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Flutie, who completed 23 of 42 passes for 347 yards, finished with more impressive statistics than Marino, who hit on 19 of 35 for 225 yards. Like Flutie, Marino threw for two touchdowns, his 20th and 21st of the season. What made the difference was that Panther runners gained 180 yards while Eagle ballcarriers were limited to 68. Tailback Bryan Thomas of Pitt rushed for 149 yards, scored on an 11-yard run and also caught six passes.
Like Pitt, Syracuse zipped in front quickly, appeared to have the game locked up and then almost succumbed to a case of ennui before polishing off Colgate. This was the first confrontation between the schools since 1961, when their longtime series was called off because the Orangemen were winning by such lopsided scores. More of the same seemed in store when Joe Morris raced 75 yards on the first play from scrimmage to give Syracuse a 7-0 lead after just 17 seconds had been played. But Colgate didn't fold. Freshman Steve Calabria connected on 22 of 40 passes for 279 yards, and after his third touchdown throw of the day, the Red Raiders had 24 points. Trouble was it was late in the fourth period and Syracuse had 37. The Orangemen went on to a 47-24 victory, and Morris led them by rushing for 185 yards. Split End Tom Rogers established a Red Raider record by gaining 187 yards on 11 receptions.
Another pass-catching mark was set by senior Wide Receiver Curt Grieve as Yale defeated Dartmouth 24-3 in a battle to settle first place in the Ivy League. Grieve, who took a year off and thought of transferring after his sophomore season, brought his career total of TD catches to 17 with two receptions. A major reason why Grieve returned to the Elis was that he "kept hearing about this kid named John Rogan with the golden arm." It was Rogan who threw both those scoring passes to help keep Yale unbeaten.
Senior Bob Holly of Princeton broke the Ivy single-game record for passing yardage in a 38-30 victory over Penn. Holly passed for 446 yards, completing 25 of 41 attempts, four for TDs. Harvard coasted 41-7 at Brown, and the Ivies split two out-of-conference games, Cornell beating Bucknell 22-15 and Columbia succumbing to Holy Cross 14-7.
Oliver Luck passed for 21 yards and a touchdown on West Virginia's first offensive play against East Carolina. The game's only other touchdown came when Luck ran seven yards in the fourth period to seal a 20-3 Mountaineer win.
Lehigh's Larry Michalski played just 25 minutes against Davidson, enough time to complete 13 of 17 passes for 253 yards and four touchdowns in a 69-7 rout. Michalski also went the final 11 yards for a TD on a 17-yard double-reverse-and-lateral on which he took a pitchback from Halfback Ed Godbolt, who was about to be tackled.
"It was our job to stop them, not their job to stop themselves. I thought they were more than gracious." That was the opinion of Wake Forest Coach Al Groh after Clemson showed how gracious it could be by walloping the Deacons 82-24. Not even sending in the last-stringers could keep the Tigers from amassing 756 yards in total offense. Ah, well, perhaps it was a Grohing experience for the first-year coach. Clemson's romp was a tune-up for this week's showdown with North Carolina for the Atlantic Coast Conference lead.
When it came to being gracious, Wake Forest's mascot, a student decked out like a deacon, put his muscle where his mouth was, so to speak. The Tiger mascot, weary from having already done 384 push-ups for the day, refused to do any more after Clemson scored for the final time. So the Deacon spelled him by doing the last 82.
North Carolina had no such easy time at Maryland, where the Terps led 10-7 with 9:30 remaining. With Rod Elkins out with an injured ankle, Scott Stankavage was at quarterback for the Tar Heels. North Carolina knotted the score at 10—all with 5:45 left, and then, on the first play after recovering a fumble at the Maryland 20, went ahead 17-10 on a pass from Stankavage to Tyrone Anthony with 1:20 to go. That was the fourth fumble lost by the Terps, who also had other difficulties. Maryland's top ground-gainer, Charlie Wysocki, reinjured his left shoulder and picked up only nine yards. And Quarterback Boomer Esiason injured his neck with 1:05 left in the game. His replacement, Bob Milkovich, led the Terps from their own 40 to the Tar Heel 15 by completing three passes, but Milkovich then missed twice and had his final toss intercepted in the end zone by Free Safety Walt Black with eight seconds to play.