Irish eyes were smiling after Phil Carter and Harry Oliver rallied Notre Dame from a 9-0 deficit to a 26-21 triumph at Michigan State. Slashing runs by Carter set up one field goal by Oliver, who added another to pare the Spartan lead to 9-6 at the half. Carter then scored on a 12-yard spurt and set up another touchdown with a 53-yard dash, and Oliver added two fourth-period field goals.
Big Ten teams won four other home games against outsiders. "I will not have a passing team," said Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler, having gone that route while losing the past two games. So the Wolverines went back to grind-it-out tactics and slugged their way for 388 yards on the ground in beating winless California 38-13. Lawrence Ricks blasted for 184 of those yards. For naught were the labors of Cal's Rich Campbell, who was on target with all 15 of his second-half passes and finished with 22 of 34 for 249 yards.
Purdue Coach Jim Young was also upset with his team's passing and decided to bench Mark Herrmann after Herrmann was intercepted for the third time in the second period by Miami of Ohio. But when the Boilermakers got the ball back with 2:21 left in the half, Young reversed himself. In went Herrmann, who wound up with three scoring passes and 291 yards as he hit on 21 of 39 attempts. And Purdue wound up on top 28-3.
Wisconsin defeated San Diego State 35-12, and Indiana beat Duke 31-21 as Lonnie Johnson tied a team record by rushing for 211 yards. Big Ten losers were Iowa, which was knocked off by Arizona 5-3, and Illinois, a 28-21 victim of Mississippi State. In the lone conference game, Minnesota drubbed Northwestern 49-21.
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While Maryland Quarterbacks Mike Tice and Bob Milkovich were being sacked seven times for minus 46 yards by Pitt defenders, Panther Quarterback Dan Marino encountered no such interruptions. He completed 16 of 34 passes for 282 yards and found his wide receivers for three touchdowns. Freshman Dwight Collins teamed up with Marino on scoring plays of 51 and 35 yards, and Willie Collier pulled down a 17-yarder. All of that, plus a Pitt defense that yielded a net of 22 yards rushing, carried the Panthers to a 38-9 victory.
By converting three of Virginia's six second-half turnovers into touchdowns, West Virginia overcame a 21-9 halftime deficit and won 45-21.
With ace runner Joe Morris out with a shoulder injury, Syracuse knew it would have to be extra careful against Kansas. Nonetheless, the Orangemen coughed up two fumbles and had four passes picked off, enabling the Jayhawks to win for the first time, 23-8. Kansas apparently was helped, too, by Coach Don Fambrough's decision to "strip the offense of all the frills and cut out more than half the plays." Freshman Kerwin Bell responded with 143 yards rushing.
Boston College tarnished its reputation by losing 21-0 to Navy, but the Ivy League gained prestige by defeating the other two service academies. Harvard capitalized on six turnovers to beat Army 15-10 in the first meeting between the teams since 1951. And Yale, playing a team from west of the Mississippi for the first time since 1922, held off Air Force 17-16 as Rich Diana ran for 136 yards. Two Ivies lost non-league games, Cornell being ripped by Rutgers 44-3 and Dartmouth falling to Holy Cross 17-6. In conference play, Penn defeated Columbia 24-13 and Brown beat Princeton 28-11.