On the first offensive play of Southern Cal's 30-7 win over Stanford, Trojan Fullback Kennedy Pola, who is named for JFK because he was born on Nov. 22, 1963, took a pitch from Quarterback Sean Salisbury and headed toward his right end. Pola then pulled up and threw 35 yards to Flanker Timmie Ware, who ran the remaining 30 yards for a touchdown, USC led 21-0 at the half despite gaining only 40 yards on 19 rushes. Defensively, the Trojans threw a myriad of blitzes at Stanford quarterbacks John Paye and Steve Cottrell, came up with seven sacks and held the Cardinal to 56 rushing yards in the game.
Cal beat Arizona State 26-24 on Randy Pratt's 38-yard field goal with 48 seconds to play. "We did something we forgot last week." said Golden Bears Coach Joe Kapp, whose team had lost its previous game to USC 19-9. "We blocked." To counteract Arizona State's constant blitzing, Cal used a no-huddle offense for much of the day. That kept the Sun Devils in their basic defense, but the Hears still allowed four sacks of Quarterback Gale Gilbert, lost two fumbles and had two passes intercepted and a punt blocked.
After trailing Washington 23-3 in the third quarter, Arizona came within a two-point conversion of victory. With the Huskies on top 23-22 and 2:53 remaining, Washington Cornerback Vestee Jackson broke up Wildcat Quarterback Alfred Jenkins' pass into the end zone. Jackson had already made two interceptions. One of them set up a field goal, and he returned the other 66 yards for a TD.
UCLA, which leads the Pac-10 by half a game over Washington, beat Oregon 24-13. Kevin Nelson rushed for 131 yards and scored three times to lead the Bruins to their fifth straight victory.
Consider the trials of East Carolina. The 6-3 Pirates have lost at Florida State by a point, at Florida by a touchdown and, last week, at Miami 12-7. After the Hurricanes scored the go-ahead TD with 1:04 to play. East Carolina Quarterback Kevin Ingram took five plays to move the Pirates 51 yards to the Miami 31. Two consecutive illegal procedure penalties moved the ball back to the 41. With time for one last play. Ingram threw a pass to the goal line. Split End Stefon Adams had the bat! for a moment, until his own teammate. Tight End Norwood Vann. ran into him. "I saw the ball in my hands." said Adams. "I knew it was six. Then, as we collided, the ball popped out." Said Miami Coach Howard Schnellenberger, "My heart not only fluttered, it went through the top of my head and into orbit." Afterward Schnellenberger went to shake hands with Pirate Coach Ed Emory at midfield but Emory wasn't there Schnellenberger continued to the East Carolina sideline where he found Emory on one knee staring blankly into space Said Emory later "The frustration just adds up. I don't know what it is—maybe we just weren't meant to win a game in this state."
Auburn's 35-23 victory over Maryland was closer than the score suggests. With the Tigers leading 28-17 with 5:19 to play, Quarterback Boomer Esiason drove the Terps 80 yards in three plays—the last a 40-yard pass to Russell Davis—to make the score 28-23. After the kickoff, Auburn put together two first downs before Punter Lewis Colbert booted the ball 50 yards to the Terp one-yard line with 38 seconds to go TWO plays later Esiason was blind-sided by Tiger End Quency Williams and fumbled Auburn Tackle Donnie Humphrey fell on the ball in the end zone for the final TD.
"What do you want me to say?" asked Florida Coach Charley Pell after the Gators' 10-9 loss to Georgia. "It feels like hell." At one point in the third quarter Florida had out-gained the Bulldogs 338 yards to 97. On the afternoon, the Gators moved the ball inside the Georgia 25 on six occasions but came away with only three field goals. The other three possessions resulted in a missed field-goal attempt and two interceptions. "I just can't say the words 'hanging in there' enough," said Bulldog Coach Vince Dooley "We just kept hanging and hanging and hanging before we finally turned the tide."
As for the Crimson Tide, Alabama defeated LSU 32-26 despite 344 yards passing by Tiger Quarterback Scott Wickersham. The loss was LSU's fifth this year in conference play without a win.
Because of NCAA sanctions, Clemson cannot appear in a bowl this season. Said Tiger Safety Tim Childers after his team had beaten North Carolina 16-3, "Coach [Danny Ford] told us before the game if we won we would knock them out of the major bowls and maybe out of bowls altogether. So we figured, if we can't go to a bowl, then why should they?" Clemson held the Tar Heels to 111 rushing yards on 35 carries and forced four fumbles and an interception "We work hard for the money," Defensive Tackle Ray Brown said jokingly afterward, celebrating the triumph and hinting at one of the alleged reasons the Tigers are on probation. Asked for details, he replied. "I'm not saying how much, but we work hard for the money."
"I hate this place." said Oklahoma's freshman tailback. Spencer Tillman. "It wasn't a fun time." The place was Missouri's Faurot Field, where the Tigers shut out the Sooners 10-0 and knocked Tillman out of the game with a jammed neck. "We don't have a lot of nice guys on defense." said Missouri Defensive Coordinator Mark Heydorff. "They like to eel physical." The Tigers had live sacks and limited Oklahoma to minus-seven yards rushing in the first half and 91 in the second Said Heydorff "It used to be you'd see OU on the side of their helmets and you'd say, 'That's it.' Well it isn't that way anymore."
