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GridIron Wars - BillS's GIW College Football Universe

BillS - Nov 28, 2017 - 03:28 PM
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I have added all of the 1960s and 1970s teams to my original college football universe of the 1940s and 1950s. As of now, the Top 10 list is as follows:

1. 1955 Texas Christian (6-0)
2. 1945 Army (6-1) (only loss to 1955 Texas Christian, 27-26)
3. 1961 Mississippi (5-0)
4. 1947 Penn State (4-1) (only loss to 1945 Army)
5. 1960 Iowa (5-1) (only loss to 1945 Army)
6. 1941 Notre Dame (4-1) (only loss to 1945 Army)
7. 1961 LSU (4-1) (only loss to 1960 Iowa)
8. 1969 Penn State (4-1) (only loss to 1961 Mississippi)
9. 1950 Tennessee (3-1) (only loss to 1955 Texas Christian)
10. 1961 Texas (3-1) (only loss to 1961 LSU)

#1 1955 TCU and #3 1961 Ole Miss will play later this week. #9 1950 Tennessee is about to take the field against unranked 1958 LSU (1-1). I have only recently acquired the 1970s teams, so they are not yet represented in the rankings.

Some recent results:

1943 Purdue 6
#6 1941 Notre Dame 26 (defense only allowed 136 total yards against)

1968 Texas 27 (5 turnovers doom the Longhorns)
1968 Arkansas 47

1957 Army 49
1963 Navy 3 (Staubach 12 for 16 passing, but also 3 costly intercepts)

1979 Temple 21
1973 Penn St. 24 (John Cappelletti with 129 yards rushing)

1973 Texas Tech 12
1973 Oklahoma 14

#6 1960 Iowa 7
#2 1945 Army 35 (28 unanswered points for the Cadets to blow out the previously unbeaten Hawkeyes).

And, at the half, its 1951 Princeton 15, 1976 Rutgers 12.
BillS - Nov 29, 2017 - 09:36 AM
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1958 LSU KNOCKS 1950 TENNESSEE OUT OF TOP 10!

Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon scored a touchdown on a 9-yard run with just 15 seconds remaining in the game to give LSU a hard-fought 20-17 victory over #9 Tennessee yesterday. The loss knocked Tennessee out of the Top 10 and raised the prospects of 1958 LSU, who improved to 2-1, getting back on my table soon.

In other scores, 1976 Rutgers took advantage of 3 second-half interceptions off Dick Kazmaier to score 21 unanswered points and cruise to a 33-15 victory over 1951 Princeton. 1976 Rutgers is now 1-0, which 1951 Princeton falls to 0-3 and will not likely be back on the table any time soon.
BillS - Nov 29, 2017 - 09:39 AM
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The Top 10, as of November 29, 2017, is as follows:

1. 1955 Texas Christian (6-0)
2. 1945 Army (6-1) (only loss to 1955 Texas Christian, 27-26)
3. 1961 Mississippi (5-0)
4. 1947 Penn State (4-1) (only loss to 1945 Army)
5. 1960 Iowa (5-1) (only loss to 1945 Army)
6. 1941 Notre Dame (4-1) (only loss to 1945 Army)
7. 1961 LSU (4-1) (only loss to 1960 Iowa)
8. 1969 Penn State (4-1) (only loss to 1961 Mississippi)
9. 1961 Texas (3-1) (only loss to 1961 LSU)
10. 1967 USC (3-1) (only loss to #8 1969 Penn State, 21-20)
BillS - Nov 30, 2017 - 09:47 AM
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TOUGH DAY FOR NEBRASKA

1971 Oklahoma 39
1971 Nebraska 13

In one of the most impressive offensive performances on my tabletop, 1971 Oklahoma amassed over 500 yards total offense in this game. The game was locked in a 6-6 tie at halftime before the Sooners took control in the second half. 1971 Oklahoma is slated to play 1971 Colorado in the near future.

