It didn't do much good for Stanford, either, as Donovan, substituting for the injured Jimmy Cefalo, became the first frosh in State's history to rush for more than 100 yards. He picked up 113 on 10 carries, including a 61-yard touchdown run late in the first half. Donovan, whose name did not appear in the depth charts, found out he would be used only hours before the game, when Paterno told him he would carry in the plays.
Penn State also unveiled a variety of formations in rushing for 330 yards on 70 carries while the Lions' defense loosed a three-man front against Mike Cordova's passing attack. Cordova threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted three times.
Syracuse recovered from seven fumbles, a blocked punt and a 17-0 deficit to beat Villanova 24-17 in a game no one seemed to want from start to finish. With 17 seconds left Syracuse was penalized for pass interference, giving Villanova the ball on the Orange two-yard line. On the next play the Wildcats fumbled for the sixth time and Syracuse recovered. Replacing Bob Mitch, Quarterback Jim Donoghue led the Syracuse comeback by passing for 214 yards and two touchdowns.
West Virginia turned two second-half interceptions into touchdowns on the way to a 50-7 rout of Temple, a one-point loser to Penn State the week before. It was Wayne Hardin's second-worst defeat in five years with the Owls.
On another front, Army marched over Holy Cross 44-7.
1. Penn State (2-0)
2. Pittsburgh (1-0)
3. West Virginia (1-0)
No running back in USC's proud history, including Mike Garrett, O. J. Simpson or Anthony Davis, started a season more impressively than did Ricky Bell in USC's 35-7 conquest of Duke, which left Trojan alumni breathing easy about Davis' replacement.
A 6'2", 215-pound junior tailback, Bell shattered the USC single-game rushing record—set by C.R. Roberts in 1956—by ripping off 256 yards on 34 carries. He also scored four touchdowns and made good the prophecy of Roberts' wife, who told her husband, "Your record's going to fall tonight, honey." Roberts, who set the old standard of 251 yards against Texas, came out of the stands to congratulate Bell when Ricky left the game with 4:06 remaining.
"I didn't have any idea I was that close to the record," Bell said. "I just wanted to play a good game. I figured I'd carry 15 or 20 times but never 34. Man, now I know what O.J., A.D. and the rest went through."