Three years ago Tom Wilson was fired as coach at Texas A & M and Jackie Sherrill was hired. On Saturday, Wilson, now an assistant with Texas Tech, returned to College Station for the first time since getting canned. "Anyone who knows the situation knows I'd be lying if I said this wasn't an important game to me," said Wilson, and he came away happy. The Red Raiders upset the Aggies 30-12 behind freshman quarterback Aaron Keesee, who threw for three touchdowns and scored a fourth one himself on a 23-yard draw.
Stormy weather doesn't bother Horned Frogs. Or at least it didn't last week, when the weather bureau issued a severe weather watch during the last quarter of the TCU-Arkansas game in Fayetteville. Trailing 31-17, Frog quarterback Anthony Sciaraffa directed two 80-yard TD drives in swirling 15-25 mph winds—completing five of nine passes for 92 of the 160 yards—and alternate quarterback Anthony Gulley found receiver James Maness for a two-point conversion to edge the Hogs 32-31. TCU running back Kenneth Davis, the top-ranked rusher in the country going into the game, was held to 73 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries.
Confusion destroyed Maryland. Trailing Penn State 25-24 in University Park, the Terps had a first down on the Nittany Lion 35 with four seconds to go. "All we had to do was snap on the whistle and throw the ball out of bounds," said quarterback Stan Gelbaugh. But someone on the bench—not coach Bobby Ross—yelled "field goal!" and the kicking unit started onto the field. "Half the guys were in and half the guys were out," said Ross. "It was total bedlam out there." As the seconds ticked away, holder Dan Henning took the snap and threw the ball out of bounds with one second on the clock. However, several Terps had moved before the snap, and after the five-yard penalty was walked off, time ran out before Jess Atkinson had a chance to kick. "It's idiotic for me to sit here and guarantee that I could have made a 57-yarder," said Atkinson. "But I tell you what. I'd rather kick and miss than have what happened."
Pittsburgh finally won a game, defeating East Carolina 17-10 with some new blood in the lineup—freshman running backs Charles Gladman and Craig (Iron-head) Heyward, who ran for 69 and 110 yards, respectively. This game also featured a field-goal faux pas. With the Panthers leading 14-0, the Pirates were on the Pitt 16, within field-goal range, with no time-outs left in the first half. By mistake, coach Ed Emory sent in a running play, which went for five yards as time ran out.
After moving to the 'bone last spring, Army is at 3-0-1 and off to its best start since 1958. The Cadets' latest victim: Harvard, which fell 33-11. Army quarterback Nate Sassaman rushed for 127 yards before coming out toward the end of the third quarter with the Cadets up 23-3. Army sacked the Crimson quarterback Brian White four times and intercepted him twice. With a 353.5-yards-per-game average, Army is the No. 1 rushing team in the country.
Penn defensive halfback Tim Chambers has a way of making things happen. In the Quakers' 35-7 rout of Columbia at Franklin Field, he forced a fumble early in the game, stuffed a sweep for a five-yard loss on the next Lion possession and returned the ensuing punt 42 yards to set up Penn's first touchdown. In his three-year career he has 11 interceptions and so far this season is averaging 19.5 yards on 12 punt returns.
In Purdue's big 28-23 upset of Ohio State in West Lafayette, quarterback Jim Everett shredded the Buckeyes' young secondary (three freshmen, one sophomore) with 17 completions in 23 attempts for 257 yards and three touchdowns. His performance overshadowed another banner day for Ohio State tailback Keith Byars, who gained 191 yards on the ground and another 102 catching passes. The key play of the game was safety Rod Woodson's 55-yard return of an interception in the fourth quarter that made the score 28-17. "They're a better football team than us," said Boilermaker coach Leon Burntett. "If we played them 10 times they'd probably beat us nine."