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Gwilym S. Brown
October 02, 1972
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October 02, 1972

The Week

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1. USC (3-0)

The UCLA-Michigan matchup at the Los Angeles Coliseum might well have been the next glittering chapter in the life of young Mark Thomas Harmon, UCLA quarterback and son of Michigan All-America Tom Harmon. But on the second play from scrimmage the script came up with a surprise twist. Or thump. Harmon was whacked on the head by a knee while running an option play and spent the rest of the night on the bench with blurred vision and a fierce headache as his team lost to the Wolverines 26-9. Without Harmon's deft ball handling, fakes and sharp passing, the Bruins" Wishbone T lacked snap. It was no match for Michigan's ball-control game, which in the first half ground out scoring drives of 74 and 60 yards that consumed 11:35 minutes and put the game out of UCLA's reach. Michigan was able to run off 83 plays to its opponents' 56. Fullback Ed Shuttlesworth was the prime mover, with 116 yards gained on 24 thrusts, but the Wolverines' crop of seven running backs averaged 4.9 yards gained per whack. "Everything I feared could happen, did," moaned losing Coach Pepper Rodgers.

In Tempe, Arizona State ran up a 42-7 halftime lead against Kansas State and with Coach Frank Kush getting a good look at his bench strength in the second half, went on to win 56-14 before its eighth straight home sellout, a crowd of 50,682. Junior Quarterback Dan White put on a crisp passing exhibition to please the home folks, hitting on 15 of 21 for 230 yards, and the Sun Devils picked up 31 first downs on their way to an offensive total of 560 yards.

The Air Force Academy was slow on the takeoff against Pitt, but turned a narrow 13-7 halftime lead into a 41-13 shellacking. Tailback Joel Carlson, a reserve quarterback last year, has now found his niche. He had his second straight 100-plus game, gaining 134 yards on 30 carries.


1. PENN STATE (1-1)
3. NAVY (1-1)

Nebraska, working feverishly to regain top national ranking, slaughtered a brave old Army team 77-7 before a thoroughly appalled but impressed crowd of 42,239 at West Point. It was the worst rout suffered by the Cadets in the team's 83-year history. Nebraska's sophomore Quarterback David Humm picked apart the sluggish Army defense with his sharp passing, completing 14 of 18 for 160 yards before giving way to a series of eager replacements. Most of Nebraska's 50-man traveling squad did not leave the bench, however, until the score had mounted to 56-0. Shifty Slotback Johnny Rodgers scored three times on a short run and pass receptions of 26 and five yards, but not all of his moves were good. He lost two fumbles. Led by Middle Guard Rich Glover and End Willie Harper, the Nebraska defense squelched the Army running game so completely that it ended up with a minus-12-yard total. Presumably shattered is the optimism that had been generated on the banks of the Hudson by three straight wins at the finish of last season. "I don't feel sorry," said Rodgers when the scoring derby had ended. "We have to prove we are as good as last year."

Navy enjoyed a far happier afternoon than its service academy brother, though it lost to Penn State 21-10. "This is the best Navy team since the Roger Staubach days," said winning Coach Joe Paterno. Navy held the ball 65% of the first half and led at half-time 3-0. Penn State could not generate an offense until the third quarter when Quarterback John Hufnagel hit on seven of nine passes to key scoring marches of 89 and 60 yards. The Nittany Lions did not put the game out of reach until—with only 1:18 left on the clock—Linebacker John Skorupan intercepted a Navy pass and ran it back 32 yards for a touchdown. Despite the loss. Navy Coach Rick Forzano looks to a rosy future. "We're getting the good kids again," he said.

Most of the Ivies do not start until this weekend, but in Providence Brown opened its season with a 30-24 loss to Holy Cross. The Crusaders won the game on a fourth-quarter touchdown run of 35 yards by Steve Buchanan and then stopped a final Brown surge by intercepting a pass on their own 12 as the game ended. Boston College rebounded from its opening 10-0 loss to Tulane and belted Temple 49-27.

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