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Herm Weiskopf
November 05, 1979
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November 05, 1979

The Week

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With Dan Conway and Leo Smith excelling on offense and with Jim Budness harassing Army on defense, Boston College was a 29-16 winner. Conway, who rushed for 177 yards, scored on runs of one and 48 yards. Smith topped off his 114-yard effort with a 64-yard touchdown scamper. But the game ball went to Budness, a linebacker, for intercepting three passes, recovering two fumbles and blocking an extra-point kick.

Statistically, Lehigh had a vast edge over Bucknell, running off 95 plays for 358 yards and 23 first downs to the Bisons' 35 plays, 116 yards and two first downs. On the scoreboard, though, the Engineers had only the narrowest of advantages at the end: 14-13. Keeping the Bisons in contention were two long scoring runs by Hassan Abdellah, who broke loose for 91 yards and ran back a punt 83 yards. Lehigh pulled the game out when Rich Andres passed five yards to Mike Ford for a touchdown with 56 seconds left.

A 24-6 victory over Penn kept Yale undefeated and alone at the top of the Ivy League. Cornell floored Dartmouth 21-10 and Princeton sidetracked Harvard 9-7. Leading the way for the Big Red was Tom Weidenkopf, who had a 69-yard touchdown run among his 247 yards rushing. Ivy squads continued to have troubles with non-league foes, Columbia losing 24-14 to Colgate and Brown being stopped 14-7 by Holy Cross. Senior Neil Solomon of the Crusaders, who had not played since 1977, passed for 241 yards and hit Phil Johnson on a 58-yard scoring play with 1:53 remaining.

2. TEMPLE (6-1)
3. PENN STATE (5-2)


On Monday, Oregon State Coach Craig Fertig got something he feared he might get—a pink slip relieving him of his duties at the end of the season. On Saturday he got something he feared he might never see again—a victory. The Beavers, who were 0-7 and who had scored only five points in their previous four outings, stunned Stanford 33-31 with a wild finish. They won for Fertig even though the Cardinals' Turk Schonert passed for 238 yards and two touchdowns and connected on 17 of 20 throws. And State came out on top despite trailing 24-7 late in the second quarter and 31-23 with 1:15 remaining. At that point Jeff Southern finished off an 85-yard Beaver drive by slamming over from one yard out. That still left Stanford in front 31-29, a matter soon taken care of when Scott Richardson flicked a two-point conversion pass to Tony Robinson. Richardson was on the mark with 16 of 24 attempts for 168 yards.

With the score knotted at 31, Oregon State declined to try an on-side kick, fearing that an unsuccessful one might allow Stanford to get close enough for Ken Naber to boot a decisive field goal. So the Beavers kicked off long. Stanford's Rick Gervais circled under the ball, caught it on the two-yard line while moving back and then dropped to one knee in the end zone. Gervais thought he had registered a touchback. Instead, it was ruled that he had scored a game-winning safety for Oregon State because he had caught the ball while on the field of play.

"We talked all week about not letting UCLA do anything right off the bat," said Washington Coach Don James. So what happened? That's right, the Bruins took the opening kickoff and marched 84 yards for a touchdown. However, after picking up six first downs during that drive, UCLA went 36 minutes before chalking up another. In the interval, the Husky offense had opened up, its defense had clamped down and Washington was well on its way to a 34-14 Pac 10 triumph. Two touchdown passes by Tom Flick, a 62-yard scoring run on a punt return by Mark Lee and a tenacious defense enabled the Huskies to bounce back convincingly after having been upset the past two weeks.

Arizona State and Utah State both came up with long scoring plays, Mark Malone of the Sun Devils zipping 98 yards and Craig Bradshaw and Fred Fernandes of the Aggies teaming up on a 95-yard pass-run. Malone, though, was able to keep the Sun Devil offense churning throughout the game, completing 16 of 22 passes for 163 yards and rushing for 133 yards. All of which added up to 528 yards in total offense for Arizona State, which won 28-14. Ii was the second consecutive victory for Bob Owens since replacing the embattled and dismissed Frank Rush.

It took a mighty effort for Southern Cal to retain its half-game conference lead over Washington and Arizona State. Superb passing by Rich Campbell of California and the Golden Bears' resolute defense gave the Trojans, who also dropped six passes, all they could handle. Going into the fourth quarter, the game was tied 7-7, the Trojans having scored on an 80-yard drive after the opening kickoff and Cal having tallied when Safety Darnell Chapman ran back a blocked field-goal try 74 yards in the second period.

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