Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler, a "10" when it comes to frankness, sounded off after thrashing Northwestern 38-0. "It's lousy," he snarled, when asked if the Big Ten race wasn't, indeed, a dandy. Lawrence Ricks of the Wolverines ran for 126 yards and two touchdowns, one on a 60-yard dash, and Butch Woolfolk became Michigan's alltime rushing leader with a 106-yard performance that raised his total to 3,368 yards.
Bob Atha's school-record five field goals helped Ohio State defeat Indiana 29-10. So did 186 yards rushing by Tailback Jimmy Gayle. The Hoosiers haven't beaten the Buckeyes since 1951.
Nebraska clung to its Big Eight lead by edging Missouri 6-0 on Phil Bates's three-yard scoring plunge with 23 seconds remaining. A pair of passes from Turner Gill to Todd Brown kept the Cornhuskers' decisive drive alive. Two plays after hitting Brown with a 24-yard strike on third-and-10, Gill fired a 21-yarder to him at the Missouri four.
Iowa State also had to struggle before beating injury-and error-prone Colorado 17-10 in near-freezing weather in Ames. Dwayne Crutchfield powered his way for 168 yards and two Cyclone touchdowns while carrying the ball a team-record 47 times. Two fumbles in the final 5:20 dashed the Buffaloes' hopes for an upset.
Fullback Stanley Wilson ran for 124 yards and Quarterback Darrell Shepard for 105 as Oklahoma raced to a 35-0 halftime advantage over Oregon State. Wilson, Shepard and almost all of the other Sooner first-stringers sat out the final two periods of what turned out to be a 42-3 romp over the Beavers.
In another non-conference matchup, Oklahoma State knocked off Louisville 19-11. A 28-yard field goal by Bruce Kallmeyer with 1:33 to go was the difference as Kansas defeated Kansas State 17-14.
"We told the team that this was going to be like a heavyweight championship fight and it might go into the 12th or 13th round before being decided," said Southern Cal Coach John Robinson after coming out on top 14-7 at Notre Dame. "And that's just about how it happened."
The Irish outgained the Trojans 312 yards to 264. Notre Dame Tailback Phil Carter carried 32 times for 161 yards, while USC's Marcus Allen picked up a season-low 147 yards on 33 tries. Both scored, Allen on a 14-yard gallop in the third quarter for the game's first points, Carter on a five-yard run in the third to tie the score at 7-7. In light of Robinson's pregame allusion to fisticuffs, it was appropriate that Trojan Fullback Todd Spencer, whose father, Thad, is a former heavyweight boxer, scored the knockout blow, a 26-yard touchdown run with 4:52 remaining to be played. Spencer wound up gaining 74 yards on only seven carries.
Notre Dame had a chance to tie or win after Spencer's TD, but Quarterback Blair Kiel fumbled the ball away at the Southern Cal 25-yard line with 11 seconds left. The Trojans, who have won 16 consecutive road games over the last four seasons, now have taken four straight from the Irish.
In the past, Drake, a private college with an enrollment of 4,500 in Des Moines, has been urged to play in a less competitive division, or drop football completely. Lack of money, interest and victories were the reasons cited. All that began to change last season when the Bulldogs went 8-3.
Drake continued its turnaround last week by coming from behind for the fourth time this year. The victim was West Texas State, 21-13. The win, Drake's 13th in its last 14 games, kept the Bulldogs alone at the top of the Missouri Valley Conference and improved their record to 7-0, their finest start in 37 seasons. Quarterback Gary Yagelski connected with Pat Dunsmore on a 31-yard touchdown pass with 3:17 remaining to give the Bulldogs an 18-13 lead. Henrik Mike-Mayer added the final points with a 25-yard field goal in the waning moments. Amero Ware, Drake's hard-running fullback, gained 142 yards on 34 carries. Ware, the nation's third leading rusher, now has gained 997 yards this season.
A week after the Toledo Rockets had surged into first place in the Mid-American Conference, Bowling Green exploited all sorts of holes in their defense and achieved a 38-0 upset. Before pulling off that shocker, the Falcons, who were 1-4-1, had been out-scored 109-59. Miami of Ohio defeated Ohio University 40-14 to become the new conference leader. Tied for second place with Toledo was Central Michigan, which breezed past visiting Kent State 24-3.
Concordia won four games in one afternoon. How? Well, like this: Concordia (Ill.) upended Lakeland 36-16, Concordia (Neb.) routed Dana 41-7, Concordia (St. Paul, Minn.) beat Iowa Wesleyan 12-6, and Concordia (Moorhead, Minn.) defeated St. John's by a score of 17-7.
