1. OHIO STATE (6-0)
2. NOTRE DAME (6-0)
3. OKLAHOMA (5-0-1)
Missouri fumble-bummed its way out of the unbeatens in a 17-13 loss to Colorado. Three Tiger turnovers ended two drives, one inside the one and the other at the 24, and set up a Buffalo touchdown from the 13. Colorado covered 76 yards to score the winning touchdown late in the game following the last of the Missouri fumbles. The key plays were a 41-yard scramble by Quarterback Clyde Crutchmer and a four-yard scoring burst off tackle by Jim Kelleher. The TD run succeeded because of special blocking assignments designed to take advantage of Missouri's tendencies shown in previous goal line situations. "We put the play in Friday," said Coach Eddie Crowder. "We figured that nobody had beaten Missouri because they were so tough inside the 10. We dissected their defense inside the 10 and came up with that play."
Oklahoma State and Nebraska tied 17-all after the Cornhuskers passed up a short field goal and tried unsuccessfully for a touchdown on fourth and goal inside the one with 2:23 left. Tony Davis was met on his fourth straight carry down close by Linebacker Jesse Hudson, who forced a fumble. In a similar situation just before halftime, Oklahoma State had faked the field goal and successfully gone for the touchdown. The Cowboys appeared to be ready for a kick when specialist Abby Daigle entered the huddle. Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne responded with the appropriate defensive changes. As State broke for the line of scrimmage, however, Daigle, the 12th man in the huddle, broke for the sidelines. Leonard Thompson went in for the score.
November 5, 1973
Oklahoma, still unbeaten, ripped into Kansas State 56-14, and after the dust settled Wildcat Defensive End David Brown said a few more days of preparation might have been needed. Probably so; Kansas State gave up 590 yards on defense. Kansas pulled out a 22-20 victory over Iowa State when Del Williams ran 32 yards for a touchdown with 1:46 remaining.
The Big Ten remained much the same with Ohio State, Michigan and Illinois all storming to impressive wins to remain unbeaten in the league. The Buckeyes bombed Northwestern 60-0, the Wolverines blasted Minnesota 34-7 and the Illini crushed Iowa 50-0. Archie Griffin and Cornelius Greene had outstanding days for Ohio State. Griffin gained 105 yards in 17 carries (compared to Northwestern's 105 in 43 carries) and Greene netted 88 in nine tries. Each scored a pair of touchdowns.
Other Big Ten action saw Michigan State upset Purdue 10-7 and Wisconsin turn four turnovers into touchdowns in a 31-7 win over Indiana. The Spartans ended a scoring drought of 15 quarters when Quarterback Charlie Baggett sprinted 69 yards in the second period for the winning points.
Mid-American leaders Miami of Ohio and Kent State remained unbeaten in the conference with respective wins of 16-0 over Toledo and 27-16 against Utah State. Bowling Green edged Marshall 24-21 and Ohio University upset Western Michigan 16-0.
1. HOUSTON (6-1)
2. TEXAS (4-2)
3. TEXAS TECH (6-1)
Early in the week Saturday's Children looked to be Tuesday's Rebels as black football players at Rice threatened to organize a team boycott. The issue was Coach Al Conover's dismissal of End Edwin Collins. The walkout did not occur but, unfortunately, the game did. Texas romped 55-13 in its biggest display of muscle this year. "The most humiliating thing I've ever been through," said Conover. Texas' Darrell Royal said, "Problems and confusion obviously hurt their preparation," but he quickly added good words for two of his players, Quarterback Marty Akins and Fullback Roosevelt Leaks. Akins completed two short touchdown passes to Parker Alford and Leaks gained 193 yards on 29 carries and scored twice.
Texas Tech had its third impressive win of the year, 31-14 over SMU, making its loss to Texas five weeks ago all the harder to live with. The Raiders also carry the scalps of previously unbeaten Oklahoma State and Arizona, but with the Longhorns apparently headed for a sixth straight Cotton Bowl bid the best Tech can hope for is a lesser postseason game. Quarterback Joe Barnes starred with 229 offensive yards and touchdowns running and passing. His career yardage now totals 3,029, a school record. Larry Isaac scored twice for the winners; Alvin Maxson tallied both Mustang touchdowns.
