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ON NOV. 7, PLUNKETT LED HIS TEAM TO A 29--22 WIN over Washington, throwing for 268 yards and four touchdowns, including the 15-yard game-winner to Randy Vataha. The victory gave Stanford the Pac-8 title and its first trip to the Rose Bowl in 19 seasons.
1972 JOHNNY RODGERS NEBRASKA, WB
RODGERS'S FIRST STAR TURN CAME ON Nov. 25, 1971, when his 72-yard punt-return touchdown proved to be the deciding score in No. 1 Nebraska's win over No. 2 Oklahoma. Almost a year later, on Nov. 18, 1972, the Huskers speedster sealed his Heisman deal by taking a punt 52 yards to the house in a 59--7 win over Kansas State, a scoring play that tied the NCAA career record for return touchdowns (eight).
1973 JOHN CAPPELLETTI PENN STATE, HB
A PICK 'EM: ON NOV. 10, CAPPELLETTI provided the edge against North Carolina State, rushing for 220 yards and three touchdowns on a school-record 41 carries in a 35--29 win. A week later he ran for 204 yards in the first half of the Lions' 49--10 victory over Ohio, an effort SI at the time called "little more than a polishing cloth for [his] Heisman Trophy credentials."
1976 TONY DORSETT PITTSBURGH, RB
ON NOV. 26 THE UNDEFEATED PANTHERS WERE TIED with Penn State 7--7 at halftime. Pitt coach Johnny Majors moved Dorsett, who had a mere 51 yards in the first half, from tailback to fullback, providing better running lanes and allowing the speedy senior to finish with 224 yards and two touchdowns in a 24--7 win.