Pittsburgh's Tony Dorsett continued to star in his one-man show: Take the Record Book and Run. During a 37-7 romp over Army he rushed for 212 yards and three touchdowns in 33 carries. In the process, he set two more records. Dorsett broke Archie Griffin's mark for career all-purpose rushing (yards gained on runs, pass receptions and kick returns) as he raised his total to 6,192. And by bringing his season's rushing yardage to 1,525, he became the first to gain 1,500 yards in three different seasons. Bolstering the offense were Carson Long, who kicked three field goals, and Quarterback Matt Cavanaugh, who showed he had recuperated from a fractured fibula by completing eight of 12 passes and running for 76 yards.
Also displaying offensive might was Penn State, which won its fifth straight by downing North Carolina State 41-20. The Nittany Lions amassed 530 yards on offense, alternating Tailbacks Steve Geise and Mike Guman leading the way. Geise broke loose for 145 yards, including a 64-yard scoring run. Guman, who scored from 46 yards out, wound up with 102 yards. The defense showed its stuff, too, recovering four Wolfpack fumbles and stealing two passes.
Rutgers fumbled the ball away four times but still had no difficulty in manhandling Louisville 34-0. "On film, Rutgers didn't look that good," said Cardinal Coach Vince Gibson. "On the field, they're something else." Especially on defense: the Scarlet Knights gave up just three first downs and 62 yards.
Brown went to the air and Yale stayed on the ground, and both wound up winners. Paul Michalko found his receivers on 19 of 29 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns as the Bruins beat Dartmouth for the first time since 1955, 35-21. Latching on to a dozen of those passes was Split End Bob Farnham, who scored on 48- and 29-yard plays and raised his three-year career total to 112 receptions. The Elis gained 388 of their 465 yards on the ground as they walloped Princeton 39-7 to remain tied with the Bruins for the Ivy League lead. Halfback John Pagliaro, who ran for 95 yards, scored three times and set a Yale season record by bringing his touchdown total to 15. Columbia stopped Cornell 35-17, Quarterback Kevin Burns passing for two touchdowns and running for another. Penn had nine turnovers in a 20-8 loss to Harvard.
When Navy played in the 1955 Sugar Bowl, its quarterback was George Welsh and one of its halfbacks was Joe Gattuso. Now the coach of the Middies, Welsh got plenty of help from Joe's son during a 27-10 triumph at Syracuse. Young Joe Gattuso, a tailback, ran for 159 yards and two touchdowns against the Orangemen. Middie Quarterback Bob Leszczynski hit on 18 of 25 passes, 12 of them in a row.
Colgate remained unbeaten, zapping Bucknell 24-13 as Bob Relph passed for a pair of touchdowns. Delaware stomped all over Davidson, 63-0.
1. PITTSBURGH (9-0)
2. RUTGERS (9-0)
3. PENN STATE (6-3)
"Our players realized that no bleacher, no wall, no grandstand seat was going to come out and make a tackle," said Houston Coach Bill Yeoman after his team made itself at home on Texas' range. The Longhorns, who had won 42 consecutive times at home, were smothered 30-0 in Austin. Their wishbone, which had often enabled them to rip off huge yardage since they installed it in 1968, proved to be more wish than bone as Longhorn runners gained a paltry 24 yards, an alltime team low. Cougar Quarterback Danny Davis passed for 103 yards and had a 28-yard scoring run.
Before facing Arkansas at home after an unusual 20-day layoff, Coach Grant Teaff said, "I think it's the greatest thing that ever happened to Baylor football. I'll figure out why later." Teaff felt much the same after the game, a 7-7 tie that dropped Arkansas from a first-place tie with Texas Tech. A year ago the Razorbacks trampled the Bears 41-3, mainly by running wide. Nevertheless, Teaff set his defenses to encourage them to go outside again in the hopes of corralling Ben Cowins, who led the nation with a 7.7-yard rushing average. Explained Teaff, "We had a crippled safety last year who was always about a step behind the play. This year we had a healthy safety." Baylor held Cowins to 51 yards in 13 carries, limited Arkansas to 195 yards in total offense, and Cornerback Ken Griffin blocked a 22-yard field-goal attempt. Arkansas scored in the third period on a 41-yard pass from Ron Calcagni to Split Receiver Bruce Hay, Baylor in the fourth when Quarterback Mark Jackson culminated an 80-yard drive with a one-yard plunge.