In a showdown between Jesuit schools, Boston College walloped Holy Cross 59-6. The Eagles picked up 609 yards in the latest meeting in this 80-year-old series, with 220-pound senior Tailback Glen Capriola leading the ground attack by grinding out 179 yards and scoring two touchdowns. Eagle Quarterback Ken Smith completed 12 of 18 passes for 215 yards and two more touchdowns, one a 49-yard pass to sophomore Flanker Paul McCarty. Said McCarty, "I was so open I got nervous waiting to catch the ball."
Northern Michigan Coach Gil Krueger, whose team met Delaware in a Division II quarterfinal, was also a bit nervous. Krueger was anxious about his pet play, one he explained to the officials the night before the game to ensure they wouldn't call it an illegal maneuver. Putting Krueger further on edge was the fact that his Wildcats trailed 17-7 in the last period. Fullback Randy Awrey plunged one yard for a touchdown to make it 17-14. Then, with 4:40 left and the ball on the Delaware 35-yard line, Krueger decided it was time to use the play, a sideline sleeper. Flanker Greg Grigsby, who had come into the game for one down, appeared to leave the field for a substitute. To further disguise the move, Krueger made a substitution at this moment so that it looked as if two players were leaving the field together. Grigsby, who had stopped just inside the sideline marker, sped downfield as the Wildcats snapped the ball on the first count. Quarterback Steve Mariucci, who completed 17 of 28 passes for 240 yards, fired the ball to Grigsby, who did not have a defender within 20 yards of him as he cruised to an easy score. Northern Michigan added another touchdown as it went on to win 28-17.
1. PITTSBURGH (11-0)
2. RUTGERS (11-0)
3. PENN STATE (7-4)
"He's in another world. I think when he was a kid he stuck his finger in an electrical socket." That was Dewey Mitchell's assessment of his fellow Alabama linebacker, sophomore Barry Krauss, after the Tide drubbed Auburn 38-7 in a Southeastern Conference game. Krauss, who is called Space Cadet by his teammates, said, "I guess I've been kind of a wild man. I mean, I love to hit. Love it. What a super time!" What made it so super for Krauss was that he came through with 18 tackles. Also enjoying the romp were sophomore Running Back Tony Nathan, who ran for 142 yards, and junior Cornerback Mike Tucker, who intercepted two passes. Nathan was at his best during a four-play, 80-yard scoring march, breaking loose for a 20-yard run, catching a 42-yard pass and then wrapping things up by bolting over from 14 yards out for the touchdown.
Some 70,000 fans attended the Georgia Tech-Georgia game in Athens, 60,000 of them jamming Sanford Stadium and another 10,000 watching as standees from the railroad tracks which run along an embankment behind one end zone. What they all saw was a three-yard scoring run by Quarterback Ray Goff and a 23-yard field goal by Allan Leavitt that gave the Bulldogs a 10-0 lead going into the last quarter. Then they watched the Yellow Jackets surge back to tie the score on an 18-yard field goal by Dan Smith and a 26-yard end run by Halfback Eddie Lee Ivery. Georgia seemed to be on its way to regaining the lead as it marched downfield. But the Bulldogs coughed up the ball on a fumble on the Tech 29-yard line with 3:09 left. That seemed to assure the Yellow Jackets of no worse than a tie, but on first down they fumbled, the Bulldogs recovering on the Tech 34. On a fourth-and-one play, Goff kept the Bulldog hopes for a victory alive by gaining two yards on a keeper. Meanwhile, Leavitt readied himself for a possible field-goal attempt. "It was like a graveyard on the sidelines," he said later. "Not a soul would say a word to me." His teammates, though, had plenty to say to Leavitt after he booted a field goal from 33 yards out in the last five seconds to give Georgia a 13-10 victory.
Also deadlocked at 10-all late in the fourth period were Florida and Miami. With four minutes left to go, Gator Quarterback Jimmy Fisher raced 48 yards for a touchdown and Florida went on to win 19-10. Fisher kept the Hurricanes off balance throughout the game, running 15 times for 103 yards and completing 14 of 21 passes for a total of 263 yards.
Tennessee overcame a 10-7 halftime deficit and went on to defeat SEC opponent Vanderbilt 13-10. For Bill Battle it was his last game as coach of the Volunteers, whose 6-5 record was their worst in 12 years. Battle, who has endured the wrath of disgruntled fans in recent weeks—For Sale signs appeared on his front lawn and exterminators were sent to his office—announced his resignation early last week.
The largest crowd ever to attend a sports event at the Superdome in New Orleans—76,188—saw Grambling down Southern University 10-2 in the Bayou Classic. Quarterback Doug Williams accounted for the game's only touchdown when he passed 35 yards to Wide Receiver Carlos Pennywell in the first period, the 12th time this season the two had combined on a touchdown pass. For Williams it was his 20th touchdown toss of the year and the 55th of his three-year career with the Tigers.
North Dakota State held off Eastern Kentucky 10-7 in a Division II playoff. In a Division III semifinal, Towson (Md.) State outlasted St. Lawrence 38-36. Senior Quarterback Dan Dullea kept the Tigers rolling by completing 15 of 31 passes for 258 yards and four touchdowns. That left Dullea with career totals of 473 completions in 864 attempts for 6,400 yards and 53 touchdowns.