Army Coach Lou Saban's 58th birthday was spoiled by a 24-3 setback at Penn State, where the Nittany Lions rushed for 324 yards. Matt Suhey gained 225 of those yards and had scoring runs of 17 and 61 yards. Adding another touchdown and 103 yards to the ground attack was Booker Moore.
Resting atop the Ivy League with 2-0 records were Cornell and Yale, which took divergent paths to victory. By scoring three times in the third period, the Big Red breezed past Harvard 41-14. The Bulldogs, though, had to rely on a 24-yard field goal by Dave Schwartz in the second quarter and a tenacious defense that gave up only 84 yards to defeat Dartmouth 3-0. In other Ivy contests, Princeton romped over Columbia 35-0, and Brown held off Pennsylvania 24-18.
1. PITTSBURGH (4-1)
2. TEMPLE (5-1)
3. PENN STATE (3-2)
As far as Houston, Arkansas and Baylor were concerned, it was a case of better late than never. All three had trouble locking up their Southwest Conference victories, but the Cougars compounded their difficulties by being late for their game at Texas A&M. One of the two buses carrying the team to College Station on Saturday broke down five miles outside Houston. Coach Bill Yeoman put his first-teamers aboard the one operable bus and took off, leaving the rest of the squad waiting on U.S. 190 until a substitute vehicle could rescue them. After the opening kickoff was delayed 30 minutes, until all the Houston players were on hand, the Cougars went on to earn their first-ever win at A&M. It took some doing, however. And lots of waiting.
Houston, which built a 10-0 second-period advantage, fell behind 14-10 at halftime, and that was still the score when Texas A&M took over the ball with slightly more than four minutes left in the game. The Aggies tried to run out the clock, but on a fourth-and-one play the Cougars slammed Quarterback Mike Mosley for a nine-yard loss. That gave Houston the ball on its own 41-yard line with 50 seconds remaining.
With Quarterback Delrick Brown sidelined after becoming ill during the fourth quarter, Terry Elston took over for the Cougars. On first down Elston passed deep to Flanker Eric Herring, who made a spectacular leaping, one-handed catch for a 37-yard gain to the A&M 22. With 22 seconds to go, Elston hit Terald Clark with a pass for 17 yards to the five. Elston rolled around right end himself for the final five yards, scoring with 15 seconds to spare as Houston prevailed 17-14.
Two big plays enabled late-starting Arkansas to pick up a 20-6 win at Texas Tech. A 76-yard pass-run play, on which Kevin Scanlon did the throwing and Bobby Duckworth the catching, gave the Hogs a 10-3 lead at the intermission. Gary Anderson caught a Tech punt, shook loose from three would-be tacklers and scampered 67 yards to wrap up the scoring with 3:20 left.
An even longer run—a length-of-the-field dash by Southern Methodist freshman James Collier against Baylor—gave the Dallas home crowd plenty to yell about, but at the end the Bears' fans were doing the shouting. Inspiring those cheers were Max McGeary, Mike Brannan and Robert Bledsoe. McGeary, a defensive end, blocked two Mustang field-goal attempts in the final 4� minutes, one from 30 yards out and the other from 44. Brannan, filling in for injured Quarterback Mickey Elam, ran for 120 yards and passed for 134. After McGeary's second blocked kick—his 11th in four seasons—Brannan came through with his biggest play, a 31-yard pass to Bo Taylor with 1:36 left. That set things up for Bledsoe, whose 21-yard field goal in the last eight seconds gave Baylor a 24-21 truimph.
The fourth visiting team to come out on top in SWC play was Texas Christian. The Horned Frogs, though, did not wait until the late stages to salt away their win, taking an early lead and holding on to beat Rice 17-7.