All four Southwest Conference games were played in rain, but nobody had a more washed-out feeling than Arkansas Halfback Gary Anderson, who had three touchdowns—a 47-yard run, an 18-yard pass reception and a 63-yard punt return—nullified by penalties. Nevertheless, the Razor-backs hung Rice out to dry 41-7. Brad Taylor took over the Hogs' signal-calling for injured Tom Jones and accounted for 287 yards—197 by completing 15 of 25 passes and 90 more on 20 carries. While Arkansas piled up 618 yards in total offense, the Owls had only 117. Rice rallied—sort of—in the third period with its first pass completion and its initial first down.
Southern Methodist sloshed to a 27-7 triumph at Texas A&M to cling to its Southwest Conference lead. As usual, it was Mustang Tailbacks Eric Dickerson and Craig James who made the difference. Dickerson twice banged across the goal line from one yard out, broke loose on a 26-yard jaunt for another TD and rushed for 123 yards. James ran for 84 yards and averaged 42.1 yards on nine punts, one a quick kick of 73 yards.
Texas Tech Quarterback Ron Reeves was waterlogged after being sacked 13 times for losses totaling 86 yards in a 26-9 loss at Texas. Rodney Tate, who has moved ahead of A.J. (Jam) Jones as the starting Longhorn tailback, darted 52 yards for a TD and Raul Allegre kicked four field goals.
Dry. It sounded like the perfect name on such a soggy day. But F.A. Dry, the Texas Christian coach, had lots to lament. Like scads of injuries: Six Horned Frog defensive tackles have been hurt in the past three weeks. And Quarterback Steve Stamp, seventh in the nation in total offense at the game's start, dislocated his right shoulder when he tackled Houston's Grady Turner, who intercepted one of his passes early in the fourth period. Eddie Clark, who hadn't thrown a pass all year, replaced Stamp and tossed for two yards and a touchdown to cut the Cougar advantage to 20-16 with 2:13 left. TCU executed an onside kickoff and recovered at its own 46, but Houston held on to preserve its margin.
Southern Mississippi scored its second straight shutout, 22-0, at North Texas State, to remain undefeated. That made the Golden Eagles the NCAA leaders in scoring defense with a six-points-per-game average. The visitors' Nasty-Bunch defense hounded the Mean Green into 12 fumbles and yielded a meager 48 yards in total offense. Southern Mississippi got 140 yards rushing and one touchdown from Sammy Winder and scoring runs of 54 and 13 yards from Reggie Collier.
Ohio State caught Purdue with its punts down—one, anyway—en route to a 45-33 triumph in West Lafayette. It was Flanker Cedric Anderson who crashed through to block one of five Boilermaker kicks. Said Buckeye Coach Earle Bruce, "Cedric told me, 'I'll block one, Coach.' Cedric did that, had two touchdown receptions and had a one-handed grab on our last drive that was really important." Two plays after the punt that Anderson smothered rolled out of bounds at the Boilermaker 16, Art Schlichter faked a pitchout and dashed 14 yards for a touchdown and a 10-7 Ohio State lead. On the Buckeyes' next possession, Anderson caught a long pass from Schlichter and took one stride into the end zone to conclude a 47-yard scoring play. That pair also combined on two big passes in the fourth quarter. The first was a 23-yarder for a touchdown. Then, after Purdue had closed to within five points, 33-38, Anderson made his one-handed catch of a 31-yard pass from Schlichter on third-and-nine from the Buckeye 39. Schlichter finished with 336 yards and three touchdown throws as he completed 19 of 33. Boilermaker Scott Campbell was even more productive of yardage, completing 31 of 52 passes for a school-record 516 yards and three TDs. But Campbell was also sacked seven times for minus 66 yards.
Victories by Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin kept them half a game behind Ohio State in the Big Ten standings. Wolverine Coach Bo Schembechler guessed correctly that Minnesota would "come at us hard to stop the run, so we turned Smith loose." Steve Smith responded by completing 13 of 20 passes for 237 yards and three touchdowns as Michigan won 34-13. Eight of those tosses—good for 154 yards and one touchdown—were hauled in by Anthony Carter.
