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Football's Week
Herman Weiskopf
December 01, 1975
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December 01, 1975

Football's Week

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"After I got by the line of scrimmage I had to almost look for people to tackle me," said Kansas Fullback Dennis Wright, who scored on a pair of 20-yard, up-the-middle runs in the Jay hawks' 42-24 victory over Missouri. There was a reason for all that daylight. Kansas took Ken Downing, the Tigers' all-conference cornerback, out of harm's way by continually putting a running back in motion. By isolating Downing and by double-teaming the Missouri nose guard, Kansas opened things up. Nonetheless, the Tigers had a 10-0 lead before the Jayhawks broke loose. The loosest Kansan, Halfback Laverne Smith, ran for 236 yards in 15 carries and in a 2� minute span during the third period had scoring jaunts of 67 and 56 yards. In that quarter the Jayhawks gained 304 yards and scored 21 points. All in all, Kansas gained 626 yards—556 on the ground—with a wishbone offense similar to the one Alabama used when it was upset 20-7 by Missouri on the season's opening weekend. This time the wishbone worked. The victory put Kansas into the Sun Bowl against Pittsburgh.

Colorado's Billy Waddy took the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and the Buffaloes went on to whip Kansas State 33-7. Terry Miller scored twice as Oklahoma State toppled Iowa State 14-7.

Tony Dungy tied a Big Ten season record for touchdown passes, completing his 13th as Minnesota beat Wisconsin 24-3. Lonnie Perrin scored four times and rushed for 174 yards to help Illinois down Northwestern 28-7. Levi Jackson picked up 180 yards rushing and Charlie Baggett ran for two touchdowns and passed for another as Michigan State squeaked by Iowa 27-23. Indiana lost to Purdue 9-7 despite the running of Courtney Snyder, who set a Hoosier single-game record by gaining 211 yards.

Toledo's Gene Swick scored three touchdowns, passed for 286 yards and ran for 48 in a 33-28 defeat of Kent State, surpassing the alltime NCAA career total-offense mark of Stanford's Jim Plunkett (7,887 yards) with 8,074.

Miami of Ohio beat Cincinnati 21-13, and Ohio University stopped Marshall 38-21.

1. Ohio State (11-0)
2. Oklahoma (10-1)
3. Michigan (8-1-2)

EAST

"When I get home, I'm going to church real quick-like," said Coach Joe Paterno following Penn State's harrowing 7-6 defeat of Pittsburgh. His defense had "limited" Tony Dorsett to 125 yards in 28 carries, yielding the only Pitt touchdown on a 37-yard burst by Elliott Walker. Paterno was also thankful that two of his assistants had been insistent. It seems J.T. White and Gregg Ducatte had noticed that the Panther center tipped off his snap on placekicks by lowering his head, something they felt they could take advantage of even if Paterno did not put much stock in their scheme. Ducatte alerted Halfback Tommy Odell, a good high jumper, that he might be able to block a PAT kick by Carson Long by hurtling over the head-down center. That is what Odell tried after the Panthers scored in the second period, and Long's kick hit him in the chest. It was Long's first miss after making 60 straight.

Paterno had little going for him on offense until he inserted freshman Quarterback Chuck Fusina in the third quarter. Fusina took the Nittany Lions 69 yards for the tying touchdown, which Tailback Steve Geise scored on a 29-yard dash with 8:18 remaining, Chris Bahr adding the extra point. What a hectic day it was for Long. In the morning his wife gave birth to a daughter. In the afternoon Long not only had his PAT blocked but missed three field-goal attempts in the last five minutes: from the 41, the 13 and a 45-yarder with nine seconds to go.

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