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William F. Reed
November 22, 1971
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November 22, 1971

The Week

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TCU held Texas to a 7-0 lead at halftime, but the Longhorns came out snorting in the third period. Even when Quarterback Eddie Phillips was injured—again—in the middle of a sustained drive, Donnie Wigginton jumped right in and took Texas on to its second touchdown. From there it was a case of who would gain the most yardage—Jim Bertelsen or Dennis Ladd. Bertelsen wound up with 94 to pass Steve Worster and become the second leading rusher in Texas history, trailing only Chris Gilbert. And Ladd, a sophomore, looked like the next Gilbert-Worster-Bertelsen as he gained 89 yards in 15 carries.

In another mediocre performance Arkansas squeezed past SMU 18-13. The Mustangs made a game out of it thanks mainly to some Arkansas bungling. Deep in their own territory, the Razorbacks put the ball in the air, and SMU Cornerback Pat Curry stole it and ran 34 yards for a TD to pull the Mustangs to 12-10. Moments later the Mustangs recovered a fumble, and Chipper Johnson kicked a field goal to give them the lead. Enter Dicky Morton, who led a late drive that culminated in Jon Richardson's game-winning touchdown run from the two.


1. PENN STATE (9-0)
2. DARTMOUTH (7-1)
3. CORNELL (7-1)

Even at halftime, when Cornell trailed Dartmouth 17-0 in the Ivy League's answer to the Super Bowl, none of Ed Marinaro's rooters were overly worried. The game was Cornell's only TV appearance, right? And Big Ed wanted to win the Heisman, right? And Cornell needed a win to insure its first undisputed Ivy title and its first unbeaten season since 1939, right? So surely in the second half Marinaro would come roaring out with that Frank Merriwell glint in his eyes and stomp Dartmouth into a big green pulp while Chris and Bud golly-gee-whizzed up there in the ABC booth. That's how it just had to end, didn't it?

Well, yes and no. Marinaro did indeed bestir himself after an unspectacular first half. Early in the third quarter Cornell scored after a blocked punt and nine straight Marinaro carries. The next time Cornell got its hands on the ball, Marinaro broke a 46-yard touchdown run, by far his biggest gainer of the day. Right then would have been a fine time for the Indians to fold up their tents and fade into the sunset. Instead, Quarterback Steve Stetson, who did not know he was going to start until 1� hours before kickoff, pulled his team together and took it on a quick touchdown march for a 24-14 lead. And early in the final period, when Cornell had a fourth and four on the Dartmouth 22, the Indians' Weymoth Crowell stopped Marinaro short of a first down. That ended Cornell's last serious threat because the Big Red does not have any such thing as a catch-up offense. In the waning moments, when it should have been going for the bomb, Cornell still was running Marinaro into the line, as if it was sitting on a 10-point lead. When it was apparent that Cornell was done, a segment of the Indian cheering section could not resist sticking a fork in Marinaro, serenading him with that old ditty we all know and love, "Goodby Heisman." Which, of course, was slightly out of tune with Marinaro's statistics: 177 yards and two TDs on 44 carries.

Over at University Park, Pa., against North Carolina State, Penn State got off like the Penn Central. Slow, that is. After three quarters the nation's No. 2 scoring team was ahead by only 7-3, but then it was All Aboard! and away we go. When the express finally stopped rolling, Penn State had a 35-3 victory—its ninth of the year and 14th straight. The locomotive, as usual, was Lydell Mitchell, who scored three of Penn State's four last-quarter touchdowns. His four-touchdown outburst gave Mitchell 25 for the season, breaking the NCAA record set by Art Luppino of Arizona way back in 1954.

It was a booming week for the military, too, as Army topped Pitt 17-14 on Jim Barclay's 20-yard field goal, and Navy dumped puzzling Syracuse by the same score. Boston College (7-2) was held to zero yardage in the first half but rallied to beat Northern Illinois 20-10. Across town, Boston U. took on Delaware, the nation's top small-college team, and got a 54-0 drubbing. And for all you Gary Wichard fans (SI, Nov. 15), the nation's top small-college quarterback passed for three TDs and 232 yards as C.W. Post routed Kings Point 47-0.


2. USC (6-4)
3. STANFORD (7-3)

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