1969 UCLA 31
1969 Nebraska 14

UCLA intercepted 3 Jerry Tagge passes to pull away from the Cornhuskers. The win makes the Bruins 2-0. They will play the winner of the 1969 Texas vs. 1962 Mississippi game later this week.
BillS - Dec 01, 2017 - 10:18 AM
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REBEL YELL!

1962 Mississippi Rebels won two games yesterday on their way to winning an 8-team tournament.

1969 Texas 7
1962 Ole Miss 10

Wesley Sullivan kicked a 31 yard FG late in the 4th quarter of this tight game to give Ole Miss the win. The Rebels held the vaunted Texas offense to just 187 total yards, including 0 passing yards.

1969 UCLA 19
1962 Ole Miss 42

The Rebels intercepted 3 UCLA passes and amassed 221 rushing yards on their way to a decisive victory over the Bruins in the tournament's championship game. The win raised 1962 Mississippi's record to 3-0, which means they will be getting to the table again soon. First, though, the 1961 Mississippi team is slated to play 1955 TCU in a battle of unbeatens.

Those early 1960s Mississippi teams were certainly powerful!!
BillS - Dec 04, 2017 - 08:32 AM
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LONGHORNS PREVAIL

1961 Colorado 0
1961 Texas 20

The #9 1961 Texas Longhorns welcomed the unranked Colorado Buffaloes to the Cotton Bowl and came away with a shutout victory. The game was a lot closer than the score would indicate, as the 3rd quarter ended with Texas holding a 7-0 lead. Colorado would advance the ball deep into Texas territory on multiple occasions, but could not punch it in. Finally, after committing no turnovers for the first three quarters, the Buffaloes turned the ball over 3 times in the 4th quarter allowing Texas to extend its lead. The win solidified 1961 Texas's spot in the Top 10 and caused 1961 Colorado to fall to 0-2.
BillS - Dec 05, 2017 - 08:44 AM
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IRISH KNOCK TROJANS FROM TOP 10

1966 Notre Dame 29
#10 1967 USC 23

Terry Hanratty led the 1966 Notre Dame Fighting Irish to a tough 29-23 victory over #10 1967 USC this morning. The Irish quarterback completed 12 of 18 passes for 148 yards and 1 touchdown. Sure-handed receiver Jim Seymour caught 6 Hanratty passes for 87 yards. USC's O.J. Simpson had a memorable performance with 170 yards on 25 carries, including a long 45-yard run in the third quarter.

Ironically, the win dropped 1967 USC to 3-2 and out of the Top 10, where they were replaced, at least for the moment, by 1953 Notre Dame (5-2).

The Top 10 presently stands as follows:

1. 1955 Texas Christian (6-0)
2. 1945 Army (6-1)
3. 1961 Mississippi (5-0)
4. 1947 Penn State (4-1)
5. 1960 Iowa (5-1)
6. 1941 Notre Dame (4-1)
7. 1961 LSU (4-1)
8. 1969 Penn State (4-1)
9. 1961 Texas (4-1)
10. 1953 Notre Dame (5-2)

There are 4 teams with 3-1 records who will be playing over the next week or so and if any of them win they will likely crack the Top 10. The 1953 Notre Dame team lost only to #1 TCU and previously ranked 1950 Kentucky, but those two losses make them vulnerable to fall out of the Top 10. At 3-1, 1967 North Carolina State, 1952 Oklahoma, 1950 Northwestern, and 1948 Oregon all stand to gain from 1967 USC's loss.
BillS - Dec 05, 2017 - 11:20 AM
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#3 1961 Ole Miss vs. #1 1955 TCU Preview

Tomorrow morning the only two unbeaten teams in my college football universe (1940s through 1960s) will square off to determine who's #1!!

The 1955 TCU Horned Frogs currently hold that position by virtue of their 6-0 record and very narrow victory over #2 1945 Army (27-26 score). TCU is led by All-American running back Jim Swink. When Swink is on his game, the Frogs are difficult to stop. Ole Miss will need to key on him as much as possible.

