC win at Hawaii.
Colorado State booted a chance to solidify its WAC lead when it was tied by Utah 21-21. A missed 19-yard field-goal attempt with eight seconds to go kept the Rams from winning.
For a few heady moments, West Virginia dared to envision an end to the frustrations it has endured at the hands of Penn State since 1955. After a nine-yard scoring run by Walter Easley had trimmed the Nittany Lion lead to 20-15, the Mountaineers recovered an onside kick at the Penn State 48 with 3:45 to play. Another touchdown might well have snapped a string of 22 consecutive losses to Penn State. But Nittany Lion Safety Pete Harris deflected a third-down pass right into the hands of his brother, Defensive Halfback Giuseppe—shades of older brother Franco's famed Immaculate Reception for the Steelers during the 1972 NFL playoffs. Although Giuseppe's interception was a pivotal play, the groundwork for West Virginia's setback was laid a year ago when Curt Warner, a sensation as a West Virginia high school running back, enrolled at Penn State. Last week, when teammate Booker Moore wasn't crashing through for 112 yards, Warner was scoring twice, on a three-yard run and an 88-yard kickoff return.
Syracuse, too, had a tough time before defeating Rutgers 17-9. It wasn't until Joe Morris scored on a 38-yard run in the third period that the Orangemen pulled in front for the first time, 10-3. By rushing for 157 yards, Morris became Syracuse's leading career runner (3,022 yards), surpassing Larry Csonka (2,934). The Scarlet Knights made it 10-9 with 7:10 remaining, but then were thwarted by two big defensive plays by the Orange. Rutgers' try for a go-ahead two-point conversion went awry when Defensive Tackle Herb Butzke pressured Quarterback Ed McMichael into a wild throw. And then, with 3:02 to go. Defensive End Jamie Kimmel blocked a Scarlet Knight punt and fell on it in the end zone for a touchdown.
Substitute Halfback Leo Smith, who had gained only six yards in Boston College's first six games, ran for 145 during a 30-14 victory over Army. Three field goals by John Cooper also helped the Eagles.
Despite strong winds, heavy rain and nine fumbles by Quarterback Jim Jensen, Boston University held off Massachusetts 3-0. Jeff Pelin's 32-yard field goal shortly before half-time enabled the Terriers to run their Yankee Conference record to 4-0.
Foul weather also plagued Bucknell, which lost eight of 11 fumbles to Lehigh. In all, the Engineers profited from 10 turnovers during their 13-0 victory.
All alone at the top,-that's where Yale was following an 8-0 triumph at Penn and Dartmouth's first Ivy League loss, 7-3 to Cornell. Like the Big Red, Princeton scored in the opening period and was a 7-3 victor, holding off Harvard. The Ivies split a pair of non-league games. Brown knocking off Holy Cross 21-3 and Columbia losing to Colgate 35-22.
Ithaca, last year's Division III champion and currently ranked No. 1, brought its record to 8-0 by defeating C.W. Post 30-7.
PENN STATE (6-1)
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE: Darrin Nelson, a 5'9", 177-pound senior halfback, led Stanford to a 48-34 victory over Washington State as he rushed for 202 yards in 21 carries and caught 11 passes for 167 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
DEFENSE: Mike Kronzer, Navy's 6'1", 227-pound senior linebacker, was credited with 13 tackles—five unassisted—and caused a fumble that set up the Middies' first touchdown during their 24-10 upset win at Washington.