A year ago, South Carolina's fans were so enthusiastic during an upset of Southern Cal that the upper deck of Williams-Brice Stadium began to sway. Startled Gamecock athletic director Bob Marcum checked with engineers and was told that the structure was built to be flexible. Thus South Carolina coach Joe Morrison's slogan for the '84 season: "If it ain't swayin', we ain't playin'."
Sway the stands did during a 45-21 victory over Pitt that ran the Gamecocks' record to 5-0. South Carolina has a two-quarterback system that works. "I like to be Goose Gossage," says Mike Hold, a passer/scrambler who comes in to relieve starter Allen Mitchell. For his part, Mitchell says he appreciates the opportunity to rest and view the action from the bench. Mitchell forged a 14-0 lead over Pitt, but the Panthers had tied it up when Hold took over in the second quarter. He threw two touchdown passes. The Fire Ants defense, led by strongside linebacker James Seawright (15 tackles), held Pitt to 108 yards on the ground. "I don't think we're that bad a ball team," said Pitt coach Foge Fazio of his 1-5 Panthers. "Our potential is much greater than we showed this afternoon."
Alabama is 2-4 after a 6-0 win over Penn State. The Crimson Tide saved its hide with two fourth-quarter field goals and a turnover-free offense. "Because of what we were put through going 1-4 and because we maintained a good attitude," said coach Ray Perkins, "from a standpoint of being great, today was great."
"Lord have mercy," said Auburn coach Pat Dye. "This was the alltimer." Dye's Tigers beat Florida State 42-41 on a touchdown with 48 seconds remaining, but the Seminoles nearly had a chance for a winning field goal. Herb Gainer caught a 52-yard pass at Auburn's 37 and went out of bounds—an eyelash too late to prevent the clock from running out. Neither team made a turnover all evening, but Auburn did get one gift. On the opening kickoff of the second half, with Auburn leading 22-17, Tiger Brent Full-wood fumbled near his own 31. The ball bounced forward, squirted out of a pile of Seminoles and into the hands of Auburn's Ed Graham, who ran 60 yards for a touchdown. The teams racked up 1,063 yards between them—Florida State's Eric Thomas throwing for 357 yards and four touchdowns.
Georgia lost fumbles on its own one-, 12- and 24-yard lines, but beat Ole Miss 18-14. Early in the second period, Bulldog quarterback Todd Williams sprained his shoulder. His replacement was red-shirt freshman David Dukes, whose mother is a secretary for the athletic department and whose father played for Georgia in the '60s. "There ain't nothing like being a Bulldog," said Dukes, who passed 28 yards for one touchdown and directed a 62-yard drive for the game-winner. "Ever since I was a little boy, I've been dreaming of this day."
Three years ago Erk Russell, the Georgia defensive coordinator known for butting heads with his players before games—his bald pate against their helmets—left Athens to start a program from scratch at Georgia Southern College in Statesboro. This year, after two seasons of club-level football, Erk's Eagles jumped into Division I-AA. With a 6-1 record after last week's 24-17 victory over Tennessee-Chattanooga, Georgia Southern is ranked in the I-AA Top 20. The Eagles run a Hambone offense—an option-I named after their sophomore quarterback Tracy Ham, who threw for 222 yards against Chattanooga.
Wyoming coach Al Kincaid made 10 changes in his two-deep lineups before the Cowboys' game at Brigham Young. "We felt like we've had the personnel all along to get the job done, but somehow we weren't using them right," he said. As it turned out, Kincaid was close to right, as 22-point underdog Wyoming gave BYU all it could handle before a crowd of 64,839 in Cougar Stadium. In all, the lead changed hands four times before BYU's Robbie Bosco threw the game-winning TD to tight end David Mills with 4:16 to play and adding a two-point conversion to make the final score 41-38, BYU. Bosco passed for 384 yards and five touchdowns. Mills caught seven passes, three for TDs.
Once again UCLA sneaked by on the foot of John Lee. The Bruins were tied 24-24 with Washington State with four seconds showing on the Rose Bowl clock when Lee kicked a 47-yarder into the wind for the game. It was his 16th field goal in 16 tries this season.