The 1961 Mississippi Rebels come into this game with a 5-0 record including impressive wins over #8 1969 Penn State and a tough 1966 Michigan State team. The Rebels run the ball a lot, but not as much as TCU. For this game, it would serve Ole Miss well if they stayed on the ground, as the TCU pass defense is very good. Quarterback Glenn Griffing will shoulder most of the responsibility to control the Rebel's ground game, as he hands off to backs Billy Ray Adams and Doug Elmore.

Analysts are split as to who will win this contest, but the slight majority favor Mississippi. The Rebels are 2 point favorites.

Stay tuned!!!
BillS - Dec 06, 2017 - 01:53 PM
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"LIKE KISSING YOUR SISTER"

#3 1961 Ole Miss 11
#1 1955 TCU 11

Harold Pollard's 32-yard field goal with 0:45 on the clock earned 1955 Texas Christian a difficult 11-11 tie with #3 1961 Mississippi. The Horned Frogs came back from an 11-0 deficit going into the 4th quarter and scored 11 unanswered points to tie the game.

This was a very strange game! With punter Doug Elmore pinning the Horned Frogs back inside their 5 yard line on multiple occasions, the Rebels tackled TCU's star Jim Swink in the endzone twice for two safeties in the first half, as that half ended with the absurd football score of 4-0!! Mississippi scored the games first touchdown in the 3rd quarter when Glenn Griffing hit Ralph Smith with a 7-yard pass. That play was set up by a big 36-yard pass play to Reed Davis. Ahead 10-0 at that point, the Rebels decided to kick the extra point which would require TCU to go for two if they scored a touchdown.

Sure enough, not long into the 4th quarter, TCU marched down field with their most impressive drive of the day. Pollard scored on a 5-yard run. The Horned Frogs did indeed choose to go for two and Swink plunged in to make the score 11-8.

Getting the ball back again, TCU moved into Ole Miss territory, but stalled on the 15 yard line with a 4th and 8 situation. Pollard came out and made the field goal to tie the game (N.B. Pollard needed the FAC card draw to be not more than a 36. The card drawn was 36!!).

The tie has caused some controversy among observers of the Top 10, as now 1961 Mississippi (5-0-1) jumps over 1945 Army (6-1) into the #2 spot. But it was the Rebels' defensive effort against TCU that earned them the right to jump over the Cadets. In particular, Ole Miss held Swink to just 49 yards rushing. The 1961 Rebels have give up not more than 13 points in 5 of their 6 games! 1955 TCU remains unbeaten and, at least for the moment, in the #1 spot.

1. 1955 Texas Christian (6-0-1)
2. 1961 Mississippi (5-0-1)
3. 1945 Army (6-1)
4. 1947 Penn State (4-1)
5. 1960 Iowa (5-1)
6. 1941 Notre Dame (4-1)
7. 1961 LSU (4-1)
8. 1969 Penn State (4-1)
9. 1961 Texas (4-1)
10. 1953 Notre Dame (5-2)
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BillS - Feb 07, 2018 - 09:40 AM
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I have focused my college football playing on the 1970s ATG sets. It will be interesting to see which teams emerge to challenge the teams in my Top 10.

Some random game scores:

1979 Temple 21
1973 Penn St 24 (John Cappelletti 124 yds rushing)

1974 Mississippi St 21
1973 Alabama 28

1975 Arkansas 16
1972 Auburn 0

1976 Oklahoma St 7
1975 Texas 52 (4 interceptions highlighted defensive domination)

1974 Maryland 23
1972 Louisville 15

1973 Miami (OH) 14
1977 Pitt 44 (Matt Cavanaugh - 4 TD passes)

1973 Houston 24
1973 Texas Tech 41

1970 Ohio State 10
1971 Michigan 19

1973 Houston 16
1973 Notre Dame 7 (4 turnovers and missed FGs doom Irish)

1973 Texas Tech 12
1973 Oklahoma 14

1976 Georgia 7
1976 Pitt 35 (Tony Dorsett, 145 yds rushing) - Replay of 1976 Sugar Bowl

1973 Notre Dame 20 Replay of 1973 Sugar Bowl
1973 Alabama 7

1975 UCLA 20 Replay of 1975 Rose Bowl
1975 Ohio State 7
brianpo - Feb 09, 2018 - 03:53 PM
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How long is it taking you to play each game?

