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October 05, 1981
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October 05, 1981

The Week

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1. TEXAS (3-0)


2. USC (3-0)


3. PENN STATE (2-0)


4. N. CAROLINA (3-0)


5. PITT (2-0)


6. OHIO STATE (3-0)


7. OKLAHOMA (1-1)


8. MICHIGAN (2-1)




10. MISS. STATE (3-0)


11. BYU(4-0)


12. GEORGIA (3-1)


13. ALABAMA (3-1)


14. SMU (4-0)

15. CLEMSON(3-0)


16. MISSOURI (3-0)


17. MIAMI (2-1)


18. IOWA (2-1)

19. ARKANSAS (3-0)

20. UCLA (2-1)


*Last week


Yale and Rich Diana and their win over Connecticut notwithstanding, the Ivy League had rough going, losing seven nonconference games. In Cambridge, Mass., Harvard and Holy Cross both turned blocked punts into touchdowns, but the Crimson's effort went for naught as Holy Cross won 33-19. John Andreoli smothered the Harvard kick early in the fourth quarter, one play after he had sacked Quarterback Ron Cuccia for a nine-yard loss. "On a previous punt my job was to drive back the man in front of me," said Andreoli, "but he took a step back. This time I said to myself if he takes a step back, I'm going right on in, full speed ahead." And he did. Chris McMahon picked up the loose ball on the five-yard line and ran it in for the score.

Quarterback Rick Scully hit Kevin Phelan with a 61-yard touchdown pass on Delaware's first possession, and the Blue Hens, the No. 1 Division 1-AA team, went on to trounce Princeton 61-8. Playing little more than two quarters, Scully completed six of eight passes for 141 yards and ran 49 yards for a TD. In other games involving Ivy League schools, it was Colgate 34, Cornell 10; Lafayette 28, Columbia 13; Army 23, Brown 17; Massachusetts 10, Dartmouth 8; and Lehigh 58, Penn 0. The Engineers' rout of Penn was their highest point total ever against the Quakers in a series dating back to 1885.

Indiana, which faced USC superback Marcus Allen two weeks ago, found itself going against another one in Syracuse's Joe Morris. The end result was a 21-7 loss for the Hoosiers, as Morris gained 164 yards on 26 carries and caught four passes for 73 yards.


How good is this season's Penn State team, a 30-24 winner over Nebraska? Coach Joe Paterno wasn't telling. "I don't want to put a monkey on our backs," he said. "But we do have a good football team, I'm sure of that. How good? I don't know." But Nebraska Linebacker Steve Damkroger, as forthright as Paterno is coy, said flat out, "In my opinion, we were getting beat pretty badly out there." Doing most of the damage for the Nittany Lions was Tailback Curt Warner, who carried 28 times for 238 yards. Warner's longest run, 56 yards, set up Brian Franco's fifth field goal of the day. "I counted on being called on at least three times, but no way did I think they'd need me five," said Franco, who hit from 29,48, 39, 20 and 32 yards. Franco is 6 for 6 this year on field goals and 8 for 8 on extra points. "On the first one against Nebraska I was nervous, but after that I was having so much fun I really relaxed." Franco may have been the only one relaxed in Lincoln, where the lead changed hands seven times. "There was enough glory in that game for both sides," said Paterno. "I was impressed by the way Nebraska kept coming back." Cornhusker Coach Tom Osborne wasn't impressed with his squad's four turnovers, three on first-half fumbles.

Defense, not turnovers, was the dominant force in Iowa's 20-7 win over UCLA. It was the second time in three weeks the Hawkeyes had knocked off a Top 10 team, Nebraska having been its earlier such victim. "Heck fire, early in the second quarter I began thinking, This team cannot score against us,' " said Iowa Coach Hayden Fry. Indeed, the Hawk-eyes held the Bruins to 74 yards rushing and 86 yards passing. "I don't remember ever being as ineffective in my coaching career as I was today," said UCLA Coach Terry Donahue. "We tried up the middle and were stopped. We tried outside and were stopped. And when we tried to pass, Iowa sacked us." Doing most of the stopping was Iowa Nose Guard Pat Dean, who made 12 tackles, 10 in the first half.

Brigham Young found out it can play offense without Jim McMahon at quarterback in a 41-20 defeat of Colorado. When McMahon left the game early in the third period with a hyperextended left knee, sophomore Steve Young threw for two touchdowns and set up a field goal. Before leaving, McMahon threw for 263 yards and three TDs. He also continued his assault on the NCAA record book, setting marks for most touchdown passes over two years (58) and TDs rushing and passing, in a three-year period (75).

An inspired bit of play selection helped Purdue to a 15-14 win over Notre Dame that gave Irish Coach Gerry Faust back-to-back defeats for the first time since 1968 at Moeller High in Cincinnati. After Phil Carter had run 30 yards for a touchdown to give Notre Dame a 14-7 lead with 2:57 to play, Purdue reached the Irish one-yard line when Steve Bryant hauled in a 42-yard pass from Quarterback Scott Campbell. Following a six-yard loss and a pair of incomplete passes, the Boilermakers called time out with 19 seconds remaining to set up their next play. The mumbo jumbo came from Receiver Coach Dick Dullaghan. "I said 'Hey, 63 roll out of the rip [shotgun formation].' " recalled Dullaghan. "I don't know why I suggested that play." Whatever the reason, it worked as Bryant scored on the pass from Campbell to pull Purdue within one. Using the same play, Campbell again passed to Bryant, this time for the two-point conversion and the victory.


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