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Ron Reid
September 26, 1977
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September 26, 1977

The Week

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The Ivy League championship may have been determined on the first Saturday of the conference season. That was the conjecture at New Haven after Yale edged Brown 10-9, with a goal-line stand Eli Coach Carmen Cozza called "the greatest I've ever seen." Trailing 10-7 with less than two minutes to play, Brown had a first-and-goal at the Yale two-yard line, but the Elis' veteran defensive unit—third best in the nation against the rush last year—held on four successive downs, stopping Brown inches from the end zone. With 30 seconds remaining, Yale could either punt or try to eat up the clock with a running play, thereby risking a safety it could afford. Eli Quarterback Bob Rizzo tried to sneak the ball out of the end zone and was tackled for the two points, but the gamble succeeded as Brown was unable to score after the free kick. Yale took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on John Pagliaro's 23-yard run and improved to 10-0 when David Schwartz, who had played a soccer game against Brown Saturday morning, booted a 34-yard field goal in his first varsity attempt. Brown's touchdown came in the fourth quarter on a 52-yard pass from Quarterback Mark Whipple to soph Receiver Mark Farnham. Last year, Brown defeated Yale in the opener but later in the season lost to Penn and ended up tied with the Elis for the Ivy title.

In other Ivy League games, Harvard beat Columbia 21-7; Dartmouth edged Princeton 14-11 and Penn defeated Cornell 17-7.

At Yankee Stadium, Grambling ripped Morgan State 35-19 as Tiger Quarterback Doug Williams, a Heisman Trophy hopeful, completed 21 of 36 passes for 370 yards and four touchdowns.

Pitt rebounded from its opening game loss to Notre Dame to beat William and Mary 28-6; North Carolina State blanked Syracuse 38-0; Army defeated VMI 27-14 and Navy routed Connecticut 38-0.

1. PENN STATE (2-0)
2. ARMY (2-0)


In yet another instance of a quality team failing to meet the high and unbending standard set for it by the nation's oddsmakers, USC barely survived its mistakes to beat Oregon State at Corvallis, 17-10. A four-touchdown favorite, the Trojans had a 275-53 advantage in rushing yardage but lost four fumbles. One of them, at the USC 10-yard line, enabled the Beavers to tie the score at 10 with a field goal early in the fourth quarter.

In keeping with its No. 2 ranking, however, Southern Cal tried harder after the kick and zoomed 71 yards to the winning touchdown in four plays. The drive was culminated by a 50-yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Rob Hertel to Wide Receiver Randy Simmrin. A play-action pass, it caught both OSU deep backs coming up to play the run. Their concern figured. USC Tailback Charles White carried 38 times for 188 yards, and his running mate, Mosi Tatupu, picked up 95 yards on 10 carries. "We're like everyone else," said USC Coach John Robinson. "There are no super teams in the country."

After seven scoreless quarters, Air Force finally took off against California, but couldn't get high enough to avert defeat 24-14. Trailing 21-14 late in the game, the Falcons intercepted a pass at the Cal 33, but gave the ball back on the next play when Quarterback Dave Ziebart (20 for 41 for 206 yards) was sacked by Tackle Craig Watkins and fumbled. The turnover ultimately gave Cal a field goal and Ziebart a headache that put him on the bench for the final two minutes. Cal Quarterback Charlie Young completed 17 of 29 for 182 yards and two touchdowns.

Washington had enough firepower to out-punch San Jose State 24-3, thanks largely to two first-half touchdowns by Tailback Joe Steele. Steele scored on a 63-yard run and caught an eight-yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Warren Moon.

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