Despite making only three first downs and being outgained 268 yards to 109, Washington got past Oregon 17-10. The Husky offense didn't produce either Washington touchdown, the first of which came on a 42-yard punt return by Ron Milus in the opening quarter and the second on a third-quarter blocked punt by Tim Peoples that Mike Gaffney pounced on in the end zone. Some fans in Seattle booed Washington's lackluster attack and cheered derisively when the Huskies got their lone first down of the second half with 30 seconds left to play. "With the field position we had, I wasn't willing to open up the offense, because a turnover would have dug us a real hole," said Washington coach Don James.
BYU's defense clamped down just enough to preserve a 30-25 win at Air Force. The Falcons, who had been leading Division I-A in rushing with an average of 338.7 yards a game, were limited to 194 yards and twice had fourth-and-one runs stopped in the second period.
Late in the third quarter Stanford led visiting Washington State 42-14, but the Cougars scored five touchdowns to rally for a 49-42 win. Rueben Mayes got four of those scores and five altogether. Mayes, who finished with, 216 yards rushing, scored his second-half TDs on runs of 39 and five yards, a 53-yard pass reception and, with 3:06 to go, a 32-yard dash that broke a 42-42 tie.
With Damon Allen running five yards for a score and completing 17 of 30 passes for 233 yards and another touchdown, Cal State-Fullerton won 36-14 at Nevada-Reno. The Titans intercepted three passes and recovered three of four Wolf Pack fumbles, which put them first in Division I-A in interceptions (20) and turnover margin (plus 26).
To celebrate a 20-yard catch he made during Penn State's opening 80-yard scoring drive against Syracuse, Eric Hamilton gave quarterback John Shaffer a high five. Trouble was, Hamilton had done lots of weightlifting last week, and he popped Shaffer's right shoulder out of place. Shaffer, a sophomore making his first start (first-stringer Doug Strang was hurt), returned on the Nittany Lions' next possession, after his shoulder was taken care of. D.J. Dozier broke loose for 159 yards on 22 carries, one a 58-yard draw for a TD that put Penn State on top 14-0. Final score: Lions 21, Orangemen 3.
Army, which is 4-1-1, went on its biggest scoring spree since 1977, beating previously undefeated Penn 48-13. Cadet quarterback Nate Sassaman knocked the oats out of the Quakers with his handling of Army's wishbone attack and his 107 yards rushing on 14 carries. Fullback Doug Black scored three TDs.
Indiana (Pa.) has an identity problem: Its basketball squad hasn't won enough titles to be mistaken for the Indiana Hoosiers, and its football team heretofore has done little to justify its nickname, the Big Indians. The town is probably best known for being the birthplace of Jimmy Stewart, a statue of whom graces the courthouse square. Indiana's football program, though, is starting to make a name for itself, moving to the seventh spot on the NCAA's Division II poll two weeks ago and defeating Pennsylvania Conference rival Lock Haven 35-14 last week. Another league member with an identity crisis is California, which beat Bloomsburg 24-14. The conference's only nationally known team, Slippery Rock, held off Shippensburg 13-12.
Reserve quarterbacks Mike Mann and David Dukes led Auburn and Georgia to victory. The Tigers' Mann, a senior making the second start of his career—first-teamer Pat Washington was injured—completed his first 10 passes as Auburn amassed 349 yards and a 41-0 lead over Georgia Tech by halftime. Tech, however, didn't roll over. John Dewberry, who was 0 for 5 passing before intermission, completed 12 of 16 for 260 yards and two touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets outscored the Tigers 34-7 in the second half. All told, Mann connected on 11 of 17 passes for 241 yards as Auburn won 48-34.
Dukes, a redshirted freshman filling in for the injured Todd Williams, led the Dawgs to a team-record 42 first-half points en route to a 62-35 romp over Vanderbilt. Georgia scored 21 points in four minutes late in the second period as Dukes ran for one TD and threw for two to break open a 21-21 game.
LSU and Florida also coasted. At Kentucky, the Tigers led only 9-3 at the half, but then Dalton Hilliard raced for three of his four touchdowns and the Wildcats fell, 36-10. Hilliard wound up with 164 yards on 32 carries. In the Gators' 48-17 rout of Cincinnati, three runners gained more than 100 yards: John L. Williams rushed for 111, Neal Anderson 105 and James Massey 120.
Bernie Kosar had another big day, completing 29 of 42 passes for 351 yards to lead Miami to a 27-7 win over Pitt. It was Kosar's sixth 300-yard game of the season, and he broke his own school records, for completions in a game and for touchdown passes in a season. His one TD throw brought his total to 16.
