In other games SMU handed TCU its 12th consecutive loss, 45-21; Texas A&I won its 40th straight by beating Livingston State 21-13; Rice ripped Idaho 31-10; and Lou Holt?, late of the New York Jets, guided Arkansas to a 53-10 rout of New Mexico State.
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Frank Burns of Rutgers, a school with large athletic ambitions, labeled the Colgate game "must win" after his Scarlet Knights were routed by Penn State in an early season opener. But Colgate, whose incentive had smoldered since last Thanksgiving, made the Knights look like turkeys in a 23-0 rout.
Colgate's revenge motive stemmed from last season's 17-9 loss to the Knights, whose 18-game win streak remained intact with the help of an official's error, later admitted.
Rutgers got no assistance this time and its gaffes were its own. Colgate's defense forced four fumbles and recovered three in handing the Knights their first shutout in 35 games.
"We're good but not great," West Virginia Coach Frank Cignetti said of his Mountaineers. Spider fans may not agree. The Mountaineers savaged the University of Richmond 36-0, with 406 yards total offense. Senior Quarterback Dan Kendra passed for two touchdowns and 149 yards and scored himself on a four-yard keeper.
Temple Coach Wayne Hardin also was hoping for better after a rash of bonehead plays led to a 24-20 defeat by Southern Illinois. Leading 20-15 in the first minute of the final quarter, Temple gave up a touchdown on a pass interception and a safety on the ensuing kickoff when Zachary Dixon, who earlier raced 90 yards on a scoring kickoff return, caught the ball at the two and downed it in the end zone.
Temple also lost three of four fumbles and incurred a delay-of-game penalty when Duke Joyner tried to run back a punt after signaling for a fair catch. And the Owls' NCAA record of 106 consecutive extra-point kicks ended when a 15-yard pushing penalty forced Wes Sornisky to attempt his PAT 25 yards from the crossbar.
Army opened its 88th football season by hammering Massachusetts 34-10 for its 500th victory as Quarterback Leamon Hall threw five touchdown passes.