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Was this going to be the pits for Pitt? Would the Panthers, trailing Rutgers 3-0 late in the second period at New Jersey's Meadowlands, become the sixth No. 1-ranked squad to fall this season? No way. Two touchdown passes by Dan Marino put Pitt in front 14-3 at the intermission. Marino then sneaked one yard for a score in the third quarter, passed for another in the fourth and finished with 18 of 28 for 239 yards. The Panthers picked up 315 yards on the ground and came out on top 47-3. Tailback Bryan Thomas, who rushed for 168 yards and one TD, also caught five passes.
That wasn't the Seventh Fleet that beat Syracuse 35-23. It was Senior Tailback Eddie Meyers, who broke his own Navy single-game rushing record by running for 298 yards, the most anyone had ever gained against the Orange. Meyers thereby also set a Middie career rushing record, boosting his total to 2,620 yards. Against Syracuse he scored four times, on jaunts of 10, 32, five and 78 yards.
Army's Gerald Walker ran 21 and 39 yards for touchdowns and wound up with 162 yards rushing against Holy Cross before leaving the game in the third quarter with bruised ribs. But Walker wasn't enough; the Crusaders erased a 13-0 Cadet lead and won 28-13.
West Virginia overcame Temple's 10-0 first-quarter lead to prevail 24-19. Jim Brown of the Owls ran for 178 yards, and Oliver Luck of the Mountaineers passed for 234.
Yale, too, had to scramble to avoid losing. The Elis were down 17-7 at the start of the final period at Cornell. What's more, Yale Quarterback John Rogan had been sidelined with an injured right elbow. Two poor punts, a lost fumble and a deliberate safety by the Red Raiders enabled the Elis to gain a 23-17 win and remain undefeated. The decisive points came with 53 seconds to play when Joe Dufek, Rogan's replacement, hit Wide Receiver Curtis Grieve with a 16-yard touchdown pass. It was Grieve's 10th TD reception of the season. Dartmouth defeated Columbia 21-7 in the only other game between Ivy League opponents. Princeton's Bob Holly passed for three touchdowns and ran for two, but Maine rallied from a 28-14 deficit to win 55-44. Delaware routed winless Penn 40-6. Brown won 10-8 at Rhode Island, and Harvard beat William & Mary 23-14.
Widener (Pa.), the No. 1 Division III team, coasted past Ursinus 43-14 for its 34th straight regular-season victory.
"I thought we'd have to give the kickoff teams mouth-to-mouth resuscitation," said Arkansas Coach Lou Holtz after a breathtaking 41-39 victory over Baylor in Little Rock. Jay Jeffrey of the Bears was on target with 17 of 26 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those scoring throws were hauled in by Split End Gerald McNeil, who caught 10 passes altogether for a school-record 197 yards. Fullback Dennis Gentry put Baylor ahead 39-38 with 2:05 to go by grabbing Jeffrey's nine-yard toss on fourth down. But for the second time in the final period, the Bears failed on a two-point conversion. Freshman Quarterback Brad Taylor then took the Razorbacks 66 yards in nine plays. By completing all five of his passes during the drive, Taylor wound up hitting on 17 of 23 throws for 250 yards. Fullback Jessie Clark, who tied the Arkansas single-game touchdown record with five scoring runs, didn't get a chance to wrap up the final march. That opportunity went to Bruce Lahay, who earlier in the game had booted a 49-yard field goal. This time, with 12 seconds remaining, Lahay kicked a 27-yarder that put the local fans in Hog heaven.
There was no such joy in Houston, where Texas, which trailed 14-0 at halftime, salvaged a 14-14 deadlock. Robert Brewer, who took over at quarterback for the Longhorns after Rick McIvor injured his right shoulder shortly before halftime, was instrumental in dashing Houston's hopes for an upset. Brewer completed three passes for 38 yards during an 80-yard fourth-quarter drive that ended when John Walker ran eight yards for a touchdown. That score, plus Walker's grab of Brewer's PAT pass, cut Houston's advantage to 14-11. Then with 3:27 to go, Raul Allegre, who had kicked a 45-yard field goal in the third period, added a 47-yarder.