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The Air Force stuck to the ground. Army just plain stuck. Thus did the Falcons break an 11-game losing streak—the longest among major-college teams. Instead of taking to the air, the Falcons trudged through the Cadet defense for 305 yards in a 28-7 victory.
A local newspaper story, predicting that the final score would be Penn State 42, Miami 0, was headlined: MIAMI'S TIME IS COMING—IN 1984. Wrong. The Hurricanes' time came five years early as they shocked Penn State 26-10. In his first start, Miami freshman Jim Kelly hit on 18 of 30 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns. Kelly, who is from East Brady, Pa. and who had passed for 3,915 yards in high school, went to Miami because Nittany Lion Coach Joe Paterno wanted to make him a linebacker. "I didn't want to be another Jack Ham," Kelly said. "I wanted to be another Terry Bradshaw."
Pittsburgh's Dan Marino, another freshman making his first start, hurled two touchdown passes as the Panthers held off Syracuse 28-21. Marino completed 18 of 26 attempts for 170 yards, and Terry White galloped 85 with a punt return.
Forty-seven seconds before it would have lost its 200th game in 107 years of competition, Yale scored on a 12-yard pass to beat Cornell 23-20 for its 700th victory. No team has won more often than the Elis. Yale's John Rogan, who earlier had teamed up with Bob Rostomily on a 43-yard scoring pass, hit him again with a 12-yarder that kept the Bulldogs undefeated and in first in the Ivy League. Second on the all-time victory chart is Princeton, which notched No. 630 with a 38-10 conquest of Penn, which is fourth with 615 wins. Brown squelched Harvard's try for a 630th triumph, 23-14. And Dartmouth blanked Columbia 17-0.
Texas fiddled with its quarterbacks during a squeaky win, while signal-callers at Arkansas and Texas A&M strummed their way to tuneful triumphs. Early in the week, Longhorn Coach Fred Akers decided his second-string quarterback would make a better sixth-string defensive back. Against Texas Tech, he started with sophomore Donnie Little and then went to a couple of freshmen, 5'9" Herkie Walls and 6'4" Rick McIvor. It was McIvor, who throws armor-piercing passes, who finally got Texas going. After launching a 51-yard missile to Les Koenning, McIvor wrapped up a 98-yard drive with an 11-yard pass to Johnny (Lam) Jones to give the Longhorns a 7-3 halftime edge. Tech pulled to within 7-6, but Brad Beck's 11-yard scoring run made Texas a 14-6 winner.
"We heard them in their dressing room yelling like they were ahead," Arkansas Quarterback Kevin Scanlon said of Rice, which trailed 14-7 at halftime. From there on, there was no glee for the Owls, four-touchdown underdogs who wound up losing 34-7. Scanlon got the job done by completing 16 of 20 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns and by running for a pair of six-pointers.