With four defensive starters injured, Oregon coach Rich Brooks added an extra down lineman, Tony Grossi, to challenge USC's running game. Grossi made eight tackles, and the Ducks held the Trojans to 11 first downs, but Fred Crutcher's 135 yards rushing ensured a 19-9 Southern Cal victory.
Stanford outgained Washington 425 yards to 306. But by throwing five interceptions, losing a fumble near its own goal line and punting for a meager 29.3 average, the Cardinal did itself in. Washington won 37-15. Said Stanford QB Fred Buckley, making his second start in place of the injured John Paye, "The fans were gracious to me by not booing."
Cal State-Fullerton defeated San Jose State 21-12 to become the winningest team in Division I-A, with a 7-0 record. The leading rusher is Burness Scott, a transfer from UCLA. The quarterback, Damon Allen, wasn't bothered that his brother Marcus was watching. "There wasn't any added pressure from Marcus being at the game," said Allen, who threw for 207 yards and three touchdowns. "I go to his games, and I don't think it bothers him to have me there."
As Ohio State tailback Keith Byars made a quick cut back to the middle of the field, his size-14 left shoe flew off into the air. Undaunted, Byars sped on for a 67-yard touchdown that put the Buckeyes ahead of Illinois 35-27 in the third quarter. "I wasn't going to go back and get the shoe," said Byars, who led Ohio State back from a 24-0 deficit to a 45-38 win.
Before traveling to Purdue, Iowa coach Hayden Fry noticed something in game films about the Boilermaker defense: It could be beaten long. "They've been getting away with it all season," said Fry after the Hawkeyes rolled to a 40-3 rout. Chuck Long completed 17 of 21 pass attempts for 369 yards, including TDs of 31, 38, 51 and 56 yards.
The Nebraska offense hadn't scored a touchdown in eight quarters going into the Huskers' 33-23 win over Missouri. The drought ended in the first quarter when Jeff Smith ran 21 yards to tie the game at 7-7. But the game's turning point came in the third quarter, when Nebraska middle guard Ken Graeber dumped Tiger quarterback Marlon Adler for a safety to make the score 9-7. On the first play after Missouri's free kick, Husker I-back Doug DuBose ran 48 yards for a TD.
"There are a lot of guys here who wanted to go to Notre Dame," said Air Force tailback Jody Simmons. "But most of them were too small to get Notre Dame's attention." Last week one of those guys, Simmons, who weighed about 170 pounds as a high school senior, got plenty of attention as he danced through the Irish for 141 yards to lead the Falcons to a 21-7 upset. It was Air Force's third victory over Notre Dame in three seasons. The crowd at Notre Dame Stadium was ominously silent during the closing minutes, but then a pocket of students broke into "Goodby, Gerry" as the 3-3 Irish left the field. "We've got to be concerned," said coach Gerry Faust. "There's no ifs, ands or buts."
A word about Mississippi Valley State, now 5-0 in Division I-AA on the strength of a supersonic aerial game that makes Brigham Young's look like something the Wright brothers put together: In a 48-36 victory over Grambling, quarterback Willie (Satellite) Totten passed for 558 yards for his fourth straight 500-plus game. Receiver Jerry Rice is making 14 catches a game, and the Delta Devils are averaging 65 points. Their output of 651.6 yards a game is 120 more than that of any other college team. "When I was an assistant coach," says coach Archie (Gunslinger) Cooley, "I took down films of the best five offensive plays of every team we ever played and studied them five minutes every night. That might not seem like much, but it added up." His offensive line is known as the Tons of Fun. "Nobody wanted them because they were too fat and slow," says Cooley. "But look what they're doing for me."
