1. PENN STATE (1-0)
2. SYRACUSE (1-0)
3. ARMY (1-0)
In the fashion of the season, the Navy's new gold helmets each had a big blue "100" painted on the sides. This, of course, was in honor of college football's centennial, but as the game wore on in the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, it looked as if 100 might be the number of points that Penn State would score against the poor Midshipmen. As it was, the final score—Penn State 45, Navy 22—was largely thanks to the mercy of State Coach Joe Paterno, who played his second-stringers through much of the second half.
Of course, Navy's new head coach, Rick Forzano, shouldn't feel too bad. Penn State is going to wallop a lot of teams this season. The Nittany Lions now have gone 20 straight games without a loss and, with studs like Charlie Pittman, Mike Reid and Steve Smear around, they just might extend that by another 10 games or so. Reid, an accomplished concert pianist, turned in a virtuoso performance in the defensive line, as did Smear, who demolished Navy's backs all afternoon. And then Pittman put his moves on the Middies' defenders for two touchdowns and a career high of 176 yards rushing in his first heavy going since the Orange Bowl (ankle and knee injuries kept him out of heavy contact both last spring and this fall). Pittman's day was topped off nicely when his hero, Lenny Moore, the old Penn State and Baltimore Colt star, dropped by the dressing room to shake hands. "You're bigger than me," Moore told Pittman, "but there's no sense in comparing things. You do your thing, I did mine."
After Syracuse slipped past surprising Iowa State 14-13, the university's new chancellor, Dr. John Corbally, visited the dressing room and said, "I appreciated the way you played today...I know that you really didn't want to close them out too early." Well, Dr. Corbally might have thought that the Orangemen were toying with their visitors just for drama's sake, but Coach Ben Schwartzwalder knew better. "We just couldn't coordinate our defense," he said, thankful that Syracuse was able to come from behind with an 80-yard drive in the final quarter. Sophomore Greg Allen set up the winning touchdown on a 12-yard sweep, then sophomore Marty Januskiewicz scored on another sweep.
New Mexico's Lobos came East seeking to end their 19-game losing streak, but they picked on the wrong team. Army moved on the ground—where else?—well enough (241 yards) for a 31-14 victory. Meanwhile, down the Hudson in New York's Yankee Stadium, 64,232 showed up for the second annual charity game between Grambling and Morgan State, and Grambling Wingback Frank Lewis put on a spectacular for the folks. Showing more soul than anybody but the Grambling marching band, Lewis scored on tape-measure dashes of 83 and 87 yards as Grambling won 30-12. Meanwhile, the Tigers' defensive line, which averages a dainty 265 pounds, stopped three Morgan State drives inside the five.
1. TEXAS (1-0)
2. ARKANSAS (1-0)
3. TEXAS TECH (1-0)
By Texas standards it was not really that hot—86� and 74% humidity—but Purdue nevertheless roared into TCU's Amon Carter Stadium armed to the chin straps with all sorts of cool stuff—fishnet jerseys, oxygen and lots of ice. This was all very impressive, but Coach Jack Mollenkopf's best air conditioner was senior Quarterback Mike Phipps, who passed for four touchdowns as Purdue chilled the Horned Frogs 42-35—TCU's first home opening loss since 1951.
Not only did Phipps team with Stan Brown for a 67-yard scoring pass in the third quarter (which went 50 yards in the air), his longest completion did not even lead to a touchdown. It was an 80-yarder to John Bullock, from the Newport News, Va. high school that produced Leroy Keyes, and it was the longest pass play in the history of the stadium. But Bullock was stopped on the TCU five and Purdue failed this time to punch it across-just one of the quixotic turns in a game where Purdue led 35-7 in the third quarter, only to have TCU come back behind its own limber-armed quarterback, sophomore Steve Judy, in the last period. The Frogs pulled within seven points late in the game when senior Linzy Cole returned a Purdue kick 70 yards for a touchdown, but then the Boilermakers killed the clock. "Whew," said Coach Fred Taylor of TCU, "have you ever seen a wilder game?"