While Alabama and UCLA, the only teams ranked ahead of Notre Dame, were upset, the Irish prevailed 33-0 over Navy. Notre Dame's Jim Stone scored on a 13-yard run, set up a touchdown with a 73-yard gain and finished with 211 yards rushing in this game at New Jersey's Meadowlands. It was Stone's fourth consecutive 100-yards-or-better game, breaking the team record held by one George Gipp. Harry Oliver also set a record for the Irish by raising his season's field-goal total to 15 with boots of 41 and 50 yards.
Two Eastern teams—Pitt and Penn State—were also bound to move up in the polls as a result of the biggest flurry of upsets this year (page 34). With its defense holding Syracuse to a mere 62 yards rushing, Pittsburgh earned a 43-6 triumph. The most intimidating Panther defender was, as usual, End Hugh Green, who was at his best after the Orangemen intercepted a pass at their own 42 in the second quarter. On the next three plays, Green held Joe Morris to a two-yard gain, sacked David Warner for an eight-yard loss and tackled Ken Mandeville for a one-yard loss on a third-down pass. But Warner became the first player to run for a TD against Pitt this season when he cracked over from the one on the final play of the first half. Randy McMillan of the Panthers, who picked up 136 yards, scored on second-period runs of 39 and 45 yards. Pitt's last scores came when Dwight Collins and Rick Trocano combined on pass plays covering 54 and eight yards. In all, Trocano passed for 276 yards, completing 20 of 35.
Miami's hopes of upsetting Penn State for the second year in a row rested on the arm of Jim Kelly, who had passed the Hurricanes to victory last season, and on its stout defense. Kelly had little success this time, and the Hurricane defense gave up 459 yards, almost twice its average. What's more, Miami gained just 48 yards rushing and had six turnovers. The Nittany Lions, 27-12 winners, got 146 yards rushing from Curt Warner and scored on two 25-yard passes. Kenny Jackson grabbed the first, from Tailback Joel Coles, and Vyto Kab caught the other, thrown by Quarterback Todd Blackledge.
Lorenzo Bouier ran for a school-record 302 yards as Maine beat Northeastern.
Yale, with Rich Diana rambling for 124 yards, defeated Dartmouth 35-7 to remain unbeaten in Ivy League play. Princeton downed Penn 28-21 and Harvard held off Brown 17-16 in other Ivy games. In non-league games, Bucknell drubbed Cornell 33-16 and Holy Cross whitewashed Columbia 26-0.
PENN STATE (7-1)
Although Nebraska was favored, Missouri had reason to be optimistic: the Tigers had won their last three games in Lincoln. However, despite six Husker turnovers, Missouri lost 38-16. Nebraska won largely because it was more opportunistic, Jarvis Redwine scoring on a 15-yard scamper after the Tigers lost a fumble at their own 26 and Kim Baker picking off a Missouri pass and returning it 77 yards for another score. Most of the Huskers' 331 yards on the ground were gotten by Red-wine (129) and Andra Franklin, who slammed through for 122. Jeff Quinn kept the Tigers guessing by interspersing 16 passes, 11 of them good, for 151 yards, among the running plays. The one that had the most melodic ring to it was a 17-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Quinn to Jeff Finn. By winning, Nebraska took a half-game lead over Oklahoma in the Big Eight race.
Included in last week's passel of surprises was Colorado's 17-9 defeat of Iowa State. The Buffalos, who had lost seven games in a row, outrushed the Cyclones 307 yards to 96, built a 17-0 advantage and then hung on.