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"How about that cannon shot?" asked Boston College coach Jack Bicknell after the Eagles' 24-10 victory over Temple. "We call it 'flood tip,' and we practice it every day. The idea is to send three receivers downfield and then throw the ball as far as you can." With seven seconds left in the first half and BC trailing 7-3, Doug Flutie threw a pass on the run that traveled 67 yards in the air to his roommate, Gerard Phelan, for the touchdown that gave the Eagles a 9-7 halftime lead.
The BC offense was rusty after a 20-day layoff, and the Owls confused it with some imaginative defenses—an eight-man front at times and a five-man defensive backfield at others. The result: Flutie was sacked and intercepted three times each, and BC trailed for much of the game. After a Temple field goal early in the fourth quarter, the Eagles were down 10-9. Then, on a play from the Owl 25, Flutie completed a pass to Steve Strachan over the middle. Strachan fumbled at the 15, but Troy Stradford picked up the ball and advanced it to the two. After Strachan ran it in from there, Flutie scrambled up the middle for two points to make the score 17-10. On Temple's next series safety Dave Pereira intercepted a Lee Saltz pass and ran 35 yards for the final touchdown with 6:55 to play. Flutie ended up with 257 yards passing for the game.
In its 14-7 victory, Rutgers derailed Army's wishbone with a defensive scheme it called "bullets." Going into the game, the Cadets were 3-0-1 with the No. 1 rushing offense (353.5 yards per game) in the country. To stop the option the Scarlet Knights put six men on the line—the four down linemen along with strong safety Jack LaPrarie and inside linebacker Tyrone Stowe. "My job is the quarterback [Nate Sassaman]," said Stowe. "I'm on the corner just shootin' down, shootin' down." Stowe had 10 solo tackles, including two sacks, as Rutgers held Army to 198 yards overall.
Unbeaten Penn won its fourth in a row, 41-14 over Brown, by converting three turnovers into touchdowns and rushing for 253 yards to take over first place in the Ivy League. "It was a complete disaster," said Brown coach John Rosenberg. "We aren't as far behind Penn as the score indicates."
Columbia had 16 members of its 1934 Rose Bowl team on hand at Wien Stadium (formerly Baker Field) as the Lions lost to Princeton 38-8. The returning old grads included quarterback Cliff Montgomery and halfback Al Barabas, the principles in KF-79, Lou Little's famous naked reverse that befuddled Stanford in that 7-0 upset 50 years ago. "We're looking forward to our 75th anniversary," said Montgomery.
Carnegie-Mellon's game with Grove City was also the focus of a reunion—of the Tartans' 1939 Sugar Bowl squad that lost to TCU 15-7. Seventeen members of that team returned. They were ushered into the Tech Bowl in Pittsburgh aboard the PKA fraternity fire truck and watched the Carnegie-Mellon Go offense score three TDs and its White offense two. Said '39 center John (Tiger) Schmidt, older brother of Hall of Famer Joe Schmidt of the NFL Lions, "Primarily, we wanted to see if any of the guys had died. Only four or five of the team have passed away."
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