Arkansas and Texas A&M both went one game over .500 but the Aggies had the tougher time of it, edging Baylor 28-22. The Razorbacks whipped Tulsa 20-6 outside the conference.
1. PENN STATE (7-0)
2. PITT (4-2-1)
3. RUTGERS (5-1)
Fair Harvard, unbeaten and unchallenged after four games, took a quick 3-0 lead against Dartmouth but five plays later the Crimson was trailing and on its way to a 24-18 setback. The Greenies led 24-3 at half-time but had to stop three offensive thrusts inside their 15 in the second half when Harvard finally got untracked. Tom Snickenberger scored one Dartmouth TD and passed for another.
Pennsylvania took sole possession of the Ivy lead by blanking Princeton 24-0 even though two backs were sidelined. Defensive Back Glenn Casey was used on offense and scored all three touchdowns on short runs. It was Penn's first victory at Princeton in 14 years.
Yale Quarterback Tom Doyle broke open a close game with fourth-quarter touchdown runs of 18 and 13 yards as the Eli whipped Cornell 20-3. Columbia lost 28-2 outside the conference to Rutgers, whose J. J. Jennings rushed for 100 yards and scored his 15th touchdown of the season. The only thing that slowed the nation's scoring and rushing leader was a sprained ankle.
Two Eastern have-nots, Syracuse and Army, remained winless. The Orange could not hold a 9-0 lead and fell 34-23 to Miami. Army came even closer against Holy Cross, but a fourth-quarter fumble at the Cadet 39 set up a short drive that erased a one-point advantage and gave the Crusaders a 17-10 victory. Boston College edged Villanova 11-7 as Mike Esposito gained 161 yards and scored the decisive touchdown. Tom Parr led Colgate to a 41-23 thrashing of Bucknell by rushing and passing for 260 yards and two touchdowns.
Penn State had no trouble with West Virginia, which lost its fourth straight, 62-14. John Cappelletti ran for four touchdowns and gained 130 yards in 24 carries. "Cappy is like having a second offensive line," said Lion Tackle Phil LaPorta. "We knock people down at the line and he knocks 'em down again." The State defense allowed only 166 yards, all in the air and 96 of them on one play.
Temple handed small college power Delaware its second consecutive loss 31-8 and ran its record to 6-1. Connecticut remained unbeaten in the Yankee Conference by beating top challenger Massachusetts 28-6. A 21-point second quarter in which Eric Torkelson scored twice broke the game open. Lafayette's Tony Giglio proved too much for Maine as the Leopards triumphed 23-13. Giglio scored two touchdowns and rushed for 123 yards.
1. ALABAMA (7-0)
2. LSU (7-0)
3. TENNESSEE (6-1)
Houston, ranked 12th in the nation, had not been blanked in seven years of triple option veering and was averaging a Cougarish 31 points and 448 yards per game before it met Auburn. Nevertheless, before a homecoming crowd of 58,426 the Tigers shut out Houston for the first time in 90 games and ended the Cougars' 10-game winning streak 7-0. The only score came on a seven-yard run midway in the first period by freshman Quarterback Chris Vacarella. Houston managed 310 yards on offense but never came closer to the Tiger goal line than the 12.
Tulane was without the services of its leading rusher, Tailback Doug Bynum, but even so the Green Wave managed to beat Georgia Tech 23-14, after which the team gave Bynum the game ball. "I had no idea how his absence would affect us mentally," said Coach Bennie Ellender after the Green Wave's sixth straight win, "but I couldn't have been happier over our tailback play. We played as inspired a game as we have all season." Subbing for Bynum, Eddie Price and Ricky Hebert combined for 137 yards and two touchdowns.
Alabama, battling for the national championship, scored on 10 of its first 13 possessions to overwhelm Virginia Tech 77-6 in its biggest outburst in 22 years. The Tide's 743 rushing yards and 828 offensive yards broke NCAA records. Four Alabama backs gained more than 100 yards, topped by substitute James Taylor's 142 in five carries. "I'm embarrassed," said Coach Paul Bryant, "I certainly didn't want any score like that." Paul Dietzel hosted his old LSU team in Columbia, and South Carolina almost pulled a major upset before falling 33-29. "I have never seen greater effort in my life," Dietzel said. "I've never been prouder." LSU drove 63 yards in the final four minutes for the winning touchdown, which came on a two-yard roll-out by Quarterback Mike Miley. "This is the toughest 7-0 record I've ever seen," Coach Charlie McClendon said. "We have to struggle every time out." Tennessee also won outside the Southeastern Conference by slugging Texas Christian 39-7 as Quarterback Condredge Holloway passed for three touchdowns.
