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Ron Reid
October 10, 1977
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October 10, 1977

The Week

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Florida State upset Oklahoma State 25-17, Syracuse beat Illinois 30-20 and Purdue topped Wake Forest 26-17.

1. MICHIGAN (4-0)
2. OKLAHOMA (4-0)
3. OHIO STATE (3-1)


In the esteem of most coaches, first-down passes rank alongside 70-yard field-goal tries, but Kentucky's Fran Curci opted for the unconventional against previously unbeaten Penn State and was rewarded with a 24-20 upset victory.

Trailing 20-14, Kentucky came out gambling in the second half, with immediate and favorable results. Quarterback Derrick Ramsey completed five first-down passes in the third quarter and another completion resulted in a 33-yard interference penalty against the Nittany Lions. In that span, the Wildcats controlled the ball for 10 minutes and 25 seconds, and held Penn State to two first downs and a total of 41 yards in the second half.

Penn State, which took a 10-0 lead on Matt Bahr's 20-yard field goal and Jimmy Cefalo's 75-yard punt-return touchdown, may have lost the game on its first offensive series. On first and goal at the Kentucky one, a Penn State lineman jumped offside and, instead of a probable touchdown, the Lions had to settle for the field goal.

Pitt's defensive secondary of Bob Jury, J. C. Wilson, LeRoy Felder and Jeff Delaney earned the admiration of Boston College Coach Joe Yukica, who said, "That unit could start in the NFL tomorrow without embarrassing itself." In the Panthers' 45-7 conquest of Yukica's Eagles, the Wildcat secondary embarrassed no one quite so much as BC Quarterback Ken Smith, who was stung for five interceptions while completing 18 of 32 passes for 158 yards, a far cry from his pre-Pitt performances. Four of the interceptions led to Pittsburgh touchdowns while Jury et al. held the BC wide receivers to four receptions, none of the deep variety.

Miami of Ohio was Yale's first intersectional opponent since 1948 and the Redskins overcame a 14-6 halftime deficit to beat the Bulldogs 28-14. It was a game that Miami alumnus, and Yale coach, Carmen Cozza viewed with mixed emotions. "From one Miami man to another," he said in the winner's locker room, "I wish you all the luck and I hope you win the rest of your games."

Seventh-ranked Colorado improved its record to 4-0 by ripping Army 31-0 in a game that might have been billed "Leamon's Lemon." The Buffs sacked Cadet Quarterback Leamon Hall six times and intercepted four of his passes.

Princeton's bid for an Ivy League upset, and its first victory, died with 0:52 left to play as Quarterback Mark Whipple dived one yard for a touchdown to give Brown a 10-7 victory. Whipple set up the score with a 28-yard pass to Flanker Charlie Watkins. The loss was Princeton's eighth in succession.

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