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Mike Del Nagro
September 20, 1976
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September 20, 1976

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Ranked among the Top Ten in all major preseason polls and a 13�-point favorite to beat Boston College, Texas did an el foldo before 30,476 jubilant fans at Chestnut Hill. "I kept saying I was fearful of coming up here and nobody believed me," lamented Longhorn Coach Darrell Royal. That was understandable. For the past two years B.C. had bowl aspirations but both times the Eagles were humiliated in their season openers by ranked opposition. Last year Notre Dame thumped them 17-3 and in 1974 Texas itself ran up a 23-point victory. Even Eagle diehards felt the current team was inferior to the last two. On top of that, Anthony Brown, the No. 1 tailback, was out with a bad shoulder and in Ken Smith B.C. had a quarterback who had yet to throw a varsity pass.

On the second play from scrimmage, Neil Green, filling in for Brown, took a pitchout on his own 26, got a block from Guard Tom Lynch and raced 74 yards for a touchdown. B.C. increased its lead to 14-0 when Smith engineered a 12-play scoring drive following a Texas fumble on the Eagle four-yard line. The Longhorns came back to score on a 35-yard Mike Cordaro-to-Alfred Jackson TD pass and looked as if they might yet salvage the game when Halfback Johnny (Lam) Jones scored on an 18-yard sweep with 4:38 left to play, making it 14-13. Eagle Defensive Back Kelly Elias stopped Jones' two-point conversion try. Longhorn Placekicker Russell Erxleben had the last chance to win it, but his 53-yard field-goal attempt on the final play of the game was just wide. "This is the biggest victory for any B.C. athletic team ever," crowed Athletic Director Bill Flynn. Said Royal, "I don't think they were underrated as much as we were overrated."

Penn State turned three first-period fumbles into two touchdowns and a field goal, then held off Stanford 15-12. Freshman Fullback Matt Suhey rushed for 119 yards in 23 carries, including a six-yard TD burst. Suhey was replacing his older brother Larry, who had been injured in practice. The win was the Nittany Lions' fourth straight over the Cardinals.

Rutgers kept its eight-game winning streak alive by downing Navy 13-3. New Coach Frank Cignetti got a happy welcome at West Virginia as the Mountaineers thumped Villanova 28-7. Army topped Lafayette 16-6.

2. PENN STATE (1-0)
3. B.C. (1-0)


It took Houston 20 years of campaigning to join the Southwest Conference. It won that fight in 1971, only to be told it must wait another five years before it could play a conference game. Having waited that period, Bill Yeoman's Cougars waited another 30 minutes and then defeated favored Baylor 23-5. Fullback Dyral Thomas scored two touchdowns. Quarterback Danny Davis another and Lennard Coplin kicked a 22-yard field goal while the Cougar defense kept Baylor from crossing midfield in the second half.

Texas A&M Fullback George Woodard scored two touchdowns, rushed for 111 yards and caught three passes to lead the Aggies over Virginia Tech 19-0. It could have been worse for the Gobblers. A&M lost two fumbles inside the five, was intercepted at the one and missed a 39-yard field goal.

Texas Tech intercepted Colorado's Jeff Austin five times to upset the Buffaloes 24-7. Linebacker Thomas Howard had two of the thefts and got at least a piece of 17 tackles. The Red Raiders struck for two quick touchdowns by Tommy Duniven and Jimmy Williams, whose 87 yards rushing provided about as much offense as Tech needed.

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