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"Somehow, if we even have to block a punt and kick a field goal, we'll win 10-7." That was what Southern Methodist Coach Ron Meyer had to say a few days before facing Texas in a Southwest Conference shootout. Final score: Longhorns 30, Mustangs 6. Unfazed, Meyer said after the game, "If we'd had a couple things go right and a few things go wrong for them, we'd have been in there." One reason SMU wasn't "in there" was that three Texas fill-ins—Brad Beck, Rodney Tate and Herkie Walls—pepped up an attack that had to get along without the injured Jam Jones and Leroy King. Beck, who had not played a down all season, ran for 78 yards. Tate gained 56 yards, 18 more than he had all year. And Walls, a freshman, carried five times for 71 yards, 30 of them on a touchdown run. On top of that. Quarterback Donnie Little hit on seven of 11 passes for 119 yards and rushed for another 73.
"They'd run the same play before but had gone outside with it all the other times. The quarterback checked off at the line, the receiver went inside and I just anticipated right." That was how Baylor Cornerback Howard Fields described the unfolding of a spectacular play: He intercepted the pass and ran it back 95 yards for a touchdown in the Bears' 16-3 victory over Texas Christian. Baylor also scored on field goals of 38, 34 and 33 yards by Robert Bledsoe.
It is no surprise that freshman Quarterback Dan Marino has already made himself right at home in Pitt Stadium. After all, he grew up within a long pass of the field. Marino took charge of Pitt's attack after Rick Trocano was shelved with a hamstring pull in the first period and led the Panthers to a 24-7 victory over previously unbeaten Navy. The Middies led 7-3 at halftime. but then Marino began unloading strikes, hitting on 10 straight passes during one stretch and finishing with 22 completions in 30 tries for 227 yards and two TDs.
As has become its custom, Penn State's offense capitalized on turnovers forced by its defense, following up three of them with scores in the course of a 31-6 win over West Virginia. Accounting for the bulk of the Nittany Lions' 339 rushing yards were Booker Moore (166 yards and three touchdowns) and Matt Suhey (124 yards).
Despite having been banged up early by Miami, Quarterback Bill Hurley of Syracuse ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 99 yards. More Orange juice came from Joe Morris, who ran for 114 yards, and Gary Anderson, who kicked field goals of 50, 44, 29 and 25 yards as Syracuse won 25-15.