The Arkansas defense also put together some impressive numbers in a hard-fought 24-6 victory over winless Rice. Three boots gave the Owls something to hoot about before they were done in: field goals of 45 and 25 yards by Joel Baxter that had given Rice a 6-0 halftime advantage, and an 80-yard punt by Dale Walters in the third quarter—wind-aided, to be sure. But after that kick, which rolled through the end zone, the Razorbacks, who had suffered three turnovers to that point, finally got their offense untracked, with Fullback Jessie Clark scoring twice in 51 seconds late in the quarter. First, Clark climaxed the 80-yard march following Walters' punt with a two-yard touchdown run. Then, one play after an interception and a 21-yard return by Arkansas Linebacker Milton Fields, Clark ran six yards for another score. As for those defensive stats, the Hogs held the Owls to 86 yards in total offense, only four in the last two quarters. Arkansas, which trails SMU by half a game in the SWC standings, has allowed no touchdowns and just four field goals in its four conference games.
"All we did was come out here and lay an egg," Texas Tech Coach Jerry Moore said after an at-home loss to Texas. Tech trailed only 7-0 at halftime, but from there on the Longhorns scrambled the Red Raiders, leaving them 27-0 losers. Quarterback Robert Brewer scored all three Texas touchdowns on short runs, and the 'Horns' defense surrendered only 134 yards in total offense. Houston held off Texas Christian 31-27.
Louisiana Tech remained unbeaten in Southland Conference competition, knocking off Arkansas State by a score of 24-14. Runner-up Northeast Louisiana was a 14-0 victor over Lamar.
Pitt fans, who have been extremely critical of first-year Coach Foge Fazio and the team's tepid offense, got what they wanted last week. The Panthers built a 49-0 second-quarter lead and ran away from Louisville 63-14. Tim Lewis started the rout by taking the opening kickoff in the Pitt end zone and returning it 91 yards. From there on, the Panthers displayed a well-rounded attack for the first time this year. Dan Marino completed 10 of 18 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns. This was the 17th consecutive regular-season game in which Marino threw a TD pass, one short of the NCAA record. Tom Flynn returned a punt 63 yards for another Pitt score, Bryan Thomas carried nine times for 119 yards, and three players who hadn't run with the ball all season—freshmen Darnell Stone and Bill Callahan and junior Mike Boyd—added 175 yards on 32 trips.
At a press conference a few days before the game, Fazio had broken into song (Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive), later explaining that when he'd been in Syracuse for the previous week's game, "They said my name—Serafino Dante Fazio—made me sound like a Mafia leader. They said that I looked like Yogi Bear with a blow-dry haircut. I think my name makes me sound like an opera singer." Following last week's blowout of the Cardinals, Fazio was finally able to sing the praises of the Pitt offense.
Doug Flutie of Boston College, who had worn a flak jacket for the past six games as a precautionary measure, took it off and riddled Penn State by completing 26 of 44 passes for a team-record 520 yards. Two other quarterbacks tacked on another 75 yards passing for the Eagles, who had 656 in total offense. Tight End Scott Nizolek gained a school-record 229 of those yards on 11 receptions. That should have been enough to finish off the Nittany Lions. It wasn't. Not nearly enough. Penn State intercepted two passes, pounced on four BC fumbles and got a perfect split from its offense—309 yards on the ground and 309 yards through the air—to win 52-17. Tailback Curt Warner became the Nittany Lions' career rushing leader by increasing his total to 3,031 yards. He scored three times and gained 183 yards on 28 carries. Todd Blackledge's 14-for-27 passing netted 243 yards and three touchdowns, two of which were scored by Flanker Kenny Jackson.
West Virginia also coasted, scoring on its first three possessions and winding up with a 30-3 defeat of East Carolina. The Mountaineers got off to a fast start by rushing for 133 yards in the first quarter against the Pirates, who had been yielding only 129.3 yards a game on the ground.
A 42-yard field goal by Chris Price with 25 seconds left gave Princeton a 17-14 upset over Penn. Harvard, which for the second week in a row equaled an Ivy League mark by picking off six passes, tied the Quakers for first place by beating Brown 34-0. Cornell won by an identical score over the Merchant Marine Academy. Yale overcame a 21-3 deficit to defeat Dartmouth 22-21. Columbia was a loser, 41-8, at Army, which got 177 yards rushing from Gerald Walker.