Illinois defenders pounced on four of five Iowa fumbles (one in the end zone for a TD), picked off two passes and knocked the Hawk-eyes out of a share of first place, 24-7. Tony Eason of the Illini was on the mark with 22 of 34 aerials for 263 yards, including a pair of touchdown passes to Oliver Williams that covered 56 and four yards.
Michigan State's John Leister passed for 233 yards and two touchdowns, and Morten Andersen kicked four field goals as the Spartans defeated Indiana 26-3. "Somewhere, sometime we're going to spring on somebody," said Northwestern Coach Dennis Green before facing Wisconsin. The Wildcats didn't spring anything on the Badgers, who led 21-0 after 9½ minutes and went on to win 52-0. That was the 28th straight loss for Northwestern, tying the NCAA Division I-A mark held by Virginia and Kansas State.
"I think our goalposts have magnets for the opposing team," Nebraska Defensive Tackle Henry Waechter said after Bruce Kallmeyer of Kansas booted five field goals in Lincoln. That made opposing kickers 11 for 11 at Nebraska. Those field goals left the Jay-hawks trailing only 17-15 in the third period. But from then on the game belonged to the Cornhuskers, I-Back Mike Rozier climaxing a 31-15 victory and his 179-yard day with a 49-yard touchdown run. By allowing nothing more than field goals, Nebraska—for the first time in 71 years—has played five games in a row without giving up a touchdown.
Oklahoma kept up its pursuit of Nebraska in the Big Eight by flooring Colorado 49-0. The Buffaloes crossed midfield only twice during the rain-splattered contest, but the Sooners weren't hampered by the inclement weather, rushing for 348 yards. Quarterback Darrell Shepard, who played less than three quarters, led the Oklahoma assault with 132 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
Oklahoma State, second nationally in total defense (216.1 yards a game), gave up 341 yards to Missouri but pulled off a 16-12 upset. Three field goals by Larry Roach and a 40-yard TD run by Defensive End Rodney Harding with a fumble recovery in the third quarter settled the outcome.
Iowa State was also shocked, 10-7, at Kansas State. The Wildcats, who had lost six games in a row, limited Dwayne Crutchfield to 46 yards rushing—98 below his average. Mark Hundley scored the decisive points when he bulled his way two yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.
For the state of Iowa it was a Halloween filled with tricks and no treats. Not only did Iowa and Iowa State lose, but Drake was also toppled from the list of unbeaten and untied teams. The Bulldogs were upended at Tulsa 59-6, leaving those two teams tied with Southern Illinois for the Missouri Valley lead.
"I showed up at practice Monday and they said I was a split end," said Notre Dame freshman Joe Howard, a former wingback, after the Irish had trounced Navy 38-0. Howard, who hadn't caught a pass all season, latched on to five for 115 yards and two touchdowns as the Irish beat the Middies for the 18th straight time.
When Pitt built its lead to 29-10 late in the third quarter at Boston College, it looked as if the undefeated Panthers would yawn their way to another win. Instead, the Eagles woke up everyone in Alumni Stadium. Wide Receiver Rob Rikard and freshman Quarterback Doug Flutie came up with the eye-openers by collaborating on a pair of touchdown passes. Rikard, who made acrobatic grabs on both plays, scored first on a 30-yarder in the third period when he caught a ball that had been deflected by a Pit! defender. Then, after the Eagles pounced on a Panther fumble at the Pitt 22, Rikard made a one-handed reception of a 17-yard scoring throw to whittle the deficit to 29-24 with only 1:12 gone in the fourth quarter. That, however, was the way the game ended up.
