Despite making only three first downs and being outgained 268 yards to 109, Washington got past Oregon 17-10. The Husky offense didn't produce either Washington touchdown, the first of which came on a 42-yard punt return by Ron Milus in the opening quarter and the second on a third-quarter blocked punt by Tim Peoples that Mike Gaffney pounced on in the end zone. Some fans in Seattle booed Washington's lackluster attack and cheered derisively when the Huskies got their lone first down of the second half with 30 seconds left to play. "With the field position we had, I wasn't willing to open up the offense, because a turnover would have dug us a real hole," said Washington coach Don James.
BYU's defense clamped down just enough to preserve a 30-25 win at Air Force. The Falcons, who had been leading Division I-A in rushing with an average of 338.7 yards a game, were limited to 194 yards and twice had fourth-and-one runs stopped in the second period.
Late in the third quarter Stanford led visiting Washington State 42-14, but the Cougars scored five touchdowns to rally for a 49-42 win. Rueben Mayes got four of those scores and five altogether. Mayes, who finished with, 216 yards rushing, scored his second-half TDs on runs of 39 and five yards, a 53-yard pass reception and, with 3:06 to go, a 32-yard dash that broke a 42-42 tie.
With Damon Allen running five yards for a score and completing 17 of 30 passes for 233 yards and another touchdown, Cal State-Fullerton won 36-14 at Nevada-Reno. The Titans intercepted three passes and recovered three of four Wolf Pack fumbles, which put them first in Division I-A in interceptions (20) and turnover margin (plus 26).
To celebrate a 20-yard catch he made during Penn State's opening 80-yard scoring drive against Syracuse, Eric Hamilton gave quarterback John Shaffer a high five. Trouble was, Hamilton had done lots of weightlifting last week, and he popped Shaffer's right shoulder out of place. Shaffer, a sophomore making his first start (first-stringer Doug Strang was hurt), returned on the Nittany Lions' next possession, after his shoulder was taken care of. D.J. Dozier broke loose for 159 yards on 22 carries, one a 58-yard draw for a TD that put Penn State on top 14-0. Final score: Lions 21, Orangemen 3.
Army, which is 4-1-1, went on its biggest scoring spree since 1977, beating previously undefeated Penn 48-13. Cadet quarterback Nate Sassaman knocked the oats out of the Quakers with his handling of Army's wishbone attack and his 107 yards rushing on 14 carries. Fullback Doug Black scored three TDs.
Indiana (Pa.) has an identity problem: Its basketball squad hasn't won enough titles to be mistaken for the Indiana Hoosiers, and its football team heretofore has done little to justify its nickname, the Big Indians. The town is probably best known for being the birthplace of Jimmy Stewart, a statue of whom graces the courthouse square. Indiana's football program, though, is starting to make a name for itself, moving to the seventh spot on the NCAA's Division II poll two weeks ago and defeating Pennsylvania Conference rival Lock Haven 35-14 last week. Another league member with an identity crisis is California, which beat Bloomsburg 24-14. The conference's only nationally known team, Slippery Rock, held off Shippensburg 13-12.