Thanks,

Brian
BillS - Feb 12, 2018 - 11:02 AM
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Hi Brian -

Each game is not longer than 1 hour. Once you get a rhythm down, the game flows very quickly. It can be particularly quick for these older college teams that ran the ball 80% of the time. The game flies by when you keep the ball on the ground!!
BillS - Jun 29, 2018 - 11:23 AM
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Continuing my play of the 1970s ATG teams, here are some recent scores:

1970 Nebraska 10 (QB Tagge threw 4 picks!!)
1970 Notre Dame 35

1973 Ohio State 15 (came back after Michigan took 14-0 1st Q lead)
1971 Michigan 14

1970 Tennessee 13
1977 Kentucky 14

1971 Alabama 24
1972 LSU 13

1970 Texas 21
1972 Oklahoma 7

1971 Colorado 15
1977 Arkansas 35

1970 Arizona St 34
1972 USC 0 (This was one of the biggest upsets I've ever had!)

1974 NC State 34 (held Fla St to just 108 total yards!!)
1977 Florida St 13

1970 Notre Dame 17
1973 Ohio State 20 (Played this one this morning - Archie Griffin 162 yds rushing, 2 TDs)

Next up: 1977 Kentucky vs. 1971 Alabama
BillS - Jun 29, 2018 - 03:25 PM
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1977 Kentucky 7
1971 Alabama 27


Johnny Musso ran for 109 yards as the Crimson Tide beat up on Kentucky. This was a close game in the first half and it looked like Kentucky would go into the locker room with a 7-3 lead. However, after a very short punt from deep in their own territory, Kentucky could not keep Alabama and Musso out of the end zone, as the Tide scored a touchdown on the final play of the half to go up 10-7. The kicking game was a thorn in the side for Kentucky all day, as they missed their only field goal attempt (39 yards) in addition to the several short punts that gave Alabama great field position all day.

In real life, this was the first Alabama team to use the wishbone offense. Bear Bryant felt the need to shake things up a bit after a few disappointing seasons for the Tide in the late 60s and 1970. In this game, the Alabama running game accounted for 279 yards.

Next up: 1970 Texas vs. 1977 Arkansas
BillS - Sep 06, 2018 - 09:30 AM
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1973 Penn State 26
1974 Maryland 27


Tremendous game on my tabletop this morning, as the 1974 Maryland Terrapins held off the 1973 Penn State Nittany Lions, 27-26. Maryland jumped out to an early lead after Terp defensive back Ken Schroy intercepted a Tom Shuman pass on Penn State's first drive. Louis Carter scored on a 3-yard run on the short field after the interception for a 7-0 Maryland lead.

On the next possession, Penn State prepared to punt, but a bad snap gave Maryland yet another short field to work with. After a Kenny Roy 3-yard touchdown run, the Terps held a 14-0 lead. Penn State managed a field goal before the end of the quarter, but Maryland got the next score to increase their lead to 21-3.

Penn State linebacker Ed O'Neil gave the Lions some life after he intercepted a Bob Avellini pass and took it in to close the gap to 21-10. But Maryland's Steve Mike-Mayer would add a field goal before the half, as the teams went into the locker room with the score 24-10.

Mike-Mayer would kick another field goal for the only scoring of the 3rd quarter. Down by 17 at the start of the final quarter, Penn State mounted a comeback. John Cappelletti scored on a 5-yard run to bring the Lions within 10 at 27-17. Maryland recovered the subsequent onside kick, but then went 3-and-out, punting the ball back to Penn State. The Nittany Lions drove the ball down field quickly, as Shuman hit Jim Scott with a 53-yard strike. However, Maryland's defense tightened up near the goal line and Penn State was forced to settle for a field goal with 3:45 left in the game.