B.C. narrowly missed scoring again, but Panther Quarterback Dan Marino came through on defense to avert a possible upset. That happened when Cornerback Todd Russell picked off a Marino pass at the Pitt 42 and headed for the end zone. It all came down to Russell against Marino, the last Panther who had a shot at bringing him down. Marino made the tackle at the eight, and on the very next play Pitt recovered a fumbled pitchout.
Flutie, who completed 23 of 42 passes for 347 yards, finished with more impressive statistics than Marino, who hit on 19 of 35 for 225 yards. Like Flutie, Marino threw for two touchdowns, his 20th and 21st of the season. What made the difference was that Panther runners gained 180 yards while Eagle ballcarriers were limited to 68. Tailback Bryan Thomas of Pitt rushed for 149 yards, scored on an 11-yard run and also caught six passes.
Like Pitt, Syracuse zipped in front quickly, appeared to have the game locked up and then almost succumbed to a case of ennui before polishing off Colgate. This was the first confrontation between the schools since 1961, when their longtime series was called off because the Orangemen were winning by such lopsided scores. More of the same seemed in store when Joe Morris raced 75 yards on the first play from scrimmage to give Syracuse a 7-0 lead after just 17 seconds had been played. But Colgate didn't fold. Freshman Steve Calabria connected on 22 of 40 passes for 279 yards, and after his third touchdown throw of the day, the Red Raiders had 24 points. Trouble was it was late in the fourth period and Syracuse had 37. The Orangemen went on to a 47-24 victory, and Morris led them by rushing for 185 yards. Split End Tom Rogers established a Red Raider record by gaining 187 yards on 11 receptions.
Another pass-catching mark was set by senior Wide Receiver Curt Grieve as Yale defeated Dartmouth 24-3 in a battle to settle first place in the Ivy League. Grieve, who took a year off and thought of transferring after his sophomore season, brought his career total of TD catches to 17 with two receptions. A major reason why Grieve returned to the Elis was that he "kept hearing about this kid named John Rogan with the golden arm." It was Rogan who threw both those scoring passes to help keep Yale unbeaten.
Senior Bob Holly of Princeton broke the Ivy single-game record for passing yardage in a 38-30 victory over Penn. Holly passed for 446 yards, completing 25 of 41 attempts, four for TDs. Harvard coasted 41-7 at Brown, and the Ivies split two out-of-conference games, Cornell beating Bucknell 22-15 and Columbia succumbing to Holy Cross 14-7.
Oliver Luck passed for 21 yards and a touchdown on West Virginia's first offensive play against East Carolina. The game's only other touchdown came when Luck ran seven yards in the fourth period to seal a 20-3 Mountaineer win.
Lehigh's Larry Michalski played just 25 minutes against Davidson, enough time to complete 13 of 17 passes for 253 yards and four touchdowns in a 69-7 rout. Michalski also went the final 11 yards for a TD on a 17-yard double-reverse-and-lateral on which he took a pitchback from Halfback Ed Godbolt, who was about to be tackled.
"It was our job to stop them, not their job to stop themselves. I thought they were more than gracious." That was the opinion of Wake Forest Coach Al Groh after Clemson showed how gracious it could be by walloping the Deacons 82-24. Not even sending in the last-stringers could keep the Tigers from amassing 756 yards in total offense. Ah, well, perhaps it was a Grohing experience for the first-year coach. Clemson's romp was a tune-up for this week's showdown with North Carolina for the Atlantic Coast Conference lead.
When it came to being gracious, Wake Forest's mascot, a student decked out like a deacon, put his muscle where his mouth was, so to speak. The Tiger mascot, weary from having already done 384 push-ups for the day, refused to do any more after Clemson scored for the final time. So the Deacon spelled him by doing the last 82.
