1. Texas A&M (9-0)
2. Texas (9-1)
3. Arkansas (7-2)
Tony Dorsett of Pitt did not beat Notre Dame single-handedly. It just seemed that way. Putting on one of the finest performances in a season dominated by running backs (page 30) in the Panthers' 34-20 upset of the Irish, Dorsett accumulated 374 yards on rushes and pass catches, 67 more than the entire Irish offense. His longest gainers were a 57-yard run to the left, a 71-yard touchdown sprint to the right and a pass play called "Ice" on which Dorsett left defenders out in the cold as he scooted 49 yards for another score. After the game, Pitt accepted a bid to the Sun Bowl.
For the first time since 1932 there was a sellout at Brown. A pep rally, almost as rare, was also part of the scene. Causing all the hoopla was something even more uncommon: a chance for the Bruins to all but lock up their first Ivy League title. Alas, Harvard beat the Bruins 45-26. Most responsible for turning the joy into gloom was Jim Kubacki, the Crimson quarterback. Kubacki, who missed the previous game because of a slight shoulder separation, completed 15 of 18 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns. Thus the Ivy championship will be settled in The Game this weekend when Harvard plays at Yale. The Bulldogs tied for first place by stopping Princeton 24-13 with the help of a 97-yard scoring pass, the longest in Yale history. Halfback Don Gesicki tossed the ball and Split End Gary Fencik caught it on his 35, broke two tackles and went all the way. Dartmouth, too, scored through the air, Mike Brait firing three touchdown passes to Tom Fleming in a 33-10 win over Cornell. Columbia relied on the rushing of Doug Jackson, whose 194 yards and three TDs led to a 28-25 defeat of Penn.
Running Backs Clifford Martin of Grambling and Curt Edwards of Rutgers powered their teams to wins. With Martin grinding out 171 yards, the Tigers beat Norfolk State 26-0 in the Whitney M. Young Jr. Classic in New York's Shea Stadium. The Scarlet Knights trampled Boston University 41-3 as Edwards plowed for 151 yards.
1. Penn State (8-2)
2. Pittsburgh (7-3)
3. West Virginia (8-2)
Oregon State Coach Dee Andros missed a team meeting a few hours before his Beavers faced UCLA because an elevator he was on got stuck between floors. During the game, Andros watched as UCLA stuck it to State 31-9. Bruin Tight End Rick Walker, who had caught only five passes for 50 yards heretofore, latched on to four of John Sciarra's tosses for 145 yards and one TD. The win moved UCLA into a tie for the Pacific Eight lead with Stanford and California, which will play each other Saturday, while the Bruins take on USC a week later. Stanford squirmed its way into Rose Bowl contention by taking a 26-0 lead over Oregon and hanging on for a 33-30 decision. Cal, warming up for the big one, won a nonconference game from Air Force 31-14.
"I'm too old to be angry," said USC Coach John McKay after his third straight defeat—and his third since accepting the head coaching job with the NFL Tampa Buccaneers—an 8-7 loss to Washington. The Huskies forced six fumbles and recovered four of them. They also scored a safety, got a touchdown on a 12-yard run by Greg Martin, blocked a field-goal try with 3:22 left and fell on a USC bobble with 34 seconds to go. Despite the setback, the Trojans accepted a berth in the Liberty Bowl.
San Jose State won the Pacific Coast AA title, tripping San Diego State 31-7. A 34-point outburst in the second period helped Arizona State drub Pacific 55-14.