Ohio State Quarterback Bob Atha could take plenty of the credit after the Buckeyes' 27-13 win over Michigan State. Replacing Quarterback Art Schlichter, who injured his right ankle in the third quarter, Atha scored a touchdown on a 27-yard sneak, in addition to kicking field goals of 27 and 24 yards and three extra points and punting five times for a 40-yard average. Michigan State kicker Morten Andersen set a Big Ten record with a 63-yard field goal. In other games, Minnesota defeated Purdue 16-13 and Illinois edged Syracuse 17-14.
Missouri Quarterback Mike Hyde set one school mark and tied another in the Tigers' 42-10 triumph over Rice. He completed 17 of 21 passes for 225 yards, a record 81%, and threw for a record-tying four touchdowns.
Cincinnati, fried a week ago by Penn State, was scorched again by Pitt, 38-7. Working against a defense that regularly used an eight-man front, Pitt Quarterback Dan Marino completed 22 passes in 30 attempts for 270 yards and five touchdowns. Marino had a sixth scoring toss called back because of a penalty. Split End Julius Dawkins caught eight passes for 119 yards and four TDs. The Panthers' defense was also hot. Cincinnati ran the ball 43 times for minus 28 yards, while Pitt defenders sacked Bearcat passers five times.
Penn won its second game in three seasons, beating Cornell 29-22. Sophomore Split End Karl Hall caught five passes for 252 yards, including touchdown grabs of 40, 84 and 93 yards, the last breaking a 23-year-old Quaker mark. Yale's Rich Diana rushed for 196 yards, an Eli single-game record, and scored three TDs as the Elis beat Brown 28-7. In other Ivy League games, Harvard defeated Columbia 23-6 and Dartmouth routed Princeton 32-13.
Fourth-quarter fumbles by Texas A&M and Maryland led to opponents' touchdowns—and defeats. Boston College beat the Aggies 13-12, and West Virginia defeated the Terps 17-13.
Temple, giddy after wins over William and Mary and Syracuse, was knocked off by Delaware 13-7, the only non-Division I-A opponent on the Owls' schedule. The two schools have met every year since 1954. "The objectives of our programs are so far different we hardly belong on the same field," said Delaware Coach Tubby Raymond. That was before two K.C. Knobloch field goals and a 35-yard touchdown pass from Rick Scully to Mark Steimer quieted the Owls, who must face Penn State, Georgia and Pitt in upcoming weeks.
"Good Lord, I've never seen anything like it. It was one of the poorest exhibitions of offense I've ever seen. I've never seen so many of their guys in our backfield." So said Washington Coach Don James after his Huskies beat Kansas State 20-3. James was upset by Washington's three fumbles and two interceptions. And the loss of Quarterback Tim Cowan for six to eight weeks because of a pulled ligament in the thumb of his passing hand did nothing to improve James' disposition.
The mood was even less sunny at Stanford after San Jose State defeated the Cardinals 28-6. Coach Jack Elway's Spartans won by almost shutting out his son, John, who had completed 33 of 44 passes for 418 yards a week earlier against Purdue. He connected on only six of 24 for 72 yards and no scores against San Jose State. Five of his passes were intercepted. Afterward Elway signed a contract to play baseball with the New York Yankees. The contract will allow him to complete his football eligibility with the Cardinals.