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While Harvard remained one of 14 Division I-A unbeatens, Yale was one of nine to lose for the first time. Boston College defeated the Elis 27-9 in their first meeting since 1920. Dartmouth also lost, 17-14, at William & Mary. In Ivy League games, Princeton beat Columbia 31-19 as Cris Crissy caught 11 passes, and Brown defeated Penn 42-22.
"The only two-day game of the century, Houston vs. Texas A&M, Oct. 11-12 1980." That was the wording on 1,200 T shirts sold for $5 each to commemorate a bizarre Southwest Conference clash. Ninety years ago, Yale beat Springfield 16-10 in the first "two-day" indoor game, a late-nighter in Madison Square Garden. Last week's tussle in the Astrodome did not begin until 11:33 p.m., having been delayed by the Phillie-Astro playoff game and by a four-hour conversion process that transformed the field from a diamond into a gridiron.
When it was over, Texans joked that A&M had won Saturday's game 7-0 and that Houston had beaten the Aggies 17-6 on Sunday. Indeed, A&M scored shortly before midnight, was caught at 7-7 early Sunday morning and lost 17-13 after having committed seven turnovers. Terald Clark of the Cougars rushed for 103 yards, and Quarterback Brent Chinn ran 13 yards for the go-ahead score along about 1:30 a.m. All 46,525 tickets for the game were sold, about 36,000 spectators showed up and almost 19,000 hardy souls lingered until the end at 2:48 a.m.
Despite playing at a more decent hour, Oklahoma and Texas were guilty of 14 turnovers, eight by the Sooners. The Longhoms, who led 10-0 at halftime, fell behind 13-10 early in the fourth quarter and then were led to a pair of scores by Quarterback Donnie Little. In keeping the Longhorns unbeaten, Little ran for 110 yards and passed for 99.
There were some rather haunting similarities between last week's Southern Methodist-at-Baylor game and its 1978 predecessor. Two years ago, the Bears led 21-0 only to lose 28-21. This time, the Mustangs were up 21-0 and lost 32-28. In '78, Mike Ford brought SMU from behind with four TD passes after the Baylor quarterback had fumbled at the Mustang one. This time it was Ford who erred, failing to get a first down on fourth-and-two at the Baylor eight with 18 seconds left. One thing was different: for the first time in their 63-year rivalry both teams went into the game with perfect records.
Rice, too, used a rousing comeback to keep Texas Christian winless. The Owls, down 24-7 at the half, climaxed their resurgence by driving 79 yards in 74 seconds, the last nine on a strike to Hosea Fortuné with 50 seconds to be played, to make the score 28-24 in Rice's favor.
Arkansas Coach Lou Holtz warned his team that Wichita State's Prince McJunkins was "the fastest quarterback on this planet." Thus alerted, the Razorbacks firmly planted McJunkins on earth en route to a 27-7 non-conference triumph.