"I never thought it would end," Army Quarterback Bryan Allem said after being sacked six times and fumbling twice during a 45-7 drubbing by Pittsburgh. Although Panther signal-callers also suffered some indignities—they were intercepted seven times—they passed for 436 yards. Pitt's Rick Trocano completed 11 of 23 for 144 yards and two touchdowns, and Dan Marino, playing for the first time in almost a month since injuring his right knee, hit on 20 of 30 for 292 yards and two TDs.
"Into each life a little rain must fall, but I never thought the whole season would be pretty much a monsoon." So said Coach Wayne Hardin after a 50-7 loss to Penn State left Temple with a 4-6 record. Even though the Nittany Lions amassed 471 yards in total offense, it wasn't until Quarterback Jeff Hostetler came off the bench in the second period, with Temple ahead 7-3, that they began to click. Penn State finally went in front 13-7 when Joel Coles scored from three yards out, shortly before intermission. Then came the onslaught—31 points in the first 24 minutes of the second half. Hostetler, who passed for 111 yards and ran for 55, scored on two short runs, and Kevin Baugh got a TD on a dazzling, gear-shifting 62-yard punt return during which he reversed his field three times. Pitt and Penn State meet next week, then go to bowls, the Panthers to the Gator against South Carolina and the Nittany Lions to the Fiesta against the Big Ten runner-up.
Two other Pennsylvania teams—Bucknell and Lehigh—won impressively. Ken Jenkins of the Bisons rushed for 191 yards and established a Division 1-AA record by finishing the season with 1,884 yards of all-purpose running as Bucknell upset Boston University 30-17. Undefeated Lehigh beat Northeastern 42-19 as John Ahsler ran for 143 yards, Jimmy Evanko for 110 and Steve Plucinsky for 108.
Boston College and West Virginia rallied for victories. The Eagles, who trailed Syracuse 13-6 at halftime, were 27-16 winners as Shelby Gamble scored once in the third period and twice in the fourth. Three second-quarter touchdowns—two by Walter Easley—enabled the Mountaineers to erase a 7-0 deficit and win 24-15 at Rutgers.
Yale clinched at least a tie for the Ivy League title, winning at home against Princeton 25-13 as Rich Diana ran for 165 yards. Visiting teams won the other Ivy games: Dartmouth scored 21 points in the fourth period to overtake Brown 28-24; Harvard wiped out Penn's 14-0 advantage and went on to win 28-17; and Cornell beat Columbia 24-0.
PENN STATE (9-1)
Georgia caught Auburn off guard on the last play of the first half and on the first play of the last half. With nine seconds left in the second period, Bulldog Quarterback Buck Belue fumbled the snap at the Tiger one-yard line, whereupon 'the clock was stopped until officials could settle who had possession of the ball. Knowing he didn't have any time-outs remaining and that the clock would start as soon as the ball was marked, Belue immediately called "clock play." That was a signal to his teammates to line up and be ready to run a predetermined play as soon as the clock was restarted. On the ensuing snap, Norris Brown caught the Tigers napping as he zipped into the end zone to grab a pass from Belue for a 17-7 halftime lead.
Auburn protested the play so vigorously it was hit with a 15-yard penalty, applied at the start of the second half. Georgia then surprised Auburn with an onside kick, which the Bulldogs recovered and turned into another TD. Belue's 99 yards passing, 77 yards rushing and one-yard scoring plunge propelled Georgia to a 31-21 triumph, the Southeastern Conference championship and a berth in the Sugar Bowl against Notre Dame, which beat Alabama 7-0 (page 34).