Philadelphia Inquirer Columnist Bill Lyon wrote the following about Penn State Coach Joe Paterno's reaction after both wire services and SI voted his team No. 1 last week: "He viewed it warily, in the manner of a man who has ordered the 'chefs surprise' and is served a plate of something he regards with suspicion, not entirely sure whether he is supposed to eat it or rinse his laundry in it." Unlike most other No. Is this season, the Nittany Lions didn't immediately fold. They led visiting West Virginia only 10-7 at halftime but wound up 30-7 victors. Missing from the Penn State lineup because of a pulled hamstring was Tailback Curt Warner, who was and still is ranked third in the nation in rushing yardage per game (167) and first in yards per carry (7.3). Sophomore Jon Williams, who took over for Warner, had 140 yards rushing and scored once. En route to their 23rd consecutive victory over the Mountaineers, the Nittany Lions also got touchdowns from Mike Meade on a one-yard plunge, from Kenny Jackson on an 11-yard catch of a tipped pass and from freshman Tony Mumford on a 13-yard sprint. West Virginia runners gained only 38 yards, but Oliver Luck moved his team by connecting on 24 of 39 passes for 226 yards.
Syracuse seemed to have found a chink in Pitt's run-proof defense; the Orange led 10-0 after one period. The Panthers had given up a total of only 90 yards on the ground in five games, but in that first quarter they yielded 106. Joe Morris picked up 82 of those yards and scored on a seven-yard burst. After that, Pitt tightened the screws. Syracuse got just 85 more yards rushing and Morris ended up with 128. Not even the recovery of two Panther fumbles and the theft of four Dan Marino passes could avert a 23-10 loss for the Orange. Marino passed for three touchdowns and 282 yards, completing 27 of 41 throws.
Yale warmed up for its Halloween showdown with Ivy League co-leader Dartmouth by beating Penn 24-3 as John Rogan and Tony Jones each broke team records: Rogan became the Elis' career passing leader (2,414 yards) with his 166-yard performance; a 49-yard field goal by Jones was the longest in the 110-year history of Yale football. Dartmouth drubbed Cornell 42-7, and Harvard and Princeton played to a 17-17 stalemate. The Ivies dropped a pair of non-conference contests, Brown losing 34-24 at Holy Cross and Columbia to Colgate 41-3. Freshman Doug Flutie passed for 244 yards and three touchdowns as Boston College defeated Army 41-6. Navy runners churned out 390 yards in a 27-0 defeat of William & Mary.
The weather in Laramie, Wyo. was perfect—for Arctic sea lions. Wyoming's Cowboys didn't mind it too much, though, overcoming a 12-mph wind, a driving snowstorm and an early 14-0 deficit to defeat Brigham Young 33-20. The Cowboys began their resurgence with a pair of second-quarter touchdowns and wound up shredding a Cougar defense that had heretofore yielded an average of only 114 yards on the ground. Wyoming ran for 350 yards, with fullbacks Doug Moore and Walter Goffigan combining for 126. Cowboy Quarterback Phil Davis carried 16 times for 140 yards and had scoring runs of 30, 32 and 28 yards. Davis also teamed with James Williams on an 81-yard pass-run play that put Wyoming ahead 21-14 in the third period. Jim McMahon of the Cougars, who wore a brace to support his injured left knee, connected on 29 of 47 passes for 393 yards and two TDs. Along the way, McMahon, a senior, fattened his NCAA record collection to 41 by setting three marks and tying one. Two of the records he surpassed were for total offense. The more significant of those was for total yardage in three years, McMahon's 8,027 yards being 140 more than that accumulated by Stanford's Jim Plunkett.
Hawaii's ball-control game consumed 7:04 in a 16-play, 97-yard scoring drive that gave the Rainbow Warriors a 21-10 lead in the third quarter at San Diego State. WAC rushing leader Gary Allen of Hawaii gained 189 yards and scored a touchdown. The Rainbow Warriors, who won 28-10 and are now 5-0, are one of the six remaining unbeaten and untied Division I-A teams. The victory moved them into a tie for first place with Utah, which won 69-28 at Nevada-Las Vegas. Three Utes ran for more than 100 yards—Carl Monroe (130), Del Rodgers (103) and Ricky Price (101)—and Reggie Wilson caught a Rebel kickoff three yards deep in his end zone and brought it back all the way. That run was part of a 28-point blitz in the third quarter by Utah, which improved its overall record to 6-1. The 69 points by the Utes was the most ever scored against the Rebels in their 14 seasons of playing football.