Florida State's offense didn't score a touchdown until the final 1:32 of a 27-6 defeat of Tulane. By then, though, Derek Schmidt had booted two field goals and the Seminoles had converted two consecutive blocked punts into touchdowns.
Houston's strength in its stunning 29-20 victory at SMU was its ability to minimize the deleterious effects of its mistakes. The Cougars fumbled seven times, the Mustangs thwarted five Houston drives and a Cougar ballcarrier was stopped behind the line on a third-and-one at his own 37. But Houston recovered all those fumbles, and Mike Clendenen kicked a school-record five field goals after those drives fizzled. One of those three-pointers put the Cougars in front 19-7 in the third quarter after Raymond Tate was collared behind the line on that third-down play. Tate turned the apparent loss into a first down by flipping the ball to surprised quarterback Gerald Landry, who went 16 yards.
Arkansas and Texas coughed up the ball six times apiece on the wet, steamy artificial turf in Austin, where the Longhorns prevailed 24-18. Brad Taylor of the Hogs, who had four of his first 10 passes intercepted, completed his first with 13:21 remaining and Texas ahead 24-3. Altogether, Taylor made good on 12 of 22 attempts for 201 yards in a frenetic fourth period. The Horns' worst miscue came when Terry Orr dived into the end zone from the Arkansas one without the ball, which he had fumbled away. Taylor then took the Razorbacks 99 yards and threw for a two-point conversion to make the score 24-18 with 4:50 left. Although time ran out on Arkansas' final march, offsetting penalties gave the Hogs one more chance after what would otherwise have been the last play. So Taylor fired again and completed an 18-yarder to Jamie Lueders, who was brought down at the Texas four.
TCU and North Texas State, which are just 35 miles apart, met for the first time in 49 years. The visiting Mean Green came up lean as Kenneth Davis ran 16 times for 219 yards to lead the Horned Frogs to a 34-3 rout. Davis had runs of 51 and 59 yards and equaled a team record with an 82-yard scoring jaunt. For the season Davis, the nation's No. 2 rusher, has 861 yards on 103 tries for an 8.35 average.
Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer was happy just to win 12-10 at Iowa State. So what if the Sooners went without a touchdown until Spencer Tillman scored from seven yards out with 3:34 left. So plenty. Folks back in Norman were mighty worried that their Sooners produced only 277 yards of offense against a team that is now 2-5.
There was consternation, too, in Lincoln, even after Nebraska scored three times in the final quarter to overcome a 7-3 deficit and win 24-7 at Colorado. Travis Turner had a hand in all three Husker touchdowns, running for two of them and passing for the other.
The strongest attacks in the Big Eight were generated by Missouri, which clobbered Kansas State 61-21, and by Oklahoma State, which beat Kansas 47-10. Said Cowboy offensive tackle Paul Blair, "People have been saying, 'This is the typical OSU flat offense. All they can do is waste time.' I think we proved they are wrong." Proof was supplied by two runners coming back after injuries. Charles Crawford, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last month, ran for two touchdowns. Ken Zachary (shoulder) turned on the speed he displayed in winning the 100 meters (10.36) at the Kansas Relays last April by streaking 87 yards for a score.
Ohio State led Michigan State 16-0 in the third quarter, but with the help of a 75-yard Dave Yarema-to-Mark Ingram pass-run touchdown and a 93-yard kick-off return by Larry Jackson, the Spartans trailed only 23-20 when they got the ball at the Buckeye 39 with 2:56 to go. State suddenly played so conservatively, however, that it got off only six plays before Ralf Mojsiejenko missed a 43-yard field-goal try with three seconds remaining.
Iowa's 26-0 defeat of Michigan was the first shutout loss since 1977 for the Wolverines, who hadn't failed to score against the Hawkeyes since 1929. The Hawkeye D gave up only 187 yards while extending to 12 its string of periods in which it hasn't yielded a touchdown.
A masterful field general, Army's Sassaman marched through the Quakers for 116 yards.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE: Junior quarterback Robbie Bosco propelled Brigham Young to a 30-25 WAC victory over Air Force by connecting on 28 of 41 passes for four touchdowns and a career-high 484 yards.
DEFENSE: In a 12-10 Big Eight loss to Oklahoma, middle linebacker Jeff Braswell of Iowa State made 11 solo tackles, two of which were for losses, assisted on eight others and broke up one pass.