North Carolina had no such easy time at Maryland, where the Terps led 10-7 with 9:30 remaining. With Rod Elkins out with an injured ankle, Scott Stankavage was at quarterback for the Tar Heels. North Carolina knotted the score at 10—all with 5:45 left, and then, on the first play after recovering a fumble at the Maryland 20, went ahead 17-10 on a pass from Stankavage to Tyrone Anthony with 1:20 to go. That was the fourth fumble lost by the Terps, who also had other difficulties. Maryland's top ground-gainer, Charlie Wysocki, reinjured his left shoulder and picked up only nine yards. And Quarterback Boomer Esiason injured his neck with 1:05 left in the game. His replacement, Bob Milkovich, led the Terps from their own 40 to the Tar Heel 15 by completing three passes, but Milkovich then missed twice and had his final toss intercepted in the end zone by Free Safety Walt Black with eight seconds to play.
Independent South Carolina defeated visiting North Carolina State 20-12 in an error-filled game. The teams combined for 11 turnovers: eight interceptions and three lost fumbles. It wasn't until Free Safety Chuck Finney ran back an interception 55 yards for a touchdown in the closing minute that the home team could breathe easily. Duke overtook Georgia Tech 38-24. Virginia, which had been winless, handed VMI its first defeat, 13-10.
When Tailback Ricky Williams was sidelined by an ankle injury two weeks ago, Florida State Coach Bobby Bowden took a chance and started freshman Greg Allen against LSU. In 31 carries Allen gained a team-record 202 yards. So, Bowden wasn't as fearful when he had to start Allen last week against Western Carolina. Allen, a 6-foot 198-pounder, carried 32 times for 322 yards, an NCAA record for a freshman and the ninth-highest total ever in I-A. Allen, who sat out the last seven minutes, came within 35 yards of breaking the alltime record by Georgia Tech's Eddie Lee Ivery. Bowden. who had expected this game to be a breeze, used Allen until then because the Catamounts refused to cave in. The Western players, who were 2-6 and who had endured an 8½-hour bus ride to Tallahassee, stayed in the game on Ronnie Mixon's 25-for-41 passing, which netted 322 yards. It was one of those big-number shootouts: 1,060 yards in total offense, with Florida State gaining 623 of them and winning 56-31.
Herschel Walker of Georgia, the only other freshman besides Allen to have rushed for 200 or more yards in back-to-back games, continued to have slightly less success as a sophomore. Walker lugged the ball 23 times for 112 yards, but did score four times as the Bulldogs defeated Temple 49-3.
Alabama overcame a 7-11 scare—the Tide lost seven of 11 fumbles—to salvage a 13-10 victory over Mississippi State. It helped that 'Bama recovered four of six bobbles by the Bulldogs and intercepted two of their passes. The last interception was by Strong Safety Tommy Wilcox at the Alabama one with 19 seconds left. That halted a desperation drive by Mississippi State Quarterback John Bond, who had hit on three passes for 70 yards during the final two minutes. A 10-10 deadlock, which had stood since halftime, was broken when freshman Terry Sanders booted the decisive 28-yard field goal early in the fourth period. Peter Kim, who earlier had kicked a 27-yarder for Alabama, was unable to try for that one because he injured his leg while attempting a field goal late in the first half. The win put the Tide half a game in front of Georgia in the Southeastern Conference and moved Coach Bear Bryant into a tie with Pop Warner for second place on the alltime victory list, one short of tying Amos Alonzo Stagg's record of 314.
Florida, which had won only three of 23 games at Auburn since 1912, seemed poised to do a turnabout. Trailing 12-14, the Gators recovered a fumble at the Tiger 31 with two minutes to go, and Brian Clark, who had already booted four field goals, was ready, willing and apparently able to add another for a 15-14 lead. But Clark missed a 40-yarder, and Auburn prevailed, despite having lost four first-half fumbles and having gotten only 40 yards in total offense in the last half.
David Johnston, though, booted a timely field goal for LSU, a 46-yarder in the last second to earn a 27-27 tie at Jackson, Miss. Vanderbilt beat Memphis State 26-0, and Virginia Tech knocked off Kentucky 29-3.