League games saw Mississippi top Vanderbilt 24-14 and Kentucky upset Georgia 12-7. The Bulldogs' loss heaped still more criticism on Coach Vince Dooley, whose 3-3-1 team is in danger of winding up with its first losing record in 10 years. "I think Georgia knows it was lucky to get out as easily as it did," said Kentucky Quarterback Mike Fanuzzi.
North Carolina State all but clinched the Atlantic Coast Conference title by jolting Clemson's hopes 29-6. Maryland, which has already lost to the Wolfpack, stayed in contention with a 20-point fourth quarter that toppled Duke 30-10. Wake Forest blew a 10-0 lead in a 21-10 loss to Virginia, and North Carolina upended Southern leader East Carolina 28-27. A six-yard scoring pass from Billy Paschall to Dick Oliver with less than a minute to play pulled the game out for the Tar Heels.
Nationally ranked Richmond suffered its first defeat after six wins, losing to Northeast Louisiana 14-8.
1. ARIZONA STATE (7-0)
2. USC (5-1-1)
3. UCLA (6-1)
The slaughter that followed the opening kickoff of Saturday's UCLA-California game was rather predictable. The Bruins have the Pacific Eight's most dangerous offense, the Bears the least effective defense. The final score was 61-21 and UCLA Quarterback Mark Harmon did much to make it so. Harmon gained 123 yards in 13 carries and completed a touchdown pass to Norm Andersen. Eight different Bruins scored, three of them crossing the goal within 3:12 of each other in the first quarter.
There were plenty of points tallied by the league's second worst offensive team as Mike Boryla's five touchdown passes led Stanford past Washington State 45-14. Oregon, meanwhile, was embarrassing Washington 58-0. The Huskies tried 29 passes in the game, completing four for 20 yards. Duck defenders picked oil six.
With Fullback Ben Malone scoring five touchdowns on runs of 18, 68, 17, 17 and two yards, Arizona State shelled Oregon State 44-14. The nation's No. 1 offensive team gained 605 yards, 250 of them by Malone in only 24 carries. "It was the best game I have ever seen played by an Arizona State fullback," said Coach Frank Kush, who has seen 162 of them. "And it was by far our best game this year." Woody Green did not fare so well, gaining 83 yards in 19 tries, and there was some dispute why. Kush said the defense was keying on him, although the Beavers' Dee Andros denied it.
While Arizona State was extending the nation's longest winning streak to 12 games, Arizona was taking over the Western Athletic Conference lead with a 42-21 win against Utah. The Wildcats gained 443 yards rushing and 110 passing and the Utes contributed nine turnovers. Other league games saw Wyoming blast Brigham Young 41 21 and Colorado State destroy Texas-El Paso 76-24. The UTEP defenders have allowed 392 points in their eight losses, with Arizona State and Arizona still to be met. New Mexico lost a nonleague game to San Jose State 15-0.
San Diego State, the PCAA leader, advanced its record to 5-1 by bombing winless Florida State 38-17. Air Force clobbered Davidson 41-19 to end a three-game losing streak as Quarterback Rich Haynie became the school's alltime total offense and passing leader. Haynie completed 10 of 13 for 150 yards and gained 80 yards on eight carries to give him 3,918 yards overall.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
THE BACK: Quarterback Mike Boryla passed Stanford to a 45-14 victory over Washington State with 16 completions in 23 attempts for 151 yards and a school-record five touchdowns. They covered five, eight, 22, seven and 15 yards.
THE LINEMAN: Ken Bernich, Auburn's 6'3" 238-pound junior linebacker, was the outstanding defender as Houston suffered its first loss of the year and first shutout since 1965. Bernich was in on 22 tackles—12 solos and 10 assists.