Pitt's strategy against Notre Dame was to run Tailback Joe McCall over 6'5", 275-pound Left Tackle Bill Fralic, who's known to his teammates as Mull "There are no words to describe what it's like to see him leading the way," said McCall, who picked up 116 yards in the Panthers' 21-16 win.
Ohio State smothered Indiana 56-17 on four touchdowns by Tailback Keith Byars. "The Buckeyes had two backs as big as our linemen." said Hoosier Coach Sam Wyche, who announced that he wasn't, as rumored, planning to take the head job with the Houston Oilers. "I have a job to do here, and I intend to do it."
Kent Stale ended the nation's longest major-college losing streak at 21 with a 37-13 victory over Eastern Michigan At the other end of the Mid-American Conference standings, unbeaten Toledo defeated Western Michigan 20-16. Rocket Cornerback Mark Brandon, who's a walk-on, picked off a pass to increase his Division I-A-leading interception total to nine.
"A miracle is something from God that drops out of the sky, said Baylor Coach Grain Teaff after the Bears 24-21 defeat of Arkansas. "We ran for 217 yards and passed for 326 and made 34 first downs. Buddy, this ain't no miracle." Still, with the score tied 21-21 in the fourth quarter, the Razor-backs missed two field-goal attempts, from 14 and 33 yards, and lost a fumble on the Baylor 19. And on the last play of the game. Bear Kicker Marty Jimmerson booted the winning three-pointer from 24 yards. Baylor used three quarterbacks—Cody Carlson and Tom Muecke on alternating possessions, and Allen Rice coming in to run the option in short-yardage situations—to rack up more yards (543) than any team has produced against Arkansas in seven years.
Texas edged Houston 9-3, but the Cougars' stunting defense scored a coup in holding the Longhorns to 98 total yards and three field goals. "Everything we tried they seemed to anticipate and had the right defense called," said Texas QB Todd Dodge, who completed two passes to his teammates and three to his opponents. Said Longhorn Guard Kirk McJunkin, "We'd come back to the huddle shrugging and asking what went wrong. I really didn't know what was happening."
"Sometimes a tie is like a loss," said Harvard Coach Joe Restic after his team's 10-10 draw with Holy Cross. "Other games, a tie is like a win. When a team is undefeated and playing as well as they have, I can only look at it one way." Going into the game the Crusaders were 8-0 and ranked No. 2 in Division I-AA, and their tailback. Gill Fenerty, had been averaging 122 yards on the ground. But the Crimson, aided by a muddy field, held Fenerty to 60 yards on 14 carries before knocking him out of the game with a bruised right shoulder early in the third quarter. "Very frustrating," said Fenerty afterward
Dartmouth's Joe Yukica is another coach who was content with a tic. Trailing Columbia 17-14, the Big Green was at the Lion 15 with time for one last play. Yukica elected to go for the field goal, and Kicker Craig Saltzgaber converted from 32 yards. "At that point." said Yukica, "we're talking about a conference championship A tie in a league game beats the heck out of losing."
Scouts from four bowls, Citrus, Gator, Peach and Sun. were passing out lapel stickers at West Point as Boston College defeated Army by the merciful score of 34-14. "We don't try to run it up and impress people." said Doug Flutie, who left the game after throwing for 258 yards, four touchdowns and a 34-0 lead in only 2½ quarters. Princeton upset Lafayette 41-33 on the heroic passing of Doug Butler the heroic receiving (15 catches for 216 yards) of Derek Graham and three heroic fourth-quarter interceptions by Tiger Defensive Back Eric Robinson.
Paterno was "tickled" to play the Bruins.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE: Princeton Quarterback Doug Butler, a sophomore, completed 32 of 53 passes for 469 yards and three touchdowns and had only one interception as Princeton rallied to beat Lafayette 41-33.
DEFENSE: Missouri Tackle Robert Curry, a 6'3", 263-pound junior, paced the Tigers to a 10-0 victory over Oklahoma with eight tackles (including two for losses), a pair of sacks and a fumble recovery.
GRINNING AND BEARING
"Their campers shocked us more than their team." said Brown Fullback Steve Heffernan alter the Bruins lost 38-21 to Penn State before a crowd of 75,000 at Beaver Stadium. "We get about two at Brown; there were scores here." The Brown Daily Herald Columnist Dave Dornstein noted. "Our cheerleaders run around like maniacs; theirs look like they're invading Grenada."
"We're tickled pink that Brown thought enough of our program to come here," said Nittany Lions Coach Joe Paterno, a 1950 Brown graduate, before the game. "It assuages that grim, big-time football image we have." That image was further assuaged by the Bruins' performance on the field: The Lions' offense had planned to run through the middle, but Brown's gambling defense forced it into end runs and passes The Lions were also supposed to shut down the Bruin attack ranked only fourth in the Ivy League Instead Brown mined 410 yards 60 more than it did against winless Yale The Bruins had no regrets about the outcome "If you were a flute player and you got a chance to play for the New York Phil harmonic, you'd take it whether you were good enough or not, said Middle Guard John Daniel. It was like a tie, except better," said Heffernan. "In a tie, no one's happy. This feels tike a win.