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Herman Weiskopf
November 07, 1977
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November 07, 1977

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"No way we figured to do it this easily," said Penn State Quarterback Chuck Fusina, after directing a 49-7 defeat of Miami. A lopsided victory had seemed unlikely because the Hurricanes had been first in the nation in pass defense (56.2 yards a game) and fifth in overall defense (211.5 yards). But Fusina connected on seven of 11 throws for 192 yards and two touchdowns (a 56-yarder to Ed Guthrie and a 72-yarder to Scott Fitzkee) while playing slightly more than two periods. All told, the Nittany Lions amassed 461 yards of total offense, including three short touchdown runs by Matt Suhey.

It was an easy week for Pennsylvania quarterbacks. Matt Cavanaugh of Pittsburgh also got plenty of rest. After hitting on 10 of 16 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns to Gordon Jones, Cavanaugh sat down and watched the Panthers finish off Tulane 48-0. Pitt's Eliott Walker rushed for 119 yards, including scoring runs of 16 and 21 yards.

While Coach Frank Burns was at home recuperating from a heart attack, Rutgers pulled off a get-well triumph for him at William & Mary. Just barely. The Scarlet Knights trailed 21-3 in the third period. Then Quarterback Bert Kosup got rolling with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Walt Hynoski—which, after Rutgers missed the extra point, cut the deficit to 21-9—and ran two yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. There were just 40 seconds to go when Defensive End Phil Parkins pounced on a fumble, but Kosup wound up with time to spare, connecting with Freshman Tim Odell on a 28-yard scoring pass at the 13-second mark. Another missed conversion made the final score 22-21 Rutgers.

Dartmouth and Yale remained tied for the Ivy League lead, with the Elis getting 174 yards rushing and two touchdowns from John Pagliaro in a 28-0 victory over Cornell while the Big Green struggled past Columbia 14-7. Brown overcame Harvard 20-15 as the Bruins' Mark Whipple opened the scoring with a 76-yard pass to Charlie Watkins in the first period and closed it with a one-yard plunge in the fourth quarter. Despite attempting only three passes—and failing on all three—Penn defeated Princeton 21-10, the Quakers rushing for a season school-record 331 yards.

Four other Pennsylvania teams came through with impressive wins. The big man in Lehigh's 47-13 conquest of Bucknell was Mike Rieker, who hit on 16 of 28 passes for 384 yards and four touchdowns. Fullback Vince Thompson ran for 162 yards and freshman Quarterback Pat O'Brien for 146 as Villanova built a 28-0 advantage and held on for a 41-36 upset at West Virginia. Mountaineer Quarterback Dan Kendra completed 21 of 34 passes for 309 yards and three touchdowns. Clarion (Pa.) State (7-0) knocked off California (Pa.) State 45-10, and Westminster (8-0), the top-ranked team in NAIA's Division II, blanked Geneva 30-0.

Army smothered winless Holy Cross 48-7 as Greg King broke loose for a 97-yard scoring run. In a battle of field goals, Syracuse, despite gaining 443 yards, settled for a 6-3 decision over Virginia. C.W. Post's 16-0 defeat of Kings Point was its fifth straight shutout. Knocked from the unbeaten ranks was NCAA Division II's New Hampshire, a 21-20 loser to Rhode Island.

1. PENN STATE (7-1)
2. PITTSBURGH (6-1-1)
3. COLGATE (8-0)


Two football maxims held up during the week. Louisiana State proved that a game is never over until the last tackle is made. Alabama established that it is curtain time as soon as Bear Bryant starts running in the substitutes. In the first encounter, Mississippi had pounced upon LSU in the second period, scoring three times in seven minutes and 40 seconds for a 21-0 lead. Freddie Williams scored first for the Rebels on a 42-yard bolt off left tackle. Tim Ellis added a one-yard sneak and Leon Perry went 69 yards down the middle. LSU's Charles Alexander countered with a one-yard smash to get his team on the board, but the Tigers still trailed 21-7 and had been outgained 258 yards to 109 in the first half.

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