"We have to do something with our defense," said Stanford Coach Paul Wiggin in the understatement of the day, after visiting Arizona State had walloped the Cardinals 62-36. The Sun Devil defense didn't exactly resemble the Great Wall of China, either. Together, the teams passed for 1,092 yards and had 1,436 yards in total offense—both NCAA records. Mike Pagel of Arizona State set Pac-10 marks with seven touchdown throws and 466 yards passing. Even so, Stanford came out on top in aerial yardage 581 to 511. The Cardinals' John Elway hit on 10 of 17 throws for 270 yards and three touchdowns before suffering another injury—a mild concussion—late in the first half. Sophomore Steve Cottrell replaced Elway and completed 21 of 34 attempts for 311 yards. Halfback Darrin Nelson also had a fine day for the struggling Cardinals, picking up a school-record 237 yards on nine receptions and rushing for 84 yards.
California Coach Roger Theder was more blunt than Wiggin. "Our play in the first half was really disgusting," said Theder, whose team trailed UCLA 34-0 at the intermission. The Bears ended up losing 34-7.
With Clete Caspar completing 11 of his first 12 passes and with Free Safety Paul Sorenson intercepting three passes, Pac-10 leader Washington State jumped to a 27-0 halftime advantage over Arizona. The Wildcats, scratching for a fifth consecutive victory, closed the gap to 27-19 before Sorenson set up the final Cougar touchdown in a 34-19 victory by picking off a pass at the Arizona 38-yard line. Washington State, which scored on five of its first six possessions, gained 338 yards in the first half and 521 in all.
Oregon's Ducks, who once had dreams of sniffing New Year's Day roses, again came up smelling like onions. Air Force fell behind 10-0 but rallied for a 20-10 win that left Oregon 1-6.
If, as Arkansas Coach Lou Holtz says, "Happiness is nothing more than a poor memory," then his latest source of joy will be forgetting what happened against Houston. Holtz, however, was already trying to forget how his team had lost its last three games with the Cougars after having led on each occasion. It was more of the same last week as the Hogs squandered a 14-0 second-period lead and lost 20-17. The problem wasn't so much that Arkansas pulled a big rock in Little Rock, but that Quarterback Tom Jones played only two series of downs. Jones, who banged up his right knee a month ago against TCU and his passing arm in the Hogs' rout of Texas two weeks ago, threw for touchdowns on both possessions against Houston before leaving the game after injuring his other knee. Sophomore Quarterback Lionel Wilson rallied the Cougars by running for 87 yards and one TD and passing for 141 yards and another score. And barefoot walk-on Mike Clendenen, who kicked a 30-yard field goal in the third quarter, broke a 17-17 tie in the fourth when he booted a 17-yarder that Holtz would dearly like to forget.
Texas' 9-7 defeat of SMU knocked the Mustangs from the unbeaten ranks. The Longhorns had a meager 177 yards in total offense, but Raul Allegre kicked three field goals, the last a 52-yarder that put them in front 9-0 in the final quarter. SMU tailbacks Craig James and Eric Dickerson, who had averaged a total of 234 yards a game, were held to 94 yards, 56 by James. Having his string of 100-yard games brought to a halt at eight was only part of Dickerson's troubles. What was worse was that he lost fumbles at his own 21-and 42-yard lines, the latter on a fourth-and-one gamble late in the third period. It was after Texas had recovered those fumbles that Allegre kicked his first two field goals of the afternoon. John Goodson of Texas set the Mustangs back with punts to their three, 20-, 17-and 13-yard lines. SMU crossed midfield only twice, once on a 70-yard Lance McIlhenny-to-Jackie Wilson touchdown pass.
Texas A&M, winner of three of four one-point games and loser of a two-pointer, had a cakewalk for a change, a 51-26 victory over Rice. That tied the Aggies with SMU for the top spot in the Southwest Conference, half a game ahead of Texas and Baylor. Never before has every SWC team lost at least one conference game this early in the season. Baylor got back into the running by beating Texas Christian 34-21. Four field goals by Chuck Nelson, one a 50-yarder into a 21-mph wind, carried Washington to a 14-7 intersectional triumph at Texas Tech.
South Carolina beat North Carolina 31-13 in a game of give-and-take in which the winner did most of the taking. The visiting Gamecocks (5-3) recovered both of the Tar Heels' fumbles and helped themselves to three of their passes. Previously unbeaten North Carolina had committed only eight turnovers in six games. And freshman Linebacker James Seawright picked off one throw for South Carolina and further made a pest of himself with 12 unaided tackles. He assisted on another and knocked away a pass. Noting North Carolina's early three-deep coverage, Quarterback Gordon Beckham took what was available. Beckham completed a series of short passes, often to the sidelines, including a school-record 14 in a row and finished with 16 of 17 for 195 yards. A three-yard touchdown pass by Beckham put South Carolina in front 21-7 in the third period. Tar Heel Punter Jeff Hayes faked a kick and ran 79 yards to make the score 21-13, but the Gamecocks then took charge for good.