Maryland again recovered the onside kick, but failed to post a first down. The Terps possession, however, did force Penn State to use all of their time outs and thus they had none when they got the ball back with 2:45 remaining in the game. Shuman, who had not had a very good game up to this point, picked the right time to get hot. He completed passes to Scott and Gary Hayman, moving the Lions downfield against the Terps' pass defense. With 1:00 remaining, Shuman found Dave Bland open down the side line and Bland went in for a 35-yard touchdown play.

The score stood at 27-26 and Penn State decided to go for 2. Perhaps thinking Maryland would key on Cappelletti, Shuman handed the ball to Bob Nagle. However, the Terps won the battle at the line of scrimage and dropped Nagle short of the goal line! Maryland recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock for the win.

1974 Maryland is now 2-0 on my tabletop, while 1973 Penn State drops to 1-1.
BillS - Sep 07, 2018 - 09:45 AM
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1979 Temple 38
1976 Rutgers 14


Temple quarterback Brian Broomell threw for 228 yards and 3 TDs (all to WR Gerald Lucear) as the Owls dominated the Scarlet Knights, 38-14. Rutgers had no answer for Temple's balanced attack (236 rushing, as well). If the Rutgers secondary did not pick 5 interceptions, the score would have been even more lopsided.

1979 Temple moves to 1-1-0 on my tabletop, while Rutgers falls to 0-2-0. Next game for Temple will likely be against 1977 Pittsburgh (1-0-0).
BillS - Sep 09, 2018 - 06:15 PM
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Game action this weekend:

1983 Boston College 47
1952 Holy Cross 3


These two schools re-ignited their decades-old rivalry for real this weekend (62-14 BC victory), so I thought I'd play this matchup on my tabletop. The results were basically the same, with a 40+ scoring advantage for BC.

Doug Flutie threw for 353 yards on 20 of 33 attempts and 3 TDs to Brian Brennan to lead the Eagles over the Crusaders. BC grabbed 5 interceptions off Holy Cross's "Chuckin'" Charlie Maloy, leading to 27 Eagle points.

1983 Boston College is now 1-0-0 while 1952 Holy Cross falls to 0-5-0. HC only continues to show up on my tabletop because of my personal affinity for the school.

1962 Wisconsin 0
1962 USC 21


This was a replay of the Rose Bowl game played on January 1, 1963. The real game was a wild shootout, with the #1 Trojans beating the #2 Badgers 42-37.

The replay was all USC. The only score of the first half was a Pete Beathard interception return. Beathard, playing both ways, later threw a TD pass to Hal Bledsoe. Wisconsin never really got going and failed to take advantage of the offensive capabilities of its star quarterback, Ron Vander Kelen.

1962 USC is now 3-1-0, while 1962 Wisconsin falls to 1-2-0.

1973 Miami (OH) 38
1972 Louisville 24


Louisville got off to a fast 10-0 lead in the first quarter before Miami's QB Steve Sanna connected on 3 TD passes in the second quarter to give the Redskins (as they were known at the time) a 21-10 halftime lead. Miami would extend that lead to 31-10 in the third quarter before the Cardinals ran a Sanna fumble back for a touchdown. The teams swapped touchdowns for the rest of the 4th quarter.

1973 Miami (OH) improves to 1-1-0 and Louisville falls to 0-2-0 on my tabletop.
BillS - Sep 10, 2018 - 02:07 PM
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1977 Notre Dame 10
1977 Texas 21


This was a replay of the Cotton Bowl played January 2, 1978. In the actual game, #5 Notre Dame stunned #1 and previously unbeaten Texas 38-10. Due to other strange bowl game results, Notre Dame was later named National Champions.

