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Pat Putnam
November 26, 1973
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November 26, 1973

The Week

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Pitt had little trouble in downing winless Army 34-0, giving the Panthers their sixth victory and their first winning season since 1963, and then they surprised no one by accepting a bid to play in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 21.

Capitalizing on five turnovers, C. W. Post defeated Fordham 33-0 for its ninth victory against one loss. Rolling up 452 yards and matching four pass interceptions with four fumble recoveries, Delaware shocked Bucknell 50-0. And for the second straight year Williams defeated an unbeaten Amherst team, this time 30-14, to win their third successive Little Three championship.


1. OHIO STATE (9-0)
2. OKLAHOMA (8-0-1)
3. MICHIGAN (10-0)

Michigan and Ohio State will finally get around to picking on someone their own size this week: each other. The Big Two have finally run out of sparring partners. The Buckeyes pounded poor Iowa 55-13 while Michigan unloaded on Purdue 34-9. The workout over with, Bo Schembechler, the Michigan coach, said that he was relieved and now maybe they could start getting ready for Ohio State. "Everybody has been talking about Ohio State for three weeks. How the hell do you get a team prepared for anything else? But now they can talk Ohio because that's next."

Before Purdue, Schembechler had been worried. "Maybe I've been too nice," he mused. "And that doesn't become me at all. I'm gonna be pretty damn tough from now on." He was upset because the week before his troops had lost four of six fumbles in beating Illinois 21-6.

"This week my defensive scout team will tackle the football on every down," Schembechler had warned, "and the first guy that drops it, I'll run him until his tongue hangs out. Carelessness causes fumbles. The question is whether I can teach them not to be careless." As an educator, Schembechler was faultless. No one fumbled, and after a slow first-half start Michigan's powerful ground game (310 yards) crushed any Purdue hopes of an upset by outscoring the Boilermakers in the second half 28-6.

For Ohio State, Iowa went into a six-man line, ignoring what Woody Hayes has said in the past: "Anybody can take away one of our backs with their defense if they want to pay the price."

So Ohio State simply pitched out to Archie Griffin, and the sensational sophomore swept the flanks for 246 yards, breaking his own school record. "We went to the six-man line so they wouldn't punch us around," said Iowa Coach Frank Lauterbur. "If you want an endorsement of Ohio State, I'll endorse them."

At Ames, Iowa, the Sun Bowl people confided happily at halftime that they had signed Missouri and Auburn, and then ran into a total eclipse A two-touchdown underdog, Iowa State came from nowhere to upset Missouri 17-7, and the game was hardly over when another interesting score arrived at the stadium: Georgia 28, Auburn 14. "I was petrified," said Iowa State freshman Quarterback Buddy Hardeman, filling in for injured regular Wayne Stanley. Other quarterbacks should be so fearful before a game. Hardeman merely completed five passes for 74 yards and a touchdown and ran 15 times for 54 yards.

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