"Some teams, like Virginia, line up one way and do something else, but North Carolina didn't," Beckham said as he attempted to explain his uncommon success. "North Carolina played just like it's diagrammed, and our plans worked." It was helpful, too, that Running Back Johnny Wright added some diversity to South Carolina's attack by carrying the ball 27 times for 115 yards. North Carolina, which was still playing without early-season running sensation Kevin Bryant, also had to get along without another vital offensive cog after Quarterback Rod Elkins was sidelined in the first quarter with an ankle injury.
North Carolina State, too, did lots of taking, intercepting three passes at Clemson and pouncing on two Tiger fumbles. The thefts were to no avail, however, as Clemson won the ACC game 17-7. Tiger Quarterback Homer Jordan made up for his three interceptions, lost fumble and paltry 43 yards passing by rushing for 104 yards.
After a rousing start—Maryland led Duke 21-14 at the end of the first quarter—the pace slowed and the Terps prevailed 24-21. Maryland built its early lead around a 92-yard kickoff return by Tim Quander and scoring runs of 17 and 54 yards by Charlie Wysocki. Gary Schofield's three touchdown passes led Wake Forest to a 24-21 triumph over winless Virginia.
A breakdown in Mississippi State's kicking game enabled Auburn to take a 17-14 lead into the fourth quarter. Danny Skutack of the Tigers blocked Dana Moore's punt in the third period, and fellow Linebacker Chris Martin returned it 32 yards to knot the score at 14-14. On the Bulldogs' next possession, an official ruled that Moore's knee had touched the ground before he could field a bad snap. That snafu gave Auburn the ball on the State 41. Minutes later, Al Del Greco kicked a 26-yard field goal. Moore atoned by punting 66 yards to the Auburn 26 early in the final period. When State got the ball back, John Bond came through with two clutch passes to Wingback Danny Knight—a 32-yarder on fourth-and-nine and a 19-yard strike for a touchdown with one minute to play—to give the Bulldogs a 21-17 victory.
That was only the second scoring pass of the season for Mississippi State, the first having come in the second quarter when Glen Young hauled in a 16-yard throw from Bond. All of which was a bit of sweet revenge for the man in charge of the Bulldog passing game—Doug Barfield, who was fired last year from his head coaching job at Auburn. Still, Mississippi State might not have been victorious had it not been for the play of Middle Linebacker Johnie Cooks. Cooks, the ringleader in a tenacious defense that limited the Tigers to 198 yards in total offense, was credited with 11 unassisted tackles and with lending a hand on a 12th.
"There didn't seem to be much enthusiasm," Georgia Coach Vince Dooley said after his team beat Kentucky 21-0. Vince, though, appeared not to be un-Dooley concerned. After all, the 'Dogs earned their third shutout in seven games and Herschel Walker pounded out 129 yards in 33 carries, despite a bothersome cold and an offensive line that seldom opened straight-ahead holes for him to blast his way through. Walker consequently spent much of his time looking for openings while running laterally.
" 'Bama Blast" was the theme of Alabama's homecoming. That's just what it was as the Tide defeated Rutgers 31-7 for its 54th consecutive on-campus victory. Alabama scored on its first three possessions, led 17-0 and used subs for most of the second half.
Vanderbilt broke its streak of 33 SEC losses by overtaking Mississippi 27-23 as Tailback Van Heflin scored on runs of 49 and 13 yards in the fourth period. No one rescued Marshall, however, which blew a 16-0 lead and lost to VMI 20-16. The Herd now has 24 losses and one tie in its last 25 Southern Conference games. In non-conference contests it was Tennessee 28, Memphis State 9 and Miami 31, East Carolina 6.
South Carolina State, which had averaged 33.9 points a game, the loftiest figure in Division 1-AA, needed a 14-yard TD pass from second-string QB Ben Mungin to Marion Brown with 2:43 remaining to edge Florida A&M 16-15. Jackson (Miss.) State, which was second in scoring average (31.7), dropped a 15-7 decision to Grambling (La.) State in a battle to determine which team would be first in the Southwestern Conference.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE: Quarterback Mike Pagel propelled Arizona State to a 62-36 win over Stanford and set Pac-10 records with seven TD passes and 466 yards through the air. He completed 26 of 34 attempts.
DEFENSE: Tackle Kenneth Sims, a 6'6", 270-pound senior, helped Texas defeat SMU 9-7 by making 11 unassisted tackles and chipping in on four others. He provoked one fumble and recovered another.