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Delaware State's Hornets traveled all the way to Portland (Ore.) State to find out if the high-scoring Vikings were for real. What they learned was that the Vikings were so real they were almost unreal. Portland State broke its two-week-old Division I-AA record of 93 points by winning 105-0. Viking Quarterback Neil Lomax played only seven minutes and 28 seconds, but threw eight touchdown passes, a record seven in the first quarter. That made Lomax the NCAA's alltime leader in TD passes, with 98. Lomax completed 16 of 28 for 311 yards; he also ran 13 yards for another score. The Viking defense also did a job, forcing 16 fumbles and recovering six.
"I sensed it for four weeks," said UCLA Coach Terry Donahue after a second straight loss, this one 20-14 to Oregon. "There was no emotion. No elation. No singing. No back-slapping. You could see it coming, but nothing seemed to stop it." The Ducks' Reggie Ogburn passed for 142 yards and ran for 83, giving him 225 yards, 12 more than the entire Bruin team. The loss of Freeman McNeil with a hip injury in the first period hurt UCLA. So did a sack of Quarterback Tom Ramsey by Defensive Tackle Vince Goldsmith when the Bruins had a first down on the Oregon six late in the game.
With leading ballcarrier Darrin Nelson out with a bad ankle in the second half, Stanford wound up at minus 13 yards on the ground against Southern Cal. John Elway of the Cardinals passed for 260 yards, but it wasn't nearly enough as the Trojans won 34-9. Marcus Allen ran for 195 yards and two early scores for USC, and Bob McClanahan added a 21-yard touchdown run.
Tom Flick's near-perfect passing—16 of 17 for 230 yards and three touchdowns—propelled Washington to a 45-22 conquest of Arizona. Tom Tunnicliffe of the Wildcats threw for 328 yards as he hit on 23 of 38 attempts, but it failed to prevent the Huskies from taking a big step toward the Rose Bowl.
Washington State kept its faint Rose Bowl hopes alive by beating winless Oregon State 28-7. Pacing the Cougars was Samoa Samoa, who passed for two TDs and ran for a third.
Colorado State swept past Texas-El Paso 37-7 to remain atop the WAC. Second-place Brigham Young beat North Texas State 41-23 as Jim McMahon connected on 40 of 50 passes for 364 yards. Utah, with Ricky Hardin completing 24 of 35 throws for 358 yards and six touchdowns, whipped New Mexico 49-21.
Johnny Smith. Ken Whisenhunt. Ted Peeples. Steve Mooney. Robert Jaracz. Duane Wood. Lance Skelton. Mark Sheffield. Lawrence Lowe. Notre Dame had no reason to fear these players on Georgia Tech's 1-7 squad. By game's end, though, those nine and their teammates had earned heaps of respect—and a 3-3 tie that was sure to end a one-week stay at the top of the polls for the Irish.