This replay would play out a little differently. The Irish would take the lead in the 1st quarter, as Joe Montana moved the Irish downfield efficiently. The Longhorn defense stiffened up in the red zone, however, and Notre Dame settled for a field goal. The score stood 3-0 into the second quarter, when Texas scored 14 unanswered points. The first points came off a 41 yard touchdown pass from Texas QB Randy McEachern to Randy Jackson. Later in the quarter, Ham Jones would take the ball in from the 5 yard line to give the Longhorns a 14-3 lead going into the locker room. There was no scoring in the 3rd quarter, but Notre Dame finally got on the board in the 4th quarter when Montana hit Ty Dickerson with a 4-yard pass to make it 14-10. The Longhorns, however, put together a long drive late in the quarter, culminating in another TD pass to Jackson to put the game out of reach.

This was the first game on my tabletop for both teams.
BillS - Sep 11, 2018 - 08:55 AM
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1978 Clemson 17
1978 Alabama 13


I was in the mood for a good, old-fashioned ground battle, so I put these two "Rush Heavy" teams on my tabletop for their inaugural games. It did not disappoint.

Alabama got on the board first after QB Steadman Shealy took a quarterback keeper 23 yards to paydirt. Clemson would tie the game in the second quarter and then go on top after a 48-yard field goal off the foot of Obid Ariri. The score stood 10-7 at halftime.

In the second half, the Crimson Tide retook the lead with a steady drive downfield culminating in a 16-yard TD run by Tony Nathan. Alan McElroy missed the extra point, but Alabama had a 13-10 lead going into the final quarter. The teams exchanged possessions for much of the 4th quarter until Clemson finally engineered a long drive with Marvin Sims taking it in from the 2 to give the Tigers a 17-13 lead with just 1:00 remaining.

On the ensuing kickoff, Nathan caught the ball on the 10 and returned it 51 yards to give Alabama some life. However, on their 1st play from scrimmage after the return, QB Jeff Rutledge threw an interception to Clemson linebacker Matt Smith to seal the victory for the Tigers.
BillS - Sep 12, 2018 - 09:03 AM
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1979 Purdue 3
1978 Michigan St. 48


It's going to be a long ride back to West Lafayette after this one! Michigan State took advantage of 5 Purdue turnovers in the 3rd quarter to score 28 unanswered points, turning a close game (10-3 at half) into a rout by the 4th quarter. Boilermaker quarter Mark Herrmann had an awful day, fumbling twice and throwing 3 interceptions. Herrmann's counterpart, Ed Smith, had a very good day for the Spartans, completing 17 of 26 passes for 168 yards and 3 TDs. Spartan wide receiver Kirk Gibson had 3 catches for 49 yards and a touchdown.

This was the first game for each team on my tabletop. 1978 Michigan State will likely matchup against either 1970 Ohio State or 1971 Michigan for their next game. 1979 Purdue might have to wait a while to get back on my tabletop after this performance.
BillS - Sep 13, 2018 - 10:45 AM
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1978 USC 27
1975 Arizona St. 17


A very entertaining game this morning between these two teams making their inaugural appearance on my tabletop. The Sun Devils looked impressive early on, putting together a 9-play opening drive, but settling for a field goal and a 3-0 lead. After missing on another field goal attempt, Arizona State finally broke into the endzone when Stanley Robinson went in from the 6 to give the Sun Devils a 10-0 lead.

USC battled back and began to get their offense rolling. However, the Trojans had to settle for a pair of Frank Jordan field goals and the teams went into the locker room with the score 10-6.

The third quarter belonged to USC. Trojan QB Paul McDonald found his rhythm and connected on touchdown passes to Calvin Sweeney and Dan Garcia to take a 20-10 lead into the final quarter. Arizona State made it interesting, however, as QB Dennis Sproul came in to ignite the offense that had been quiet since early in the game. Sproul completed his first 3 passes after entering the game, the third being a 39 yard completion to John Jefferson to bring the Sun Devils to within 3 at 20-17.

