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Herm Weiskopf
October 26, 1981
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October 26, 1981

The Week

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1. PENN STATE (5-0)


2. N. CAROLINA (6-0)


3. PITT (5-0)


4. USC (5-1)


5. GEORGIA (5-1)


6. SMU (6-0)


7. CLEMSON (6-0)


8. ARKANSAS (5-1)

9. TEXAS (4-1)


10. IOWA (5-1)


11. IOWA STATE (4-1-1)

12. MISS. STATE (5-1)


13. MICHIGAN (4-2)


14. ALABAMA (5-1-1)


15. BYU (6-1)


16. ARIZONA ST. (5-1)


17. NEBRASKA (4-2)

18. MISSOURI (5-1)


19. WISCONSIN (4-2)


20. WASH. ST. (5-0-1)


* Last week


Coach Lou Holtz of Arkansas, incensed when a pass-interference call wasn't made against Texas, yanked off his watch and hurled it downfield. Longhorn Coach Fred Akers wished he could have made time fly that fast. The minutes dragged by for the Horns, whose No. 1 national ranking, pride and Cotton Bowl hopes all took a thrashing in rainy Fayetteville. It didn't matter that Texas wound up with a 20-17 edge in first downs and a 282-96 advantage in passing yardage. Most of those numbers came after the Razorbacks had clinched their victory. Final score: a stunning 42-11.

The Longhorns, who had been 13-2 in Fayetteville and hadn't lost there since 1965, passed a school-record 51 times, but their 21 completions weren't nearly as effective as the seven in 18 attempts by Tom Jones of Arkansas. Jones, the younger brother of the Baltimore Colts' Bert, passed for 83 vital yards, ran for two touchdowns and was the game's leading rusher with 73 yards.

Things went bad for Texas from the start. On the game's first snap, Longhorn Quarterback Rick McIvor fumbled and Razorback Billy Ray Smith recovered on the Texas 19. Smith, who plays anywhere from nose guard to outside linebacker in his team's complex multiple defense, hounded the Horns all day. Three plays later, Jones tossed 14 yards to Halfback Gary Anderson at the Texas one. Jones banged into the end zone on the next play for a 6-0 lead.

Other Texas woes: a center snap out of the end zone that gave the Hogs a safety on what was to have been a Longhorn punt and a lost fumble at the Longhorn five. Anderson scored on the next play. Altogether, Arkansas intercepted four passes and recovered three of six Longhorn fumbles. A 47-yard field goal by Bruce Lahay and a 19-yard pass from Jones to Anderson gave the Razorbacks a 25-3 half-time advantage. That lead grew to 39-3 in the third period when Jones scored on a four-yard run and Darryl Bowles on a 19-yard jaunt.

A 21-yard field goal with 22 seconds left, the fourth for the day by Baylor's Marty Jimmerson, resulted in Texas A&M suffering its first Southwest Conference defeat, 19-17. Rice won its third straight, beating Texas Tech 30-23 as Michael Calhoun threw four touchdown passes for the second straight week. Kevin Haney of Texas Christian hauled in a 26-yard scoring pass from Steve Stamp with 4:52 remaining to earn the Horned Frogs a 13-13 draw with Utah State in a non-conference contest.


"Oh, oh, oh! Eleven in a row!" That's what Alabama players chanted after beating Tennessee for the 11th consecutive time, 38-19. Directing the Tide was Alan Gray, a fifth-year senior starting for the first time. Two weeks ago he had been the fourth-string quarterback. Gray passed for 90 yards and one touchdown and set up another six-pointer and two field goals with a 5-for-8 performance. Peter Kim booted three field goals for Alabama and the Tide outgained the Vols 516 yards to 269. The victory was the 311th for Bear Bryant, three shy of Amos Alonzo Stagg's record.

Georgia remained half a game behind Alabama in the Southeastern Conference by defeating Vanderbilt 53-21. The Commodores set up their defenses to stop Herschel Walker, who nonetheless gained 188 yards and scored twice. That gave Walker, a sophomore, 2,684 career yards, the most ever by a Bulldog back. There was also plenty of passing. Georgia's Buck Belue completed 15 of 22 for 237 yards. Lindsay Scott's seven receptions for 122 yards brought his career total to 1,728 yards, another Georgia mark. Vandy's passing attack connected on 29 of 54 attempts for 360 yards and three touchdowns.

Some more Bulldogs—from Mississippi State—held off independent Miami 14-10, with all the scoring coming in the first half. Jim Kelly of the Hurricanes passed for 267 yards, but the Bulldogs intercepted him twice and allowed Miami runners only 29 yards. Mississippi State had better balance: 163 yards rushing, 151 passing.

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