Ohio State Tight End John Frank spent much of last Friday evening in an Oklahoma City synagogue, celebrating Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. Frank decided only the Monday before to play the Buckeyes' game with Oklahoma. "Since I have such a great team commitment, this is one year I decided to sacrifice," he said. Frank then proceeded to catch seven passes, two of them for touchdowns, in Ohio State's 24-14 victory. Quarterback Mike Tomczak completed 15 of 25 passes for 234 yards, and the Buckeye defense held Sooner rushers to 177 yards. "When you can do that to a team like Oklahoma," said Ohio State Coach Earle Bruce, "it's a great victory."
Michigan State was outgained by Notre Dame 446-225 in total yardage and got just two first downs in the second half, but the Spartans scored after two interceptions by Free Safety Phil Parker and on an 81-yard pass and a 34-yard run to upset the Irish 28-23. Said Notre Dame Quarterback Blair Kiel of the interceptions, "Both of the passes were forced. That's stupid me again." The difference in the game, according to Irish Coach Gerry Faust, was Michigan State's punter, Ralf Mojsiejenko, who had a 48.8-yard average for the day.
Wisconsin Punter George Winslow also made a difference as the Badgers edged Missouri 21-20. The Tigers' Ron Floyd fumbled two third-quarter punts—one was recovered by a seldom-used senior safety named Russ Belford to set up a touchdown, and the second was recovered in the end zone by Dan Turk, a junior center. "I never saw a punt like those two," said Floyd. "They were just hanging there. I thought they'd never come down." Explained Winslow, "If I kick them high they have a curveball effect."
Minnesota Coach Joe Salem joked last week that his team goals against Nebraska were to hold I-Back Mike Rozier to under 200 yards and the Huskers to their team scoring average (50 points a game). Rozier did rush for only 196 yards, but Nebraska rolled up 790 yards and 84 points—the most by any Husker team since 1917. "I really am sorry we scored that many points," said Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne. "I hope the people up here don't think we were vindictive. We were just running basic plays."
Cincinnati came down from its upset of Penn State, losing 27-17 to Oklahoma State, while Kansas beat Wichita State 57-6. In that game Jayhawk Kicker Bruce Kallmeyer set an NCAA record for most points kicking in one game, hitting five field goals and six points-after to surpass the mark of 20 points held by Mickey Barilla of Colorado State (1978), Charley Gogolak of Princeton (1965) and Alan Smith of Texas A&M (1983).
Oregon State Receiver Reggie Bynum helped get USC's players up for their game in Corvallis. "He was quoted as saying this was SC's down year and SC's defense was soft," said Trojan Defensive Back Matt Johnson. "That had a lot to do with us preparing for this game as if it were UCLA or Notre Dame." It was hardly necessary, as the Beavers handed over four turnovers in their own territory and Southern Cal's running game rebounded from a 92-yard performance against Florida with 289 yards, 111 of them from Fred Crutcher, in a 33-10 victory.
UCLA trailed Arizona State 26-10 with 12 minutes to play. The Sun Devils had sacked Rick Neuheisel 10 times and had held the Bruins to—32 yards rushing. But then UCLA rallied for two touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions to even the score. Arizona State got the ball on its own 20 with 1:36 to go and elected to run out the clock rather than try to drive into field-goal range. "It was my decision," said Coach Darryl Rogers. "We made it last week. We decided if it was down to a tie with little time, we'd kill the clock. We have such a young team; I felt a loss would be devastating in the second game."
Arizona was leading Washington State by only 10-6 when Wildcat Quarterback Tom Tunnicliffe twisted his left ankle late in the first half. Reserve Alfred Jenkins came on to lead Arizona to 35 points and a 45-6 triumph. "All our defensive preparation was for Tunnicliffe as quarterback," explained Cougar Coach Jim Walden. "If we played again next week, I think you'd see a different result."