With 47 seconds to go in a Big Sky game at Weber State, Milt Myers of the Wildcats passed 30 yards to Split End Ray McNeil for a touchdown to cut Northern Arizona's lead to 17-16. Roger Ruzek added the PAT to make it 17-17, which is how it stayed until the clock ran down. A tie, right? Wrong. Three 1-AA conferences—the Yankee and Ohio Valley are the others—play overtime periods this season. And so it came to pass that the first-ever regular-season major-college overtime game was played.
Weber State won the coin flip and elected to start the extra period on defense, the Lumberjacks putting the ball into play at the Wildcat 15, as the rules dictate. On the third play, Scott Lindquist passed nine yards to Dion Jergo to put Northern up 23-17. Because of a low snap on the PAT try, holder Kevin Margerum tried a pass, which was incomplete. Then it was Weber State's turn to get the ball at the Lumberjack 15. Myers hit Eric Allen with a touchdown pass on first down, and Ruzek kicked the extra point for a 24-23 Weber State win.
In a week filled with standout performances by players named Allen, the least surprising was that by Southern Cal's Marcus Allen. "I saw him in a phone booth," said Washington State Coach Jim Walden of Allen. "I saw him fly over the stadium. He plays like Superman." Walden had a right to feel that way after Allen ran 44 times for 289 yards and three touchdowns, and caught the first TD pass of his career as USC won 41-17. It was the sixth time this season that Allen had gained 200 or more yards, an NCAA mark.
If Allen played like Superman, Darrin Nelson of Stanford performed like Captain Marvel. Nelson rushed for 154 yards, caught 10 passes for 136 yards and scored four touchdowns at Washington. "He's a great AstroTurf runner," Cardinal Coach Paul Wiggin said. Nelson's appraisal: "It's like everybody else is playing on glass and I'm on grass." Despite Nelson's Shazam! efforts, though, the Huskies were 42-31 winners. They scored four TDs in just 3:09 in the third period to go on top 42-7. Another Allen—Washington's Anthony—scored on a 71-yard punt return during that outburst. And another Nelson—Chuck—set up a Husky six-pointer with a 49-yard run on a fake field goal play. It was thus to no avail that Stanford's John Elway completed 27 of 51 passes for 361 yards and two touchdowns. All of which left Washington tied with idle Arizona State for first in the Pac-10, half a game ahead of USC, Washington State and UCLA. The Bruins won 28-11 at Oregon as freshman Tailback Danny Andrews ran for three touchdowns. Four TDs by Running Back Carl Montgomery carried California past Oregon State 45-3.
Utah remained half a game in front in the Western AC race by beating San Diego State 17-14. Gilbert Alvarez of the Utes, who apparently had missed a 39-yard field goal with 2:00 left, got another chance because his team was called for delaying the game. Alvarez made good on his 44-yard second try. Hawaii knocked off visiting Nevada-Las Vegas 57-21 in a shootout in which the Rainbow Warriors topped the Rebels in total-offense yardage 568 to 466.
Brigham Young's defense, which has been shaky in recent weeks, finally buckled down against New Mexico. The Lobos had just 94 yards in total offense, blew a 7-0 first-quarter lead and lost 31-7. Jim McMahon was on target with 23 of 37 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns for the Cougars. That gave him an NCAA-record 72 career TD throws.
Ali Kincaid, the 9-year-old daughter of Wyoming Coach Al Kincaid, wrapped her arms around her father's legs during a post-game press conference and asked him. "What does a blitz mean?" Winless Colorado State knew, all right, its quarterbacks having been sacked 12 times by the blitzing Cowboys, who won 55-21.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE: Greg Allen scored on a 95-yard kickoff return and set two NCAA records as Florida State beat Western Carolina: 322 yards rushing, a freshman mark, and 417 yards in all-purpose running.
DEFENSE: Pete DiClementi, a 5'11", 193-pound senior strong safety, starred in Oklahoma State's 16-12 defeat of Missouri, taking part in 15 tackles, blocking a Tiger punt and recovering a fumble.