"I feel like a gutshot deer," said Baylor coach Grant Teaff. His team had led SMU 20-10 with 4:49 to play, and though the Mustangs had the ball, they were fighting heavy rain and a 15-mph wind. But the Bears went into a prevent defense. With only three men rushing, Don King, the SMU quarterback, had plenty of time to pick apart the Baylor secondary on touchdown drives of 84 and 80 yards. The game-winner was a pass from the Bear 27 that wingback Ron Morris caught on the 15 and ran into the end zone with 49 seconds to play. Final score: 24-20. "It's the first time I've been in a situation like this," said King. "It makes me feel like I can do the job." Wasted was a Baylor defensive effort that held Mustang tailbacks Reggie Dupard and Jeff Atkins to a total of 91 yards.
"How about that cannon shot?" asked Boston College coach Jack Bicknell after the Eagles' 24-10 victory over Temple. "We call it 'flood tip,' and we practice it every day. The idea is to send three receivers downfield and then throw the ball as far as you can." With seven seconds left in the first half and BC trailing 7-3, Doug Flutie threw a pass on the run that traveled 67 yards in the air to his roommate, Gerard Phelan, for the touchdown that gave the Eagles a 9-7 halftime lead.
The BC offense was rusty after a 20-day layoff, and the Owls confused it with some imaginative defenses—an eight-man front at times and a five-man defensive backfield at others. The result: Flutie was sacked and intercepted three times each, and BC trailed for much of the game. After a Temple field goal early in the fourth quarter, the Eagles were down 10-9. Then, on a play from the Owl 25, Flutie completed a pass to Steve Strachan over the middle. Strachan fumbled at the 15, but Troy Stradford picked up the ball and advanced it to the two. After Strachan ran it in from there, Flutie scrambled up the middle for two points to make the score 17-10. On Temple's next series safety Dave Pereira intercepted a Lee Saltz pass and ran 35 yards for the final touchdown with 6:55 to play. Flutie ended up with 257 yards passing for the game.
In its 14-7 victory, Rutgers derailed Army's wishbone with a defensive scheme it called "bullets." Going into the game, the Cadets were 3-0-1 with the No. 1 rushing offense (353.5 yards per game) in the country. To stop the option the Scarlet Knights put six men on the line—the four down linemen along with strong safety Jack LaPrarie and inside linebacker Tyrone Stowe. "My job is the quarterback [Nate Sassaman]," said Stowe. "I'm on the corner just shootin' down, shootin' down." Stowe had 10 solo tackles, including two sacks, as Rutgers held Army to 198 yards overall.
Unbeaten Penn won its fourth in a row, 41-14 over Brown, by converting three turnovers into touchdowns and rushing for 253 yards to take over first place in the Ivy League. "It was a complete disaster," said Brown coach John Rosenberg. "We aren't as far behind Penn as the score indicates."
Columbia had 16 members of its 1934 Rose Bowl team on hand at Wien Stadium (formerly Baker Field) as the Lions lost to Princeton 38-8. The returning old grads included quarterback Cliff Montgomery and halfback Al Barabas, the principles in KF-79, Lou Little's famous naked reverse that befuddled Stanford in that 7-0 upset 50 years ago. "We're looking forward to our 75th anniversary," said Montgomery.
Carnegie-Mellon's game with Grove City was also the focus of a reunion—of the Tartans' 1939 Sugar Bowl squad that lost to TCU 15-7. Seventeen members of that team returned. They were ushered into the Tech Bowl in Pittsburgh aboard the PKA fraternity fire truck and watched the Carnegie-Mellon Go offense score three TDs and its White offense two. Said '39 center John (Tiger) Schmidt, older brother of Hall of Famer Joe Schmidt of the NFL Lions, "Primarily, we wanted to see if any of the guys had died. Only four or five of the team have passed away."
South Carolina's Frank Wright (90) gave Pitt QB Chris Jelic a big hand he didn't need.
BYU's Mark Bellini got a big kick out of catching one of Bosco's five touchdown passes.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE: Ohio State tailback Keith Byars scored five touchdowns to lead the Buckeyes to a 45-38 comeback win over Illinois. His 274 yards for the day brought his total to 1,076 for the season.
DEFENSE: In Kentucky's 17-13 defeat of Mississippi State, safety Paul Calhoun picked off two passes, broke up another, punted eight times for a 50-yard average and ran 24 yards on a fake kick.