After forcing a USC punt, Arizona State started another drive in an attempt to regain the lead. This drive, however, was halted when Trojan DB Ronnie Lott intercepted a Sproul pass, giving his offense a short field. With that opportunity, McDonald hit Charles White out of the backfield for an 11-yard touchdown pass to clinch the 27-17 victory for USC.
BillS - Sep 14, 2018 - 09:37 AM
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Last night and this morning on my tabletop:

1941 Notre Dame 16
1940 Stanford 2


1941 Notre Dame came in to last night's game against Stanford with a 4-1 record, ranked 4th in my 1940s-1950s Top 10. Three of those victories were shutouts. Notre Dame's only blemish came at the hands of #2 1945 Army. Stanford had a less-than-impressive 0-1-1 record, but many observers felt that the Stanford offense had underachieved and could produce against the tough Irish defense.

They were wrong. Stanford did get on the board first, as the defense scored a safety by tackling Irish back Bill Earley in the endzone in the 1st quarter. That would be it for scoring for the Indians on the day. All-purpose back Steve Juzwick scored a touchdown, kicked a field goal, and converted 1 of 2 extra points to lead the attack for Notre Dame. The score was 16-2 at half and the teams played a scoreless second half.

With the victory, 1941 Notre Dame moved up to #3 in my 1940s-50s Top 10, jumping over 1947 Penn State. Stanford (0-2-1) will not likely be back on the tabletop soon.

1982 Penn State 21
1982 Georgia 15


This would be a battle of running backs, with Penn State's Curt Warner dueling against the Bulldogs' Herschel Walker. For some reason unknown to the home crowd, Walker did not carry the ball for the entire 1st quarter. Meanwhile, Warner was running and catching the ball for the Nittany Lions, as Penn State took a 14-0 lead.

Walker would come alive in the second quarter, however, as Georgia got on the board after a 49-yard field goal off the foot of Kevin Butler. Penn State increased their lead to 21-3, however, as Todd Blackledge connected with Kenny Jackson on a screen pass that Jackson took 1 yard for a score. Walker boosted Georgia's hopes, however, as his 28-yard touchdown run closed the gap. Butler would miss the extra point, so the score stood at 21-9 at halftime.

Both teams' defenses took control in the second half. Georgia would do all of the scoring in the second half, but the scoring would be restricted to 2 Butler field goals (50 and 44 yards). Penn State held on to win the game, 21-15.

Walker finished with 135 yards on 19 carries, while Warner finished with 95 yards on 15 carries. Warner also caught 4 passes for 32 yards and a touchdown.

1979 Alabama 21
1979 Oklahoma 31


I thought I would matchup two schools that almost never face each other in real life, despite their storied histories. Oklahoma got off to a fast start, as they took a 14-0 lead into the second quarter after touchdown runs by Billy Sims and Royce Coleman. Alabama would answer in the second quarter when Don Jacobs ran it in from the 10, making the score 14-7. After Sooner kicker Mike Keeling kicked a 29-yard field goal, the teams went into the locker room with the Sooners leading 17-7. Another Oklahoma touchdown run by Freddie Nixon gave the Sooners a 24-7 lead entering the final quarter.

Alabama looked down and out, but Sooner back David Overstreet fumbled the ball on his own 9 yard line. Alabama capitalized on this miscue a few plays later, as Mark Nix scored from the 4 to make it 24-14. The Crimson Tide scored again, as QB Steadman Shealy took a keeper in from the 7 to bring the Tide to within 3 at 24-21 with 6 minutes remaining. On the ensuing kickoff, Oklahoma returner Stanley Wilson fumbled the ball and Alabama recovered and looked to be in position to take the lead in the game. However, Shealy fumbled the ball back to Oklahoma on the Tide's second play of their drive. Sooner QB J.C. Watts drove Oklahoma downfield and then scored on a 3-yard run to seal the victory.

This was the first game on my tabletop for both teams.
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