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N. Brooks Clark
September 26, 1983
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September 26, 1983

The Week

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After scoring only nine points in its first two games, Penn State came up with an offense against Iowa—492 yards and 34 points under the direction of junior Doug Strang. But the Lions gave up 587 yards, including 345 passing by Hawkeye Chuck Long, and lost 42-34. "It was the poorest tackling by any team I've ever been associated with," said Coach Joe Paterno, whose Nittany Lions are the first defending national champions since TCU in 1939 to lose their first three games. Said Strang, "These last few weeks have been a test of our faith in ourselves, in God and in each other."

Boston College Quarterback Doug Flutie (page 38) suffered a mild concussion on the first play of the second quarter against Rutgers, but the Eagles won 42-22 as backup Shawn Halloran completed eight of 12 passes for 102 yards and a 33-yard touchdown. Said Boston College Coach Jack Bicknell, "It was good for the team to play without Flutie. We found we're not just a one-man team."

Cornell's new coach, Maxie Baughan, came back to Franklin Field, where he starred with the Philadelphia Eagles in the '60s, but the Big Red lost to Penn 28-7. Brown defeated Yale 26-24 on the running (114 yards) and passing (133 yards) of Quarterback Joe Potter for its first victory in the Yale Bowl since 1963. Dartmouth won over Princeton 21-3 on three one-yard runs by Tailback Richard Weissman, and Harvard beat Columbia 43-14 despite 368 passing yards by the Lions' John Witkowski.

And at Yankee Stadium Grambling beat Morgan State 33-0 for Coach Eddie Robinson's 307th career victory.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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